RHINELANDER - Rhinelander offers community members a few different options for staying fit.
The city's newest option might be its most creative and affordable.
The Aspirus Community Fitness Center and Heck Pool are getting set for their second year of serving the public.
Both are located inside Rhinelander High School.
"I'd love to see it packed all the time. We don't want these facilities to be Rhinelander's best kept secret. It is used a lot, but we want it to be used even more," says the district's Community Education Coordinator, Mike Cheslock.
The facilities include free weights, machines, cardio equipment, and the pool.
They're used by Hodag sports teams and phy ed classes during the day.
But they're open to the public in the morning, evenings, and on Saturdays.
The school is trying hard to get even more people excited about what they offer.
"The entire month of September is a free membership for Rhinelander employees and their families. The first two weeks of October is a free trial membership for everyone in the community and their family," says Cheslock.
Monthly memberships start at $15 for the general public.
See below for the press release, hours of operation, and more information.
In an effort to promote health and wellness to employees and community members, the School District of Rhinelander is offering free trial memberships for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool.
Employees of the School District of Rhinelander and their immediate families (children 12 and older) will be able to use the Aspirus Community Fitness Center free of charge during the month of September. A free two-week membership is being offered to the general public from October 1 through October 15. Membership purchases during the free trial timeframe will result in free membership for the remainder of the month.
Starting on September 3, 2013, the Aspirus Community Fitness Center and the Heck Family Community Pool will be changing their hours of operation. New hours for the Aspirus Community Fitness Center are:
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
It's not your typical food pantry, says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.
I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger, says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items, says Cobb. They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.
They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line, says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
Tibetan Monks create a sand mandala at Northcentral Technical College
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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