Community Calendar and News Briefs: Oct. 2, 2019

The Lincoln County Health Department is holding adult flu clinics on the following dates and times: Walk-In Wednesday Flu Shot Clinics, every Wednesday from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20 at the Lincoln County Health Dept., 607 N. Sales Street, Suite 101, Merrill, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Avenue, Tomahawk, on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the Quadravalent flu shot is $40.00. Traditional Medicare, Security Health Plan (Essence, Esteem and Spirit) and Railroad Retirement are accepted. The Health Dept. is unable to bill any other Medicare Advantage Plans or private insurance (for example Humana, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, etc.). Please bring your insurance card. No appointment is necessary. If you have more questions about influenza or times of clinics, please call the Lincoln County Health Dept. at 715-536-0307.


A blood drive will be held in the Spruce Room at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital, 401 W. Mohawk Rd., Tomahawk, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11. To schedule an appointment, call the Community Blood Center at 800-280-4102.


The Wisconsin Riders of Tomahawk will hold their first annual Original Fall Ride Benefit Party at Twin Bay Resort, 2173 County Rd. L, Tomahawk, from 1 p.m. to bar close on Saturday, Oct. 12. Donations are appreciated at the door. The bar will open at 11 a.m., with a pizza feed from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Raffles, prizes and donations will benefit HAVEN of Lincoln County. Limited cottages available for rent; call Mike at 715-453-2679 if interested. For more information, call Ghost at 715-216-2697.


The Northern Advantage Job Center and Grow North Regional Economic Development are hosting the First Annual Fall Community Fair Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Northern Advantage Job Center, 51A North Brown Street, Rhinelander. The free event will help bring awareness to the services and employment opportunities available in the Northwoods, and will feature employers offering flexible job opportunities, such as work from home positions and weekend incentive programs, community outreach resources and fun activities for the whole family. To learn more, call 715-365-2697.


Kinship of Tomahawk will host its 20th annual Kids Unlimited Fundraising Banquet Saturday, Oct. 19, at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk. Cash bar and raffles start at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 each. Sponsors and prize donations are sought. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 714-453-1910 or 715-966-0996.


Free flu shots are being offered for those who qualify. St. Vincent de Paul Free Clinic in Merrill has partnered with Americares and Walgreens to present the Americares Walgreens Fall 2019 Flu Vaccination Program. Those who receive the vaccines must fit Americares’ general eligibility criteria, which are either uninsured or underinsured and fall at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. Flu injections will be done at St. Vincent de Paul Free Clinic, 1004 E. Main St., Merrill, on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sign up for a time slot by either calling or visiting any of the following places: SVDP Free Clinic on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; SVDP Outreach Center, 503 S. Center Ave., Merrill; or the SVDP Thrift Store, 1004 E. Main St., Merrill, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Americares Walgreens Fall 2019 Flu Vaccination Program, please email Sharon Karow, RN, SVDP Free Clinic Manager at [email protected] or call 715-218-0609. Sue Norenberg, SVDP Outreach Director, may also provide information by calling 715-539-2666 or 715-539-1131. There is a limited number of vaccines available, so vaccinations will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Author and international speaker Jay Seegert will present “Creation & Evolution: Compatible or In Conflict?” at Ogema Baptist Church, W5091 State Highway 86, Ogema, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will feature four sessions and a free lunch at noon. For more info, call 715-767-5157 or visit


Kinship of Tomahawk is seeking Lunch Buddy mentors to spend time with elementary or middle school youth on the Kinship waiting list. Mentors and youth will meet during the child’s lunch hour one day a week, or every other week. This commitment is for the remainder of the school year. Mentors will eat with the child, then either play a game, read a book or just sit and talk. The time together may include help with academics, but at all times the focus will be the fostering of a caring and supportive friendship. If interested, contact Patti Hilgendorf at 715-453-1910.


Tomahawk Public Library’s “Play and Learn” program is now called “Library Time.” Library Time is an opportunity for children to develop friendships and early literacy skills through talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. This play based program is for young children and those who take care of them. Library Time will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday from September through May.


Eagle Summit Healing Center, W5676 Water View Lane, off of County Road A, north of Tomahawk, invites the public to attend free and confidential Community Healing Rooms to receive prayer for healing. The rooms are open Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Contact Paula Thomas at 715-453-4119 with questions.


Open Arms Community Soup Kitchen is open Tuesdays, welcoming any hungry souls as well as those who want to socialize between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Center adjacent to St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome to enjoy the free dinner. Anyone who would like to support this volunteer effort may send donations to P.O. Box 1, Tomahawk, WI 54487.

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