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Here’s what’s going on in the Ripon area this weekend:

Ripon Public Library used book sale

The Friends of the Ripon Public Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale Thursday to Saturday in the basement of the library at 120 Jefferson St.

Properly worn face coverings are required and the number of shoppers allowed in the sale rooms will be limited. No children under age 8 allowed.

Thousands of books have been donated recently and those in the Last Chance Room are priced at $0.25 and $0.50 as well as $0.10 for children’s books.

The showroom contains many new displays including boats, art, mind-body-spirit and vintage books. Newly expanded sections include Civil War history, social justice, western and young adult fiction and Agatha Christie mysteries.

Cash and checks will be accepted as well as credit cards for purchases over $10.

The mission of the Friends is to promote and support public resources and community programs at the Ripon Public Library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support this mission.

In the past year the Friends have assisted with funding summer and winter reading programs for all ages, the Romper Room, books on CD and more.

Friday: Book Sale open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Open to anyone looking for a great deal on gently used books.

Saturday: Book Sale open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Friends of the Library semi-annual used book sale continues with a $3 grocery bag sale in the Last Chance Room — the showroom is excluded from the bag sale. This is individuals’ last chance to stock up until the next sale. Because of the large volume of book donations received throughout the year, many of the books that don’t sell will be recycled after the sale and will not be available again.

For more information contact Desiree Bongers at 748-6160, or

Saturday— Period supply drive-through event

The Green Lake Health & Human Service Department and Green Lake Food Pantry will present a period supply drive-through event Saturday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at 500 Lake Steel St. in Green Lake, where free period products will be given away.

According to a 2018 U by Kotex survey conducted with YouGov., 1 in 4 women struggled to purchase period products within the past year due to lack of income.

1 in 5 low-income women report missing work, school or similar events due to lack of access to period supplies; lack of access to period supplies is linked to using substitute products (toilet tissue or socks), stretching product usage and missing important events.

An overwhelming 88% of women agree that period products are a basic necessity; State and federal safety-net programs cannot be used to purchase period supplies. For questions or more information, call Giselle Kauffeld at 920-294-4070 (ext. 3121) or email

First Wacky Wood Wildlife Workshop comes to Town Square Saturday

To help celebrate Community Animal Month at Town Square, instructor Kathy McLaughlin is challenging students, ages 8-12, to let out their inner creative beast in a new, two-part workshop. It will take place this Saturday and Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at Town Square.

Cost is $25 and includes two workshops and material costs.

Students will learn how to use various mediums and techniques, including wood, paint, beads, buttons, sharks teeth and more, to design their fierce mixed media portrait inspired by their favorite animal or pet.

Kids will build their works of art on a 12-by-16-inch canvas and use an assortment of materials to create a background.

Once the setting for their animal is complete, students will paint and embellish to enhance their creature.

McLaughlin, a Green Lake resident, has been a longtime volunteer since the Town Square Community Center opened.

In the past, she has coordinated the Saturday Art Market and has taught many children’s craft classes at Town Square.

McLaughlin is working on a new series of monthly craft workshops (third Saturday of each month) that she will lead in Town Square’s new Maker Space at the community center.

She is excited to share her passion for art with youth in the Green Lake community and looks forward to seeing what the students will conjure up.

Locavore Marketplace Saturday

Vines & Rushes Winery is hosting the Locavore Marketplace Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Thank you to everyone who stopped by our prior Marketplaces to support our local producers,” the winery’s website says. “This will be the last Marketplace for this year.”

Items being sold include, but not limited to honey, eggs, frozen bison meat, baked goods, fresh & canned fruits and vegetables, granola and coffee.

Those participating in this event include: Olive Juice Farms Canning and hand made goods, Mugs Coffeehouse, 4M Bison Farm, Polish Ponderosa, Schoolhouse Bee goods and Purple Thumb Lavender.

“In addition to enjoying the products from the vendors, enjoy some Vines & Rushes Winery wine or Knuth Brewing Company craft beer, and enjoy with a made to order wood fired pizza. Ingredients for these items are grown and produced locally,” the winery says. “Pizza service 12 pm to 8 pm. Come to the winery and support these entrepreneurs and enjoy the wonderful items they produce.”

Live music at Vines & Rushes Friday and Saturday

Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Paul Bast will perform at Vines & Rushes.

Paul is a local solo artist, playing classic folk and rock tunes he calls: "Songs People Love." Paul plays original music and covers that has entire audiences singing along for the pure joy of celebrating great music!

Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m., Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton will perform at Vines & Rushes.

Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton are two strong song writers that play in the same band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons. Seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other. Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” keeps you entertained for hours!

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