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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.

Retzer Nature Center

celebrates Earth Week

Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will offer free adult, children, scouts and family programs to celebrate Earth Week from April 17-23 at Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha.

Programs include a canoe outing for families, a green clean workshop for adults, hikes and a presentation on raptors by the Wildlife in Need Center.

For more Earth Week event information and program descriptions, visit www.waukshacountyparks.com, like Retzer Nature Center on Facebook or follow @waukeshaCoParks on Twitter.

Learn how to go green

when you houseclean

Staff with the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use will offer a free Green Cleaning workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha.

Find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean and safe. Discover what really works and which products on the market pass as 'green.' Attendees will make and take home a creamy soft scrub.

Call (262) 896-8300, visit waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or waukeshacounty.gov/cleanwater for more information.

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.

Good Harvest plans

Earth Day activities

Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Road, Waukesha, will celebrate Earth Day with various activities on Saturday, April 23.

The celebration features a 'plant a tree' scavenger hunt, in which more than 300 mini red pine trees will be given away to plant. There will be kids crafts, organic herb plantings, educational information from the Land Conservancy, Waukesha County Green Team and the Wildlife in Need Center, plus free samples from local vendors.

A cookout will feature brats, organic Portobello mushrooms, hot dogs, along with snacks and beverages. Full details of the event are available at www.goodharvestmarket.com.

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.

Sky Zone hosts

party for camp

Residents who bring a new, unwrapped child's gift valued at $10 or more to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, W229 N1420 Westwood Drive, Waukesha, from Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23, will receive 30 minutes of free jump time.

The present drive is part of a birthday party open house for Royal Family KIDS Camp in Hartland.

Each August, Royal Family KIDS Camp provides a weeklong experience for children ages 7-12 who have been abused or neglected and placed in the foster care system. The camp hosts an 'Everybody's Birthday' in which each child receives presents.

Students present research

at symposium

The 13th annual Student Research Symposium takes place from 9 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha.

The public is welcome to attend.

Freshman and sophomore college students at UW-Waukesha are given the opportunity to conduct original research and begin distinguishing themselves in their chosen field of study. Research topics range from climate change in Waukesha to the upsides of aging.

Dr. Geri Donenberg, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and recipient of the 2015 UIC Researcher of the Year Award, will provide the keynote speech.

For information on the symposium or directions to the campus, visit waukesha.uwc.edu.

Waukesha Choral Union

performs concert

Waukesha Choral Union will present 'Requiem' by French composer Gabriel Faure and a variety of folk songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in Carroll University's Humphrey Chapel/Art Center, 238 N. East Ave.

'Classics and Folk Songs' presented by the 40-member chorus will include the spectrum of sacred, soulful, melancholy and lively music.

Tickets are $15 per adult, $13 per senior 60 and older, $8 per student and $4 per child 11 and younger. For more information, visit www.choralunion.org.

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.

Brown Simpson's sister

to speak at luncheon

Tanya Brown, sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, will deliver the keynote address at The Women's Center's anniversary luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

Brown will present 'The Seven Characters of Abuse: Domestic Violence, Where It Starts and Where It Can End'

Tickets are $70 and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/jjcns5j.

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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