Community Events

November Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:47 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Nov 20, 2017, 10:17 AM ]

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:

  • Barron 11/20/2017 (Monday): 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 800 Memorial Drive

  • Cumberland 11/21/2017 (Tuesday): 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 1220 Veterans Drive

  • 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 23rd Thursday

St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday from noon until 2pm. Everyone is welcome. If you would like a meal delivered call Sr. Claudine at 715-234-4811 before 11am on Thanksgiving.

Through November 25th Saturday

The Rice Lake Elk’s are once again honoring veteran’s graves with their Wreaths Across America Project. Pledge forms are available at the Rice Lake Elk’s Lodge. You may designate a specific grave. Cost is $15. Orders are due by Saturday. Find out more at or at the Rice Lake Elk’s Lodge.

November 25th Saturday
The Shell Lake Arts Center presents “The Art of Film” Series: Beasts of the Southern Wild hosted by UW-Madison Film Studies graduate Justin Peck. The film begins at 7pm in the Center’s cafeteria. There is plenty of seating but you may bring your own chair. Snacks and beverages will be available. Admission is a suggested donation of $7. Find out more at

November 25th Saturday

The benefit for Dale Brown will be held at Happy Hour Bar in Rice Lake on Saturday starting at 1pm. There is a meat raffle, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, chicken dinner and open mic. Cost is $2 at the door. Dale needs a full hip replacement and will miss two to three months of work.

November 28th Tuesday

The RLPL will present an Afternoon Movie on Wednesday at 2:00pm. Choosing and showing movies for your viewing enjoyment. Once each month the library will pick from newly released or classic movies to present at our afternoon movie event.  This month we’ll be viewing THE HERO with actor Sam Elliott.  Sam plays and over-the-hill movie star who, after being diagnosed with cancer, deals with lifetime regrets and mending fences with those he’s hurt.  Invite a friend to enjoy a movie and popcorn.

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 has been appropriately named “Dreams Do Come True” and will take place on Thursday at Spooner Market and Grill from 4pm-7pm.  Complimentary refreshments, cash bar, and many wonderful prizes and giveaways. Fire destroyed the shelter earlier this year inspiring this year's theme of  “Dreams Do Come True” as the new animal shelter effort moves forward and have now become a reality.  

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.

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