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Family Wellness Winter Carnival 2017


When: Thursday February 16th 5:30-7:30 pm

Where: La Crosse YMCA-Corner of Main Street and West Ave

The Family Winter Wellness Carnival is for all families and Y members with young children. All are welcome. The day of this event, there will be a variety of booths offering information about healthy eating and physical activity and many more! We hope to see you there!

Click HERE to check out the handouts!




2017 La Crosse Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo

Living Well in the City: Together We Can

Mayor Tim Kabat would like to invite members of the La Crosse community to take part in the 4th Annual La Crosse Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo. This year’s FREE Expo will take place Saturday, March 25th from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the La Crosse Center, South Hall, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI.

Since 2014, the La Crosse Mayor’s Neighborhood Expo has been dedicated to creating a stronger community and brighter future for our neighborhoods. The theme “Living Well in the City: Together We Can!” is an opportunity to explore strategies for creating a healthy community where all residents can live a healthy, happy and productive life. Local organizations and businesses will be on hand to showcase their services including how we can improve our lives, keep our neighborhoods safe and clean, and have fun bettering our overall community. It’s an opportunity to recognize the individuals and organizations who have dedicated so much to our neighborhoods. Individuals also have the chance to learn more about the neighborhoods in which they live or work.

In addition, the Expo will include the following breakout sessions: “Eating Well at School” Coulee Region Farm2School, “Doin’ That La Crosse Walk-About Thing!” presented by Matthew Christen, Urban Connections, LLC, “Components of a Livable Community for All Ages” presented by Mariann Muzzi, AARP Wisconsin, and “Third Places: The Key to Building Community in La Crosse” presented by Rick Kyte, Viterbo University.

For more information on this year’s Expo or if you are interested in participating as an exhibitor, please email or call 608-789-7500.

Six Ways to Protect Pets in Winter

If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside.  Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society:

  • Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. 
  • Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. 
  • Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet and may be toxic if ingested. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.  Use pet-safe products whenever possible. 
  • If there are feral or stray cats in your area, they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. Learn more
  • Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. Bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine. 
  • If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you’re concerned. If someone you raise these concerns with continues to neglect their animals, follow these steps to report wintertime neglect.

For more information, visit the Humane Society or find Cold Weather Guidelines for Large Animals and Livestock on