Events Calendar

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks:
Beyond Pollinators, Other Beneficial Insects in the Landscape

Patrick (PJ) Liesch, Director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab, UW-Extension Entomologist
Thursday, April 6, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Pollinating insects are important beneficial creatures in the landscape. However, it’s easy to overlook the many other beneficial insects around us, including the predators and parasites providing biological control, and the detritivores helping break down animal and plant materials. Come take a closer look at the many “other” beneficial insects that help humans. PJ has been involved with insect-related research, outreach and Extension since 2005. He is an avid insect collector and has an inordinate fondness for beetles.
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks
Digging for the Facts on Lyme Disease

Dr. Lynne Bemis, Chair of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
Thursday, April 13, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

Formerly, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO., Lynne authored many articles in the area of cancer biomarkers and noncoding RNA. Following her move to Duluth, MN she initiated studies of the causative bacteria for Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi and was funded to study the suspected reservoir host in Northern Minnesota, the white footed mouse. In Dr. Bemis’ laboratory research interests continue to include noncoding RNAs, cancer biomarkers and rural medicine initiatives in the study of Lyme disease. Her talk will explain what Lyme disease is, and will cover prevention of Lyme disease, new areas of research and the effect of Lyme disease in the Northern Midwest. Lynne would love to hear your questions during this informative discussion!
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

Fairlawn’s Garden Talks
Confronting Pests Around the Home

Gene Winkels, Owner of Gene’s Pest Control
Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. at Fairlawn Mansion

With 46 years of experience working in pest control and management, Gene has worked through many problems with pest infestations and trouble shooting. He has been in business for 35 years helping homeowners throughout the Twin Ports region. Joining Gene will be Jon Kopetzky, a local bee expert, who will be talking about bees, swarms and bee hive removal. This presentation will also touch on a number of the pests that might be causing trouble around your house and garden. You’ll get some tips and ideas for reducing problems with insects in your home, along with information on removing infestations, and waste management so you can possibly avoid pest problems all together. There’ll be some interesting stories about all sorts of pests! Bring your pesky critter questions!
Garden Talks include a presentation from an expert and a snack catered by “The Sweet Guys,” with a question and answer session at the end of the evening. The cost to attend a presentation is just $10. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 715-394-5712.

SS Meteor Work Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day

Join a hearty group of volunteers from around the Midwest for this annual clean-up of the historic whaleback ship. Bring your painting clothes! Pre-registration is recommended. Lunch is provided both Saturday and Sunday. Call 715-394-5712 for more information.