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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Important things to do this week (February 19-24)

This coming week, there are several opportunities for the public to get involved in decisions that will affect our future. Please attend and participate if you can. If your event is not on the calendar, please submit it using the form or email couleeprogressive at hotmail.

2:00 p.m. Vernon County Dems host gubernatorial candidates Mike McCabe and Matt Flynn at their monthly meeting at 120 N Rusk,  Viroqua

9:30 a.m Fake News, Alternative Facts and Other False Information a discussion with a La Crosse Public Library reference librarian at the Main Library.

UPDATE POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 26! 6:30 p.m.  La Crosse County Democratic Party monthly meeting. Learn more about upcoming participation opportunities including being a delegate at the March 10 Third Congressional District convention in Sparta and the March 17 DPW Progressive Caucus meeting in Wisconsin Dells. If you are not already a member of the party, you can join at the meeting held at the Ho-Chunk Three Rivers House (8th and Main)

7:00 p.m. Privilege Unplugged - Awareness Through Performance performance at the UWL Student Union

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Primary election day Vote for the progressive in the supreme court primary (here's the WI ACLU guide:)

11:30 a.m. Stand for CLEAN CARS press event by Sierra Club and Clean Cars Campaign. Speakers will include Tim Kabat, mayor; Mike Giese, chair, Sustainable La Crosse Commission; Jen Rombalski, Director, La Crosse County Health Department. Come and STAND FOR CLEAN CARS! in the LOBBY OF CITY HALL (not in Florida, either!)

4:00 p.m. Fundraiser for The Center - 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection til 8 p.m. at Burrachos, 9432 State Hwy 16, Onalaska.

5:00 p.m. Cultural Coffee Hour with international students and others. Discuss "environment" with people from around the world at the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, UWL

6:00 p.m. Grow your own microgreens class sponsored by Hillview Urban Agriculture at People's Food Co-op, 315 Fifth Avenue South

6:30 p.m. Grandview Emerson Neighborhood Association monthly meeting at Emerson Elementary LMC
noon  Water Quality in the Coulee Region a talk by Karl Green, UW Extension at English Lutheran Church (rsvp for free lunch)

5:30 p.m. Wisconsin DOT PUBLIC INFO SESSION about plans for Highway 35 south of La Crosse Sources say that plans used to include improved biking and walking infrastructure from this road at least south to Goose Island, but that bike/ped infrastructure may be eliminated. Attend this public meeting and learn more, especially if you believe this route, which currently is very heavily used by cyclists deserves better. It's at Southern Bluffs Elementary School (if you can't attend, you can comment - see link for details)

6:00 p.m.  FILM: Garbage Dreams - "Filmed over four years,the film follows three teenage boys born into the Zabaleen's trash trade: 17-year-old Adham, 16-year-old Osama, and 18-year-old Nabil. Laila, a community activist who also teaches the boys at their neighborhood Recycling School, guides the boys as they transition into adulthood at a time when the Zabaileen the Zabaleen community is at a crossroads.” (

6:00 p.m. Free legal assistance from members of the La Crosse Bar Association. See link for details. At First Baptist Church, Main Street & West Ave.  

7:30 p.m. Trane Park All Abilities Project PUBLIC INFO SESSION in City Hall, fifth floor conference room

MOSES Organic Farming Conference begins at the La Crosse Center (through Saturday, February 24)

7:00 p.m. Racial and Cultural Factors in Education, a talk by Dr. Janet Helms in Rm 1309 Centennial Hall, UWL. Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., is the Augustus Long Professor of Measurement in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.  She is Past President and a Fellow of Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), and a Fellow in Division 35 (Psychology of Women) and Division 45 (Ethnic Diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  She received many distinguished researcher awards from many places between 2002 and 2009. She was a recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for mentoring.  She has written over eighty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Her books include A Race Is a Nice Thing to Have (Microtraining Associates) and Using Race and Culture in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Theory and Process with Donelda Cook (MA: Allyn & Bacon). Her full bio is available at

7:00 p.m. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Orientation at the People's Food Co-op

all day  Hate/Bias Response Symposium at UWL (must preregister) 

1:00 p.m. Working People's Day of Action hosted by AFSCME in MADISON

2:30 p.m. Hillview Urban Agriculture Vermiculture Center Tour meet at 921 Ferry St.

7:00 p.m. Benefit Dance for Great River Folk Fest at the Concordia Ballroom

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