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New events added March 5: Preschool activities, wildlife, geology in spotlight at UWSP

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STEVENS POINT — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a host of events coming up during the next several weeks.

“Macbeth” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 1-2 and March 7-9 in Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point. A matinee show will be performed at 2 p.m. March 3. The show is not recommended for younger audiences because of graphic violence and sexual themes.

The play centers on a Scottish general, Macbeth, who hears three witches prophesy that he will be king. He and his wife stop at nothing to make that happen, leading them down a path of guilt and madness. The UW-Stevens Point production sets the action in post-apocalyptic Scotland, where the destruction of the world has caused people to return to a violent, feudal society.

Tickets for “Macbeth” are $23 for adults and seniors or $13 for age 17 and younger, and are available at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or at tickets.uwsp.edu. Discounts are available for UW-Stevens Point students, faculty and staff.

Tickets are also available for the First Nighters package March 1, which includes dinner before the performance. Visit uwsp.edu/theatre-dance/Pages/First-Nighters.aspx.

NEW! Children ages 3-6, along with a parent or guardian, will enjoy hands-on nature experiences as well as games, crafts and snacks as part of new series of programs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve.

The new Preschool Discovery series at UW-Stevens Point’s Schmeeckle Reserve offers young children free nature activities, games and crafts. Photo courtesy UWSP.

Preschool Discovery programs will be offered select Friday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m., taught by UW-Stevens Point students. All begin at the reserve’s Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, and will include outdoor activities, weather permitting. Registration is not required. Children must attend with a parent or guardian and dress for the weather. The programs are open to the public free of charge.

The programs will include:

March 8, Our Deer Friends! – Learn about deer through songs and games and create a pair of antlers.

March 15, Spring Senses of Schmeeckle – Use senses on a hike around the half-mile Trail of Reflections and learn how nature wakes up from its winter slumber.

April 5, Trees for Tots – Discover the magic of trees and how they are used every day, then make music, craft a tree and play a game to see who lives in trees.

April 19, Hoppy Toddlers – Enjoy lots of “toad-ly” awesome activities, crafts, songs and games about frogs and toads.

May 10, Bugs in our Backyard – Learn about all the bugs in backyards, including some that glow in the dark, glide and buzz around flowers.

May 17, Rambunctious Reptiles – Sing, craft and play the reptile way while learning about turtles, snakes and other reptiles at the reserve.

Located on the north end of the UW-Stevens Point campus, Schmeeckle Reserve is a 280-acre conservancy area with five miles of trails and boardwalks, a 24-acre lake and a Visitors Center with hands-on exhibits, Browse Shop and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. For more information, call 715-346-4992.

Gaelic Storm. Photo courtesy UWSP.

Part Irish pub band and part rock band, Gaelic Storm will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in the Laird Room of the Dreyfus University Center. General admission tickets cost $25 plus service fees. Tickets will be $30 the day of the show.

Purchase tickets at the University Information and Tickets in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, at 800-838-3378 or online at tickets.uwsp.edu.

The band has topped the Billboard World Chart six times and makes regular appearances at music and Irish festivals across the country, including Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. The group’s latest album, “Go Climb a Tree,” was released in 2017.

Gaelic Storm includes Patrick Murphy on vocals, piano, harmonica, accordion and spoons, Steve Twigger on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, Ryan Lacy on drums and world percussion, Pete Purvis on pipes and Katie Grennan on fiddle.

NEW! Treehaven, a field station of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is offering its 13th year of the Dinner and a Speaker series.

Located at W2540 Pickerel Creek Road, Tomahawk, Treehaven is a 1,400-acre natural resources education, conference and research center operated by UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources. The Dinner and a Speaker programs are offered throughout the spring semester, with dinner at 6 p.m. and a speaker at 7 p.m. in the main building. The cost is $15 per person, per program.

The programs offered in March include:

March 14, A Day in the Life of a Ruffed Grouse – Presented by members of the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society at UW-Stevens Point, the program will highlight how students trap and radio collar the birds to learn about their range and drumming log selection. Dinner will include a choice of brown sugar glazed ham, turkey pot pie or Treehaven’s own lentil rounds with creamy green pea sauce. 

March 26, Geology Rocks in Wisconsin’s State Parks – Author Scott Spoolman will share passages from his latest book, “Wisconsin’s State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History.” His stories tell of events that shaped Wisconsin’s landscapes, including volcanic eruptions and glaciers. Dinner will include a choice of roast beef pot roast, honey chipotle pork loin or zucchini boats.

Register for these programs at least one week prior by going online to uwsp.edu/treehaven and clicking on Public Programs. For more information, call Treehaven at 715-453-4106 or email treehaven@uwsp.edu.

A series of public presentations will address diversity in natural resources management at the UWSP.

The 2019 Spring Seminar Series, “Expanding Our Reach in Natural Resources Management,” will be held throughout the semester “as a catalyst for constructive conversation and positive change,” said Professor Scott Hygnstrom, the center’s director and Douglas R. Stephens Endowed Chair in Wildlife.

Each presentation will be held from 4-5 p.m. on selected Thursdays in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building, with a reception to follow. The public may attend for free.

March 14 – “A New Culture of Conservation — Misunderstanding a Generation,” by A.J. DeRosa, the founder, creative director and filmmaker with Northwoods Collective, New Durham, N.H.

March 28 – “Educating and Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders,” by Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point

For additional information on speakers and their presentations, go to uwsp.edu/cnr/WCW/Pages/2019-Spring-Colloquium.aspx.

Adults with arthritis and older adults looking for a low-impact workout to improve strength and balance are offered aquatic classes this winter and spring through the Special Needs Aquatic Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Sessions are offered Mondays and Thursdays. Session two meets March 25-May 17. Each session is $60. Classes are 45 minutes long for up to 15 participants.

Classes include:

  • Aquatic Mixer  – 8:30 a.m. This class offers a mix of body strength, flexibility and cardiovascular activities using various equipment, and is a great class for social people.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program – 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. during session one and at 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. during session two. This class follows national Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program protocol.
  • Balance Plus – 9 a.m. This class helps people improve or maintain their balance.

All classes are held in the therapeutic pool, adjacent to the Quandt Fieldhouse in the UW-Stevens Point Marshfield Clinic Health Systems Champions Hall (formerly the Health Enhancement Center), 2050 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Early registration is advised, as program space is limited. For registration and more information, go to uwsp.edu/snap, call 715-346-2409 or email snap@uwsp.edu.


Photos courtesy UWSP.

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