The Avenue of Lights

Usher in the Christmas season at the holiday lighting ceremony for the Avenue of Lights. The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is a proud supporter of this festive community tradition, presented by the Oconto Falls Lioness Club.

The excitement begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Oconto Falls East Side Beach, 631 N. Main St., Oconto Falls. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas carols sung by the Oconto Falls High School Choir.

Mr. & Mrs. Claus arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the lighting of the lights and visits with the children.

Cookies and hot cocoa will be served!

Abrams theater to present Elf The Musical Jr.

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will spread holiday cheer with its production of “Elf The Musical Jr.” Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity.

The musical, featuring the talent of local youth, is based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit. The show features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Tickets are selling fast. Purchase yours online at AbramsTheater.com.

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

Website Give-Away Contest

Because November is a time for thanksgiving, not “thanksgetting,” Packerland Websites will give away a free website to one well-deserving nonprofit in the area. In the Give Back to Nonprofits Contest, one lucky nonprofit organization will qualify for a Premium Theme, 7-page website, valued at $2,500. A runner-up and third-prize winner will qualify for 85% savings ($2,125 value) and 70% savings ($1,750 value), respectively, on a Premium Theme website.

Raise awareness for your organization

Nonprofit websites work 24/7 to raise awareness for a cause and offer help to those in need. An attractive, easy-to-navigate website inspires people to make a difference by volunteering, donating to the organization, or getting involved.

Give Back to Nonprofits Contest

The Give Back to Nonprofits Contest is open to nonprofit organizations with or without a current website. Churches, charitable organizations, youth sports associations, community service clubs and professional groups within approximately 35 miles of Green Bay are encouraged to apply.

Nominations open until Nov. 15

For contest rules, prize information, and nomination guidelines, go to PackerlandWebsites.com/contest. Nominations are open until Friday, Nov. 15, with nonprofits responding Nov. 16 to Dec. 16 with qualifying information. The winners will be selected based the attributes of the nonprofit organization, including need and projected improvement or benefit to the organization.

Best-selling author will visit the Oconto Falls Library

Best-selling author Nickolas Butler will visit the Oconto Falls Library at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. He is the author of “Shotgun Lovesongs,” “Hearts of Men,” and “Little Faith.” All of his books have been bestsellers. He also has written several short stories and articles for magazines.

Nickolas was raised in Eau Claire and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Come and meet Nickolas, ask him about his life as an author, and pick up one of his bestsellers to read in November.

A night of laughs coming to Abrams theater

Comedy City will bring its hilarious group of improv performers to Abrams on Friday, Oct. 4, for a night of fun and laughter. The De Pere troupe has performed improvisational theater for over 30 years. Nothing is scripted. By incorporating audience suggestions, the performers create a series of short scenes, songs, and sketches that keep the audience laughing.

This event is presented by Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. Doors open at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour; refreshments will be served on the outdoor patio at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Also, the indoor concession stand will open for snacks and refreshments at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m., lasts about 90 minutes and includes an intermission.

The Comedy City performance is family-friendly, so everyone is welcome. General admission tickets are on sale now at AbramsTheater.com. Tickets are $13 each or $12 for a group of six or more.

Abrams theater to present ‘Escanaba in da Moonlight’

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. invites the community to experience deer camp with the Soady family this fall at “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” written by Jeff Daniels. Tickets are on sale now for this PG-13 show to be presented Sept. 12-15 and 19-22 at the Nancy Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Tickets can be purchased online at www.AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

The play depicts the Soady clan reuniting for opening day of deer season at the family’s Upper Peninsula camp. Reuben Soady has the infamous reputation of being the oldest Soady to never bag a buck. With humor, horror, and heart, the play describes his pursuit of that elusive buck. Director Tim Rutten-Kempees said the story brings Yooper ways to life.
“This show has so much in it, from bucks and guns to alien abductions and magic potions. It’s a crazy story populated by crazy characters. You won’t know what to expect,” he said.

With a cast of only six actors, each character is memorable, he said. “They all have their quirks. Some are just more upfront about them than others,” Tim said. “What’s really exciting is half the cast is appearing on the Abrams stage for the first time, and the other half are returning veterans.”

The set of the show is truly authentic, with many pieces coming from real deer camps.

Opening night of “Escanaba in da Moonlight” is Thursday, Sept. 12, with a 7 p.m. show and celebratory gala. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew after the performance. Additional performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 and 20-21 and at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 and 22. All shows will be performed at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. For Thursday’s shows, guests who wear hunting clothing will receive free popcorn.

“Escanaba in da Moonlight” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York, and produced by After Dark Productions, a division of Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. Due to adult themes and language, the show is rated PG-13 and is suitable for mature audiences only.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Be Fast
“BE FAST” in recognizing signs, symptoms of stroke

Stroke, a disease that affects arteries leading to and within the brain, is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age – men and women of all ages and races.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls encourages everyone to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of stroke, as early recognition and treatment of stroke are crucial to preventing disability and death. Signs and symptoms of stroke can include: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance; and sudden severe headache without a known reason.

An easier way to remember stroke signs and symptoms is to think of the phrase/acronym, BE FAST:

B – Balance difficulty
E – Eye changes

F – Face drooping
A – Arm weakness
S – Speech slurred
T – Time to call 911

There are numerous risk factors for stroke including age, genetics, gender and race, which cannot be controlled. However, there are several factors that increase the risk the stroke and can be controlled, including:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol consumption and illegal drug use
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Abnormal cholesterol

The stroke team at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides rapid access to stroke care with specialty expertise and written care protocols to provide individualized attention for patients. Click here to learn more.

A Night in the Wild

Join us for a magical evening to celebrate
Spring-Fling
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and make a big 

impact in the lives of our patients!

Our 13th annual event will feature old-fashioned horse-drawn trolley rides, sumputious food, live entertainment, and amazing silent and live auction items with one-of-a-kind experiences.

Location: Reforestation Camp Lodge, 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI

Reception – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Social ♦ Horse-drawn carriage ridesDinner – 6:30 p.m.
Opening remarks & blessing by Sister Annice McClure
Gourmet catered dinner from Chefusion ♦ Coffee & Dessert to follow

Donation Challenge and Live Auction – 7:30 p.m.
Video & Donation Challenge 
Conducted by Bill Jartz from WBAY

Ending of the Silent Auction 
and 
$500 Wenz Home Furniture Drawing – 8:45 p.m.

Supernova Hoops Fire Performance – 9:00 p.m.

Cash Bar – 4:30 pm to Close

All proceeds will be used to turn a patient room at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital into a state-of-the-art place of healing.

Reserved your spot today – limited space available!

Tickets are $55 per person – pre-sale only (no at the door sales).

Please contact Matt Astleford at 920-433-8055 or matthew.astleford@hshs.org for sponsorship opportunities or assistance.

Barefoot in the Park Auditions

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Auditions will be held on April 9th and 9th 6pm-8pm at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St in Abrams
The play calls for various roles, both male and female 16 years or older
Schedules will be available at auditions- please bring your calendars

Barefoot in the Park runs June 15, 16, 17 and June 22, 23 and 24
TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 15th!

For further information, please call the Box Office at 920-826-5852 or go to www.abramstheater.com

Newcomers are encouraged to audition! Not interested in being on the stage? Please contact us for opportunities behind the scenes!