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November 26, 2014


















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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. 


Disney's The Lion King

Date: Friday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 7.

Location: Milwaukee

Description: The award-winning musical returns to Milwaukee on Friday, Nov. 14. From the unforgettable score, to the breathtaking sets and props, you will not want to miss this show. Tickets range from $24 to $116. CLICK HERE for more information about the show.

The Milwaukee Theatre (MAP)
500 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53222




Date: Saturdays, November 15 through December 13, 1:00 p.m.

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Take a winter walking tour of historic Milwaukee, all without braving the cold. The "Skywaukee" indoor tour of Milwaukee's best sites takes place in Milwaukee's skywalk system. Skywaukee is operated by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., and is led by a certified HMI tour guide. The tour is free for non-HMI members and children under 6, and $10 for all other adults. CLICK HERE for more information.


Plankinton Building (MAP)

161 W. Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53203


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



Holiday Folk Fair International
Date: Friday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 23

Location: Milwaukee

Description: This year's annual Holiday Folk Fair will focus on artisans and their crafts, featuring masterfully crafted items like pottery, quilts, stained glass, clothing, jewelry, and more. At the event, enjoy live entertainment and delicious foods, highlighting a variety of cultural traditions. For more information, including timings and a schedule of live performances, CLICK HERE.

Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park (MAP)
640 S 84th St, West Allis, WI 53214




Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,



This Thursday we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday where we give thanks for the many people and opportunities in each of our lives. I am thankful not only for the chance to spend this holiday with family and friends, but also for the privilege to represent our vibrant community in the State Senate. I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!

With the shortened week, this Larson Report will be shorter than usual. We will resume with full-length coverage on the most important local issues again next week.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7


Thanksgiving 2014

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Thanksgiving Proclamation, officially recognizing Thanksgiving as a federal holiday. At the time, the country was in the midst of the Civil War. In his speech, President Lincoln called for the American people to come together and give thanks, despite the harsh realities of war that divided the nation. He said, "peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the military conflict."

On the fourth Thursday of November, families across the United States take time to give thanks. Enjoy this holiday season with family, friends, and neighbors, and remember all that we have in our state and nation to be thankful for.

Holiday Events in Our Community

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and our community has already begun celebrating. Continue reading to see a list of family-friendly holiday events taking place throughout our neighborhoods around Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

Click here for more information.

South Milwaukee Christmas Market
Date: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: South Milwaukee
This indoor version of the Downtown market features a variety of vendors selling arts, crafts, organics, baked goods, and more. For this special market, live music with the Horns a Plenty Christmas will be featured at 11:00 a.m.

South Milwaukee High School (MAP)
801 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172

13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Oak Creek
This Oak Creek celebration begins at City Hall at 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly event is free for the public, and features holiday music, activities, and treats, and a special appearance by Santa arriving on an Oak Creek Fire Truck.

Oak Creek City Hall and the Community Center (MAP)
8580 S Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Click here for more information.

South Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Date: Sunday, Nov. 30
Location: South Milwaukee City Hall
South Milwaukee begins its holiday celebrations with the Lions' Christmas Parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m. at 12th and Milwaukee, and ends at City Hall. At City Hall, enjoy a number of holiday traditions including ornament decorating, visits with Santa, a performance by the South Milwaukee High School Madrigal Singers, and much more. Make sure to stay until 5:00 p.m. to see the lighting of the city Christmas tree.

Give Back This Holiday Season

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 websites.

Click here to visit Hunger Task Force Inc.'s website.

Click here to visit Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin's website.


Did you know...?

In 2012, the Indie music group Bon Iver sent shockwaves through the popular musical community, winning both Best New Artist -- over well-known performers like Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, and J.Cole -- and Best Alternative Music Album.

But did you know that Bon Iver is originally from Wisconsin? Singer-songwriter and frontman for Bon Iver, Justin Vernon, was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The band's first album "For Emma, Forever Ago" was even recorded in Vernon's cabin in northwest Wisconsin.

Bon Iver went on to achieve major national and international recognition, wrapping up their world tour in late 2012, and most recently collaborating with rapper Kanye West on his album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. The month is meant to raise awareness to Alzheimer's disease, and encourage research for a cure. The number of Americans affected by Alzheimer's has grown significantly since 1983. Every 67 seconds, another American develops Alzheimer's. In 1983, only 2 million Americans suffered from Alzheimer's. Today, the number is nearly 5.4 million.


This year, the Alzheimer's Association of America is highlighting National Caregiver Month, to recognize the importance of the approximately 15 million caregivers who provide necessary support services for those affected by Alzheimer's.

There are many ways you can get involved in Alzheimer's awareness causes. According to the Alzheimer's Association, you can:

  • Educate friends and family about Alzheimer's

  • Host a "Purple with a Purpose" event (The official color for Alzheimer's awareness is purple)

  • Host a "Walk to End Alzheimer's" in your community

  • Turn your Facebook profile picture or cover photo purple

To learn more about Alzheimer's disease and spreading awareness, visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

Click here for more information.


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