Items are listed under the day of the event only, running as space permits prior to the event. To submit items, call 745-3511, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit portagedailyregister.com. Include name and phone number.
Free blood pressure screenings: 1 to 5 p.m. Divine Savior Healthcare, 2817 New Pinery Road, Portage. No appointment necessary. Call 745-6405 for more information. Do not eat, smoke, drink caffeine or exercise for 30 minutes prior.
Golden Gossip Club: noon, annual Christmas luncheon held at the home of Mary Curran.
Preschool Story Time: 10 a.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. Open to children ages 3 to 5. We start a new month with a “Hats and Mittens” story time that includes some wintry stories, songs, finger plays and a matching mitten activity. Only new families need to register and can do so by calling 742-4959 ext. 211 or online at portagelibrary.us.
St. Vincent de Paul free medical clinic: 9 a.m. to noon. Wilz Drugs lower level, 140 E. Cook St., Portage. No appointments needed. Information needed is name, date of birth and a contact number. A foot clinic is available every week. The clinic can do exams and prescribe medications. Physical therapist available. Discounted medications are available at Wilz and Walmart.
Women’s Civic League of Portage annual Red Stocking Day: 11 a.m. Civic League Club House, West Edgewater Street, Portage.
Zumba: 5:30 p.m. 1208 Northport Road (the former Freedom Carpeting building). This is a $5 drop-in class. For more information, contact Deb at DJMACK00001@yahoo.com or Rena at 697-6713.
Zumba/Zumba Toning/Pound: 5 to 6 p.m. Montello City Park, Montello. $5 drop-in fee. Contact Tami at 608-346-3971 or email@example.com.
Bingo: 6:30 p.m. Endeavor Lions Club Bingo, Endeavor-Moundville Fire Department, Endeavor.
Griefshare support group: 2 to 4 p.m. Portage United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Road, Portage. Offered to individuals suffering from the loss of loved ones. Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays through Dec. 21. Call Laurie at 608-450-1081 or Misty at 608-742-2107, or visit griefshare.org for more information.
Love Light Celebration: 5:30 p.m. Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage. Hosted by the Partners of Divine Savior Healthcare. Remember those we miss this holiday in the lighting of the holiday tree along with the Red, White and Blue tree to honor those who have served our country. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment.
Museum: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Portage World War II Museum, 119 E. Cook St., Portage. Free tours for veterans every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tours take 2½ hours. For information, call 608-697-3690.
Pound: 6:15 p.m. Woodridge Primary School, Portage. Yoga mat required. $5 drop-in fee. Contact Tami at 608-346-3971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage Family Skate Park public meeting: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. All interested people are welcome to attend. Meetings will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Cancellations will be announced on our Facebook page. Call 608-742-4959 for more information.
Soup Supper Fundraiser: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Neenah Creek Elementary School, Briggsville. Hosted by the PTO. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Patrons get choice of soup, salad, bread, dessert, milk or coffee. Dine in the school gym or take a carryout. Proceeds go to the PTO, which supports the school by funding field trips and in-school assemblies, buying teacher’s giftcards, honoring staff requests, providing scholarships to graduating seniors and more.
Toddler Thursday: 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. Open to children ages 18-36 months. December story time begins with a “Polar Bear, Polar” story time. Toddlers will have fun with a story, song, rhyme and polar bear craft. Only new families need to register and can do so by calling 742-4959 ext. 211 or online at portagelibrary.us. Please choose one time slot.
TOPS weight loss group: 1 p.m. Grace Bible Church, county Highway CX, Portage. For information, call Patricia Figueroa at 608-742-4853.
Anime Night: 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. Have some snacks and watch episodes No. 3 and No. 4 of Fairy Tail. For teens in sixth to 12th grades only. Cosplay is encouraged.
Holiday Book Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. Hosted by Friends of the Portage Public Library. A variety of books and tapes will be offered with an emphasis on Christmas-themed items and a large selection of cookbooks. Most items will sell at $1.
Pre-K Kids: 9:30 a.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. Open to children ages 4 to 6 who are enrolled in a prekindergarten program or home school. This month prekindergartners will use math, science and engineering skills as they “Build It!” There will be a variety of materials and objects for participants to use to create structures and talk about weight, stability, and uses for the structures. Registration is required and can be done by calling 742-4959 ext. 211.
Seniors Bowling Social: 1 p.m. Fireball Lanes, 817 E. Wisconsin St., Portage. Cost is $6 and includes three games of bowling and shoe rental.
Unique Singles: 5 p.m. Dino’s Restaurant, New Pinery Road, Portage. All single men and women older than age 50 welcome. The group is strictly social with no dues or officers.
Endeavor Wisconsin Committee to Protect All Pensions: 10 a.m. Endeavor/Moundville Fire Station/Bingo Hall, 631 S. Limits Road, Endeavor. Speaker will be National Committee to Protect Pensions Vice President Sherman Liimatainen. The Butch Lewis Act of 2017 Senate Bill S.2147 and House Bill H.R.4444 will be discussed. Active workers, retirees, spouses and all people concerned about stopping retirement theft are invited to attend. For more information, visit mycspensionhandsoff.com.
Evergreen Wreath Workshop: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage. Come out and learn how to make your own wreath. Cost is $15 each.
Historic Living Windows: 4 to 6 p.m. downtown Portage. Enjoy this historical celebration of Portage by strolling the downtown streets and viewing numerous vignettes of times past. There will be hot beverages and treats on the streets. Window scenes will be set-up for you to walk through and look.
Bring Your Paws to Santa Claus photo event: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Columbia County Humane Society, Industrial Road, Portage. Registration preferred but walk-in appointments are accepted. The cost is a $10 donation to CCHS and you get free 4x6 photo. Packages are available and CCHS receives 50 percent of sales on packages. Please make sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations. Register by calling CCHS at 608-742-3666.
Poinsettia Fundraiser Sale: 2 to 4 p.m. Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage. Plants were grown locally at Link’s Greenhouse and are $10 each. Also runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Visit with Santa: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road, Portage. Santa will listen to children’s wish lists by the fireside and have pictures taken. Decorating sugar cookies, drinking hot chocolate, and other surprises are in store. Please call 608-742-6362 or email email@example.com if you are planning to attend. A free-will donation of $5 is appreciated.
Free Community Healthy Holiday Dinner: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Portage Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2100 Highway 33 East, Portage. Bring your family and enjoy a healthy holiday meal. All are welcome. RSVPs are appreciated but not required by calling 617-8924.
Zumba: 5:30 p.m. Rusch Elementary School, Portage. $5 drop-in fee. Contact Tami at 608-346-3971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Anon: 10 a.m. Portage United Methodist Church, 1804 New Pinery Road, Portage.
Culver’s Share Night: 5 to 8 p.m. Culver’s Restaurant, New Pinery Road, Portage. Meet committee members and volunteers of the Portage Family Skate Park.
Dream Workshop Group: 1 p.m. Readers Realm Gallery of Books, Gifts and Whimsy, 147 E. Montello St., Montello. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Group leader is Robert Thompson of Portage, who has taught classes such as “A History of Dreams” and “Wellness, Awareness and Dreams” at technical colleges, public libraries and other locations in Wisconsin. The public is invited to these free workshops. Topics include an overview of dreams, dream research, how to remember and interpret your dreams, and the value of group dream work. For more information, call 608-297-2200.
Euchre card party: 6:30 p.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, W8267 Highway 33 East, Portage. Public welcome. Contact: Cloe, 429-2363.
Food pantry: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Portage Second Harvest mobile food pantry, Building No. 8, Columbia County Fairgrounds, Portage. No need to line up earlier than 10:15 a.m. Pantry will not start early. Plenty of food for everyone. Bring boxes, bags, baskets or wagons to carry food. Volunteers are always welcome.
Monday Movie Day: 10 a.m. Portage Public Library, 253 W. Edgewater St., Portage. The Library will show newly released movies with free admission and popcorn. For a list of what’s playing, visit the library’s website at portagelibrary.us.
Ostomy support group: 5 to 6 p.m. Divine Savior Healthcare, 2817 New Pinery Road, Portage. Walk-ins welcome. This support group is intended for those who are living with an ostomy, anticipate ostomy surgery, as well as caregivers and family members. This group allows individuals to make connections with those who have similar experiences, gain knowledge and provide support. The group meets every other month.
Zumba/Zumba Toning/Pound: 6 to 7 p.m. Harrisville Park, Harrisville. $5 drop-in fee. Contact Tami at 608-346-3971 or email@example.com.