Community Calendar and News Briefs: Feb. 12, 2020

Singers are invited to participate in the Annual Spring Concert Series performed by the Community Ecumenical Choir. The choir is made up of Christian men, women, and teens from the Price/Lincoln/Taylor county area. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the Ogema Baptist Church, W5091 Highway 86, Ogema. Concerts are scheduled for Sunday, April 19 and Sunday, April 26. This spring’s concert is titled “Our Journey Home.” All operating expenses are covered with the generous free will offerings of their audiences and supporters. All surplus monies are donated to a local charity selected by the choir members. For more information about the Community Ecumenical Choir, please contact this spring’s director, Rebecca Trimner, at 715-340-2324.


Assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available in the Tomahawk High School computer lab during parent-teacher conferences, Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Appointments are appreciated but not necessary. Call the Guidance Office at 715-453-2106, ext. 214 for more information or to set up an appointment.


A blood drive will be held on Friday, Feb. 14 at in the Spruce Room Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital, 401 W. Mohawk Rd., Tomahawk, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule your life-saving appointment, call 800-280-4102.


A Karaoke Valentine Party will be held at the Tomahawk Senior Community Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave., Tomahawk, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. All are welcome to participate or observe. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For more information, call 715-453-5757.


Merrill Area Community Rides (M.A.C.R) presents Sleds ‘N Jams 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 15, hosted by B’s Club 107 (N2410 STH 107). This second annual event will once again feature a snowmobile ride and poker run, prize and cash giveaways, and live music courtesy of Stevens Point-based band Noise Complaint. The ride is open to the public. Those without snowmobiles are encouraged to join. Stops include Katie and Baron’s Dugout Bar, Overboard Bar, Chris and Karen’s Hub Inn, Z’s Fork Horners Bar and Grill and Gleason Bowling Center. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. at B’s Club 107, with ride departure set for 11 a.m. sharp. All proceeds will be donated to the Plautz and Hommerding families of Merrill. For more information, visit M.A.C.R on Facebook at Ride Merrill, email [email protected] or contact Board Chairman Jeremy Ratliff at 715-536-8494.


Everyone is welcome to attend an all-you-care-to-eat Farmers Breakfast at the St. Mary’s Church Corpus Christi Center on Sunday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free will donations are appreciated.


United Methodist Church, 1104 School Rd., Tomahawk, will host its Winter Soup Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Lunch includes soup, breadstick and dessert for $5. Soup choices include cheesy broccoli, taco, or chicken noodle. Carry out and delivery are available, with pints sold for $3.50 and quarts sold for $6.50. Deliveries begin at 10:45 a.m. and eat-in begins at 11:45 a.m. Orders with delivery time can be made by calling 715-966-4087 or emailing [email protected].


The Northwoods Knitters and Purlers Guild will meet on Monday, Feb. 24 at the Woodruff Town Hall.  The business meeting begins at 12:30 p.m., with a potluck social beginning at noon. All knitters from beginner to advanced are welcome.  For more information, email [email protected].


Our Sisters’ House Homeless Shelter will hold its Souper Soup Challenge at the St. Mary’s Corpus Christi Center, 320 E. Washington Ave., Tomahawk, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Participants can bring hot soup to the event, enough to serve approximately 100-125 people, between 3:30 and 4 p.m., with serving beginning at 4:30 p.m. A panel of judges will select the Golden Ladle Winner, and the People’s Choice Award will be selected by the diners, who will choose their favorite soup. Music, raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle will be featured. All funds raised will support Our Sisters’ House. For more information, contact Jill or Gail at Our Sisters’ House at 715-224-3520.


Tomahawk Public Library will host babysitting training from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to learn the basics of how to safely provide care for young children and get ideas for fun activities to do with children. Class size is limited and registration is required. To register, call 715-539-9288. When registration is confirmed, paperwork will be mailed. Participants must bring the completed registration form, a signed parent consent form and a bag lunch to the training.


The Tomahawk High School Class of 1970 will be holding its 50th class reunion on July 5, 2020 at Inshalla Country Club in Tomahawk and are trying to contact the following classmates to send invitations: Dan Barrett, Michael Block, David Bootz, Mary Jo Di Maggio Kuhlau, Lillian Greyhair, Patricia Luedtke, Tim Reed, David Retan, La Rae Reichert Spolin, Lynn Strauss Day and Carolyn Wilder. Those with contact information are asked to call Debi Winkelman at 715-966-5393.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, the AARP tax service at the Tomahawk Senior Center will not be available this year. For those wishing to have an AARP tax aide volunteer complete your taxes, please contact one of the following sites: Minocqua, 715-356-4437; Rhinelander, 715-369-6170; Wausau, 715-298-5734.


The Tomahawk Winter Farm and Craft Sale will be held at VFW Post 2687, 203 S. 4th St., Tomahawk,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every second Saturday of the month until April. Featured vendors will include homemade dog treats and goods, baked goods, crocheted items, wood crafts, clothing, and handmade crocheted potholders. Direct sales of Avon, Lila Rose, and Pampered Chef will also be available. For more information, call Pat at 920-905-5831.


Tomahawk Alcoholic Anonymous meetings are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 E. Wisconsin Ave., Closed Step; Wednesdays at noon at Grace House, corner of West Somo Ave. and 3rd St., Open Discussion; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at Grace House, Open Big Book Study; Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 111 W. Washington Ave., Closed Step Meeting; and Sundays at 10:10 a.m. at Grace House, Closed Discussion. Tomahawk Al-Anon meetings are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12 E. Wisconsin Ave.; and Saturdays at 9 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 111 W. Washington Ave.


The Tomahawk Memory/Alzheimer Support Group meets the third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave., Tomahawk. The meeting is sponsored by Tomahawk Health Care Services. Come for sharing and caring.


Veterans and their spouses are invited to join the Coffee and Chat Club at Ma’s Place, 5375 Highway 17, Gleason, on the second Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. The monthly gathering is sponsored by the VFW Post 1638 and Auxiliary in Merrill. For more information, call Janet Tesch at 715-921-2398.


Any ladies who would like to play the card game bridge in the Tomahawk area are asked to call Jane at 715-453-3735.


VFW Post 2687, 203 S. 4th St., Tomahawk, will host cribbage every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Entry is $5.00 per person, with all money paid back to winners. All are invited to join. For more information, call David Hubatch at 715-224-3444.


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. The library also hosts LEGO days from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on early school release days and board games after school from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. For more information, call the library at 715-453-2455.


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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