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Lifelong Whitewater resident, Karolyn Alexander will be the featured artist in a solo show at the Beloit Art Center for the month of August.

July 20, 2018


Her exhibit titled “Abstract Journey” will include over 70 of her favorite abstract paintings from the past few years. Karolyn is an active member of the Whitewater Arts Alliance and the Janesville Art League.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 3 from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E Grand Ave in Beloit, WI. Hours are Monday, 10 am-2, pm, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.


Please visit the following websites for more information:
Beloit Art Center
Karolyn’s website

Second Saturdays at Studio 84

July 20, 2018

Studio 84 is pleased to announce a community free art-making day that will begin on Saturday, August 11 from 10-4 and will happen every Second Saturday of the month. Director of Studio 84, Deborah Blackwell, states: “It’s been in our long-term vision since we opened ten years ago to provide free art making for the community. We are very happy to be able to bring this opportunity to the community and are very grateful for the Whitewater Community Foundation for making this possible with a grant for $2,000.”

Studio 84 is a non-profit art studio, gallery and store located at 121 W. Center St. in downtown Whitewater. Blackwell says, “Our main programming has a special focus on the creative development of people with disabilities. Our regular weekday programming is also open to all ages and abilities but you must register and there is a fee. The weekday programming provides individual guidance and instruction and many of our artists with disabilities end up heading into our vocational training program to sell their work.” Blackwell adds, “But Second Saturdays provides a nice time to just drop in as a family, as an adult or children over the age of 12 to make art on their own without having to preregister or pay.” Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with materials as needed but no instruction is provided. Program director, Ben Kelly, says, “Each month there will be a new art project with self-guided instructions for those who need an idea, but otherwise, people are allowed to create as they desire.” There will be paints, drawing materials, mixed media and clay available.

Kelly notes that there will be a signup sheet so we can gather a count of people and time spent so we can accurately report on the success of the programming per requirements of the grant. Kelly states, “We will also collect emails so we can keep people informed of the special project of the month or if we need to close due to bad weather.”

An adult must accompany people under the age of twelve, while those over the age of twelve can come and go during the day. “Anyone with special needs may be required to have a guardian or caregiver present depending on their needs. This will be looked at on an individual basis”, Kelly states.

“We have one basic rule to follow, Blackwell said, “and that is ‘be kind to others or you will be asked to leave’.”

You can learn more about Studio 84 at www.studio84inc.org or at www.facebook.com/studio84inc

“Hungry Caterpillar” family event on July 22

July 19, 2018

An outdoor nature exploration event for children will take place at 2 PM on Sunday, July 22, in the picnic shelter at Natureland County Park, W8338 Territorial Road (at the southwest end of Whitewater Lake).  The telling of Eric Carle’s popular audience-participation story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and Lois Ehlert’s “Waiting for Wings” will be followed by hands-on craft activities.  Finally, we will explore the park to discover and examine butterflies, caterpillars, and other insects — and observe what they are doing.  Bug boxes, magnifying glasses, and butterfly nets welcome!

Children should be prepared to walk in wooded and open prairie areas.  Water bottles, protective shoes, long pants, sunscreen, and insect repellant are recommended.  Parking, a water pump, and restrooms are on site, with an overflow parking area just up the hill.  This family-friendly event is presented by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

For additional information, contact Barb Converse at 262-473-7304.

A young boy proudly holds two insects:  a Japanese beetle and a mystery bug.

WUSD Surplus Sale – July 28th from 9 am to 2 pm

July 19, 2018

Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club donates $500 to the Whitewater Community Food Pantry

July 19, 2018

Pictured here are Kiwanis President Jerry Grant with Whitewater Community Food Pantry Co-Managers, Patricia Chaput (left) and Barbara Quast (right).

Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club donated $500 to the Whitewater Community Food Pantry after a presentation on Tuesday by Co-Managers, Patricia Chaput and Barbara Quast.

The Food Pantry accepts donations Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon at their location in the Whitewater Downtown Armory.

In 2017 alone, the Whitewater Community Food Pantry served 10,719 individuals in 3,006 households, including 6,136 adults and 4,583 children.

After their presentation, Ms. Chaput and Ms. Quast signed a children’s book, which will join the Kiwanis Whitewater Breakfast Club collection at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library.

Fran Achen Photo Competition Results

July 18, 2018

Results of the Fran Achen Photo Competition are as follows:

Best of Show: Jeff McDonald, “Sturgeon Bay Light”

Accomplished – 1st Place: William Eklund, “Test 4 Echo”
Accomplished – 2nd Place: Mary Ellsworth, “Hen and Chicks”
Accomplished – 3rd Place: Karl Mohr, “American Homestead”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: Everett Long, “Snowy Egret in Breeding Plumage”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: James J Marsala, “Wheels of Change”
Accomplished – Honorable Mention: David Throgmartin, “Great Horned Owl”

Amateur – 1st Place: Joseph Suchy, “Fire and Ice”
Amateur – 2nd Place: Sandy Ott, “Barn Ghost”
Amateur – 3rd Place: Robert Buell, “Winter Scene – Bark River”
Amateur – Honorable Mention: Robert Buell, “The Forest Floor”
Amateur – Honorable Mention: Signe Trewyn, “Morning’s Work”

Youth/Teen – 1st Place: Cambell Alexander, “Resting Butterfly”
Youth/Teen – 2nd Place: Morgan Janovec, “Scintillam”
Youth/Teen – 3rd Place: Linnea Tabaka, “On the Web”

SAVE THE DATE: Whitewater High School’s Alumni Association Annual Meeting Dinner

July 18, 2018

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018; a Social hour at 5:30 pm, followed by Dinner at 6:00 pm

Where: 841 Brew House Restaurant, 841 E. Milwaukee St. Whitewater

For reservations: Contact Jerry Grant at 262-473-2214 or e-mail jerrypackerfan@hotmail.com

Deadline August 10, 2015

Free Robotics Camp hosted by Ferradermis

July 17, 2018

Ferradermis, the Whitewater High School FIRST Robotics Team, is holding a free robotics boot camp for new and current members from August 4 – August 11. The team is open to all Whitewater High School students. Throughout the week, participants will take a small robotics project from conception to build. Students will work with Inventor to do CAD and will get experience with wiring and programming. We ask that participants commit to attending at least 5 of the 6 dates including both Saturdays.

To reserve your spot, please email Laura Masbruch at lmasbruch@wwusd.org no later than Friday, July 20. A minimum of 10 participants is needed for the camp to run.

Dates and times for the camp are listed below:

  • Saturday, August 4, 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Monday, August 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 7, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, August 9, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday, August 10, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, August 11, 8:00am – 4:00pm


LeRoy Richard Carlson of Whitewater, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Sunset Ridge of Jefferson Wisconsin.  He had been struggling with Lewy Bodies Dementia for 3 years. 

LeRoy was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 24, 1940.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University and taught woodshop in Wheaton, Illinois.  Leroy, however, was an entrepreneur at heart and moved to Richmond, Wisconsin to create and design products for the craft and gift industries until his retirement in 2015.  He was known as a “Master Craftsman” in the miniatures industry and 2 of his dollhouses are on display at House on the Rock in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

Although LeRoy lived in the Whitewater area for half his life he remained an avid Chicago sports fan. He cheered and jeered countless Bears, Cubs and Bulls games from his recliner.  He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, softball, pool and ping pong as well as mowing lawn in the sun and relaxing on the pontoon boat on Whitewater Lake with an icy beverage.

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