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Thanksgiving banquet

St. Mary’s School, Marathon, will host a 20th annual Thanksgiving community banquet Thursday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. To make a reservation for the no-charge dinner, call 715-443-3124. Meal delivery is available on request.

Harvest Story Time

Children and their parents/ caregivers can hear autumnthemed stories, sing songs and make a special craft based on the fall harvest during a special story time on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Marathon Branch Public Library. The event is free. For more information, call 715-4432775.

St. Matthew’s

A planning process guided by Crossroads Consulting Ministry is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. Leaders will serve as listening session facilitators as members in small groups share their ideas and insights for future ministry.

The worship services on Nov. 9 (4 p.m.) and Nov. 10 (9:30 a.m.) will be abbreviated and will be immediately followed by 75-90- minute listening sessions. Sunday School will not be at the usual time of 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 10 but will be held in the church during the listening sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. At the listening sessions, church members will asked about worship, adult spiritual growth, outreach and evangelism, youth and family ministry, group life and fellowship, strayed and straying, financial stewardship and member ministry.

St. Matthew’s Church Council with meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.

Choir practices for the upcoming holiday season will be held Sunday evenings Nov. 10 and 24 at 7 p.m. The choir is planning to sing for the services on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Open forum

An open forum meeting is scheduled Sunday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. to discuss the possibilities of combining St. John’s Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church into one ministry. All members from all three congregations are invited and encouraged to attend.

Games Week

The Marathon County Public

COMMUNITY LIVING Library will host International Game Week from Monday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 16. Patrons are invited to play a variety of board games.

Needle art

Knitters and crocheters are invited to gather for a night of crafts and socializing Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Marathon Branch Public Library. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies.

The Marathon Book Club will discuss “The Good Earth” by Pearl Buck on Monday, Nov. 11, 5:45 p.m. at the Marathon Branch Public Library. For more information, call the library at 715-443-2775.

History speaks

Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico in September 2017. Learn more about current conditions when the Marathon County Historical Society presents “Puerto Rico After the Storm,” another topic in a History Speaks series, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at theWoodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau.

Marathon native Rick Lohr traveled to Puerto Rico on a Road Scholar trip in January 2019. The trip emphasized the history and culture of Puerto Rico and that territory’s relationship with the United States. He visited areas between San Juan and Ponce. Along the way he was able to get stories of some Puerto Ricans about surviving the 2017 hurricanes Irma and Maria. He also got information on the effect of those stormson the social, political and economic structure of the islands.

Rick Lohr is a public speaker on selected historical and environmental topics. He is a former world history teacher at Wausau West High and Newman High Schools. He has traveled widely throughout the world, and brings his experiences and insights to local audiences.

There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated.Registration is not required.

For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715842-5750.

Forty small businesses and crafters will gather Nov. 30 for a Small Shop Saturday at Marathon Area Elementary School 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature raffle baskets to benefit Maddy Lang.

Literski benefit

A benefit and fundraiser for Jenny Literski will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Marathon City Sports Center.

Literski is a patient at Froedert Hospital, Milwaukee. She has undergone multiple surgeries, her heart is not functioning and she is in need of a heart transplant. Her heart is currently being pumped by an ECMO machine. She needs to overcome multiple obstacles just to qualify to be placed on a transplant list.

Money raised at the benefit will go to the Literski family to aid with current and future medical bills. Literski is married to her husband, Carl, and the couple have two children, Maeson, 5, and Casidy, 15.

The event will include kids activities from 3-5 p.m., basket raffles, silent auctions, paddle raffles and a bake sale. DJ music will be provided by Rowdy Boys Entertainment. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.