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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 redcrossblood.org 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 hunthill.org.


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 redcrossblood.org 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 gygli@yahoo.com.


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; Personnel.Director@RedCedarSymphony.org, or Executive Director Alana Laufman at 715.651.2480; Executive.Director@RedCedarSymphony.org.


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 sandrapolzin@hotmail.com.


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 ricelakecurling.org


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 mayoclinichealthsystem.org 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 chamber@rice-lake.com.

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