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posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:44 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Nov 16, 2018, 11:43 AM ]

Through November

As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed this fall after Hurricanes Michael and Florence forced the cancellation of about 200 blood drives, causing approximately 7,000 units of blood and platelets to go uncollected. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Barron 11/19/2018: 12p-6p, Community Center, 800 Memorial Drive

Cumberland 11/20/2018: 12p-6p, American Legion, 1225 Veterans St.

Amery 11/27/2018: 10a-4p, Willow Ridge Healthcare, 400 Deronda St.


Through November

Emergency Services of Barron County is creating a 2019 Calendar Raffle and community members can now sponsor their own day. This is a great way to recognize family, friends, co-workers, and special events. Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Honor lost loved ones, or recognize personal achievements. For $50, a community member can sponsor one calendar day in our 2019 Emergency Services Calendar Raffle and reserve that day with their own message. Personalize your message to be printed on approximately 4,000 calendars which will be sold throughout Barron County as a fundraiser for Emergency Services of Barron County first responders. Calendar Day sponsorships are on a first-come, first-served basis. To sponsor a specific day, please visit our website at www.EmergencyServicesBC.org or contact
Julie Garibaldi at 715-419-0012.


Through Thanksgiving
St. Joseph's school in Rice Lake will be selling locally grown Christmas trees at the Kwik Trip north location and the south side Cenex. Sale times will 10a-7p on the weekends and 1p-7p on the weekdays. Cost is $35. All the proceeds will support the students at St. Joseph School.

Through December 15th

The Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 and the Wisconsin Elks Association is offering an Americanism Essay Contest to fifth-eighth grade students. This year's theme is- “Makes You Proud of America”, gives young people the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. The deadline for submitting contest entries to the Rice Lake Lodge is December 15, 2018. Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 is located at 36 East Eau Claire Street, Rice Lake, WI. Entries can be mailed or dropped off in person by the deadline. Local prizes will be awarded and students that enter will be invited to the annual Youth Banquet held at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge in May. Contest rules include-Essay length not to exceed 300 words. The essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant. Participant must be identified by name, grade, school attending and sponsoring Elks Lodge (Rice Lake #1441) on the essay. This contest is open to all area students and they are encouraged to participate as a class project or as an individual if the curriculum does not allow time for the essay contest.


Through Christmas

The Salvation Army of Barron County, once again, asks the community to donate generously to their bell ringing campaign. Funds raised will be used to help residents in Barron County with emergency lodging, medical transportation, and more. Last year more than $61,000 was raised. To volunteer to ring the bell call 715-234-2799 or visit SAbarron.org


November 17th Saturday

West Akers Lutheran Church will host their Hunter’s Breakfast on Saturday from 8a-noon. Cost is a freewill offering. Everyone is welcome.


November 17th Saturday

St. Joseph School in Rice Lake will host their annual Craft Fair on Saturday from 9a-3p. Over 50 booths featuring wood crafts, Christmas decorations, custom signs, and more.


November 18th Sunday

The Rice Lake Senior Center will host their annual Community Breakfast on Sunday from 8a-11a. The vast menu includes asparagus & bacon egg cups, pumpkin french toast with caramel cream sauce, biscuits & gravy, fresh fruit, and more.


November 20th Tuesday

The Thomas St. Angelo Public Library in Cumberland will host WI DNR wildlife technician, Christian Cold, to present “Owls for Kids” on Tuesday at 6:30p He will be bringing two owls for the presentation geared for kids eight and older but all ages are welcome. Any questions contact the library at 715-822-2767.


November 22nd Thursday

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake will host a Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday from noon-2p. Everyone is welcome. For delivery call the Parish office before noon on Wednesday, 715-234-2032.


November 28th Wednesday

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


November 30th Friday

The Barron Area Community Center will host the Land of Lakes Choirboys for one night only presentation of “Christmas with the Choirboys” on Friday November 30th at 7:30p. Reserved seating tickets are available through the BACC. Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for students 18 and under.


December 1st Saturday

The Ladies of First Lutheran are hosting their annual Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Rice Lake from 11a-1p. There will be crafts and homemade candy for sale. A soup and salad luncheon will also be held.


December 2nd Sunday

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


December 3rd Monday

Cumberland Healthcare Volunteer Partners encourage community members to honor a loved one with the purchase of lights for the Cumberland Healthcare Love Light Tree and for the Tree of Hope. Lights may be purchased for either tree for $5 each or $25 a sting of lights. Proceeds will benefit the Cumberland Healthcare Volunteer Partners Scholarship Fund. For more info call 715-822-7264. The tree lighting ceremony is Monday December 3rd at 5:30p.


January 6th Sunday

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


January 23rd Wednesday

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

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