Community Calendar and News Briefs: October 23, 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 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 rummage and bake sale will be held at the American Legion Hall in Minocqua, 121 Front St., on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. An early sale will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The sale is sponsored by UMW Church of the Pines, and proceeds go to Missions. For more information, call Sue at 715-358-0343 or the church office at 715-356-3041.
The Annual Harvest Dinner and Raffle, sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church, will be held at the Brantwood Community Center, W1593 Highway 8, Brantwood, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Hearty buffalo stew, homemade bread and pies will be served. Quilts and many more prizes will be raffled off. For more information, call Karin Kivela at 715-564-2415.
Citizens for Decency Lincoln County, Inc., in conjunction with National Anti-Pornography week, are presenting their 2019 White Ribbon Against Porn Event, “Celebrate the Family,” Saturday, Oct. 26, at Highland Community Church (formerly Merrill Bible Church), 508 Eugene St., Merrill, at 6 p.m. A buffet supper, with cost $5 per person will be available. Music, prizes, guest speakers, a martial arts demonstration and more will be featured. Reservations are required by Oct. 16. To make a reservation or for more information, call 715-536-4126.
The Nokomis Fire Department will sponsor Trick or Treat for all area children at the Nokomis Fire Station, 2675 County Rd. L, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. Children are invited to wear their costumes and join the Fire Department for treats.
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 SLKarow9@aol.com 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.
A blood drive will be held in the Spruce Room at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital, 401 W. Mohawk Rd., Tomahawk, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call The Community Blood Center at 800-280-4102.
Tomahawk High School’s Guidance Department will host informational meetings with financial aid representatives from Nicolet College and UW-Stevens Point during parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Appointments are not required, but are appreciated. Please contact the Guidance Office at 715-453-2106, ext. 214, if you’d like to attend.
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.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide Counseling Program is seeking volunteers in the Tomahawk area to join its core group of counselors. Tax-Aide, a free community service program offered by AARP and working in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR), helps hundreds of people in the Tomahawk area every year. Volunteers will partake in a three-day training session in Jan. 2020, and will serve as counselors and work with computers to assist clients in preparing and electronically filing Federal and State Income Tax returns, along with Homestead Credit forms, if applicable. Counselors usually devote on day per week from February to mid-April preparing tax returns at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave., Tomahawk. Scheduling is flexible. For more information, contact Ron Lueneburg at 715-453-6864.
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.