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Chamber NewsBreak - April 2013

   Portage Wine Walk tickets on sale      
wine walk logo webThe Portage Chamber is excited to bring this community the 1st Annual Portage Wine Walk. Tickets for this wonderful event go on sale Monday, April 1 at 8am. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Tickets will be sold in person only by cash or check at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 104 West Cook Street. No requests for tickets by phone or email.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 from 5pm to 7:30pm. Save the date and mark your calendars. Invite your friends out for a fun night in Portage. Proceeds will go toward the Discover Wisconsin: Portage program.

Tickets are $25 and include a wine glass, wristband and map. For event info, click on the logo at right or call 608-742-6242.
   Think Spring! Chamber Golf outing tickets on sale April 1      
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Tickets for the 31st Annual Portage Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing at Portage Country Club go on sale Monday, April 1 at the Chamber office.  The committee is hard at work planning the outing which will be held on Wednesday, June 12 with a shotgun start at 11am.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network with many Chamber members!

We look forward to seeing all of you there for a fun day on the course. Look for more information in this newsletter as well as on the event calendar on the Chamber website.   
   LAST CALL!!! Register NOW for Business Expo      
This is it. Last call to get in on the Business Expo. Register today to get full advantage of the event advertising. Expose your Chamber member business along with your products and services to potential customers and other vendors at the 5th annual Business Expo that will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Portage High School from 9am-Noon. 

This is another great opportunity for our members to expose their businesses on a face-to-face basis in an informal setting. Please strongly consider being a part of this event and inviting clients, friends and family. The event is free to the public.

Click here for a registration form. For questions, please call Brad at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce at 608-742-6242. 

Thank you to our Silver Level sponsors:

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Thank you to our Bronze Level sponsors:
General Engineering Company/Wisconsin Inspection Consultants, Grean Carpet Care,
RE/MAX Connections, Markent Solutions 
   Business Profile:  Grean Clean 
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Grean Carpet Care LLC is new to the Portage area. Grean provides residential and commercial carpet, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning in a 5 county region.

Grean cleaning is accomplished with Host and Von Schrader machines that are sold by "Racine Industries," right here in Wisconsin. The cleaning products are all plant-based, "Green Seal" certified, non-toxic,
biodegradable-- safe for children and pets. The low-moisture cleaning processes allow for immediate use of carpets and upholstery. There is no water extraction or waste-water dumping. The process removes dust, mites and allergens for healthier indoor air quality. The dry extraction processes provide the best results in the industry, test-proven.
Dry extraction is best for the Wisconsin climate to reduce the possibility of mold in homes and businesses.

Grean (Green and Clean) is owned and operated by David Green, a native of Lake Delton, Wisconsin. David is a retired soldier that has served 10 years overseas in Europe and the Middle East. He recently returned from supporting the war effort in Afghanistan as a defense contractor managing training for US, coalition and Afghan forces. David is a graduate of Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado with a degree in business administration and a minor in military science.

Grean Carpet Care intends to buy locally to help community businesses prosper. David Green aspires to be active in the community with the Portage Chamber of Commerce, charity, school and sporting organizations.

Grean offers free quotes and demonstrations. The phone number is 608-566-3851. Learn more at Grean Carpet Care's internet website,  

   Bartels Middle School Euchre Party  
Get in on the largest card party in the area! The Wayne Bartels Memorial Senior Citizen Euchre Party will be held on Friday, April 19 from 3pm to 5pm at Bartels Middle School. Enjoy the afternoon with your friends and neighbors. There will be prizes food and fun!
   Join us for Coffee & Connections  
Join us on Tuesday, April 2 from 7am to 8am at the Chamber Office for Coffee & Connections to focus on networking with other Chamber members. This is a great way to introduce your business to others in a fun, relaxed way while networking.

Limited space available, please call the Chamber to register at 742-6242. Register online by following this link to our event page.
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   Pride of America offering great Make A Wish event   
pride of america web logo Pride of America Campground is seeking your help for its 1st Annual Make A Wish Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, May 18 from 11am to 5pm at Pride of America Camping Resort, W7520 West Bush Road, Pardeeville. There will be a Chinese raffle, fifty-fifty raffle, silent auction and much much more!

Please come to help raise money for this great event and have a good time! We are looking for donations such as cash donation, items for the raffle, baskets for the raffle, items for the silent auction. We will also need donated used items to be sold at the Rummage Sale held on April 27th. Food will be available for a small donation!

Organizers of this event are also seeking names of families who are going through hardships. The campground is offering expenses paid weekend getaways for these families. For more information, contact Amy at Pride of America 1-800-236-6395.
   And they're off!!                
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Join the Portage Rotary for a day at the races at the famous horse track Arlington Park on Friday, May 17. For only $90 person you will receive deluxe motor coach transportation, race track admission, reserved box seats, daily racing guide, combo box lunch, activities on the bus, door prizes and more!!

Depart from Portage at 11:30am and enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa on the way, then relax in a box seat--the best outdoor seating available with commanding views of the track, all under the shelter of Arlington Park's world-famous cantilevered roof. After the fun-filled day at the track, return to Portage at 9:30pm.

Space is limited! Call Outta Here! Travel at 608-268-5718 or 866-593-1313 or Josh Vehring at 608-742-5408.
   Portage Blood Drive scheduled              
Portage Blood Drive for the American Red Cross is scheduled on Thursday, April 4 from 11:30am to 5:30pm at St. John's Lutheran School, 430 Emmett St. 

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
   Museum at the Portage opens for the season      
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Visit the former home of playwright/author Zona Gale with her study maintained in its original state. The Museum at the Portage, 804 MacFarlane Road, has a variety of exhibits, material and information pertaining to the history of Portage and the area. Genealogy resources are available, too. 

The museum is open for the season beginning Thursday, April 4. Hours: April, May, September and October, Thursday-Saturday 1pm to 4pm.  June, July and August, Tuesday-Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Free admission. 

For more information, call 608-742-6682.
   Monet and Merlot Series    
st. mary logo You are invited to join a new, fun and social class where you can explore your creative side. This fun and unique painting class, titled the Monet and Merlot series, is taught by local art professional Peg Napralla. She will guide you step by step to recreate a masterpiece. No painting experience is necessary and all the needed materials are provided.

The next session, painting entirely from dots of color, is held Thursday, April 11 from 6pm to 9pm at St. Mary's Catholic School, 315 West Cook St. The cost is $45 per person per session. Call St Mary's at 742-4998 and talk with the school principal to enroll.

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   Big things at the Indian Agency House   
new agency houseCongratulations to the Historic Indian Agency House on its nomination for the award at the 2013 Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism Dinner at the Monona Terrace last week. Although this historic attraction did not win, valuable exposure to roughly 1,000 key tourism players was gained.

After undergoing an extensive renovation the past year, the house is ready to shine for new visitors this summer, or this spring, when another event is coming up. 'Wisconsin's Native People: Exploring History Where It Actually Happened - Children's Workshop' is scheduled for Saturday, April 6. Session 1 will be held from 9:30am to 11:30am and session 2 from 1pm to 3pm.

Explore the site where John Kinzie (with his wife Juliette, grandmother of Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low) served as Federal Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk people. This activity session fulfills the requirements for a Historic Indian Agency House program patch (exclusive to the site), and all participants will receive this patch upon completion of all related activities. $11 per child; pre-payment and registration required; registration deadline is Friday, March 29, 2013. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. A maximum of 25 participants per session will be allowed. PLEASE NOTE: Although this workshop is geared towards Girl Scouts (troops or individuals), the general public (boys and girls!) is welcome to join in on the fun.

For more information, call Destinee Udelhoven at 608-742-6362.


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   Habitat for Humanity event dates   
Recycle your old stuff responsibly at the Habitat for Humanity Recycle Event on Saturday, April 20 in Portage at Portage Lumber Do-It Best, 1009 E. Wisconsin St from 9am to 3pm.

Also collecting ReStore donations such as furniture, tools, cabinets and housewares. For more information visit the ReStore in Baraboo at 1212 8th Street, call 608-356-0332, or on the web at 
   TRIAD Spring Conference  and drug collection announced 
The Portage Area Triad Spring Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 24 from 8am to noon. The meeting location is the Community Room basement of City Hall at 115 W. Pleasant St.  Registration is at 8am and the conference starts at 8:30am. No fee to attend, but must pre-register at Portage Police Dept., 608-742-2174, between 8am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Portage Area Triad will also be holding its annual Drug Collection on Saturday, April 27 at Walgreen's, 2700 New Pinery Rd., from 8am to 12pm. 
   Portage Center for the Arts events  
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Brown Bag Lunch Series at the PCA continues on Thursday, April 11 from Noon to 1pm.
David Schweitzer as August Derleth "Some Men Learn More Out of One Book Than Others Do from Thousands". David, a Milwaukee resident, has been presenting many of the works of August Derleth for the last ten years. He has brought to life reflections of one of Wisconsin's most prolific writers who had the secret of painting pictures with words and has over 150 books to his credit. David's presentation will be on Thursday, April 11 from Noon to 12:45pm. The cost is just $5 at the door. 

Dangerous Folk presents Blowing in the Wind on Saturday, April 27 from 7:30pm to 10pm featuring the best songs of love and peace from the 1960's. As an opening act for the Kingston Trio, Cap Less, David HB Drake, and Julie Thompson, they have captured the power and honesty of classic folk songs that moved a nation and forever changed music history! The performance happens in the Zona Gale Theatre. Adults are $15 and students are $5.

For more information on these events or to reserve a seat, contact Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook Street, Portage,  608-742-5655.
 Open Wednesday through Friday from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Visit

   Egg Hunt coming up     
easter egg The Portage Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 30.  Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs will be scattered outdoors on the grounds of Woodridge and John Muir school at 10am on Saturday morning. Bring baskets or bags to collect eggs. Children are separated by age groups from 1 to 10 years of age. For more information, contact Peter Grimm at 608-742-2590. 
   Upcoming Business After 5

Business After 5 - April Business After 5 - U.S. Cellular at Suzy's Steak and Seafood House

Tuesday, April 9 from 5pm-7pm hosted by U.S. Cellular. Join fellow Chamber members for networking, conversation and refreshments at our monthly Business After Five.


Community Events

   April Chamber Meeting & Event Dates
1st      Wine Walk Tickets On Sale         8am
1st      Chamber Golf Outing Tickets On Sale     8am
2nd    Coffee & Connections at Chamber office     7am
3rd      Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank     8am
9th      Business After 5 - U.S. Cellular at Suzy's Steak & Seafood House   5pm-7pm
18th    Portage Wine Walk        5pm-7:30pm
20th    Business Expo     9am-Noon
   Ribbon Cuttings  
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A ribbon cutting was held at the Portage Chamber 
office for Grean Clean to welcome this new business in Portage. Grean provides professional, commercial and residential dry carpet, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning in Portage and South-central Wisconsin. Call 608-566-3851
for more information. 



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A ribbon cutting was held at El Caballo Bayo Mexican Restaurant
, 1505 New Pinery Road. 
A family-owned business offering authentic Mexican cuisine along with daily food and drink specials and full bar and the best Margaritas around!   Open seven days a week from 11am. Call 608-742-2468 for 
more information. 

   Give Portage Green Gift Certificates! 
Portage Green Gift Certificates make an excellent gift. Used just like cash, the certificates can be purchased from the Portage Chamber in $5 and $10 increments. Recipients of the Portage Green may redeem them at these participating Chamber member businesses. By buying Portage Green Gift Certificates, you are helping to boost local business by keeping thousands of dollars right here in Portage. For more information, call the Chamber at 608-742-6242.


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