December 23, 2013
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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
A Christmas Carol
Nineteenth century London comes to life when you and your family join
Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and, of course, Ebenezer Scrooge on a
fantastical journey through Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Enjoy
the music, dancing, and timeless message of hope, peace, and love, as
the Dickens' classic masterpiece celebrates its 38th year at the
CLICK HERE or call (414) 224-9490 for more information.
A Kick in the Dickens 2: More Stuff in the Stocking!
Now through Sat.,
The popular holiday comedy show returns to The Alchemist Theatre. This
time your evening will be packed with even more goodies, original songs,
hilarious comedy routines, and improvised silliness. Some of Milwaukee's
top improvisers, comedic actors, playwrights, and songwriters have come
together to create this fun filled evening of holiday mayhem.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 426-4169 for more information or to
Date: Now through Sun., December 29
Centerpiece to their season, Les Miserables is the show that inspired
Skylight to focus on freedom and revolution as a conversation through
the entire year. Set in 19th century France in the midst of revolution,
this timeless musical follows Jean Valjean on his quest for redemption
after being jailed for stealing a loaf of bread, inspector Javert who
relentlessly pursues parole violator Valjean, and an abundance of other
compelling and entertaining characters. Skylight looks forward to
producing this legendary, Tony Award-winning musical in the intimate
Cabot Theatre. This epic tale of passion and sacrifice will be a
phenomenal way to share live theatre with the family during this holiday
CLICK HERE or call (414) 291-7811 for more information.
Sheridan Park Centennial Raffle
Date: Now through Fri., February 14
Description: Enter the Sheridan Park Centennial Raffle for your chance to win a grand prize that includes a trip to New York, a tour of Central Park, and tickets to a Broadway play. This is a fundraising effort to help improve the park. Raffle tickets will be available beginning Friday, November 8 through Friday, February 14 at Joe's "K" Ranch, the Cudahy Library, City Hall, Cudahy Historical Society, Pulaski Inn, and through members of the Chamber of Commerce and Friends of Sheridan Park. The raffle drawing will take place during a Valentine's Day dinner on February 14 at Pulaski Inn. Tickets for the dinner will be available at Pulaski Inn. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present in order to win. Support a great cause to improve Sheridan Park and buy your raffle tickets today.
Pulaski Inn (MAP)
3900 E. Pulaski Avenue
Cudahy, WI 53110
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
Happy Holidays! This week's newsletter provides information about local holiday events, as well as places to check out if you are interested in giving back to the community. Due to the holidays, this week's Larson Report is somewhat abbreviated, but still offers information about giving back to the community, ringing in the New Year safely, the Higher Ed Lower Debt petition and the Senate Scholar program. Additionally, this will be the last newsletter for 2013. The Larson Report will resume its normal schedule following the New Year holiday.
The holidays are here and holiday
cheer is all around us. With the decorative lights, festive carolers,
and community celebrations, it is hard not to get into the holiday
spirit. I encourage you to enjoy the holiday season by spending time
with family and friends. As we prepare for the New Year, we should take
a moment to reflect on 2013 and make plans to have a better, healthier,
happier year in 2014.
Giving Back to Our Community
The holiday season provides many opportunities to give back to our community. This winter, try volunteering in one of our local food pantries, neighborhood shelters, area health care organizations, or regional nonprofits. If you have one in mind, they likely post such opportunities on their Web site. If you want to see what is available in your community there are various Web sites that try to centralize volunteer opportunities located in your desired field of interest and Wisconsin region. More information about such Web sites is provided below:
The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee--A program of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, Inc., their mission is to promote the interests and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector through strengthening organizational capacity, expanding volunteerism, and encouraging collaboration. They centralize volunteer opportunities offered by nonprofits in the Milwaukee area.
Idealist--Connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Idealist is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. This is a good starting place for finding volunteer opportunities--whether you are looking to get involved in your own neighborhood or thousands of miles away.
Ring in the New Year Safely
Miller Lite Free Rides are returning to the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas for New Year's Eve. Miller Lite has teamed up with the Milwaukee County Transit System and Waukesha Metro Transit to provide free bus service on many routes throughout the Milwaukee and Waukesha areas as a safe transportation alternative for those celebrating the New Year.
Utilizing this service will allow you to enjoy a night on the town, while keeping the roads safer for our community. So remember to plan ahead so that you will know your return routes and times before heading out for a nice of fun. Milwaukee County free rides will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until the end of regular service. Waukesha County free rides will begin at 7p.m. and end at 1:30 a.m. on January 1.
Sign the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Petition
Exponential increases in tuition and
fees coupled with challenging economic times over the years have made it
nearly impossible for students to work their way through school, as was
commonplace in the past. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans now hold
over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt nationally.
Wisconsin's Student Debt Crisis
Some issues related to student loans
can only be dealt with at the federal level. Unfortunately, Congress'
current partisan gridlock leaves little hope for real relief for student
loan borrowers in the near future. We cannot wait for Congress to act.
It is time for innovative, common sense solutions that will provide real
relief for Wisconsin's student loan borrowers.
As you can see, this legislation offers common sense solutions for real savings on behalf of Wisconsinites managing student loan debt. I hope legislative Republicans will see the economic value of moving forward with such a proposal. Therefore, I encourage them to join me in supporting the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill. Wisconsinites cannot afford to wait any longer for more affordable college education and decreasing their debt burden.
Sign the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Petition
If you would like to see the Higher
Ed, Lower Debt bill become law, I encourage you to sign onto the Higher
Ed, Lower Debt petition. The petition states the following:
Attention High School Juniors and Seniors: Apply to Senate Scholars Today
The Senate Scholars Program is an
intensive week-long education program offered by the Wisconsin State
Senate. This is a wonderful opportunity for Wisconsin youth to view the
role of the Legislature in democracy first hand and gain experience in
the areas of policy development, constituent relations and processing
legislation. Senate Scholars will also have the chance to work closely
with senators, legislative staff, and University of Wisconsin faculty.
Admission to the program is highly competitive and limited to 33
academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from across the
state. Applications are due on Friday, January 3, 2014. Applicants will
then be notified of their acceptance on or shortly after January 17,
Take the 2013-2014 Neighborhood Survey
I created a survey for the 2013-2014
Legislative Session asking about various issues that are important to
our community and our state. The input of neighbors is greatly
appreciated. My staff and I will be working hard to deliver as many
surveys door to door as possible before winter arrives. In addition, I
have also made this survey available online.
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