Community Events

Through November

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

Additional blood donation opportunities:

  • Chetek 11/29/2017 (Wednesday): 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Boniface Church, 419 Third St.

Through November

WESTconsin Credit Union is collecting new mittens, gloves, hats and scarves that will be distributed locally to families in need with their Mitten Tree. Donated items can be handmade or store purchased. You can also donate by purchasing a paper ornament. More details at any WESTconsin Credit Union location.

Through November

You or your group can now sign up to be bell ringers for the Salvation Army. Shifts are Monday through Saturday, most sites 9am-7pm, through December 30th. To sign up, call 715-234-2799, or go to

November 28th Tuesday

The University of Wisconsin Barron County  music department will present a free concert by the Barron County Brass Quintet on Tuesday at 7pm in the UW-BC Fine Arts Theater.

November 30th Thursday

The Washburn County Area Humane Society's Annual Tree of Lights Event named “Dreams Do Come True” is Thursday at Spooner Market and Grill from 4pm-7pm.  Complimentary refreshments, cash bar, and many wonderful prizes and giveaways. Fire destroyed the animal shelter earlier this year and the new animal shelter effort moves forward.

November 30th Thursday

The Rice Lake Main Street Association's Annual Holiday Parade is Thursday at 6:30pm. Drop off you letters to Santa at Kitchen & Floor Decor or the Rice Lake Public Library the week of the parade. Post office volunteers will collect letters during the parade as well. Make sure to include your return address. Kids can visit Santa at Kitchen & Floor decor on Thursday from 5pm-6:15pm. Parade starts at 6:30pm traveling from the bridge north to Evans St. At 7:30pm the Northwinds British Brass Band will present their Holiday Concert at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Through December

Washburn County Tourism Association is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “Big Bundle Up” campaign. They are collecting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items to donate to the Washburn County Food Pantry this winter season. Donations can be made  Monday-Friday 9:00a.-4:00pm & Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm at Washburn County Visitor Center, 122 N. River Street, Spooner, WI 54801. For more info call 715-635-9696

Through December 15th Friday
The Red Cedar Symphony is pleased to announce its 2018 Concerto Competition, to be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. Musicians of high school age and older will compete by age category (high school, college, and adult). Musical selections must be from standard repertoire. Applications are available on the orchestra’s website at, or by contacting RCS Executive Director Alana Laufman at 715-651-2480. Completed applications should be mailed by December 15, 2017.

December 1st Friday

The Maze, world-renowned illusionist, will be touring through UW-Barron County on Friday and the show will begin at 7pm. It is taking place in the Fine Arts theater and is exclusively for those ages 18-30 only. Free admission.

December 1st-2nd Friday-Saturday

The Rustic Reflections Christmas Boutique on Friday from 6:30pm-9pm and Saturday from 9am-2pm at 1508 Augusta Street in Rice Lake. Proceeds will benefit Northern Lakes Community Church in Cumberland.

December 2nd Saturday

Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake will host the international award winning North Star Boys’ Choir Saturday at 7pm. This is the first time they have visited Rice Lake.

December 2nd Saturday

St. John’s Catholic Church in Clear Lake will host their Craft & Bake Sale Saturday from 8:30am-1pm. Jams, bread, cookies and candies. Wreaths, pillows, wood crafts and a lot more. Soup, rolls, and coffee will be served.

December 2nd Saturday

RLPL Holiday Party is planned for Saturday 10:30am. Music, milk and cookies, visit with Santa, and free books to take home are all part of the mornings celebration!  Jack & Kitty play Organic Vaudeville and Jug Band Folk music for all ages.  They are an Emmy Award winning musical duo that also makes critically acclaimed films and television.  Based in Minnesota, they love to perform concerts nationwide and play a variety of folk instruments including: banjo, guitar, ukulele, washboard, jug, kazoo, harmonica, whizbang, rumba box and much more.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune hailed them as "one of the most entertaining groups in the midwest."  For more information, visit:

December 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th Saturday-Sunday

The New Auburn Community Choir will present their 2017 Christmas concert Saturday, December 2nd, at New Hope Lutheran Church in Sand Creek at 3pm. Sunday, December 3rd, at Bloomer Baptist Church at 7:30pm. Saturday, December 9th, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in New Auburn at 7:30pm. Sunday, December 10th, at Chetek United Methodist Church at 7:30pm. This year they are presenting Glory in the Highest.  

December 3rd Sunday

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

December 3rd Sunday

Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 will hold the annual Elks Memorial Service on Sunday  at 11am. The service is a touching ceremony that consists of readings, musical selections and the lighting of candles in memory of local Elks who have passed in the last twelve months. The service is open to all friends and family members and their guests of the departed members.

December 5th Tuesday

Do you use propane or oil for heating? Do you have a desire to use a local energy source, so your energy expenditures stay and work in the local community? Then you should consider attending a free presentation about wood energy on Tuesday at 6:00 PM at the Spooner Agricultural Research station. They will also discuss the advantage of adding thermal storage to wood boilers to increase the efficiency. Grant programs that offer financial assistance to offset the capital cost of converting to wood will also be discussed. For more information about the use of wood for heat, power, or both visit the Wisconsin Statewide Wood Energy Team website at

December 6th Wednesday

Turtleback Golf Course will host the annual Holly Auction & Taste of the Holly Days on Wednesday from 6pm-9pm. Proceeds will benefit the Rice Lake United Way. Samples of wines, beers, and food. Silent auction and raffle. Music provided by Chris Kroeze.

December 8th Friday

Friday at 5:30pm author Matthew Janzen joins the Rice Lake Public Library to share his experiences and knowledge gained while writing his new book. State of Craft Beer is a unique journey through Wisconsin that captures the people and places behind the state's extensive craft industry.  The photos and stories explore every aspect of the brewing process,  documenting the fields and factories that supply breweries with everything from hops and barley to brewing equipment and taps handles.As a special for program attendees White Stag will be offering a Wisconsin brewed beer sample special.

December 27th Wednesday

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

December 27th Wednesday

The RLPL will present an afternoon movie Wednesday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. The movie is The Last Gunslinger starring Roland Deschain. He has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the world's at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

January 7th Sunday

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

Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:47 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Apr 18, 2018, 9:20 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.

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