Now through Dec. 31

READING CHALLENGE. The Stephenson Public Library, 1700 Hall Ave., Marinette, will offer a reading challenge for teens and adults. The challenge is to read 50 books in different categories. Categories include: A book written by an author under 30 years old, with an antonym in the title, of short stories, that is a mystery, that will make you cry, that you never finished and recommended by a friend.

Oct. 12

SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING. The Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce will hold supplemental health insurance counseling. This counseling session is free and it is offered as a public service. The counseling is held by appointment only. This service is available to both Wisconsin and Michigan senior citizens. The sessions are on an individual basis and last approximately 30 minutes. Appointments can be made by calling the chamber office at 715-735-6681. COVID-19 State of Michigan and State of Wisconsin mandates will be followed: six-foot social distancing and masking for the safety of all is required. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Oct. 12-Nov. 20

COMMUNITY BASED ESL. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering an online course on the English language with emphasize on building confidence and connections. Every week during the six weeks the course will concentrate on a different topic using various language focus tools such as reading/listening, speaking/listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, writing and critical thinking skills. The course is designed for teens and adults and is approximately 30 hours. Workbook included in registration fee, which is $299. Chelsea Olsen is the instructor and is member of TESOL International Association, the largest professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/learning-opportunities/.

Oct. 13

VIRTUAL MEETING ENGAGEMENT TECHNIQUES. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering an online course on how to keep people engaged during an online meeting. The class will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. In this session, the topics that will be discussed are the top five virtual meeting platforms and what they have to offer, identify how to set participants up for success through setting expectations and to discover the various engagement tools available on virtual meeting platforms and beyond. The Instructor for this course is Tori L. England who has her bachelor’s degree in public relations and her master’s degree in corporate communication. For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/learning-opportunities/.

Oct. 14

LAKESHORE LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES. Michael Alexander, Chancellor of UW-Green Bay, will discuss the future of higher education and how the call for social change, diversity and inclusion plays into the university landscape and shaping the next generation’s workforce. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., the talk is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and from 8:45 to 9 a.m. is a Q&A session. The cost for the session is $20. Registration link: https://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/manitowoc-sheboygan/events/.

Oct. 14, 21 and 28

CYBERSECURITY. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering an online virtual training for cybersecurity. There are four separate sessions, all from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The cost is $49 for each session or $149 for all four. Session 1: Jeff Lemmermann — Ransomware and Other Threats to the Network; Session 2: Ed Jalinske — Social Media, Phishing, Vishing, Smishing, Shoulder Surfing; Session 3: Jeff Lemmermann — Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Spoofing Scams; and Session 4: Bob Turner — Threats for Telecommuters (Telecommuting Technology Troubles). For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/learning-opportunities/.

Oct. 16, 23 and 30

DEMOCRATIC BRIDGE WALK.  The Menominee County Democratic Party is hosting a Democratic Bridgewalk on Fridays at 3 p.m. Attendees are asked to meet in the parking lot of Stephenson Island with peaceful and Democratic signs to promote the Blue Wave. Masks and social distancing are required.

Oct. 22

RECONNECTING YOUR PEOPLE TO THEIR SENSE OF PURPOSE. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering an online virtual training on helping employers teach their staff their importance to an organization. The class is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is $39. This presentation discusses the importance of helping staff members to see their “why” in the work that they do. This presentation gives examples of what some organizations have done to show the importance of the work that their employees do for the whole organization. Greg Young is the instructor for this class is the chaplain, trainer and debriefer for the Germantown Police Department and the FBI. Greg is a Resilience/Post-traumatic growth trainer as well as a trainer in Cumulative Stress and Moral Injury among first responders. For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/learning-opportunities/.

Nov. 11

LAKESHORE LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES. Members of the Kohler Alliance of Veterans and supporters will share skills and lessons learned during active duty that have translated and helped them develop into their professional roles. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., the talk is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and from 8:45 to 9 a.m. is a Q&A session. The cost for the session is $20. Registration link: https://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/manitowoc-sheboygan/events/

Dec. 9

LAKESHORE LEADERS BREAKFAST SERIES. Dan Ariens, Chairman & CEO, Ariens Company will discuss family business leadership. Registration is from 7:30 to 8 a.m., the talk is from 8 to 8:45 a.m., and from 8:45 to 9 a.m. is a Q&A session. The cost for the session is $20. Registration link: https://www.uwgb.edu/continuing-education/manitowoc-sheboygan/events/

2021

July 31

MENEKAUNEE OLD TIMERS PICNIC. The picnic will be held at noon at Red Arrow Park for anyone 50 and older with ties to Menekaunee. Those attending should bring lawn chairs and beverages. People may call Sharon, 715-735-5577, for more information.

Ongoing

RETURN TO WORK. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering a self-paced session on how to return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. This online-only course can provide guidance to employees about actions they can take to keep themselves, their coworkers, their families and their community safe as businesses reopen and workers return to work. “Return to Work” also provides employees with insight into new or modified policies and procedures that business owners may implement to maintain a safer work environment and protect employee’s health during the COVID-19 outbreak. The estimated course length is 1 hour. Employees will take an online assessment to assure comprehension. The training can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/ready-to-work/. The cost of this training is $15 per individual. Employers may contact the division for group pricing.

MENTAL HEALTH DURING A CRISIS. The UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus Division of Continuing Education & Community Engagement is offering self-paced sessions on how to take care of ones mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. This course was specifically developed to proactively address emotional upheaval and expand ones understanding of psychological well-being. Specifically, the course helps identify and help process reactions to crisis by learning healthy ways to cope when circumstances feel beyond ones control. The course will be taught my Angela Wessels, an alum of UW-Green Bay and has a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in human biology and human development. For more information and to register, people may visit www.uwgb.edu/continuing-professional-education/career-business-training/learning-opportunities/. The cost of this course is $25.

1,000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN (ages birth to 6). People may talk to Lara Lakari at the Stephenson Public Library to register for this read-at-home program. For all the reasons reading to a child benefits brain development, people may use this program to establish the reading habit by tracking the books one and one’s child read together. For every 100 books one reads, a child earns a sticker to put on the bulletin boards at the library. At the end, one’s child earns a certificate of completion and a book to keep.

MARINETTE SENIOR CENTER OFFERINGS/INFORMATION. Individuals 50 or older qualify to become a member of the Marinette Senior Center. Yearly membership is $10 per person. The center offers a variety of activities, exercise opportunities, crafts, and monthly newsletter. Marinette County also prepares and services meals Monday through Friday on site at a reasonable cost. For more information or to rent the Marinette Senior Center for an event, people may call 715-732-1280 or email seniorcenter@marinette.wi.us.