Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:44 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Jun 17, 2019, 2:33 PM ]

Through June

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Additional blood donation opportunities...


Through June

The Barron County Department of Health & Human Services-Public Health Programs offers immunizations through the Wisconsin Vaccine for Children Program. Children who are VFC eligible include children through age 18 who are BadgerCare (Medicaid) eligible, children who are uninsured, American Indian or Alaska native children, and underinsured children. Immunizations provided free of charge. For more info call Public Health at 715-537-5691 ext. 6442.


Through June

Residents of western Wisconsin counties can expect to see and hear loud, low-flying planes as early as sunrise starting this month. In mid-May to early June, small, yellow planes will be treating for invasive gypsy moth caterpillars. In late June to early July, planes will spray targeting adult male moths. Some people with severe allergies may wish to stay indoors during nearby treatment applications


June 18th Tuesday

“The Magic of Isaiah-Rocket into Reading” program will be presented at the Thomas St. Angelo Public Library in Cumberland on Tuesday at 5p. This is an interactive space-themed magic show that will amaze the whole family! Call or stop in to register. 715-822-2767


June 20th Thursday

Mayo Clinic Health System will sponsor a day of free entry at the Cameron Splash Pad on Thursday from 11:30a-6:30p. Weather permitting.


June 21st Friday

Sundown at the Shell kicks off on Friday at the Rice Lake City Park band shell starting at 7p. with indie rock music by Dexter Wolfe followed by folk rock with the band Pony. Lil' Wienie Wagon will sell food and the Rice Lake Public Library will have family yard games. There is no cost to attend. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended for seating in the park.

Upcoming Sundown at the Shell concerts are on the first and third Fridays of the month; July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. All shows start at 7p and end around 9p.


June 21st Friday

Enjoy paddling on Hunt Hill’s Twin Lakes on the longest day of the year. All equipment and a lifeguard are provided. No prior canoe experience required. Families, beginners, and experienced canoers are welcome! Fee: Non Members $8/person or $20/family Members: $6/person or $15/family. Registration required by Thursday, June 20.

June 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


June 22nd Saturday

Augustana’s Summer Concert Series kicks off on Saturday with the Stringsmiths. The Stringsmiths are a hard driving bluegrass band that keep audiences tapping their toes. Concert starts at 7p at Augustana’s Great Hall. Free admission but donations are appreciated.


June 22nd Saturday

The Marty Haglund Benefit is at Maranatha Evangelical Free Church in Rice Lake on Saturday from 11a-4p. The day includes a silent auction, cake walk, face painting, games, and food. Cost for the meal is $7. Marty suffered a head injury and will be unable to work for up to a year.


June 22nd Saturday

The Pioneer Village Museum and the Sons of Norway-Dovre Lodge present a Midsummer Eve Bonfire Fest on Saturday. Visitors can expect to see many Nordic craft demonstrations including woodcarving, rosemaling coloring, lefse and vaffler making, and flower crowns and wreaths.

Hardanger fiddle and Nordic music will be played and anyone attending will have an opportunity to see a real Maypole in action, and even participate in a Maypole dance.  There will also be Kubb games, sack races, and egg and spoon contests. The lunch stand will be open for brats, troll rolls, and more. At 7 pm the traditional Scandinavian bonfire will be lit.  The festivities begin at 5 pm and conclude at 8 pm. There is no admission charge for the Midsummer festival. Traditional Nordic attire is welcome and encouraged.


June 22nd Saturday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Saturday from 12p-4p in the old school house.


June 22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday

The Barron County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village Museum is hosting its annual strawberry festival and quilt show from 10a-5p on Saturday and 1p–5p on Sunday.  During that time, there will be strawberry desserts for sale in the Pioneer Kitchen and strawberry-themed items for sale in the gift shop. The Museum’s annual quilt show, featuring the work of many local quilters, will also be going on both days.  Area quilters are encouraged to bring their quilts for display in Ebeneezer Lutheran Church.

The Museum’s regular summer hours are 1-5, Friday and Sunday, 10-5 Saturday.  Admission is $10/adults, $5/5-12, under 5 is free. Single season passes: $20, family pass $60.  Call 715 458 2080, check out pioneervillagemuseum.org, or like the Facebook page for more information.


June 26th Wednesday

“The Lego Guy” will be at the Thomas St. Angelo Public Library of Cumberland on Wednesday from 10a-11:30a.  Join us for this fun and interactive LEGO experience with Curtis Mork. Take part in a space-themed LEGO building challenge. Call or stop in to register.  715-822-2767



June 26th Wednesday

The Rice Lake Veterans Center will host American Legion Burger Night on Wednesday from 5p-7p. Menu includes burgers, wings, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. Bar opens at noon. Everyone is welcome.   


June 26th Wednesday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce presents Music in the Park at Anderson Park. On Wednesday join Retro Soul Band with Big Mike. Concert starts at 6:30p. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


June 29th Saturday

Looking for a way for the whole family to relax, get outside and stay active? Try basic, family-friendly yoga classes with Mayo Clinic in Barron on Saturdays, June 29, July 27 and Aug. 24 from 10a-11a at Lion’s River Park, 1450 E. LaSalle. This free event is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and co-supported by the Barron County Library. No registration is necessary. Search the Classes & Events page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org to learn about wellness opportunities in your community.


June 29th Saturday

The Potter’s Shed in Shell Lake will host Fur-Ever Fest to benefit the Washburn County Area Humane Society Animal Shelter on Saturday starting at 2p. The day features a variety of music, games, prizes, and food. Bring the whole family, including the pets. Cost is $10 per person with those 13 and younger free.


June 30th Sunday

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Almena will host their annual Pie & Ice Cream Social & Bratwurst Lunch on Sunday from 11a-1p. You get a full brat meal with pie and ice cream for $7. Everyone is welcome.


July 2nd Tuesday

Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 will host their Elks Membership Drive at Lynndale’s Golf in Rice Lake. This four person scramble includes nine holes with a cart. The day also includes prizes, raffles, and the Lakeside Block Party at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge. Cost is $20 per golfer. For more info or to register contact Tony at 715-520-2609


July 4th Thursday

The Chetek Masonic Lodge will host a Pancake Breakfast on Thursday from 7a-11a. Cost is $7 for adults, kids three-twelve $4, and under three are free. Proceeds support the lodge’s benevolent activities including scholarships and youth organziations.


July 6th Saturday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Saturday from 12p-4p in the old school house.


July 7th Sunday

The Rice Lake Veterans Center will host the American Legion Breakfast Buffet on Sunday from 8a-11a. All you care to eat biscuits & gravy, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and more. The public is always welcome.


July 10th Wednesday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce presents Music in the Park at Anderson Park. On Wednesday enjoy classic blues with The Ride. Concert starts at 6:30p. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


July 13th Saturday

Augustana’s Summer Concert Series continues on Saturday with High Vision Gospel Quartet. The group will present an evening of fun music with something for everyone. Concert starts at 7p at Augustana’s Great Hall. Free admission but donations are appreciated.


July 18th Saturday

Mayo Clinic Health System will sponsor a day of free entry at the Cameron Splash Pad on Thursday from 11:30a-6:30p.


July 20th Saturday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Saturday from 12p-4p in the old school house.


July 24th Wednesday

The Rice Lake Veterans Center will host American Legion Burger Night on Wednesday from 5p-7p. Menu includes burgers, wings, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. Bar opens at noon. Everyone is welcome.


July 24th Wednesday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce presents Music in the Park at Anderson Park. On Wednesday enjoy reggae with Innocent Band. Concert starts at 6:30p. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


July 27th Saturday

Looking for a way for the whole family to relax, get outside and stay active? Try basic, family-friendly yoga classes with Mayo Clinic in Barron on Saturdays, July 27 and Aug. 24 from 10a-11a at Lion’s River Park, 1450 E. LaSalle. This free event is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and co-supported by the Barron County Library. No registration is necessary. Search the Classes & Events page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org to learn about wellness opportunities in your community.


August 4th Sunday

The Rice Lake Veterans Center will host the American Legion Breakfast Buffet on Sunday from 8a-11a. All you care to eat biscuits & gravy, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and more. The public is always welcome.


August 10th Saturday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Saturday from 10a-4p in the old school house.


August 11th Sunday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Sunday from 2p-4p in the old school house.


August 14th Wednesday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce presents Music in the Park at Anderson Park. On Wednesday join The Memories. Concert starts at 6:30p. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


August 15th Saturday

Mayo Clinic Health System will sponsor a day of free entry at the Cameron Splash Pad on Thursday from 11:30a-6:30p.


August 18th Sunday

Augustana’s Summer Concert Series will conclude on Sunday with The Kevin Prater Band out of Kentucky. The band bases their sound on strong vocal harmonies. Concert starts at 7p at Augustana’s Great Hall. Free admission but donations are appreciated.


August 24th Saturday

Looking for a way for the whole family to relax, get outside and stay active? Try basic, family-friendly yoga classes with Mayo Clinic in Barron on Saturday from 10a-11a at Lion’s River Park, 1450 E. LaSalle. This free event is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and co-supported by the Barron County Library. No registration is necessary. Search the Classes & Events page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org to learn about wellness opportunities in your community.


August 24th Saturday

The Haugen Area Museum will be open to the public on Saturday from 12p-4p in the old school house.


August 28th Wednesday

The Barron Chamber of Commerce presents Music in the Park at Anderson Park. The Summer concert series concludes on Wednesday with R Country Gals. Concert starts at 6:30p. Free admission. Food available for purchase.


September 14th

2019 Running the Edge 5k Trail Run/Walk will be September 14 at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center in Rice Lake, WI. Event offers a ½ mile kids run, followed by professionally managed 5k Trail run/walk. Registration is available online at www.tempotickets.com/RunningTheEdge. For more information contact us at Nature’s Edge or check out our website at www.naturesedgetherapycenter.org

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