Winter Extravaganza at Fort McCoy scheduled for Jan. 19

Whitetail Ridge Ski Area’s annual Winter Extravaganza event is set for Saturday, Jan. 19 with special events from noon to 5 p.m.

The ski and tubing hill is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Activities include a snow pile dig, kids’ obstacle course, rail jam, big air competition, hot-dog-eating contest, food specials and more. Door prizes will be given away from 1-4 p.m.

Individual lift passes are $47 for the general public and $40 for military/DoD. Group passes (four people) are $140 for general public and $120 for military/DoD.

Tubing costs $15 per person or $45 for a group pass (four people).

Whitetail Ridge is now equipped with a Magic Carpet to take tubers up the 837-foot hill.

A lunch special will be available for $5.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call 608-388-4498/3517.

ACT’s Basket Bingo Palooza set for Jan. 12

Area Community Theatre, 907 Kilbourn Ave. in Tomah, is hosting Basket Bingo Palooza – The Winter Edition Saturday, Jan. 12 from 7-10 p.m.

Admission is $20 for the first bingo card or three cards for $50, usable for the entire evening. Additional cards are for sale throughout the evening.

“This is an opportunity to beat cabin fever, have fun, and support Area Community Theatre,” event organizer Dr. Bridget Owens said.

There will be five games before intermission, and an additional five games following intermission. Each game has a basket for the winner courtesy of local businesses, including Active Health Chiropractic, Choka U Gym, Deer Creek Dental, Eupraxia Gym, Farmers & Merchant’s Bank, Gr8 Buy Auto and Detail Shop, Murray’s on Main, State Farm Insurance, The Station and Thunderwash.

In addition to bingo, there will be 50/50 raffles and refreshments on sale.

ACT members will receive free popcorn and are eligible for a basket drawing at the end of the evening. Memberships will be sold all evening.

Owens said the fundraiser will help ACT maintain its building and provide and promote live theatre in the community.

UW band to play Holmen Feb. 3

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s varsity marching band is coming to Holmen High School for a fundraising concert on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Since 1969, the band has been directed by Mike Leckrone, but this will be the last chance for area residents to see the band under his leadership as he has announced he will retire.

Tickets are $12, $10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased starting Dec. 18 at the Festival Foods store in Holmen, SSE Music in La Crosse or by phone from Holmen High School at 608-526-3372.

Sparta premier of public television show Jan. 23

Sparta-area residents are invited to attend a free community screening of the Sparta episode of the public television show Around the Corner With John McGivern.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and takes place at the Sparta Meadowview School Cafetorium, 1225 N. Water St., Sparta. Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by calling the Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce office at 608-269-4123.

The statewide broadcast premiere of the episode is 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 on Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee PBS.

This episode is the fourth episode of Around the Corner With John McGivern’s eighth season, which follows the Emmy-winning host as he sets out to explore the ways Wisconsinites live, work and play in the communities around the state.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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