Here are a selection of brief news items from this week's paper edition, and possibly a few news briefs that didn't make it in the paper.

Holmen Knights plan Super Bowl breakfast

The Holmen Knights of Columbus will host their annual Super Bowl breakfast on from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 2, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Gathering Place. The menu will include ham and eggs, potatoes, toast and beverages (milk, orange juice, and coffee). Cost is $6, $3 for ages 6-10 and free for 5 and younger.

The money raised will benefit the local food pantry, scholarships and families in need.

OHS students 'go purple' for substance abuse awareness

Onalaska High School students are raising money and awareness about substance abuse and mental health counseling this month by selling purple shoelaces at home varsity basketball games Jan. 28 and 30.

The fundraiser is a spinoff of former NBA player Chris Herren’s nonprofit effort, The Herren Project, which helps families and individuals struggling with addiction. Specifically, the OHS campaign embodies one of its initiatives, Go Project Purple, which was launched to break the stigma of addiction and promote effective treatment practices.

Last year, students donated $1,000 to Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center to fund programs to help struggling and recovering drug addicts.

Onalaska Scout troop plans 20th chili supper

Boy Scout Troop 168's 20th annual chili supper will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the St. Patrick Parish Center, 127 11th Ave. N., Onalaska.

Chili, cheese/garlic biscuits, hot dogs for the kids, coffee and milk will be served. Cost is $4 per person, with no charge for those 4 and younger.

Carryouts will be available.

St. Patrick’s to host blood drive Feb. 6

The Blood Center of Wisconsin will conduct a blood collection drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the lower level of St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1031 Main St., Onalaska.

To make a donor appointment or to volunteer assistance, contact John Kenny, blood drive coordinator, at 519-1169 or 498-1418. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Onalaska Legion seeks baseball coaches

The Onalaska American Legion baseball program is seeking coaches for next summer's season at both the 18-and-under and 16-and-under levels.

Applicants, who must pass a background check, should send a letter of interest and resume to Onalaska Legion Baseball, 731 Sand Lake Road, P.O. Box 326, Onalaska, WI 54650. Application deadline is Feb. 3.

Neshonoc fishing derby set for Jan. 25

The Friends of Lake Neshonoc will hold their annual ice fishing derby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

This year there will be more than $1,800 in potential prize money for those who catch the biggest crappies, bluegills or northerns. In addition, another $1,000 in tagged fish are potential prize winners.

Food, beverages, games and door prizes also will be part of the event. Entry fee is $10 per person, payable on the ice Saturday morning.

Drum ensemble meets Sundays in Onalaska

Area residents are invited to discover the joys and health benefits of recreational drumming by joining the Coulee Region Drum Ensemble, which meets weekly and is designed to teach world music drumming to all ages, with a concluding event in April.

The group meets at 5 p.m. Sundays at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Those who want to attend need no prior training or musical knowledge.

Instruments will be provided for attendees to use, but those who have their own drums are encouraged to bring them. A group performance will be held in April.

To register, e-mail jdknutso@smumn.edu or call Jim Knutson at 608-498-8829. The drum ensemble is sponsored by Knutson’s Coulee Region Music, a music service that promotes the arts throughout the Tri-State area.

LCT to hold auditions for ‘Guys on Ice’

The La Crosse Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its upcoming comedy, “Guys on Ice,” starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

This musical focuses on two ice-fishing buddies who reflect on life, love and the one that got away. Safe in their ice-fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and football.

There are roles available for three men between the ages of 30 and 60. Auditionees need to prepare a 30-second song of their choosing. There also will be readings and songs from the show. Scripts and CDs of the show are available for checkout in the box office.

Rehearsals will begin Feb. 3. The exact rehearsal schedule will be determined upon casting. Performances will be March 14-23 in the Weber Center’s Lyche Theatre.

Auditions will take place in the second-floor theater labs of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts, 428 Front St. S. in La Crosse.

Scheduled auditions are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Call the box office at 784-9292, ext. 2, to sign up.

Improv troupe to make LCT debut Jan. 24-25

The La Crosse Community Theatre will introduce its new improvisation troupe, The Webernauts, in a performance titled “See Me After Class.” The show is completely unscripted, with every scene inspired by audience suggestions and made up on the spot.

“See Me After Class” is designed to celebrate the community’s educators and each performance will feature an appearance by a guest educator, including Terry Visger, Bob Pitel, Lee Rasch and Steve Michaels.

The Webernauts debut will run for two nights only, Jan. 24-25, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., in the Veterans Studio Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.

The Webernauts improv troupe, led by Chuck Charbeneau, includes Bret Emmel, Amy Hatlevig, Chadd Hatlevig, Deborah Nerud, Michelle Walker, Steven Walker, Jim Warsinske and Brad Williams.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the LCT box office (784-9292, ext. 2) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or online.

UW-L Jazz Festival features London bassist

London bassist Michael Janisch and his Purpose Built quintet will guest artists for this year’s UW-La Crosse Jazz Festival.

They will join the UW-L Jazz Ensemble I along with the some of the region’s top high school groups in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, in Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Tickets are $15, $10 for students.

In addition to the evening concert, middle school and high school jazz ensembles and combos will perform from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout Cartwright Center. The ensembles will perform for a panel of clinicians and have an onstage critique after their performance.

Workshops by UW-L music faculty and the guest artists will run from 3 to 5 p.m. All activities are open to the public for $5. For a schedule of performing groups and more information visit www.uwlax.edu/jazzstudies/Festival.html.

Vocal jazz ensembles to be featured at UW-L

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s four vocal jazz ensembles will welcome 10 Wisconsin high school vocal jazz ensembles and a top vocal performer to campus Saturday, Jan. 25.

The high school ensembles will perform with mini-concerts by the university’s four vocal jazz ensembles during the day. Performances begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day in Annett Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts. Performances are free and open to the public.

This year’s guest clinician is Kym Chambers Otto, known for her enthusiastic and positive critiques of onstage presentation, communication and small ensemble vocal techniques. Her master class, a performance by the UW-L Collegiates and an awards ceremony will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m. Gary Walth, UW-L’s director of choral music studies, will provide onstage critique and commentary throughout the day.

Now residing in the Twin Cities, Otto has worked as a professional actor, singer and dancer with tours of “Cats,” “Cinderella” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Otto is a founding member of the a cappella group of four women called “Chick Cheer.” When not teaching private voice, directing and choreographing, she represents companies such as Walgreens, Kubota Tractors, Target, General Mills, Best Buy, ikeepsafe.org and Mystic Lake Casino in commercials and print ads.

Blue Man Group exhibit comes to museum

Blue Man Group — Making Waves, the national touring exhibit created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Blue Man Group and powered by JBL, will open at the Children’s Museum of La Crosse on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The 1,500-square-foot exhibit — designed to bring together science and art — will take people through a multi-sensory exploration of sound that provides an opportunity to play together while discovering the fun of music.

Onstage, the Blue Man is part inquisitive child, part trickster and part superhero on a journey of discovery. Families are encouraged to learn, play and explore the exhibit with the same curiosity as these performing artists.

At the slide-u-lum, build-u-lum, sand drum and theramin, children will have an opportunity to see, feel and create sound. At the PVC station, visitors will have a chance to play the unique Blue Man Group instruments.

The experience culminates in the JBL-equipped Surround Sound Theater with a short musical piece by Blue Man Group to illustrate the elements of sound.

The exhibit will be open through mid-June during regular museum hours and is included with museum admission and membership.

‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ tickets on sale Jan. 27

Tickets go on sale to the public Jan. 27 for the The La Crosse Community Theatre production of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” part of the LCT’s celebration of 50 years.

The show opens Feb. 14 and runs through March 2. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The play will be in the Veterans Studio Theatre of the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” is the true story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. When Mitch learns that Morrie is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, he seeks out his old mentor, and what starts as a simple visit to say goodbye turns into a weekly pilgrimage and one final class on the meaning of life.

Cast members include Brandon Harris as Mitch Albom and Steve Larson as Morrie Schwartz.

The show is directed by Greg Parmeter, with set design by Dillon McArdle, lighting design by Tim Harris, costume design by Mandy Parmeter and stage management by Samantha Abplanalp.

Tickets are $24 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $20 for Wednesday and Thursday evenings and matinees. Student/military tickets are $10.

Tickets are available at the LCT box office (784-9292) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or online.

Stage hypnotist returns to UW-L for show

University of Wisconsin -La Crosse graduate Chris Jones is returning to his alma mater to show off his hypnotism and illusion talents. Jones will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, in Valhalla in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

Jones got his start in magic as a resident assistant during his days at UW-L, when he would show off his illusion skills to connect with dorm dwellers. He took his show on the road and began to dabble with hypnosis, which he found was the perfect fit for him and his show, which he performs across the country

Admission is free. To learn more about Jones, visit www.onewordchrisjones.com.

Sons of Norway talk looks at Scot invasion

The February meeting of the Sons of Norway will feature a program the 1612 invasion of Norway by 300 Scottish Highlanders and the defense mounted by a group of farmers.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the La Crosse American Legion, 711 S. Sixth St.

The program, “George Sinclair, The Scottish Invasion of Norway and the Battle of Kringen,” will be presented by C. Marvin Lang, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a member of the board of directors of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (formerly Vesterheim Genealogical Center) in Madison.

Visitors and prospective members are welcome at the Feb. 6 meeting and at the new member breakfast planned for March 22 at the Day's Inn on French Island.

Award-winning singer to perform at UW-L

Award-winning singer Jared Mahone will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Cellar in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Cartwright Center.

Mahone has a funky, soulful style with thoughtful lyrics that are easy to remember. He won Verizon’s Indie Icon contest in 2013. To learn more about Mahone and hear a sample of his music, visit http://www.jaredmahone.com.

Winona LaDuke to speak Feb. 5 at UW-L

Native American activist Winona LaDuke will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Valhalla in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus.

LaDuke, an advocate for environmental, women’s and children’s rights, is the founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network. LaDuke speaks on topics such as the deterioration of Native American reservations, as well as devastation of rain forests.

Tickets in advance are $3 for UW-L students and $5 for others. Ticket prices increase $2 the day of the presentation.

For more information, visit www.uwlax.edu/diversity-inclusion/diversitydialogues.htm or call 785-8898.

Federal workers group to meet Feb. 12

The La Crosse chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Feb. 12 at the Old Country Buffet on Hwy. 16. The gathering starts at 11:30, with lunch at noon. Spouses are welcome. For information, contact Dolores Barker at 399-1408.

Marking, friends plan Valentine’s Day show

Steven Marking and special guests will present “Some Enchanted Evening: The Music of Rogers Hammerstein, and Hart,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. in downtown La Crosse.

In addition to special guest Diane Foust, Marking also will be joined by Miss Onalaska 2013 Audra Fuchsel, Dalton Nichols, Jerry Cox, Joshua Brink and Monica Reichardt. Dean Gunnarson will accompany the group on piano.

The program will include many popular songs that Richard Rodgers wrote with Oscar Hammerstein “for Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific” and “Carousel,” as well as some gems written with Lorenz Hart including “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “Isn’t it Romantic” and “Where or When.”

Tickets are $21 in advance, $25 day of show. Purchase tickets at the Pump House, by phone at 785-1434 or online at thepumphouse.org. Doors open at 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available before the performance and at intermission.

County offers radon test kits for $10

The La Crosse County Health Department is offering radon test kits for $10 throughout January as part of national Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who never have smoked, with 57 Americans a day dying from it.

Thousands of tests in the Coulee Region have found that 25 percent of homes contain levels of radon that might cause cancer, according to the health department.

The test kits, which normally cost $15 to $20, provide a simple two-day test. If a lab analysis shows levels are high, homeowners can hire a company to fix the problem.

The kits are available at:

  • La Crosse County Health Department at 300 N. Fourth St. in La Crosse.
  • Hazel Brown Leicht Memorial Library at 201 Neshonoc Road in West Salem
  • Onalaska Public Library at 741 Oak Ave. S.
  • Holmen Area Library at 103 State St.

For more information, contact the health department at 789-7816 or visit www.lowradon.org.

Weight gain talk set at Onalaska clinic

Patricia Olijnyk, a physician specializing in women’s health, will share diet and exercise tips that can help women maintain a healthy weight in a presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Mayo Clinic Health System’s Onalaska clinic, 191 Theater Road.

The presentation is free and open to all. Healthy refreshments will be provided. To register, call 392-9717.

Successful Aging talk to focus on caregivers

Amy Brezinka, coordinator of Mayo Clinic Health System’s caregiver coach program on Tuesday, will give a talk — “Caring for a Loved One? You are not alone!” — on Tuesday, Jan. 28, as part of the Successful Aging Program.

The program will be in Marycrest Auditorium on the second floor of the Mayo hospital building, 700 West Ave. S., La Crosse. Free refreshments will be served from 2 to 2:30 p.m., with the free program running from 2:30 and to 3:30 p.m.

State offers free senior scam guide

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s “Senior Guide” offers a source of information on consumer issues and scams that the state’s elderly residents face. DATCP has released an updated version of the guide, available from the agency as a free download on the DATCP website or as a printed booklet.

“Seniors are specifically targeted in a number of scams, so it is important that we provide a central resource to educate and help protect this group,” said Sandy Chalmers, division administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection. “At nearly 50 pages, the guide provides a comprehensive look at the scams and consumer issues that seniors encounter in this state, and the tips and information in the guide can help them through difficult issues or help them identify possible scams.”

In this latest revision, the format of the senior guide has been streamlined to provide less narrative content and more tips for readers. This edition is also the first senior guide to be made available for download from the DATCP website.

A number of scams are addressed in the guide including the “grandparents scam,” identity theft, international lottery fraud, “storm chaser” contractors, phishing and work-at-home operations. The guide also includes general consumer protection topics such as landlord/tenant laws, filing a complaint with DATCP, protecting personal information and registering for the state’s No Call List.

While a wide range of subjects are covered in the senior guide, it is important to note that the content in each topic section is adapted from a more comprehensive DATCP factsheet. Those factsheets are always available on the DATCP website on the “Factsheets & Publications” page in the “Consumer” section (datcp.wi.gov/Consumer/Factsheets/index.aspx).

To download a free copy of the senior guide, visit the DATCP website at datcp.wi.gov/Consumer/senior_Guide/index.aspx.

The guide also is available as a printed booklet by calling 1-800-422-7128.

DMV offers email, text registration notices

The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles now offers email and text notifications for vehicle registration renewals through its eNotify program.

The DMV will send participants electronic registration renewal notices for all eligible vehicles by email or text.

Electronic renewal notices will include a link to renew registration online (www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/vehicles/renew/online/index.htm).

Partcipants must subscribe at least three months in advance of the plate expiration to ensure receipt of an electronic renewal notice for a particular vehicle.

Find out more about eNotify at www.wisconsindmv.gov in the announcements section.

To submit your information for a public service announcement, e-mail it to wsm.news@lee.net

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