Community Calendar and News Briefs: Oct. 30, 2019
The Lincoln County Health Department is holding adult flu 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. 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.
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.
Randy’s Bambinos, 204 W Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk, invites veterans and first responders, both current and retired, to stop in and enjoy free coffee, tea, soda and a tasty treat, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2; Saturday, Dec. 7; and Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, as a way of saying thanks and to provide a monthly opportunity to connect in the Northwoods. For more information, call Randy’s Bambinos at 715-453-6373.
The Community Ecumenical Choir will be performing their Fall concerts, entitled “American Songs,” a collection of patriotic and Christian songs from different periods of our nation’s history and uniquely American musical styles with inspiring readings. The first concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Woodland Community Church in Westboro at 7 p.m. The second concert will be on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema at 3 p.m. The choir is composed of approximately 40 men and women from several churches in Price, Taylor, and Lincoln counties. Dolly Hadden is this fall’s director, and the choir is accompanied by pianists Dawn Heikkinen and Joan Points. A free will offering will be used to cover minimal expenses and also to make donations to support the Never Forgotten Honor Flight and Camp Hackett for wounded veterans in Phillips. Fellowship and refreshments follow each concert.
Veterans are invited to attend a presentation and Q & A session on the new VA Community Care Program and Urgent Care Benefit, along with other VA Medical Center Updates, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Hall, 1002 Coon St., Rhinelander, on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Leaders from the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center, Oneida County Veteran Service Officer will be on hand to listen to veterans’ comments and concerns. All veterans and their families and friends are welcome. For more information, contact Tim Ellison at 800-215-8262, x32593, or Tammy Javenkoski, VSO, at 715-369-6127.
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.
The Tomahawk Public Library will host Friday Movie Club Friday, Nov. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The film will be “Unbroken: Path to Redemption.” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will be shown at the next Friday Movie Club on Friday, Dec. 13, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call the library at 715-453-2455 for more information.
The Tomahawk Public Library will host Pajama Storytime from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. For more information, call the library at 715-453-2455.
A Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Corpus Christi Center, 320 E. Washington Ave., Tomahawk. Join family, friends and neighbors for a free Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the fixings. Anyone who would like to donate to the meal, or those who are unable to attend and would like a meal delivered to their home, are encouraged to call St. Mary’s Parish Office at 715-453-2878, between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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.
VFW Post 2687, 203 S. 4th St., Tomahawk, will host cribbage every Wednesday night at 6:30 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.
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. 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.