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  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Heavens to Murgatroyd, Driver's dancing

Posted Mar 6, 2012

Five hours a day, seven days straight, practicing the Cha Cha.

That’s how Donald Driver had been preparing for his “Dancing with the Stars” debut until he finally got a day off on Tuesday. The rehearsals with dance partner Peta Murgatroyd will resume Wednesday in anticipation of the March 19 premiere of the 14th season of the hit ABC TV show.

The schedule is intense, becoming even more jam-packed for Driver when he gets in a football workout after the dancing for the day is done. But no matter how busy it gets, the Packers’ all-time leading receiver is still smiling, sounding like he’s having a blast.

“Peta is getting all five hours out of me,” Driver said in a phone interview with packers.com on Tuesday from Los Angeles. “She’s all about being perfect, and that’s not a bad thing. With me, she knows I can continue to go and go. I don’t get tired.”

Driver and Murgatroyd actually had their first rehearsal before arriving in L.A. last week. Murgatroyd came to Driver’s home in Dallas to meet him and introduce him to their first routine.

He sensed a determination in his partner right away, and he likes that. Murgatroyd, back for her second season on the show, was the first to get voted off last year, and she’s keenly focused on not letting that happen again.

“She’s been strict with me,” Driver said. “For me, it’s that posture part. Peta says, ‘Don’t look like a robot. Football players always look like robots.’”

Driver thinks he’s picking things up pretty well, and he probably knows more than he’s letting on. He’s been watching the show since its first season, when Driver, a boxing fan, tuned in to see former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield perform.

Since then Driver’s entire family has enjoyed the show, which Driver may have joined last year following the Packers’ Super Bowl triumph had he not gotten injured. That’s when he was first asked about it, but his ankle injury required surgery and he had to decline.

He’s thrilled to take ABC up on the invitation now, especially after seeing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward last year become the second NFL player, along with all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith, to win the competition.

“Hines did well. He took what his partner gave him and he worked with it,” Driver said. “That’s what you have to have, a good partner, and Kym (Johnson) was great with him. Kym gave him everything he needed to win it, and I think that’s what Peta is giving me.”

Driver is putting in a little extra effort on his own, too. During his football workouts, he’s holding his arms up in the proper dancing positions with weights in his hands, which will help him keep his arms up the full 90 seconds of the routine once he hits the stage.

It’s admittedly not as tough as taking a big hit from a safety while catching a pass across the middle, which Driver has done countless times. There’s a different approach to this.

“In ballroom dancing, you can’t look as tough as you want to. You have to relax and dance,” he said. “People see me on the football field and they know that I’m tough when I play, but I’m always smiling and most tough guys don’t smile at all.

“I’m always smiling and telling the fans it’s OK to have fun. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m having fun.”

If there’s one piece of advice he keeps hearing, it’s posture, posture, posture. Fellow receiver Chad Ochocinco, a past participant on the show, also gave him another tip.

“He said, ‘Don’t talk back to the judges,’” Driver said. “That’s a good thing, because I don’t talk back anyway.”

He hopes to be voted back, of course, time and time again this season. His wife and kids are joining him in L.A. on Thursday.

“Hopefully we’re here until we win it all.”

Fans can follow Driver’s “Dancing with the Stars” journey on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

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