November 2018 News Break
Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
All Things Senior Expo
Our House Senior Living presents the All Things Senior Expo & Trade Show on November 1 at Ho-Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin Dells from 10am to 2:30pm.

This event will feature exhibitors and seminars providing a wide range of information about senior housing, recreation, transportation resources, retirement planning and health care insurance. All attendees receive $10 in free play for coming to the Senior Expo.

You will find information on senior housing, recreation, transportation resources, retirement planning,
healthcare insurance, wellness opportunities, and much more. For more information, 608-566-4799.
Portage Rotary Draw-Down Hoe Down
The 8th Annual Portage Rotary Draw-Down Hoe Down is happening on Friday, November 2 at the NorthShore at Portage Country Club. The cocktail hour begins at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $100 for an individual and include dinner and two drink tickets, plus the possibility of winning $2000! Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships and other local projects. Click here for more info.
November Chamber Business Luncheon
The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is offering another way to network with your fellow Chamber members and make those important connections that can help you in your business or career. Bring your business cards, brochures, or anything you wish to share with other members.

Luncheon Information
Margaret Rudolph, Portage Community Schools Superintendent, will talk with us about her initiatives for the school district in her new role and current programs that are happening.

Location: Pizza Ranch, 2905 New Pinery Rd.
Time: Lunch at 11:30AM, presentation at Noon
Cost: pay for your lunch at the restaurant
Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Please reserve your seat by calling the Chamber office
at 608-742-6242 to register. Seating is limited!
Business Profile - Durward's Glen, OLRG, Ltd.
Submitted by Jennifer Fuller, Director
Durward’s Glen is a non-profit Retreat and Educational Center located in the heart of the scenic Baraboo Bluffs. It is operated by a friend’s group that seeks to keep the Glen open to the public. Affordable lodging for groups or individuals is available in our historic Main Lodge, Artist’s Cottage and Cornerstone Hermitage.

In 2006 the parish at the Glen’s Immaculate Conception Chapel was closed and the Order of St. Camillus sold the property to Magdalen College in New Hampshire. In 2011, Our Lady of the Rosary Group Limited purchased the property from the college and formed a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Durward’s Glen Retreat and Educational Center operates under the ownership of Durward’s Glen OLRG, Ltd., a local group in the Columbia-Sauk County Area of Wisconsin.

I enjoy the scenic beauty in all its grandeur that surrounds the quietness and peacefulness of the Retreat Center. Listening to the brook sing its melody by the Artist’s Cottage to the tune of the moment. I love hearing how people’s lives have been changed by encountering the Glen in all of its pristine majesty as it echoes its resounding tranquility.

As Durward’s Glen developed its profile within the community, more retreats and reunions are being booked two years out. Individuals find a respite here from the busyness and chaos of their daily work. The Glen continues to evolve and would enjoy serving the skiers during the winter months as the setting is perfect for those who love the wintry outdoors.

Our guests are anything but ‘typical’! They come from all walks of life, from the simpler life to the Nobel Prize winners to the actors to the Religious and many more! They find their way to the Glen because it is far more economical, peaceful and distinctive. Unlike chain hotels, every one of our rooms is unique and the experience people walk away with will never be forgotten.

When people think of Durward’s Glen, I hope they think of it as a treasure they were fortunate enough to find…one that having tasted it, will be desired again. For more information, call Durward's Glen, W11876 McLeisch Rd., at 608-356-8113.
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Looking for a Hot Deal? See our list?
Check out our Hot Deals webpage for deals our Chamber members are
offering. Have a Hot Deal of your own you want others to know about? Post
your deals on our webpage and join the Hot Deal brigade! There is no charge
for posting a Hot Deal, so post away!

If you have questions, call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 to get started. Click here to see the specials that are currently running!
DSH Women's Night Out
Attention, Ladies! Please join us for Divine Savior Healthcare's ever-popular Women’s Night Out annual event! Join us for a fun night out on Thursday, November 15. We will be celebrating in “innovative” style, with a delicious assortment of nutritious, locally sourced eats and refreshments, prizes and interactive activities.

Women of all ages are encouraged to attend to hear our expert providers discuss all of the innovative ways we are delivering a new kind of care at Divine Savior Healthcare. This free event features: educational booths; interactive presentations by Divine Savior Healthcare providers; hand massages; gift and door prizes; Divine Boutique exclusive shopping hours from 5pm to 8:30pm; locally sourced refreshments.

Booths open at 5:30pm at the main entrance with the food and presentation at the Cafe Classroom Lower Level starting at 6:30pm. The cost is free. There is no pre-registration needed, seating is limited to first 300 people. For more information, please call 608-745-6289.
Madison College offering training
New local training opportunities for local employers exist through Madison College. Brian Landers, a full-time faculty member with Madison College, coordinates active shooter and critical incident/workplace violence training for the college’s Business and Industry Services unit. Business and Industry Services can provide a wide range of training for private employers with customized training to suit an employer’s needs.

Madison College offers a new 2-hour course for employees on workplace violence, a 4-hour critical incident preparedness course for supervisors and managers, and also the complete ALICE and active shooter training (hours range based on the size and need of the business).

These and other training can be done at your place of business and in varying times to accommodate work schedules and reduce travel. We also can conduct workplace security assessments, policy audits, and table top and functional exercises for private companies as well.

Brian Landers is happy to answer any questions employers may have about this training. For more information, call Madison College, 330 W. Collins St., at 608-745-3160.
Art Opening at R. Condon Gallery
See the work of artist Kathy Kendzior Cummings during her art opening on Friday, November 2 from 5pm to 7pm at R. Condon Gallery, 223 W. Cook St.

Cummings is interested in exploring watercolor and ink in nontraditional processes. Constrained by traditional views and critique, a self induced 100-day exploration of daily paintings pushed Cummings to release previously held beliefs. For more information, call 608-617-1733.
St. Mary's Gala Night
St. Mary's is once again holding their famous gala event on Saturday, November 10 from 5pm to 10pm. Come for dinner, entertainment, and an opportunity to bid on fabulous raffle items.

The gala is one of their main fundraisers and a great opportunity to get together with fellow parishioners and friends of the parish. Entertainment will be provided by Dueling Pianos. For more information, call Sarah at 608-742-3222.
Watercolor with Chris Dreyer
Fall Watercolor classes are now forming! “Getting to know Watercolor” with local artist Chris Dreyer will be held on the following dates: Nov. 13, 20 & 27 from 6pm to 8:30pm each night and meet at the United Methodist Church of Portage.

The cost is only $65. Chris will provide supplies for the first class and then hand out a materials list. If interested, call soon to reserve your place, 608-742-1453.
The Portage Area Caring Tree
The holidays can be difficult for many people. The Portage Area Caring Tree tries to make Christmas a little brighter for those who need a helping hand. Children 17 years of age or younger can be considered to receive gifts from The Caring Tree.

Click here for an application, which should be returned to 'The Portage Area Caring Tree; PO Box 384, Portage, WI 53901' by November 20. The public can donate gifts toward The Caring Tree by picking tags off the trees at local banks. The tags on the trees are coded so the names are kept in strictest confidence. Gifts will be delivered on Sunday, December 16.

For more information, contact Vickie at 608-617-6112.
Portage Printing remembers Huebner
It is with great sorrow that Portage Printing announces the passing of Jim Huebner on October 10, 2018. Jim had been their delivery person for nearly 16 years. He had many great loves throughout his life: family was first, followed by gardening, fishing and collecting coins. He was a one of a kind man and will be greatly missed.

For a full obituary, please click here .
BMO Harris Bank at Work
At BMO Harris Bank, we are always looking for new ways to help businesses grow and be an active part of our local community. BMO Harris Bank at Work is a dynamic workplace program that brings your employees complimentary financial education seminars, a full-featured suite of banking products discounts and services, as well as a customized planning consultation with a BMO Harris Financial Advisor.
The cornerstone of our program is our financial education curriculum. A recent annual study completed by the Employee Financial Education Division found that:
•            88% of the companies surveyed believe that financial education will benefit their employees
•            72% believe it will benefit their company 
•            75% believe it will reduce stress and increase participation in pensions and benefits 

If you are having a benefit fair, BMO would be happy to have a booth to answer your employee’s questions. Please contact Peggy Goodenow, Branch Manager at 608-745-3448 or
Santa Fly-in kicks off Yuletide
Come welcome Santa as he arrives at the Portage Airport at 10am on Friday, November 23. The event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Portage.
Downtown Holiday Parade
Downtown Portage Inc. (DPI) is excited to be hosting the Downtown Holiday Parade on Friday, November 23 at 6pm. The parade will wind its way downtown, and end up with Santa lighting the gigantic holiday tree in Commerce Plaza. There will be hot beverages and treats on the streets to keep you warm, plus bowls of chili available for purchase at the Presbyterian Church Chili Dump, located at the corner Cook St. and Wisconsin St., starting at 5pm.

If you would like to register an entry in the parade, click here . Registration deadline is November 16.  
The parade route will start at 6pm near Pauquette Park, proceed down Conant Street turn right onto Wisconsin, left onto Cook Street and follow to Adams Street, where it will end.
Santa's Real Live Reindeer & Elf Hunt
Come to Commerce Plaza in downtown to see who pulls Santa's sleigh! Get your pictures with Santa and the reindeer on Saturday, November 24 from 11am to 2pm. Fees apply for photos with the reindeer. Join in on the Downtown Elf Hunt and look for the Elf in participating stores. 

There will be 12 Elves on 12 shelves in the downtown. Get details on this Elf Hunt at Commerce Plaza during the reindeer visit. Find an Elf and get a treat for yourself!
Workshops at Edgewater Home & Garden
Join us for these workshops to create your own evergreen porch pot at Edgewater Home & Garden on November 23 at 10am and a wreath decorating workshop on November 24 at 10am. Bring in your own pot for the evergreens or use one of theirs. They will help you, step by step. Fee based on materials used.

Edgewater Home & Garden is located at 2957 Highway CX. For more information, call 608-742-6558.
Toys for Tots
Are you interested in supporting the local Toys for Tots program? Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative has partnered with Toys for Tots to collection donations and support local families in the community.

If you are interested in having a donation box at your business, please contact Haley Melby at (800) 831-8629 or All donations collected will be donated to programs in Columbia County. 
New location for Journey Mental Health; ribbon cutting
Let's celebrate a new beginning at Journey Mental Health Columbia County! A celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 1pm to 5pm at their new office at 1440 E. Wisconsin St. where you can tour the new office, enjoy food and refreshments, and visit with the staff.

Join the Portage Chamber for a ribbon cutting at 1pm! For more information, call 608-280-2700.
American Legion seeking marketing specialist
The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is seeking a full time Communications and Marketing Specialist to be part of a team positively focused on telling The American Legion story of who they are, what they do, and why it matters.

This high energy, highly motivated individual will be responsible for helping to create awareness and ensuring The American Legion mission is effectively and consistently communicated to our members and external audiences. For more about the position requirements, click here .
Forever Yours Jewelry sale
Join us in Sun Prairie on Saturday, November 3 for our greatest sale yet! For 60 minutes the whole store will be 60% off! We will be combining both locations inventory all into one store! Get in line from 11am-12pm in Sun Prairie only, so you can enjoy the our greatest deals ever! Want to skip the line and be a VIP? Call 608-745-3330 or stop in to find out how!
Community Small Business Flood Relief
Was your home or small business affected by recent flooding? Get free energy saving kits and double rebates for efficiency projects. Focus on Energy has an immense pride in Wisconsin and its hometowns. They want to help restore local homes and businesses and help reduce their long-term energy costs.

Women's Fall Bazaar
The Portage United Methodist Women's Fall Bazaar is happening on Saturday, November 3 offering Norwegian & baked goods, fruit cakes, candy, containers of "Soup to Go," jam & jellies, crafts, and silent auction. Babysitting is available.
The Yum Yum Cafe is open from 10am to 1pm and features, homemade pulled pork sandwiches, Ed Steck's "Famous" Baked Beans, chips, and beverages. Desserts are sold separately.

Portage United Methodist Church is located at 1804 New Pinery Road. For more information, call 608-742-2107.
Rotary pledges toward pavilion
The Portage Rotary has pledged to donate $10,000 for the Pauquette Park Performance Pavilion. Members of the Portage Service Club Association (PSCA) are pictured with the Portage Rotary.

The PSCA is accepting donations for this project and checks can be made out to the PSCA and mailed directly to PO Box 1, Portage, WI 53901.
PACT presents A Christmas Story - the Musical
The Portage Area Community Theatre presents A Christmas Story - the Musical. Performances will be at Portage Center for the Arts on November 8-10 & 15-17 at 7pm and November 11 & 18 at 2pm.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Click here for ticket info.
SBDC Workshop
Register now for the workshop Identifying and Utilizing your Business Super Power to Grow your Customer Base on November 15.

In this half day experiential workshop, you will use the Lean Canvas to identify your business pain points and explore how to use it as a diagnostic tool to create business solutions. We will discuss how business empathy drives sales and how your business superpower can set you apart from the competition. You will learn how to use the canvas as a tool to make confident business decisions.

Who should attend? Business owners and Managers. For more information and to register, click here.
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Ribbon Cuttings
A ribbon cutting was held at Edward Jones-Klay Vehring, Financial Advisor at their new office at 240 W. Wisconsin St.

See them at their new location! They are dedicated to helping you develop strategies to reach important long-term financial goals, such as paying for a child's education, retiring on your terms or creating a legacy for your family.

For more information, call 608-742-8841.
A ribbon cutting was held at the Kari Tracey Agency, 1606 New Pinery Rd., Suite B, to celebrate a new location.

Servicing the community for Auto, Home, Life & Business Insurance.
Please contact us for a quote.

For more information, call 608-742-3888.
November Chamber Meetings & Events
1 Ribbon Cutting at Knight Barry Title Services, 2933 New Pinery Rd., at 9am  
6 Business Luncheon at Pizza Ranch at 11:30am, presentation at Noon
7 Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank at 8am
14 Ribbon Cutting at Journey Mental Health, 1440 E. Wisconsin St., at 1pm
26 Ribbon Cutting at Timber Creek Builders, 2425 New Pinery Rd., 4:30pm
Join a Service Club
Rotary - Meets Mondays at Noon at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Lions Club - Meets the 2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays at 5:30pm at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd., summer month meetings change locations
Kiwanis - Meets on Wednesdays at Noon at Pizza Ranch, 2905 New Pinery Rd.
Optimists - Meets on Tuesdays at 7am at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
Elks - Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7pm; 4th Tuesday only during July and August
Women's Civic League - Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at Dino’s Restaurant, 2900 New Pinery Rd.
November Community Events
1 Our House Senior Living All Things Senior Expo at Ho-Chunk Gaming
2 Art Opening at R. Condon Gallery & Studio
2 Video Game Night at Portage Public Library
2 Artist Opening Reception at Portage Center for the Arts
2-4 Revelation & Worship Him at Seventh-Day Adventist Church
2 Portage Rotary Draw-Down Hoedown
3 Fall Bazaar at Portage United Methodist Church
4 Bingo at VFW
6 Chamber Business Luncheon at Dino's Restaurant
6 Poetry in Portage at Suzy's Steak & Seafood
6-7 Revelation & Worship Him at Seventh-Day Adventist Church
7 Social Night at Neil's Wine House with Launch Portage - Young Professionals
8-11 PACT presents 'A Christmas Story-the Musical' at Portage Center for the Arts
8 Veteran's Day Drive at Blau Family Chiropractic
8 'Smart' Cookie Sale at Divine Savior Healthcare
8 Teen Magic: The Gathering Club at Portage Public Library
9 Veteran's Dinner at Portage Elks Lodge
9-11 Portage High School Play Performance
9 Teen Anime Night at Portage Public Library
9 Revelation & Worship Him at Seventh-Day Adventist Church
10 Shop with a Cop at Portage Elks Lodge
10 Harvest Dinner at Portage Presbyterian Church
10 St. Mary's Gala Night
10 Tons of Fun Bonspiel at Portage Curling Club
14 AAA Keeping the Keys Seminar at Columbia County ADRC
14 Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Journey Mental Health
15 Eye Vision event at Our House Senior Living
15 Teen Movie Night at Portage Public Library
15 Women's Night Out at Divine Savior Healthcare
15 Portage Lions Splash Pad Bubbler Fundraiser at Pizza Ranch
15-17 Portage High School Play Performance
15-18 PACT presents 'A Christmas Story- the Musical' at Portage Center for the Arts
17 Wine and Sign at J & J Fireball Lanes
17 Warrior Bazaar at Bartels Middle School
17 Paint Nite Fundraiser at Portage Presbyterian Church
18 Bingo at VFW
22 Portage Cross Country Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk at High School
22 Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Mary's
23 Needle Felting at Historic Indian Agency House
23 Chili Dump at Holiday Parade by Portage Presbyterian Church
23-24 Portage Theatres Free Kids Movie
23 Santa Fly-in at the Portage Airport
23 Create a Mixed Evergreen Porch Pot at Edgewater Greenhouse
23 Holiday Lighted Parade & Tree Lighting
24 Wreath Decorating Workshop at Edgewater Greenhouse
24 Santa's Real Live Reindeer and Elf Hunt
26 Portage Sharing Supper at Wayne Bartels Middle School
27 Hearing Aid event at Our House Senior Living
28 Endeavor Sharing Supper
29 Portage Center for the Arts Brown Bag Luncheon
29 Teen Magic: The Gathering Club at Portage Public Library
30 Teen 'Design Your Own T-shirt' Day at Portage Public Library

Weekly Recurring Events
Beer Bucket Bingo at Jack's Tap every Monday at 6:30pm
Portage United Methodist Church Bible Study at Heritage House, Tuesdays at 10am
Portage United Methodist Church Worship Service at Heritage House, Tuesdays at 11am
Open Pharmacy Forum at Wilz Hometown Pharmacy, every Wednesday, 6pm-7pm
Medicare Workshop at Retirement Specialists, every Thursday at 4:30pm.

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