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Milestone Anniversary: The Boys and Girls Brigade

The Boys and Girls Brigade in Neenah will celebrate its 120th anniversary this month.  The Brigade, a youth development organization for 5th-12th graders, was officially founded on January 22, 1900. Originally starting out as a boys-only program, the Brigade opened to girls in 1979. “The Brigade inspires youth to be ‘My own self, at my READ MORE

Peter and The Wolf

The Makaroff Youth Ballet will be performing “Peter and The Wolf” as an educational series performance at the Fox Cities P.A.C on January 29. The performance is open to Appleton and Shawano School District students in grades 1 through 3.  Makaroff Youth Ballet is partnering with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in their presentation of the READ MORE

First Snow 

Winter arrived a little early in the Fox Cities this year. The season’s first measurable snowfall occurred on October 29, totaling just over three inches. (The earliest recorded snowfall in Appleton occurred on October 10, 1990.) Photographer Ken Kemper captured some images of Appleton as a freshly blanketed winter wonderland.

Five Must-See Exhibits

Limited time shows to add to your calendar  Hmong Heritage & Culture Exhibition December 8-January 12 Artwork and artifacts celebrate the unique artisanship and culture of the Hmong people and illustrate their American experience. Tu-F, 10am-4pm. Sa-Su, 11am-4pm. Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc. 686-3090.  Deck the Halls Thru January 5 Each room in the beautiful Sawyer READ MORE

Merry Music

Get festive at these upcoming shows  Christmas with the Celts December 8 The Celts’ dynamic tunes mix traditional Irish music and American pop music, with a few originals thrown in. The spirited show features a variety of instruments, including Irish whistles, fiddles, bodhran, banjo, bass and uilleann pipes. 3pm. The Grand Oshkosh, 424-2350. Swing for READ MORE

Beat the Winter Blues: Introduction

Posted on Nov. 14, 2019 by cmdiamond

We have all suffered from cabin fever at one point in time or another. Some experience this, or the winter blues in varying levels of severity. In fact, according to Carolla Pfortner, the chair of the Psychology Department at Madison College, “10 percent of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in Wisconsin.” Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately READ MORE

Intern Intro: Claire

Name: Claire Diamond Age: 21 Hometown: Combined Locks, WI School attending: St. Norbert College 2020  Tell us about your background: I am from Combined Locks and attended Kimberly High School. I’ve played tennis since I was about 6 and thoroughly enjoyed my time on the high school team. I played for a short period of time READ MORE

Community First Champion Center prepares for opening

The Community First Champion Center, an elite sports and events venue in Grand Chute, is set to open in mid November. The 164,000-square-foot indoor sports complex will feature a fieldhouse with four basketball courts which can be converted into eight volleyball courts, a year round ice rink and a seasonal ice rink that will convert READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

Hongwu Zhao took this photo at Neenah’s Doty Park on an early October morning when the trees had just begun to change color. The calmness of the water and the reflection of the vaulted bridge caught his attention. “The morning sunshine casts on the golden tree leaves, plus the clear reflection in the water,” he says. “Everything READ MORE