Strive to Thrive Kick Off Event

Monday, Aug. 22 | 1:00-3:00pm | Poplar Hall

141 Riverheath Way, Appleton, WI 54915

River Tyme Cruise – Spanish Speaking Tour



Monday, Aug. 22 | 6-7:30 pm (FULL) and 8-9:30 p.m. | RiverHeath
(Limit 35 people per tour) 

161 South Riverheath Way #2000, Appleton, WI 54915

Located in Appleton, just north of Lake Winnebago, is River Tyme Too’s home port. She is docked just below the College Avenue Bridge, at RiverHeath – a redeveloped paper mill site now housing condos, coffee shops, restaurants, retail shops and a new hotel. Most of the time, our captains will be traveling downriver to Kimberly/Little Chute and back. Every once in a while we will head thru the Cedars Lock and go all the way to Little Chute, or go thru the 4 Appleton Locks. See this pretty stretch of the Fox River, with all of its varied landscape.

Spanish speaking interpreter will be on board to assist the tour guide. Live spanish music also included. All ages welcome!

For a FREE tour, use discount code:  imaginefoxcities

Truth Booth with Valerie Medina

Week-Long Exhibit | Tues, Wed: 10am-4pm
Thurs, Fri: 10am-7pm | Trout Museum of Art

111 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

A collaboration with community-based events July 9 – Sept to foster mental well-being.

Most people under the age of 30 have never been in a phone booth. Inside the Trout Museum of Art’s Atrium find the Truth Booth, a safe and anonymous space for community members to write down their truths and place them in a locked box. Participants may unload personal and emotional weight safely, creating a stepping stone for self healing.

The booth will also travel to other community events throughout the summer like Art at the Park and Farm Markets. This Fall, artist Valerie Medina will gather the messages into a glass sculpture suspended in an installation artwork in the Trout Museum of Art’s Atrium entrance and gallery. The piece will celebrate our community’s bravery and healing.

Watch on Instagram!

Opportunity Youth Event

Tuesday, Aug. 23 | 11:00am – 12:30pm | Copper Rock Coffee 

210 W. College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911 

Join us, the Opportunity Youth Initiative Fox Valley to learn from young people in the Fox Valley about their experiences and struggles with belonging, connection, and opportunity in the Fox Valley.

This event will include four elements:

  • A brief overview of the Opportunity Youth Initiative
  • Pictures from young people’s experiences with belonging, connection, and opportunity
  • Discussion about what young people’s experiences mean for our community
  • An invitation to become engaged with our work

The Opportunity Youth Initiative of the Fox Valley is a youth-led initiative working to create opportunities for young people 16-25. Our purpose is to help organizations that serve, work with, and employ young people to better understand how they can help young people thrive in the Fox Valley.

Inclusion in the Outdoors

Tuesday, Aug. 23 | 2:30-4:00 pm | Bubolz Nature Center

4815 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton, WI 54913

Learn and join a conversation about how we can better welcome BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people in our outdoor spaces. As the culmination of the Inclusion in the Outdoors research project, this event will include a presentation of findings, an expert roundtable and an interactive discussion of how to move forward. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Imagine Fox Cities. All are welcome. Those interested in DEI, conservation and outdoor recreation won’t want to miss it!

Tribal Elder Box Service Program

Wednesday, Aug. 24 | Shifts between 11:30am – 2:30pm | Feeding America

2911 W Evergreen Dr, Appleton, WI 54913

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is part of a collaborative pilot program solving hunger in Native American communities. Three Wisconsin tribes, Feeding Wisconsin, and other various agencies are working together on a project to improve nutrition security and food sovereignty for Tribal members.

More info: https://feedingamericawi.org/post/feeding-tribal-elders/

Mental Health Awareness In Our Community

Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 2:00-4:00pm | Samaratin 

1205 Province Terrace, Menasha, WI 54952

2:00-3:00 p.m. Understanding and Supporting Youth Mental Health – Presented by Carlyn Andrew, Senior Director of Counseling & Training at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley

Get a glimpse into the state of youth mental health. In this session, we will cover types of stress, differentiate stress and distress, understand brain function and stress response, and share strategies for supporting social-emotional development to promote healthy coping and resiliency with consideration to the timing in the stress cycle with those strategies for best conditions of desired outcome.

3:00-3:45 p.m. Mental Health and BIPOC Communities – Presented by Dr. Kadihjia Kelly, Stars Counseling

This session will focus on the importance of receiving therapy and the factors/challenges that can shape a BIPOC’s mental health while navigating difficult and non-inclusive spaces. It will also address how to manage mental health while avoiding the stigma that is associated with mental illness.

3:45-4:00 p.m. Boldt Co.’s Gatekeeper Program – Presented by Renee Wolf, Health Coach at Boldt Co. 

Boldt Co.‘s ‘gatekeeper’ program offers mental health, suicide prevention support. Employees seeking assistance can approach fellow employees who volunteer as “gatekeepers” to provide support and information about mental health resources. Purple stickers on hard hats, computer terminals and desks identify the gatekeepers. The nearly 100 people who serve as gatekeepers at Boldt’s job sites and 17 offices nationwide participate in ongoing training sessions and quarterly meetings.


Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 5:00 – 7:00pm | River Tyme Bistro

425 W Water St, Appleton, WI 54911

Pillar Pathmaking (Belonging)

Wednesday, Aug. 24 | 5:00 – 7:30pm | Building for Kids

100 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

Presented by Kayla McNamara from the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley, and Timber Smith from the City of Appleton Mayor’s Office. 

We envision the Fox Cities as a place with a visible culture of caring, generosity, and compassion. Communities where helping each other is habitual—as mentors, as neighbors, as volunteers. When in need, there are support systems and people eager to help and where newcomers feel welcome. Where people from all walks, races, gender identities, and ages feel respected and included here.

There is work we must do to create a community where all feel welcome, and this is an opportunity to contribute perspectives and solutions to building this vision into a reality.  Join us for this gathering to learn more about current state of well being from the perspectives of community members and to discuss strategies to build momentum and create transformation around belonging and connection as we move forward.

*Childcare and a meal will be provided. Meal served at 5:00 p.m. 

Register for childcare here (school-aged only)

Civic/Civil Engagement Across Divides

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 9:00 – 10:30am | Kaukauna Public Library

Forward Together: Learnings Plus Music and Networking

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 3:30 – 5:30pm | Poplar Hall

141 Riverheath Way, Appleton, WI 54915

Latinx Book Discussion

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Frio Mexican Treats

131 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

Join us at Frio Mexican Treats for “Nuestras Historias/Our Stories,” a discussion of Latinx stories. The May-September series will focus on Latinx books. A sweet treat will be shared.

The book selection is ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saénz. A profound coming-of-age story about two vastly different Mexican American teenagers who form a deep and somewhat inexplicable connection. Download with your library card via Hoopla, https://apl.org/e/hoopla/

Mural Reveal Celebration

Friday, Aug. 26 | 5:00 – 7:00pm | Anagan 11

2320 N Casaloma Dr, Appleton, WI 54913

Join us for the big reveal of a mural created by local artists Irineo Medina and Lukas Bagemehl. Also, check out chalk art produced that day by up-and-coming artists! Enjoy food trucks and a rooftop DJ. Bring your own chair and school supplies for People of Progression’s back-to-school drive. 

Reclaiming Identity 

Friday, Aug. 26 | 5:00-8:00 pm

Join the Trout Museum of Art for the opening of their latest exhibit, Reclaiming Identity!

Opening Free and Open to the Public! No Registration Required

Guest curated by Dakota Mace, 25 Indigenous artists tell stories of identity and share what it means to take control and preserve their culture. Through the themes of borders, family lineage, shared histories, colonization, and assimilation, artists respond to the complexity of blood quantum and share how they are reclaiming their Indigenous cultures.
Also opening Aug 26, find TMA’s 2021 Artists in Residents in a group exhibition. Featuring Arimasa Imaizumi, Erica Hess, and Laura Schneider.