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Breakfast with Santa, Wake up Santa 2016

Breakfast with Santa and Wake Up Santa take place in the Community Room of Prairie du Chien City Hall (Map) during the first Saturday of December. Children are invited to bring pots, pans, wooden spoons and other noise makers to "wake up Santa". Then, promptly at 8:30AM, on the count of three, the children bang on their pots and pans and shout "Wake Up Santa" at the top of their lungs. The fun event begins!

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Admission includes:
Breakfast with Santa

After Santa is awake, a hot, delicious, breakfast served by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers  between 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

A Personalized Visit with Santa

We hope to make this a memorable experience for your young child for years to come. Santa will have a large book with each child's name and personal information.

Santa's Workshop

While children are waiting for their personal visit with Santa, they can make a special ornament for their Christmas tree.
Organized Santa Themed Games
Pin the Tail on Rudolph, Coloring, Santa Bingo, and more...
Santa's Secret Gift Shop

Santa's Secret Gift Shop will also be open. Children can purchase quality gifts for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers for $3 or less. Gifts can also be wrapped at the time of purchase.

Photo with Santa

A professional photographer will be on hand to capture this special moment in your child's life.
Nominal cost for 5X7 color photo. Photos can be picked up at Prairie du Chien,, Tractor Supply, Pick up date and time shown on registration

A tail-wagging moment: Ground broken for animal shelter*

Dog SweetieRivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter officially broke ground Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, on the site of its future shelter on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites. RABAS board members, volunteers and Top Notch Construction contractors Pete and Paul Langmeier were on site. Pictured (from left) are Paul Langmeier, Joe Kramer, Brandon Christensen, Joan Senn, Donna Heilmann, Randi Kluesner, Randy Paske, Bob Witt, Diane Witt, Mayor Dave Hemmer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Jill Cipra, Deb Eades, Tina Osterhaus and Bev Pozega with her golden doodle dog. (Also pictured) Sweetie, Paula Gutzmer’s therapy dog, was among at least a dozen canine companions at the groundbreaking who anxiously await the new shelter for their friends as well. More photos can be found at pdccourier.com or on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.(Photos by Correne Martin)

RABAS Groundbreaking















Many of those attending brought their dogs.


The board unveiled the new sign at the location of the future animal shelter, on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites


City Administrator Aaron Kramer handed RABAS vice-president Bev Pozega a donation from the city of Prairie du Chien for $15,000.

Rivers and Bluffs to break ground, kick off capital campaign*

*By Correne Martin, Prairie du Chien, Courier Press
RABAS signIt’s been nine years in the making.
The Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter board and volunteers are ready to break ground for their highly-anticipated animal shelter at 460 Cliffwood Dr. on the north side of Prairie du Chien. The official groundbreaking will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served; parking will be allowed along Cliffwood for the event.
Plans are for Top Notch Construction to build the exterior shell of the shelter in the coming months on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.
Simultaneously, RABAS is also embarking on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.
“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.
“We’ve always felt, once people see it built, they’ll believe. We’re hoping this will bring in donations a lot faster (than the past nine years),” added RABAS Vice President Bev Pozega. “We’ve had a lot of fundraisers to get this far—it’s been a lot of cookies, poker runs, shoe drives and generous donations.”
A pledge card has been drawn up with all of the details of the capital campaign. Some individuals close to RABAS will be personally contacted during the campaign and an informational mailing with the pledge card will be done as well.RABAS Floorplan
Design Homes has donated a sign for RABAS to place on Cliffwood Drive, denoting the location as the home of the future animal shelter. Board members and volunteers, as well as many other concerned citizens, are happy to see the groundbreaking has finally arrived. The continuous postings of stray dogs, feral cats, surrenders, lost cats and dogs looking for homes are evident in the area.
“We firmly believe that every animal has the right to a safe and loving environment and that every animal has the potential to make a difference in people’s lives,” Statz said. “Currently, there are very few temporary homes for these animals while they await their forever homes. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter would provide that.”
To obtain a pledge card or more information, contact Joe Kramer (326-3531), Cheryl Statz (306-3896), Paula Gutzmer (326-2722), Jami Quick (412-0052) or Ken Quick (412-0053).