Mark Twain T-shirt Art Contest for K-12 Students

Best to all the contestants, and appreciation to those supporting the contest —

Mark Twain T-shirt Art Contest for K-12 Students

For the fourth year in a row, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a local partnership to bring the national Big Read initiative to Rock, Walworth and Jefferson County.  Mark Twain in the Rock River Basin will be the focus of this year’s Big Read in southeastern Wisconsin.  Led by the Irvin L. Young Library in Whitewater, the Arrowhead Library System in Rock County  and UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium the Big Read will provide a host of activities and in-school outreach.

The Big Read activities begin with an art competition for K-12 students.   Students in Rock, Walworth, Jefferson Counties and surrounding communities are invited to submit their own Mark Twain inspired artwork.  One design will be chosen as the official Big Read 2012 logo and printed on 100 give-away Big Read t-shirts. Up to 20 other designs will be chosen and exhibited at Studio 84, in Whitewater.

The competition submissions are due on March 15th by noon to the Young Auditorium.    The winning entry will be given a hardcover copy of The Collected Works of Mark Twain, two free t-shirts with their artwork, and four tickets to Mark Twain Tonight! starring Hal Holbrook, April 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm.  The student’s teacher will receive 2 tickets to Mark Twain Tonight!  Finalists have their work displayed at Studio 84 in Whitewater. Interested art teachers and students may receive full details by contacting the Young Auditorium at 262-472-4444 or online at http://youngauditorium.wordpress.com/.

This National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Grant gives young adults the opportunity to learn more about reading, writing, different cultures, and encourages them to explore their interest in these areas. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.  Local sponsorship supported is provided by Fort HealthCare, American Family Insurance, The Janesville Gazette and the Daily Jefferson County Union.

“This year’s Big Read already has twenty-two area libraries signed on as partners which is the most we’ve had yet,” noted Ben Strand, Development and Assistant Director of the Young Auditorium.  “The T-Shirt Competition is a great addition to the list of Big Read events, because it is another way for young adults to get involved and be active in learning, and also because it helps them express themselves through their designs. We are still looking for more volunteers to help coordinate children’s events, lead book discussion in their communities and to promote activities in throughout the area.  The full roster of Big Read events keeps growing.  Check with your local library or the Big Read blog for updates.”

For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.

The Young Auditorium is a 1,300 seat performing arts center located in Whitewater that serves southeastern Wisconsin.  Each season the auditorium presents the best in touring professional productions from Broadway, Rock & Roll, Shakespeare, Family Friendly Favorites and Ballet.  Over 500,000 K-12 students have experienced educational performances through the Horizons Matinee Series.  The facility boasts two all-purpose rooms for up to 120 guests for special receptions, dinners, or business meetings.  A non-profit organization, the Young Auditorium has special benefits for Members; and discounts for groups.  Special email offers and giveaways area available via free email updates from ArtsENews.  www.uww.edu/youngauditorium Information: 262-472-4444  Tickets: 262-472-2222  

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov. 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, please visit www.imls.gov.

Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org


Young Auditorium receives grant to host 4th Community Big Read

I’ve received a press release, appearing below, on UW-Whitewater’s Young Auditorium grant to host a Community Big Read.  Embedded immediately below is a video from the National Endowment for the Arts about the program, followed by information about events in Whitewater.

 

The Young Auditorium is partnering with the Arrowhead Library System (Rock County Public Libraries), and the Irvin L. Young Library in Whitewater to engage the communities of southeastern Wisconsin in a diverse range of activities related to American author Mark Twain.

The effort was awarded a $17,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). A total of 76 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,050 to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

The last year’s Big Read included the participation of 20 libraries, 18 schools, and 11 additional partners.  Their efforts reached 2,351 children and 3,013 adults at over seventy events throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

For 2012 the theme of Twain in the Rock River Basin will link our community’s physical location, as part of the greater Mississippi River Basin and our connection as a nearby hub on the Underground Railroad.  Investigating Twain’s seminal novel will take place in our community’s Big Read through the written word, the spoken word, visual images and cultural engagement bringing together diverse groups for fellowship.

Check your local library for their participation and event calendar.  Updates will be available at the Big Read Blog:  http://youngauditorium.wordpress.com/

Big Read 2012 Highlights:

Hal Holbrooke presents Mark Twain Tonight!  On April 21, 2012, 7:30.  Legendary actor Hal Holbrooke presents his historic portrayal of Mark Twain.  Hal Holbrooke has been awarded an Emmy and Tony Award for his indelible personification of Mark Twain, a role that he has been performing since 1954.

And Glory Shone by The Rose Ensemble.  April 10, 2012, 7:30. This award winning ensemble from St. Paul, MN, will perform a special selection of early American hymns, ballads and spiritual songs that will evoke Tom Sawyer’s America.

No Foolin’ A Free Book.  4/1/12 or 4/2/12. All public library partners will kick-off the Big Read by offering give-away of books, student designed t-shirts and tickets to the performance of The Rose Ensemble.

Mark Twain’s Racial Relevance.  Free lecture and discussion by Dr. Alan Gribben on Monday April 9, 2012, 7:00 PM.  Part of the College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Lecture Series. Dr. Allan Gribben is a nationally recognized Mark Twain scholar who sparked considerable controversy when he published versions of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in 2011 that removed a racial pejorative as an attempt to reverse the trend of school districts removing both books from their reading lists.

Big Read T-Shirt Design Competition K-12 Students. 

Big Read Mural.  Joel Schoon Tanis, a noted children’s book illustrator and muralist will engage four area schools with hands-on workshops that demonstrate the nature of translating words into larger than life visual representations.  Students will delve into specific works by Twain to create visual art that capture the mood and emotions of the author’s work.  The last week of March, Joel will return for a week-long residency and each school will complete a panel of a Mark Twain mural.  The mural will be unveiled at the Big Read Kick Off at the historic Horticultural Hall in Lake Geneva, Thursday March 29th, 6:00 pm.

Moments with Mark Twain. Geneva Lake Art Association 2012 Spring Exhibit. February 3-29, 2012. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Opening reception February 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  GLAA Gallery.  This show highlights GLAA Member works recall images of the 19th Century time period, Twain’s stories, the grandeur of the Mississippi, or other images that are inspired by this literary icon.  The Geneva Lake Art Association gallery and art school are located inside the North Shore Pavilion Mall at 647 E. Main Street, Lake Geneva.

Through the Eyes of Jim.  A new production by Uprooted Theatre. Milwaukee’s Uprooted Theatre Company, whose mission is to engage the community through the performing arts for the exploration and expression of African-American voices and cultural experiences, will present a performance as part of the Young Auditorium’s Horizon Matinee Series.  The performance will give a unique point of view of Twain’s work as interpreted through the slave Jim’s perspective.  A community performance will take place at the Milton House Museum, as part of the Big Read finale, Friday, May 4th.  Time TBA.   The Milton House Museum is Wisconsin’s only authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has selected 76 not-for-profit organizations have been recommended for grants totaling $1,000,050 to host a Big Read project between September 2011 and June 2012. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature.. Among the organizations receiving a Big Read grant are libraries, humanities councils, museums, theater companies, literary centers and presses, public broadcasting stations, universities, YMCAs, and boys & girls clubs. The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $17,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs….

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “Since 2006, nearly three million Americans have attended a Big Read event, more than 39,000 volunteers have participated locally, and nearly 27,000 community partner organizations have been involved. The Big Read’s success depends on these commitments of time, energy, and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing these 76 communities come together in celebration of a great work of literature.”

Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, which also are available for download on neabigread.org. Reader’s Guides include author biographies, historical context for the book, and discussion questions. Teacher’s Guides are developed with the National Council of Teachers of English and State Language Arts standards in mind and include lesson plans, essay topics, and classroom handouts. The Big Read Audio Guides feature readings from the novel along with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures.

Each community’s Big Read includes a kick-off event to launch the program; activities devoted specifically to its Big Read book or poet (e.g., panel discussions, lectures, public readings); events using the selection as a point of departure (e.g., film screenings, theatrical readings, exhibits); and book discussions in diverse locations aimed at a wide range of audiences.

 

25th Annual Wisconsin Troopers’ Association Art & Essay Contest

The 25th Annual Wisconsin Troopers’ Art & Essay Contest is accepting entries through February 15th.

I have included the contest rules and an entry form, immediately below. The forms are available for downloading and printing.

Best of luck to all contestants.

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Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk Schedule

Please see a press release from the Alzheimer’s Association:



Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be Hosted throughout Southeastern Wisconsin

-Local Walks to Attract Thousands-

The Alzheimer’s Association is pleased to announce that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be hosted in six locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin this fall.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimers is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. In 2010, the Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $200 million nationally to help support the mission. The six walks hosted locally raised over $675,000 and involved over 14,000 people: 4,870 Walkers backed by 8,511 supporters and 619 walk volunteers.

Held annually in hundreds of communities across the country, this inspiring event calls on all ages to become Champions in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Champions include people living with the disease, friends, families, neighbors, caregivers, and business and community leaders, all getting involved in Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

SCHEDULE FOR WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

09/10/11. Frame Park in Waukesha
Celebrity Walker: Bonnie Blair Cruikshank, Olympic Gold Medalist

09/17/11. Library Park in Lake Geneva
Honorary Chair: Dr. Britton Kolar, MD

09/24/11. Sports Core in Kohler
Honorary Chair: State Senator Joe Leibham

10/01/11. Moraine Park Technical College
Honorary Chair: Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac County Executive

10/1/11. UW-Parkside in Kenosha
Celebrity Walker: Aaron Sims, Manager of Broadcast & Outreach, Milwaukee Admirals

10/01/11. Mount Mary College in Milwaukee
Celebrity Walker: Shawn Patrick, FOX6 Wakeup News

NEW THIS YEAR

New this year is the promise garden made possible by the family of Loretta Shipway. Each participant will receive a pinwheel-style flower to place in the garden in honor of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or in support of the cause.

HOW TO REGISTER

Participants can register, support another walker and get information online at www.alz.org/sewi. For a brochure, please call 800-272-3900. Registration can be done the day of the walks, beginning at 9:00 a.m. All walks begin at 10:00 a.m.

SPONSORS

The Alzheimer’s Association thanks the numerous volunteers and sponsors, including The Cordon Family Foundation, ProHealth Care, Brookdale Senior Living, Talmer Bank and Trust, the family of Virginia A. Meyer. Local media partners include FOX 6 News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 89.7 WUWM, 91.3 WSTM, 96.1 WLKG, 96.5 WKLH, AM1420 WJUB, AM1450 KFIZ and Freeman Newspapers.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Alzheimer’s Association Offers September 12th Lake Geneva Workshop on Early Detection

The Alzheimer’s Association offers a September 12th program, as outlined in this press release:

Program on Early Detection to be Offered by Alzheimer’s Association

With 10 Million Baby Boomers at Risk, Early Detection is Critical to Future Planning

LAKE GENEVA, WI August 4, 2011 – The Alzheimer’s Association will present a community workshop called “Have You Lost Your Keys Lately?” on Monday, September 12, 2011 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Highlands of Geneva Crossing, 721 S. Curtis Street in Lake Geneva. This interactive workshop will identify the difference between typical age-related changes, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.

The program is ideal for individuals who may be witnessing memory loss or behavioral changes in themselves or a loved one, and want to learn the facts about early detection in order to plan for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs.

There is no charge to attend this program, and it is open to all members of the community.  Registration is required; to register call Bonnie at 920-728-4088 or send an email to bonnie.beam@alz.org.

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Eagle United Methodist Church Celebrates 140th Anniversary, 8.13 and 8.14

Although I’m not a parishioner, I’m happy to post a notice from Eagle United Methodist Church about their 140th Anniversary. Congratulations and best wishes to the congregation –


Eagle United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 140th Anniversary August 13th & August 14th 2011.

The public is welcome to attend one or both free events:

Saturday, Aug.13th 5:00 p.m. a Special Worship including: Contemporary, gospel & traditional music, skits and scripture. Join with some of our past pastors for a luncheon after the service.

Sunday, Aug. 14th 10:00 a.m. service with choir, organ and piano music, scripture, and message. A community dinner starts at 12:00 noon with music and entertainment on the church lawn. Review the church’s history located in the church library open both days.


EAGLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
305 E. MAIN STREET
EAGLE, WI

Alzheimer’s Association’s “Maximize Your Memory,” Monday, August 8, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Irvin Young Memorial Library

WHITEWATER, WI – July 18, 2011 – The Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting a program called “Maximize Your Memory” on Monday, August 8, 2011 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Irvin Young Memorial Library, 431 West Center Street in Whitewater. This interactive and informative workshop will offer participants information on the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia. Tips and strategies for improving memory will also be shared, along with a discussion on the importance of a brain-healthy lifestyle.

The program is being offered by the Alzheimer’s Association at no charge and is open to the public. Registration is required; to register, please contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920-728-4088 or send an email to bonnie.beam@alz.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Alzheimer’s Association’s “Nourish Your Noggin,” Wednesday, August 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kenosha Public Library – Southwest

KENOSHA, WI – July 18, 2011 – The Alzheimer’s Association will present a community program called “Nourish Your Noggin” on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kenosha Public Library – Southwest, 7979 38th Avenue in Kenosha.

This fun and interactive program is for anyone interested in brain health. Topics will include how memory works, age-related memory changes – what is normal, what is not – and how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. The program is being presented at no charge by the Alzheimer’s Association and is open to all community members. Registration is required; to register, please call 262.564.6325.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

The First Candidate

I regret not posting this press release sooner, as it mentions the Libertarian Party’s first candidate, Dr. John Hospers, who passed away recently ninety-three years of age:

John Hospers, first Libertarian presidential nominee, dies at 93

WASHINGTON – John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential nominee in 1972, died on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 93.

Hospers became the Libertarian Party’s first nominee for U.S. President at its first national convention in Colorado on June 18, 1972. Hospers and his running mate, Tonie Nathan, each received one electoral vote in the 1972 election from Roger MacBride, a renegade elector in Virginia.

Hospers was a professor of philosophy at several universities, including the University of Southern California.

A brief biography is available at his website.

In 1971, he wrote the book Libertarianism – A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow, which described the libertarian political and economic philosophy.

Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle said, “I’ve been involved with the Libertarian Party since voting for John Hospers for president in 1972. Dr. Hospers was very influential in the formative days of our party, and we will miss him.”

A photo of a 1972 Hospers campaign poster is available here.

Via Libertarian Party.

 

Libertarian National Party’s Monday Message: Fallibility and Power

Here’s the weekly message from the LP:

Dear Friend of Liberty,

John Edwards was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004, and he was a leading contender for the presidential nomination in 2008. We all now know he cheated on his wife and lied to America about it throughout much of that time. Now he’s facing potential jail time if convicted of using campaign funds for a cover-up.

Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner has put on quite a show lately.

The soap operas aren’t confined to Democrats. Republican California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently confessed to cheating for decades and had a child he hid from the public for years.

Not that long ago, Newt Gingrich was cheating on one of his ex-wives while haranguing Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky.

A few other names come to mind: Al Gore, Mark Foley, Jesse Jackson Sr., Jesse Jackson Jr., and Mark Sanford.

Some people argue that these people’s private lives should not be of concern to the public.

A counter-argument is that people who lie about their private lives are also likely to lie about official business as well. Could they also lie about weapons of mass destruction, or global warming, or the necessity of a trillion-dollar bailout?

So what’s my point? That Libertarians are more honest than Republicans and Democrats?

Actually, no. My point is, human beings are fallible, and many of us are dishonest and easily corrupted.

That’s one of the reasons why government should have as little power as possible. When human beings have the power to control others’ lives, our natural fallibility makes us very dangerous.

What’s worse, power tends to corrupt us and make us even more dishonest, conniving, and cruel.

We Libertarians understand that humans are fundamentally imperfect, and we will always be imperfect.

Libertarians aren’t simply looking for honest politicians. We are looking for politicians who understand this problem, and who will stand on principle to take power away from government, and return it to the individual.

Sincerely,

Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

Eagle Historical Society Ice Cream Social, Sunday, July 10th

Please see the following press release for an upcoming Eagle Historical Society event:


The Eagle Historical Society and the Palmyra-Eagle Community Band are co-sponsoring an Ice Cream Social on Sunday July 10, 2011 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm to commemorate those from “The Greatest Generation” who fought and endured the devastation of WWII. The theme is “The Forties: A Sentimental Journey.” It has been 70 years since the start of the war and the concert will feature music from that time period, along with dance steps and memorabilia from the period.

We are looking for contact information on any area WWII vets so we can send them a formal invitation to be our guest of honor and included in our event. We also would like names and photos of vets who are no longer here to be part of an exhibit. Information can be mailed to:


Eagle Historical Society
Box 454
Eagle, WI 53119

emailed to our curator at
curator@centurytel.net

or dropped off at the
Eagle Historical Society Museum
217 W Main
Eagle, WI 53119

The event will be held at the Eagle Village Park, 401 Markham Rd. Eagle, WI 53119. For more info call Elaine at 262-594-8961

Informational Forum: Potential Local Impacts of the Proposed Wisconsin Budget, Wed., May 4th, 7-9 PM

The League of Women Voters of the Whitewater Area presents

Potential Local Impacts of the Proposed Wisconsin Budget: An Informational Forum

Wednesday, May 4th, Cravath Lake Community Center, 7 – 9 p.m.

How will the proposed Wisconsin budget likely affect Whitewater and the surrounding area? On Wednesday, May 4th from 7-9 p.m. at the Cravath Lake Community Center, the League of Women Voters will be holding an informational forum on the potential impacts of the proposed Wisconsin budget on Whitewater and the surrounding area.

Featured speakers include:

· Kevin Brunner, Whitewater City Manager

· Suzanne Zentner, Whitewater Unified School District Superintendent

· Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater Chancellor

· Tim Cullen, 15th District State Senator

· Evan Wynn, 43rd Assembly District Representative

· Julian Zelazny, Executive Director, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association

· Linda Seemeyer, Director, Health and Human Services for Walworth County

· Dr. Jolly Emrey, UW-Whitewater Associate Professor of Political Science

· Thomas Drucker (moderator), Vice President of the League of Women Voters

Other elected officials have been invited, but have not yet confirmed.

This forum is designed to inform citizens about how the budget will likely impact city services, local schools and UW-Whitewater. Additional speakers will address the likely impacts of the proposed budget on the agricultural sector as well as how the proposed budget may impact health-related programs and services. The hope is that citizens of all political persuasions can become better informed about some of the implications of the proposed budget on the local area.

Program on Memory Loss Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, May 24th, Delavan



Program on Memory Loss Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association – Orientation on the implications of memory loss

The Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting a program called ‘Orientation to Early Memory Loss’ on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Community Bank CBD-Community Center located at 820 E. Geneva Street in Delavan.

This program is for individuals who have been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder, and their family and friends. Topics will include beginning changes, common decisions, and the first steps to care. This program is being offered at no charge and is open to all members of the community.

Registration for this program is required by May 20th. To register, please contact Bonnie Beam-Stratz at 920.728.4088.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research whose mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit http://www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Tracking the Influence of Money in Politics

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has issued a press release with good news about new resources to track the influence of money in politics.

Here’s the press release, with links to a new tracking website:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, today announced a major initiative to help the public and journalists investigate the influence of money in Wisconsin state politics and policymaking.

MapLight.org unveiled a new site, maplight.org/wisconsin, that for the first time combines three databases of information – campaign contributions, legislative votes, and interest group support and opposition – revealing the intersection between money and votes in the Wisconsin Legislature. The site allows users to customize their searches and download the data.

“The goal of our Wisconsin site is to provide quick and easy access to information about campaign contributions, the interests of the groups that make them, and how the lawmakers that receive them vote, drawing back the curtain on how money influences legislation around the issues that people care most about,” said Daniel Newman, executive director of MapLight.org, which is based in Berkeley, Calif.

Under an agreement with MapLight.org, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism will investigate money and politics issues and serve as a resource to news organizations in Wisconsin. The project is supported with a grant from the Open Society Institute.

“By centralizing data on contributions and votes, and combining that information with research on interest group bill support and opposition, MapLight.org will provide Wisconsin’s watchdogs with insights critical to the functioning of our democracy, in a fraction of the time it would take to otherwise assemble these facts from disparate sources,” said Andy Hall, executive director of the Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that launched in 2009.

MapLight.org’s data partner for campaign contributions is the nonprofit Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Mike McCabe, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s executive director, said the “collaboration creates new opportunities for investigative journalism and citizen exploration of the impact of special interest money in Wisconsin politics.”

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism focuses upon government integrity and quality of life issues. It collaborates with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where it is based, Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and other mainstream and ethnic news organizations across the nation.

The Center publicly acknowledges all of its donors, to increase the transparency – and protect the integrity – of its public-interest journalism. The Center is supported by foundations and individuals, including Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Foundation to Promote Open Society (a partner of Open Society Institute), McCormick Foundation and Ford Foundation. Connect with the Center on Twitter and Facebook.

Readers know that I don’t support limits on campaign contributions (as a restriction on expression), but I’m all for tracking what can be tracked.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Presents “Tour d’ Triangle,” Saturday, May 7th

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Presents “Tour d’ Triangle”

WHITEWATER, Wis. (April 12, 2011) – “The Triangle” as it is becoming known, will host their inaugural “Tour d’ Triangle” on Saturday May 7, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning at Cravath Lake Front Park.  Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is partnering with W3 ~ Working for Whitewater’s Wellness to promote the new art inspired bike racks and cycling for exercise through a good old-fashion fun filled friends & family event.

Last year Downtown Whitewater hosted the Whitewater Gone Wild Safari featuring Jungle Jack Hanna to raise funds to purchase additional bike racks for the downtown area.  With an emphasis on functionality, public art and shopping local, fourteen new bike racks will soon be installed.

Look for the Comedy & Tragedy Theater Mask near the Young Auditorium, the Library Books promoting READ at the public Library, a Blue Fish and Bicycle at Cravath Lake Front Park, a Coffee Cup at the Sweet Spot Coffee Shoppe, a Pizza Slice at Toppers Pizza, a TREK Bike and several Shopping Bags promoting the communities shop local program, Think Whitewater, art inspired bike racks.

W3 ~ Working for Whitewater’s Wellness is a community coalition that promotes healthy lifestyles.  W3 encourages you to take part in the Triangle Bike Tour for a little bit of exercise, a little bit of history and a whole lot of fun.

Start your morning at Cravath Lake Front Park at the first Bike Rack Tour stop, answer a history question about Whitewater’s rich history, for example, “When was the Grist Mill Dam built” and perform a physical exercise such as “10 jumping jacks” and then bike to the next rack you choose on the tour for more fun.  Each time you stop at one of the rack tour stops get your passport punched.  Bring your passport back to Cravath Lake Front Park for the last tour stop with at least 10 out of 14 punches and receive your prize and join in more fun.  Healthy snacks and water will be available to purchase and a map of the event with a recommended route will be available to print as the tour draws closer.

The Bike Federation will be on hand to talk about their Share and Be Aware program and will give a presentation at 12:30 pm.  Dave Saalsaa, owner of Quiet Hut Sports along with TREK will be on hand introducing new bikes and will have disc golf set up for you to play.  John & Liz Sotherland, owners of BicycleWise & Sport Fitness will also be on hand promoting Sotherland Custom Bicycles; their new line of bikes designed & built by John Sutherland.

Both sporting goods businesses will also show you basic care and maintenance for your bike such as, when should you oil your chain, correct height of your seat or how much air should be in your tires for the optimal performance.  The Whitewater Police Department will be handing out Rules of the Road for bikes and available for any questions.  W3 will offer maps of the Whitewater area bike trails and have information about their organization and will be promoting biking, running, and other activities to stay healthy.

Activities at the park such as, an obstacle course, maze, twister and more, plus safety information will be going on until 2 pm.  Please bring your family and friends and join Downtown Whitewater, Inc. and W3 ~ Working for Whitewater’s Wellness for a great afternoon filled with fun and history as they encourage a healthy lifestyle through biking and exercise and promote the new bike racks and their locations.

Downtown Whitewater was formed in 2006 and is working to preserve, improve and promote Whitewater’s quality of life by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of the community.

The Triangle

Eat * Shop * Enjoy


Libertarian Party Blasts Federal Spending Deal

What do libertarians think about the latest spending deal in Washington? We think it’s a bad deal for America.

Here’s a press release from the national LP:

Libertarians call spending compromise “travesty”

WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today:

Just in time for Tax Day, the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have joined hands to clobber American taxpayers.

According to the Associated Press, the 2011 spending compromise will ‘cut federal outlays from non-war accounts by just $352 million through Sept. 30….When war funding is factored in the legislation would actually increase total federal outlays by $3.3 billion relative to current levels.’

This is happening at a time when federal spending and deficits are at unprecedented high levels. Federal spending this year is expected to be about 5 percent higher than last year. This is a travesty.

In 2000 under Bill Clinton, federal spending was $1.79 trillion. This year it’s expected to be at least $3.63 trillion.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans have made any serious proposals to change the course of the federal government. In particular, both President Obama’s and Congressman Ryan’s 2012 budget proposals are absurd. I fear that America will soon be overtaken by events. Inflation, high interest rates, high unemployment, and probably other unforeseen problems will start to force everyone’s hand. One way or another, people aren’t going to get what they have been led to expect….

The Cato Institute has produced a short video about the bill, “Obama/Boehner’s Phony Spending Cuts.”

….The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can find more information on the Libertarian Party at our website.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Presents Whitewater Cares Weekend, Friday 4.15 and Saturday 4.16

 

 

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. Presents Whitewater Cares Weekend

WHITEWATER, Wis. (April 12, 2011) – Downtown Whitewater is once again hosting their Whitewater Cares Weekend on Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th and needs your help.   October of 2010 was the first Whitewater Cares Weekend, and by partnering with local businesses and charities, much-needed items were donated to help those in need.

Downtown Whitewater, Inc. is expanding this year and adding UW-W as another drop off site and hope to make the university an annual drop off site during the Whitewater Cares spring event.

A few more local charities were added this year such as Lakeland Animal Shelter and Studio 84.  Please take time to visit their websites for a complete listing of needs and how to donate.  You can visit Lakeland Animal Shelter and click on the donate button to find their wish list and also read about the wonderful things this shelter continues to do in order to prevent animal cruelty.  The most needed item right now is canned cat food. www.lakelandanimalshelter.org

Studio 84, an art studio located in downtown Whitewater, specializes in working with people with physical and cognitive limitations.  You can visit their website at www.studio84inc.org and then click on get involved to find everything they currently need.  There are several items needed at this time and here are a few; paints (no oils) colored pencils, crayons, paper, colored paper, watercolor, poster board, brown paper, scissors for both hands, brushes and glue.

 

Downtown Whitewater was formed in 2006 and is working to preserve, improve and promote Whitewater’s quality of life by strengthening our historic downtown as the heartbeat of the community.

The Triangle

Eat * Shop * Enjoy

If you’d like more information on this topic please call Tami Brodnicki @ 262.473.2200 or e-mail Tami @ director@downtownwhitewater.com or Bob Herald, Dales Bootery, at 262-473-4093

Historical Society Dinner of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie: April 28 at the Abbey Resort

On Thursday, April 28th the Historical Society of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie will hold its annual dinner and McElwain quilt program at the Abbey, in Fontana at 6 p.m. Reservations must be made by April 20 along with a check made out to the Historical Society of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie, P.O. Box 336, Walworth, WI 53184-0336. Cost for the dinner and program is $25 per person.
For information call 262-275-2426.

Take a colorful step into the last century when Walworth was the place to shop for quilt patterns, quilting materials and beautiful finished quilts. The Historical Society of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie will have their annual dinner and program on Thursday, April 28 at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. The evening will begin at 6 PM with socializing and the viewing of a collection of McElwain quilts. There will also be display tables containing the history of the Fontana Ladies Aid Society, information from Kathi West, quilt expert, on the Scrapper Quilt Guild of Williams Bay and the Historical Society publications. Fred Noer, well-known photographer and owner of Image Source, Delavan, will present his note cards with remarkable scenes of the area. Sherrie of The Cornerstone – A Gathering, Walworth will offer various types of “past-times” items and several books, among which will include “Wisconsin Quilts – History in the Stitches” with information on the McElwain quilts along with many other Wisconsin quilts.

The featured speaker will be Amy Hanson of Stoddard, WI, who collects McElwain patterns. She will delight you with her quest for trying to locate the prized quilt patterns. Arlene Patek, a quilter from the Fontana Ladies Aid Society of the Fontana Community Church, will tell about the early history of the quilting group that hand-quilted many of the quilts from the McElwain shop. There will also be representatives from the Lydia’s Helpers of the Walworth Immanuel United Church of Christ who will tell about their projects of today. Genevieve Peters Wainwright, featured in the Wisconsin Quilt book, will provide information for a slide presentation about her early life as a quilter at the Mary A. McElwain Quilt Shop.

The cost of the entrée, which is a beef and chicken combination platter, is $25 including tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 20 with a check made out to the Historical Society of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie, P.O. Box 336, Walworth, WI 53184-0336. For information: Call Richard Rasmussen at 262-275-5482 or Nancy Lehman at 262-275-2426

Alzheimer’s Association Introduces In-Depth Training for Family Caregivers in Elkhorn

Alzheimer’s Association Introduces In-Depth Training for Family Caregivers

-Six Week Course to Offer Education on Caring for an Older Adult-

The Alzheimer’s Association will be offering “The Savvy Caregiver” a six-week program designed to provide clinical level education and training for family caregivers. The series will be held on consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 13, 2011 through May 18, 2011 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at People’s Bank, 837 N. Wisconsin Street in Elkhorn. This workshop is open to family members who are providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The Savvy Caregiver training program is a unique approach to family caregiver education. The central concept is the notion of strategy. Throughout the program caregivers are urged to learn, develop and modify strategies to accomplish the goal for their particular caregiving situation. Participants will come away with increased personal knowledge, skills to assess abilities of a loved one with dementia, confidence to set and alter caregiving goals, strategies to manage activities of daily living, and perspective on the course of Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

Advance registration is required. The cost to attend is $30, which includes a caregiver manual and CD. To register, please contact Bonnie Beam Stratz at 920-728-4088 or send an email to bonnie.beam@alz.org.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

 

Saturday, February 19th: Downtown Whitewater 4th Annual Chili Cook Off

I’m happy to publish this press release —

Downtown Whitewater proudly hosts its
4th Annual “Got Chili” Cook Off
February 19, 2011 from Noon to 3 pm

The cook off is being held once again during the Polar Plunge at Freeze Fest, taking place at the beautiful Cravath Lake Park.

Currently we have 10 participants signed up and ready to compete against each other for the grand prize of $200, a sweet traveling trophy, and (you know it because we all do it when we win) bragging rights.

No sweat if you didn’t have time to sign up and still want to compete and show off your famous chili.  Because of the overwhelming response to Polar Plunge we are going to let a few more individuals, teams or businesses sign up.  We want to make sure we have enough chili and we want to encourage some family fun.

So sign up for yourself, make a team, or promote your business — but just sign up.  You can dress up any way you want to promote your cause or business, in fact, we encourage it.   Decorate your table to be funky, spicy like your chili, in honor of your favorite sports team or to promote your business, whatever pleases you.

No worries if you don’t win the grand prize this year, the runner up receives a Triangle Gift Basket with a ton a coupons from the downtown businesses and several gifts, valued at over $150.  We also have a prize for the People’s Choice Award and —  wait for it — that’s right, for THE BEST DECORATED TABLE.

Contact Tami Brodnicki at 262-473-2200 or director@downtownwhitewater.com
for a sign up form before it’s too late.

Remember proceeds are split between the Special Olympics and Downtown Whitewater so let’s do our part to help some very worthy organizations.