WAUSAU - You typically use sidewalks to get somewhere.
But this weekend in Wausau,the sidewalks serve as a canvas for expression.
The Center for Visual Arts is holding its 10th Chalkfest.
Area artisits gathered at the 400 Block in Wausau to start their sidewalk chalk creations.
Erin Blicharz was a winner at last year's event.She likes working around other artists.
"Its just amazing seeing everybody's designs and what other people can come up with," Blicharz said. "People get to see how things and drawings are created. We know its temporary, but its fun."
Over 500 kids and adults created pieces today.
Most of the art referenced pop culture.
Organizers like Mort McBain hope the event encourages kids creativity.
"They can get a little chalk board and they can go to town with the chalk board all day if they want and feel like a real artist," McBain said. "Its working out great this weekend, we have met our goals and things are looking good."
Chalkfest continues Sunday.
Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
You'll have to hurry to see all of the artwork before the next rainfall washes the chalk away.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility.
Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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