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Forgiveness, peace celebrated during international event


The Wisconsin Dells will be celebrating International Forgiveness Week starting Friday.

The family festival celebrates "the freedom that the healing power of love and forgiveness is bringing to all the world," said a press release.

The International Forgiveness Week and Weekend of Perfect Peace begin on Sept. 14 and end on Sept. 23.  The actual International Day of Peace will be celebrated on Sept. 21.

Seminars, workshops, peace mosaics, bands, art, dancing and more will be featured at the event.

The event is hosted by the Miracles Healing Center, located at 4138 County Highway B.

For more information about the program, schedule and location, visit http://www.forgivenessweek.org.

Dells hosts American Cancer Society event


The Wisconsin Dells will host their only American Cancer Society event on Saturday.

The event will take place at Marley’s – A Taste of the Caribbean, located at 1470 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Live music will be performed by Brian Beebe.  Raffle tickets will also be sold for a $1,000 cash prize.

A silent and live action will feature Dells local Todd Nelson. A dunk tank will also be at the event.

Admission in advance costs $10, and is $15 at the door.

For more information, call 608-254-1800 or e-mail clubmarleys@aol.com.

Old-fashioned train runs through Labor Day weekend


The Mid-Continent Railway Museum will offer train rides throughout Labor Day weekend.

From Sept. 1 until Sept. 3, an old-fashioned train will traverse the Sauk County countryside.  The restored steel coaches, built in 1915, include passenger and freight cars.

The 50-minute round-trip ride costs $16 for adults, $14 for students age 13-17 and $10 for children age 3-12.

Trains will depart at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The Mid-Continent Railway Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission and parking are free.  The museum is located at E8948 Museum Road in North Freedom, Wisconsin.  Trains run rain or shine.

For more information about the museum, train rides, fares or hours, visit http://www.midcontinent.org/.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1

National Preparedness Month begins Saturday, the first day of September.

As Labor Day weekend brings the end of summer, ReadyWisconsin is urging Wisconsinites to discuss emergency preparation.

“Preparing for emergency events like tornadoes, flooding and winter storms requires individuals and families to be self-reliant and ready to face days without utilities such as electricity, water and phone service, access to local businesses such as gas stations and supermarkets, and other needed services,” said a Wisconsin Emergency Management press release.

People across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies by getting an emergency supply kit, making a plan for an emergency, and being informed about what types of emergencies could happen in your community.

Dinner Battle raises money for school athletics

Reedsburg and Baraboo will go head-to-head in their fifth annual Steak Feed Dinner Battle Wednesday.

Each community will come together to compete for cookout proceeds.  All cookout profits go to the athletic departments in each school district.  The community that sells the most dinners will receive an additional $500 donation from Viking Village Foods and Viking Express Market.

A ribeye steak sandwich, coleslaw, and Pam’s Special Recipe beans costs $8.  Meals are dine in or carryout and drinks cost extra.

The Steak Feed Dinner Battle will take place rain or shine on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 3 to 8 p.m.  Food will be served at the Viking Express Market, located at 935 8th St. in Baraboo.

The winning school will be announced during the varsity football halftime show on Friday, Aug. 31.

Concert on the Square ends Thursday in Baraboo

The Capitol Square summer concerts might be over, but Concerts on the Square continue Thursday in Baraboo.

The performances take place on the Baraboo Courthouse Square lawn and took place June through August.  This evening’s concert will conclude the series.

The summer series featured blues, jazz, classical and big band music.  Thursday’s event features the UW Baraboo/Sauk County Campus and community band.

The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m.  The rain site is the Al Ringling Theatre at 136 4th Ave. on the square.

Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

Local church hosts barbecue fundraiser

Local church hosts barbecue fundraiser

A local church will hold its annual chicken barbecue fundraiser and community event this weekend.

Merrimac United Methodist Church started the event in 1961 after its church was destroyed by a fire.  The congregation raised funds through the chicken barbecue to rebuild the church.

Now, the fundraiser is a community events that raises funds for youth programs, community outreach and missions.  Last year, the event raised over $17,000 to dig a deep water well in Kalongo, Uganda.

This year's event will include the praise band Twelve:29.  Homemade food such as grilled half-chicken, potato salad, vegetables, and dessert will be served.

The event costs $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $3 for a kid's hot dog plate.  Carry-out is also available by stopping by or calling 608-493-2774.