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April 10, 2015




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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. 

Spring Fishing Clinics for Children (Age 15 and under)
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cudahy, WI
Description: Take your children to a free fishing clinic or order to learn fishing while learning about basic safety measures and having fun! Activities will include fish identification, knot tying, equipment use and fishing techniques. CLICK HERE for more information.


Sheridan Park

4800 S Lake Dr
Cudahy, WI 53110


On Monday, April 13, there will be a public hearing in each county starting at 7 p.m. where individuals interested in the management of our public lands, waters, and wildlife have an opportunity to provide their input to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. County residents also have the option to run for election to the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding land and water management.

Nathan Hale High School

11601 W Lincoln Avenue
West Allis, WI 53227


19th Annual Beer Tasting
and Live Auction Event

Date: Thursday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Bay View


Sample exciting and inventive beers from Wisconsin's many craft breweries. The event will feature dinner and a live auction. All proceeds will provide enrichment programs for families and seniors and supply the Bay View Community Center's food pantry. Tickets are required and are $35 through March 31, $40 after April 1, and $40 at the door.
Call 414-482-1000 for tickets or CLICK HERE.

The South Shore Yacht Club


2300 E Nock Street Milwaukee, WI 53207

City of Cudahy 2015 Arbor Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 � 12:00 pm
Location: Sheridan Park, Cudahy, WI (meet at Cudahy High School�s football field)
Description: In a combined celebration of Arbor Day and Earth Day, come help in a clean-up of Sheridan Park by picking up litter and planting trees at Cudahy High School! Every little bit of effort to keep our community safe and clean is appreciated.

Cudahy High School

4950 S Lake Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

Butler vs. Bullying: Making Friends, Not Enemies
Date: Monday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Cudahy
Description: Light it up Blue and Healthiest Cudahy Collaboration presents this event featuring LeRoy Butler, to help shine a light on Autism and Child Development. The event is FREE, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at Cudahy Health Department at 5050 S. Lake Drive, Cudahy, WI 53110 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cudahy High School

4950 S Lake Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

National Volunteer Week

Date: April 12-18, 2015
Description: National Volunteer Week is a Points of Light program established in 1974 that schedules and plans thousands of events across the nation! For volunteer opportunities in your community, you can check out the following list:

Milwaukee Art Museum: After Dark Volunteer
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015 from 7:00 � 11:00 pm
Location: Milwaukee Art Museum
Description: Volunteer to help staff this semi-monthly event where the Museum is open after normal hours for a themed party!

Milwaukee Art Museum


700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Hospice Care
Date: Anytime!
Location: Heartland Hospice, Compassionate Care, Allay Hospice, Horizon Home Care and Hospice are always seeking volunteers!
Description: Volunteer with hospice patients. Many of these organizations are looking for volunteers who seek a very special and fulfilling experiences. CLICK HERE for more information.

Walk MS: Milwaukee
Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 7:00 � 2:00 pm
Location: Summerfest Grounds
Description: Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. Volunteer to help make the event a great experience. Help with the set-up, registration, greeting, giveaways, photography and more!


Summerfest Grounds


200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202


Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,


It was a pleasure to see everyone that came out to the town halls in our community last week and it was inspiring to hear from so many concerned neighbors from across Wisconsin. I'd like to thank everyone who attended for sharing their input on important topics.


Many expressed their concerns with some of the damaging provisions in the governor's budget. Recently, the nonprofit Wisconsin Budget Project has suggested alternative budgeting choices Wisconsin could make, that I think you'll be interested in. These options prove that responsible, sustainable budgeting is possible. I have a summary below.


Also, two key days of recognition are coming up: Equal Pay Day and Earth Day. Read on to learn more about these important topics, including local activities to get involved.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7



Conversations in the Community
Thank you to the many neighbors of the 7th Senate District who joined me at last week's listening sessions. It was encouraging to see so many community members take an active role in bettering our community. I appreciate the perspectives that were shared.

Important topics were brought up, many of which pertained to the 2015-2017 state budget, proposed by Governor Walker. The concerns expressed echoed those we have heard statewide at the various budget public hearings and listening sessions. It is my hope the Republican majority will take the concerns of our neighbors seriously and fix the many things wrong with this budget.

Investing in K-12 and Higher Education

Our neighbors had several concerns with the proposed education budget, as it does not create a path to prosperity for our future leaders, and lacks investment in our classrooms. The state budget makes further cuts to public schools by taking $127 million in per student aid out of our classrooms, next school year alone. 

At the town hall in South Milwaukee, an elementary school teacher asked about the teacher licensing changes proposed by the governor. She asked, "Where did this proposal come from and why does the governor think people who have no training in best practices on how to actually teach to the individual needs of a student, let alone a classroom of up to 30 or 35 kids, should be a fully licensed teacher just because they can pass a basic test?"  Since the budget was introduced I've had numerous conversations with teachers and prospective educators about this proposal. Allowing individuals -- who do not have the same skills as teachers currently must have -- to teach is a bad idea for Wisconsin and undervalues the years of instruction and continuing education that develop qualified, professional educators. 

A concerned parent brought up the issue of the removal of the cap on taxpayer funds that go to private voucher schools. This move will cost the state at least $17.2 million, on top of the billion-plus dollars already thrown at this failed experiment.

In addition to the problems with our K-12 education budget, there were also concerns regarding state's renowned UW System. At the town hall at the Urban Ecology Center about 15 professors, from both public and private universities, spoke passionately about how the cuts will have a negative economic impact on Wisconsin. They are worried it will increase a "brain drain" of talented professors leaving UW System schools for other states. Wisconsin already pays salaries about 18% below the national average.

Cutting funding to the UW System is not only bad for education, but damages our economy as a whole. Each year the UW System has a positive economic impact of over $15 billion for the state of Wisconsin. This is a phenomenal return on our $1.2 billion annual investment. As we continue to lag the nation in economic recovery, gutting $300 million from our state's largest economic driver is a dangerously irresponsible approach.

Maintaining a Strong Long-Term Care System

I also heard from many individuals who benefit from, work for, or have a loved one served by Wisconsin's nationally recognized long-term care programs. The compelling stories told by these families shed light on how horrendous the proposed changes to long-term care in Wisconsin are.

More than 50,000 neighbors with disabilities and older adults depend on Family Care and the IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) program. These programs allow for people to remain independent, while saving the state money because it keeps people out of costly nursing homes or other institutions.

At the town hall in South Milwaukee, an IRIS participant shared her experience with the program, and concerns about the proposed changes. She asked, "will I be able to keep my current service providers?" She explained this is important to her because they know her needs and are really apart of what she considers her family.

In the budget, the governor eliminated the IRIS program entirely and is proposing to change the entire model of Family Care -- which would likely force most of the current Managed Care Organizations around the state who provide these services to close. Instead, services would be delivered by a new statewide care organization, leaving the potential for just a couple large, profit-focused insurance companies in charge of long-term care in Wisconsin. 

At the South Shore Pavilion, I heard from a Family Care worker who said that participants in these programs are worried about the negative impacts these changes could have on their daily lives. There is uncertainty around things as vital as being able to keep their doctor.

Aside from the negative impacts it could have on the individuals who rely on these programs, the worker also explained the change to profit caps. The current expectation for Managed Care Organizations in the system is that annual profits must be below
2%. Under the governor's budget, there is no cap on profits for the insurance companies poised to take over these programs.

Shared, Public Lands and Waters

One value that our community has always expressed their commitment to is the conservation of our shared, public lands and waters. Therefore, it was not surprising to hear from neighbors who are upset about the destructive provisions included in the 2015-17 state budget pertaining to our environment. In fact, this budget is likely the worst for our environment in state history.

For instance, the governor's budget disinvests in our state parks; raises fees for camping, entrance, and use of state parks; allows our parks to be sold to private organizations; and allows for park names to be sponsored by corporations. This opens the door to Devil's Lake State Park, and other state parks, being renamed to Koch Industries State Park.

At the town hall at the Urban Ecology Center, several people raised the issue of Downer Woods, a beloved urban wild area, and what would happen to it. They wondered, "could it be bought and sold to a for-profit corporation for development, or could the state try to make money off of it by selling naming rights to the woods?"

This is a valid concern, and one that I hope will be reversed when the Joint Finance Committee starts making changes to the budget in the upcoming weeks.

Many expressed strong disapproval of the cuts to the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Fund included in the governor's budget. This program is an important part of Wisconsin's outdoor heritage as it prioritizes state investment in land for the public to enjoy.

An outdoor enthusiast, who came to the South Shore Pavilion, asked"why does the budget fire scientists and environmental experts that help the state make informed decisions?" This was another excellent point, as these scientists play a vital role in helping to make sure we are safeguarding our health, preserving vital habitat, and monitoring pollution in our state in a responsible manner.

Save SeniorCare and Strengthen BadgerCare

Our state's health care programs were also a topic of discussion at the town halls. One of the provisions included in the budget, that our neighbors largely disapprove of, is the attack on the SeniorCare program. The governor's budget cuts SeniorCare funding by $15 million and forces all SeniorCare participants to sign up for Medicare Part D -- a move which would reduce patient coverage and increase costs.

SeniorCare has earned widespread support because it is a responsible program that serves the health care needs of seniors in a way that makes the best possible use of scarce state and federal funds. Our neighbors in the 7th Senate District and around the state do not understand why this program is under attack."Why fix a program that works, and is tailored to the needs of Wisconsin citizens?" was a common question at the town halls.

Instead, lawmakers ought to be supporting this popular and important program that ensures our seniors are able to purchase the medicine they need. Doing otherwise could force our parents and grandparents to have to choose between groceries and their lifesaving medicine.

Another question that was asked was, "is the governor taking the Medicaid expansion money?" It was disappointing to have to answer "no" and explain the governor continues to refuse health care coverage to more people at a lower cost to the state by rejecting additional federal Medicaid dollars. Interestingly, the Wisconsin Budget Project recently did a blog post on how accepting the federal money would help solve some of the current problems in the governor's budget.


Responsible Budget is Possible

After hearing the concerns from neighbors in our community and from across the state, it is clear we need to make sure our budget is a reflection of our state's shared values. Budgets are statements of our priorities and with continued lagging job growth and our shrinking middle class, legislators must recognize that the failed policies of the last several years are not working. Instead, we need to move our state forward in a way that promotes prosperity and economic opportunity for our friends, family, and neighbors.


In Wisconsin, we have traditionally prided ourselves on making smart investments in our future. This means ensuring quality education -- K-12 and higher -- as well as prioritizing policies that benefit the majority in our state, not just a few.


Unfortunately, the actions of the governor and legislative Republicans over the past several years have dismantled our progressive history, choosing the few over the many. This has led us to a self-inflicted $2.2 billion deficit, and while the governor may be trying to create a narrative that cutting things like education and the Stewardship Fund are necessary, that is simply not the case. If we prioritize basic needs and invest in our values, Wisconsin can create a budget that works for everyone.

Saving Money By Accepting our Fair Share of Federal BadgerCare Money

As mentioned, a recent report released by the Wisconsin Budget Project (WBP) broke down the savings to our state if we accept the federal Medicaid expansion money. Using the savings, as projected by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, we can avoid many of the devastating cuts proposed by the governor.     

WBP noted that the $345 million savings, which would also allow adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level to gain access to BadgerCare coverage, would cover almost all the cost of providing BadgerCare coverage to childless adults.


WBP also put together a chart to help show the magnitude of these savings and examples of what proposed cuts in the budget bill could be avoided by expanding BadgerCare if we accept our fair share of federal funds.



(Click to enlarge)

As the graph shows, we could save SeniorCare, Family Care, IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct), eliminate the cut to K-12 education, and remove $208 million from the UW System cut, just by accepting the publicly popular Medicaid expansion money.

Avoiding Cuts by Changing the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Giveaway

The Wisconsin Budget Project (WBP) discussed in a different report the cuts to programs that could be avoided by simply freezing the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit.


This corporate tax giveaway reduces income taxes for certain corporations, whether or not they create a single job in our state. According to the WBP, when the credit is fully enacted in 2017, many manufacturing and agriculture businesses will not have to pay any state incomes taxes at all, and others will have their income taxes reduced by at least 95%.

What is concerning about this particular tax shift is the significantly larger price tag it is expected to have than what was originally projected. The WBP states, "This year, the tax cut is slated to reduce taxes for businesses by $152 million, more than twice as much as was originally estimated. Once the tax cut is completely phased in, the credit will cut taxes for business by a whopping $285 million per year, a price tag $156 million higher than originally expected."

By the end of the 2015-2017 budget, the controversial Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit will cost the state $150 million in 2015, $220 million in 2016, and $285 million by then end of 2017.

Given the much larger cost to taxpayers than what was originally planned for, Wisconsin legislators must find better balance of our resources. One option is to eliminate the tax giveaway altogether, however given our political climate, that would be unlikely. A second option would be to freeze the tax shift to the 2014 level. The WBP projects this would increase state revenues by $226 million over the next two years.

It is unfair for Wisconsinites to pay for a tax giveaway that gives them very little in return and, as stated, doesn't guarantee a single new job. By accepting our fair share of Medicaid dollars, as well as freezing this corporate giveaway, Wisconsin would have an additional $571 million to invest to make Wisconsin a stronger, more prosperous state. 

Sustainable, Fair Taxes

Governor Walker has turned his back on Wisconsin families by failing to create a fair and balanced tax system. In the governor's most recent state budget proposal, rather than investing in our already struggling schools, the governor is proposing to throw more money into the school levy tax credit, which despite the name, does not actually do anything to provide quality education.


The school levy tax credit is not allowed to be invested in our kids' classrooms, rather, it can only be used to affect property taxes. A major flaw in the school levy tax credit is it does not target help to Wisconsin's homeowners. As a result, 49% of those who pay less in taxes due to the school levy tax credit are nonresidents of Wisconsin or corporations. In the current budget proposal, this translates to about $103 million going toward corporate welfare or individuals who are out-of-state residents.


According to another WBP report, "...the largest credits go to the owners of the most expensive properties within a municipality. And on a per-student basis, the credits enjoyed by the property owners in the wealthiest school districts are almost seven times larger than the ones received by property owners in the poorest districts..."

Instead of giving away $103 million to corporations and cutting taxes for Illinois vacation homes, we could use some of this to fund the Homestead Credit, which is targeted at Wisconsinites who need it. The Homestead Credit is paid directly to residents, and is calculated using a formula that takes into account the person's income and property taxes.


In fact, the WBP says, "The value of the Homestead Credit has declined in recent years -- by $32 million between 2006 and the projected amount for 2017. That's a decrease of 23% from the credit's 2006 value. And partly because the income ceiling for qualifying for the Homestead Credit is frozen, the number of people with low incomes who benefit from the property tax cut has decreased. In fiscal year 2013, the number of Wisconsin residents who benefited from the Homestead Credit was the lowest in a decade: 223,000."


I believe if we were to make a responsible budget, we should use that $103 million, that currently Wisconsin families do not receive, and restore the $32 million that has been cut from the Homestead Credit since 2006. Doing this would provide a meaningful, fair tax adjustment to those who truly need it.

Making this change would do a better job at ensuring our state's property taxes are better balanced for Wisconsin families, while also ensuring that big corporations and out-of-state landlords pay their fair share. Under the governor's plan, the average homeowner would barely be able to buy a cup of coffee with their property tax "savings," which doesn't even take into account the $48 million in increases in taxes and fees Wisconsinites will also pay under the current budget proposal.

Responsible Budgeting is Possible

In summary, if our state were to use our state's shared investments responsibly, we could prevent the draconian cuts to K-12 education, the University System, and save other vital programs like IRIS, BadgerCare, Family Care, and SeniorCare.

In order to achieve this, all we need to do is accept the Medicaid expansion funding, limit the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit to the current levels, and use the portion of the of the school levy tax credit -- that goes to corporation and people who don't live in Wisconsin -- to reinvest in the Homestead Credit.

By doing this, we would still be providing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax relief to businesses and individual property tax payers, and would likely even have a surplus of over $160 million. If the Republican's -- who are in control of the state Legislature -- are listening, and are willing to be bold and make responsible choices that represent Wisconsin's shared values, we could have a bi-partisan budget that is good for all our children, families, and businesses.

For more information about these ideas, visit the Wisconsin Budget Project website by clicking here.



Ask Chris: What Can I do to Recognize Earth Day?

I often have neighbors contact me looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.

Q: Are there any events in our area to participate in celebrating Earth Day?  

A: On April 22, countries around the world, including the United States, will observe Earth Day. Earth Day was created to increase awareness and demonstrate support for a healthy and protected environment.

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the Department of Natural Resources are sponsoring 25 Work*Play*Earth*Day events around the state. CLICK HERE, to find an event near you!

Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator dedicated to cleaning up polluted waterways, protecting natural resources, creating green jobs, and bolstering the state's recreation infrastructure.

Gaylord Nelson's efforts helped to ensure that Wisconsin has a proud, progressive history of stewardship. Unfortunately, over the last few years the actions of some elected officials has threatened to destroy Wisconsin's environment, economy, health, and reputation as a leader in preservation. For instance, as mentioned previously, the governor's 2015-17 state budget is once of the worst in our state's history for conservation. From destroying our Stewardship Fund to eliminating the authority of the Department of Natural Resources Board, Governor Walker has made it clear he does not value our state's stewardship history.

Fortunately, in our own community, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett transformed the city into a national model for sustainability performance. He created the city of Milwaukee Office of Environmental sustainability (OES). The OES helps individuals, businesses, and organizations reach sustainability goals and strategically invests in the community to raise millions of dollars in economic activity.

If you are interested in joining the community's progressive efforts toward a greener planet, you can check out some of the following Earth Day events in our neighborhood:

Milwaukee's 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Date: Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: Join the city of Milwaukee, Rock the Green, Mayor Tom Barrett, and others in the 4th annual Earth day Celebration. This event boasts a bicycle-powered stage from Power by the People, featuring the Black Girls Do Bike and the City Haulers cycling team, and live music by De La Buena. Visit eco-educational booths featuring environmental groups from around the state and enjoy food from local vendors.

The CityCenter

735 North Water Street, Suite M180
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Earth Day of Service
Date: Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Description: Come celebrate the Earth by giving back. Bring your friends and spend a morning of volunteer activities in Riverside Park followed by a community lunch. Meet new people and have fun helping the Earth! Family hikes and "mini" service projects also available at 9:30 and 11a.m.

Riverside Park
1500 E. Park Pl.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Earth Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Description: The Great Water Group and the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center are partnering up to host this informative event. Listen to talks by Dr. Paul Roebber of the UWM Innovative Weather Center and Cheryl Nenn our Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Registration and refreshments will be available at 11 a.m. with a free tour at 10 a.m. and a raptor demonstration following the presentations. This event is free and open to the public.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217




Equal Pay Day is April 14
Tuesday, April 14 is Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day was originated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 as a public awareness event to illustrate the gap between men's and women's wages. This is an important day of awareness for all Americans as it brings attention to the hardworking American women earning less than their male counterparts. Equal Pay Day was intentionally placed on a Tuesday to represent the fact that women must work a week and into Tuesday of the next week to earn the amount men make in just one week of work, as women receive only 77 cents for every dollar a man is paid.

When hardworking Wisconsin women are not compensated fairly, all Wisconsinites are affected as this gap in pay limits the freedom and opportunity of our families to live out their American dream. The majority of Wisconsin women are either primary or co-breadwinners in their family. Therefore, as long as women in our state are making an average of $10,000 less than men each year, Wisconsin's middle class will continue to suffer.

So what has Wisconsin done to ensure women are paid equally for equal work? Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled Legislature has actually sent Wisconsin backwards in recent years. In 2009, Wisconsin led the nation by passing the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, legislation to give gender discrimination victims an avenue on the state level to recoup damages and deter bad actors from such discrimination. Before the Act, Wisconsin ranked 36th in the country when it came to closing the gender pay gap. Just a year after the law passed, Wisconsin's ranking improved by 12 spots, moving to 24th in the nation.

Shocking the nation, legislative Republicans rejected Wisconsin's tradition of fairness by voting to roll back equal protection laws for Wisconsin's working women by passing 2011 Wisconsin Act 219. The adoption of this proposal eliminates equal protection laws for Wisconsin's women and limits their ability to seek justice for discrimination. This bill not only halted much needed steps towards equal pay for equal work, but also erased prior advances that have been made. As a result, the freedom and opportunity of Wisconsin's women and their families has been restricted.

Legislative Democrats introduced legislation last session to re-adopt the Equal Pay Enforcement Act. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans voted against taking up this fairness legislation. Even so, our work on ensuring equality and fairness in Wisconsin is not done. I will continue to advocate for these things as we continue the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.


Young Professionals Week

From April 11to April 18, 2015, Milwaukee will be one of the host communities involved in Young Professionals Week. Young Professionals Week is a seven-day convention that takes place in many Wisconsin communities, including Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay, and many others.


Young Professionals Week is full of exploration and learning as participants get to explore a wide range of art, culture, and business while interacting with established professionals and key leaders throughout an array of industries. The activities span from yoga and fitness workshops in the morning to active discussions with business leaders to art tours and ballets in the evening. It is guaranteed that you will be able to find something that sparks your interest, whether it is something you have never tried before or an age-old passion.

NEWaukee, a social architecture firm that focuses on engaging and retaining young professionals in the Milwaukee-area, was the leader in developing Young Professionals Week. This year will be the first statewide event, and NEWaukee is filling and advisory role. 


Additionally, Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson and Robert W. Baird companies have both landed spots on Wisconsin's 10 Best Places to Work for Young Professionals and deserve to be recognized for the tremendous work that they do to foster growth in the professional field for young people.

Young Professionals Week will be featuring many seminars and workshops around the state that will allow professionals to network and gain experience in their careers and knowledge about their lifestyles.


Below are the times and dates of the activities that are taking place within the 7th Senate District and a brief description, provided by the Young Professionals website, that accompanies each. 

For a full list of events around the state, and more information about the events listed below, CLICK HERE.


Rise & Grind Boot Camp by Ellipse Fitness
Date: April 13, 2015, from 6:00-7:00 a.m.
Location: The Garden, Milwaukee, WI
Description: This boot camp will take the body through an anaerobic training session that will cause metabolic adaptations to improve athletic endurance.

The Spotlight: The Laundromat Project
Date: April 13, 2015, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (separate workshop from 4:00-5:00 p.m.)
Location: Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, WI
Description: The Laundromat Project believes that art, culture and engaged imaginations can change the way people see their world, open them up to new ideas, and connect them to neighbors.

Rise & Grind: Drench Fitness Movement Camp
Date: April 14, 2015, from 6:00-7:00 am
Location: The Sunburst in O'Donnell Park, Milwaukee, WI
Description: A natural movements workshop that align your posture and have you looking and feeling great.

New Patrons Studio Tour: "You Are Already an Art Collector"
Date: April 14, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Robert Marshall Building, Milwaukee, WI
Description: If you are selective about your space, style or ride, then you are already an art collector. This is your opportunity to purchase works, engage with artists and learn more about the creative process!

State of Education with Dr. Darienne Driver
Date: April 15, 2015, from 7:30-9:00 am
Location: Downtown Kitchen in the US Bank Building, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Dr. Darienne Driver and other educational organizations will share their mission and discuss how you can get involved.

The Spotlight: The Heidelberg Project
Date: April 15, 2015, from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, WI
Description: The Heidelberg Project is all about art, energy and community. It�s a great opportunity to talk with artists and other community members about art.

Rise & Grind: Sunrise PiYo Yoga -- Presented by Baird
Date: April 16, 2015, from 6:00-7:00 am
Location: Discovery World Pilot House, Milwaukee, WI
Description: PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga and moves slightly faster than a typical Pilates or yoga class.

East Town Coffee Connections -- The Milwaukee Grocery Store Game: What�s New, Trending and True
Date: April 16, 2015, from 7:30-9:00 am
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Listen to panelists talk in a round-table setting about what is new, trending and true about supermarkets. An intercontinental breakfast is provided.

The Spotlight: Boston Strong
Date: April 16, 2015, from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: The Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Nick Reynolds will talk about Boston Strong, a fundraising campaign that benefits the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Partner Event: HPGM Conexiones
Date: April 16, 2015, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Conexiones networking events are hosted by corporate partners and feature breakout sessions lead by guest presenters about career and leadership development.

The Naked Ballet
Date: April 16, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: The Grain Exchange, Milwaukee, WI
Description: The Naked Ballet blends local independent musicians with the Milwaukee Ballet to give you a completely unique experience. It is a "stripped down" version of a usual ballet performance.

Rise & Grind: November Project
Date: April 17, 2015, from 6:20-7:15 a.m.
Location: Bronze Fonz Statue, Milwaukee, WI
Description: A free fitness movement born in Boston that encourages people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get out and get moving!

Partner Event: CreativeMornings/Milwaukee: 'Humility' with Eric Resch
Date: April 17, 2015, from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Avalon Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Join for a talk as special guest Eric Resch of Stone Creek Coffee weaves together his personal story and deep love for coffee and community as he speaks on the role of humility in making bold ideas happen!

Investing in Your Future -- Presented by Baird
Date: April 17, 2015, from 11:30-1:00 p.m. (separate workshop from 1:00-2:00 p.m.)
Location: Baird, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Many young professionals are faced with questions about their future and important decisions about their finances. Enjoy lunch with some of Baird's experts, who will shed some light on what factors to consider before taking action.

The Spotlight: Atlanta Beltline
Date: April 17, 2015, from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: The Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Enjoy a riveting conversation about the Atlanta Beltline, the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the city of Atlanta and among the largest urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.

Historic Third Ward Gallery Night Art Bus
Date: April 17, 2015, from 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI
Description: Experience a tour of multiple galleries and locations. On the Art Bus, you will also get to experience a live local singer songwriter, complimentary wine and beer, and meet new people!




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