Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Enduring Families

A patchwork of local history.

The Enduring Families Project brings to life the stories of 19th Century African Americans who lived in La Crosse and the surrounding area: a presidential candidate, a politically active farmer, a vaudeville musician, a women's boarding house owner, several barbers, including one woman who owned her own barbershop. These stories, told through reenactments, run the gamut of life experiences in 19th Century La Crosse.

Presented by the Enduring Families Project which is generously sponsĂșored by the La Crosse County Historical Society.

Performances in May 24 and May 25 at the La Crosse Community Theater, 428 Front Street South.

Friday, May 17, 2024

May 21 - Climate Action in a River City & Green Drinks - HVAC

Two great events are cross-scheduled (alas!) on Tuesday

At 7 p.m. the Coulee Region Sierra Club hosts Mayor Mitch Reynolds for a talk about his experience as co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative and about La Crosse's Climate Action Plan. To register, call 608-315-2693 or visit  


At 6 p.m. it's Green (HVAC) Drinks at
Schneider Heating and Air Conditioning, 1025 2nd sAvenue SW in Onalaska.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

How to Power a City - EcoMetropolis

Next City's EcoMetropolis Film Festival kicks off TODAY with a virtual screening of "How To Power A City". Tickets are available for purchase on a sliding scale starting at $5. Your contributions cover our streaming costs and help us preserve free access to solutions journalism for all readers who work to liberate cities. Grab your ticket now!

How To Power A City” is a feature documentary and a solutions-focused climate story. Studies show that people want to use renewable energy. Many do not know where to get started. “How To Power A City” follows people in six different locations leading various types of renewable energy projects, from as small as a few streetlights to innovating an entire utility. These solutions will help audiences see we have more opportunities than ever before to transform our energy systems and take climate action. How to Power a City was also recently nominated for Best Feature Documentary by the Arctic Film Festival in Svalbard, Norway, the world's northernmost film festival and concerned with climate, sustainability, and UN SDG goals.

Watch the trailer.  TICKETS

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Transportation cornucopia

There are several transit-related events coming up soon.

On Monday, May 20, the final draft of the update for the city's Bike/Ped Master Plan will be available to perusal and input at the La Crosse Public Library from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:30. The City has spent the last year updating the 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan with the goal of improving the bicycle and pedestrian transportation network throughout the city. The draft plan includes strategies for the creation, growth, and effective administration of current and prospective bicycle, pedestrian, and multi-modal networks within the City of La Crosse. Learn more at

On Tuesday, May 21, the BOREALIS (formerly TCMC) begins service and there will be a party at the Amtrak station from noon to 3:00 p.m. to welcome the second daily trains, one in each direction, to our community. We hear there will be a food truck, music, dignitaries, and more. The eastbound Borealis is due to arrive at the station at about 2:16 p.m. Check out the schedule here.
On Thursday, May 30, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and AARP will host a follow-up event to last year's Community Transportation Academy

"Please join us from 2-4:30 in the afternoon at UWL for an appetizer reception with local transportation project highlights and an evening screening from 5:30-7:30 of The Street Project, a documentary by the award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Boyd about the global citizen-led fight to make our streets safer, followed by an open Q&A at the historic Rivoli Theater in downtown La Crosse. This is a great opportunity to connect with others in the community who are dedicated to expanding transportation options in the La Crosse area.

These events follow Ride With the Mayor in the morning, an annual bike tour of new improvements and future challenges in La Crosse; Ride With the Mayor is organized by local advocates and supported by the City of La Crosse Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee.


These events are free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP here (please note that no RSVP is required for Ride With the Mayor): 


On Saturday, June 1, the Coulee Region Group and Wisconsin Chapter Sierra Club will host a TRANSIT TO TRAILS event. Participants will meet at the Grand River Station Transit Center a little before 8:30 a.m., ride the bus together to the La Crosse River Conservancy Trail near Stoney Creek Inn, hike, and return on the bus to the Transit Center at about 11:40 a.m. An optional on-your-own lunch at Pickermans will follow the trip. Register here: or call 608-315-2693.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Game Show Showdown for Hope Restores


Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.

It's our first Movie Trivia night at the Rivoli and we are getting together with Hope Restores to raise funds! 

Get ready for an unforgettable experience packed with fun, laughter and the spirit of giving back. Gather your friends and get ready to make new ones in this first ever movie game show night at the Rivoli. 

All ticket proceeds will be donated to Hope Restores.