Race car visit, RAD Zoo, musicians return, more in Red Wing

A family connection rolled into ProAct in Red Wing for a race car visit. Colin Wittenberg, son of ProAct Case Coordinator Angie Wittenberg, got into racing at age 16 after working in the pits for his grandparents.

He started competing in the Hornet Class at area tracks. Colin and his father have been working together on building and rehabbing the race cars. Participants and staff asked Colin questions and saw how he gets in and out of the car, since the doors are welded shut.  He even let DSP Lori Clemens climb through the window and sit in the car. Colin also gave out driver’s cards to individuals.

Snakes, more with RAD Zoo

The RAD Zoo was at the public library in Red Wing in June as part of its Summer Series. ProAct participants and staff learned about reptiles and saw a Gecko, a lizard and snakes. People petted a snake and a turtle.

Musicians return with fanfare

The pandemic limited so much for participants and staff in Red Wing but welcomed pastimes are gradually coming back.  One is the musical talents of Aja Garza’s dad and aunt, Pat Garza and Sandra Hovde.  “They graciously volunteer their time and we really enjoy listening to them,” said Case Coordinator Gloria Solsaa.  This time, they had a friend, Don Gallas, who came along to play drums. “We are so grateful they are willing to share their musical talents with us and can’t wait until they come again. We will make sure the dance floor is ready!”

Wonders from wood to take home

Participants finished up woodworking class by making bird houses and engraving signs. These were popular projects that everyone could take home.

Friday fun days

Individuals in Red Wing programs and staff take to the outdoors at the end of each week.

Snack cart specials

Red Wing’s popular snack cart has helped fund many outings and activities over the past six months as well as special treats.  There was refreshing watermelon on a hot day and icy treats.  Staff said more of these surprises are coming, so stay tuned.

New class session starts

A new session of classes started in Red Wing on July 5 and runs through the end of September. New offerings include history sessions through the decades, from the 1920s through 1990s, Explore Wisconsin, history, and fossils.  ProAct is also starting a birthday class to make sure they acknowledge everyone’s birthday with a special card.