Arts & Life

BSA Samoset Council

Last weekend's blizzard dealt a blow to the charitable food collection by local boy scouts and they're hoping the public can still help out. Officials at The Boy Scouts of America Samoset Council in Weston say look for Trig's grocery bags or provide a box with items for the drive.

Spokesperson Leanna Holzem says the weather played havoc with the bad distribution last weekend. Scouts tried to drop off the bright yellow bags in neighborhoods in central and north central Wisconsin, but couldn't.

The Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is hosting it's annual Memories and Melodies fundraiser this weekend and they are hoping for a large turnout to help fund local Alzheimer's efforts.

The event features music, dinner raffles and auctions to help those afflicted with the disease. The event is being held at Holiday Acres resort near Rhinelander.

One of the resort's owners, Kari Zambon, had family members affected by it and the event is always a special time for her...

Scott Kirby hosted Shoestrings Alive during the Midwest Music Hour in March. Listen to the archive here. If you are a local musician that would like to play live or have your music played during The Midwest Music Hour contact host Scott Kirby. 

WXPR Public Radio

Boat Patrol stopped by the WXPR studios ahead of their show at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander. Boat Patrol is Cai Mountjoy (Bass), Daleth Mountjoy (Keys), and Evan Verploegh (Drums).

Phelps Chamber of Commerce

For one Vilas county community it's an opportunity to put a spark into the economy during what is traditionally a slow time for visitors.

The 7th annual Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is set for Saturday.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Celeste Hendrickson says the event helps the community..... 

Robert Rueckl

The Board of Directors of WXPR Public Radio are pleased to announce that Jessie Dick has been selected as Station Manager. Dick has been working at WXPR for over 14 years, most recently as the Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator.

Wisconsin DNR Caleb Metrich

Artist have a chance to get their artwork viewed in many different places as the state has opened up competition for the 2019 Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp designs.

Jaqi Christopher is a DNR upland wildlife assistant....

"....they're paintings, they're drawings, there's specifications on size and the species. We obviously want the artwork to reflect turkeys and turkey habitat, pheasants and waterfowl found in the state of Wisconsin...."

Wabeno Schools

Voters approved the funding of a FAB LAB in Wabeno and school leaders are opening the facility to the public this Thursday. FAB LAB Director Tim Stolar says while approving an operating referendum about a year ago, voters also were asked whether they would like to fund the FAB LAB...

"....the difference was on that referendum which was a year ago, would the voters be willing to spend about $300,000 to start a FAB LAB. It actually garnered more support than the regular referendum did...." mamashaw

The season is nearing when homeowners like to do some sprucing up and an event this coming weekend is designed  to meet that desire.

The Hodag Home and Lifestyle Show is the first home show of the year in the Northwoods, sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce.

Event and Program Coordinator Lauren Sackett says the show is designed to provide ideas...

Kayla Breese/Northwoods River News

Have you ever felt like you’re talking to someone, but they just aren’t reading your body language?

The New York based dance company the Equus Projects will be performing “The Breaking Ring” at ArtStart in downtown Rhinelander this weekend and they’ve made a name for themselves by listening and responding to the way humans — and horses — move. darkmoon 1968

Rhinelander is the next stop as the Wisconsin Arts Board unveils the first draft of the agency's strategic plan.

The Wisconsin Arts Board has been around more than 40 years and is funded by the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. The agency is tasked with nurturing creativity, promoting the arts, supporting arts education, while also stimulating community and economic development.

Executive Director George Tzougros says after input, they have a draft plan ready for public review...

Dept. of Defense

Local residents are asked to come forward and once again support an annual challenge sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Spring Challenge happens during March and April....

"....we have a person who will match all the contributions, both food and money, that are contributed during March and April. It's not a 1-1 match, it's a smaller match, but it is a match none-the-less and it does help increase the amount of donations we get during these two months...."

Forward Rhinelander

While the demographics of the Northwoods show a majority of the population is over 40 years of age, a local group wants to highlight the accomplishments of younger people in Rhinelander.

A member of the group Forward Rhinelander, Ben Meyer, says they want to demonstrate the vibrancy of the community by recognizing outstanding young adult community members....

Arts Wisconsin

The Executive Director of a leading arts group in Wisconsin says this year's Arts Day event will showcase Wisconsin's arts community, but also point toward how the arts are investments in the state.

Arts, business, education, government, political, and civic leaders and supporters are invited to Arts Day 2018 on Wednesday, March 21 at the Overture Center for the Arts Madison.

Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin talked with WXPR's Ken Krall about Arts Day and while a day of fun, it also is a day to think about the future of the arts in Wisconsin...

Wikimedia Commons

The month is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.

In Wisconsin, the Council On Problem Gambling's Executive Director Rose Blozinski says March is picked as the month to raise awareness because people tend to gamble a bit more...