Arts & Life

Rhinelander Lions
5:01 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Christmas Not Alone Offers Meals This Thursday


For the 29th year, the Rhinelander Lions Club will be hosting the "Christmas Not Alone" dinner.
Event co-chair Harry Helwig says the idea is to provide a hearty meal and companionship for those who don't have friends and family to be with on Christmas...

"...and the Rhinelander Lions, along with volunteers from the community, our Lioness from different areas, Leo club, we'll be preparing and serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day at the National Guard Armory in Rhinelander from 11:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon..."

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Providing Temporary Shelter
3:52 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Community Support Keeps Homeless Shelter Open

A generous grant from St. Matthias Thrift Shop helped Frederick Place get a much needed new roof.
Credit NATH

It’s the holiday season and a time for giving.  That spirit of giving has a big impact year-round on Frederick Place, the temporary housing shelter in Rhinelander that serves 5 counties in the Northwoods. 

One day in November, the doorbell rang at Frederick Place. It was a 5 year-old boy, who’d come with his money to donate his $30 of birthday money to help the homeless. Heartwarming and unexpected gifts like these are starting to show up more often, says Executive Director Tammy Modic.

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Holiday Food Traditions
4:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Less Processed Life: Waffles And Vanilla Sauce

Susan Bronson

Today we debut a new series with food writer Susan Bronson.  She keeps a blog called A Less Processed Life, and each month she’ll be sharing recipes and stories from her Northwoods Kitchen.  In honor of the holidays, today Bronson shares one of her time-tested holiday traditions…that stars a 70-year-old kitchen appliance.  

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Arts & Life
9:39 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Opera Singer To Perform in Northwoods

Smith-Kotlarek as Count Robinson in Matrimonio Segreto
Credit Submitted photo

An opera singer is performing in the Northwoods Thursday.  

Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek has a sold-out holiday performance at the Essenhaus in Wabeno.  It’s part of a monthly program called Third Thursday Theater.  For this week’s arts feature, WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with him about his musical background.

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Gift certificates
4:33 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Consider Impacts Of Giving A Pet As A Gift

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A leader at a local pet adoption facility says you should talk things through with someone before offering to gift a pet at Christmas.

Karen Norling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Human Society whose pet adoption center is in Rhinelander....

"...if you're considering giving a pet as a gift, you should make sure that everyone is actually looking for a pet they would like to keep. This time of year, after Christmas, a lot of animals are surrendered because because they were unwanted gifts...."

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Hosted classical programs
10:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

WXPR Classical Host Harry Marshall Dies

Harry Marshall
Credit Nimsgern Funeral Home/Marshall family

WXPR classical music host Harry Marshall, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wi.

Harry hosted WXPR's "Midday Classics" and "Classics By Request" beginning in 2013.

Harry was a resident of Woodcock Lake in Lake Tomahawk, and a member of St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Minocqua.  He also volunteered at St. Matthias’ Thrift Shop.

Harry was a much-loved member of the WXPR volunteers. His love of classical music and opera was deeply respected.

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Providing Emergency Help
5:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Minocqua's Caritas Helps Fill Gaps For Those In Need

Caritas is located at 300 Arbor Vitae Street, next to St. Matthias Church in Minocqua. Hours are Tues and Thurs 9:30 – 11 a.m. and the last Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Credit Emily Bright / WXPR News

There are a number of agencies in the Northwoods that help people in need, but when you’re faced with a crisis, it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Who do you call, and how do you pay for gas to get there? One Minocqua organization aims to address that challenge.

Caritas is a one-stop shop for people in Vilas and Oneida Counties in temporary urgent need of help. Run by volunteers and donations, it’s given out more than $23,000 of emergency help to over 250 people since it opened just over a year ago. Sometimes, says volunteer Laurie Glowac,

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Weekend format
5:19 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

SOA at Rhinelander To Change Format In 2015

SOA Director Lynn Tarnoff
Credit UW-Madison Continuing Studies

A change in format for School of the Arts at Rhinelander. Director Lynn Tarnoff announced the 2015 program will run Friday through Sunday July 17 through the 19 only. Previously the program had run a week.

Tarnoff says a key reason is what appears to be a changing lifestyle of participants, geared more toward a weekend format...

"....we looked at the change in our attendee and with the success of adding the weekend option only we have some growing interest for a weekend program versus a five day..."

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Distance learning
4:29 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Nicolet College To Debut "telepresence"


Imagine being able to interact with students in classrooms far away from where you are, yet still have the feeling you are in the room with them.

That's what a new program through Nicolet College will do when it begins next month.

It's a new type of distance learning technology called "telepresence". Dean of Business and Instructional Effectiveness, Chuck Komp,  says the experience is 'amazing', but the real benefit is cutting down on travel time and costs for students. Here's how it works...

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Arts & Life
10:37 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Live Music Today- 5 Days of WXPR Christmas!

Tune in to hear live Polka music with The Jim Pekol Band and Bluegrass with the Quilllpickers. Pledge now to support live music. When you pledge you'll be entered into our Five Days of WXPR Christmas Drawing. Saturday 12 people will win pasties from Joe's Pasty Shop in Rhinelander. 

5 days of WXPR Christmas drawing information.