The Rhinelander Lions 31-year tradition of providing a free Christmas dinner continues, with dinner being served to anyone wanting to share a meal with others, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Nativity of Our Lord Church on King Street. Rapid Cab will provide free taxi rides and free delivery is available to those who need it. For home delivery, call 715-282-5904 before Christmas, or 715-490-0048 between 9 a.m. and noon Christmas morning. Anyone wishing to volunteer can call 715-362-6534, 715-690-6208, or 715-490-1899. Cash donations can be made to the Rhinelander Lions, PO box 1005, Rhinelander. The Lions typically serve 300 people and home-deliver about 100 meals each year.
Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund underway
The Rhinelander District Library Foundation is seeking donations to the Ced Vig Holiday Book Fund, which began 33 years ago. This year’s goal is $15,000. Vig was an area educator, outdoor enthusiast and library supporter. The book fund in his name has raised more than $250,000 to purchase library books. All books purchased through the fund receive a book plate credit – one in four books in the library displays that plate. Donations can be made securely online at RDLFoundation.org or mailed to or dropped off at the Rhinelander District Library.
New Downtown Rhinelander board members selected
Ruth Hempel, Diane DeiRossi, Kathy Brich, Robin Harrison, Michele Smith Grage, Amber Whiteaker, Katie Bevernitz, Kathy Pecor and Jim Hext have been elected to serve on the Downtown Rhinelander Inc. (DRI) board of directors. The executive committee will be led by Rhonda Jicinsky, president; Pat LaPorte, vice president; Will Roffers, treasurer and Mary Taylor, secretary. DRI is a non-profit revitalization organization that works collaboratively with business and property owners and community volunteers to strengthen downtown Rhinelander.
Northland Pines seeks Hall of Famers
The Northland Pines School District Alumni Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 induction. The Alumni Hall of Fame was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Northland Pines and/or Eagle River Union High School alumni and to bring to the forefront outstanding role models for NLP students. Candidates must have been out for school for at least 20 years, and should have contributed to the school district’s success after graduation. For more information, visit the district’s website or call Scott Foster, 715-479-6487.
Lunch and Learn at the Y
Three Lakes Fab Lab director Dr. Steve Yahr will present a program at the next Lunch and Learn at the UMCA of the Northwoods, Jan. 9 at noon. Yahr will explain the workings of a fab lab, how it fits into the school curriculum and its benefit to the community. The theme for the pot luck lunch is baked potatoes. Attendees are asked to bring a potato topping, side salad or dessert. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the monthly Lunch and Learn session. Call 715-362-9622, ext. 118 for more information.
Healing Hearts grief group
Ascension at Home is hosting a group for processing loss and grief creatively. Loss and grief can be caused by many life-altering events, not only the death of a loved one. This free drop-in group will allow participants to process these difficult emotions through creative means. Join art facilitators and bereavement coordinators in the class project or bring your own. Supplies are provided, no prior creative experience needed. First Tuesday of the month, noon-2 p.m. at the Old School Arts and Learning Center, 903 Boyce Drive in Rhinelander. For information, call 800-643-4663.
Jeans for Teens drive
The Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA club is collecting gently used blue jeans until Jan. 8 as part of their annual Jeans for Teens community service project. Collection boxes will be located at schools in the district, the Rhinelander District Library, and several downtown and area businesses. All sizes and styles are accepted. Donated jeans will go to the Frederal Place shelter for the children and families who stay there.