Now through Dec. 5

DONATIONS TO GIVE-A-KID A BOOK PROGRAM. People may donate new or gently used (unwrapped) children’s books to Spies Public Library, 940 1st St., Menominee; or Menominee County Library, Stephenson, through Dec. 5. The program is for children in need in Menominee County. For more information, people may call 906-863-2900.

Now through Dec. 17

PRESBYTERIAN PEANUTS. Available from the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 1947 Riverside Ave., Marinette on Mondays. These are one pound bags of jumbo deep fried peanuts at $8 per pound. Advance orders are required. For more information and to place an order, persons may call 715-735-3025, Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Now through May 1

RIVER CITIES CONCERT ASSOCIATION SEASON MEMBERSHIPS ON SALE. Available at Heritage Hearing Care Menominee MI, Mattison Insurance Agency Marinette, Peshtigo Pharmacy, and online at rcconcerts.com. The 2018-2019 lineup is now available on the website. For more information, persons may call Ann Buscher at 715-735-3017.

Now through May 16

JOLLY TIMES GAME DAY. Family Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 2714 James St. (north entrance), Marinette, the first and third Thursday each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Games played have been pinochle, hand and foot, smear, cribbage, sheepshead, farkle, and Mexican train dominoes. Open to the public. No experience necessary. For more information, persons may call Sharon at 715-735-5577.

Now through May 24

DAR BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB – AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM. Registration is available at $20 per school year. There will be gym activities, homework help, arts and crafts, HAM Radio, social recreation, a free meal daily and more. The club is also open on no school days and early release days at no additional fee. For more information, persons may call 906-863-9512.

Nov. 24

A FRANK CHRISTMAS. The tribute show, by Let Me Be Frank Productions, will be held Equity Hall, W7403 Highway 64, Pound., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, with 10 percent of all monies being donated to CP Centers of Northeast Wisconsin. For more information, people may contact 715-701-1622 or www.equityrt64.com for more information.

Nov. 24-Dec. 13

RCCP FALL SWIM LESSONS. This four-week set of lessons will be held at the River Cities Community Pool, 1125 University Drive, Marinette, Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Cost will be $45 for ages 3-6 and $54 for ages 7-14.  The group will meet Monday and Wednesday the first week of lessons because of Thanksgiving. For more information, people may call Kasey 715-735-0585. Regular 8-week lessons will resume Jan. 7.

Nov. 26; and Dec. 3, 10, 17 
PARENT/CHILD PLAYGROUP.
Sponsored by Menominee County ISD-Great Parents Great Start Program and Children's Trust Fund and held at the Spies Public Library, 940 1st St., Menominee, for children from birth to 5½ years old. Participants will play, socialize and eat a healthy snack.

Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17

HARBORS LAUGHTER YOGA CLUB. Held at the Harbors, 1110 10th Ave., Menominee, Mondays at 10 a.m. Laughter boosts mood and immune system and creates social bonding.  Free to the public. Lead by Christine Pada, certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and Professional Counselor.

Nov. 26 and Dec. 17

GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP. Held at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette at 6 p.m. Local genealogists are invited to keep up with their research, learn about new resources, and meet other local genealogists. This session will be the last regular meeting of the Genealogy Discussion Group for the season. Members will talk about resources and other researching knowledge learned from attending genealogy workshops around the state. For more information, people may call Mariel at 715-732-7570.

Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 19

GENEALOGY HELP SESSION. Held at the Stephenson Public Library, 1700 Hall Ave., Marinette, from 5 to 7 p.m. Those who need help starting genealogy research or are stuck may meet with a member of the Marinette & Menominee Area Genealogy Group during this open session for personalized assistance. For more information, people may call 715-732-7570.

Nov. 29

RCCA: LEON WILLIAMS SINGS NOEL. The baritone/tenor-Christmas Show, sponsored by

First National Bank & Trust of Menominee, and Anderson-Kell Funeral Home, will be held at Blesch Auditorium, 13th and 14th avenues, Menominee, at 7 p.m. Come hear your favorite Christmas carols, spirituals and popular Christmas songs. Season memberships and single tickets will be available at the door. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for students. For more information, people may call Barb Akins at 906-863 7387, or the RCCA website, www.rcconcerts.com.

Nov. 30

YMCA PARENTS NIGHT OUT. Held at the YMCA, 1600 West Drive, Menominee, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Parents may enjoy the night off. The YMCA has activities planned for children of walking age and older. Activities include: Bounce house, bubble soccer, obstacle course, swimming, a snack and gym games. For those who register before Nov. 28, it costs $5 for members; $15, member family; $8, general public; and $24, general public family. For those who register after Nov. 28, it costs $8, members; $20, member family; $14, general public; and $34, general public family. For more information, people may call the YMCA at 906-863-9983.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

LIVING NATIVITY. A live celebration of the birth of Christ Contemporary will be held at Trinity Evangelical Church, 1216 Colfax St., Marinette. Christian music will be provided by Steven Bautista (Nov. 30) and His Way (Dec. 1). Refreshments and fellowship will be available free of charge.

2018 HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES. Five homeowners will open their doors to the public for the Holiday Tour of Homes Nov. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The community can view the architecture, home decor and holiday decorations as part of the fundraiser for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. Tickets are available at Stephenson National Bank branches in Marinette and Menominee, Peshtigo National Bank locations, and both STAA campuses, Peshtigo and Marinette.

Dec. 1

BPA VENDOR AND CRAFT SHOW. Held at Blesch Intermediate School (south end), 1200 11th Ave., Menominee, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors and crafters will be represented to help raise money for the Business Professionals of America program.

CHRISTMAS IN MARINETTE. The City of Marinette will offer a day of activities throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Marinette Middle School will hold its annual craft show; Stephenson Public Library will have Santa and activities; the Marinette Welcome Center will have pictures with the Grinch, cookies, popcorn and more; Marinette Fire Department will hold its annual open house; and the Christmas parade will be held on Main Street at 1 p.m.; and a tree-lighting ceremony at Stephenson Island will conclude the day.

Dec. 1-31

JOB CENTER OF WISCONSIN WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES. Held at The Job Center of Wisconsin, 1605 University Drive, Marinette, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 2

CHRISTMAS COOKIE SALE AND PANCAKE AND PORKIE BREAKFAST. Hosted by St. Mary’s Parish and held in the gym, 171 S Wood Ave., Peshtigo from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will be able to purchase pre-plated and assortment Christmas cookies. Empty containers are provided and priced according to size. Those attending may also have a breakfast of pancakes, French toast, sausage links, bars and cookies, coffee, milk and orange juice at a cost of $6 per person and free for children younger than 5 years. For more information, persons may call 715-582-3876 or visit www.stmaryjosephedwardparish.org.

Dec. 4

ASTRONOMY AT THE ARBORETUM

Held at the Harmony Arboretum Demonstration Gardens from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Introduction to starts, constellations, star lore and other space-related topics which includes a stargazing tour.  Dress for the weather, hot beverages will be provided. If inclement weather or mostly overcast the event will be cancelled. For more information, persons may call 715-732-7510 or toll-free at 877-884-4408.

Dec. 4 and 11

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME. Held at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette at 10 a.m. for children 3 to 6 years old, their caregivers and siblings who like to listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For more information, persons may visit the Facebook page at Stephenson Public Library; the website at http://marinettecountylibraries.org under the Marinette page or call 715-732-7570.

Dec. 5 and 12

ITSY BITSY STORY TIME. Held at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette at 11 a.m. for children from birth to 3 years old, their caregivers and siblings who like to listen to stories, sing songs with interactive play to foster bonding and learning, followed by play and exploration time. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For more information, persons may visit the Facebook page at Stephenson Public Library; the website at http://marinettecountylibraries.org under the Marinette page or call 715-732-7570.

Dec. 7

HOLIDAY CHARITY GALA. Held at Riverside Golf Club, 3459 14th Ave., Menominee, at 5:30 p.m., and benefits the Twin Counties Free Clinic and the Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Educational Scholarships. Dashing Thru the Snow is the theme. There will be a silent and live auctions with Nellie Beland as the auctioneer. People may call 715-735-6681 for more information.

Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7

FREE EARLY DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS. Menominee County Intermediate School District will conduct Early Childhood Developmental Screenings for Michigan children from birth through age 5 (if not attending school). Screenings are held from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Menominee County Intermediate School District, 1201 41st Ave., Menominee. Arrangements can be made for children located in the Carney-Nadeau and North Central school districts. Appointments are required; people may call the Menominee County ISD, 906-863-5665. Screening information for older individuals, ages 6 through 26, may be obtained from the child’s principal or by contacting the Menominee County ISD Director of Special Education at 906-863-5665, ext. 1012.

Dec. 8

CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS. Held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School, 1216 Colfax St., Marinette, 9 a.m. to noon. This program, for ages 4-10, will share the birth of Jesus Christ. Day care will be provided for children ages 1-3. Program will include games, crafts, pizza and lunch. Pre registration is required. For more information, people may call 715-732-2956.

HCE HOLIDAY HARMONY. Held at the Marinette Senior Center, Marinette, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members from each HCE (Home and Community Education) club will bring at least six dozen Christmas cookies prior to the event. During the event, an assortment of cookies are arranged on plates by the bakers dozen or two dozen and sold. Clubs also will have items for sale at different tables. Pike River Pioneers Club is in charge of coffee, punch and goodies for people while they shop.

DA SANTA SPEEDO RUN. The 5K run/walk will start at River Cities Community Pool, 1125 University Drive, Marinette. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. The $25 registration fee includes office Da Santa Speedo T-shirt and a photo opportunity with Santa. Participants are urged to wear their best holiday attire. Awards will be given for best dressed male and female and fastest times male and female.

Dec. 9

WEST SHORE CHORALE CONCERT. Held in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre, Theatre on the Bay, 750 W Bay Shore St., Marinette, 7 to 8 p.m. People are urged to join the West Shore Chorale for American Mosaic, an evening of song featuring American composers and arrangers. Folk songs, spirituals, and holiday music will be performed.

Dec. 12, 26

GENEALOGY HELP SESSION. Held at the Stephenson Public Library, 1700 Hall Ave., Marinette, from 2 to 4 p.m. Those who need help starting genealogy research or are stuck may meet with a member of the Marinette & Menominee Area Genealogy Group during this open session for personalized assistance. For more information, people may call 715-732-7570.

Dec. 14, 15

CHRISTMAS BY THE BAY. Held at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus’ Herbert L. Williams Theatre, 750 W Bay Shore St., Marinette, 7 to 9:30 p.m. A holiday musical extravaganza of singers and musicians, partnered by the First Street Academy of Dance. Tickets may be purchased online at www.purplepass/christmasonthebay.

Dec. 16-31

YMCA FREE FITNESS WEEKS. The Y is opening its doors to the community for free fitness classes for members and the general public. Registration is open Dec. 10. Classes include: Les Mills Grit, Sprint, BodyPump, CxWorx and our I.T. (an uphill climb) classes. The usual cycling (must still reserve a bike) yoga, zumba, 10-10-10, 15-15-15, Tone it Up, Pilates, etc. A full schedule of the classes, found at mmymca.org under “schedules,” are still offered free to members, but the general public may join in the fun as well. Those who want to join in a free fitness class should stop at the welcome desk. For more information, people may call 906-863-9983.

Dec. 19

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB. Held at the Stephenson Public Library at 1 p.m. to discuss the selected book of the month. Upcoming reading selections are posted on the library’s website: www.marinettecountylibraries.org. New members are always welcome to join the discussion. For more information, for the selection of the month and to borrow copies of the book club books, persons may call the library at 715-732-7570 or visit InfoSoup.org.

2019

Jan. 1

YMCA RESOLUTION RUN/WALK. This event is free, but shirts are available for $15 up until Dec. 17. A few extra shirts will be available for purchase at the event.  Those who are interested may join the Y for a quick 1-mile run/walk starting at 9 a.m. People may register prior to the event, but will accept registrations the day of the event. People are urged to bring their friends and family. People may find the YMCA Resolution Run as a Facebook Event.

Jan. 5

WIMI BORDER BATTLE. Held at the Marinette Middle School. Dual format with five total duals: three In-State Duals; two Border Battle Dual with part of the proceeds to benefit a local charity.

Jan. 8, April 2, Sept. 10

TRI-COUNTY DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES. The Tri-County Dog Training Academy classes will be held at the Marinette Armory, 2000 Mary St., Marinette. Advanced registration is suggested as classes are limited. Orientation will take place at 7 p.m., with preregistration starting at 6:30. Dogs do not attend orientation night. The group offers Puppy, Beginner and Advanced levels.  For more information and an enrollment form people may call 906-792-5989 or visit us at www.tricountydogtraining.org. People may also find the group on Facebook.

Jan. 26

DA YOOPER WINTERFEST. This event includes Da Yooper Pooper Toilet Trot Races, Da Yooper Plunge and Da Chill-y contest. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Da Yooper Pooper Toilet Trot Races begin at 10 a.m.; Da Yooper Plunge begins at noon; Da Chill-y contest begins at 1 p.m., with Da Yooper Event Awards at 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 16

CANDLELIGHT SKI AND HIKE. Held at the Governor Thompson State Park Woods Lake Shelter, N10008 Paust Lane, Crivitz, from 6 to 9 pm. There will be a one-mile loop ski trail groomed for classic and skate skiing for skiers and hikers will have a separate one-mile loop hiking trail (dogs permitted). There will be original ice sculptures on display and warming fires and hot chocolate will be provided. For more information, persons may call 715-757-3979.

May 2

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER. Held at the Crivitz Veterans Park at 6:30 p.m. to pray for the state and nation.

July 27

MENEKAUNEE OLD TIMERS PICNIC. Held at noon at Red Arrow Park for anyone age 50 and older with ties to Menekaunee. Those attending should bring lawn chairs and beverages. Cost is $10 if paid by July 22; or $15 if paid after. Checks should be made payable and sent to Menekaunee Old Timers, 160 W Bay Shore St., Marinette, WI, 54143. People may call Sharon, 715-735-5577, for more information.

Sept. 28

MARINETTE YOUTH BASEBALL FUN NIGHT. This event, the biggest fundraiser for the Marinette Youth Baseball and Softball, Little River Country Club, N2235 Shore Drive, Marinette, from 6 to 10 p.m. MYBI has one major fundraiser held each fall at Little River Country Club in Marinette, starting at 6 p.m. Sept. 20. The MYBI will sell 500 raffle tickets throughout the area promoting the fundraiser event. Each ticket allows two adults in the doors and food and beverages are included. The group anticipates a large crowd again this year at this annual event.

Ongoing

PLAZA ACE ROUND UP STEP UP PROGRAM. Round up your purchase at Plaza Ace Hardware in Menominee, allowing the spare change to help the M&M Area Community Foundation's Philanthropy Fund and you. Ask Plaza Ace to STEP-UP by donating 2 percent of purchases to The Salvation Army or one of the other three non-profits organizations of choice. The funds will be used to purchase toilet paper, building maintenance supplies, paint, craft items, ice melt, and other regularly used supplies as well as at the recently opened Youth Center to allow the maintenance of the program without charging the families.

FREE TOP TEN EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS WORKSHOP. Classes held at the Job Center of Wisconsin, 1605 University Drive, Marinette, and funded by Bay Area Workforce Development Board in partnership with Goodwill Industries. Class will be held Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For reservations, people may call the Job Center, 715-732-7854 or 715-732-7756

PAWS & TALES PROGRAM. Held by the Stephenson Public Library. Available for adults and children who want to build confidence in reading out loud. Readers choose a book and practice reading out loud to a registered therapy dog. Wednesday afternoon time slots are available and registration is required. People may contact Lara Lakari to register, or visit marinettecountylibraries.org/news/category/marinette-library/, or contact the Stephenson Public Library, 715-732-7570, for more information.

LEARN HOW TO BORROW LIBRARY EBOOKS. Individuals may use a InfoSoup library card to check out and download ebooks from the library for a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or tablet for free. Make an appointment with Mariel Carter, 715-732-7570, at the Stephenson Public Library to get one-on-one assistance downloading the OverDrive app and learning how to search for, check out and download eBooks from the Wisconsin Digital Library website.

FREE BASIC COMPUTER CLASSES. Classes held at the Job Center of Wisconsin, 1605 University Drive, Marinette, and funded by Bay Area Workforce Development Board in partnership with Goodwill Industries. Classes (computer basics, MS Windows, Word, Internet, email and Excel) will be held Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For reservations, people may call the Job Center, 715-732-7854 or 715-732-7756.

FREE COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAM. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (except holidays) from 4:30-5:15 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 80 W. Russell St., Marinette. Anyone is welcome. For more information, people may call 715-735-7448.

THE LORD’S DINER. This is an ongoing evening meal program that is held Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pierce Avenue and University Drive, Marinette. This meal program serves a variety of hot meals and includes a food pantry. Volunteers design menus and prepare meals including: Green salads, main dishes and desserts, all from scratch. There are now eight local sponsored groups: Beaver America Lutheran, Porterfield Lutheran, Community Covenant Church, St. Paul Episcopal Church, St. Joseph Conference, the Christian Motorcycle Association, Our Savior's Women's Groups and Our Savior's Youth Group. Groups interested in joining this program, volunteers and food donations are welcome. For more information, people may begin by calling Our Savior’s Office 715-735-3101.

YMCA GYMNASTICS/TUMBLING/NINJA CLASSES. Programs are available for boys and girls who are walking, up to 18 years old. Visit mmymca.org under “programs” for seasonal program guides. Call 906-863-9983 for questions. People may also rent the gymnastics center for parkour or cheerleading practices (ages 12-18). Minimum of five paying participants. Adult coaches attend at no cost difference. To schedule a one-two hour rental, contact Gymnastics Coordinator Brigitte Schmidt, bschmidt@mmymca.org.

YMCA SWIMMING PROGRAMS. Available for children six months and older. Class times and days vary, and are available to a variety of skill levels. Visit mmymca.org for a complete listing of swimming classes.

SILVER SNEAKERS/FLEX STRENGTH AND BALANCE CLASSES. Held at Northland Lutheran Home 1025 Pine Beach Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 10:45 am. Classes help persons become stronger, improve balance, and decrease the risk of falling. Classes also held in Peshtigo. For more information, persons may call Kristine at 814-397-4769 (Marinette).

AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASSES. Bay Area Mobility Centers holds one-hour aquatic exercise sessions weekdays at 3117 Shore Drive, Marinette. For class information, people may call the Bay Area Mobility Center, 715-732-5111.

BEND AND STRETCH EXERCISE. Program sponsored by the Marinette Recreation Department. Floor and flexibility exercises held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-9:45 a.m. at the Duer Gym, 402 Williams St., Marinette. Punch cards are available for purchase at the Civic Center. For more information, people may call 715-732-5222.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLASSES. Chair Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Yoga/Pilates, Chair Exercise, Ballroom Dance and Zumba Core and Glutes classes are all offered at the Marinette Senior Center, 1603 Ludington St., Marinette. For more information and to register in advance, people may call 715-732-1280 or visit ttp://www.marinette.wi.us/index.php/explore/senior-center.

MARINETTE SENIOR CENTER OFFERINGS/INFORMATION. Individuals 50 or older qualify to become a member of the Marinette Senior Center. Yearly membership is $5 per person or $9 a couple. The center offers a variety of activities, exercise opportunities, crafts, and monthly newsletter. Marinette County also prepares and services meals Monday through Friday on site at a reasonable cost. For more information or to rent the Marinette Senior Center for an event, people may call 715-732-1280 or email seniorcenter@marinette.wi.us.

RCCP SWIM LESSONS. Held at the River Cities Community Pool for children 6 months and older.  Persons may visit the website www.rivercitiespool.org for days and times. All instructors are Red Cross WSI certified. For more information, persons may call 715-735-0585.

RCCP INSANITY LIVE CLASSES. Held at River Cities Community Pool inside the UW-Marinette Fieldhouse gym, Mondays at 6 a.m.  Classes are free to members of RCCP and $5 for non-members and are suitable for all fitness levels.  For more information, persons may call 715-735-0585.

RCCP CARDIO STIX CLASS. Held at River Cities Community Pool inside the UW Marinette Fieldhouse gym, Thursdays at 6 a.m.  Classes are free to members of RCCP and $5 for non-members. This is a drum stick workout class suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. For more information, persons may call 715-735-0585.

RCCP LAND YOGA CLASSES. Held at River Cities Community Pool inside the UW Marinette Fieldhouse gym, Tuesdays and Fridays at 6 a.m.  Classes are free to members of RCCP and $5 for non-members.  For more information, persons may call 715-735-0585.

RCCP AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASSES. Held at River Cities Community Pool, 1125 University Drive, Marinette, 6 days a week. Class type and times vary so persons may visit rivercitiespool.org for full class schedule. For more information, persons may call 715-735-0585.