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BIRCHWOOD– For those interested in learning more about brain health and how to boost their memory, the Aging & Disability Resource Center is offering the free, evidence-based, eight-week program “Boost Your Brain & Memory” held every Friday, Jan. 17 through March 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Birchwood Senior Center. A lunch will be served after class at 11:30 a.m. Read more

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The New York Public Library is celebrating its 125th year, and it wondered, what are it's top 10 books? What books have been checked out the most at the library, the second largest in the US (after the Library of Congress) and the third larges in the world (after the British Library)?

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CUMBERLAND– The Indigo Quartet filled the Cumberland Arts Center last winter for an event called “Jazz & Coffee.” On Saturday, Jan. 11, the band will play again, and this year, it’s “Jazz & Wine.”

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Regional artists interested in drawing, painting, or sculpting from life are invited to an organizational meeting to discuss forming a Live Model Artist Group at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Refreshments will be served.

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SHELL LAKE– Shell Lake Arts Center will continue its seventh annual “Art of Film” Film Series on Saturday, January 11, with “The Social Network” (2010) hosted by Justin Peck, University of Wisconsin-Madison film studies graduate, at 7 p.m. at the Arts Center's Erika Quam Memorial Theatre. 

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RICE LAKE– The Indianhead Sheep and Goat Breeders Association will celebrate the 26th anniversary of its Small Ruminant Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1. The clinic continues to be one of the largest educational events of the winter for sheep and goat producers and 4-H and FFA youth in the Upper Midwest.

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Terri Schlichenmeyer writes a weekly book review column for the Advocate that can be read at spooneradvocate.com.

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Driving across the darkened Northwoods landscape home from visiting my grandparents in Rochester, Minnesota, to bring holiday cheer, the bright spark of Christmas lights livens the landscape. Evergreens glow through picture windows facing the road, twinkling with their ornaments. Wreaths on …

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SPOONER– The holidays will soon be past and winter settled in. It will be the perfect time to learn something completely new or improve skills in a class at Northwind Book & Fiber.

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Holiday cacti are not only popular gift plants, but they are also the subject of frequent debate among gardeners. There appears to be much confusion about these unique tropical cacti regarding care, maintenance and, especially, on how to get them to re-bloom. While most folks just lump them all together as Christmas cactus, there are actually distinct species. The following tips address the most frequently asked questions.

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Our homestead has been a gathering place for the family Christmas for 50 years, with a turkey roasting in the oven, pies cooling on the counter, hikes in the fresh snow with the dogs, and plenty of homemade cookies everywhere. As a kid coming to visit, I was always amazed that Santa somehow …

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Have you ever seen a medical stress scale? It includes heavy hitters like death in the family and divorce. Each item has a score number, and as you mark off which items you’ve experienced in the last year, your final score number indicates the severity of your medically understood stress loa…

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I grew up in southern Minnesota next to the Iowa border. It was largely a Scandinavian community with mostly people of Norwegian descent and some Swedes, just to give the Norwegians someone to tease. (Zufall is neither of Norwegian or Swede origin but German.)

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SPOONER– It is just possible that people who love to read also love to give books to others even more. Picking just the right book for someone can be a challenge, but is so satisfying when you get it right. The staffs at Northwind Book & Fiber and the Spooner Memorial Library have a few …