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Today

Gamblers meeting: 6-7 p.m., Sauk County Gamblers Anonymous, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Crane Room A, 707 14th St., Baraboo. Ongoing meeting meets every Wednesday and Sunday.

Acoustic jam: 7-9:30 p.m., The Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St., Baraboo. All talent levels welcome for a free-ranging evening of folk, jazz, blues and more. For more information, call 608-355-1001 or visit villagebooksmith.com.

Support group: 7:30 p.m., Al-Anon Family Group, The Comfort Zone, St. Vincent De Paul Resource Center, 1906 North St., Prairie du Sac. Support group meets every Wednesday.

Thursday

, Dec. 7

Lunch presentation: 12:10-12:50 p.m., Baraboo Area Senior Citizen Organization and Sauk County Historical Society, Baraboo Civic Center, Room 21, 124 Second St., Baraboo. Learn about historical happenings in Baraboo from Paul Wolter, director of the Sauk County Historical Society. The Long-Ago Lunchtime Lessons topic will be “The Birds-eye Drawings of Baraboo.” A free-will offering will be accepted. Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available for $1.

Hospice training: 1-5 p.m., Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care, 1670 South Blvd., Baraboo. Volunteers are needed to visit and provide companionship to local hospice patients. For more information, an application and to schedule orientation, call 608-327-7163.

Dinner theater: 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Bible Church, Expeditions, E11844 Highway DL, Baraboo. Dinner theater production of “The Buzz in Bethlehem” will offer a unique approach to theater in which attendees play a role as travelers to Bethlehem for the census. Appetizers and dinner will be provided. Tickets are $16 each or $14 for a group of eight or more. Tickets are available online at buzzinbethlehem.com.

Drug discussion: 6:30 p.m., Baraboo Public Library, 230 Fourth Ave., Baraboo. “Working Together: How Sauk County is Tackling Substance Abuse in Our Communities.” Sauk County Criminal Justice Programs Manager Christopher Polzer will describe measures Sauk County is taking to prevent and treat substance abuse. For more information, call 608-356-6166.

Friday

, Dec. 8

Art fair: Noon to 6 p.m., Helen’s Daughters Studio, Baraboo Arts and Banquet Hall, 323 Water St., Baraboo. The Very Merry Holiday Fair will feature 60 authors, potters, bakers, jewelers, fiber artists, cheesemakers, candymakers, glass artists, local nonprofits and more. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit theverymerryholidayfair.com.

Holiday: 6-8 p.m., Reedsburg Revitalization Organization, Downtown Reedsburg. Living Windows exhibit featuring a holiday or winter scene with the theme of Christmas Around the World. Caroling, refreshments, fire barrels, and horse-driven wagon rides.

Artist reception: 6-8 p.m., ArtsLink Gallery, 129 E. Main St., Reedsburg. Madison-based artist Dani Jane Grimm will be featured in the Living Windows display. For more information, visit facebook.com/reedsburgartslink or call Joann at 608-393-2795.

Santa visit: 6:30 p.m., Rock Springs Community Center, 201 W. Broadway, Rock Springs. Santa will arrive by fire truck. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Bring a camera to take pictures.

Holiday sing-along: 6:30 p.m., Baraboo Public Library, Oak Park Place, 800 Waldo St., Baraboo. Fifth annual Holiday Sing-Along with Michael Etzwiler leading the Christmas carols sing-along, accompanied by Zach Ott on the grand piano. Song sheets with lyrics will be provided. The program is free, but space is limited. Call 355-4111 to check availability.

Dinner theater: 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Bible Church, Expeditions, E11844 Highway DL, Baraboo. Dinner theater production of “The Buzz in Bethlehem” will offer a unique approach to theater in which attendees play a role as travelers to Bethlehem for the census. Appetizers and dinner will be provided. Tickets are $16 each or $14 for a group of eight or more. Tickets are available online at buzzinbethlehem.com.

Concert: 7 p.m., Dec. 8, River Arts on Water, 590 Water St., Prairie du Sac. Holiday concert featuring local performers and holiday tunes. For more information, visit riverartsinc.org or call 608-643-5215. There is no advance ticket sale with a $5-$10 suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit River Arts Inc. programs.

Edwardian Christmas: 7 p.m., Sauk County Historical Society, Van Orden Mansion, 531 Fourth Ave., Baraboo. Guests will be able to experience “Holiday Inn” with each of the 11 trees in the mansion inside inspired by the 1942 movie classic “Holiday Inn.” Adults only party featuring festive appetizers and holiday spirits, $22 for non-members and $20 for members. Tickets are limited; call 608-356-1001 to reserve a spot.

Holiday films: 7:30 p.m., The Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St., Baraboo. Holiday Shorts and Stories will feature short films from around the world and tales of the season. For more information, call 608-355-1001 or visit villagebooksmith.com.

Variety show: 7:30 p.m., River Valley Players, Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green. Will Sing for Food, a holiday variety show will be presented to benefit local food pantries. Cost is $15. Non-perishable food items and donations will also be collected. Tickets are available at Arcadia Book Store in Spring Green, Changes Salon in Plain, and online at brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday

, Dec. 9

Cookie walk: 8 a.m. to noon, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1120 Draper St., Baraboo. 26th annual Cookie Walk.

Art fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Helen’s Daughters Studio, Baraboo Arts and Banquet Hall, 323 Water St., Baraboo. The Very Merry Holiday Fair will feature 60 authors, potters, bakers, jewelers, fiber artists, cheesemakers, candymakers, glass artists, local nonprofits and more. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit theverymerryholidayfair.com.

Craft fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry, former Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson location, 836 Phillips Blvd., Sauk City. Third annual Holiday Shop with bake sale, specialty foods and about 40 vendors and crafters.

Letterboxing adventure: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Devil’s Lake State Park. Participate in letterboxing which combines elements of hiking and treasure hunting. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by following clues and recording information in a personal journal with a rubber stamp from the box. Bring a journal or one can be provided. Begin at the Nature Center anytime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 608-356-8301.

Edwardian Christmas: Noon to 7 p.m., Sauk County Historical Society, Van Orden Mansion, 531 Fourth Ave., Baraboo. Family-friendly event will include live music throughout the day, holiday treats in the dining room and jingle bell horse-drawn rides from 2 p.m. until dark. Tickets can be purchased at the door and will be $5 for members, $7 for non-members and children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 608-356-1001 or visit saukcountyhistory.org.

Dinner theater: 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Bible Church, Expeditions, E11844 Highway DL, Baraboo. Dinner theater production of “The Buzz in Bethlehem” will offer a unique approach to theater in which attendees play a role as travelers to Bethlehem for the census. Appetizers and dinner will be provided. Tickets are $16 each or $14 for a group of eight or more. Tickets are available online at buzzinbethlehem.com.

Tribute show: 7 p.m., Al Ringling Mansion 623 Broadway St, Baraboo. Dead Man’s Carnival: Tom Waits Tribute Show in celebration of the 30th anniversary of his album “Franks Wild Years.” Dead Man’s Carnival is a Milwaukee-based live music variety show with turn of the century Vaudeville. The show is presented in a format that emphasizes crowd interaction, improvisation, and inner group collaboration. Advance tickets are $20 at ticketfly.com or $25 at the door.

Variety show: 7:30 p.m., River Valley Players, Gard Theater, 111 E. Jefferson St., Spring Green. Will Sing for Food, a holiday variety show will be presented to benefit local food pantries. Cost is $15. Non-perishable food items and donations will also be collected. Tickets are available at Arcadia Book Store in Spring Green, Changes Salon in Plain, and online at brownpapertickets.com.

Sunday

, Dec. 10

Buffet breakfast: 8 a.m. to noon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1916 and the Auxiliary at VFW Hall, 200 Veterans Drive, Reedsburg. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, French toast, biscuits and gravy and made-to-order omelets. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 4-11, free for children aged 4 and younger.

Monday

, Dec. 11

Women’s meeting: 11:30 a.m. , Reedsburg Area Women’s Club, Reedsburg Country Club, 3003 E. Main St., Reedsburg. Members will be sharing their favorite Christmas treats by bringing a dozen of their famous cookies, candy etc. To check availability, call Belinda Bowers at 985-7417 or beebowers@yahoo.com.

Tuesday

, Dec. 12

Hospice training: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SSM Health at Home, training session, SSM Health Hospice House (formerly known as St. Clare Hospice House), 915 12th St., Baraboo. Volunteers are needed in both administrative and patient-interactive areas. For more information or to register for training, call 877-356-4514 or email volunteers@hhuvns.org or visit ssmhealthathomewi.com.

Chocolate sale: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friends of Sauk Prairie Healthcare, 260 26th St., Prairie du Sac. Paul’s Chocolates fundraiser. Samples will be available. Twenty percent of sales will be donated. Proceeds will support health care scholarships and resources for our hospital and clinics.

Veterans coffee: 10 a.m. to noon, Madison College, Room 114, 300 Alexander Ave., Reedsburg. All veterans are invited for coffee and conversation.

Craft fair: 1-7 p.m., Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry, former Sauk Prairie Harley Davidson location, 836 Phillips Blvd., Sauk City. Third annual Holiday Shop with bake sale, specialty foods and about 40 vendors and crafters.