State Capitol Report
When: Sunday, December 18th from 10am-2pm & Wednesday, December 21st from 5-8pm
Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th Street, Kenosha
What: Santa will be at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts and invites you to stop by with your Christmas wish list! Personal cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome. Enjoy coloring and fun activities for the kids too!
Holiday Train Display
When: Wednesday, December 21
Where: Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, WI
What: Join birders on foot and by vehicle for part of or the whole day as we count all birds we find in various habitats in eastern Kenosha county. Every effort will be made to pair new field observers with more experienced birders within designated count areas.
RSVP: Please RSVP by December 17 so areas can be assigned to participants. Contact information can be found HERE.
When: December 28th & 29th from 1-4pm
Where: Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha
What: The weather outside might be cold, but grab your Hawaiian shirts for a tropical heat wave at the Museum! Enjoy free family activities. Make a volcano erupt, dissect a real flower, create Polynesian stick maps, learn about coral reefs, and more.
When: December 31st from 7-10pm
Where: Kenosha YMCA, 7101 53rd Street, Kenosha
What: Join us for a fun, festive, family-friendly New Year’s Eve Party! Gaming In My Place, open rock climbing, build your own sundae bar, kids crafts, gym games and more. Simulated NYE countdown at 9:45pm.
Cost: Individual $10; Family $20
When: January 1st from 3-4pm
**Meet at visitor center**
What: State Parks across the nation host New Year’s Day hikes. Join in the celebration to start your year off right and learn a little about the park too.
Cost: State park admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual sticker also available. Click HERE for more info.
When: January 16, 2017 @ noon (doors open @ 11:30am)
Where: Gateway Technical College, Madrigrano Auditorium - Kenosha Campus
Keynote Speaker: State Rep. David Bowen
Theme: "The King In You"
35th Annual UAW Local 72 MLK Event
When: Saturday, January 21st @ 5:30pm
Where: UAW Local 72, 3615 Washington Rd, Kenosha
Keynote Speaker: Congressman James E. Clyburn (6th District of South Carolina)
Cost: $20/adult, $10/children under 12
Contacts: Anthony Davis (262) 948-3381; Juanita Almond (262) 632-7082; Hettie Gibson (262) 554-8673; Betty Brown (262) 633-5622; Howard McBride Jr. (847) 872-0828
On January 21st and January 22nd, you can fish almost anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp. Most waters of the state are open, except for spring trout ponds. All other inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River are open for you to test your skills and try your luck. Of course, all usual regulations and seasonal restrictions are in force
Click HERE for more information about Wisconsin's Free Fishing Weekend.
New Years Eve always comes with many
opportunities for folks to enjoy themselves. I want to remind everyone
to travel and celebrate safely this New Years Eve.
Click HERE for a complete list of branch locations. Thank you, KPL!
I hope you have been staying warm and safe during these bitterly cold days we've had this week. As the year comes to a close, I am thinking about everything that has gone on in our state over the last twelve months and everything that is coming up in 2017. I will be honored to be sworn in for another two year term on January 3rd at the Wisconsin State Capitol. I am eager to get to work offering legislation that addresses the issues you feel are most important. Our state is facing many challenges so there is a lot of work to do.
As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or Rep.Ohnstad@legis.wi.gov.
2016 Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas Tree
Photo credit: Greg Anderson
Sen. Bernie Sanders Visits Kenosha
On Monday, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont visited Kenosha's own UAW Local 72 hall for a town hall taping of "All In With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC. I know some of you were able to attend the forum. I imagine many more of you were able to watch the program since it aired Monday evening. The discussion touched on many different issues such as trade policy, education, and civil liberties.
New Artwork Hanging in Capitol Office
Every few months, Kenosha's own Lemon Street Gallery makes the trek up to the State Capitol building to share new artwork with our office and other Kenosha-area offices. It is a treat for me to be able to show off pieces by area artists with everyone who stops by my office. I am pleased to share with you some photos of the new pieces now on display in my office in Madison.
Steven Santamour, "Color Calls," Metal Print
Melanie Hovey, "Clover," Acrylic
Barbara Farrell, "Evening Shadows," Watercolor
Thank you, as always, to Lemon Street Gallery for sharing these beautiful pieces with us and for all of your work in our community. Also, be sure to check out Lemon Street Gallery's Artistree holiday gift show, happening now through December 24th.
Local Resource: Kenosha Literacy Council
Earlier this week, you may have seen an article in the Kenosha News about the Kenosha Literacy Council's 15th annual anthology release and winter celebration, showcasing nearly 60 stories written by adults enrolled in the literacy program. I want to congratulate the KLC students on their hard work and incredible accomplishment.
If you aren't familiar with the
Kenosha Literacy Council, it offers a
programs including drop-in and one-on-one tutoring, small group
classes, tutor training, plus classes in civics, citizenship
preparation, literacy computer work and related job search skills.
Most of KLC’s students (79%) are learning English as another language but others (21%) are American-born, English speaking students who need to improve basic skills in reading and math so that they can get their G.E.D. Many programs are on-going throughout the year and new students are welcome to begin at anytime. I encourage anyone interested, or who might know someone interested, to learn more about becoming a student.
Thank you to the Kenosha Literacy Council for the important work you do in our community and the difference you make in your students' lives. And congratulations again to KLC's students for all of your hard work.
Reminder from the DNR: No ice is safe ice
Ask locals for conditions
As temperatures drop and ice begins to form in many Wisconsin waterbodies, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds everyone ice should never be considered safe and early season ice conditions varies from waterbody to waterbody. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions, so it is each person's responsibility to learn those conditions.
Good sources of local ice conditions include bait store operators, fishing clubs around lakes, ice fishers and snowmobile clubs. These are the places locally most likely to have the most current information about the lakes and areas. The ice conditions on any lake can vary from location to location. Remember, even though it may look thick on the surface, moving water from streams, rivers and springs can cause ice to form unevenly.
For more information, tips, and resources, check out the DNR's Ice Safety webpage.
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