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ZCARE - UPCOMING EVENTS
1950S CHRISTMAS DISPLAY AT HISTORY ROOM IN SPARTA
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – of the 1950s – at the Monroe County Local History Room in Sparta. Starting Monday, November 13th, visitors can time travel to the not-so-distant past by viewing the History Room’s special Christmas display, “A 1950s Christmas.” This retro holiday display recreates what Christmas morning might have looked like sixty years ago, from the classic toys under the tree to the linoleum flooring under the toys. Bask in the nostalgia as you view dozens of the most popular playthings of the 1950s on display right in front of your eyes. Time travel through television as you watch 60-year-old commercials on a 1953 TV. Get goosepimply as you page through Christmas catalogs from six decades ago. Bring the whole family and see what Christmas morning was like in the 1950s.
The museum display, “A 1950s Christmas,” runs from November 13th through January 13th. The public is invited to a special open house on Monday, November 13th from 6:30-8pm. Enjoy a sneak preview of the display as well as sweet holiday treats. The Monroe County Local History Room is located at 200 West Main Street, Sparta. Regular museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9-4:30. The History Room will also be open until 8pm on November 24-25, December 1-2, and December 8-9. For more information call 608-269-8680 or visit Facebook.com/MCLHR. Admission is free.
Here's a note from Rotary iFeed:
For additional information, head to the iFeed website
Dahl Automotive, in both La Crosse and Onalaska, is promoting a “Fill the Truck” food drive during their “SAVE BIG BUCKS SALES EVENT”. From November 1-November 18, both locations will accept non-perishable food items and cash donations to help feed their neighbors in need.
Five generations of the Dahl family have influenced the automobile industry for over 100 years. Dahl Automotive is the eighth oldest Ford dealer in the nation under continuous family ownership. This has been made possible through years of guest loyalty, which stems from a constant focus on the guest's complete satisfaction with our products and services.
“Dahl has been part of this community for five generations and we’re proud to be able to help an organization that is so instrumental in serving our community,” said Tyler Dahl, VP Strategic Initiatives, Dahl Automotive La Crosse, WI.
The Hunger Task Force, La Crosse’s only FREE and LOCAL Food Bank collects food throughout the region and distributes to local food programs. It currently serves over 95 meal sites and food pantries in La Crosse, Vernon, Trempealeau, Monroe, and Houston Counties. In 2016, 1.4 million pounds of food were recovered through donations and food drives for free distribution to its network of partner food pantries and community meal sites in our area.
For more information, contact:
Shelly Fortner, Executive Director
Hunger Task Force of La Crosse
VP Strategic Initiatives
Z93 and Zcare to help support the Coulee Region’s iFeed Drive
La Crosse, WI: Z93 is holding a food drive to support iFeed this Wednesday morning, November 1! We will be collecting non-perishable food items with the Hunger Task Force from 6:30-9am at the Sunfish on Hwy 35 in Onalaska. Mid-West Family Broadcasting is encouraging the community to drop off goods that morning to help iFeed feed those in need.
More information on iFeed:
The 3rd Annual iFeed will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 8am to Noon at Logan High School, in La Crosse, Wis.
iFeed is a one-day event that works to alleviate hunger in the world and in our own communities. It is organized by seven area high school Interact Clubs and their Rotarian advisers. Interact is the high school equivalent of Rotary that focuses on teaching servant leadership.
iFeed has two parts: Part 1 involves packing 75,000+ dried meals in assembly line-fashion. These meals have been shipped to communities in Nicaragua for the past two years. Part 2 involves collecting non-perishable food items in the weeks leading up to iFeed and then bringing the collections to Logan High on the day of the event. The food items will then be counted, sorted and trucked to the Hunger Task Force where the food will be distributed to area food banks. The Interact students are asking the local communities to support them by bringing non-perishable food items to iFeed on November 4.
Also, iFeed has found a way to get 21,000 dried meals to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico! So those meals will be shipped to San Juan where they are still dealing with the terrible effects of Hurricane Maria! The remaining meals will be sent to Nicaragua.
For additional information, head to the iFeed website
Irving Pertzsch Elementary has adopted Hopkins Elementary in Texas to help with Hurricane Releif!
You can drop off any school supplies, gently used children's clothing (ages 4-11 - no tears, holes, stains, etc.), books, or funds at Irving Pertzsch now through Oct. 20th. Fastenal is shipping all of the items down to Texas for us! If you can't make it to Ona, they may just send donations to Irving Pertzsch Elementary, c/o Sarah Frie, 524 Main Street, Onalaska, WI 54650.
Project My Neighborhood is attempting a world record for largest Nerf Battle in Blaine, MN at The National Sports Center on Saturday October 14th. They're looking for more than 3,500 participants and 200 inflatables as barriers.
Here is what their events look like: (Previous Event video)
They're doing it for October National Bullying Prevention month. This is a free event asking for voluntary donations ($10 per player) with proceeds going to PACER.org and Project My Neighborhood's #blastingtobattlebullying campaign.
This year's local events:
September 15th @ 5 PM
Caledonia , MN
St. John’s Elementary School field (Outdoor event)
Address: 720 N Marshall St, Caledonia, MN 55921
September 16th @ 2PM
La, Crescent, MN
Old Hickory Fields
Address: Jonathan Ln, La Crescent, MN 55947
September 17th TBD
West Salem, WI TBD
More info from Project My Neighborhood:
We have a unique approach to Bullying Prevention discussion using Nerf Blasters in our events. We talk about 5 topics throughout our event and although anyone can play and enjoy our events we target 8 to 12 year olds.
- Protect Yourself
- You are Not Alone
- Choices we Make
- Over Coming Adversity
- Slippery Slope Teasing vs. Bullying
Promoting our World Record Attempt for largest Nerf Battle and raising funds for October National Bullying Prevention month.
- Is Bullying an issue?
- Like Nerf?
- Want to be a part of a world record attempt?
If you answered yes to one or more of these three questions we have an experience you can’t miss!
From the family's GoFundMe Page:
On the morning on July 20, our lives changed in a way we could have never predected. What started as 6 inches, quickly grew to 6 feet of water, overtaking our entire home.
Our dad (most of you know him as Brucie Bumchuckles) tried to save what he could, but the water rose so fast, and became so unexpectedly high, that almost everything was lost. The furniture, appliances, electronics are the most apparent, but the ones that matter are the family heirlooms, all family pictures, the things we had tucked away for future "Bumchuckles" generations. 6 feet of water is something that you think only happens on the news, not to your home.
While we can't replace the heirlooms or the pictures, Brucie still needs a place to sit, and dishes to eat off of. The insurance will cover some, but there is a significant gap.
Please join us for a benefit on August 25 at Dock 7, filled with bands, a silent auction, terrible jokes, and lots o' beers. Event details can be found on the Facebook page: When it Rains, it Pours: A Bumchuckles Benefit
If you are not able to make to to the benefit, we've set up this GoFundMe for those who would still like to contribute. Any proceeds not used to refurbish or re-furnish the house will be donated to other flood victims in the La Crosse area.
We love you all.
Help Mid-West Family Broadcasting collect school supplies for kids in need in our area.
Donations can be made through August 11th at Shopko locations (Mormon Coulee Road, Onalaska and Rose Street), River Bank locations, (South La Crosse, North La Crosse, Holmen,Stoddard, and Bangor), Cartridge World in Onalaska, and WAFER Food Pantry
Here's his story:
Damian is a 16 year old young gentlman who is a sophmore in high school. I grew up and went to school with his two older brothers. On May 15th, 2017 Damian was on his way home. Unfortunately, on this day he never made it home like intended. With less than 15 minutes to his front door, his life had changed before he could blink his eyes. Damian hit a culvert on the side of the road causing his Jeep to spin out of control, flip over the guard rail and land upside down.
By an act of God, Damian was able to make it out of the vehicle, crawl up the embankment to the side of the road and flag down someone for help. Thankfully a nurse who happened to be driving by saw his cry for help and pulled over on the side of the road to assist Damian. Then, at this time a call was placed to dispatch medical help.
Damian was rushed to Black River Falls Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, WI. It was then established that Damian had broke his neck and he would need to be MedLinked to Gundersen Lutheran in LaCrosse, WI. Due to severe weather, choppers were ground and Damian had to be escorted via ambulance to LaCrosse.
Once he arrived at Gundersen in LaCrosse he was seen and evaluated by the neurosurgeon. It was assessed that Damian would have to have surgery but it had to wait until the morning.
Damian had a bone graft to fuse his C4 and C5 vertebraes together. Damian is in excrutiating pain, he has to wear a cervical collar for 6 to 8 weeks and has a total recovery time of 6 to 8 months.
During this time Damian will not be able to finish out his Sophmore year of high school. His mother is the only and sole provider in the home and will not be able to return to work immediately so she can tend to Damian in this time of need.
How You Can Help
This was an extremely unexpected accident to happen to Damian and his family. As we all know with emergency surgery, medical expenses can become astronomical. As the medical bills are piling up, the day to day living expenses haven't gone away. And, while Damian's mother is providing loving support and comfort to him at his bedside, she is unable to work and keep a consistent income in the household at this time.
Any funds raised by this message will help support Damian and his family and will be allocated towards medical and living expenses for Damian.
"Bradlee Ewert is the most dedicated outdoorsman that I have the great pleasure of knowing and call a great friend. I want to ensure that he has the ability to participate in his outdoor hobbies that he loves.
My name is Cody Kamrowski. I am twenty-three years old, a Wisconsinite and a very active outdoor enthusiast. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying environmental policy. A key issue I find of great interest and want to focus on in my career is getting all individuals in the outdoors no matter what obstacles stand in their way. One of my closest friends and his family is facing this issue with their youngest son, Bradlee Ewert. He is nineteen years old and has recently graduated high school. He is the guy that everyone wants to talk to and everyone enjoys his presence because of his contagious positive attitude.
Bradlee’s access to participate in outdoor events at which he loves are becoming more and more challenging to access as each day passes by. Bradlee has Friedreich’s Ataxia, which is a disease that progressively effects the body’s nervous system as well as the muscle coordination system. These effects have now put Bradlee in a wheelchair. If an activity involves being outdoors, you can bet on Bradlee being in the forefront smiling, laughing and simply enjoying his time. Just this fall, on the second day of his trapping season, he caught a mature male bobcat. Which with the help of several friends, the bobcat was successfully released. When I go fishing with Bradlee I always need to bring my notebook and take notes on how to actually catch fish. He always seems to out fish me and I lose the wager of who caught biggest fish, and the most fish.
Bradlee is the most dedicated outdoorsman and driven individual that I have the pleasure to call a friend. Together we can ensure Bradlee can easily access the wide array of activities that he likes to do. The chair at which we would like to see Bradlee in is the “Trackstander” produced by Action Manufacturing and costs $16,000. I am asking for $20,000 to acquire the chair, chair accessories and hauling equipment. I’m taking it upon myself to acquire the money through donations to get him the chair. If it wasn’t for Bradlee, I would not be the passionate person I am today without his imprint. If you or your organization could donate to the cause of getting Bradlee Ewert a rubber tracked wheel chair that would be deeply appreciated.
Just to be fully clear with everyone that is donating funds to Bradlee. The money will be withdrawn by myself (Cody) and put into a "Bradlee Ewert Benefit Account" that Bradlee's father and myself have created and are in charge of. We want to make sure you know where your donations will be placed and will be taken care of responsibly by the family and myself to purchase the rubber tracked chair for Bradlee!
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Peg Schilling, a single mom to young Garrett Schilling, is fighting stage four colon cancer. After undergoing six major surgeries and chemo treatments, resources have been drained. As time marches on Peg's strength is rapidly declining, the cancer is winning.
For the last two years, Peg and Garrett's life has been in turmoil as they fight this battle together. At the same time, Garrett, a teenager of 14 struggles to cope with the many challenges in his increasingly uncertain world.
We are asking for donations to support a stable home for Garrett and provide for his daily care during this incredibly difficult time. Your donation is crucial now to help Garrett move forward each day with the knowledge that his basic needs are provided for by a community of compassionate individuals that offer support, prayers and hope.
Your generous donation will directly impact Garrett's ability to find a reason to move forward without Peg by his side.
"I know my heart will live on in my son. For God has whispered to me that I have only one home, and that is with Him. It is time to go home."
Thank you and God Bless
Camp Winnebago provides recreational opportunities for people of ALL abilities in the Winnebago Valley. Their camp offers a few different things:
1) Special needs summer camp that operates in the summer
2) Public campground along Winnebago Creek
3) Facilities that can be rented for events such as: weddings, reunions, conferences
Their annual spring fundraiser helps to fund the camp and Zcare was honored to make a donation with our partners G.E.C.U. The Friendly Credit Union. You can buy tickets or just donate to help out!
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