• ‘ZUMBA GOLD’ CLASS IN MENOMONIE: Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a free “Zumba Gold” class. The class will be held Wednesdays, Sept. 18 through Dec. 18, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at the Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1412 Sixth St. E. in Menomonie.

WPT, researcher produce resources for teachers: After collaborating with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Public Television Education has released Kindness in the Classroom, a new multi-part video series designed to give pre-K and kindergarten ed…

Although I do not wish the warm days of summer away, I am rather excited for fall’s arrival. It must be here because I see many of the area apple orchards have opened their doors for business. Some of my favorite fall memories involve taking our children to the orchard each year.

Q: I have a fairly large judgment against me from a lawsuit I lost a few years ago. I just inherited a house from a relative that passed away. Can my creditor take this?

In their new outdoor living room, Coco and Rosie have lounging areas, exercise equipment, fragrant plants, tasteful lighting accents and a water fountain. The three-season sanctuary is connected to the main house with a stylish elevated breezeway.

Every year about this time of late summer, the usual predictions for the upcoming hunting seasons of various game species come out — projections for upland birds, ducks, deer and bear.

There was so much time, so much daylight, just a month ago it seems. Or was it longer than that?

NEW PHYSICIAN: Brent Bjorklund, M.D., recently joined the Emergency Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

OAKLEAF CLINICS IN CHIPPEWA FALLS OPENING: OakLeaf Clinics, Inc., an OakLeaf Medical Network practice, opened their new OakLeaf Clinics–Chippewa Falls clinic on Monday.

• WOMEN’S GIVING CIRCLE HOLDS ADDICTION EVENT: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5 to 7 p.m., at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire. The public is invited to a free event held by the Women’s Giving Circle, “Addiction: Is It a Problem in Our Community?”

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September opened with Labor Day, the holiday that acknowledges our toils to pay the bills, snag a promotion, gain independence, feel worthwhile and maybe leave a tangible mark on the world.

A covered front porch wraps around three sides of the Bordine house design, giving it an all-weather sensibility and a classic, country appearance.

Q: How do major storms such as Hurricane Dorian affect people who are under contract to buy or sell a home?

BRAINERD, Minn. — On a recent 50-ish degrees early fall day, the calm, mostly deserted waters of Gull Lake would add to a treasure chest of memories for a foursome boat of anglers hopelessly caught up in sportfishing’s circle.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR COAT, BLANKET DRIVE: HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are collecting winter coats and blankets from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30.

• LEARN ABOUT MEDICARE: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m. Learn the ABCs of Medicare at an upcoming educational seminar at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center, 1616 Bellinger St., Eau Claire.

NEW PHYSICIAN: Adam Hills, M.D., recently joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

BETTER BULBS: Master Gardener Jeannie Chromey will give free advice next month on how to maintain a bulb garden.

When Dan Sondhelm moved from an apartment building where residents mostly ignored trash in the halls to a single-family home in Alexandria, Va., he didn’t expect the local neighborhood watch to take their duties quite so seriously.

Shingles, stone work and a metal roof prepare the Pioneer home design for any kind of weather.

The moods of Mother Nature are easily changed by the seasons. Now at the end of summer, with Labor Day weekend set to begin, she spreads her warmth across the landscape and provides almost unlimited food to sustain the wildlife of the region.

NEW PHYSICIAN: Tomasz Okon, M.D., recently joined Palliative and Supportive Care Services at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

OLYMPIAN TO SPEAK IN EAU CLAIRE: Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, 1221 Whipple St. Suzy Favor-Hamilton, a former Olympic runner who became a Las Vegas escort, will present “Dismantling Shame — Moving Forward” at the Imagine Lecture.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: For the three-month period ending June 30, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department received reports of 108 cases of chlamydia.

Seems like it was just days ago I was planning for an exciting Memorial Day weekend filled with graduation events and backyard barbecues. Now our living room is piled with things our daughter will take to college with her in just a few days, and Labor Day is upon us.

Q: I got a great deal on a condo that the seller had bought at a foreclosure sale and cleaned up. I used my savings and did not take a mortgage.

Eau Claire is a diverse community. It’s populated by people of every race and ethnicity. It’s home to white collar and blue collar workers, retired people and children and college students. And it’s home to two-wheeled dreamers.

NEW DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY: Kimberly Finlan, AuD, CCC-A, will join Prevea Health in western Wisconsin.

• HSHS VOLUNTEER PARTNERS HOLD CONCERT FOR STUDENTS: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Regis High School auditorium, 2100 Fenwick Ave., Eau Claire. Join the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals for a fun concert. Featuring local singer/songwriter Jerry Way – …

Matthew Makela of Eau Claire is a kindhearted 4-year-old who tucks in 20 stuffed animals nightly and gives his younger sister, Emily Makela, a kiss, hug and farewell message of “Bye, little girl” at day care drop-off daily. He also loves animals and playing outside.

SAWBILL LAKE, Minn. — Anyone who travels in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness becomes obsessed with portages.

• YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLASS: Aug. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire in the Monsignor Klimek Auditorium. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is hosting a free all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid class, open to anyone who would like to learn the u…

NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Megan Stellpflug, D.P.T., a physical therapist, recently joined the Rehabilitation Services Department at Mayo Clinic Health System—Oakridge in Osseo.

CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM RE-CERTIFIED: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program has been re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, according to a news release.

I know I’ve featured summer’s fruits and vegetables quite a bit in recent weeks, but there is just such a variety of fresh, healthy, tasty produce available this time of year, I can’t help but share recipes that include them. This week is no different. Summer vegetables are the best.

BUMBLEBEE TALK: A local gardening expert will give a free presentation later this month on bumblebees and their role in pollination.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Peace Lutheran Church, 501 E. Fillmore, Eau Claire, will host a half-day introductory workshop Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. regarding a lay ministry known as Stephen Ministry.