Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:44 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 9:19 AM ]

Through April

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference. Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Additional blood donation opportunities…
Cameron 4/18/2018: 9am-2pm, Cameron High School, 750 S. 1st St.

Birchwood 4/20/2018: 11:30am-5:30pm, Birchwood High School, 300 S. Wilson St.

Rice Lake 4/26/2018: 12pm-6pm, Blue Hills Masonic Center, 225 W. South St.

Clayton 4/26/2018: 2pm-7pm, Clayton School, 221 Prentice St. S.
Rice Lake 4/27/2018: 12pm-6pm, Blue Hills Masonic Center, 225 W. South St.

Through April

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcoholism is a chronic progressive disease linked to family history and genetics. If you have a Family History of alcoholism, talk about it, get it out in the open, remove the stigma. If you are concerned about a friends, family member, co-worker or your own drinking, Help is available. There are many treatment options and most Insurance plans cover the cost. There are community meetings and support groups for both drinkers and family/friends.  A complete list is available at Additional alcohol related resources are available at

April 19th Thursday

The University of Wisconsin Barron County Red Cedar Choir will present their Spring Concert Thursday at 7p at the UWBC Fine Arts Theater. Under the direction of Dr. Frank Watkins, director of choral studies at UW-Eau Claire, the Red Cedar Choir is a joint effort of the UW-BC music department and adult vocalist from the surrounding communities. There will be a special guest performance by a UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

April 19th Thursday

WITC T.O.A.S.T. (Tastefully Offering Academic Scholarships Together) Wine and Beer Tasting is on Thursday from 5:30p-8p at the HUB at WITC-Rice Lake. Proceeds will go towards scholarships and student support. Come enjoy wine, beer, hor d'oeuvres, silent auctions, and raffles. Tickets are $35 each. For more info call 800-243-9482 or visit

April 21st Saturday

The annual Keys To Success Conference is Saturday at the Barron High School from 8a-3p. The conference is FREE to attendees with lunch provided. Keys to Success is focused on providing resources, strategies, and opportunities for parents, caregivers, service providers, and educators of special needs children ages 3-21. Keys To Success is the biggest gathering of special needs resources, presenters, and information in Northwest Wisconsin. To learn more & register for this FREE event visit  and click on the events tab.

April 22nd Sunday

The Barbecue & Bluegrass event cancelled because of last weekend’s blizzard will be held Sunday at the Cumberland Fine Arts Center. The event will feature northwest Wisconsin’s favorite bluegrass band, The Stringsmiths. Dinner is at 6p and the Stringsmiths concert is at 7p. Tickets are are $22 for dinner and show and $12 for the show only and available at Peter & Annie’s World Market in downtown Cumberland or by calling ETC’s reservation line 715-822-2787. Tickets purchased for the April 14 event will be honored on April 22. Or refunds are available at Peter & Annie’s.

April 24th Tuesday

The Washburn County Reception Center is looking for volunteers to participate in an approved Emergency Preparedness Event on Tuesday. No special skills or training is required. Just show up at the United Methodist Church in Shell Lake from 10a-11:30a to go through the simulated registration. The process should take about 15 minutes.  

April 25th Wednesday

The American Legion Burger Night is on Wednesday from 5p-7p at the Rice Lake Veterans Center. Menu includes burgers, wings, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. The bar opens at 4p daily. The public is always welcome.

April 26th Thursday

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary will host an Acoustic Bat Monitoring Training on Thursday from 7:30p-9:30p. Participants will learn about bat ecology, and how to contribute to citizen science efforts through acoustic monitoring. The program is free and registration is not necessary. To find out more visit

April 27th Friday

UWBC will host Healthy Hands Cooking & Kidding Around Yoga on Friday. Students will learn about food labels and talk about the sugar content of their favorite snacks. They will play a healthy snacks game and make their own healthy snack charts to take home. They will then make three delicious recipes, complete a fun craft and end their class with a 30 minute Kidding Around Yoga session for kids. Classes are from 8a-11a OR noon-3p. Cost is $19+$10 material fee is payable to instructor at class. This is a RLASD Elementary Inservice Day.

April 28th Saturday

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary in Sarona will host their Helping Hands Day on Saturday from 8a-2p. Volunteers are needed to help clean, organize, wash, wipe, and rake up camp. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Free breakfast and lunch for the volunteers. For more info visit

April 28th Saturday

The Island Chain of Lakes Association will present Area Lakes Day at Arrowhead Bible Camp on Saturday from 9a-2p. Keynote speakers, vendor expo, and concessions available. Recommended donation $5.

April 28th Saturday

The North All-Star Youth Football Camp for grades 3 - 8  at Cameron High School is on Saturday. There is a $20 donation fee that helps all of our local 8-Man football coaches and players raise funds for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

April 28th Saturday

The Washburn County Area Humane Society's Annual “Pins for Pets” 9-Pin Tap Bowling Fundraiser will be held on Saturday at Northwoods Lanes and Lounge in Spooner.
The registration fee is $20, which includes 3 games of bowling, shoes and ball
rental if needed, snacks, a donation to WCAHS, and the fun of bowling for a great
cause. There will also be raffle drawings for many great prizes. Proceeds will be donated to the Washburn County Area Humane Society Animal Shelter. Bowlers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Pre-registration is recommended by calling Northwoods Lanes at 715-939-1203, or by stopping at the alley to sign-up.

May 2nd & 9th Wednesday

UWBC will host Your Credit Score: Understand It & Improve It in a two part workshop Wednesday nights May 2nd and 9th from 6p-8p. Participants will learn about factors used to calculate their credit score and how that score affects decisions by lenders, landlords, and employers. Registration is $19 with a $10 discount if paid by April 26th. High school and college students are free. For more info visit the UWBC website.

May 4th-5th Friday-Saturday

St. Joseph School is doing a production of Lion King Jr, on May 4 and 5.  

May 5th Saturday

The Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club is hosting its annual, Free Women's Basic Pistol class Saturday from 1p-3. at the range just off Hwy 53, 2 miles east on County Rd A  at N6105 Mann Rd, Spooner. Women 18 and older can come learn about safety, proper grip, sighting, malfunctions, and parts of the firearm. Pre-register by email to or calling 515-371-8813. Participants will need to bring a handgun, 50 rounds ammunition, and eye and hearing protection.

May 6th Sunday

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

May 8th Tuesday

The Know Your Numbers Health Fair is Tuesday-Friday with the medical facilities in Barron, Cumberland, Rice Lake, and Turtle Lake. Free screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, body mass, and more. Visit the hospital websites for details and appointment info.  

May 15th Tuesday

The Barron Chambers 6th Annual Music in the Park kicks off Tuesday at 6p with R Country Offspring. The event is rain or shine. Bring your own lawn chair. Food served by Jennie-O Turkey Store Relay for Life Team starting at 6:30p. There is no charge for the concert.

May 23rd Wednesday

The American Legion Burger Night is on Wednesday from 5p-7p at the Rice Lake Veterans Center. Menu includes burgers, wings, shrimp, fries, and onion rings. The bar opens at 4p daily. The public is always welcome.