Through Dec. 26

A Wilson Family Christmas exhibit, tour: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilson Place Mansion (101 Wilson Ct., Menomonie). Tour features history of Menomonie families, and the nation during the Civil War, especially the story of the city’s founder, Captain William Wilson and his family. Tickets are $5 per person (cash only, please).

Through April

Winter market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays at The Raw Deal (603 S. Broadway, Menomonie). Features vendors from the Menomonie’s farmers and art markets.

Dec. 9-11

MTG’s A Little House Christmas: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 & 10; 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 & 11 at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Menomonie Theater Guild presents a family-friendly play based on “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and adapted for the stage by James DeVita. A special Little House Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 4 following the 2 p.m. show features hot cocoa, peppermint sticks, rustic Christmas crafts, photos with the cast, a chance to make homemade butter and more. Cost to attend the party is $8/person or $35/family. Tickets for the play are $15/adults and $12/students & seniors, available by visiting menomonietheaterguild.com or calling 715-231-7529.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Community Conversations: 1 to 3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Discussion centers on the documentary “Before the Flood” by Leonardo DiCaprio, made over three years, presents issues about climate change. The public is welcome.

Annual cookie walk: 1-5 p.m. at Charles Hall in St. Joseph Catholic Church (921 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). 25th annual event features homemade cooks and candies sold by the pound. Visitors enjoy complimentary coffee — and cookies.

Free showing: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Seventh-day Adventist Church (E6451 S. County Road E., Menomonie). Documentary film “The Conscientious Objector” tells the World War II story of Desmond T. Doss, a 24-year-old medic from Lynchburg, Va. For info: call 715-946-3497 or visit Menomonie SDA Church Facebook page.

Kids Night Out: 6-9 p.m. at UW-Stout’s Sports and Fitness Center (220 13th Ave. E, Menomonie). More than 50 Blue Devil athletes lead children grades one through eight in games and activities. Pool open from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $10/child for first two children in family; $5 each additional child. Parents can stay, but need not be present. Concessions available. Register at http://athletics.uwstout.edu/documents/2016/11/29//Kids_Night_Out_Flyer_Fall_2016.pdf?id=1035

Holiday music for the world: 5-7 p.m. at The Raw Deal (603 S. Broadway, Menomonie). Greg Herriges on guitar and bouzouki in a solo performance to close out the holiday art show.

Surplus sale: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rassbach Heritage Museum (1820 Wakanda Street in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park). Items include desks, metal folding, padded and office chairs, padded chairs, office chairs, fake Christmas trees, monitors, electronics, shelving, large wooden stage, large event backdrop and more. Items will be priced to be sold (majority of items $5 or less) with all proceeds benefiting the Dunn County Historical Society. No items in the sale are artifacts. For information or questions, visit www.dunnhistory.org or call 715-232-8685.

Sunday, Dec. 11

TubaChristmas-Menomonie: at St. Joseph Catholic Church (910 Wilson Ave.) Fifth annual concert, directed by Kim Johns, features tuba and euphonium players of all ages performing holiday tunes.

Holiday open house: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Arbor Place (4076 Kothlow Ave., Menomonie). Live music, personal stories, silent auction, food, door prizes, donation opportunities. For info: 715-235-4537.

Heritage Speakers series: 1:30 p.m. at Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum (1820 Wakanda St. in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park). Featured is Eau Claire native Sandia Kosmo, author of Wakanda Whooper, The Curious Cinnamon Crane. The event is free and open to the public; museum admission is not included. For info: visit www.dunnhistory.org or call 715-232-8685.

Monday, Dec. 12

Mondays in motion: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Alliance Church gym (502 21st St. N., Menomonie). Free.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Winter Warm Up: 4 to 7 p.m. at United Way C3 Center (1620 Stout Road, Menomonie). Free, gently-used winter wear available for adults and children including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, winter boots and more. Vouchers not be needed and event is open to all Dunn County residents. Those obtaining winter wear must be present, including children. For info, contact Ashley DeMuth at 715-235-3800 or ademuth@uwaydunn.org

Friday, Dec. 16

Wilson Place Mansion Tour: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. at Wilson Place Mansion (101 Wilson Ct., Menomonie). Friends of the Menomonie Public Library and the Menomonie Public Library sponsor two free tours of the museum which includes “A Wilson Family Christmas—The Holidays during the Civil War”. Must sign up at the library, space limited, ages 16+. Contact Kate at 715-232-2164 or e-mail: info@menomonielibrary.org. 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.

Music and Movement: 10-10:30 a.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free.

Dec. 17 & 18

The Memories: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts ( 205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Tim Stevens and Warren Petryk return for their annual concert of Christmas tunes. Tickets are $30; 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. 18-20

Auditions for The Secret Garden: Sunday, 2-5 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday 7-9 p.m. at Menomonie Theater Guild Studio (502 Second St. W). Roles for 11 men and 10 women, ages 15 and older; one boy, one girl appearing to be 10-12 years old; several supporting, non-singing roles. Prepare 2-3 minute song with either recorded or sheet music for accompaniment. Scripts available for perusal (not check-out) at Menomonie Public Library. Performance dates are Feb. 24-6 and March 3-5. For updates, visit MTG’s Facebook. Call director Leslie Norris at 715-497-2972 with questions.

Monday, Dec. 19

Mondays in motion: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Alliance Church gym (502 21st St. N., Menomonie). Free.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Inventive alternative jazz performed by Menomonie native Ethan Iverson on piano, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King. Tickets are $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.

MHS vocal music winter concert: 8 p.m. at Menomonie High School Auditorium (1715 Fifth St.) Featuring four chorus ensembles singing an eclectic collection of holiday songs. Directed by Audric Buhr, accompanied by Dr. Mark Pruett. Free.

Christmas sing-along: 7 p.m. at Menomonie United Methodist Church (2703 Bongey Dr.) Joyful Noise Choir — open to anyone with or without disabilities who enjoys singing — invites community to join them in singing favorite holiday tunes. For info: 715-235-0654.

Thursday, Dec. 22

White Pine open mic: 7 p.m. at Simply Dunn Schoolhouse (E4606 County Road C, Downsville). Region’s longest-running music and poetry open mic event. Cover charge is $2. Call Jim Miller at 715-233-3034 with questions.

MHS winter concert: 7 p.m. at Menomonie High School auditorium (1715 Fifth St. W). Featuring four chorus ensembles directed by Audric Buhr and accompanied by Dr. Mark Pruett. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve at the Mabel: 7:30 p.m.-midnight at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts ( 205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Evening opens with appetizers, live music and dancing, followed by the stand-up comedy of Stevie Ray, and caps off with a champagne toast — and “Auld Lang Syne” accompanied by the historic Turner and Steele organ — to ring in the New Year. Tickets are $50-$60. 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.

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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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