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Monday, July 15

Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers are still available. If you are a Richland County resident, 60 or older, meeting the income requirements, you are eligible to receive $45 worth of vouchers. Vouchers can be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at approved farmers’ markets or roadside stands. If interested, call Tanya at 608-647-4616.

Until further notice, County Highway BB in Richland County will be closed to thru traffic. Double B is located in Buena Vista Township in Sections 6 and 7. It will remained closed to thru traffic between County Highways B and BA for the purpose of Road Construction. All emergency services will continue to have access during the duration of the project.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 335 of Avoca and Highland will host a pork supper Monday, July 15, from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Avoca Village Hall. The cost of the meal is $10. Two pork suppers remain, August 19 and September 16.

Tuesday, July 16

Second Harvest will be holding a drive-thru food distribution beginning at 9:30 Tuesday, July 16, at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church parking lot in Boscobel. It is free for everyone. There are no income guidelines.

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, July 16, from 9:30 to 2:30 at St. Cecilia Parish in Wisconsin Dells.

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board has shuffled the schedule for the annual guided canoe trips on the Wisconsin River as a result of cancellation of several trips due to high water creating unsafe paddling conditions. While some trips may be full, the new schedule is as follows: Tuesday, July 16, from 3:00 to 7:00 from Prairie du Sac to Mazomanie; Thursday, July 18, from 9:00 to 2:00 from Spring Green to Lone Rock; Tuesday, July 30, from 9:00 to 1:00 from Muscoda to Port Andrew; Monday, August 5, and Thursday, August 8, from 9:00 to 1:00 from Gotham to Muscoda. To make a reservation, contact the Riverway Board office Monday through Friday at 608-739-3188. Water levels and weather permitting, a sandbar stop will be included in each trip. Participants should bring their own beverages, food, sunscreen, and bug spray. No glass containers are allowed. Lifejackets and paddles will be provided but participants are welcome to bring their own personal flotation device.

Richland County 4-H will sponsor a Day Camp Monday, July 22, from 9:00 to Noon at the fairgrounds. Youth in 5K through second grade will enjoy “A Day at the Beach” with water games, seashell crafts and more. Cost to participate is $10 per child. Register by Tuesday, July 16, at go.wisc.edu/54wf38.

Wednesday, July 17

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 9:00 to 1:30 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Baraboo.

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 11:30 to 5:30 at the Richland Center Community Center. Volunteers are needed.

The SWCAP Pop Up Food Pantry Truck will be in Boscobel at the Kronsage Park parking lot Wednesday, July 17, from Noon to 1:00 or until gone. SWCAP is required to collect names, ages, addresses, and household sizes. A slip of paper with names, addresses, and birthdates will speed up the process.

A Flag Retirement ceremony, sponsored by Chapter VII Vietnam Veterans, will be held Wednesday, July 17, at 5:00 at 32742 Cold Spring Drive. All are encouraged to attend. Those attending should bring lawn chairs; those wishing to bring a beverage due to warmer weather conditions and snacks are welcomed. If you have US Flags to be disposed of, please bring them for the ceremony.

Thursday, July 18

The Richland Hospital and Clinics and NASCAR Fans United Walk with GRACE team will host a Roy with Dell Prairie Kettle Corn sale at the hospital parking lot Thursday, July 18, from 10:00 to 6:00. Proceeds from the kettle corn sales will be donated to GRACE.

The Lone Rock Community Library Summer Program will host a “Dog-gone” fun adventure Thursday, July 18, from 10:30 to 11:30. Join in a treasure hunt story, meet and greet two furry friends, play a game where you are “PAWSitively” sure to win a prize. All ages are welcome.

RC Lions Monthly Car Cruise & Burgers will be held Thursday, July 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Richland County
Fairgrounds

Friday, July 19

The Greater Richland Area Chamber of Commerce will host a monthly Night Market each third Friday evening from 4:30 to 8:30 from July to September at the Richland Center Depot. Enjoy local vendors, live music, food and refreshments.

Join the Boaz Lions Club at Boaz Fun Days for a Fish Fry Friday, July 19, from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Boaz Community Center. Cost of the dinner is $15. The Lions will also hold a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, July 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Boaz Community Center.

The Cazenovia Celebration will be held Friday through Sunday, July 19 – 21. Enjoy live music and the Cazenovia Reds Friday night. Saturday is full of activities including a pancake breakfast, 5K, craft & vendor fair, 3-on-3 basketball, cornhole, raft race, Cazenovia Legion baseball, and Fireworks Saturday night along with Cougar Wagon live from 8 to midnight. Sunday’s parade is at 11 followed by the Cazenovia German Band, kids pedal pull and more.

Saturday, July 20

Distribution times for the Kickapoo Area Food Pantry will be Saturday, July 20, from 9:00 to 11:00 and Monday, July 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Viola Municipal Building. Check-in is inside and volunteers will load your vehicle. For more information, call 608-627-1910.

The Little Lamb’s Closet , held at Park St Christian Church sponsored by the Richland County Right to Life, LLC group is open the third Saturday of the month starting at 9:30.

As part of the Richland Hospital and Clinics (TRHC) centennial celebration, TRHC is sponsoring free admission at the Woodman Aquatic Center Saturday, July 20, and Friday, August 16, as a thank you to the community and to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.

The Dedication of the new Lone Rock School Walking Path and All School Reunion, will be held Saturday, July 20, at 2:00 at the Lone Rock Community Building. If you were a student, teacher, or staff at any Lone Rock area school, you are encouraged to attend. A short program will be followed by refreshments and sharing of memories. Please bring any school memorabilia to share. For more information call Joanne at 608-647-0622.

The Live in Viroqua music series will take over downtown Viroqua. Presented in front of the Fortney Hotel on Court Street, this free series of live music shows every other Saturday until August 31. Gates will open at 5:00 with the music starting at 6:00. For more information about Live in Viroqua and to view the full line-up of performances, visit the Live in Viroqua Facebook page.

Knights of Columbus Council 3492 will be hosting bingo Saturday, July 20, starting at 6:30 at the Richland Center Community Center. The progressive jackpot will be $3,178 + 50% of net sales in 57 calls or less.

The Woodman Aquatic Center Adult Prom Fundraiser, “Masquerade,” will be held Saturday, July 20, from 7:00 to 11:00 at The Phoenix Center in Richland Center. Tickets priced at $25 are available at Wallace Cooper and Elliott Insurance, Dreams, Court and Main, and The Richland Center Community Center. All funds raised will go toward a second slide at the Aquatic Center.

Sunday, July 21

Celebrate 30 years of children’s environmental education at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center Open House Sunday, July 21, from 11:00 to 3:00. The day will include: adventure, music, and games. You can also enjoy hands-on activities, raffles, lunch by local food trucks vending at 1994 prices, and more. This is a free event. Free parking is available along Femrite Drive and up the driveway to ALNC.

Old Franklin Township Historical Society (OFTHS) Open House will be held the first and third Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00, during the months of June through September. During the 2024 Open House season one of the highlights will be an Exhibit of Native American Artifacts which was found on the Joe and Lucille Wankerl farm in the Township of Franklin in Sauk County.

Monday, July 22

Good Shepherd Church in Viroqua offers a free community meal the fourth Monday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30. All are welcome.

The Avoca Fire & Rural EMS will host a brat stand Monday July 22 & August 26 from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Fire & EMS Station.

Tuesday, July 23

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eagle Country, Richland County office is offering the Richland Center Caregiver Support Group at the Woodman Senior Center on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. This group offers a chance to connect with local experts, family members and care partners who may be experiencing similar circumstances. To RSVP, or for information, you may call the ADRC at 608-647-4616 or Pam, the Dementia Care Specialist, at 608-548-3954.

Wednesday, July 24

Second Harvest is in Gays Mills the fourth Wednesday of each month. Food pick-up is held from 2:00 to 3:00. Those attending are asked to not arrive before 1:30.

Thursday, July 25

Dr. Christine Richards will talk about different ways to prevent pregnancy including barrier methods, hormonal options and surgical techniques during her presentation, Options for Contraception, Thursday, July 25, at 7:00 at the Richland Center Democrats Building. Dr. Richards is a family physician/obstetrician who has worked at the Richland Hospital for over 20 years. All are welcome to this casual conversation which is free and open to the public.

Friday, July 26

Friends of Blue River Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be held Friday, July 26, at 7:00 at the Blue River Community Building.

Saturday, July 27

The Old Franklin Township Historical Society and the Kraemer Library are sponsoring a presentation by Janet Alcamo at the Kraemer Library in Plain Saturday, July 27, at 1:00. Janet published a book about her “great-great grandfather” titled, “Joseph Bandel Soldier, Farmer, Country Doctor.” During the Civil War he served in the 37th Wisconsin Infantry. After the war, he settled on a farm a short distance outside of Plain, aiding many people with medical care when a doctor wasn’t available.

Monday, July 29

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Vernon County offers a free support group for individuals diagnosed with either early-stage dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment. The support group provides an opportunity to learn more about your diagnoses and share your experiences with others on a similar journey. The support group meets on the last Monday of the month at 10:00 at the McIntosh Memorial Library conference room in Viroqua. To learn more, call Teresa at 608-637-5201.

Wednesday, July 31

Muscoda American Legion Post 85 hosts Burgers in the Park from 3:30 to 8:00 at Muscoda’s Railroad Park the last Wednesday of the month. Save a Life! Post 85 will be sponsoring Muscoda’s Rescue Squad this month. 430 pounds of beef is ordered to make it a record night with 1,000 burgers.

Thursday, August 1

Vernon County Human Services Department will assist individuals with Power of Attorney for Healthcare documents the first Thursday of each month from 9:00 to Noon at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Vernon County. To make an appointment call 608-637-5201 or 1-888-637-1323.

Saturday, August 3

Caz, Cars, & Coffee will be held on the first Saturday of each month through October from 8:00 to 11:00 AM. The casual car meet will be held on East Main Street in downtown Cazenovia. Any vehicle, any vintage welcome. No entry fees, no awards, and free coffee.

The 2024 Viroqua Farmers Market will be held Saturdays through October from 8:00 to 12:30.

Sunday, August 4

A.D. German Warehouse Public Tours are held Sundays at 11:00, Noon, 1:00 and 2:00. Cost of a tour is $20 per person. The tour season will run through Sunday, October 6.

The Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville will host a Badger Talk by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Emeritus Doug Bradley on Sunday, August 4, at 1:00. Bradley will present We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, which places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans. This presentation is part of The Highground’s annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion combining Vietnam exhibits, Huey helicopter displays and the 1:00 presentation by Doug Bradley which will all be free and open to the public. Lunch will be free for Vietnam veterans who RSVP before July 31. Vietnam veterans can RSVP with one guest by contacting Theresa by email at museum@thehighground.org or by calling 715-743-4224.

The Akey School Museum is open each Sunday afternoon through September from 1:00 until 4:00.

Kickapoo Cowboy Church is held the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 at the Old Oak Inn in Soldiers Grove.

Monday, August 5

Vernon County Emergency Management will be testing sirens the first Monday of each month at 11:00 through September. There will be one exception for the Monday test, September 2nd. For that month the sirens will be tested the following day. If inclement weather is in the area the test will be done the next good weather day.

Richland County Senior Dining Meal sites are open to the public for in-person dining. The Woodman Senior Center will serve meals Monday through Friday at 11:45. Home delivered meals are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call Tina or Sandi at 608-647-2323. The Germantown Senior Dining Meal Site, located at St. Anthony’s School (32497 County Highway V, Cazenovia) is open Wednesdays with serving at 11:15. Home delivered meals are available for delivery Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To reserve a meal call Rita at 608-983-2798. The Rockbridge Meal Site at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (25500 Rockbridge School Street, Richland Center) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with serving at 11:30. To reserve a meal, call Norma Pyfferoen at 608-647-3900 or 608-649-3269. All reservations must be made by 1:00 the day prior. The suggested contribution for those age 60 and older is $4.00.

Tuesday, August 6

Tech Help Tuesday will be held every Tuesday at the Brewer Public Library from 9:00 to Noon. Get basic help with all apps and devices. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Brewer Public Library at 608-647-6444. There is no charge for this service.

People First Bowling, bowling for people with disabilities, is held each Tuesday from 3:00 to 5:00 at the Phoenix Center in Richland Center. Cost to participate is $2 per game. For more information call Shiann Toney at 608-604-0633.

Richland County’s 4th Annual National Night Out will be held Tuesday, August 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 at Krouskop Park in Richland Center. This year’s live entertainment will be located in the Veteran’s Pavilion, with all other activities located along the gravel path and parking lot. As in the past there will be police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire fighters, and first responders, along with their equipment and demonstrations. The annual K-9 5K run/walk, which raises funds for the Richland Center and Richland County K-9 programs, will also be held. New this year will be an array of food trucks to purchase food from.

Wednesday, August 7

Christy’s Card Buddies get together, for a Euchre Tournament, each Wednesday at 1:00 at the old Avoca School Gym.

Thursday, August 8

The Vernon County Health Department will be offering “Wellness Screenings.” The screening includes cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as an assessment of blood pressure and discussion of risk factors for heart disease. Vernon County Health Department will be offering screenings the second Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 10:30. A $10 donation is requested, but not required. For more information visit the Vernon County website. For assistance in making an appointment contact the Vernon County Health Department by phone at 608-637-5251, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30.

Friday, August 9

Eagle School Sneak Peek Fundraiser will be held Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, from 9:00 to 2:00. There will be a rummage sale, bake sale with coffee and pieces of pie ala mode, a disc golf putting contest, supervised playground, and a lunch wagon from 11:00 to 2:00.

Tuesday, August 13

The Friends of Blue River will host a farmers market on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Blue River Park near the gazebo. The Farmers Market will run through Tuesday, September 24, from 4:00 to 7:00.

Rolling Hills Toastmasters Club meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00. Meetings are held at Eagle School in Classrooom 2. Meetings are hybrid, meaning you can attend in person or by zoom. For more information or zoom link call 608-604-7743.

Wednesday, August 14

Agrace will offer Bridges Wednesday, August 14, from 9:30 to 11:00. Bridges is a professionally led, virtual grief support group for adults who are grieving the death of any loved one. There is no fee for the program if a participant’s family member was in hospice care in the past 12 months; fees for others can be lowered or waived. Pre-registration is required for each session. Call 608-327-7110 with questions or to register.

Thursday, August 15

RC Lions Monthly Car Cruise & Burgers will be held Thursday, August 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Sunday, August 18

4PeteSake has raised over $1.2 million dollars in assistance has helped 120 River Valley households since 2005.But there is always a need. The 20th Annual Day in the Park fundraiser will be held Sunday, August 18, at Spring Green Veterans Park. It will be a day of music, food, and fun. The 5th Annual 4PeteSake Golf Outing will be held at the House on the Rock Resort Friday, September 20. More information about the Day in the Park and the Golf Outing is available on the website 4petesake.com.

Tuesday, August 23

The Family Thrift Shop Board will have its monthly meeting Tuesday, August 23, 1:00 at the Park Street Christian Church in Richland Center.

Monday, August 26

 Avoca Fire & EMS will host its last brat stand of the summer Monday, August 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Fire & EMS Station.

Thursday, September 19

RC Lions Monthly Car Cruise & Burgers will be held Thursday, September 19, from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Friday, October 4

Wheels of Time will be held Friday through Sunday, October 4-6, from 8:00 to 6:00 daily on the Richland County Fairgrounds. It will feature antique tractors, trucks, and semis. A truck ride will be held Friday. On Saturday there will be a tractor/ATV ride, and a sanctioned peddle pull event. On Sunday Cowboy Church will be held. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase on the grounds. The event is free and open to everyone.

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