Events Calendar

Rekindle the Spirit

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Wisconsin Rapids JCPenney Parking lot over Grand Avenue to 4th Street is the parade route

Join us for Rekindle the Spirit Holiday Parade and Celebration!
5:45 p.m. Lighting with Holiday Parade to follow right after lighting

The parade will start at JCPenney’s parking lot and be making its way across Grand Avenue bridge ending at 4th Street.

Make your way to Hotel Mead after the parade for a visit with Santa, music and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies sponsored by Hotel Mead. Please use the north side entrance and proceed to Riverside Ballroom.

United Way Paint Night

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

6:00 pm

Wisconsin Rapids Elk’s Lodge

Join us for a “Paint Night” Fundraiser for United Way of Inner Wisconsin! Cost is $40.00 per person and includes a Christmas Time Painting and one drink of your choice. Food is available for purchase. Only 30 spots available. Please register and pay prior to November 28 at www.uwiw.org. Event hosted by “I Heart Canvas.”

#GivingTuesday

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

All Day

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. What can you do locally? You can make a donation to United Way of Inner Wisconsin at www.uwiw.org!

WI Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program Training

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sandhill Wildlife Area

Learn to identify tracks of medium to large-size carnivores (and a few other common Wisconsin mammals) and how to conduct track surveys as part of the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking program. This class meets one of the training requirements for participation in the Wisconsin Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program. Program participants are also required to take a wolf ecology class. Limit 30 participants. Contact WDNR wildlife biologist Jane Wiedenhoeft at Jane.Wiedenhoeft@Wisconsin.gov to register. Register by November 22.

Holiday Buyer’s Boutique

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Furniture Studio, 6640 State Highway 13

Hot Pink YOUniversity is hosting their 5th annual Holiday Buyer’s Boutique! Over 20 vendors from artists to crafters to direct sales will be on hand to create a one stop shop supporting local women.

Jeremiah’s Crossing Winter Gala – The Mane Event

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

5:00 pm

Nekoosa Area Senior Community Center, 416 Crestview Lane, Nekoosa, WI

Jeremiah’s Crossing is honored to invite you to their Annual Winter Gala-The Mane Event. The evening will begin with a social hour, followed by a gourmet dinner by Great Expectations. Music will be provided by the Lincoln High School String Ensemble. Plan to put on your dancing shoes for the band Goats in Trees. There will be opportunities to find special treasures to take home with an amazing live auction and raffle.
Tickets are $65 per person, $100 per Couple and $400 for a table of 8. Reserve your tickets early. Limited seating available.
This fundraiser helps Jeremiah’s Crossing continue their commitment to provide lessons to students at no cost. For more information about Jeremiah’s Crossing or the Mane Event please visit the website or call 715-459-2551.

Loyds Holiday Extravaganza

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Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017

10:00am - 6:00pm

Loyds Convention Center, 1045 state Hwy 73, Wisconsin Rapids

This is a kid friendly holiday event that includes crafts and live music. If you are a vendor and would like to be a part of this event then go to loydsholidayextravaganza.com to apply.

Loyds Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Sunday, December 3, 2017

10:00-6:00

1045 State Hwy 73, WI Rapids

Holiday Craft Show and so much more! Join us for family fun and Holiday gift shopping – Santa and his elves, live entertainment, children’s activities including stuffing reindeers and decorating gingerbread cookies, 25 local artists and vendors, hot chocolate and cider, sweets and treats, and a gift wrapping station! $2 cash donation, canned goods or toy donation encouraged for admission. For more information call Cindy 715-498-0724

Breakfast with the Grinch

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

8am to 11am

YMCA Camp Alexander

Join the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who for breakfast, activities, pictures, and holiday spirit at YMCA Camp Alexander.
Pre-Registration is Required…. call 715.887.3240

Acrylic Block Painting

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Monday, December 4, 2017

6-8:30 pm

City Hall, 444 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

Discover a fun way to unwind with your friends. Reconnect while a local artist guides you through painting your own Christmas/Winter/Snowman masterpiece. Participants need to bring their own acrylic or glass block, size 7.5″. All other supplies included. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Fees: $14 City Resident; $21 Non-Resident. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Rapids Recreation Department, call 715-421-8240 for more information.

Self-Defense

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

7:30-9 pm

Wisconsin Rapids Area Middle School - Upper Gym

This class provides an opportunity for you to learn practical skills and knowledge to keep you safe against predators and attackers. Taught by trained professionals. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Fees: $11 City Resident; $17 Non-Resident. For more information call the Wis. Rapids Recreation Dept. at 715-421-8240.

Mad for Plaid Cards Class

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5:30-7:30pm

Lighthouse Books & Gifts

Make 3 pretty plaid Christmas cards using rubber stamps, dies, decorative paper & embellishments. Adhesive not included, please bring your favorite. Register soon, class size is limited. $10.00 plus tax

Mad for Plaid Cards Class

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

5:30-7:30pm

Lighthouse Books & Gifts

Make 3 pretty plaid Christmas cards using rubber stamps, dies, decorative paper & embellishments. Adhesive not included, please bring your favorite. Register soon, class size is limited. $10.00 plus tax

Rudolph Country Christmas

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

0800

Rudolph, WI

Please join us for the 16th Annual Rudolph Country Christmas. We have over 50 craft vendors, food, chainsaw carving, sled-dog weight pull competition, gingerbread competition, face painting, children’s games/activities, and more. Mail out your Christmas cards at the Rudolph Post Office to get the special Rudolph cancellation. And of course Santa and his reindeer will be there for Breakfast with St Nick and pictures in the afternoon. Fireworks and lighted parade to end the festivities! Like us on FB to follow updates.

FREE Bethlehem Christmas Card Make & Take

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

10am-3pm

Lighthouse Books & Gifts

Make a beautiful Bethlehem scene Christmas card using new stamps from Impression Obsession. Limit 1 free make & take per customer, while supplies last. FREE!

Humane Society Christmas Bazaar

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Sunday, December 10, 2017

8-5pm Saturday 9-4pm Sunday

Nekoosa Community Center

South Wood County Humane Society’s Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, December 9th 8-5pm AND Sunday, December 10th 9-4pm at the Nekoosa Community Center, 416 Crestview Lane Nekoosa.

Enjoy all the favorites of the holiday season including decor, bakery, articifical trees, trimmming, home goods, pet items, apparel, vintage, gifts and much more!

New items will be placed out on Sunday!

This is one holiday event you do not want to miss! All proceeds benefit current and future homeless pets at South Wood County Humane Society.

Special thank you to our generous sponsors: Bill Beichl Insurance, BowWow Meow LLC, WoodTrust Bank, Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Stuff It Storage, Ruesch Companies LLC, Siems Repair LLC, Woodland Veterinary Clinic, Ltd..

Wine/Beer Glass Painting

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Monday, December 11, 2017

6-8 pm

City Hall, 444 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

Paint, socialize and have fun! Choose from a few different patterns or design your own holiday glass. All supplies included. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Fees: $14 City Resident; $21 Non-Resident. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Rapids Recreation Department, call 715-421-8240 for more information.

Christmas Variety Cards Class

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

5:30-7:30pm

Lighthouse Books & Gifts

Make 3 pretty Christmas cards using rubber stamps, dies, embossing folders, decorative paper, embellishments & foiling techniques. Adhesive not included, please bring your favorite. Register soon, class size is limited. $10.00 plus tax.

Winter Landscape Canvas Acrylic Painting

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

6-9pm

City Hall, 444 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

Create a beautiful painting on canvas by simply following directions by a local artist. Class size is limited. Pre-registration required. Program fees: $14 City Resident; $21 Non-Resident. All supplies included. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Rapids Recreation Department, call 715-421-8240 for more information.

Christmas Variety Cards Class

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

5:30-7:30pm

Lighthouse Books & Gifts

Make 3 pretty Christmas cards using rubber stamps, dies, embossing folders, decorative paper, embellishments & foiling techniques. Adhesive not included, please bring your favorite. Register soon, class size is limited. $10.00 plus tax.

Heritage Hollyday

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Historic Point Basse

$3 For Adults
$2 For all Students

Enjoy watching and helping the citizens of Point Basse as they get ready for Christmas. Participate in various winter activities. Traditional decorations of the period, sweet treats, and strolling carolers add holiday charm to the site.

For further information call 459-1722

Thank You and Recognition Celebration

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

4:00pm - 6:00pm

The Eatery at Great Expectations

Anyone who has supported United Way of Inner Wisconsin during its 2017 Campaign – by donating, volunteering, etc. – is welcome and encouraged to attend our Thank You and Recognition Celebration. The event is free thanks to our sponsors. There will be appetizers and a cash bar, with a program at 5:00pm. During the event, United Way will show its appreciation to the many organizations, individuals and volunteers who helped make the 2017 campaign a success.

A Doll’s House

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Friday, February 9, 2018 – Sunday, February 18, 2018

7:30pm; 2:00pm Sunday matinee

WR Community Theatre; 220 3rd Ave., S.; Rapids Mall/Centralia Center

Nora Helmer lives with her husband Torvald and her three children in 1879 Norway. Torvald is ambitious and keen to keep up appearances in a strict 19th century society. Nora tries to be the model wife. Together they create a façade of a life until fate intervenes. Ibsen’s play is considered a challenge to the marriage vows of the time and the actors who play the roles. A Doll’s House will be performed as the culmination of a WRCT Ibsen workshop.
Performances are on Feb. 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30pm and Feb. 18 at 2:00pm.

Kellner Knights Snowmobile Club Radar Run & Vintage Rally

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Races from 10am - 3pm

On the Wisconsin River across from Anchor Bay Bar & Grill, 3460 N Biron Dr Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

The Radar Race is a club fundraiser and all money go back into the trails in Wood & Portage Counties that are maintained by The Kellner Knights Snowmobile Club. Trophies awarded for the top 3 speeds in both stock and modified classes after the races. All are invited to come out and enjoy the races and vintage rally. Concession food and beverages are available for spectators and racers.

A Toast To Great Futures

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Friday, April 27, 2018

5:00 pm

Nekoosa Community Center

The Boys & Girls Club has the perfect Friday night planned for you! Come relax and enjoy premium wine and beer, while making a difference in the lives of our community’s youth! The event is complete with a wide selection of premium wines and craft beers, paired with appetizers from Great Expectations. The 3rd annual event will host a silent auction, raffle room, and an event favorite – The Wine and Whiskey Raffle.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area, which serves 2,100 youth annually in Wisconsin Rapids, Port Edwards, and Nekoosa locations.

Anne of Green Gables

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Friday, May 11, 2018 – Sunday, May 20, 2018

7:30pm; 2:00pm Sunday matinee

WR Community Theatre; 220 3rd Ave., S.; Rapids Mall/Centralia Center

A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same.
Performances will be on May 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm and May 20 at 2:00pm

Wood County Master Garden Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 12, 2018

9:00 to 3:00

Helens Zoo House, Gaynor Ave, Wis. Rapids

One day sale of perennial landscape plants.

Jeremiah’s Crossing Annual Family Fun Fest

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Dexter Park, Hwy 80 & Hwy 54, Pittsville, WI 54466

Jeremiah’s Crossing hosts their Annual Family Fun Fest which includes a classic & custom car show, vendors, crafters, food, a General Store, Cream Puffs, & live music. Raffles, a silent auction & kids activities are all available for family fun.

Jeremiah’s Crossing Student Ride-A-Thon

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Jeremiah’s Crossing (2440 County Hwy X, Babcock, WI)

Everyone is invited to attend Jeremiah’s Crossing Student Ride-a-Thon & Parade of Horses. Food, fun for the kids, raffles & the Great BBQ Cook-Off (public entries welcome).