Lou Rugani croons at the KAA event last night

/Photo by Margaret Heller

The Pat Crawford Big Band and Lou Rugani provided the entertainment last night at the Southport Beach House for the Kenosha Art Association  (KAA) holiday art auction and dance.  About 100 people were in attendance who enjoyed the refreshments, the music, and who bid on the silent auction items that were donated by members and friends of the KAA.  There was also a 50/50 raffle.  Sincere thanks from the KAA was expressed to all who gave donations to this year’s auction.

Thanks to chairperson Pat Koesser, co-chairpersons Francisco Loyola and Dorothy Thompson, and the dedicted Art Auction Committee, the Pat Crawford Big Band for the great music, Lou Rugani for his crooning, the emcee, Michael Kruger, the kitchen volunteers, and all those who donated food.  It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make the auction a success.  And, thanks to all who attended.

Proceeds from last night’s auction will be used for community enrichment of the arts, the KAAleidoscope Art Gallery, 5615 – 7th Avenue, in downtown Kenosha, and to offset the cost of adult education classes which allows the KAA to continue to keep class fees competitive.

Travelogue: Burma and Cambodia

The Kenosha Public Museum is presenting the 76th annual travelogue season.  The second in the series is Friday night, November 16th, with the presentation of “Burma and Cambodia” by Buddy Hatton at the Reuther Auditorium, 58th Street and Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.  Doors open at 6:15 pm, and the program begins at 7 pm.  Admission is free, and seating is unreserved.

Other upcoming travelogues for the 2012-2013 season include:

December 7, 2012 – Ghost Towns of the Wild West, presented by Gray Warriner

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Bus trip: Christmas in the country

The Kenosha Public Museum (KPM) is hosting a bus trip on Friday, November 30th, entitled “Christmas in the Country.”  It departs from the KPM at 8:30 am and returns at 6:30 pm.

Kick off the holiday season on this annual favorite day trip.  The first stop is historic Cedarburg and the Christmas in the Country food, craft, art, and gift fair at Cedar Creek Settlement and Cedarburg Cultural Center.  Then, depart for Elkhart Lake for lunch at the Osthoff Resort, followed by the European Christmas Market.

The cost is $70 per person, or $60 per person for Friends of the Museums, and includes lunch.  Advance registration is required.

Please call (262) 653-4140 to pre-register.

“Yellow Concert” put smiles on faces

Tonight, Christopher LeMark and co-producer Jeffrey Wamboldt hosted a free concert which took place at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1330 – 52nd Street.  It was called the “Yellow Concert,” because there were yellow smiley faces posted on the walls and yellow balloon bouquets placed around the Madrigrano Stage for the Performing Arts.  Most of the performers were also dressed in yellow shirts.  The intent of the concert was to make people smile and know that they are children of God.

Here’s Artemus, opening the concert:

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KUSD Fine Arts and Band Boosters to present jazz festival Nov. 17

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The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) Department of Fine Arts and Kenosha Band Boosters will again present the Annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 17th, at Tremper High School (8560 – 26th Avenue) at 7 pm.

The public is welcome to attend all activities leading up to the evening performance. Tickets for the evening performance are $4 for students/senior citizens, $5 for adults, and $10 for a family pass. Tickets will be available at the door.

Festival activities begin Friday afternoon at 4 pm as nine high school jazz ensembles appear in performance/clinic sessions with guest artists. The event resumes Saturday at 8 am at Tremper where five middle school jazz ensembles will appear in performance/clinic sessions. Each band will work with a team of clinicians who are outstanding jazz artists/educators from southeastern Wisconsin, Fred Strum and José Encarnación. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening public performance. The concert will feature jazz bands and KUSD’s alumni/staff band.

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Stocker Elementary veterans’ day observance

Stocker Elementary School’s Singing Sharks Choir

This morning at Stocker Elementary School, 6315 – 67th Street, a veteran’s day observance was held.  April Nelson, the school’s principal, welcomed everyone.  The pledge of allegiance was led by Stocker second graders:  Sara Ward, Emma Oplawski, Lindy Snyder, Madelyn Wilson, Toby Bennet, Joey Ciardo, Lauren Andrews, Aidan Habel, Nora Mena, Kiannah Wierzchowski, Ja’Daeyah O’Bryant-Murray, and Tegan Peura.

Then, the Stocker Singing Sharks Choir sang “Free Like Me,” by Teresa Jennings, under the direction of Betty Peterson.  Click below to hear this very inspiring song:

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Pleasant Prairie to host Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 10

From last year’s ceremony. /Earlene Frederick photo

On Saturday, November 10th, the Village of Pleasant Prairie will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony to honor America’s service men and women and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the dedication of Pleasant Prairie’s memorial. The ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial, inside Prairie Springs Park. The memorial is located on the south side of the park near the Veterans Ball Field pavilion.

“All are invited to recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans, past and present,” commented John Steinbrink, Jr., director of public works for the Village. “We appreciate the continued participation of our local veterans’ organizations and would love to see more members of the community come out to show their support for our veterans.”

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7th annual food drive

The 7th annual food drive for the Shalom Center will take place this Saturday, November 10th, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Time Warner Cable parking lot, 1403 Washington Road.  Ed Kubicki, county board supervisor, is organizing the food drive, and is accepting monetary donations as well as food items.

Please share your plenty with others who are less fortunate.


Boy Scouts to host spaghetti dinner Nov. 10

Boy Scout Troop #525 will host a Spaghetti Dinner on November 10th, at Trinity Lutheran Church Great Hall, 7104 – 39th Avenue, in Kenosha, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5.  Carryout is available.

Veteran’s Day events

There are several events planned later on in the week in remembrance of Veteran’s Day, which is on Sunday, November 11th.

  • On Wednesday, November 7th, at the Christian Life School, 10700 – 75th Street, veterans and the general public are invited to a presentation honoring their military service.  The event starts at 8:15 am and ends at 9 am.  Coffee and baked goods will be provided for veterans and their families afterward.
  • On Thursday, November 8th, at the Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Boulevard, in Pleasant Prairie, a veteran’s day remembrance service will include Kenosha VFW Chaplain Ken Powers, music by Beth and Tom Kneesel, and the presentation of colors and rifle volley by Kenosha Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard.  The event starts at 6 pm.  Board member Sheryl Mueller will be mistress of ceremonies, and board vice president Michael Langendorf will play taps.  Refreshments will follow.

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County Haz Mat team to host open house on Thursday

The Kenosha County Specialized Response Team’s Hazardous Materials Division is inviting the public to an open house to showcase the equipment used to provide Haz Mat Services. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 8th, at the Somers Fire Station #1, 7511 – 12th Street, in Somers.

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and County Sheriff David Beth will join the KCSRT Haz Mat Team Coordinator Mark Niederer and the Kenosha County Chiefs and Captains Group for the open house.

“This is an opportunity for people to see the equipment used to respond to hazardous materials events in the city and county of Kenosha,” said Niederer, an officer with Bristol Fire and Rescue. “We would like to demonstrate the preparedness of the KCSRT Haz Mat Team.”

For more information about the open house, please contact Niederer at the Bristol Fire Department, (262) 857-2711.

Bus trip: Art in Milwaukee

The Kenosha Public Museum is sponsoring a bus trip on Friday, November 9th, called “Art in Milwaukee.”  It departs from the museum at 9 am and returns at 4:30 pm.

Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum to see “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:  The Treasurers of Kenwood House, London.”  After lunch at Mader’s, tour two galleries of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  The Layton Gallery features, “MKE – LAX,” and the Stevens Gallery features, “Designing Desire:  The Cultural Effects of Marketing.”

The cost is $75, or $65 for Friends of the Museums and includes lunch.  Advance registration is required.  Call (262) 653-4140.

Free museum program

Later on today, at 1 pm, there will be a program at the Civil War Museum, 5400 First Avenue, entitled, “Caroline Quarlls:  My Independence Day.”  In 1842, 16-year-old Caroline, a light-skinned slave from St. Louis, escaped to Canada.  This is a live first-person theatrical performance based on the letters from Quarlls to Mr. Lyman Goodnow who escorted her from Wisconsin to Canada.  Enjoy the professional performance, ask Quarlls questions of her experiences, and have your photo taken with her.  This program is free and open to the public.

Local pair second in the Wisconsin PGA Junior Fall Scramble

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Jack Polick and Elijah Day teamed up to fire a 5 under par 67 to claim second place in the Wisconsin PGA Junior Fall Scramble at The Brute at Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Thirty-two (32) teams competed in the final PGA Junior Section event of the year. Polick and Day took second place in the 16-18 year old division, as well as the tournament overall. A 7 under par round of 65 won the competition. Polick, 13, is a seventh grader at Bristol School; Day, 17, is a senior at Bradford High School.

Country Inn and Suites special needs Halloween 2012 event coverage

The Country Inn and Suites in Kenosha just west of I-94, hosted Halloween party and indoor trick-or-treat for adults and children with special needs on October 30th at the hotel.

The event was a Halloween celebration for those with special needs and their families. Participants dressed up in their favorite costumes and then trick-or- treated in a safe, accessible environment on the first floor of the hotel. Area businesses and organizations (including and sponsored rooms and provided fun stations for the trick-or-treaters. Food also was served for those participating.

This is the fifth year for the event at the Country Inn & Suites.

Click the link below to see more photos from the event:
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VFW Post 2751 dedicates Veteran’s Memorial in Somers

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VFW Post 2751 in Somers dedicated their Veteran’s Memorial, recently constructed behind the Somer’s Municipal building, at a ceremony Saturday

The memorial cost bout $60,000 for three pavilions and concrete work. The post will take care of the flags at the memorial while the rest of the facility has been turned over to the town. The post conducted many fundraisers to pay for the memorial.

People can rent the pavilions. A now empty concrete pad is expected to one day have some sort of armament display. There also are trees yet to be planted.

The post retains rights to the site for Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.

Here are some more photos from the ceremony from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:
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Boo Fest at the Kenosha Public Museum

This afternoon, the Kenosha Public Museum featured a Halloween event called “Boo Fest.”   Children were able to make a trick-or-treat bag, and Day of the Dead puppets.  They also learned about their bones and about owl pellets, went on a scavenger hunt, and watched artist Paul Hoepner sculpt a mask.

The little girl on the right, Amanda Billerbeck, the Campfire Marshmallow,  wrote the poem on the left and colored the picture at the bottom left and presented it to the museum desk staff.

Here are some other pictures from the event:

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Miss America to return home for city’s Christmas tree lighting

The city has announced that Miss America will be home for the holidays in a big way this year.

From a press release:
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Hope Council Pumpkin Roll Coverage

/Earlene Frederick photo

The third annual Hope Council Halloween Happening Pumpkin Roll took place Saturday at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell at Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue, in Kenosha.

The event included activities for kids, a costume contest, competition for community leaders, and an all-ages pumpkin roll.

Here are some more photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick:

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“Yellow Concert” coming to Kenosha

A free “Yellow Concert” will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 1330 – 52nd Street, on Saturday, November 10th.  This is a happy, creative, and artistic concert coordinated by Christopher LeMark.  (You may recall that did an article on him back in September.  Click here if you wish to read about him:  Kenosha, Meet Christopher LeMark!)

Doors open at 6 pm, and the two-hour show starts at 7 pm.  This is a free concert for the entire community of Kenosha, highlighting the talent in Kenosha. This concert will be like a huge high school pep rally with all the trimmings of joy for the town of Kenosha.

Just imagine taking a huge, incredible, yellow, happy face and placing it in a community, and let’s see what happens!

For more information, see:  Check the link here:

Halloween events at the museums

There are several Halloween events being held this weekend at the public museums:

On Friday, October 26th, the Dinosaur Discovery Museum (DDM), 5608 Tenth Avenue, will have a program, “Dinos in the Dark,” from 4 to 6 pm.  Bring a flashlight and walk among the dinosaurs of the DDM!  The dinosaurs will come alive in the shadows as you discover their unique features with your flashlight.  One adult must accompany every 1 to 3 children.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Agencies to host eWaste recycling in Bristol on Nov. 3

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eWaste tends to be highly toxic to humans, plants and animals, and has been known to contaminate water, air, and soil. Wisconsin state law established the E-Cycle Wisconsin program to collect and recycle certain electronic devices. The law banned certain electronics from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators after September 1st, 2010. The law established registered collection sites where consumers can drop unwanted electronics which then are sold to recyclers and broken down for their component recyclable parts.

A free eWaste recycling event will be held in the parking lot of the Kenosha County Center at 19600 – 75th Street, in Bristol on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8 am to 11 am.  Items to dispose of include: televisions, computers, laptops, printers, scanners, tablet pc’s, home phones, cell phones, handheld electronic games, electronic medical equipment, and circuit board-based equipment. In general, anything with a cord.

This event is sponsored by:  Kenosha and Racine Counties Land Conservation, Kenosha/Milwaukee/Racine Counties Farm Service Agency & Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Seno Center, Caledonia Conservancy, and UW-Cooperative Extension. Please take advantage of this free eWaste recycling event.

With your participation you can continue to keep dangerous materials out of our environment and dispose of them properly.

For more information on proper disposal for eWaste, see the Wisconsin DNR website at: or email questions to the DNR at: DNRWAe-

UW-Cooperative Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming including Title IX and ADA. To ensure equal access, please make requests for reasonable accommodations to any of the above mentioned persons.

EcoFair at the Kenosha Public Museum

The Kenosha Public Museum and Gateway Technical College held an EcoFair at the Kenosha Public Museum earlier today.

Eco-friendly automobiles were on display in front of the museum. There were cars from Frank Boucher Volkswagen, Audi and Toyota Carmax, Lynch Chevrolet, and Palmen Buick/GMC/Cadillac.  Inside the museum, visitors were able to talk with local organizations including the Eco-Justice Center, UW-Extension Master Gardeners, Carthage College Environmental Science Program, CURE, the City of Kenosha Water Utility, and Eco-Fresh Habitats.

Here are some pictures from the event:

Katie from the Kenosha Water Utility

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Public safety meeting

On Thursday, October 25th, Alderperson of the 2nd district, Chris Schwartz, will host a public safety meeting at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1330 – 52nd Street, in Kenosha.  It will start at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will target Frank Elementary School and the Columbus Park area, but all are welcome.

The focus will be on neighborhood safety and non-owner-occupied properties.  However, residents are encouraged to speak on any issue, concern, or idea.

The Kenosha Crime Prevention officers and a Kenosha Police Department representative will address issues and concerns.

Summit on opportunities for Hispanics to be held at UW-Parkside

Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority population in the United States. The Kenosha County area has experienced the same unprecedented growth in the Hispanic population as the rest of the nation in recent years. However, issues such as language barriers, legal and documentation issues, lack of job training and availability, lower formal education and a lack of understanding of cultural differences and non-acceptance by the broader community are barriers to creating a climate of inclusion in business, education, access to basic services and community development.

A summit to be held on Friday, November 2nd, at the University of Wisconsin–Parkside is intended to provide an opportunity for dialogue about critical issues that need to be addressed if Hispanic families are to become engaged members of our communities and move toward self-reliance through education, workforce development and access to culturally competent resources and services. In addition to local, regional and national speakers, the summit will feature resource tables with information from local community partners. This will be a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals regarding how to address the needs of this growing demographic.

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Rescheduled Kenosha Fall Festival is Saturday

Live music, free pumpkins and crafts are among the highlights of a new event sponsored by the City of Kenosha. The Fall Festival will take place from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, October 20th, at Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue. It was originally planned for October 13th, and postponed due to rain.

Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm is providing 100 small pumpkins, which will be distributed to the first 100 children in attendance at the event. Craft supplies for decorating pumpkins also will be provided. Members of the Kenosha Art Association (KAA) will offer face painting for children. My Animix will demonstrate Anime games.

The entertainment lineup includes music by the duo, “Happy,” featuring Susan Larkin and Jean Preston of Kenosha. They will perform from noon to 1 pm, and from 2 to 3 pm.  From 1 to 2 pm, actors and storytellers will take the stage. Kids can learn how to act like their favorite Halloween character during a presentation by Maureen Cashin Bolog of Actor’s Craft. Vittoria DuMez will perform as a friendly witch, telling stories related to Halloween. Costumed Anime players from My Animix also will perform.

Beginning at 3 pm, artists from the KAA will demonstrate pumpkin carving techniques.

EcoFair to be held on Saturday

The Kenosha Public Museum and Gateway Technical College are holding an EcoFair from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, October 20th, at the Kenosha Public Museum.

Learn to live more sustainably, reduce your carbon footprint and save valuable natural resources. Find out about alternative energy for your home, more fuel-efficient cars, “green” building supplies, urban farming, recycling, composting and rain gardens.

Eco-friendly automobiles will be on display in front of the museum. Check out cars from Frank Boucher Volkswagen, Audi and Toyota Carmax, Lynch Chevrolet, and Palmen Buick/GMC/Cadillac.Inside the museum, visit with local organizations including the Eco-Justice Center, UW-Extension Master Gardeners, Carthage College Environmental Science Program, CURE, the City of Kenosha Water Utility, and Eco-Fresh Habitats.

At 1 pm, Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network will present, “Greener Yards, Cleaner Waters,” explaining how to reduce run-off pollution from rain and snow-ice melt in your yard.

The first twenty-five families to attend the fair will receive a reusable “The Lorax” tote bag, and all attendees can register to win a copy of  “The Lorax” DVD.

While at the museum, remember to visit the interactive exhibit, “Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature,” on the second floor, in the West Gallery.

The EcoFair, presentation, and exhibit are free and open to the public.

National fossil day on Wednesday

The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, 5608 Tenth Avenue, in Kenosha, will be celebrating National Fossil Day with crafts and activities for children from 3 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday.

For more information, please call (262) 653-4450.


Two Hope Council events this week

Two Hope Council events will take place this upcoming week.  The Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse is located at 5942 – 60th Street.  The first event is the Trivia 4 Hope Spook-tacular scheduled at 7 pm on Friday at the Kemper Center’s Simmons Auditorium, 6501 Third Avenue.  Teams of eight will compete.  A silent auction, costume contest, and raffle items will also be on site.

The third annual Halloween Happening Pumpkin Roll will start at 1 pm on Saturday at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell at Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Avenue.  The event includes activities for kids, a costume contest, competition for community leaders, and an all-ages pumpkin roll.  Macyn Taylor will also be performing at 2 pm.

For more information on either event, please call (262) 658-8166.


Kenosha County to celebrate 25th Red Ribbon campaign

Red Ribbon Week Banner in front of the Boys & Girls Club in Kenosha.

This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on from Kenosha Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:

This week, Kenosha County will be celebrating its 25th Red Ribbon Campaign to combat and prevent the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Over the years, we have all seen the red ribbons, posters, and maybe have taken part in an activity or educational event, but do we know the history behind this worthwhile campaign?

Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture, and brutal murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico, for over four years. His efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multi-million dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico. The successful eradication of this operation angered leaders of several drug cartels who sought revenge. As a result, they murdered key informants and then, on February 7, 1985, they kidnapped Camarena and his pilot, Captain Alfredo Zavala-Avelar.

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