Around Town Briefs 5/8/16

OPEN HOUSE: The Buffalo County Historical Society will hold a genealogy open house from 6 to 8 :30 p.m. Thursday at the Buffalo County Courthouse, 407 S. Second St., Alma.

Greg Kocken, who heads Special Collections, University Archives and Records Management at UW-Eau Claire, will speak at 6 p.m. about the genealogy resources available at the UW-Eau Claire Area Research Center — specifically the resources from Buffalo County.

The presentation will be in the courtroom on the second floor. Visitors are asked to use the Sheriff’s Office entrance on the south side of the courthouse.

Both the Register of Deeds and Historical Society offices will be open for questions and genealogy research.

Treats and refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 608-685-6290 or visit

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SENIOR CLASSES: L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., is holding five classes in May:

• Falls Prevention, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 16: Identify where and why falls happen, as well as any medical reasons or medications that may contribute to falls. Discussion will include environmental factors that may lead to falls and how to prevent falls. Class is free.

• Brain Basics and Dementia Specifics, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18: Gain a better understanding of the ABCs of dementia. Ask questions and learn more about a disease that affects more people every day. Class is free.

• Hearing Loss: Options Beyond Hearing Aids, noon Friday, May 20: Dr. Rima DeFatta will explain normal and abnormal conditions of hearing. She will discuss options for hearing restoration beyond hearing aids, including surgical options. Class is free.

• EBay Focus on Shipping, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, May 24 and 31: Class focuses on the do’s and don’t’s of shipping and packing. Class fee is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

• What Happens After Paychecks Stop?, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24: Examine how to budget for retirement expenses and your potential sources of income. Identify the risks to your retirement income and ways to address them. Class is free.

Early registration is encouraged.

For more information, call the Senior Center at 715-839-4909.

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UW-STOUT PROGRAMS: The STEPS for Girls program returns for its 20th summer at UW-Stout. It will be joined by two new programs for middle school and high school students, STEM Camp and Design Camp.

At all three youth summer programs, students will be led by UW-Stout faculty. Camp participants stay in UW-Stout dorms and enjoy recreational activities on campus, along with field trips.

STEPS for Girls

STEPS for Girls, for girls entering seventh grade, has four weeklong programs beginning July 10. One of the goals of STEPS is to help girls explore careers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

STEPS stands for Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer program. About 3,000 girls have participated since it began in 1997.

The week’s activities include analyzing, manufacturing and operating an obstacle-avoiding robot.

Program sessions are July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28 and July 31-Aug. 4, with availability for 40 girls in each session. Learn more at​steps.


The STEM Camp is for children entering eighth 10th grades. It will be held June 19-24. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This year’s camp will focus on rocketry. Campers will learn about components of a rocket and make a functioning rocket by the end of the week.

Registration ends Friday, June 10. Learn more at​profed/​stem-camp.

Design Camp

The Design Camp is for children ages 14 to 16. It will be held June 12-17. Campers will learn to make 2D digital art or 3D interactive environments from senior UW-Stout game design students.

This year’s theme is creating virtual worlds using game art and design software.

Registration ends Friday, June 3. Learn more at​profed/​design-camp.

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FAMILY CLASSES: Five Family Fun Classes are being offered this summer by the Altoona Parks & Recreation Department

For information and how to register, check the brochure on the city’s webpage at or call 715-839-5188.

Following are the classes:

Family Movie Night: Enjoy a movie at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Cinder City Park. There will be a small fee for concessions and children’s games. 

Mother-Son Rodeo Roundup: Rodeo activities and dancing will follow dinner. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite western style outfits.

Hobbs Sports Center at Cinder City Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

Fee is $20 for a resident couple and $25 for a nonresident couple.

Father-Daughter Hoppin’ Hoedown: A farm-themed dinner is followed by fun and dancing. Participants are encouraged to wear cowboy and cowgirl outfits.

Hobbs Sports Center at Cinder City Park, 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.

Fee is $20 for a resident couple and $25 for a nonresident couple.

Jigsaw Puzzle Contest: Each family that enters will receive the same jigsaw puzzle to complete. The winning family will receive a prize.

Tenth Street Recreation Center, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 22.

Fee is $10 for resident families and $15 for nonresident families.

Pickleball: Have fun learning and playing the latest craze.

Hillcrest Park, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Fee is $10 for resident families and $15 for nonresident families.

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AWARD: UW-River Falls has earned its fourth consecutive STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

From staff reports

Around Town Briefs 5/8/16

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