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Lafayette County Upcoming Events - 03/02/17
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Darlington Food Pantry
DARLINGTON – The monthly Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 on 4-5 p.m. The pantry is held in the lower level of Town Bank. There are no income eligibility limits for people wishing to participate. Volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteers can help with all or any part of the hours of the pantry. To volunteer you can contact Carrie at 608-293-0791 or simply come to the pantry and register as a volunteer the day of the pantry.  
American Legion Auction
DARLINGTON – On Sunday, March 5, the Darlington Legion will have a Spring Auction with the money going toward the next National American Legion Commander Denise Rohan. Denise will be the first woman elected as National Commander of the American Legion and she will be there to greet everyone. The benefit auction starts at 1:00 p.m.  Doors will open at 10:00 a.m., lunch will be served, and live entertainment by Jim Jacobson will be provided until the start of the Auction.  There are currently over 200 items to bid on.  The community is encouraged to attend to meet Denise and support her effort to become the first woman ever to lead the National American Legion.
Free State Budget Trainings for the Disability Community
MINERAL POINT – There will be free State Budget Trainings for the Disability Community on March 8 at the Hodan Community Services Center in Mineral Point at 6:30 p.m. The training will provide up to date information about the State Budget of Wisconsin and how it will affect individuals with disabilities and their families and will provide advocacy tools to use when you talk to your legislator about issues that are important for you. Register for the Mineral Point training at Wisconsin BPDD website: To request additional disability related accommodations for a training session, please contact Diana at Disabilitiy Rights Wisconsin at 608-267-0214 or
Monroe Memory Cafe
MONROE – The next Monroe Memory Café will be Wednesday, March 8. The Memory Café is held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Blends & Friends Café in the Behring Senior Center. Each month they host a social gathering for individuals with early stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s or memory loss and for their family and friends. If you want to participate or have questions, contact Whitney Thompson, Dementia Care Specialist for ADRC at 608-426-4295 or
Women’s Guild of Immanuel Church
DARLINGTON – The Women’s Guild of Immanuel Church will be meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 12 noon for a light lunch. The Program for the day will be Mike Dinges, talking about the Amish. Hostess will be Diane Bredeson, Chair; Carol Martin, Co-Chair; Carrie Blaser, Nancy Ruf, Sue Sauer, Tara Glendenning and Chris Gratz. Every one is always welcome to join with us.
Senior Citizen’s Appreciation Dinner
 SHULLSBURG – Shullsburg Schools will host the 28th Annual Senior Citizen’s Appreciation Dinner on March 15 at the school in the old gym. This dinner is for Shullsburg senior citizens. We ask that you arrive at 11:30 a.m. with dinner to be served at noon. There is no charge for this dinner, and our students will provide musical entertainment. Please call the school at 965-4427 for reservations by March 6. If you need a ride, we will be happy to provide one for you.
Bluebird Nest Nature Center Events
DARLINGTON – The Bluebird Nest Nature Center, 308 Main Street, will open for its 4th year on Wednesday, March 15 with an Open House from 1-4 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., Carol McDaniel will show a power point and speak about “Bluebirding in Wisconsin along the Bluebird Trails”. Join Carol and see the new displays at the center. This year the center’s theme is Birds of the World. It is a great time to learn about Eastern Bluebirds in Lafayette County. The blue beauties usually return mid-March.
On Monday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bluebird Nest Nature Center, 308 Main Street, Matthew Nachvatal, who coordinates the Breeding Bird Atlas for Lafayette County, will be speaking about how to report bird observations to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas Project. Matthew is an authority on birds and will discuss how citizens can help report for the Breeding Bird Atlas.
On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m., our friend, Mary Zimmerman, will present her program on Frogs and Toads in Lafayette County. Join Mary for an enthusiastic look at these little creatures that reside and play an important part in the eco-systems in Lafayette County.
Community Blood Drives
LAFAYETTE COUNTY – The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Darlington – Thursday, March 16 -12:30p.m. - 5:30p.m., Darlington American Legion
Sons of Norway breakfast
ARGYLE – Monroe Ostestaden Sons of Norway Lodge invites those interested in Norway and Scandinavian culture and history to attend a free informational breakfast on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 a.m. at Partridge Hall in Argyle. After a tasty breakfast, Monroe Sons of Norway board members and benefits counselor Greg Ragan will speak briefly and show a short film and what the lodge has to offer to new members including how to join Sons of Norway. All guests are free and Lodge members eat free too if they bring a guest. Members who attend without a guest are welcome to attend, but will need to pay for their breakfast. If you are interested, call Ostestaden President Jean Buskar at 608-325-2439 to make a reservation or for more information.
Historical and Genealogy Society event
DARLINGTON – The Lafayette County Historical and Genealogy Society would like to welcome Dr. Gordon E. Dammann, of Lena, Ill.  He will be at the Town Bank in Darlington in the lower level on Sunday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Dr. Dammann will be speaking on “Frontier Medical Diseases and Treatments”.  He was an Army Post Dental Surgeon and Captain (1969-70).  Dr. Dammann is a retired Dentist from private practice (1971-2011).  He is also the Founder of the Lena Area Historical Society as well as the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.  We will be posting more information about him in the weeks to come.