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Residents are asked

to donate blood

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold one more Waukesha blood drive in July.

A donor site will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at St. William Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 440 N. Moreland Blvd.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 877-232-4376 or by visiting www.bcw.edu/appt. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are welcome.

County parks offers

info at Night Out

Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use and Land Resources staff will be at Waukesha's National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in Frame Park, Waukesha.

Experts will be available to answer questions about recycling, home composting, rain gardens and rain barrels as well as give out informational fliers and brochures.

Food drive strives for

1,000 pounds of food

WQYL-DB Radio has partnered with the Hunger Task Force to hold a food drive to fight hunger through Friday, Aug. 5.

Donations may be dropped at Forever Faded, 1427 E. Racine Ave., Suite H, Waukesha.

The goal is to raise $1,000 and 1,000 pounds of food; 100 percent of what's raised goes directly to the Hunger Task Force.

The food drive will culminate in a celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Fox River Park, W264 S4500 River Road, Waukesha.

Learn more at www.wqyl-db.com/food-drive.

Art crawl is

red hot event

The Red Hot River of Art Crawl is planned for 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, in downtown Waukesha.

Presented by the West End Artist's Association, it features more than 175 artists. Art, gifts, food, drinks and live music will be presented by more than 40 participating galleries, boutiques, restaurants and night spots within walking distance of downtown.

Learn more at www.waukeshaart.com or find the art crawl's page on Facebook.

Family race event

comes to Waukesha

The Great Amazing Race, modeled after the popular TV show, will bring obstacles and challenges to participants on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Lowell Park, Waukesha.

Teams of two people, adults and kids, complete a 11/2-mile cross country course speckled with up to eight outdoor challenges. Clue cards provided at each station instructs teams to complete a task (obstacle, game, relay, etc.), before advancing to the next challenge station.

The top 25 teams qualify for the championship race and chance to win $1,200.

Tickets, available online at www.greatamazingrace.com, are priced at $48 per team. Participants may also sign up at the event for $60 per team.

Parks department offers

free concert series

The Tribute Tuesday Concert series takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, through Sept. 13, in Cutler Park, 321 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha.

The free concerts include the Elvis Presley tribute featuring Joseph Hall on Aug. 9 and the Journey tribute featuring Separate Ways on Sept. 13.

The Waukesha Civic Band free summer concert series also plays in Cutler Park. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 11.

Headliners announced for

annual Waukesha BluesFest

The Waukesha Rotary Club has announced the headliners for the 10th anniversary of Waukesha BluesFest.

The entertainment at this year's festival runs from coast to coast, featuring New York City blues guitarist Popa Chubby on Friday, Aug. 12, and San Francisco R&B standouts Lydia Pense and Cold Blood on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Waukesha BluesFest is held at Naga-Waukee Park, Highway 83, a half-mile north of Interstate 94, Delafield. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday with the music running from 1 to 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online at www.waukeshabluesfest.com.

Actors of all ages

needed for local play

Open auditions for Waukesha Civic Theatre's production of 'For Purely Elfish Reasons' will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14; from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15; and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 264 W. Main St., Waukesha.

No appointment is necessary. Participants should prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song, prepared to read from the script. Bring sheet music in your key for the accompanist.

Callbacks, if needed, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. 'Purely Elfish Reasons' will run Dec. 2-18. For more information, visit www.waukeshacivictheatre.org.

Community blood drive

seeks donors at church

Fox River Christian Church, S46 W24130 Lawnsdale Road, Waukesha, will host a community blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (or 16 with parental consent), in good general health and must meet eligibility requirements. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Schedule an appointment by calling 877-232-4376 or visiting www.bcw.edu.

Sheriff's department offers

concealed carry class

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's Firearms Training Unit will offer a concealed carry weapon (CCW) class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the sheriff's department, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha.

The class will be 41/2 hours long and will follow the Wisconsin Department of Justice CCW curriculum. Topics covered include firearms safety, aafe carry considerations, legal implications and CCW licensing in Wisconsin.

Attendees who successfully complete the class will meet the training requirement to apply for a Wisconsin CCW permit. Cost is $50.

Registration deadline is Friday Aug. 19, by contacting Sally DuPont at 262-548-7126 or sdupont@waukeshacounty.gov.

Waukesha Choral Union

to hold auditions

Open auditions for Waukesha Choral Union's 2016-17 season will be held by appointment on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road.

Those interested are asked to call 414-297-9310 or email membership@choralunion.org.

Auditions with Artistic Director Michael Chapel will last about 15 minutes and include sight reading, pitch matching, harmonizing and a vocal solo.

Waukesha Choral Union is celebrating its 43nd season. WCU's season-long theme of 'From the Heart, For the Soul' includes collaborations with area choral groups, two Christmas concerts and a blend of sacred, traditional and popular music. Concerts are scheduled for October, December, March and May and also will be held in various area churches.

To learn more, visit www.choralunion.org.

Aurora offers free

skin cancer screenings

Free skin screening will offered at the Aurora Health Center, W231 N1440 Corporate Court, Suite 305, Waukesha, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

Screenings will be provided by a board-certified dermatologist or physician assistant.

Registration is required by calling 262-896-6460.

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.

ProHealth Care offers

monthly Garden Talks

Community members are invited to participate in free monthly Garden Talks, offered by ProHealth Care and University of Wisconsin-Extension master gardeners.

The talks will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Waukesha Memorial's Lobby Rooms 1 and 2. Participants can register for individual classes or the entire series at ProHealthCare.org/Classes or 262-928-2745.

Items collected at no fee include computers, printers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, cellphones, air conditioners and more.

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