Family events featured

for Health Kids Day

The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County will open its doors to the community for free Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1 to mark the 25th annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day.

It's the Y's national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. Participating locations include West Suburban, Southwest, Tri County, Waukesha and Mukwonago.

Events feature activities such as games, healthy cooking demonstrations, and arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. Meijer is sponsoring the events.

County parks celebrate

Arbor Day with plantings

The Waukesha County Park System invites residents to celebrate Arbor Day and help plant 1,000 tree seedlings.

Plantings will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Fox River Park, W264 S4500 River Road; Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive; and Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St.

The entrance fee to these parks will be waived for those participating in this event. Preregister by Monday, April 25, at (262) 896-8074 or

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. Wisconsin has been celebrating since 1883.

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

Meijer launches social

media photo contest

Meijer is offering customers across the Midwest a chance to co-star in a television commercial that will debut this summer.

Customers should submit photos showing how Meijer supports their home team — from little league to the big leagues — through a contest application on the Meijer Facebook page. Ten winners will receive $100 Meijer gift cards and all photos have the chance to appear in the commercial.

'We are pleased to support thousands of athletic programs across the Midwest, including hundreds in Michigan, through sponsorships of scoreboards, uniforms, sports equipment and concession stands,' said Nicole Laughlin, vice president of brand development and marketing. 'We look forward to sharing those partnerships in our advertising.'

The commercial will feature images of athletic teams Meijer supports. The Home Team contest is open through May 1. Entries can be submitted at

Vendors sought for

outdoor farmers market

The Waukesha Farmers Market is now accepting applications for vendors and musicians who would like to participate in this year's market.

This is an open-air, producer-only, public market that operates from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 29, on the north side of the Fox River, in historic downtown Waukesha.

Applications and information can be found at

Musicians will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Martha Merrell's Bookstore. Contact Terri Stine by email at with any questions.

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

Art crawl features

original art downtown

Downtown Waukesha's 'Mother of a Crawl' will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

The art crawl, presented by the West End Artist's Association, features 175 plus artists in 21 galleries and venues. Find original artwork at participating galleries, boutiques, eateries and night spots located in the downtown area. The art crawl is sponsored by Magelllan's & M2 on Main, 370 W. Main St.

For additional information, go to or call the Almont Gallery (262) 542-1522. Also see Waukesha Art Crawl on Facebook.

Parks dept. offers

free workshops

Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Department will hold its annual spring sale and workshop event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Waukesha.

Home compost bins, rain barrels and a limited quantity of native plants will be for sale. Free workshops on home composting, native plant landscaping, rain gardens and rain barrels, and a native wildflower walk will be held from 9 noon.

Parks and Land Use staff and University of Wisconsin-Extension master gardeners will be available to answer questions on natural landscaping, identifying plant samples, gardening tips and provide the basics about home composting and using rain barrels. All products are in limited quantities and are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash or check payment is preferred, but Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. The event is free.

For more information, call (262) 896-8007, visit or follow on Twitter @waukeshacoparks.

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

Bank to teach teens

about financial literacy

As part of the annual National Teach Children to Save initiative, Waukesha State Bank will host a financial literacy event at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Marcus Majestic Theater to teach teens about saving and budgeting.

The event is free for teens ages 13-18. After the 45-minute presentation, there will be a free showing of 'Captain America: Civil War.'

'Waukesha State Bank is committed to serving the financial needs of our local community, and providing financial literacy opportunities is one way to get young people thinking about saving and managing their own money,' said Ty Taylor, president of Waukesha State Bank. 'This event is a fun way for teens to learn about the concept and benefits of budgeting and why saving early is important.'

Registration is required by calling (262) 549-8539 or emailing

Chefs create dining

experience using McDonald's

Eight chefs from Milwaukee and Waukesha counties are putting their culinary creativity to the test by taking part in a charity fundraiser for SHARP Literacy.

The chefs have been challenged to serve up McDonald's ingredients in a brand-new, unexpected way at the nonprofit's 20th anniversary party on Thursday, May 19, at La Casa de Esperanza in Waukesha.

At the event, guests can try 'McDonald's Unwrapped' dinner stations featuring the chefs' creations. The culinary line-up includes Dane Baldwin and Amber Dorszynski of Mr. B's, Andrew Koser of Joey Gerard's, Kurt Fogle of Bass Bay Brewery, Bruce Badke of Distil, Steve Perlstein of Hōm Wood Fired Grill and Richard Sweed of Artisan 179.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at

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

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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