Community News

posted Oct 25, 2017, 9:47 AM by Adam Hutton   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

Through July

The American Red Cross is now facing an emergency blood shortage following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood donations, with hundreds fewer blood drives than a typical week and a resulting decline in donations. Right now, blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. All eligible donors are urgently needed to give now to help replenish the blood supply. Make an appointment to donate blood 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:

Turtle Lake 7/11/2018: 12p-6p, St. Ann Catholic Church, 320 Pine St. S.

Sarona 7/12/2018: 1p-7p, Long Lake Lutheran Church, W3114 Church Road

Cumberland 7/17/2018: 12p-6p, American Legion, 1225 Veterans St.

Cameron 7/18/2018: 9a-3p, Mosaic Telecom, 401 S. 1st St.

Rice Lake 7/20/2018: 12:30p-6:30p, Barron County Fair, 101 Short St.
Rice Lake 7/21/2018: 11a-5p, Barron County Fair, County Highway 48
Rice Lake 7/26/2018: 10a-4p, Rice Lake Moose Lodge 402, 40 E. Newton St.

Hayward 7/26/2018: 1p-7p, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10586 N. Dakota Ave.
Hayward 7/27/2018: 8a-2p, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10586 N. Dakota Ave.
Rice Lake 7/31/2018: 12p-6p, Bethany Lutheran Church, 35 W. Messenger St.


July 14th Saturday

The Rice Lake Elks Lodge #1441 will host the Elks Membership “Drive” 2018 at Lynndale’s Golf in Rice Lake on Saturday with a shotgun start at 3p. Cost is $40 per golfer and includes nine holes and a cart, followed by social hour and dinner with presentation at the Rice Lake Elks Lodge to follow. There will also be raffles and hole prizes. For more info or to register call Tony at 715-520-2609.


July 14th Saturday

Chetek United Methodist Church will host their 11th annual Pancake Breakfast from 8a-10:30a on Saturday. Pancakes, sausage, french toast, and applesauce. It’s $6 for adults. $3 for kids four-twelve with kids three and younger free. Everyone is welcome.


July 14th Saturday

EAA Chapter 631 will be giving free airplane rides for young people 8-17 years old at the Shell Lake Airport on Saturday from 10a-1p weather permitting. A parent of guardian must accompany the young person to sign a permission slip.


July 14th Saturday

A Remedy to End Human Trafficking is at the Rice Lake High School on Saturday at 7p. The concert, featuring Christian rock band “Remedy Drive”, will raise funds for Exodus Road to help end human trafficking. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more info call 715-220-7301  


July 14th-15th Saturday-Sunday

Hay River Quilters present their 21st annual quilt show, “Quilts along the River: Then and Now,” in conjunction with Prairie Farm Dairy Days. The quilt show is Saturday from 9a-4p and Sunday from 10a-3p at the Prairie Farm American Legion Hall. Admission is $2, with proceeds going to the Prairie Farm-Ridgeland Food Pantry. Raffle tickets will be available at the door, and the prizes are a queen-size quilt, a wall hanging, and a table runner. The drawings are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Winners need not be present to win.


July 15th Sunday

The Indianhead Saddle Club Horse Show is on Sunday starting at 8a located one mile north of Rice Lake on Highway SS. Lunch available. The public is welcome. For more info call 715-234-7574.


July 17th Tuesday

The Barron Chamber will welcome the Culpepper and Merriweather circus come to Barron on Tuesday for two shows! The first one at 5:30p and another at 7:30p. Tent raising is at 10:00a for everyone to see.  The circus will be located next to Barron Ford on the grassy area to the east. Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance at the following locations: Sterling Bank, Barron City Hall, Westconsin Credit Union, CCF Bank, Gordy's Market, and the Barron Area Community Center. Prices for advance tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors (65 and over) and children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free. On show day tickets will be $13.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors and children. For more info visit cmcircus.com


July 17th Tuesday

The Barron Chambers 6th Annual Music in the Park continues Tuesday at 6p with Chris Kroeze. The event is rain or shine. Bring your own lawn chair. Food served by Westconsin Relay For Life Team starting at 6:30p. There is no charge for the concert.


July 17th Tuesday

The Island City Music concert series continues with Mark Stary on Tuesday from 6p-8p on Library Lake in Cumberland.  There is no charge for attending the concert but you should bring your own lawn chair. Peter & Annie’s World Market will be serving food from the Barronett Civic
Club’s Little Red Caboose, the old Louie’s brat wagon. The school district’s kayaks will be available for use at the city dock on the south shore of the lake. Susan Bridger, community education director, asks that you call or email her to reserve kayaks by Monday. Her number is 715-822-5121, ext. 403, and her email is sbrid@csdmail.com. Free-will offerings will be accepted for the use of kayaks, with the donations going to the Island City Academy.


July 18th Wednesday

Barron County Votes, a non-partisan group that promotes civic engagement, will meet at 7p on Wednesday at the Barron City Hall. Anyone who wants to help assist with voter registration in Barron County is encouraged to attend. For more info email barroncountyvotes@gmail.com


July 20th Friday

The summer concert series Sundown at the Shell presents Dexter Wolfe and Adelyn Rose at the Rice Lake Veterans Memorial/City Park band shell. Live music along with food, family fun and lawn games starts at 7 p.m. The event is free.


July 20th-22nd Friday-Sunday

The 55th Annual Birchwood Bluegill Festival kicks off Friday with the softball tournament in the afternoon, opening of the beer garden at 4:30p, and the famous fish fry at 5p. There is also music Friday night with “North 35” and “Micky and the Monsters”. Saturday includes a pancake breakfast at the American Legion, bake sale at the Village Hall, kids games, 5k run/walk, horseshoe and bean bag tournaments, music with “Four Some”, “R Country Offspring”, and “Divided Highway”.  Sunday will feature the Grand Parade and more. For a complete schedule of events visit birchwoodwi.com


July 22nd Sunday

The Blue Hills Sportsmen’s Club is hosting an NRA 3 Gun Experience on Sunday from 10a-3p. This is an introduction into the world of the 3 Gun Challenge. This event is a .22 caliber rim fire Pistol and Rifle event along with a 12ga or 20ga Shotgun. All firearms and ammunition also eye and ear protection will be provided. You can also bring your own guns. You will receive one round of shooting and lunch with your entry fee. Additional rounds of shooting can be purchased. Event will be supervised by certified NRA Coaches, Instructors, and NRA Range Safety Officers. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for participants 17 and younger. For more info call 715-933-0125.


July 23rd Monday

The Rice Lake Public Library will host “Genealogy Rocks! Getting Started on YOUR family history” with Gloria Dobberfuhl from the Blue Hills Genealogical Society at 2:00pm.  Whether you're just beginning or have been working on your family history for a while come learn tips, and helpful ideas that can help you move along in your search.


July 24th Tuesday

The Island City Music concert series continues with the Git Backs on Tuesday from 6p-8p on Library Lake in Cumberland.  There is no charge for attending the concert but you should bring your own lawn chair. Lairdchurch Vacation Rentals will be serving food. The school district’s kayaks will be available for use at the city dock on the south shore of the lake. Susan Bridger, community education director, asks that you call or email her to reserve kayaks by Monday. Her number is 715-822-5121, ext. 403, and her email is sbrid@csdmail.com. Free-will offerings will be accepted for the use of kayaks, with the donations going to the Island City Academy.


July 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.


August 3rd Friday

The summer concert series Sundown at the Shell presents Emma Ruddock, Hemma and Matt Hannah at the Rice Lake Veterans Memorial/City Park band shell. Live music along with food, family fun and lawn games starts at 7 p.m. The event is free.


August 5th Sunday

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


August 9th Thursday

The Rice Lake Elks Lodge will host the Dean’s List Summer Concert on Thursday from 6p-9p. There will be a cash bar, event menu with hors d'oeuvres buffet for $15. No admission fee with free will offerings benefiting Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary. Doors open at 5p. The Rice Lake Elks Lodge is located at 36 East Eau Claire Street.

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