Monday, Sept. 18

Fall White Pine open mic: 7 p.m. at Simply Dunn Octagonal Schoolhouse (E4606 County C, Downsville). White Pine is a quarterly open mike for poets, singers, songwriters and storytellers.  Sign up for a 10-minute slot and share your talent; $2 cover donation. Listeners are welcome. For info, call 715-308-7633.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Joyful Noise Choir registration: 6:30 p.m. at Menomonie United Methodist Church (2703 Bongey Dr.). Those with or without disabililties are welcome. For info, call 715-235-0654.

Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon: 11:30 a.m. at UW-Stout's Merle M. Price Commons (Glass Lounge, 1110 S. Broadway, Menomonie). Speaker is Jeff Dykes, owner and founder of Northern Star Fire, an Eau Claire firefighter who won the 2017 Governor's Business Plan Contest with a headgear compass to maintain or regain orientation during a fire. Cost is $10/students and Bunker Labs members; $25 for Tech Council individual members; $35 for nonmembers. Visit http://wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/event/fire-captain-who-designed-device-to-save-lives-on-deck-for-sept-19-tech-council-luncheon/ to register.

The Bridge to Hope open house: 4-7 p.m. at 2110 Fourth Ave., Menomonie. Join the Bridge to celebrate its new location on the corner of 21st Street and Fourth Avenue. Refreshments and tours will be provided with staff and board members to answer questions. The Bridge To Hope provides a safe haven and confidential services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking serving Dunn and Pepin counties. For info, visit www.thebridgetohope.org.

Thursday, Sept. 21

The Roches: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Suzzy Roche and daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche recorded "Fairytale and Myth" which won popular vote for best singer/songwriter album of the year for the 2014 Independent Music Awards. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

CAFO forum: 6:30 p.m. at the Dunn County Judicial Center (Stokke Parkway, Menomonie). Three members of Dunn County’s livestock operations study group will present key findings of the final Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations report. The forum is organized by the League of Women Voters–Greater Chippewa Valley based in Menomonie.

Artist reception: 5-7 p.m. at UW-Stout's Furlong Gallery (178 Micheels Hall, Menomonie). Retrospective exhibition by FOGSTAND Gallery & Studio featuring the works by Choon-Lin Joo and Kai-Feng Chun (both of Singapore), En-Man Chang, Jo-Mei Lee, Jin-Da Lin (all of Taiwan), and Song-Yun Kim (South Korea). Free; refreshments will be served. Exhibit runs through Oct. 28.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Graze River Country pasture walk: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., hosted by Charles Flodquist and John Richmond (12454 20th St., Colfax). Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, farm transition tips and River Country RC&D annual picnic.

Women on Target: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Menomonie Public Shooting Range. Hosted by Menomonie Rifle and Pistol Club, women get to shoot a variety of pistols, rifes, shotguns, muzzleloaders and bows for $20 -- includes lunch and all equipment. For info, contact Patricia Miara at 920-979-1128 or svmapb@yahoo.com

Local prohibition, moonshining history: 2 p.m.at Rassbach Heritage Museum (1820 Wakanda St. in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park). Dunn County Historical Society hosts free presentation by Phil Peterson Sr., the author of “Northern Moon: Prohibition, Moonshine, and the Family Farm,” a novel of historical fiction based on facts and research. For information, visit www.dunnhistory.org/events or call 715-232-8685.

Sunday, Sept. 24

St. Joseph's Fall Festival: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.-dinner; 1 p.m.-auction at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk Mound. Auction by Andrew Auctions; music by Lima Polka Choir; Packers ticket raffle, silent auction, country store with baked good and crafts, cake walk, fish pond and games. Meal prices are $8.50/adults, $5/kids 6-12, free/5 & under. On the menu: baked ham and turkey breast, real mashed potatoes, vegetable, creamed cole slaw, rolls, pie, milk, coffee. (Carryouts available).

Monday, Sept. 25

Community yoga: 9-10 a.m. at Menmonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free one-hour class is designed to accommodates yoga practitioners of all levels and covers yoga postures, some yogic philosophies, and guided relaxation/meditation. Led by Being Human Yoga's Teresa Kruger, a 200 certified yoga and meditation instructor.

Suicide prevention: 1-2 p.m. at Community Services Building (Room 101, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Presenter is Laura Balrud, Community Health Educator. Call 715-232-1636 to pre-register. For info, contact Christine Lorenzen at 715-962-3042 or mlorenzen@centurytel.net.

Tuesday, Sept. 26

The Everly Brothers Experience: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Zmed Brothers bring the genuine experience to the stage as they celebrate the genetic intimacy ever-present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Dunn County Farm Bureau annual meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Dean & Sue's (Midway Road, Menomonie). Meal at 7:30 p.m. followed by business meeting. Meal cost is $5 per person; new members are free. For more info, call Katie Mattison at 866-355-7349 or Carl Casper at 715-235-3323.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Fall field day: 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Red Cedar Demonstration Farm (located near intersection of Hwy 12/29 and Stokke Parkway, Menomonie). To register for the workshop (3 CCA CEUs) by Sept. 22, call 715-232-1636 or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Networking brown bag lunch: Noon-1 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Conference Room #60, lower level, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Bring your lunch and join a group discussion on annual reports and storytelling with Ashley DeMuth of United Way of Dunn County. No RSVP needed; microwave available. Hosted by Community Foundation of Dunn County to help strengthen charities and nonprofits in and around Dunn County.

Run With the Cops 5K for Special Olympics: 5:30-9 p.m. at UW-Stout campus. In addition to 5k run and 1-mile walk is a kids' obstacle course and donuts eating contest. Registration is $25; includes t-shirt, coffee and donuts at finish line. For info, contact Karen Kraus at 715-833-0833, or kkraus@specialolympicswisconsin.org

Graze River Country pasture walk: 10 a.m.-noon, hosted by Brad and Melissa Larson (N10688 County Road M, Colfax). Fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation.

An evening with Mark Twain: 6:30 p.m. at Boyceville Public Library (903 Main St.) “The only sure things are Death and Taxes… but at least Death doesn’t get worse every year!” Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) will be brought to life in entertaining fashion by Dave Ehlert. Call 715-643-2106 with questions.

Sunday, Oct. 1

Over the Bridge restaurant tour: Noon-3 p.m. at five Menomonie restaurants -- Dean & Sue's, The Duke and Dagger, Lucette Woodfire Eatery, The Silver Dollar, and Skoog's Parkside. Cost of a "passport" for the tour is $30 with all proceeds to benefit services and needs of The  Bridge to Hope. To purchase, visit www.thebridgetohope.org or call 715-235-9074.

Fall colors bike ride youth program: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Co-sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar, riders on the 8.3 mile Lake Loop are invited to stop by the library to fill up their water bottles and enjoy a light snack. Free.

Monday, Oct. 2

Dunn County Old Settlers annual meeting, luncheon: 11 a.m.-registration, noon-meal at Dean & Sue's Bar and Grill, Menomonie. 126th annual meeting will feature the history of the Bolo Inn and Supper Club. Reservations must be made by Sept. 25. Call Carl Casper at 715-235-3323; Sofi Doane at 715-235-5936; Dave Maves at 715-235-3514; Judy Pechmiller at 715-225-5730; Lois Sipple at 715-235-5908; or JoAnn Utphall at 715-643-5681.

Thursday, Oct. 5

An Evening with Olate Dogs: 7 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Winning participants from Season 7 of America's Got Talent. Led by father Richard Olate and son Nicholas Olate, the show features classic comedy, music, cycling and juggling -- fun for kids of all ages. Tickets are $25-$50. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Oct. 5 & 6

Thrift, craft and bake sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Tainter United Methodist Church (N7584 690th St., Colfax -- Exit 45 off I-94, north on County B to east on 730th Ave., then north on 690th). Lunch available both days.

Friday, Oct. 6

MHS alumni tea: 12:30 p.m. at Menomonie School Library (1715 Fifth St.) Meet the 2017 MHS homecoming court and enjoy refreshments before the homecoming assembly.

AAUW Book Sale: Friday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Eau Claire Expo Center (5530 Fairview Drive, Eau Claire). Over 40 categories of books available. Hardcovers are $3, paperbacks are $1.50. A Sunday special will feature a bag sale. First bag is $6, second bag is $4 and three or more bags are $2 each. Proceeds will help support local and national scholarships and AAUW activities. For complete information visit http://eauclaire-wi.aauw.net/book-sale/.

Saturday, Oct. 7

A Night at the Mabel: 6-10 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Support the arts while enjoying an evening of socializing, appetizers, desserts, a Steve Braker portrait, live auction, 60/40 raffle, three grand raffle prizes — and performance by Twin Cities party band, The Covers. All proceeds benefit the maintenance of and programming at MTCS. Tickets are $40; Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the event.

'Living in Freedom' talk: 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the octagonal schoolhouse at Simply Dunn, Downsville. Sponsored by Red Cedar Buddha Sangha and presented by Zen teacher and author Steve Hagen, the founder and head teacher at Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis. Free and open to all, the talk will be preceded by a meditation; instruction will be provided. Hagen’s talk is open to all and is free. Donations are gratefully accepted. A reception with light snacks will follow the talk. For information, contact Warren Lang at warrenlang@charter.net or 715-235-5686.

Fall craft/vendor show: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tiffany Creek Elementary School (161 East St., Boyceville). Wide variety of crafters and vendors, fall and home decor, gift and personal care items. Two quilts by Trinity's Quilting Group among raffle items. Food served all day.

Step Up to Hunger 5k walk/run: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Red Cedar Trail. Register online at www.steppingstonedc.org/StepUp. First 100 registrants receive t-shirt and "swag bag". 10 a.m. start. Chili and cornbread feed follows at Riverside Park shelter. Prizes for top pledge totals. Cost is $20/adults; $10/children 6-18; 5 and under free. All proceeds benefit Stepping Stones Food Pantry, shelters, and Communication Connections program.

Monday, Oct. 9

College Goal Wisconsin: 6 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College's Big River Conference Room, lower level of Business Center (620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire). National event to assist students with financial aid for enrollment in any two- or four-year college in the next academic year. Students who attend have a chance to win scholarships. Visit www.collegegoalwi.org for list of materials to bring.

Red Cross blood drive: Noon-6 p.m. at Menomonie United Methodist Church (2703 Bongey Dr.) For info or to schedule an appointment, call Jan at 715-232-8718, call 1-800-733-2767, or visit redcrossblood.org, go to Donate, 54751, Menomonie UMC

Tuesday, Oct. 10

College Goal Wisconsin:

'Steering into the Skid': 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 54; located off Hwy 12/29 east of Menomonie). Call 715-232-4006 by Oct. 5 to register for this free lunch and play hosted by the Dunn County ADRC (Aging and Disability Resource Center). In 12 short scenes, one per month starting with New Year's Eve and taking place in the couple's SUV, come to know Tim and Amanda and bear witness to the early progression of dementia.

Oct. 12-15

Fall book sale: 5-8:30 p.m.-Thursday (Friend of MPL only*), 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.-Saturday, 1-3 p.m.-Sunday ($5/bag sale) at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Thousands of books, DVDs of movies and TV series, music, audio books, puppets, record albums and games for sale to benefit library programming. *Become a Friend ($10-$24), Book Lover ($25-$49), Bibliophile ($50-$99), Benefactor ($100+).

Oct. 12 & 13

St. Joe's thrift sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church (910 Wilson Ave., Menomonie).

Oct. 13 & 14

DC Humane Society's fall rummage and bake sale: Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Menomonie Veterans Center (E4710 CTH BB and Hwy 25). Donation drop-off, Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. — Cannot accept large exercise equipment, mattresses, big appliances, outdated baby furniture or electronics, air conditioners or TVs. Baked goods drop-off, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Hoffman Hills volunteer work day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area. Menomonie Optimist Club — in conjunction with Friends of the Red Cedar/Hoffman Hills and students from Menomonie Middle and High Schools — will host a general clean-up day. For info, call Dennis Spader at 715-235-7003.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Author visit: 7-8:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). As part of the Chippewa Valley Book Fest, Melanie McManus, freelance writer and editor specializing in travel and fitness shares her debut memoir, Thousand Miler, which describes her adventures hiking the 1,100-mile Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetland, farms, and small towns.

CVTC fall open house: 3:30-7 p.m. Visit cvtc.edu/Fall17 for details.

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Harvest dinner: 4 p.m-7:30 p.m. at Elmwood United Methodist Church (307 S. Main, Elmwood). Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Walk ins and carry out available. Adults $10 presale or $12 at the door. Kids ages 5-12 are $5 presale or at the door. Children 4 and under are free. Facility is handicap accessible. Contact: 715-639-5831.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Networking brown bag lunch: Noon-1 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Conference Room #60, lower level, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Bring your lunch and join a group discussion on boards and fundraising with ARC of Dunn County. No RSVP needed; microwave available. Hosted by Community Foundation of Dunn County to help strengthen charities and nonprofits in and around Dunn County.

Friday, Oct. 27

Mediums at Large: 7  p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Onae Shinn and Teri Iverson have been blessed with the ability to communicate with Spirit, believe in angels and spirit guides, and that we can communicate with loved ones who have passed over. Tickets are $33-$40. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Steely Dane tribute band: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Twenty of Dane County's best jazz and rock musicians are dedicated to faithfully reproducing the Steely Dan and Donald Fagen songbook. Steely Dane brings an energetic live show experience and features a four-piece horn section and three background singers. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Benefit pancake breakfast: 7 a.m.-noon at Countryside Bakery (5 miles south of Rock Falls on Hwy. 85, south on County O). On the menu: Pancakes, eggs, pure maple syrup, whole hog sausage, ham, juice, coffee. Serving Ellsworth cheese curds. Also bake sale and homemade ice cream.

Community Conversations: 12:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Community Conversations will be cosponsoring a film with the library called “Most Likely to Succeed”, followed by a dialogue about what matters most to students today in the 21st Century. The public is welcome.

Monday, Oct. 30 & 31

Free Mental Health First Aid course: 5 p.m-9 p.m at Arbor Place Inc. (Community Room, 4076 Kothlow Ave, Menomonie). The project's goal is to help move the community toward wide-scale knowledge of behavioral health issues and how to address them. This is an open registration for anyone that is interested. Late arrivals or early departures will not qualify for certification. Limited seating available. Visit http://smetzger3.wixsite.com/dunncountymhfa/register-for-a-course to register. Contact: Sheli Jo Metzger at (715) 235-4537 or smetzger@arborplaceinc.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Trick or treating: 3-5 p.m. in downtown Menomonie. Visit participating businesses to receive treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Harvest of Harmony Cabaret: 2:30 matinee, 6 p.m. evening at Martin Anderson Gymnasium (601 University Ave., Colfax). Red Cedar Sounds presents “Hats Off To Harmony.” Concert features appearances by quartets “Con Brio” and “Totally Connected”, and a special appearance by local men’s group, The Dunn County Barbershoppers. Both shows will include dessert and refreshments. Free basket raffle ticket for each item of a women’s product donated to be delivered to a local women’s shelter. Homemade lefse for sale. Available at the door, tickets are $9 for adults and $3 for children. 

Wednesday, Nov. 8

College Goal Wisconsin: 6 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College's Big River Conference Room, lower level of Business Center (620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire). National event to assist students with financial aid for enrollment in any two- or four-year college in the next academic year. Students who attend have a chance to win scholarships. Visit www.collegegoalwi.org for list of materials to bring.

Nov. 9 & 10

Cinderella Ballet: 7 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). The Continental Ballet brings the classic fairy tale to life as Cinderella and her Prince make their dreams come true, while her hilarious step-family inspires nonstop laughter.  Tickets are $28-$35. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Saturday, Nov. 11

The Special Consensus: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Bluegrass in a classic vein, but with more than enough modern sensibilities to attract every ear. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Sunday, Nov. 12

Claudia Schmidt: 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Featuring her 12-string guitar, Schmidt explores folk, blues and jazz, while weaving in anecdotes, self-realization and humor. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Nov. 17 & 18

Fine Arts & Crafts Faire: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Finest in arts and crafts shopping on all three floors of MTCA. Enjoy Victorian holiday decorations and music while browsing the work of 30 local and regional artists whose work includes jewelry, painting, pottery, photography, sculpture, woodwork and more. Admission is free.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Judy Collins: 7 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Iconic, award-winning singer-songwriter has inspired audiences since the 1960s. Judy Collins' luminescent presence continues to shine brightly in the glow of her 50-album body of work. Tickets are $50-$65. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

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 www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

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 www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

 

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will be hosting College Goal Wisconsin events on Monday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Nov. 8,  to assist students with financial aid for enrollment in any two-or four-year college in the next academic year. The events will be held 6 p.m. in the Big Rivers Conference Room (30A & B) in lower level of the Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire.

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Dunn County News Editor

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

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