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Here’s what’s happening:

Public meetings

  • The Ripon Common Council meets Monday at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.

It will discuss awarding a liquor license to Pastimes, writing-off uncollectible accounts and the departure of longtime City Administrator Lori Rich.

  • The Ripon Area School Board meets Monday at 6 p.m. in the Ripon High School Media Center.

The School Board will discuss the midyear dashboard report and the preliminary 2021-22 budget, among other items.

  • The Green Lake Committee of the Whole meets Monday at 4 p.m. in the Green Lake City Hall Council room.

It will discuss the city being awarded a grant by WEDC and an ordinance regulating short-term rentals.

Tax help at Town Square

With tax season approaching, Cathy Hargrave of Thrivent Financial will present a free, in-person, socially-distanced seminar on making informed decisions regarding taxes and retirement. The seminar, titled “Will Your Taxes Affect Your Retirement?” is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Town Square Community Center.

Designed to give participants an understanding of the tax status of investments, the program will cover ways future tax changes may create the potential for higher taxes, ways to create tax-free retirement income, how social security is tax and how to work effectively within current tax brackets. Registration is required at

Baritone will present virtual recital

Baritone Jonathan Kim, adjunct instructor of music, will present a virtual recital as part of the Chamber Music at Ripon series of Ripon College. The performance will be recorded in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts.

Because the hall remains closed to live audiences this semester, the recital will be streamed at so that campus and community alike can still engage with this artistic tradition. It will be available for viewing starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The accompanist will be pianist Deb Mackenzie, adjunct instructor of music. The program includes “Three Songs,” by Samuel Barber; “Warm as the Autumn Light,” from “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” by Douglas Moore; “L’heure exquise,” by Reynaldo Hahn; “Avant de quitter des lieux,” from “Faust,” by Charles Gounod; “Liederkreis,” by Robert Schumann; and “Granada,” by Augustin Lara.

Kim conducts Chamber Singers and Choral Union at Ripon College. He has conducted choirs and orchestras from the collegiate level to a Grammy-nominated professional choir, True Concord: Voices & Orchestra, based in Tucson. He has conducted internationally, such as St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and the State Opera House in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. He is a singer, and has been a soloist with numerous ensembles around the country.

DJ Trivia Thursday

Knuth Brewing Co. will host DJ Trivia Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is a free event that will award participants for their knowledge.

First through third place winners will be awarded gift cards. Knuth Brewing Co. describes the event as “always free, always fun.”

“Come join the fun with friends,” the brewery’s website said of the event.

Virtual Thrasher concert Thursday

Thrasher Opera House and A.J. Croce are partnering to offer a virtual performance that is a retrospective of his 30-year career Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

“A.J. Croce brings his touring band to the stage with him to perform music from his ten studio albums of roots music ranging from Blues and Jazz to Rock and Roll and Soul, including covers from the new album,” Thrasher’s website says. “This performance will include a variety of originals from albums like That’s Me in the Bar, Twelve Tales, and Just Like Medicine.”

Checkhov comedy plays will be presented online by Ripon College

A streamed production of “Chekhov’s Country Comedies” will be presented Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28 by the Ripon College Department of Theatre.

The production will be presented free of charge via Zoom and feature three short farces: “The Bear,” “The Reluctant Tragic Hero” and “The Proposal,” all written by one of the world’s finest playwrights.

“These are plays that I have always wanted to produce at Ripon, and the unique qualities of streaming performance gives them new life and focus,” said Professor Kenneth Hill, the Chemerow chair in theatre.

A link for viewing the production on the scheduled dates is available at Although the link refers to seven plays, Ripon is presenting only the three listed.

Movies & Pop Culture Night trivia coming Friday to Thrasher

How well are you involved in today’s culture? Watch a lot of movies? Hip to what’s going on in the world?  

Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake will be hosting a family-friendly virtual Movies and Pop Trivia Night Friday at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Kids and adults alike will stay interested with questions in a range of topics, such as: “In Back To The Future, what type of car is the time machine?” (based on a color picture shown on the participant’s computer screen). Or how about: “Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek swept the Emmy awards with seven wins for its final season. In the show what does Moira Rose, a former soap opera star, display on her walls?” (A. Emmy awards; B. Wig collection; C. Designer bag collection; D. Souvenirs from small towns).

The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to sign up, visit or call the office at 920-294-4279.

To play virtually, download Zoom on a computer (this is how players will view the game/questions during trivia night). In addition, participants will need to sign up for the Kahoot! app on a smart device (phone or tablet) beforehand, in order to submit answers. On trivia night, participants will be sent a Zoom Link via email and may join in anytime between 6 to 6:25 p.m.

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