Flu vaccine clinic offered
The Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) is holding a mass flu vaccine clinic Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4-7 p.m. at the Rhinelander High School commons area and Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 4-7 p.m. in the James Williams Middle School choir room. The vaccine is free for children 18 an under. A parent or guardian must accompany their child. The flu vaccine is available for adults, age 19 and older, at a cost of $35 for the Fluzone/Fluarix Quadrivalent injectible vaccine; the Flublok Quadrivalent injectible for ages 65 and older is $72 (contains three times the amount of antigen that “regular” flu shots contain); the Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine for ages 65 and older is $72 (contains four times the amount of antigen that “regular” flu shots contain). Security Health Plan, UMR, United Healthcare, Medicare/Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicaid/Badgercare will be accepted. Visit cdc.gov/flu for more information about 2019-20 influenza.
Application period open for fab lab grants
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications from Wisconsin school districts for the fifth year of its Fabrication Laboratories Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand fab labs. Matching grants of up to $25,000 to school districts are available for the creation or expansion of the high-tech workshops. Since the program’s inception, WEDC has awarded over $2.1 million in grants to 58 districts. This time, the organization is allocating $750,000 and anticipates awarding 30 grants. Application deadline is Dec. 12, 2019.
Day of the Dead celebration cancelled
The Day of the Dead dinner event scheduled for November 2, 2019, at ArtStart has been cancelled. However, the exhibition Diego and Frida: A Smile Along the Way will continue to be on display through November 2. Please visit to view the beautiful Day of the Dead altar created by some of our talented volunteers. If you have purchased tickets your purchase price will be refunded. For questions, please call 715-326-4328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ArtStart is located at 68 S. Stevens. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 2.
NAMI Family Support Group
NAMI Northern Lakes, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is beginning a new service for family members of those dealing with mental illnesses. NAMI Family Support Group is a free monthly 90-minute meeting open to family and friends of anyone coping with these illnesses. The meetings are led by two facilitators who are family members themselves, who have been trained by NAMI Wisconsin in how to lead support groups. Each meeting creates a confidential space that allows participants to share only what they want, and to support each other in their efforts to support their loved ones. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Minocqua Public Library. Call for more information, 715-369-4740.
Not So Scary Halloween Trail
Trick-or-Treat takes to the forest as the YMCA of the Northwoods once again hosts the Not So Scary Halloween Trail on the Stoney Pines Trail behind the Y from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Community groups, businesses and volunteers decorate sites along the trail and hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. A donation of a non-perishable food item for the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is encouraged. After walking the trail, participants are encouraged to head inside the Y for refreshments and chili. Primary parking for the event will be at the Rhinelander Ice Arena. A path leads from the arena to the entrance of the trail. The event is free to the community. For more information, call 715-362-9622, ext. 114.
Friends of Libraries Week
Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration. At the Rhinelander District Library, the Friends group is holding its semi-annual manual patron count. In addition, the Friend’s ReTale Shop will be open at 25 Rives Street 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday. Anyone interested in joining the group or learning more can stop by the library this week, or visit the FOLRhinelander Facebook page.
Military care package drive at Peoples State Bank
The Peoples State Bank in Rhinelander is collecting items for soldiers serving overseas and Wisconsin’s veterans in need of assistance through Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Donation bins are located inside the bank. Things needed include non-perishable food, batteries, blankets, stamps and toiletries. Donations from all eight branches of Peoples State Bank will be given to the Rhinelander Military Support Group which sends them to soldiers overseas and to agencies serving veterans in Wisconsin. Last year’s drive collected more than 7,700 items and $670 in cash donations. For a detailed list of needed items, visit bankpeoples.com.
Soundtrack of the Vietnam War
Nicolet College Learning in Retirement (LIR) and YMCA of the Northwoods is presenting “We Gotta Get out of This Place – The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War,” Friday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m., at the Pine Lake Town Hall. Doug Bradley and Craig Werner place popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. They explore how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the world back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. The book by Bradley and Werner was named the Best Music Book of 2015 by Rolling Stone Magazine. Space is limited; register by calling the Y, 715-362-9622 or LIR, 715-365-4491.