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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.

Waukesha 4-H to hold Family Fun Day

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Waukesha 4-H will hold a Family Fun Day on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the EB Shurts Environmental Center, 810 W College Ave., Waukesha.

The event will begin with a 5K Fun Walk/Run at 10 a.m. on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, with an interactive kids walk to follow. Registration is open to the public for $35 for adults and $10 for kids, which can be completed in advance or in person.

The county-wide 4-H open house will also take place that day from noon to 3 p.m. at the EB Shurts Environmental Center. Information about 4-H will be available at the open house, as well as lunch, concessions, raffles and other activities. For more information. visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/4H or call 262-548-7784.

First Waukesha Oktoberfest announced

The first Waukesha Oktoberfest will take place in Frame Park on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, as announced by the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department (WPRF). The event is planned to be held annually.

Waukesha Oktoberfest will be a free event, open to the public, and will include German music, entertainment, activities, food and beverages. City of Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly will be in charge of cooking the bratwurst during the event. Festivities will also include the “Wurst Beer Biathlon,” concessions of food, and Sprecher Brewing Company beers and sodas. A portion of event proceeds will benefit local community organizations.

Waukesha Oktoberfest will take place in Frame Park in the area of the Formal Gardens. The event will open Friday with the “tapping of the firkin” at 5 p.m. hosted by Sprecher Brewing Company and Mayor Reilly. Blaskapelle Milwaukee will entertain Oktoberfest-goers until 9 p.m., and contests of hammerschlagen, masskrugstemmen and cornhole will be offered.

The “Wurst Beer Biathlon” 5K, in cooperation with Silver Circle Sports, will start — the race is a timed 5K race with participants eating a bratwurst during the race. Register at www.silvercirclesportsevents.com/wurst-beer-biathlon. Nonprofit organizations partnering for concession sales at Waukesha Oktoberfest include: City of Waukesha Friends of the Parks, Waukesha Citizens Police Academy Association, Waukesha Kiwanis Early Risers and Waukesha Sunrise Rotary Club. The carry-in of alcoholic beverages is not allowed and will be strictly enforced.

For more information about the race and other WPRF activities, call WPRF at 262-524-3737 or visit www.waukesha-wi.gov/427/Parks-Recreation-Forestry.

Writers workshop to host author Callanan

AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop will welcome guest lecturer Liam Callanan with his workshop, Open Up: How to Start in the Strongest Way Possible, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at 234 Brook St., Unit 2, in downtown Waukesha.

Callanan is the author of “The Cloud Atlas,” “All Saints,” and “Listen.” He serves in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously the department chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing.

This event costs $95, which includes a lunch catered by Waukesha’s Cafe De Art.

AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop offers on-site and online writing courses in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching, editing and marketing services. A schedule of classes, with online registration, is available at www.allwritersworkshop.com or by calling 262-446-0284.

Entries sought for county art contest

The 50th annual Waukesha Country Courthouse Purchase Award Show is seeking entries from local artists for the show that will run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31.

Co-sponsored by the Waukesha County Courthouse and the Waukesha Creative Arts League, the show’s purpose is to showcase Waukesha County artists. The contest is open to any Waukesha County amateur artist, 18 years and older, each of whom may submit up to two works of their original two or three-dimensional art.

The winner of the contest will be awarded $350. The artist’s winning piece will also become part of the permanent exhibit at the courthouse. Second, third place and honorable mention will also receive cash awards.

Entry forms can be found at Waukesha County libraries. Entries with payment of $25 ($20 for members) should be mailed showing a postmark no later than Sept. 23, 2016. Art should be dropped off from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28. For more information, call Margaret Schumann at 262-385-5320.

County awards nonprofits, business and individuals

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced the winners of the 2016 Waukesha County Executive Awards, which recognize businesses, nonprofits and individuals that contribute to the continued success of Waukesha County and its citizens.

This year’s winners are: Addiction Resource Council, Inc., 2016 Large Non-Profit of the Year; Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, Inc., 2016 Small Non-Profit of the Year; First Business Bank, 2016 Business of the Year; Peter Sheild, DDS, 2016 Champion of the County.

The awards will be presented to winners during a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

Registration for the luncheon and more information at www.waukeshacounty.gov/countyexecutiveawards.

Sheriff’s dept. 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. Nov. 16 at the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, 515 W. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha.

The class will be taught by department firearms instructors, and will be four and a half hours long, following the Wisconsin Department of Justice CCW curriculum. Topics covered include firearms safety, safe carry considerations, legal implications of carrying a concealed firearm and CCW licensing in Wisconsin.

Attendees who successfully complete the class may apply for a Wisconsin CCW permit.

Cost is $50. Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday Nov. 11.

To register for the class, contact Administrative Secretary Sally DuPont at 262-548-7126 or sdupont@waukeshacounty.gov.

County parks offer 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, and 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.

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