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.

 

Nominees sought for OHS alumni honor

The Onalaska Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2012 Wall of Excellence.

Former students, former staff members or community members who have made significant contributions to Onalaska High School may be nominated for the Wall of Excellence. Graduates must be at least 10 years out of high school and former staff members must have been gone from OHS for at least five years.

Nomination forms are available at Onalaska High School, the Onalaska Center for Commerce and Tourism on Main Street and on the alumni association’s website.

The 2012 Wall of Excellence induction will be held Friday, Sept. 14.

Nominations must be received by Friday, May 25, and should be mailed to: Onalaska High School Alumni Association, 700 Hilltopper Place, Onalaska, WI  54650.

For more information, call OHS Principal Jared Schaffner at 783-4561 or Onalaska Alumni Association President Erik Sjolander at 780-7537.

 

Nominees sought for HHS alumni award

The Viking Alumni Award Committee is seeking nominations for the Holmen Viking Alumni Award, which was developed to recognize graduates of HHS whose accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to Holmen schools.

These accomplishments may be demonstrated through distinctive records of achievement in their personal or professional lives. This record of distinction should extend over a period of time to assure continuity of performance and maturity. All HHS alumni (living or deceased) having graduated at least five years ago are eligible for nomination. Nominees do not have to reside in the Holmen School District.

Those who submit nominations are asked to provide detailed information on the nominee in respect to the following criteria: community service activities; example of leadership; personal achievements; contributions to their school district; professional achievement; and honorary awards and citations.

The nomination form can be accessed from the school district website at www.holmen.k12.wi.us/Partnership/AlumniAward. Nomination deadline is June 30.

Past recipients of the Viking Alumni Award include Leif Marking, Rev. Gregory Van Dunk, Sigurd Hanson, Barry Bertelson, Paul Anderson, Ruth Granum, Marilyn Pedretti, Marna Holley, Rector Wall, Lyle “Duke” Henthorne, John Daily, Mary Brown and Leah (Jessesski) Colby.

The recipient will be honored during Homecoming activities on Oct. 5, 2012.

For assistance or additional information, contact Linzi Gronning at 526-9208 or grolin@holmen.k12.wi.us

 

Morris Challenge moving to Holmen trail

The fourth annual running of the Morris Challenge will have a change of locale, moving from Brice Prairie to Holmen’s Halfway Creek Park.

The 5K run/walk, which is set for Saturday, May 19, is a fundraiser for a scholarship fund in memory of Arne and Shannon Morris, two teenage brothers who were killed in a car crash on Oct. 28, 1989. Part of the proceeds also will go to the Holmen Parks and Recreation Department.

The run/walk will take place on Halfway Creek Trail starting at 8 a.m., with a kids race for 10 and younger starting at 10 a.m.

Advance registration cost for the 5K is $20, which includes a pancake breakfast served by the Holmen Lions Club and a T-shirt. Shirts are guaranteed only for those registering by May 5. Race-day registration is $25.

The kids race cost is $5, which includes an award and eligibility for door prizes including bikes, yard games and tickets to Wisconsin Dells attractions.

To register or for more information, log onto  www.holmenwi.com/holmenpr/morris_challenge_5k.htm or call the Holmen Recreation Department at 526-2152.

 

Fleis Nightfall Frolic 5K set for April 27

The Fleis Nightfall Frolic 5K Run/Walk and Youth Race will be held Friday, April 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rowe Park, 710 Hilltopper Place in Onalaska.

The Frolic is an event to spread health awareness by encouraging everyone to get out, start exercising and lead a healthier lifestyle.  All proceeds benefit the John Fleis Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to families in the Onalaska community to participate in city recreation programs.

For more information or to register, visit the recreation office at Onalaska City Hall or log onto www.cityofonalaska.com.

 

Nominees sought for OHS alumni honor

The Onalaska Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2012 Wall of Excellence.

Former students, former staff members or community members who have made significant contributions to Onalaska High School may be nominated for the Wall of Excellence. Graduates must be at least 10 years out of high school and former staff members must have been gone from OHS for at least five years.

Nomination forms are available at Onalaska High School, the Onalaska Center for Commerce and Tourism on Main Street and on the alumni association’s website.

The 2012 Wall of Excellence induction will be held Friday, Sept. 14.

Nominations must be received by Friday, May 25, and should be mailed to: Onalaska High School Alumni Association, 700 Hilltopper Place, Onalaska, WI  54650.

For more information, call OHS Principal Jared Schaffner at 783-4561 or Onalaska Alumni Association President Erik Sjolander at 780-7537.

 

Nominees sought for HHS alumni award

The Viking Alumni Award Committee is seeking nominations for the Holmen Viking Alumni Award, which was developed to recognize graduates of HHS whose accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to Holmen schools.

These accomplishments may be demonstrated through distinctive records of achievement in their personal or professional lives. This record of distinction should extend over a period of time to assure continuity of performance and maturity. All HHS alumni (living or deceased) having graduated at least five years ago are eligible for nomination. Nominees do not have to reside in the Holmen School District.

Those who submit nominations are asked to provide detailed information on the nominee in respect to the following criteria: community service activities; example of leadership; personal achievements; contributions to their school district; professional achievement; and honorary awards and citations.

The nomination form can be accessed from the school district website at www.holmen.k12.wi.us/Partnership/AlumniAward. Nomination deadline is June 30.

Past recipients of the Viking Alumni Award include Leif Marking, Rev. Gregory Van Dunk, Sigurd Hanson, Barry Bertelson, Paul Anderson, Ruth Granum, Marilyn Pedretti, Marna Holley, Rector Wall, Lyle “Duke” Henthorne, John Daily, Mary Brown and Leah (Jessesski) Colby.

The recipient will be honored during Homecoming activities on Oct. 5, 2012.

For assistance or additional information, contact Linzi Gronning at 526-9208 or grolin@holmen.k12.wi.us

 

Circus coming to OmniCenter May 1-2

Great American Family Circus will put on shows next week at the Onalaska OmniCenter, with showtimes set for 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1-2.

One of only a dozen family-owned circuses left, Great American Family Circus visits almost 100 cities per year and performs more than 400 shows.

The performance is 90 minutes, consisting of acrobats, aerialists, tight wire walkers, hula hoop artists, giant snakes, contortionists, the magic unicorn horse, magicians and elephant exhibitions.

Elephant and pony rides, cotton candy, popcorn and a souvenir store will be available starting one hour prior to each show.

Tickets are $18 or $9 for children 12 and younger. Two-for-one tickets are available in advance by calling 877-461-1564 or logging onto www.GreatAmericanFamilyCircus.com. Free children’s tickets are available at area merchants.

 

Onalaska library to host DaCapo concert

The DaCapo Concert Band will play a “World of Music” concert starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Onalaska Public Library, 741 Oak Ave. S. The concert is free and open to all.

 

Humane society to host rummage sale

The Coulee Region Humane Society will host a rummage sale this weekend to benefit its Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).

The rummage sale will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at the humane society, 911 Critter Court in Onalaska.

The sale will offer clothing, pet-related items, books, CD’s, and many other household items.  

SNAP, a financial assistance program that offers spay or neuter services to income eligible La Crosse County pet owners, is funded by private donations, limited grant funding, discounted services from participating veterinarians, co-payments received from approved income eligible applicants, and fundraising efforts like this rummage sale.  

 

EcoPark to host migratory bird event

The Myrick Hixon EcoPark, Coulee Region Audubon Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Geological Survey are hosting an International Migratory Bird Day celebration at the EcoPark on May 5 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This free event includes a sunrise birding hike, bird banding, family-friendly bird-watching walks, live raptor presentation and bird-themed crafts and games. People are encouraged to register for the bird hikes at the EcoPark prior to the event. All ages, abilities, and families are welcome to participate in all activities.

 

EcoPark to host summer youth camps

The Myrick Hixon EcoPark in La Crosse is launching new week-long summer Outdoor Adventure Day Camp programs that emphasize outdoor exploration and open play in the marsh, forest and park habitats.

Activities could include catching frogs or fireflies, splashing in creeks, mucking in the marsh, building a shelter and more. Nature Explorer Camps are offered for 3- to 5-year-olds and Nature Detective Camps are for 6- to 9-year-olds. Camp sessions take place June 18-Aug. 17.

Early registration is encouraged, with early bird discounts ending May 11.

Complete details are available at www.mhecopark.org.

To register, call 784-0303.

 

New organic guide offered online

Whether at the farmers market, in the grocery store aisle or at an on-farm store, many questions can arise about organic food and how it is produced and labeled. To answer these questions, a team of partners has developed A Consumer’s Guide to Organic Foods.

The complete consumer’s guide is a 20-page booklet that describes organic farm production methods, what the organic label on your food really means and what you are getting with your food dollar when buying organic. The publication also includes ways to find local certified organic farms, processors and handlers.

A Consumer’s Guide to Organic Foods is part of an overall Market Wisconsin effort that helps bring together producers with those looking for organic products or ingredients.

Different versions of the consumer’s guide are available online in a brochure format, bookmark, rack card and magnet. These marketing tools are available to download and print at no cost to provide consumer information and support Wisconsin’s organic industry.

Consumers can log onto datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Organic_Farming/Organic_Consumer_Guide to review and print the consumer’s guide and brochure in an easy-to-use, low-resolution format.

 

Kind announces listening sessions

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, will hold four area listening sessions in coming weeks, including one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at the Onalaska American Legion, 731 Sand Lake Road.

“Traveling the district and meeting with the people of western Wisconsin remains my favorite part of the job,” Kind said. “These listening sessions provide a great opportunity for you to share with me your thoughts and views, as well as to find out more about my work in Washington.”

 

Auditions set for ‘Phantom Tollbooth’

 Auditions for the children’s classic tale, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” will be held at La Crosse Community Theatre on Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at 118 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown La Crosse. Greg Parmeter will be the production’s director.

This classic adventure by Susan Nanus is based on the book by Norton Juster. One rainy afternoon, young Milo’s world is turned upside-down when a mysterious tollbooth arrives. With nothing better to do, he uses the tollbooth to travel to the Kingdom of Wisdom, where he and his two faithful friends, Tock the Watchdog and the Humbug, embark on an epic quest to rescue the Princesses Rhyme and Reason and restore peace to the kingdom.

Roles are available for youths 8 to 17 years old. People should be prepared for cold readings from the script. Perusal scripts are available at the box office for check out, with a refundable deposit of $10. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, May 9, if needed.

Rehearsals begin on May 14 and run weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Performances run June 15-24, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

To schedule an audition for “The Phantom Tollbooth” or for more information, call the box office at 784-9292, ext. 2.

 

UW-L Concert Choir sets spring concert

The UW-La Crosse Concert Choir will be joined by the La Crosse Logan High School Select Choir for its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse.

Along with performing a variety of works on their own, singers from the groups will combine to perform Moses Hogan’s spiritual “Walk Together Children.”

The Concert Choir is directed by Gary Kent Walth, director of choral studies at UW-L. The La Crosse Logan High School Select Choir is directed by Doreen Athnos.

Suggested ticket donations are $5 or $3 for students. Choir members will hold a silent auction in the narthex of the church. The auction will open at 6:45 p.m. and winning bids will be announced at the conclusion of the concert. Auction items include a wide variety of collectibles, as well as gift cards from various local businesses. Proceeds will go the UW-L Choral Music Scholarship Fund.

 

UW-L Theatre to present Kinesis dancers

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts welcomes back to the Toland stage, Kinesis, the UW-L student dance group under the direction of choreographer Kathy Gorman.  

Kinesis Dance Theatre will be staged at 7:30 p.m. May 4-5 in the Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the corner of 16th and Vine streets.

After debuting at the Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre’s performance three years ago and premiering solo on the Toland stage for the past two springs, Kinesis returns to for a third main stage production.  

This year will see the premier of a new piece titled “... and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them,” featuring the entire company and guest artist Jessika Muns, a UW-L student paralyzed from the waist down.  

Members of the Kinesis Dance Theatre include:  Taylor Anderson, Elizabeth Beaver, Bobby Black, Erin Christensen, Stephanie Degen, Matt Matuseski, Jandrea Novak, Alycia Parrish, Sarah Pedretti, Casey Schneider, Austin Werla, Katy Williams and Lewis Youngren.

Tickets are $14, $12 for senior citizens and non-UWL students and $4 for UW-L students.

 

Training set on planning for hazards

The La Crosse County Health Department and the Mississippi Valley Labor Management Council with support from BMS, Minnesota are offering training for area business representatives on all hazard planning.

The all-hazard planning session will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 2 at the La Crosse Public Library, Main Auditorium. There is no cost for the training

“We use the term ‘all hazard planning’ rather than ‘emergency planning’.” said trainer Paula Silha. “Using the term ‘emergency’ planning makes people think of terrorism. While that could happen, we are much more likely to experience weather incidents or employee health and safety issues.”

This training will look at what businesses are most likely to experience in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. The all-hazards approach leads those participating through a process to review what they have in place to support recovery from any hazard. This philosophy helps keep them business open in spite of any hazard or emergency.

The training utilizes the Institute for Business & Home Safety guide titled “Open for Business.”

“While the guide and information is available online, many local representatives feel overwhelmed. A local approach and perspective is often what helps a business break the overwhelming process down into doable steps,” said Terry Hicks, MVLM program director.

 

CenturyLink offers low-cost phone service

Low-income consumers in Wisconsin may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of basic monthly telephone service.  

The assistance program, known as Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service, is available to qualifying consumers in every U.S. state (territory and commonwealth). Lifeline provides discounts each month on telephone bills for qualified subscribers. A household is limited to one Lifeline discount, even if the household has more than one telephone account or is receiving services from more than one telephone company, for example, CenturyLink and a wireless phone company.

Qualifications for participation vary by state. To find out more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, log on to the www.lifeline.gov site. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call 800-366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about eligibility.

 

People urged to register as organ donors

Some of the nearly 2,000 people in Wisconsin waiting for a life-saving transplant will die because of a shortage of donor organs before ever receiving a second chance at life.

To combat that sad reality, the University of Wisconsin Organ Procurement Organization and UW Health are observing National Donate Life Month in April by educating communities across the state about the power of donation and encouraging more Wisconsinites to register as organ, eye and tissue donors at www.YesIWillWisconsin.com.

“This April, our goal is to not only honor those donors who’ve already given the gift of life, but to encourage more Wisconsinites to make the selfless decision that could one day help others live a longer, healthier life,” said Jill Ellefson, executive director of the UW OPO. “By registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor, one person can save or improve the lives of more than 50 people.”

While 2011 marked the achievement of 100 million designated organ, eye and tissue donors nationwide—including 1 million in Wisconsin alone — the need for organ, eye and tissue transplants has never been greater.

More than 113,000 people nationally are waiting for an organ transplant.

Every 11 minutes another person’s name is added to the organ transplant wait list.

Nineteen people die every day because they didn’t get the organ they needed to survive.

Wisconsin residents can do their part by registering as organ, eye and tissue donors today at www.YesIWillWisconsin.com, rather than waiting until their next visit to the DMV when they receive or renew their driver’s license.

In doing so, they will legally authorize donation, saving their loved ones from having to make that decision. The registry allows residents age 15-½ or older to legally authorize donation of their organs, tissues and eyes.

 

LCT brings London blockbuster to stage

The La Crosse Community Theatre’s season closing production of “Blood Brothers” will begin May 4 and run through May 20.

The story is loosely based on the 1844 Alexandre Dumas novella, “The Corsican Brothers.” In the play, the Johnstone twins, Mickey and Eddie, are separated at birth. Eddie is raised by his wealthy adoptive parents, while Mickey is raised by their mother on the wrong side of the tracks. Despite efforts to keep them apart, they become the best of friends, never learning the truth until one fateful day.

The show is one of the most popular British musicals of all time. It has run continuously in London’s West End since 1988 — one of the longest-running musicals in London history.

Cast members include Russell Vaden as the narrator, Kelley M. Manson as Mrs. Johnstone, Jen Roberdeau as Mrs. Lyons, Eric Michael as Mickey, Justin Cooke as Eddie, Sara Meyer as Linda, Eric Leitzen as Mr. Lyons and Tim Harris as Sammy. The ensemble includes Jason Bernhagen, Jennifer Burchell, Tom Desjarlais, John Divney, Malorie Eimermann, Cory Janda, Sean McDevitt, Lauren McElroy, Kelsey Taunt, Raina Thelen and Lynn Marie West.

“Blood Brothers” will be directed by LCT artistic director Greg Parmeter, with set design by Andrew Brackett, lighting design by Dillon McArdle and costume design by Mandy Parmeter. Music director is Dustin Bagstad and choreographer is Jen Wilkinson.

Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $22.50 for Friday and Saturday performances and $21 for Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets for students and current military members are $10 on Thursdays and Sundays.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 784-9292 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before show time, or log onto www.lacrossecommunitytheatre.org.

 

Piano duets close chamber music series

The Viterbo University One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series will close its season with “Bohemian Rhapsody: Take Two!,” a program of dance-inspired music for piano duet, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Timothy Schorr, dean of the Viterbo School of Fine Arts, and Mary Ellen Haupert, music department faculty member, will perform Moszkowski’s Spanish Dances, Op. 12, Ravel’s “Rhapsodie Espagnole” and four of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served during intermission to mark the close of the season and to introduce the 2012-13 season.

Tickets are $15 for general admission seating. For more information, call 796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/fac.

 

‘Bubblemania’ show coming to Viterbo

International soap bubble artist Casey Carle creates a performance loaded with visual art, quick wit, swing music and amazing bubble manipulations in “BubbleMania,”  which starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

“This is not a show intended to keep a 2-year-old engaged; this is a bubble show to keep the 5- to 75-year-olds mesmerized,” Carle said.

Carle is a consultant to Cirque du Soleil, and has been featured on The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. He was also bubble consultant/technician for Bailey’s Irish Cream and Pepsi Cola in national television advertising campaigns.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children in the upper balcony. For more information, call 796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/fac.

 

Ricky Nelson tribute tickets available

Tickets are still available for the April 29 performance at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts of  “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” featuring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson.

There might also be some tickets for the April 30 performance. That show was the only one originally scheduled, but a second show was added after that one quickly sold out.

Tickets are $20, $18 for students and seniors and can be purchased in person at the Heider Center box office, 405 E. Hamlin St., West Salem, or by calling 786-2550. Box office hours are noon to 7 p.m. Mondays and noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Intergenerational prom set for April 28 at Viterbo

Former Miss Wisconsin Kristina Smaby Schoh has organized an intergenerational prom in conjunction with National Dance Week, to be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Viterbo University’s Mathy Center.

The event is part of Schoh’s Connecting Generations initiative, and youths are encouraged to get dressed up and attend with elders, whether they be grandparents, family friends or neighbors.

Entertainment, prizes, food and beverages will be offered. Admission is free.

 

Kid car seat collection set for April 28

Gundersen Lutheran, in partnership with La Crosse Coulee Regional Safe Kids Coalition and AAA, are sponsoring a Car Seat Round Up Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dahl Automotive, 561 Theater Road, Onalaska.

Parents are encouraged to drop off car seats that are older than six years, recalled seats and car seats that have been in a crash. The collected obsolete car seats will be dismantled and materials recycled or disposed of properly. There is no charge for the drop off.

 

Workshop planned for Hmong farmers

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will host a free workshop for Hmong farmers called “Growing Organic Vegetables.”

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the La Crosse Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, 1815 Ward Ave., La Crosse.

Topics for the training include: pest and plant disease management, weed control, crop rotations and use of soil amendments and fertilizers. Methods and inputs used by successful organic farmers will be shared.

After the classroom discussion, participants will travel to an organic vegetable farm, about 20 minutes east of La Crosse. To register, contact Jack Chang at 608-575-3782 or jack.chang@wisconsin.gov.   

 

Registration under way for Adventurefest

A variety of outdoor activities for the whole family are planned at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church’s first-ever Adventurefest on April 29 at the Halfway Creek Park and bandshell in Holmen.

Activities include a 10K trail run, 5K run/walk, bike trek, horseshoe tournament and chickencue, as well as Sunday morning worship and a number of raffles. Participants also can learn about horseback riding, archery and financial fitness.

The runs will take place on the Halfway Creek Park Trails, with awards presented to overall male and female finishers and first-, second- and third-place finishers in various age groups. Bicyclists will have two course options: the Holland Bluffs trail to Drugan’s and back (with turnaround points throughout the route) and a 20-mile road bike route with moderate hills.

The 10K will begin at 8 a.m., the 5K at 8:05 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. and the bike trek at noon.

More information and a link for online registration is available at www.halfwaycreek.org. All proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.

 

Volunteer drivers sought to help cancer patients

The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to become Road to Recovery drivers in the La Crosse County area.

Road to Recovery is a volunteer driver program designed to provide transportation for cancer patients who need help getting to and from cancer treatments and doctor appointments.  

While family members, friends and coworkers often take time off from work to help, transportation can still be a challenge, especially when the family might already be in a financial pinch due to the cancer. Volunteer drivers can relieve a lot of stress for families that are trying hard to cope.

For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-877-423-9128.

 

Western students plan portfolio show

Graduating students in the Western Technical College graphic design and visual communications programs will host the annual portfolio review show on Monday, May 7, from 4 to 6:45 p.m. at the Lunda Center, 319 N. Seventh St., La Crosse.

Graduates will show their best work in print, web, audio and video. Tours will be given of the Creative Center in the Graphics Education Center. Potential employers, students, and the general public are invited to stop in anytime during this free event. Refreshments will be served.

 

18th annual River to Ridge run is May 12

Registration is open for the 18th annual River to Ridge fun run, which takes place on May 12. The event helps support the Myrick Hixon EcoPark in La Crosse.

Participants can register individually or as a team for either a 5-mile bluff challenge run/walk or a 2-mile family walk. Kids 12 and younger participate for free.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event at the EcoPark. Participants are shuttled to Riverside Park where they start the run/walk at 10 a.m.

This year, registrants are asked to help raise funds to support education and nature play for the community. Special incentives available include River to Ridge T-shirts, EcoPark water bottles, canoe and kayak rentals from Three Rivers Outdoors and eco-cruises by Mississippi Explorer Cruises.

Everyone who participates is entered into a prize drawing for milk for a year from Organic Valley. The first 100 families to register receive a free tree seedling.

To register, submit the form found at area businesses or the EcoPark, or register online at www.mhecopark.org.

 

YFU seeks hosts, exchange students

Youth for Understanding, a 60-year-old exchange program, is seeking host families for the 2012-13 school year and American students wishing travel abroad.  For more information, log onto www.yfu-usa.org or call 866-493-8872, ext 6111.

 

Concert to feature American art songs

Steven Marking and Beth Ekern Lakmann will present a concert of American art songs by  Charles Ives, Lee Hoiby and Moses Hogan, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. in La Crosse.

Marking notes that Ives composed music completely devoid of European tradition, creating art songs that are distinctively American. “Most are short snippets of life in America that I believe suitably mirror the paintings of Norman Rockwell,” Marking said, citing songs including “In the Alley,” “Charlie Rutlage,” “At the River” and “The Light That is Felt.” “Each paints a picture of early American life that draws you in to the scene and into the character being presented.”

Hoiby is a living composer and piano virtuoso who’s works make the voice and piano true duets, Marking said. “They challenge the voice and piano in ways that make for over-the-top expression,” he said. “Songs with multiple meters like ‘The Serpent’  (written for Leontyne Price) and serpendulous rhythms of ‘Jabberwocky’ to the sweet inspirational verses of ‘Where the Music Comes From,’ Hoiby paints animated soundscapes that are great fun and beautiful at the same time.  

Tickets are $21 in advance or $25 at the door, with Pump House members eligible for discounts. For tickets stop by the Pump House, call 785-1434 or email contact@thepumphouse.org.

 

Viterbo actors to stage ‘Hippolytos’

Viterbo University will present Euripides’ Greek tragedy “Hippolytos” in the Fine Arts Center La Croix Black Box Theatre, with opening night on Friday, April 20.

Hippolytos is a classic tale of love, passion and obsession. Hippolytos is a mortal prince who prefers chastity and hunting to the pursuits associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. He therefore worships Artemis, goddess of the hunt and virginity, to the exclusion of Aphrodite. Furious at this slight, Aphrodite avenges her honor by causing Hippolytos’ stepmother, Phaedra, to fall in love with him.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, and Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. A 2 p.m. performance is planned for Sunday, April 29.

Tickets are $12 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/fac.

 

UW-L puts new twist on Greek classic

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts upcoming production,  “Antigone,” tells the story of a citizen who resists oppressive power, and the productoin will put a new twist on it, taking inspiration from what Time magazine has deemed the “Year of the Citizen.”  

Sophocles’ “Antigone” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, and Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28, with 2 p.m. performances Sundays, April 22 and 29 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets.  

The stage is set with a city in shambles, a post-civil war Thebes.  Kreon, brother and uncle of the late Oedipus, has risen to the throne in the aftermath of the battle between brothers, Eteokles and Polyneices.  

Both brothers are now dead, and Kreon decrees that only one shall be honored with a proper burial, the other left to the elements.  This proclamation is met with resistance, especially by the doomed heroine Antigone, sister to the dead rivals.  Despite the consequences, Antigone defies her new king and performs the funeral rites for her brother, only to be condemned to death by imprisonment in a cave.

Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Monday, April 16.  Box office hours are 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $14, $12 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $4 UW-L students.

 

UW-L Senior Art Exhibition coming up

This spring’s semi-annual UW-La Crosse senior exhibition features a diverse collection of artwork created by 18 graduating seniors.

“Convergence” represents 18 distinct perspectives brought together in one final exhibition. The show features a variety of media, including two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, ranging from photographs, paintings, prints and drawings to sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing.

To accommodate the large group, “Convergence” will feature works in the University Art Gallery in the UW-L Center for the Arts, and the Kader Gallery at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, downtown La Crosse. Each artist will be represented by work at both locations.

The exhibition opened April 20 at both locations and runs through April 28 at the Kader Gallery and May 4 at the University Art Gallery.

Opening receptions will be held at both venues April 20. The campus opening runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Non-perishable food will be collected for the UW-L Food Pantry. The reception at the Pump House takes place from 6:30–9 p.m.

Students participating include Nicole Becker, Alison Benson, Tylor Fischer, Corey Geary, Rachel E. Hein, Jessica Hetchler, Katie Johnson, Jessalyn Kimball, Sarah McManus, Dani Mejchar, Zachary Morin, Van Ngo, Cando Pierce, Jessie Schlender, Scott Scholze, Carla Stenulson, Sierra Tiegs and Brittany Vogt.

Gallery hours for the University Art Gallery are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and during events in Toland Theater and the Annett Recital Hall. Pump House hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

 

Rising country stars featured at UW-L

Up-and-coming country music performers will give a spring concert at UW-La Crosse. Gloriana and Jason Michael Carroll will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Recreational Eagle Center. Local band Trouble Shooter will open the show.

Gloriana, a country music group founded in 2008, includes brothers Tom Gossin on guitar and Mike Gossin on vocals and guitar, along with Rachel Reinert on vocals and tambourine. Gloriana released a debut single, “Wild at Heart” in February 2009, which became a Top 15 hit on the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The group’s self-titled debut album was released Aug. 4, 2009.

Carroll was discovered at a local talent competition in 2004. He was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album, “Waitin’ in the Country.” The album produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs: “Alyssa Lies,” “Living’ Our Love Song” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.” Carroll’s second album, “Growing Up is Getting Old,” has produced his fourth and fifth Top 40 hits.

Advance tickets are $20 for students and $30 for others. All tickets the day of the show are $35. Get tickets in advance at the Cartwright Center information counter or by calling 785-8898.

 

Retired educators plan lunch event

The La Crosse Area Retired Educators will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, at River Jack’s restaurant in La Crosse. Everyone who has retired from the Wisconsin public schools is invited.

The program will be “What to Keep and What to Throw,” presented by Helen Mackey.

Cost of the meal is $10. Reservations can be made through Karen Broadhead at 788-2485.

 

UW-L library sets spring book sale

The UW-La Crosse Murphy Library’s spring book sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 25-26, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 27, in Murphy Library Room 270. The sale will feature a large variety of mysteries and children’s books, as well as a special collector’s corner.

Books are reduced to $5 a bagful from noon to 3 p.m.  Thursday. Remaining books are free Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Murphy Library Endowment Fund.

 

Packers coming for tailgate party

On May 15, the Green Bay Packers will bring their 2012 Tailgate Tour to La Crosse.  The tour is a community outreach that serves as a thank-you to Packer fans while assisting a local charity.  

Children of the Heart has been selected to be the recipient of the La Crosse Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour event. All of the proceeds from the event will go to Children of the Heart, a nonprofit organization serving families of people with Down syndrome.

 The event will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Southside Oktoberfest grounds. The Packers tour bus will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be autograph signing and a Q&A session with Mark Murphy, Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby, William Henderson, Marco Rivera and Larry McCarren. There also will be food, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, inflatables, face painting and kids’ games.

Tickets are on sale at Festival Foods in Onalaska and the Village Shopping Center in La Crosse.

A $30 ticket includes a meal and two drinks; access to VIP area for the Q&A session; autographs on one Packers souvenir; a chance to personally meet Packer players during autograph session; and access to kids’ games and raffle area. There are 650 of these tickets available.

A $5 ticket includes access to Q&A sessions, as well as the kids’ games and raffle area. There will be 2,000 of these tickets available.

Children 2 and younger are admitted free.

More details on the event can be found at www.Packers.com, and more information on Children of the Heart can be found at www.dscoth.org.

 

Entries sought for Kind art competition

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, is seeking entries for the 16th annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery,” for high school students.  

Organized by Kind and his wife, Tawni, this event aims to recognize the tremendous talent of western Wisconsin high school art students.

“Every year, Ron and I look forward to the art competition,” said Tawni Kind.  “It’s a great opportunity for us to meet the wonderful student artists from across western Wisconsin. These students are capable of amazing things and this competition is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase their talent.”

The first-place entry will hang for a year in the U.S. Capitol along with the works of other student artists from across the country. The second-place entry will be displayed in Kind’s office in Washington, D.C., and the third- and fourth-place pieces will be displayed in Kind’s La Crosse and Eau Claire offices.  

The deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. Friday, April 27.

A reception to recognize the students will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s University Gallery from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12. All participants, their families, and teachers are invited to attend.

For more information, call Kind’s aide, Danice Stanton, toll free at 888-442-8040.

 

Franciscan Auxiliary selling geraniums

The 32nd annual Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary geranium sale will be held 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2-4 at the Franciscan Healthcare Garage Building, 11th and Ferry streets. Geraniums will also be sold at the Onalaska clinic, 191 Theater Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2-3 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4.

The sale includes 4.5-inch potted geraniums for $4.25 each as well as patio pots, hanging baskets and tree geraniums.

To pre-order geraniums and for more information, call Pat Briggeman at (507) 895-4084 or the volunteer office at 392-2709. All pre-orders are due by April 15 and should be picked up by 6 p.m. May 3.

To purchase gift certificates, call the volunteer office at 392-2709.

 

Toby Keith coming for Fort McCoy show

Toby Keith will headline the Army Concert Tour on Aug. 2 at Fort McCoy’s Constitution Park.

All concert details, including supporting acts, ticketing and pricing, will be released at a later date.

Keith’s hit single and viral sensation “Red Solo Cup” currently is nominated for Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

His chart-topping singles include “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!,” “Beer for My Horses,” “American Soldier,” “Made In America,” “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action,” “Does That Blue Moon Ever Shine on You,” “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight,” “I Wanna Talk About Me,” “My List” “Who’s Your Daddy?” and more.

Updated information will be posted to the Fort McCoy MWR website at www.mccoymwr.com or on the concert hotline at 877-864-4969.

 

Verizon seeks phones for HopeLine cause

Wisconsin residents are being encouraged to donate no-longer-used cell phones and accessories for HopeLine, a program that provides help to victims of domestic abuse.

In 2011, Wisconsin residents donated more than 14,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ phone recycling and reuse program, to support domestic violence victims and survivors and awareness programs.

Phones collected through HopeLine recycling drives are either refurbished and sold or recycled. The proceeds, in the form of cash grants and prepaid Verizon Wireless phones, are then donated to organizations that work against domestic violence.

To learn more about HopeLine, log onto www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

 

 

Challenge Academy seeks applicants

The Wisconsin Challenge Academy is now accepting applications for its next class of cadets entering on July 19.

Based at Fort McCoy, the academy offers teens at risk of not graduating a chance to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma, learn essential job and life-coping skills and, most importantly, develop the strength of character to become responsible citizens.

To qualify for this free program, students must be at least 16 years and 9 months old but not yet 19, have dropped out of school, been expelled or become at least a year behind in credits. Candidates must not have been convicted of a felony and cannot be on adult parole or probation at time of entry.

Call (866) 968-8422 for an application, or visit the academy’s website at www.ngycp.org/site/state/wi.

 

USDA has food safety alert Twitter feeds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched a series of Twitter feeds that will provide state-specific, food safety alerts to consumers. Followers of these Twitter accounts will receive alerts about recalls of meat, poultry and processed egg products in their state, as well as information on how to protect the safety of their food during severe weather events.

A list of all state food safety alert Twitter feeds is available at www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp#Twitter.

Currently, recalls are announced through news releases and FSIS’ primary Twitter feed, @USDAFoodSafety, which contains information to help consumers identify the recalled product.  To further enhance this notification process, FSIS developed these state feeds to provide information to people directly affected by a recall.

 

Western students offer massage clinics

Western Technical College therapeutic massage students will offer massage and bodywork clinics on Thursdays through May 10.

Appointments will be taken for 4:45 and 6:15 p.m. sessions in Room 129 of the Coleman Center, 304 N. Sixth St. in downtown La Crosse.

Services offered include relaxation, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy (second and third trimester only), Reiki and reflexology. Cost is $25 for a 55-minute session.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Jeanne Johnson at 785-9253 or johnsonj@westerntc.edu.

 

Flashing yellow arrow signals become more common in state

A new type of traffic control device featuring a flashing yellow arrow is an increasingly common sight at signalized intersections in Wisconsin and should send a clear signal to drivers: A left turn is permitted, but you must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

The four-head traffic signals first started showing up in Wisconsin about a year ago in response to new federal rules. The signals are typically installed in conjunction with roadway improvement projects at intersections meeting certain criteria. A decade-long national study by the Federal Highway Administration found the flashing yellow arrows help reduce driver confusion.

“The goal of these new signals is to provide a more direct, less-confusing message to motorists when turning left,” said Joanna Bush of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Traffic Operations. “As with anything new, there’s a period of public education and adjustment, but the bottom line is enhancing intersection safety.”

The new signals feature a green arrow which means a driver has the right-of-way to make a left turn. When the signal cycles to the flashing yellow arrow, it means a driver may turn left if there is no oncoming traffic and there are no pedestrians crossing the street.

A solid yellow arrow means drivers should be prepared to stop. As usual, the top-positioned red arrow tells drivers they must stop and wait. The signals typically include an adjoining, static sign that reads: “Left turn — yield on flashing yellow arrow.”

The four-head arrow signals also provide traffic engineers with more options as the timing sequence can be adjusted as traffic volumes vary throughout the day. More information on the flashing yellow signals including a video demonstration can be found online at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/flashing-yellow.htm.

 

Conservation award seeks nominees

Sand County Foundation and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Wisconsin farmers who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.

Given in honor of Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspires other landowners in their communities through these examples and provides a visible forum where leaders from the agricultural community are recognized as conservation leaders outside of the industry.

In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”

Applications are due by Aug. 10. Finalists and the winner will be announced in late 2012. For complete application information, visit www.leopoldconservationaward.org.

 

Mayo has volunteer opportunities

Mayo Clinic Health System is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following needs:

Clinic Hospitality: Volunteers meet, greet and assist patients and visitors as they enter and use clinic services in La Crosse and Onalaska. Applicants must be able to transport patients in wheelchairs, be dependable and able to communicate well with people.

Gift Shops: Volunteers staff both the Gift Shoppe in the La Crosse hospital building and Canticle Gifts in the Onalaska clinic.

Hospice: Once a year, hospice volunteers are trained to provide clerical, companionship and bereavement mailing services for patients and families facing terminal illnesses.

Hospital positions: Teen, college and adult volunteers are utilized to staff the relative waiting rooms; provide clerical and delivery services; and escort and transport patients. Members of the Auxiliary organize and carry out a number of fundraisers annually and offer nursing scholarships to students at Viterbo University and Western Technical College.

Helplink: Volunteers work as test callers, installers and provide clerical services for a telephone emergency response system that enables people to live independently in their own home.

Village Apartments: Volunteers are involved in providing activities for seniors living in apartments or assisted living.

Mayo Clinic Health System offers volunteers access to a number of benefits available to employees such as discounts for the health club, Gift Shoppe and The Market Place.

For an application, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org or call 392-9766.

Wisconsin Lions Camp to begin 56th year

The Wisconsin Lions Camp, owned and operated by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, begins its 56th year of camping for children and adults with disabilities on May 30.

The 12-week summer camping program is provided free of charge, made possible by the financial support of the Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs of Wisconsin. Individuals and corporate donors also assist the Lions with financial support, making the camp possible.

Specialized camping sessions are scheduled for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing. Camping sessions are scheduled for children with mild cognitive disabilities and for children with diabetes. The Lions Camp provides summer employment opportunities in positions of cabin counselors, program specialists and nurses.

In addition to the regular summer camping program, the Wisconsin Lions Camp operates as a year-round retreat and conference center. The facility is rented to anyone, with preference given to school groups, organizations serving persons with disabilities and other non-profit groups. Weekend family camps offered in the winter, spring and fall provide special camping opportunities for families with a member having a disability. Minimal fees are charged to cover the operating cost for these rental programs.

Camper applications for various programs or information on summer employment opportunities may be obtained by contacting Wisconsin Lions Camp Retreat & Conference Center, 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473, calling (715) 677-4969, emailing info@wisconsinlionscamp.com or visiting www.wisconsinlionscamp.com.

 

Online survey looks at fish consumption

MADISON – State health and natural resources officials announced they are asking male anglers age 50 and older to fill out an online survey on fish consumption.  Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the survey will be available through 2013.

“The survey will help us understand how much fish they eat, whether fish consumption advice is reaching this population and the best ways to inform them about reducing their exposure to environmental contaminants in fish,” said Dr. Henry Anderson, state health officer. Department of Natural Resources and DHS officials hope to hear from 5,000 men who fish Wisconsin waters.   

Most state and federal fish consumption advice focuses on those most vulnerable to the effects of environmental contaminants — pregnant women, their developing fetuses, and young children, but older adults can also be affected.

Sport fishing is a popular activity in Wisconsin, with more than 1.3 million fishing licenses sold each year. “While fish are low in fat and contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, fishing in Wisconsin waters also carries some risk of exposure to chemical contamination by eating one’s catch,” said Anderson.

Survey participants will help state officials understand Wisconsin anglers’ fishing activity, how much of their catch they consume and the effectiveness of outreach materials on healthy fish eating practices, he added.

To participate in the survey, male anglers age 50 or older who live in Wisconsin all or part of the year should visit   https://study.uwsc.wisc.edu/anglers.

 

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