The exodus of famine-fleeing Irish in the mid-1800s brought a surge of Irish people to the Midwest and, eventually, central Wisconsin. Local historian Tracy Reinhardt (whose father's family traces its roots to Inishcarra, County Cork) will present The Irish of Fond du Lac, at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m.
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Fond du Lac Public Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Donors must be 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors can schedule their appointment at www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
There’s beauty in the small things, the forgotten things, the leftovers. Local artists have taken inspiration from the stuff normally sent to the trash bin for the exhibit, The Detritus Project: Turning Library Cast-offs into Art, at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s Langdon Divers Gallery February 3-March 2. A public reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Friends of the Fond du Lac Public Library are busy planning a fun and family friendly event on March 13, 2016: the second annual Browser Open. It will be a great antidote to late winter cabin fever. The fundraiser will feature a creative mini-golf course inside the library with 18 unique holes designed for children and adults.
Grab a friend who’s into sports. Another history buff. And maybe a science nerd. Voila: you have the perfect Team Trivia roster. Or not. You’d probably do just as well by corralling a few friends for the 16th annual Team Trivia. The quizmasters are notorious for their off-the-wall questions, stumping college professors and algebra drop-outs alike.
The annual meeting of United for Diversity will be held Monday, February 8, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. A potluck will start at 5 p.m. (bring a favorite ethnic dish to share), and the meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all; no registration required.