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 Feb 7, 2018, 11:02 AM ]

Through February

The Rice Lake Public Library is hosting the Olympic Winter Reading Program going now through March 16th.

Kids Program:  Complete a Bingo card, filled with fun reading and activity challenges.  Once you have filled in all your squares, bring in your card for a free book and to hang a gold medal on our Winter Olympic Reading Podium.
Adult Program:  Stop in to pick up your first Olympic bingo card to start our winter reading program. As participants return their completed bingo cards to the library they will be entered in a drawing at that will be held on Monday, March 19th.  You are invited to complete as many cards as you’re able to.

Through February

Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need. In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives. Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Additional blood donation opportunities.

Dallas 2/19/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Dallas Lutheran Church, 101 E. Dallas St.
Rice Lake 2/19/2018: 12pm-6pm, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1900 College Drive
Rice Lake 2/20/2018: 12pm-6pm, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1900 College Drive

Hayward 2/21/2018: 9:30am- 3:30pm, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, 8575 N. Trepania Rd

Shell Lake 2/28/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Shell Lake High School, 271 Highway 63

February 8th Thursday

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary will present their Birds and Beer series Thursday at 5:30p at Cheers Bar and Grill at Tagalong Golf Course in Birchwood. This months presentation is “Love Birds” with Ryan Magana, Wisconsin DNR Regional Ecologist. Cost is $15 per person at the door or $10 in advance. For more info call 715-635-6543 or visit

February 10th Saturday

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday from 10a-4p at the Rice Lake Moose Lodge in honor of Rice Lake’s  Ava King. Ava, 6, needs a blood transfusion every four weeks due to Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare form of bone marrow failure.  To raise awareness, the King’s are hosting a blood drive and inviting the entire community to come out and give. To make an appointment, go to or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

February 10th Saturday
The Rice Lake Elks will host Valentine dining specials on Saturday in the clubroom from 5pm-9pm with piano music offered by Susan Barta-local musician from 5-7pm followed by Erik Grover –Elks Legacy Scholar and experienced musician will performing from 7pm to 9pm.

February 10th Saturday

The Lighthouse Center on Main Street in Rice Lake will host an open mic and game night on Saturday from 7p-9p. Snacks available for a donation.

February 11th Sunday
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cameron will host a Valentine's Dinner on Sunday from 11a-2p. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes, dessert, and more. Tickets are $7 for adults. $5 for children twelve and under. Take-outs will be available.

February 11th Sunday

The Rice Lake Elks will host a Community Breakfast Buffet on Sunday from 8:30am-11am. Cost of the meal is $7.00 and personalized Valentine Cookies created by Chef Don Putnam will be available for purchase for a minimal charge of $4.00 which includes a take home box and personalization offered for gift giving. Proceeds will be donated to the Elks/Easter Seal Respite Camp at Wisconsin Dells. Volunteers are always accepted. For more information or to volunteer please contact Marla by calling 715-234-2951 or by email at

February 11th Sunday

The Red Cedar Symphony invites classical musicians at the level of Suzuki 5 or higher to join us for our spring season. Rehearsals begin on Feb. 11th, and take place each Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. The spring concerts will take place on March 24 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Cumberland, and on March 25 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. The RCS especially is seeking violin and viola players, a 2nd oboe, principal trombone, tuba, French horn, and percussion players. For more information or to obtain music before rehearsals begin, please contact Personnel Director Patty Smith at 715.790.2434;, or Executive Director Alana Laufman at 715.651.2480;

February 11th Sunday

The Wisconsin Elks Club will present their local United States Constitution scholarship contest at the Rice Lake Elks Club on Sunday at 11a. The regional contest will be on March 18th at the Rice Lake Elks Club. Contest participants must be a high school senior and a US Citizen. Applications for the contest are available from area guidance counselors or walk-ins are accepted on the day of the exam. Questions on the contest can be directed to

February 11th Sunday
The Reel 'Em Inn on Long Lake will host an All You Can Eat Spaghetti Fundraiser for the Birchwood Food Pantry on Sunday from 11a-2p. Cost is $10 per person in advance. $12 at the door. There will also be great raffle prizes.

February 16th Friday

You can kick-off the Lenten season at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge by enjoying a Fish Buffet Dinner on Friday from 5-9pm in the Elks Club room. Adult price for the Buffet is $11.95/Kids under 10 can dine for $8.95 plus Tax and Tip.

February 16th Friday

The Knights of Columbus in Spooner will have their Fish Fry at the St. Francis School auditorium on Friday from 4:30p-7p. Deep fried fish, baked fish, dessert, and more. Cost is $8 for adults, kids under 14 $4, children under 7 are free.

February 16th Friday

The Knights of Columbus council 7022 will present their Fish Fry on Friday from 4:30p-7p at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barron. Menu includes cod (baked or deep fried), choice of potato, dessert, and more. Cost is $10 for two pieces. $12 for three pieces. Kids five to twelve $5. Under five are free. Carry outs are welcome.

February 17th Saturday

The Rice Lake Curling Club invites you to their open house on Saturday from 2p-5p. You’ll have a chance to get on the ice for demonstrations. You can also find out more about the four week Olympic mini-league for inexperienced curlers. For more info visit

February 17 Saturday

The Thomas St. Angelo Public Library in Cumberland will welcome Inga Witscher host of the Wisconsin Public TV show “Around the Farm Table” to demonstrate how to make smorgastrata. This Scandinavian Style sandwich cake will be a perfect addition for your next family gathering. To register call the library 715-822-2767.

February 18th Sunday

Mayo Clinic Health System will host a Rock n’ Roller Skating event Sunday from 5p-7p at Skate City in Rice Lake. Skating is free, including quad skates, and Uptown Playland. Check out for more info.

February 21st Wednesday

The 3rd Annual Barron Chamber of Commerce Craft Beer and Wine Tasting with Silent Auction is Wednesday from 5p-7:30p at Rolling Oaks Restaurant and Lounge in Barron. Your ticket includes beverage samples with appetizer pairings, free stemless wine glass, and an entry in the door prize drawing. Cost is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Tickets available at the Barron News Shield, Barron Area Community Center, and Rolling Oaks Restaurant.

February 24th Saturday

The National Federation of Wrestling will present the Return to Rice Lake on Saturday at the Rice Lake Elks Club. Doors open 6pm with the first match beginning at 7pm. Tickets are ringside $15, General admission $10 in advance $12 at door, Kids 10 and under $5 in advance $8 at door. VIP tables are also available. Tickets available at The Butcher Shop and the Elks Club or from any NFW wrestler. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Elks/Easter Seals respite camp at Wisconsin Dells. The Elk Club will be providing concessions including a cash bar.

February 25th Sunday

The Communiversity Symphonic Band and the Red Cedar Choir will join forces on Sunday to raise funds for the Rice Lake Area Free Clinic in a combined performance featuring the music of Antonin Dvorak (Dvor zhock)  and traditional folk dances. The concert will take place at 2p at the Fine Arts Center at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake, with goodwill offerings accepted in lieu of set ticket prices. As both the band, directed by Mike Joosten, and the choir, directed by Beth Joosten, are collaborations between area community and University of Wisconsin-Barron County musicians, the concert represents a wide range of support for the free clinic. Funds raised will be used for clinic operating costs, medications, and other needs.

February 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. Bar opens at 4p daily. The public is always welcome.

March 2nd Friday

The Knights of Columbus council 7022 will present their Fish Fry on Friday from 4:30p-7p at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barron. Menu includes cod (baked or deep fried), choice of potato, dessert, and more. Cost is $10 for two pieces. $12 for three pieces. Kids five to twelve $5. Under five are free. Carry outs are welcome.

March 4th Sunday

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

March 9th Friday

The Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce’s "Chilly" Bowl Challenge/Fundraiser is on Friday at Rands Bowling Lanes at 6:30p. Funds will go toward Placemaking efforts, youth scholarships, Christmas Decoration Fund, and other community needs. They are looking for raffle prizes. If you're interested in donating a prize, call 715-234-2126 or email

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