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Thursday, Nov. 23

Thanksgiving gathering: 1 p.m. at Alano Club (105 N. 21rst Street, Menomonie). All are invited to join together for a free dinner of turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy — you are welcome to bring your favorite side dish to pass. The Alano Club is a social community interested in 12-step and other recovery-oriented meetings. Call 715-231-2384 for info.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Small Business Saturday: All day in downtown Menomonie.

Monday, Nov. 27

Rep. Ron Kind open office hours: 2-3 p.m. at Dunn County Government Center (County Board room 122/124, 800 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Rep. Kind’s office can assist people having issues dealing with healthcare open enrollment process, Department of Veteran Affairs, Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and other federal agencies.

Clean Water Forum: 7-9 p.m. at Dunn County Judicial Center (Stokke Pkwy, Menomonie). Panel discussion of how CAFOS (factory farms) affect our water. Featured speakers: Pat Skogen, a farmer activist; Scott Laeser, water quality specialist with Clean Wisconsin; Dan Zerr, Natural Resource educator with UW extension. Free forum sponsored by Chippewa Valley Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and Citizen Action of Western Wisconsin.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

'State of Craft Beer': 6:30 p.m. at The Raw Deal (603 Broadway St S, Menomonie). Co-sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library and Raw Deal Brewing, author Matthew Janzen shares photos and stories of the people and places behind the state’s extensive craft beer industry as he explore every aspect of the brewing process, documenting the fields and factories that supply breweries with everything from hops and barley to brewing equipment and tap handles. Event is free (patrons are responsible for purchasing their own sustenance).

Thursday, Nov. 30

Dunn County Mental Health Services Community info session: 6-7:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Information about local mental health providers, with an opportunity to ask questions about the services at the end of the session. Free, open to the public. For details, contact Sheli Jo Metzger at 715-235-4537, ext. 224 or

Comedy Night: 6:30-9 p.m. at Off Broadway Banquet Center (North Broadway, Menomonie). Comedy act of ventriloquist James Wedgwood, this 21+ event to benefit the Boys & Girls Club-Menomonie Center will feature games, munchies, a silent auction, and drink specials. Tickets are $30 single/$50 pair or $350 for a reserved table. For tickets and info, call 715-233-2540 or visit

Langston Hughes poetry reading: 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Fourth Floor Window Gallery at UW-Stout Library. Literature Committee celebrate the American icon. Program includes students and professors reading Hughes' poems.

Dec. 1-3, 8-10

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Fridays, Dec. 1 & 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Dec. 2 & 9 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday's Dec. 3 & 10 at 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Menomonie Theater Guild's production of the Charles M. Schulz classic based on the animated television special features a cast of kids all under the age of 13. Tickets are $15 for adult/general admission; $13 for seniors, students, military. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 715-231-PLAY (7529), by email at, and in person at the Menomonie Theater Guild Box Office (502 West Second St.)

Saturday, Dec. 2

Christmas sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (1306 Wilcox Street, Menomonie). Sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church Women, sale features crafts, quilts, decorations, baked goods.

Annual tour of homes: Noon-4 p.m. begins at First Congregational United Church of Christ (520 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Sponsored by Women’s Fellowship, tour includes three local homes and church, all decorated for Christmas. Map printed on each ticket; signs are posted to show where to go. Gift shops, a bake sale, raffles, refreshments available at church. Advance tickets ($5) are available from any woman in the church, from the church office, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at Dick’s Fresh Market, Estate Emporium, and La Dee Dah gift shop; can also be purchased the day of the tour ($6) at church or at any tour house.

Hmong New Year celebration: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UW-Stout’s Multipurpose Room (Johnson Field House/Sorpt and Fitness Center). Hosted by Hmong Stout Student Organization, event features a volleyball tourney (9 a.m.-10 p.m.), Hmong performing artist Pagnia Xiong (12:15 p.m.), rapperTou SaiKo Lee (1:30 p.m.); after dance 7-11 p.m. in the Terrace of the Memorial Student Center, with DJ Daven Vang. General admission is $5; UW-Stout students, faculty, staff, and children 5 and under free. Traditional Hmong food and drinks available for purchase. Visit Facebook for details or email questions to

Choral concert: 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (910 9th St. E., Menomonie). UW-Stout’s Symphonic Singers, Chamber Choir and Devil Tones Acappella Ensemble to perform. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Memorial Student Center; online at; at the door.

Dec. 3-5, 10-12

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Menomonie Theater Guild production of the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are available onlineat; by phone at 715-231-PLAY (7529); via email at; and in person at Menomonie Theater Guild Box Office (502 West Second St.)

Scandinavian Bake Sale: 9-10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (910 Ninth St., Menomonie). Arrive early to enjoy a treat and cup of coffee. Baked goods include lefse, rosettes, krumkaka, sandbakkles, and many other cookies and candies. OSL cookbook "Welcome to our Table" will be available.

Sunday, Dec. 3

UW-Stout band concert: 2 p.m. at UW-Stout's Memorial Student Center (Great Hall, 301 10th Ave., Menomonie). UW-Stout Symphonic Band performs a winter concert; the student Tower Saxophone Quartet will also perform. Tickets are $5; available online at, at Service Center in Memorial Student Center, by calling 715-232-1201, or at the door.

Monday, Dec. 4

Mondays for 50+: 1:30-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Dunn County office of Aging/Center for Independent Living presentation, on living independently longer. Free; for info, email

Dec. 4 & 5

Mental Health First Aid: 5-9 p.m. at Arbor Place Inc. (community room, 4076 Kothlow Ave, Menomonie). Free training from Dunn County Health Improvement Project to residents and employees of the county to move community toward knowledge of behavioral health issues and how to address them. Limited seating; to register visit Direct questions to Sheli Jo Metzger at or call 715-235-4537, ext 224.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Coffee with a Cop: 3-5 p.m. at Caribou Coffee in Dick's Fresh Market (1408 Ninth St. E., Menomonie). Discuss community issues and build relationships over a cup of coffee with an officer of the Menomonie Police Department.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Community Conversations: 1 to 3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). The video “Park Avenue: Money, Power, and the American Dream” will be shown followed by discussion — and Christmas cookies. All are welcome.

Sunday, Dec. 10

TubaChristmas: Concert 4-5 p.m. at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Menomonie. Performers registration ($10 to perform; includes event button) starts at 1:30 p.m.; practice at 2:30 p.m. A free Christmas music concert and singalong — led by the Christmas Cheer Choir — hosted by the Ludington Guard Band. Anyone who plays the tuba, sousaphone, euphonium, or baritone is welcome to participate. Performers should bring festive attire and a music stand. For info, visit or email

Thursday, Dec. 14

Pat Donohue and the Prairie All Stars: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Holiday revue featuring tunes to inspire the holiday spirit as Pat and his band takes us back to their days on NPR's Prairie Home Companion. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Clara's Dream-From The Nutcracker: 11 a.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Holiday favorite performed by St. Paul Ballet. Tickets are $25-$30. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

MHS Concert Chorus fundraiser: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Menomonie Veterans Center (on CTH BB off Hwy 25 north of Menomonie). Handmade crafts/bake sale, collectibles, silent auction, gift wrapping stations, Christmas carols by Menomonie High School Concert Chorus, concessions available. Admission is $2/adults; kids are free.

Dec. 16 & 17

The Memories: 7:30 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). A more than 30 year holiday tradition of "Music, Laughter, and Wonderful Times." Tickets are $30-$35. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Monday, Dec. 18

Mondays for 50+: 1:30-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Viewing of PBS' Wisconsin Hometown Stories—La Crosse follows the evolution of the city at the junction of the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse rivers from its earliest days to the present. Free; for info, email

Sunday, Dec. 31

New year's Eve Comedy With Mary Rowles: 7 to 10 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main. St., Menomonie). Share a drink and conversation with  friends in the Mabel Tainter Public Room, while  listening to guitarist Mike Shay. At 8 p.m. head up to the historic theater to delight in the comical observations about life, relationships, and family shared by headliner veteran comedian Mary Rowles. 




Dunn County News Editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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