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Writers workshop

features poetry author

All Writers Workplace & Workshop Spring Friday Night Free For All will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Café De Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave., Waukesha.

The guest reader will be Lisa Marie Brodsky, author of 'Motherlung' (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and 'We Nod Our Dark Heads' (Parallel Press, 2008).

Also reading will be students Elisabeth Harrahy (poetry), David Mathews (memoir), and Collen Glatzel (fiction). Kathie Giorgio, All Writers founder and director, will be reading as well.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Bank celebrates

Community Banking Month

Waukesha State Bank is celebrating April as Community Banking Month with a variety of community activities, including free paper-shredding days, nonprofit collection drives and more.

The bank will have a mobile paper-shredding truck at each of the following locations and dates: 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the downtown Waukesha office, 151 E. St. Paul Ave.; 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Sussex office, W249 N6668 Highway 164; 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Pewaukee office, 1230 W. Capitol Drive; and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the New Berlin office, 14000 W. National Ave.

Forum discusses

human trafficking

A forum on human trafficking is being co-sponsored by Plowshare and SOPHIA, Stewards of Prophetic, Hopeful, Intentional Action, from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha

The forum will consist of several presentations combined with an opportunity to talk with the presenters and visit exhibits about human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery. The sex industry may be the first to enter your mind when you hear the term 'human trafficking,' but labor trafficking also enslaves many. There are documented cases of human trafficking in all 72 counties of Wisconsin.

Registration and visiting exhibits begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program opening at 9. This forum is free of charge and open to all.

For more information, contact Sally Michalko at smichalko@wi.rr.com or (262) 524-9499.

Center seeks

blood donors

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding at a Waukesha drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Fox River Christian Church (gymnasium), S46 W24130 Lawnsdale Road.

Specifically, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin currently has an urgent need for O-negative donors. Those interested can schedule an appointment by calling (877) 232-4376 or by visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Walk-in donors are also welcome.

Anyone 17 or older who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date. Sixteen-year-olds must have written parental permission.

Parents group offers

program on mental health

Parents United, a consortium of school districts from Wisconsin, will present a program on child and adolescent mental health, 'Mental Health; Troubled Waters,' from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Richard T. Anderson Education Center, Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St., Pewaukee.

A mental health professional will discuss pediatric brain development, as well as strategies to assist children, parents and families.

Preregistration is required by April 8 be emailing Ediescott1950@zoho.com. Nonmembers of Parents United will be asked for a $10 cash donation at the door.

Mock tornado drill

planned for April

Governor Walker has declared April 11-15 Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week.

For the first time, a statewide mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, April 14, to give families and businesses a chance to test their emergency severe weather plans.

Earlier in the day, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. and a mock tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings, and many communities will sound their tornado sirens.

Library plans

Edible Book Festival

What's better than reading a book? How about making an edible version of a book.

Participants can create their masterpiece and enter it in Waukesha Public Library's second annual Edible Book Festival on Saturday, April 16. Entry may be inspired by a favorite story, a pun on a title or simply a dish in the shape of a book, but it must be book-related. All ages are welcome to enter this family-friendly event, but registration is required to compete.

Entries must be dropped off at the library between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Viewing and voting on the entries is from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 4:15.

To register or for more details, contact the Reference or Children's Desk, call (262) 524-3682 or visit waukeshapubliclibrary.org. The Waukesha Public Library is at 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha.

Clean out closets

to help a crime victim

New or gently used clothing and toys can be donated to Stuff the Squad from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16, at the Waukesha County Courthouse parking lot, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

The event is planned to help provide comfort to adults and children who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, burglary and other crimes.

The Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program and the City of Waukesha Police Department and the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department are partnering to host the event.

Tia Nelson to speak

at Earth Day lecture

Tia Nelson, daughter of Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson, will speak to the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Ecology Club at noon Wednesday, April 20.

The 50-minute program, 'How We Got Here and What Challenges Remain,' takes place at the UW-Waukesha Campus in Northview Hall, Room N133. The public is invited to this free presentation.

Nelson will provide a brief history of Earth Day followed by a discussion of what is considered by many to be the dominant environmental challenge we face today: global climate change.

Continuing the crusade her father started, Nelson is internationally recognized for her work on climate change.

Antiques appraisal event

planned at library

Mark Moran, antiques appraiser and author, will be available to appraise your heirlooms or treasures during the What's It Worth? Antiques Appraisal event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Waukesha Public Library, 321 Wisconsin Ave.

Registration is required for an appraisal. Spectators are also welcome.

Moran, formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles books for Krause Publications, has dealt with antiques for more than 30 years and been an active appraiser for more than 20 years. He also is available to make home visit appraisals for large items, fragile pieces or for large collections. House calls are $75 an hour; there is no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the appraisal event site. To arrange an in-home appraisal, contact Moran at (715) 281-5060 or moranm1953@gmail.com.

To register for the library event, call the Reference Desk at (262)524-3682. The list of items that can and cannot be appraised is available at the Reference Desk.

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.

Rotary president addresses

World Affairs Seminar

Rotary International president-elect John F. Germ will address the 2016 World Affairs Seminar (WAS) on Sunday, June 26, at Carroll University.

This year's theme is 'Water: Global Resource to Share and Protect.' Water is one of the key areas of interest of Rotary International. Providing a safe water supply has been key to the organization's efforts to eliminate polio around the world.

It also fits with the theme of Germ's term: 'Rotary Serving Humanity.'

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 waukeshacountyparks.com.

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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