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Kohl's to unveil remodel in Waukesha

Kohl's

Kohl's will officially unveil renovations at its southwest  Waukesha store on Wednesday, June 8.

The store, in the Fox Run shopping center, was built in 2002. It is one of 100 that the company will remodel this year.

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Sneak A Peek

For more information please go to www.waukeshacivictheatre.org. We'd love to see you at the theatre!

If you're the type of person who:

1.  While reading a book, flips ahead or sometimes reads the end first. . .(Guilty)

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they made the right call

Freeman, 1) sound of music, 8) my favorite things, Friday Night Live, Spring City Grass

It's pretty much been left to the discretion of Waukesha Police whether to close Main Street, Clinton, South, Broadway, etc. for live music in Waukesha. The weather was nice for the first Freeman Friday Night Live of the year and music lovers came. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, didn't appear to be any trouble. What I noticed most were the families with small children. I'm having a hard time picturing as many baby strollers and toddlers if they would've had to negotiate crowded sidewalks. 

It's not the first time Downtown streets were closed to vehicles, so once again it felt very relaxing to be able to walk without worry down the middle of the Main Street. There's several sides to the road closure issue. My perspective wouldn't be the same as if I lived or worked downtown but I think, at least this one time, that street closures were by far the best thing to do. This well-advertised opening night of the series, eight stages of live entertainment, with weather that couldn't be beat, introduced a lot of new people to the great downtown we have.

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Found: Weapons of Mass Distraction

Race for the Cure, helping

I got up early Saturday to drive to Madison for theSusan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I was to set up the RE/MAX cold air inflatable, a little advertising for a national sponsor of the race. As long as I drove all that way and had to be there I might as well volunteer my time... and get the free volunteer t-shirt.

After setting up the inflatable I bounced from job to job; first helping with shuttle buses, then photographers, setting up chairs, and finally just taking down banners.

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What's Happening: Jun 6 to Jun 13

06/08/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

06/08/11
Market on the Hill

Weekly farmers market held rain or shine. - Queen of Apostles- 449 W. Wisconsin Ave., 262- 695-9735, www.positivelypewaukee.com

06/08/11
Waterfront Wednesdays

This free musical series is held (weather permitting) at the Pewaukee Lakefront on Wisconsin Ave.- Pewaukee Lakefront, 262-695-9735, www.positivelypewaukee.com

06/08/11
Wednesday Night Classics

Dedicated to Classics, Rods, Customs and Muscle Cars. The Gasthuas has great food & cold beverages w/live music!- Weissgerber's Gasthaus, (262) 544-4460, www.wednesdaynightclassics.com

06/09/11
Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Show

Free water ski show for the whole family!  Colorful costumes, music, live announcer and exciting water ski demonstrations.  Donations graciously accepted.- Lakefront Park, Pewaukee, 414-350-8713, plwsc.org

06/10/11
Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets

Look back at the 1950’s and 1960’s as the Four Guyz deliver an unbeatable production filled with glorious four-part harmony, personality, and humor. This show is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.- SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park, 262-337-1559, www.Summer-Stage.org

06/10/11
Freeman Friday Night Live Music

Festival is live music rain or shine on eight stages throughout the downtown every Friday.  The schedule of performers changes weekly.- Historic Downtown Waukesha, 262-547-1060, www.DowntownWaukesha.com

06/10/11- 06/12/11
Queen of Apostles Festival

Live Music (Boogie Men, The Itch, Sweet Tarts, Joe Hite, $25,000 CASH Raffle, Fish Fry, Beer Garden, Basket Raffle, Sunday Chicken Dinner, Sheepshead Tournament, Corn Roast, Inflatables, Bean Bag Tournament, Toddler Triathlon- N35W23360 Capitol Drive Pewaukee WI 53072 , 262-691-1535, Fesitval.QueenofApostels.net

06/11/11
Classical "Pop" Guitar Concert

The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet entertains with a fun filled night of "pops" classical guitar. (Proceeds go to AngelsGrace Hospice and Lake Area Free Clinic.) - SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park, 262-337-1560, www.Summer-Stage.org

06/11/11
Eagle Diamonds Vintage Base Ball Home Opener

Old World Wisconsin, 262-594-6300, www.oldworldwisconsin.org

06/11/11
Gemstones, Glass, Amber, Pearls, Gold and Silver Jewelry Bargains

Special bargains on high quality one-of-a-kind jewelry - River's End Gallery, Historic Downtown Waukesha, 262-896-8875, www.RiversEndGallery.com

06/11/11
Waukesha Farmers' Market

All products sold at the Waukesha Farmers' Market are grown, raised, or made in Wisconsin. Riverfront Plaza, Historic Downtown Waukesha, 262-549-6154, www.DowntownWaukesha.com

06/11/11- 06/12/11
WI Corvette Club Rally

Waukesha County Expo Center, 262-896-8490, www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

Les Google More Fun

Les is more, 1) sound of music

What a great way to celebrate Les Paul's 96th birthday! Today only you can play electric guitar with your mouse on Google's homepage. Record and play it back. It's pretty amusing. I think Les would like what I recorded for him.

Surviving Thirteen - It's a Miracle!

For more information please go to www.waukeshacivictheatre.org, or call the Box Office at 262-547-0708. We'd love to see you at the theatre!

I remember thirteen, don't you?  Who doesn't?  But honestly, the prelude to that momentous occasion - becoming a teenager, was the worse year of my life - to date.

My mom remarried, which meant we had to move.  Again.  Along with that blessed union came two older, quite angry, abusive step-siblings.  Being the very middle child I now, oh joy, had the opportunity to be picked on by two more people.  As a matter of survival, I became quite good at hiding; usually at a friend's house.  Anywhere was better than home "sweet" home.  If that wasn't possible, I holed up in my room and hid myself in a book.

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graduation day

1) sound of music, 7) I simply remember, 8) my favorite things, YouTube, Waukesha North

I'd like to congratulate all high school seniors graduating this spring; great job! Congratulations to our youngest, Nick, as he graduates Waukesha North in just a few hours, and to all his North forever friends and special friend from Pewaukee High, Emily.

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Serious Problems In City Hall

Water Issue

It's time for some people to butt out of our city's business. The Journal editorial staff for one. Unless one of them lives in Waukesha and signs to their opinion, worry about the city of Milwaukee and not us! I am also tired of news media flaming the fires of Larry Nelson supporters who continue to harass Mayor Scrima. Unlike many other politicians, a certain president comes to mind, Jeff Scrima ran on a platform and not platitudes. He is holding true to carrying out that platform which got him elected him to office with a large majority of the voters. The Nelson groupies continue to sound like a recording from the maternity room at the hospital.

Few people follow the news enough to know the garbage that many on the council have been playing with the citizen's overwhelming choice for mayor. If enough people know that a three person team of only non-elected people were chosen by the council to negotiate with Milwaukee for water, there'd be much more outrage. To have city administrator Luther on it, while seeming logical, it a horrible thing given that she has no roots to the city, was not elected and has made attempts to get employment elsewhere. We are to trust her to negotiate a good deal for Waukesha? Who are they kidding?

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old man's pride

8) my favorite things, 1) sound of music, Waukesha North, YouTube

I had 112 decibels of pride for my son's graduation. Sorry if you temporarily lost your hearing.

Nick's graduation meant more to me than you'll ever know. Had to have air horns to celebrate when they announced his name, but they were sold out at Walmart. I asked three sales associates for help; one even called around to another store. Fortunately, the associate referred me to the boating place across the street where I was able to purchase a couple of the biggest, loudest horns in Waukesha. 

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What's Happening: Jun 13 to Jun 20

06/15/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, , www.badgerland.org

06/15/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082, www.jazzincutlerpark.org

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If You Love to Read, get rid of your TV

UWW, festival, 1) sound of music

Thrilled to see Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books return for a second year at UW-Waukesha. This free event was a huge success last year and I loved it. As before there's a huge variety of authors to meet and listen to, food, music, exhibits...

A special added feature this year allows you to send your old televisions away for good. Electronics will be collected for recycling this Saturday 10:00 to 2:00 in Parking Lot 6 at UWW. 

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The Answer My Friend Is Bloggin' In The Wind

full of hot air, 8) my favorite things, 7) I simply remember

The last five years of Bloggin' the Walk has been fairly therapeutic for me.  Five years ago my weekend Journal Sentinel delivery job ended. As an independent contractor I loved the freedom, responsibility and challenge. I enjoyed the physical part of the job, meeting people at the Waukesha stores I delivered to, being outdoors in all kinds of weather, pressure of delivering on deadline, being the first to read the headlines, the nightime quiet, moon, stars, planets...

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remembering Dad

Father's Day 2005 also fell on the 19th. Gone six years now, Dad didn't quite make it. He passed the Thursday before.

It happened rather sudden. I wasn't prepared or ready to say goodbye. If I'd known then...

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What's Happening: Jun 20 to Jun 27

06/22/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, , www.badgerland.org

06/22/11
Jazz in Cutler Park

Varied Jazz Entertainers each Wednesday evening- Cutler Park, Waukesha, 262-574-0082,  www.ci.waukesha.wi.us

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veto vetoed

politics

The mayor's water negotiation team veto was overturned at last night's council meeting. It was 9:00 by the time the last of the public commenters was heard and I was tired, so I didn't see the veto vote.

The Freeman and Waukesha Patch reported it pretty well, but one question remained.  If two-thirds of the fifteen alderpersons are needed to override a veto why wouldn't one of them show up to vote? Which alderman wasn't present? I found Laurel Walker's article a little more complete.

Festival of Books

UWW, festival

Before leaving for the Southeast WI Festival of Books last Saturday I loaded the Toyota to overflowing with old TVs, a radio, printer, computer and a couple monitors. (I wish people would quit leaving things here.) The free electronics recycling event at UWW coinciding with the book festival was very popular and at times there were lines of cars. Thank you to everyone helping and volunteering on this. Apologies and thanks to Barbara Reinhart who was there helping out, but who's photo in today's printed version of WaukeshaNOW was miscaptioned. 

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Snapshots . . .

. . . from a picture perfect weekend.

 Good times were rolling, along with the good weather, in Downtown Waukesha for the year's fourth installment of Freeman Friday Night Live. Spring City Grass was jammin' 'till nearly 9:00 with crowd favorites such as Orange Blossom Special. Guest vocalist Cheryl Knutson concluded the evening's wonderful performance with a lively tune.

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What's Happening: Jun 27 to Jul 4

06/29/11
Badgerland Water Ski Show

Weekly Event! Located at Frame Park on the Fox River, check out the Badgerland Water Ski Show as they practice to compete again at nationals in 2011- placed 6th overall in 2010! FREE Ski show begins at 7pm each week.- Frame Park, Downtown Waukesha, www.badgerland.org

06/29/11
Waterfront Wednesday concert

This free musical series is held (weather permitting) at the Pewaukee Lakefront on Wisconsin Ave.- Pewaukee Lakefront, 262-695-9735, www.positivelypewaukee.com

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Oh sheet

You know those blue sheets they used to include in your license renewal to let you know your car is due for emissions and the hours? They don't do those any more.

I've had the notice for two months and waited until the last minute to send in payment. It's due tomorrow. Oh, the Toyota has to be tested this year? I didn't think they still tested 13 year old cars.

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