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. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 17

The Red Pill: 2:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Documentary by feminist filmaker Cassie Jaye examines the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement and finds herself questioning her own beliefs. Hosted by the National Coalition For Men (NCFM.org). Free. For details, visit TheRedPillMovie.com

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.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Tea with Santa: Noon to 2 p.m. at The Duke & Dagger (120 Sixth Ave. West, Menomonie). Santa (a.k.a. Father Christmas in Britain) will make an appearance for an afternoon of activities, tea (including sandwiches and cookies), and story time. Cost is $7.

Talk to Santa Claus: 5-7 p.m. Santa will be available by phone in this event sponsored by Menomonie Lions Club and Bremer Bank

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.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Christmas dinner: 1-3 p.m. at Alano Club of Menomonie (105 12th St. N.) Bring a dish to pass to go with the turkey that will be furnished. Donations will be accepted. Call 715-231-2384 for info. All are invited.

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.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Stout Ale House/Off Broadway Banquet Center in Menomonie. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program provides lenders with crop and livestock, dairy market and general economy outlooks for 2017, and the impacts of the election on the agriculture industry. For info, contact Josh Rynes, BMO Harris Bank at 715-232-7235 or josh.rynes@bmo.com.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Indie Film Series: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). “Southside With You” kicks off the library’s new Indie Film Series showing every other Sunday beginning in Jan. The first film in this new series features the inspirational love story of the first romantic date between Barack Obama and the First Lady. Information can be directed to Kate by phone at 715-232-2164 or by e-mail: info@menomonielibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 9

Public hearings: 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College (620 W. Clairemont Ave., Business Education Center, Room 103A, Eau Claire. One of several hearings hosted by Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on proposed changes to ATCP 50, the state’s soil and water conservation rule. Department is proposing revisions to incorporate changes to the USDA’s 590 Nutrient Management Standard.

Jan. 9-Feb. 27

Trauma informed parenting: 9-11:30 a.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (off Stout Road, east of Menomonie). Free 8-week workshop provides parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, guardians and professionals the knowledge and skills to effective care for and support children who have experienced trauma. Contact Amy White at 715-231-6416 to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

DCEDC annual meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center (10th Street, Menomonie). Speaker Jim Bensen, president emeritus of Bemidji State University, on “Honor yesterday — Appreciate today — Celebrate tomorrow.” To register, visit dunnedc.com, email cherie.haglund@dunnedc.com, or call 715-232-4009.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Community Conversation: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). The public is invited to a presentation by Jim Swanson entitled “An American Heritage, Public Lands in the U.S.: Their History, Philosophy and Use”.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Indie Film Series: 2-3:30 p.m. at the Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). “Love and Friendship” set in 1790’s London, centers on the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who seeks refuge with her in-laws to escape the scandalous rumors surrounding her private life. Rated PG. Information can be directed to Kate by phone at 715-232-2164 or by e-mail: info@menomonielibrary.org.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Estate planning: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by attorney Bridget Finke of Valley Crossing Law. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

Intro to bees and beekeeping workshop: 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at Menomonie Alliance Church (502 21st St. N). Presented by Dunn County Beekeepers and intended for those with no experience. Cost is $48 per person ($8 for each additional family member), or $25 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth members; includes meals, breaks, materials and course book. Limited to 50 families. Pre-registration required by Jan. 28. Form available at http://www.dunncountybeekeepers.org/beekeeper-workshop, or call 715-265-9284.

Saturday, Feb. 4

Learn how to snowshoe: 10 a.m.-noon at Glen Hills Park (1049 RR #3, Glenwood City). Bring your own snowshoes or rent one of our limited pairs for $5. Cos tis $7/person—children under 16 free with paying adult. To register, contact Aleisha Miller at 715-531-1915 or aleisha.miller@co.saint-croix.wi.us

Saturday, Feb. 11

Menomonie Polar Plunge: Noon-3 p.m. at Wakanda Park (909 Pine Ave. East). Fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin invites participants to put on a wacky costumer, raise money ($75 minimum) and jump in a lake to benefit 1,000 local S.O. athletes. Food, music, bonfires, prizes. Groups can register at PlungeWI.org. Call Karen Kraus at 715-833-0833 for info.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Long-term care planning for future needs: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by Steve Shapiro, Medigap insurance specialist for Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

Thursday, March 9

Red Cedar Watershed Conference: UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center in Menomonie. Learn more at www.uwstout.edu/profed/redcedar.

Thursday, March 23

Medicaid eligibility and recover: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by attorney Anthony Schmoldt of Schmoldt Law Office. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

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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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