November 23, 2011



Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or opinions you might have.

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487



Mailing Address:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707


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Supporting our 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. 



Environmental Short Films
November 30 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join student filmmakers from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and MPS for a screening and discussion of several "green" short films. Each film focuses on a different issue facing Wisconsin. The discussion will investigate and expand on what makes a film "environmental." Cost for adults and accompanied children is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information about the Urban Ecology Center and this event, please CLICK HERE.

Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park (MAP)
4145 W. Lisbon Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414) 344-5460



9th Annual Broom Ball Classic at MSOE
December 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Broomball is a great game for new and veteran players alike. For the past eight years, Milwaukeeans have teamed up to provide toys for disadvantaged Milwaukee area children. This year’s efforts will benefit Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. Join in on the fun this holiday season by playing some broomball for a good cause. Team fee registration is $50; player fee is $10 or a new toy donation. CLICK HERE to visit the Milwaukee School of Engineering's Web site.

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MAP)
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(800) 332-6763



Milwaukee Bike Swap
December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mark your calendars for the Bike Federation's annual Milwaukee Bike Swap. Stop by the union to buy and sell parts, accessories, bicycles, clothing and bike-themed crafts. The swap is a fundraiser for the Milwaukee Bicycle Works and the UW-Milwaukee Cycling Club.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children 12 and under. CLICK HERE for additional information.

UW-Milwaukee Union's Second Floor Ballroom (MAP)
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-1122



Local First Milwaukee's Buy Local Gift Fair
December 4 from Noon to 4 p.m. 
Shop 40 local vendors, all under one roof while listening to festive holiday tunes. Free brewery tours will also be offered at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Beer and other beverages will be available for purchase from Lakefront Brewery and sandwiches will be available for purchase from Fast Foodie. Admission is free. CLICK HERE for more information including a list of participating vendors.

Lakefront Brewery (MAP)
1872 N. Commerce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 372-8800



Holiday Artisan Market
December 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy one-of-a-kind handmade goods from local artisans at Discovery World’s Holiday Artisan Market. There will also be live music, festive treats, artist demonstrations, and complimentary gift wrapping for all purchases. Admission is free. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.

Discovery World (MAP)
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 765-9966




Dear Friend,


This Thanksgiving I am thankful not only for the chance to celebrate with friends and family this holiday season, but also for the opportunity to serve you in the State Senate.


I wish you a happy holiday weekend. Enjoy celebrating this festive day and remember to give thanks.


Due to the holiday, this week's Larson Report will be somewhat abbreviated, but will return to covering the most up-to-date state and community news topics next week.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7




Happy Thanksgiving!

This upcoming Thursday marks the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving. Take time to enjoy the day and reflect on everything you have to be thankful for with family, friends, and neighbors.

Our community hosts an array of activities to help us celebrate the holiday season. Continue reading to see a list of family-friendly holiday events taking place throughout our neighborhoods.


Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Now through January 1
Kick-off the local holiday season at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17 with the Holiday Lights Kick Off in Downtown Milwaukee. This event will feature more than 500,000 lights, 360 wreaths, 35 animated sculptures and 17 Moravian stars. This six-week long holiday celebration will also offer hundreds of activities.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Family Free Day at Zoo
Thursday, November 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

All visitors receive free admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo on this day, although the parking fee remains in effect. For additional information on this event or the Milwaukee County Zoo, please

Milwaukee County Zoo (
10001 W. Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 256-5466


South Milwaukee Parade and Old Fashioned Christmas
Sunday, November 27 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy holiday festivities in South Milwaukee this year by stopping by their parade and Old Fashioned Christmas. The parade kicks-offs at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of 12th and Milwaukee Avenues later ending at the South Milwaukee City Hall and Community Center. The Old Fashioned Christmas will feature children's crafts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a scheduled visit from Santa from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other family-friendly activities include

stockings, a movie, and food for sale. There will also be a city tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

The holiday season also provides many opportunities to give back to our community. This Thanksgiving, try volunteering in one of our local food pantries. Hunger Task Force Inc. and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, both based out of the Milwaukee area, provide excellent volunteering opportunities. More information can be found on their Web sites:




Make Your Voice Heard

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will continue taking public comment on the possible addition of a bike and pedestrian lane to the Hoan Bridge until Wednesday, November 30. This is the final opportunity to  make your voice heard on this issue before DOT makes their final determination on the proposed project.


Please send any comments you have on this project to Carolynn Gellings, Wisconsin DOT Project Manager.



Send a letter:
WisDOT’s Southeast Regional Office
P.O. Box 798
Waukesha, WI 53187-0798
Attention Carolynn Gellings


I would also like to thank the 250 neighbors that joined me at the DOT public hearing to including a bike and pedestrian lane as part of the Hoan Bridge reconstruction project. The hearing began with DOT discussing the various plans for the project, which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE, and was followed with a Q&A discussion where our neighbors offered thoughtful questions. To watch video from the public hearing, please CLICK HERE.



Coffee Recap

Thank you to everyone that attended the coffees in Bay View, Cudahy, St. Francis, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, and Downtown Milwaukee to share their views on community and state issues.

The thoughtful comments and questions are greatly appreciated. Hearing your perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our community is crucial as we continue working together through this legislative session.



See You in the Neighborhood

I created a survey that I am distributing to neighbors asking about various issues that are important to them, our community and our state. I have been distributing the survey door-to-door throughout our community and will continue doing so through the month of November and hopefully into December. To return the survey, simply fold it, tape it, and affix a stamp.

To save a stamp and take the survey online, please CLICK HERE.

You can also CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of this survey, which you can return to my office via mail, email or fax upon completion.


I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues. Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon!




Know Your Voting Rights

Scott Walker and Republican legislators recently enacted some of the most restrictive ID requirements for voters in the country. While they have been working to silence Wisconsin's voters, I have been working hard to keep Wisconsin's voters informed of their rights. I have created a simple handout answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Wisconsin's new voter restrictions.


To view this handout please CLICK HERE or visit my Web site, You can also CLICK HERE to view the same PDF in Spanish.




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