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Cross Plains 37th Trout Days this weekend

The Cross Plains Lions Club and Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor Cross Plains Trout Days. Since 1984 Cross Plains has hosted Trout Days on the first Saturday of May, the opening day of fishing season.

Sauk Prairie community events

Community Blood Drive

 

The Sauk Prairie Community Blood Drive will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 100 Oak Street in Prairie Du Sac on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

For an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROSS) or visit: RedCrossBlood.org

River Arts events


River Arts Inc is hosting a workshop with internationally-recognized artist and instructor Rhonda Nass titled “Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard”. It will take place at River Arts Studio, 590 Water St, Prairie du Sac on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. The deadline to register is May 6. From Rhonda: “One of the most valuable skills to learn in creating artwork is the ability to produce, using limited materials, a wide range of light to dark. This workshop will focus on learning how to create that full white to black spectrum value range while scratching a black, ink-coated surface. Total beginners welcome!” Most supplies are provided, but students should bring a few items. A complete list of supplies and the link to register are all available at www.RiverArtsInc.org or by emailing Kristina at kcoopman@riverartsinc.org.

River Arts Inc is hosting a workshop with internationally-recognized artist and instructor Rhonda Nass titled “Value, Value, Value: Introduction to Scratchboard”. It will take place at River Arts Studio, 590 Water St, Prairie du Sac on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15. The deadline to register is May 6.

Prairie du Sac’s Wildman visits Optimists


On March 30, Alan Wildman addressed the SP Optimist Club, giving them updates on happenings in Prairie du Sac, aas their administrator. First, he complimented the Club on their 61 years of “supporting youth, neighbors, community organizations and events through your service.” Notable completions in Prairie du Sac are the River Walk Park and Overlook. The second is waiting for the artists’ work to be installed. A Kids Concert is planned for May 7 there and this summer there will be Night Markets scheduled there as well. Prairie du Sac has a brand-new rescue vehicle and recently acquired an ATV to use with brush fires etc. He explained the lengthy local street improvement scheduled. These projects are financed locally with the Bank of Prairie du Sac. The new Police Station construction is clicking along. The new 24,455 square foot station will include offices, storage and processing space, a community/training room. and a 22-stall indoor parking/vehicle storage area. No overnight stays would be held there, though the facility would be open 24/7. The site would also include 38 exterior parking stalls with 9 of these in a fenced area south of the building intended for secured parking. Expected completion of the building in the summer of 2022. The Culver Community Park is being constructed on land owned by the Village that is also responsible for all improvements. The Village has an agreement with the Sauk Prairie Recreation Department who will pay for operation costs. The goal is to raise $12 million for the Park. Currently, the fundraising total is approximately $10.5 million. The goal is to develop the north part of the park, including the north building and the dog park in 2022. Big news in Prairie du Sac is a private development proposal for 51 residential rental units- efficiency/studio units one-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units with 1000 square feet of retail/commercial space and two levels of underground parking. As usual, it’s a busy time in Prairie du Sac. For more information on these topics and others, please go to www.prairiedusac.net. Pictured, Bart Mauch, Sauk Prairie Optimist President, Alan Wildman, Prairie du Sac Village Administrator, and Ellen Paul, SP Optimist member on March 30 at the SP Optimist meeting on March 30 at the Jaybird Cafe’.

On March 30, Alan Wildman addressed the SP Optimist Club, giving them updates on happenings in Prairie du Sac, aas their administrator.

First, he complimented the Club on their 61 years of “supporting youth, neighbors, community organizations and events through your service.”

Book Club celebrates member’s 99th birthday


The Black Earth Library Book Discussion Group threw a birthday party for a member at their April meeting. Charlotte celebrated 99 years and the group surprised her with the party and a special made cake.

The Black Earth Library Book Discussion Group threw a birthday party for a member at their April meeting. Charlotte celebrated 99 years and the group surprised her with the party and a special made cake.

SP Optimists hear from Library Director


Lisa Reiners Thomas, the George Culver Community Library Director, was the invited speaker at the Sauk Prairie Optimist Meeting on April 20. Thomas started at the library in December, grew up in Denmark, WI, attended UW-Madison, and was the Spring Green library director prior to coming to Sauk City. Taking the group on a virtual tour of the library, she stressed the attention to history that the planners used in the design of the renovated space including the crane hanging from the ceiling from one a train track ran through the building to unload monuments for the former Spellman Monument Company. The tour included views of the newspaper, magazine, DVD seduction as well as the digital resources area. The digital resources include Libby and Hoopla, Ancestry.com, and Kanopy. Next were the six “study rooms” with four that can hold two-three people and two “mini-conference” rooms which are not 100 percent soundproof but normal conversation cannot be heard. On the second floor, accessible by elevator, is the Teen Loft which houses Young Adult fiction and the 3-D printer. The Community Room complete with a kitchenette is available for reservations. There is also a History room with digital microfilm, all the books written by August Derleth and more. Of course, there is an extensive children’s section. The Summer Library program this summer is entitled “Oceans of Possibilities.” The SP Optimist Club donates to this program. You can check out items from an Instapot and fishing poles to a tag-a-long bike. There is also a Little Free Food Pantry available. You can bring in donations or take food. To find out more about the library and upcoming events go to www.saukcitylibrary.org. Thomas invites all to visit the library and to check them out! Pictured, left to right: Bart Mauch, SP Optimist President, Lisa Reiners Thomas, George Culver Library (Sauk City) Director, and Jeff Boll, SP Optimist member on April 20 at the Jaybird Cafe.

Lisa Reiners Thomas, the George Culver Community Library Director, was the invited speaker at the Sauk Prairie Optimist Meeting on April 20.

Thomas started at the library in December, grew up in Denmark, WI, attended UW-Madison, and was the Spring Green library director prior to coming to Sauk City.

River Arts offering free concert and more at Riverwalk Park and Overlook


Pictured, left to right, Will Branch and Dave Fox.

River Arts Inc. is thrilled to share the first live music in the Prairie du Sac Riverwalk Park and Overlook (next to the Ruth Culver Community Library) on Saturday, May 7th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  This family friendly event features a performance by Fox & Branch with food trucks, face painting, balloon twisting, yard games, and more! 

Arena VFW looks to village for financial help, village will consider it next year

Arena VFW member Ken Amble approached the village board regarding options to lower operating costs and liquor license fees for the Arena VFW building at the Arena Village Board meeting last Tuesday. The meeting was held two weeks later than usual due to the election on their regular meeting date.

Arena news

by Mariah and Cheryl Schmidt

Sympathies to the Dale Pope family on his passing.  He died in his lifelong home in the township of Arena.  He and his wife Lily supported lots of groups in and around Arena.

Happy Birthday Jaydon R., Sue D.-M., Brenda B., Greg R., Kathy W., Suzi S., Elaine D., and Levi P.  

Wisconsin River Sportsmen’s Club offers concealed carry class

The Wisconsin River Sportsmen’s Club will be hosting a concealed carry class which will be held on Saturday May 7th from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the club house (10041 County Hwy Y, Mazomanie, WI 53560). The cost for club members is $65 and for non-members is $75. Seats are limited to the first 22 to register.

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