Now through Oct. 24

YMCA MINI HORSE CAMP REGISTRATION. The YMCA is hosting a Mini Horse Camp from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3. Members may register at the cost of $75 and the general public can register starting Sept. 9 at the cost of $150. Registration ends Oct. 24 or until the camp is full. The camp is for children ages 6 to 18 years old. Professional instructor Jeanine Schira will lead the camp to learn about riding and tacking in addition to horse management, horse safety, proper nutrition for the horse and more. Attendees are asked to wear long pants and boots with a heel. A person can bring their own riding helmet otherwise one will be provided. Each week will include a mounted horseback ride.

Now through Oct. 31

COATS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS. The Marinette County Board of Realtors sponsors the annual event. Donations may be made of new or gently-used, clean: Snow pants, snowsuits, coats, jackets, mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. Donations may be dropped off at any Real Estate (Marinette, Menominee, Crivitz and Wausaukee) at Integra First Federal Credit Union (Menominee), Nicolet Bank (Marinette, Menominee and Crivitz), Farmer’s and Merchants Bank and Trust (Marinette and Crivitz) and Peshtigo National Bank (Peshtigo and Marinette). All items will be donated to The Salvation Army and the Crivitz Area Food Pantry for distribution to those in need within Marinette and Menominee counties.

Now through Nov. 13

DANCE LESSONS. The North Country Kickers dance club are offering weekly dance lessons Wednesday nights at Equity Hall, located on Highway 64, west of Marinette. Beginner lessons will be at 6, an open floor at 6:30, and a featured lesson for all at 7, followed by open floor dancing until 9. The cost for bon club members is $4. If people have any questions, they may call Charles Bishop at 920-530-4373, Shar Swanson at 715-735-5548, or Dave Kvam at 715-735-5513.

Now through Nov. 21

STEPPING ON-FALLS PREVENTION CLASS. The Stepping On Workshop, hosted by the Marinette County Eldery Services, will meet for two hours, once a week for seven weeks. This class can help to build confidence and reduce risk for falls. The class is held at The Fellowship Bible Church, 509 Alma St., Pound, from 9 to 11 a.m. The fee for the class is $25, payable by cash or check, because of the first day of class. People may call Carol to register or if they have any questions, at 920-373-1441 or caroljluebeck.rnbsn@yahoo.com.

Now through Dec. 16

PRESBYTERIAN PEANUTS. Presbyterian peanuts will be available from the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 1947 Riverside Ave, Marinette. A one-pound bag of large peanuts is $8. To purchase peanuts, the church asks that people place an order. To order, people may call 715-735-3025 from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.

Now through May 21

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.

Oct. 12

HALLOWEEN PET PARADE. Marinette Farm & Garden and Pets too will hold its Halloween pet parade with line up starting at 10:30 a.m., with the parade beginning at 11. There will be door prizes, prizes for best costumes, raffles and goody bags. The cost to participate is $10. People can sign up at Marinette Farm & Garden the day of the event. There will be a bake sale with The Dog Nanny Group beginning at 8:30. For more information, people may call Amanda at 715-735-7439.

FALL FEATHER AND FUR SWAP. The Northern Poultry, Pigeon, and Rabbit Club (NPPRC) will hold its Fall 2019 Feather and Fur swap season at Roberts Feed and Supply in Oconto, Wis. The swap is being held in celebration of the stores grand opening at their new location on Main Street in down town Oconto. The swap will be held in the parking lot behind the store and will run from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. The public is invited and welcome. There is no admission fee for the buyers or sellers. Swap participants are reminded that they are responsible for complying with all state and local rules and regulations regarding transportation and sale of animals. People are invited to buy, sell, or trade all types of birds, rabbits, small animals, pets, livestock, and equipment. Participants must provide their own cages. The NPPRC has members from all over the central U.P. and northeastern Wisconsin, interested in poultry, pigeons, and/or rabbits as a hobby. If someone is interested in joining the club or just want more information, they may call Joe at 715-596-0284; Chris at 715-587-7346; or Mary or Doug 906-753-4153.

FALL FAMILY FUN FEST. The Harmony Arboretum, N3890 County E, Peshtigo, will hold this family-oriented event for kids from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be hands-on nature crafts, games, farm animal learning and petting area, with many more activities. This event is free, but food pantry donations will be accepted at the entrance.

ADULTS READ JUDY BLUME. The Stephenson Public Library will host a book discussion at 10 a.m. about some of Judy Blume’s works including “Blubber,” “Iggy’s House,” “Forever” and “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.” Among other topics, the group will talk about how these books impacted one’s youth and what impact (if any) they have on people as adults.

ANIMAL SHELTER AUCTION. The Menominee Animal Shelter will be holding its annual auction at the Pullman House. Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be bucket, silent and oral auctions held at the event. Tickets need to be purchased in advance, the price is $30 per person and includes the food. Tickets can be purchased at the shelter. For more information, people may call the shelter at 906-864-7297.

SPOOKTACULAR KIDS TRIATHLON. The River Cities Community Pool, 1123 University Drive, Marinette, will host this triathlon for kids, ages 4 to 12, at 12:30 p.m. This event is free, but all participants must register before the event. T-shirts can be purchased for $8 if registered by Oct. 5. Finishers will receive a free T-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Parent or guardian must be present. The age activity bracket is: Ages 11-12: 100-yard swim, two-mile bike and one half mile run; Ages 7-10: 50-yard swim, one-mile bike and 1/3-mile run; and Ages 4-6: 25-yard swim, 0.2-mile bike, 0.15-mile run. The swim will be in the RCCPA pool; arm bands, noodles, or back floats may be used. Lifeguards will be on duty and “swim angels” will be in the water accompanying non-swimmers. Adults may help children in the transition areas. Tricycles or bikes with or without training wheels may be used; big wheels are not allowed. Bike helmets must be worn.

For questions, people may contact Kasey Ermis, Aquatics Director, at 715-735-0585, www.rivercitiespool.org or email rivercitiescommunitypool@yahoo.com.

BRAT FRY. The American Legion Auxiliary Loomis Unit 476 will have a Brat Fry at the

Porterfield Pit Stop, N6099 Highway 180 starting at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will be used to send a girl to Badger Girl State next summer. Price of the brats is $2.50 each. People may eat them right away or take a bunch to go.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF OVERSEAS DISASTER BOXCAR LOADING. Lutheran churches from the area are loading a box car with supplies for the Lutheran World Relief Overseas Disaster program from 9 a.m. to noon at the Escanaba-Lake Superior Railroad at 4th Avenue in Menominee. Items being loaded include: Quilts, health, sewing and school kits, new soap and infant layettes. No clothing will be collected. For more information, people may call 715-735-7898.

Oct. 14, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16

PARENT/CHILD PLAYGROUP. Spies Public Library holds a parent/child playgroup Mondays from 10:30 to noon for children up to five years old. Play activities will focus on everyday ways that parents can help their children build early literacy skills. This group is sponsored by the Menominee County Great Start Collaborative. For more information, people may call 906-863-5665, ext. 1018.

Oct. 15

RCCA CONCERT: TAKE 3. The River Cities Concert Association will present Take 3, a piano, violin and cello band. They will perform at Blesch Auditorium, Menominee, at 7 p.m. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home and Flowers on State are sponsoring the concert. Memberships for the remaining concerts and single tickets will be available at the door. Single tickets are $25 for Adult and $8 for students. Memberships may also be purchased online at www.rcconcerts.com and at the following businesses: Heritage Hearing Care, Menomonee; Mattison Insurance Agency Inc., Ann LaFleur, Marinette; and Peshtigo Pharmacy. For more information. People may contact Barb Akins by calling 1-906-863-7387 or write to RCCA, P.O. Box 191, Menominee, MI, 49858 or email at rcconcerts@gmail.com.

Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10 and 17.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME. The Stephenson Public Library holds this story time for children ages 3 to 6 at 10 a.m. The library staff will read stories, share rhymes and songs, and explore learning through crafts, discovery tables and more.

Oct. 16

MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will perform at Blesch Auditorium in Menominee at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for students in grade school through college. Tickets are available at the Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, Jack’s Fresh Market (all three locations) and at the door.

ALZHEIMER’S EDUCATION CLASS. The ADRC of Marinette County, 2500 Hall Ave., Marinette, will host an Alzheimer’s Education Class "Living with Alzheimer's — For Late Stage Caregivers” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. People may learn about available resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connections. Teresa Clement, ADRC Dementia Care Specialist, will present the class. People may call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to reserve a seat.

Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18

FAMILY RESEARCH HELP SESSIONS. The Marinette and Menominee Area Genealogy Group meet at the Stephenson Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m. to help others in genealogy research. For more information or to schedule a personalized session, people may send an email request to mandmareagenealogy@gmail.com.

Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11 and 18

ITSY BITSY STORY TIME. The Stephenson Public Library hosts this story time for children up to age 3 at 11 a.m. They will play, read and rhyme in ways that can foster bonding and learning.

Oct. 16, Nov. 6 and 20 and Dec. 11

PAWS AND TALES (ages 5 to adult). The Stephenson Public Library will have therapy dogs, Murphy and Sully, to help people become more confident and fluent readers. Readers are asked to arrive 5 minutes before their time slot and may select books at the library or supply their own. To find out more or make an appointment to read to one of the dogs, people may contact the children’s department of the library.

Oct. 16 and Nov. 21

EVENING STORY TIME (all ages, 5 and older for games). The Stephenson Public Library will hold a story time followed by game activities from 6 to 6:45 p.m. People may contact the front desk or use their Facebook events page to preregister for this free program at least two days prior to the event. Any Evening Story Time with fewer than three registered families will be canceled; registered participants will be notified.

Oct. 19

SWEDISH PANCAKE SUPPER AND FALL HARVEST BAKE SALE. Bethel Lutheran Church, 1309 14th Ave., Menominee, will hold this event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will serve traditional Swedish Pancakes with loganberries, sausage, fruit and a beverage. Requested donation of $7 per adult and $3 per child ages 5 to 12. Children 5 and younger eat free. A fall harvest bake sale and children's activity table will also be featured. Proceeds will support scholarships to attend Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. Everyone is welcome to this event.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION. Local author Ann Dallman will read from her recently published book, “Cady and the Bear Necklace,” and discuss her writing and publishing experience at the Stephenson Public Library at 10 a.m. She has written a story about 13-year-old Cady, who is experiencing big changes in her life as she moves from Minnesota to Michigan and begins attending a reservation school.

FALL HARVEST DINNER. The First Presbyterian Church of Wausaukee will host this fall dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner will consist of chicken, ham, Polish sausage and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, vegetables, squash, a salad bar and dessert. The cost is $10 per adult.

Oct. 21

COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY. The Oconto Falls High School Choirs and Band will sponsor the 30th annual Community Halloween Party for children in preschool through sixth grade. The event will be held in the Oconto Falls High School wrestling gym from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A parade of costumes will take place at 5:30. There will be games and music and prizes for the games will include candy and a variety of other donated items. Admission is $3 per person. Donated canned food items will also be collected at the Community Halloween Party entrance for the Kingdom Come Food Pantry. Businesses and individuals that wish to make donations for door prizes or monetary donations toward the purchase of candy are asked to send donations to: OFHS Music Department Halloween Fund, Attn: Amy Thiel, Choral Director, 210 North Farm Road, Oconto Falls, WI, 54154.

Oct. 22

WOMEN’S HEALTH GRAPEVINE SESSION. inVenture North, 1320 Main St., Marinette, is hosting a women’s health session on diabetes prevention from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This session will teach participants about prediabetes, a condition that affects one in three people, and what steps can be taken to prevent it from developing into type 2 diabetes. Registration is requested and people may do so by visiting the website www.inventurenorth.com; calling at 715-732-1050; or emailing roberta.davis@inventurenorth.com. This session is free and is presented by a registered nurse.

Oct. 23

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK. The Stephenson Public Library hosts a book club Wednesdays at 1 p.m. October’s book is “The Sun Goes Down” by Anthony Hinton. People may order a copy of the book on InfoSoup.org or contact the library to borrow one.

NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE CROSS IN THE WOODS. The SS. Joseph & Edward Catholic Church, County Trunk G, Porterfield, will take a Westlund Motor Coach trip to The Cross in the Woods Shrine. The registration deadline is Oct. 8 There is room for wheelchairs and walkers under the bus. Pick-up and drop-off are at Holy Family Parish, Taylor Street, Marinette; and at SS. Joseph & Edward Catholic Church. Cost for transportation will be $45. The trip will be canceled if 44 passengers are not registered and paid in full by the deadline. There will be no refunds for any reason except trip cancellation. Registration and full payment is needed. People may visit the website www.crossinthewoods.com to view the shrine. People may call coordinator Mary, at 715-732-6018 or 715-291-8009 for more information and a registration form.

Oct. 24

DEMENTIA LIVE SIMULATION EXPERIENCE. The ADRC of Marinette County will hold a Dementia Live Simulation Experience from 1 to 5 p.m. at Marinette County Elderly Services, 516 U.S. 141, Crivitz. People may experience a real-life simulation of what it is to live with dementia. This experience is designed for family and professional caregivers. This experience is by appointment only. People may call the ADRC at 715-732-3850 to reserve a free 60-minute time slot.

NWTC MARINETTE CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE. Students and members of the community will be able to tour newly renovated labs and classrooms, talk to instructors and learn about a variety of programs in Health Sciences, Skilled Trades & Manufacturing, Business & Industry, IT, Photography, Early Childhood Education and General Studies. Anyone is able to apply for free and test for free during the Open House. More information is available at nwtc.edu/marinette.

Oct. 25

YMCA FREAKY FRIDAY 5K RUN/WALK AND LIL GHOULS HALF-MILE. People may register for the YMCA’s October 5K run/walk. People who register by Oct. 9 will be guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration for the race starts at 4:30 p.m. that day. People may register under events at www.mmymca.org. The cost is $20 for the 5K and $10 for the Lil Ghouls half-mile. The Lil Ghouls walk is for children. People may email allysonb@mmymca.org for more information.

Oct. 27

FRIENDS OF THE POOR WALK/RUN. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), a nonprofit organization, will hold its annual Friends of the Poor (FOP) Walk/Run to benefit those who need heat assistance to ensure warmth for winter months. Interested corporate sponsors may call and leave a name and number at the event coordinator’s phone 715-923-9549. The walk event will begin at 11 a.m. with registration at the Holy Family Parish Center. Beginning at 10:30, the group will walk to the Stephenson Public Library and back to Holy Family Parish Center. A free T-shirt will be offered to the first 30 registered walkers -- online or on hard copy. All proceeds and donations from the event will directly benefit the people in in our area of Marinette, Peshtigo and Porterfield served by SVdP St. Joseph Conference -- Holy Family Parish, and there are no administrative fees associated with the event. Anyone interested in learning more, co-sponsoring, participating, or making a pledge can visit https://www.fopwalk.org/event/2469. Participants and other donation supporters also can make an online pledge. Teams can also be established in memory or in honor of someone, or representing a company or local business, local school, church or organization.

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN CONCERT BAND. Northeastern Wisconsin Concert Band will present its fall concert in the W.J. Jones Auditorium at Marinette High School at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 adults and $2 Students at the door. For more information, people may visit www.newconcertband.com.

Oct. 28

ASTRONOMY AT THE ARBORETUM. The Harmony Arboretum, N3890 County E, Peshtigo, will host an introduction to stars, constellations, star lore and other space-related topics from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event includes a stargazing tour. People are asked to dress for the weather. Hot beverages will be provided. If there is rain/snow or mostly overcast, the event will be canceled.

PATRON APPRECIATION DAY. To thank community members for being a loyal library user, the staff at the Stephenson Public Library will host an appreciation day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be distributed while supplies last.

Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16

GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP. Local genealogists meet at the Stephenson Public Library at 6 p.m. to learn from one another about resources and research techniques. Genealogists of all experience levels are welcome. People may contact Mariel Carter to be added to the email list for handouts, program updates and reminders for upcoming sessions.

Oct. 31

TRUNK OR TREAT. The Community Covenant Church, 1123 13th St., Menominee, will invite all children to its first Trunk or Treating event, held during regular trick or treating hours from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 to Dec. 1

GIVE-A-KID-A-BOOK (all ages). People may give the gift of reading this holiday season by donating a new book to a child ages birth to 18 at the Stephenson Public Library. Books collected by the Marinette library will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul to children and teens in low-income households in the greater Marinette and Menominee area.

Nov. 1-Dec. 13

HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT ASSITANCE. NorthLakes Community Clinic will provide free appointments for assistance in obtaining healthcare in Lakewood, Antigo, Marinette, Oconto Falls and Florence. Individuals who wish to set an appointment with a certified application counselor can call the Lakewood Clinic at 715-276-6321. Appointments and locations are set on a first come first serve basis. NorthLakes Community Clinic provides this free service to all individuals and families who are interested in assistance with the Marketplace or Badgercare programs in Northeastern Wisconsin.

Nov. 2

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL CRAFT SHOW. The Menominee County Fair Association is sponsoring a craft show that will be held at Stephenson High School in the multi-purpose room from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interested vendors may call 906-753-2774.

CRAFT AND VENDOR SHOW. A Fall Craft and Vendor Show, presented by the Peshtigo Woman's Club, will be held at Peshtigo High School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is $2 or a canned food donation to the Peshtigo Food Pantry. For more information, people may email peshtigowomansclub@hotmail.com.

Nov. 5

ELECTION DAY SUPPER/BAKE SALE. Peace United Church of Christ, 933 Elizabeth Ave., Marinette, will host its annual Vote and Eat Spaghetti Supper/Bake Sale from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The all-you-can-eat supper includes made-from-scratch vegetarian and meat sauce, a salad bar, desserts and beverage. The cost per person is $7 and children younger than 12 eat for $3. Take out is an extra 50 cents. A 50/50 raffle will be held and proceeds will support local charities. For more information, people may call 715-735-7642. Tickets may be purchased from church members.

Nov. 6 and Dec. 11

LEGO CLUB (ages 5 and up). Children may come to the Stephenson Public Library for LEGO building creations from 4 to 6 p.m. Each month has a different theme.

Nov. 9

T-REX TEA PARTY (ages 5 to 8). The Stephenson Public Library will host this event at 10 a.m. People will join Read-a-Rex for various dinosaur activities including: stories, a craft, Dino-dancing, tea and more. The “dinosaurs” will also play hide and seek in the library for the month of November.

SWIM-A-THON FUNDRAISER. The Greater Marinette Menominee YMCA Stingray Swim Team is taking part in a USA Foundation Swim-a-thon fundraiser at the Marinette High School Pool from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money for a new timing board and display system for swim meets.

A “Swim-a-thon” is an in-pool fundraiser where a swimmer secures a pledged of money for each lap of the pool they swim up to 200 times or within two hours, single donations of any amount are welcomed as support. People may call 715-923-8311 for more information.

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE. Girls Day is teaming up with The Salvation Army and will be collecting nonperishable foods to help fill the pantry before Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to noon. They will also hold a presentation to help women learn how to take control of their health naturally. The drive will be at the Heritage Hearing Care Building, 705 10th Ave., Menominee.

NORTHLAND VILLAGE CRAFT & BAKE SALE, USED PUZZLE AND BOOK SALE. Northland Village, 1025 Pine Beach Road, Marinette, is holding this sale from 8 a.m. to noon. Crafts, homemade baked goods, used puzzles, used books and raffle baskets will be on sale. Proceeds from the bake, puzzle, book sale along with the raffle basket go to the Northland Village resident fund.

Nov. 10

MIDDLE INLET TOWN HALL TOUR. Northwood’s Apostolic Church will be holding a Fall Town Hall Tour with the last stop at the Middle Inlet Town Hall, W7901 County Road X at 10 a.m. Immediately following the service there will be a potluck lunch. For more information, people may call 715-938-4935.

Nov. 13

AUTHOR PRESENTATION. Nationally recognized Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler will talk about his writing journey and most recent book, “Little Faith” at the Stephenson Public Library at 7 p.m.

Nov. 20

ASTRONOMY AT THE ARBORETUM. The Harmony Arboretum, N3890 County E, Peshtigo, will host an introduction to stars, constellations, star lore and other space-related topics from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The event includes a stargazing tour. People are asked to dress for the weather. Hot beverages will be provided. If there is rain/snow or mostly overcast, the event will be canceled.

Nov. 27

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK. The Stephenson Public Library hosts a book club Wednesdays at 1 p.m. November’s book is “My Name is Lucy” by Elizabeth Strout. People may order a copy of the book on InfoSoup.org or contact the library to borrow one.

Nov. 28

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER. Northwood’s Apostolic Church will host a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crivitz Village Hall, 800 Henriette Ave. The menu will consist of traditional foods such as turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, pies, drinks and more. Delivery is available to the Village of Crivitz. Persons may choose to RSVP by calling the Church at 715-938-4935. Reservations are not necessary, but are appreciated.

TURKEY TROT 5K RUN/WALK. The YMCA will host its 5k run/walk starting at 8 a.m. Registration is open for this free event. Those who are signed up may register beginning at 7:15 a.m. that day. The first 150 to register will be able to choose if they want to receive a pumpkin pie from Jack’s Fresh Market. People who register by Nov. 12 will receive a 3.1-mile long-sleeved, hooded shirt for $25 for adults and a long-sleeved T-shirt for $15 for children. People may email allysonb@mmymca.org for more information about the Turkey Trot apparel, the run/walk or to volunteer.

Dec. 6

MMACC HOLIDAY CHARITY GALA. The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce (MMACC) will hold its annual holiday charity gala, “A Few of My Favorite Things” at Riverside Golf Club. The event opens with a silent auction and Santa greeting guests at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be held at 7. This holiday event is open to the public. Attendance per person is $65 for the evening. Monies raised in the silent and live auction will assist The Twin Counties Free Clinic, The Salvation Army and the Chamber of Commerce’s Scholarship Programs. More than 60 items will be up for auction and a possible live auction win of a hot air balloon ride. People may call 715-735-6681 for reservations.

Dec. 7

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE. The Stephenson Public Library will hold an open house for all ages from 2 to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Polar Express.” The event includes Santa listening to gift requests, hot cocoa and cookies, crafts to take home, a story walk through the library and a performance by the students of the First Street Academy of Dance. This event is run in conjunction with the Marinette Holiday Parade and tree lighting. People may check out www.therealnorth.com or the city’s website (www.marinette.wi.us) for more information on the other events happening around town on this date.

HOLIDAY FINE ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW. The Menominee High School Forensics team will be sponsor its Holiday Fine Arts and Craft Show Dec. 7. If people are interested in receiving an application to be a part of the 2019-2020 show, people may contact Jackson at 906-863-6092.

Dec. 8

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

Dec. 12

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. The Marinette Genealogy Group will perform a series of unfortunate and true stories that intertwine the magic of the Christmas season with the history of Marinette at the Stephenson Public Library at 6 p.m. People may come to learn about the history of Marinette and the people who helped shape what it is today.

Dec. 14

DA SANTA SPEEDO 5K RUN/WALK. The DAR Boys and Girls Club and the River Cities Community Pool Association is hosting a 5K run/walk with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the race at 10. There will also be a free warm up at 9 with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Registration is $25 prior to the event, with day-of registration $30. The fee includes an official Da Santa Speedo T-shirt. Festive Christmas costumes are encouraged. Awards will be given for the fastest times and for best dressed for men and women. To register, people may call Kasey at the River Cities Community Pool at 715-735-0585.

Dec. 18

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK. The Stephenson Public Library hosts a book club Wednesdays at 1 p.m. December’s book is ‘The Girls of Atomic City” by Denise Kiernan. People may order a copy of the book on InfoSoup.org or contact the library to borrow one.

Dec. 20-Jan. 6

WINTER READING CLUB (all ages). The Stephenson Public Library will have a read along with the Winter Reading Club. People may pick up a Winter Reading Club Tracking Sheet from the library. Check off activities as one completes them in the library or at home. Those who return the tracking sheet to the front desk of the library by Jan. 6, will receive one ticket for every completed activity (earning up to 10 tickets). The tickets will be used to enter a drawing for prizes.

Dec. 22

YMCA ADULT HANDSTAND CLINIC. Held at the Greater Marinette Menominee YMCA, 1600 West Drive, Menominee, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. This is a clinic for beginners and athletes who want to learn how to do a handstand. There will be stations set up for progression leading up to a handstand holding your own body weight. Registration is open to the first 12 participants. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for the general public.

2020

Feb. 1

DA YOOPER WINTERFEST EVENT. All monies raised beyond the expenses are distributed to the DAR Boys & Girls Club and the River Cities Community Pool (RCCP). Da Yooper Winterfest funds also help to fund RCCP's annual Kids Triathlon held in October each year, which helps promote health and exercise and is free to area children.

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 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: There are now eight local sponsored groups: Beaver American Lutheran, Porterfield Lutheran, Community Covenant Church, St. Paul Episcopal Church, St. Joseph Conference (St. Mary Parish), 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.

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.

FIT AFTER 40. A combination of cardio exercise with strength and flexibility training Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15 to 5 p.m. 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 http://www.marinette.wi.us/index.php/explore/senior-center.

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN (ages birth to 6). People may talk to Lara Lakari at the Stephenson Public Library to register for this read-at-home program. For all the reasons reading to a child benefits brain development, people may use this program to establish the reading habit by tracking the books one and one’s child read together. For every 100 books one reads, a child earns a sticker to put on the bulletin boards at the library. At the end, one’s child earns a certificate of completion and a book to keep.

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.

YMCA MOMS ON THE MOVE. Every first and third Tuesday of each month from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the YMCA offers an exercise class for moms where they will swim, play and collaborate with other moms in an environment geared to increase self-care opportunities while providing a place for child care in a nurturing space. Attendees may bring a snack in the adult-only conference room. Preregistration requested for TotWatch staffing purposes. The cost for members is free and $5 for the general public.

FREE TUTORING. Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 613 11TH Ave., Menominee, will offer free tutoring services to students attending kindergarten through sixth grade. The services are offered every Thursday 3:30 and 5 p.m. Students should bring their textbooks and homework assignments. They will receive tutoring services and a snack. For more information, people may contact Len Welling at 906-863-2366 or Pastor Paul and Brenda Cole at 906-863-3095.