Beginning Dec. 1, winter parking regulations go into effect in the city of Rhinelander. That means no parking on city streets between 3-6 a.m., Dec. 1 to April 1. During daytime hours, parking is allowed on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered dates and odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered dates. There are exemptions on the streets surrounding the courthouse and for a short distance on Keenan Street. The parking restrictions are enforced to assist the Public Works Department with snow removal and street maintenance during the snowy months. For more information, contact the Rhinelander Police Department, 715-365-5300.
Bough and firewood harvesting permits available
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has forest product permits available for anyone interested in harvesting items such as boughs or for cutting firewood. Permits are also available for Christmas trees, birch bark and assorted twigs and stems. Firewood cutting permits are $20 or $5 per cord with a four cord minimum; up to two tons of boughs can be gathered for $80; Christmas tree permits are $5 per tree. For more information or to purchase a permit, stop by the ranger station closest to the harvest area.
Nutcracker performance Dec. 7
The Northwoods School of Dance students will perform their interpretation of the The Nutcracker at the Rhinelander High School auditorium Saturday, Dec. 7. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, dancers ages 3-22 will perform jazz, tap and hip/hop will open the show with holiday favorites. The show is choreographed by several dancers and director Karen cook. Tickets will be sold at the door; $10 for adults, $5 for children and age three and under are free.
Humane society seeks baked goods
Bake sale to benefit adoptable pets
The Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) is seeking homemade holiday goodies and baked goods to help the pets at the OCHS Adoption Center. Donations of goodies will be accepted at the center until Friday, Nov. 22. The bake sale is part of the Craft Show and Sell Saturday, Nov. 23 at the James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander. Items in high demand include homemade pet treats, holiday cookies, candies and snack mixes. Please label items listing ingredients that may be allergens, but do not price them.
Festival of Trees
The Aspirus Health Foundation will host the 23rd annual Festival of Trees, a benefit for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Rothschild Nov. 27-Dec, 1. Three special events will be featured, plus people can stop by during daily hours to stroll through a glittering wonderland of holiday trees, wreaths, mantels, centerpieces and spcia.lty items decorated and donated for the silent auction. The Festival of Trees is the largest annual special event fundraiser for the Aspirus Health Foundation. For more information, visit wausaufestivaloftrees.org.
Open house and debate watch party
The Oneida County Democratic Party is hosting an open house on Nov. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at party headquarters, 1415 Eagle St., Rhinelander. The open house will be followed by a presidential candidate debate watch party at 8 p.m. The event is intended to showcase the new headquarters. Everyone, including nonmembers, is invited to attend. Future activities include monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, and screening politically relevant films. For more information, call the headquarters, 715-420-0457.
Seed sowing party
Looking for an excuse to get your hands dirty, learn about invasive and native plants, chat about gardening and help restore and enhance tender habitats in Oneida County? Stop by the Oneida County Courthouse committee room 2 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a seed sowing party. No need to bring seeds or supplies. The Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department’s Pollinator Team and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Team have been working on several habitat restoration projects and the plants will be used to build populations of native plants for these sites. Participants can take home a pot of sown wildflower seeds. Registration is preferred by not necessary, by calling 715-369-7835 or email Baerbel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop with a Cop
The Rhinelander Police Department is participating in the Shop with a Cop program again this year, and is seeking donations to help make the program a success. One Dec. 14, members of the police department and Rhinelander Fire Department will be taking a group of area third grade students shopping for Christmas presents. Children are selected with help from Rhinelander area schools. Students and officers will travel by bus to an area restaurant for breakfast and then to Walmart where the students will have a set amount of money to spend on gifts for themselves and their family members. Donations may be mailed to the Police Department, in care of Sgt. Kurt Helke. Checks should be made payable to the Rhinelander Professional Police Association by Dec. 9. For more information, contact Helke at 715-365-5300.