Music students invited

to audition for scholarships

The Wisconsin Philharmonic will hold the 2016 Shining Stars Scholarship auditions from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Shattuck Music Center, Carroll University, 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

Advanced and motivated music students are welcome to apply. Applications are available at Scholarships are open to middle and high school music students who are residents of Waukesha County.

Student applications must be signed, postmarked or delivered no later than Saturday, Feb. 20, to the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Attn: Shining Stars, P.O. Box 531, Waukesha, WI 53187-0531.

Scholarship winners are required to play in the Shining Stars recital on Tuesday, April 19, at the Shattuck Music Center.

For more information, contact Sue Stachelski at (414) 698-1185 or

Registration is open for

multiple sclerosis walks

More than 300 people affected by multiple sclerosis will attend MS Summit, a day of education and networking, on Saturday, March 12, at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee.

Wisconsin is believed to have one of the higher prevalence rates of MS in the country, with more than 11,000 children, women and men diagnosed. Within the state, Milwaukee County has the highest population of those living with the disease: 1,837 individuals. Waukesha County is second at 1,053.

Those interested in showing their support for those affected by MS are invited to register for one of 20 MS walks taking place in Wisconsin this year. Registration and additional information about MS can be found online at

Community blood drives

set at two churches

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold two blood drives from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, at two Waukesha churches: St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Road, and St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 South Hartwell Ave.

Donations of all blood types are needed while donations tend to dip in winter and spring because of unpredictable weather.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling (877) 232-4376), or visiting Walk-in donors are also welcome.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes the birth date.

Agency to raise funds

for employee with cancer

Waukesha branding agency z2 will host a day of professional mini-photo shoot sessions to raise funds for one of its employees who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The public can book a 20-minute photo session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at W238 N1645 Rockwood Drive, Unit A, Waukesha. The company is inviting pet owners with their pets, families, professionals in need of headshots, children, couples and more.

The minimum suggested donation for each session is $150, which will yield at least 10, retouched digital images, plus usage rights. For more information or to book your photo session, email

HAWS plans spring

events for small pets

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County (HAWS) marches into spring with several small animal events.

Rabbit Hopping happens from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of the month at HAWS, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Rabbit Hopping is similar to horse show jumping but on a (much) smaller scale.

The Chinchilla Fiesta will be held for pet owners at noon Sunday, March 20, at HAWS. A veterinarian will address common health issues and a HAWS' staff member talk about 'clicker' training.

The Romp 'N Rally pet walk is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sussex Village Park. The event features lure coursing, contests, demos and music.

For details on these events and more, visit

Waukesha Choral Union

to perform 'Messiah'

Waukesha Choral Union will perform George Frederic Handel's 'Messiah' at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Carroll University's Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

The free performance is made possible by longtime choral supporters Fred and JoAnn Portz.

Community singers are invited to join WCU in this performance. Rehearsals will be held March 5, 22, 29, and April 2. For more information, visit

UW-Waukesha lecture

focuses on gender issues

Gabriel Foster, director of the Trans Justice Funding Project in New York City, will speak at noon Wednesday, April 6, at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Room N133, 1500 N. University Drive.

Foster will discuss activism as well as his own journey as a transgender man of color. Foster will also address best practices and approaches to working with transgender, gender nonconforming and gender-questioning students.

The free lecture is part of the Bob and Sue Andrews Lecture and Discussion Series, funded by the Robert H. Andrews Memorial Fund.

Emerging young leaders

to be honored

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has launched the Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program, and recipients will be honored at an awards breakfast on Friday, May 13, at the Marriott Milwaukee West, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Pewaukee.

The 2016 awards program recognizes emerging leaders from the corporate, nonprofit, academic or government sectors whose initiative, determination and commitment have positioned them as an up-and-coming leader in Waukesha County.

The award criteria include community service involvement, professional accomplishments, team mind-set, leadership traits, continuous improvement and personal and professional advancement. Nominees must either live or work in Waukesha County. The award is targeted at young professionals.

County fair announces

main stage headliner

Rock metal band Skid Row will perform Thursday, July 21, on the Miller Lite Main Stage at the 2016 Waukesha County Fair.

Skid Row formed in 1986 and are known for hits such as '18 and Life,' 'Youth Gone Wild' and 'I Remember You.'

All Miller Lite Main Stage shows are free with fair admission. Skid Row tickets will go on sale March 15 and are $50 for ELITE VIP and $15 for VIP.

ELITE VIP tickets include Fair admission, preferred parking, two drink tickets and assigned seating in the front three rows. VIP tickets include first-come, first-served seating in a designated area in front of the stage.

County parks offer

outdoor venues and camping

Hosting a family reunion, company picnic or planning an outdoor wedding? The Waukesha County Park System is taking 2016 reservations for picnic and group camping areas. Reservations are accepted through the park reservation desk from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To view 2016 prices, visit

Park Entrance Stickers for 2016 are also available at Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha; Eble Park Ice Arena, 19400 W. Bluemound Road, Brookfield; Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, 2699 Golf Road, Delafield; the Parks and Land Use office, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC230, Waukesha; or order via the entrance hut pay tank at each park location.

These entrance stickers are good from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2016. Cost for a Waukesha County resident is $32 per car and $16 for a second vehicle; $16 for a senior and $10 for a second vehicle. Cost for an out-of-county resident is $42 per car and $21 for a second vehicle. Lake Access stickers are $80 per car and $40 for a second vehicle.

Walk-in clinic has

extended Tuesday hours

The Waukesha County Public Health Division is offering extended walk-in clinical services on Tuesdays.

The hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, an from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Public health services are available on a fee for service basis and/or for a nominal fee. Medicaid is accepted only for residents of Waukesha County.

Walk-in clinical services are located within the Human Services Center at 514 Riverview Ave., Waukesha.

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