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December 23, 2014

     

 













 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT ME


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

Email:
Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

 

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

 

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SenatorChrisLarson.com

 

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COMMUNITY EVENTS
 

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. 

 

 

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market

Date: Saturdays, Nov. 1 through Apr. 11.

Location: Milwaukee

Description: The indoor Milwaukee Farmers Market starts early November, and encourages community members to buy local. The Farmer's market takes place at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. On Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM, enjoy the wide array of Farmer's Market offerings including fresh herbs, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, baked goods, seasonal jams, and more.

 

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (MAP)

524 S Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215

 

 

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Date: Now through Sunday, Dec. 28
Location: Milwaukee
Description: This six-week festival will spread holiday spirit with animated light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square, as well as hundreds of events. Marvel at the spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus, a Coach U.S.A. bus that takes visitors on a 40-minute tour. For $1 per person, visitors can relish in the holiday spirit while admiring a festive panorama. The tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown's Public Service Ambassadors who will acquaint riders with key attractions and landmarks. Tours operate Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from the Shops of Grand Avenue.

A Christmas Carol
Date: Now through Wednesday, Dec. 24
Location: Milwaukee
Description: Enjoy this timeless classic this winter at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, playing for its 39th year! See the story of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come alive on stage as the show journeys through Christmas Past, Present, and Future.


Milwaukee Repertory Theater (MAP)
108 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

Milwaukee Ballet's The Nutcracker
Date: Now through Saturday, Dec. 27
Location: Milwaukee
Description: Experience the magic for the first time, or fall in love all over again with this timeless holiday tale. Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's iconic score as the young artists of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and the Milwaukee Children's Choir join the dancers of Milwaukee Ballet to fill your heart with festive spirit and memories that will last a lifetime.


Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (MAP)
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

 

 




 



 



 

 

Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,

 

The holidays are here, and holiday cheer is all around us! Our neighborhoods have been adorned with lights and decorations, warmed with community celebrations, entertained by festive carolers, and dusted with (some) sparkling snow of a traditional Wisconsin holiday season. I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and bright 2015!I encourage all to take time to appreciate the family and friends in your lives this holiday season, as we reflect on 2014 and make plans for a better, brighter year in 2015.

This week's newsletter is slightly abbreviated but provides information about holiday celebrations around our neighborhood as well as ways to give back to our community this holiday season. We'll resume the full Larson Report with the upcoming legislative session starting the week of January 5. We are getting geared up with ideas to improve our great state. If you have something you'd like to suggest or an issue you'd like us to tackle, please send it my way.

I wish you and your family a Happy Holiday, and bright New Year!


Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

 

Holiday Energy-Efficiency

"Chris, Jessica, and Atticus with Santa, one week before Stella was born (she hasn't been able to meet Santa yet)." During the holiday season, neighborhoods and homes light up with fantastic displays of reindeer, snowflakes, and beautifully decorated trees. But did you ever wonder how much of an impact the holiday festivities make on Wisconsin energy? According to Wisconsin Public Service, little changes in the way you celebrate can have big impacts on Wisconsin's energy savings.

 

Lighting Tips:

  • Replace old holiday lights with LED lights, which use a fraction of the energy of traditional holiday lights, and often last up to 20 years.

  • Plug lighting displays into a timer, set to run during only the early evening hours

  • If you don't use timers, unplug lights when you leave the house or go to sleep (even when you switch off lights, some energy is still being used)

  • Use a Holiday Lighting Cost Calculator to see how much your lighting displays really cost.

Click here to view a holiday lighting cost calculator.

 

Heating tips:

  • Set thermostats to temperatures between 66 degrees and 68 degrees, a comfortable setting for most people. For every 1 degree you lower your thermostat, you reduce your energy use (on average) by 1-3 percent.

  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees, which can cut water heating costs by up to 10 percent

Safety tips:

  • Check holiday lights for damaged sockets, plugs, and cords, and replace anything that looks defective.

  • Are you stringing lights outdoors? Be sure they are marked for outdoor use, and make sure to keep outdoor lights away from power lines.

  • Fasten outdoor lighting securely to your home's exterior to protect the lights from wind damage.

  • To avoid overloading electrical circuits, never plug in more than three sets of lights to one extension cord.

  • Turn off all electrical decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Did you know...?

You may associate candy canes, and candy-cane flavored holiday treats with the Christmas season, but did you know that the first candy cane dates back to 1670 in Germany?

 

According to holiday lore, a choirmaster distributed sugar sticks bent into the shape of a shepherds' crook to quiet his young singers during Christmas services.

 

Today more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made for the holidays, enough to stretch from Santa Claus, Indiana, to North Pole, Alaska, and back again 32 times.

 

Holiday Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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 website. If you want to see what is available in your community there are various websites that try to centralize volunteer opportunities located in your desired field of interest and Wisconsin region. More information about such websites 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.

Click here to search volunteer opportunities courtesy of the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee.

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.

Click here to search volunteer opportunities courtesy of Idealist.

 

Holiday Events

 

The Holiday Season has officially begun in our neighborhood, and the community has started celebrating. Continue reading to see a list of family-friendly holiday events taking place throughout our neighborhoods around the holidays.


Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival
Date: Now through Sunday, Dec. 28

Location: Milwaukee
This six-week festival will spread holiday spirit with animated light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square, as well as hundreds of events. Marvel at the spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus, a Coach U.S.A. bus that takes visitors on a 40-minute tour. For $1 per person, visitors can relish in the holiday spirit while admiring a festive panorama. The tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown's Public Service Ambassadors who will acquaint riders with key attractions and landmarks. Tours operate Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from the Shops of Grand Avenue.

 

A Christmas Carol
Date: Now through Wednesday, Dec. 24
Location: Milwaukee
Enjoy this timeless classic this winter at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, playing for its 39th year! See the story of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come alive on stage as the show journeys through Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater (MAP)
108 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Milwaukee Ballet's The Nutcracker
Date: Now through Saturday, Dec. 27
Location: Milwaukee
Experience the magic for the first time, or fall in love all over again with this timeless holiday tale. Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's iconic score as the young artists of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy and the Milwaukee Children's Choir join the dancers of Milwaukee Ballet to fill your heart with festive spirit and memories that will last a lifetime.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (MAP)
929 N. Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

 

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