Whippet City Running Club – FREE class for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade!

This class helps kids learn how running can be a fun, positive, and healthy activity for lifelong fitness. Current high school/middle school cross country coaching staff and student-athletes in grades 7-12 will be present during each session to help maintain a positive, inviting, and welcoming environment for all individuals. No experience is necessary for children to participate, and families are encouraged to come and walk/run while their children attend the class. We will run on campus trails that vary in terrain, and ice water will be provided at each session. You just need to bring a water bottle and come dressed ready to run! The final session will include a short cross-country style race with appropriate flagging and a start/finish area. All registered K-6 participants that attend two out of the three course sessions before July 4, will receive a free entry into the July 4th Whippet City Mile event.

The class will meet in Lot 22 off of Schwager Drive on the UW-Whitewater campus, near the Baseball Field and Track Complex.

Meeting dates: Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 7 pm. June 26, 28, July 3, 5, 10, 12.

Register on the Whitewater Park and Rec webpage (https://whitewater.recdesk.com). Click on “programs” and search for Whippet City Running Club. Class number 1901.21

Camp CrossPointe Vacation Bible School signup open

At Deep Sea Discovery, kids dive into God’s presence with hands-on service projects and sea science that will help kids experience a VBS adventure like no other!

Camp CrossPointe will be held at CrossPointe Community Church, 445 N. Warner Rd. in Whitewater, on Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28 from 6 – 8 pm!

Please click the link to register your child(ren)! http://crosscc.org/campcrosspointe

Can’t wait to see you there!!

Savory Sounds Summer Concert: Steve Meisner, June 21 at 11:30 am

 Steve Meisner

June 21 at 11:30 am

 Birge Fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St.

Steve Meisner is a multi-talented musician, entertainer, composer & arranger. He began playing the accordion at the age of 5 and has been earning a living in the music business since the age of 16. Steve’s family has a rich musical heritage and he is a second-generation full time working musician. His father, the late Verne Meisner, had a successful music career for over 57 years. Steve’s brand of music is extremely versatile and appealing to a wide audience. He has made a name for himself by taking the music he grew up with from his father and adding his own imagination and feeling. He has brought his brand of traditional American polka into the 21st century with a fresh spark & swing while retaining the roots of this music.

In Steve’s 40 year musical career he has performed with the nation’s top accordionists, polka icons & musicians including Myron Floren, Frank Yankovic, Joey Miskulin, & Verne Meisner. He has amassed 22 LP/CD credits, 6 Single, and 7 Video releases with full production credits. He has performed nationally coast to coast and internationally averaging as many as 250 performances annually including performances at the Lawrence Welk Theater in Branson MO, Stardust-Monte Carlo-Hacienda-Orleans & Plaza Casinos in Las Vegas. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC. He and the Meisner brand of music has filtered into television broadcasts and motion pictures including TNN’s Crook & Chase Show and the ABC Network 4th of July broadcast of “In Search of America, a 4th of July Celebration” hosted by the late Peter Jennings and folklorist Nick Spitzer. He and his music are featured a full-length motion picture “Chump Change” released internationally by Miramax and he has been heard and seen on the film festival circuit in a short film called “The Pick Up Polka”. He has an original composition in the independent full-length feature “Red Betsy”. Writer/director/actor Steve Burrows from Hollywood CA call’s Steve “the Mozart of Polka”.

Steve has received numerous awards and nominations including “Musician and Band of the Year”, “Favorite Polka Artist”, “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Maryland Accordion Club, he resides as the 29th inductee to the Ironworld Polka Hall of Fame, and in 2005 an “Honor Roll” induction to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, he is the first of his generation to reside alongside his father as a “Lifetime Achiever” in the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2012. He and his father’s, original compositions are included on many best-selling polka recordings, Grammy nominated recordings, and can be found in the archives of the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and Wisconsin state libraries in both textbook and music categories. His recordings are used in preschool and kindergarten classes to teach the young and enjoyed by many generations bringing back memories of care free days.

The WAA is grateful to our partners-Fairhaven Senior Services, First Citizens State Bank, Fort Community Credit Union, Olm and Associates, and PremierBank–for helping to make these events possible.

Savory Sounds Upcoming Schedule
(11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays, inside the CAC if raining)

June 28 UW-W Jazz Camp Ensemble
July 12 Rose Among Thorns
July 19 Brass Knuckles

Wisconsin Makers, the local Whitewater makerspace, hosting three events

Tri-County Business Networking Group – Tuesday, June 19, 3 – 5 pm; This is a group for business owners, entrepreneurs and creatives in Walworth, Jefferson, and Rock counties who wish to promote positive growth through educational programming and collaboration.

Veterans Open Shop Night – Tuesday, June 19,  6 – 8 pm; We encourage Veterans to come in and see the equipment we have to create your projects. We have 3D printers, laser engraver, woodworking machines and tools, welding area and much more. We are also giving tours of the MakerSpace.

Open Make Night –  First and third Tuesday of every month, 6 to 8 pm. We are here doing projects, socializing and fixing up the MakerSpace. Our technology area is second to none with a laser engraver and 3D printers. Stop in and make something. We are also giving tours of the MakerSpace.

About Wisconsin Makers

Wisconsin Makers is a makerspace located in Whitewater, WI, serving the needs of makers, creatives, crafters, and artisans in the Southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois area.

Wisconsin Makers is dedicated to a collaborative and educational approach to creativity.  We’re a community of makers and tinkerers fostering an environment where the only limit is our imagination. We hope to work within our communities to share our love of making things with our own hands no matter our skill level. Please join us in working on your craft, sharing what you know, and learning skills from others. We are Wisconsin Makers!

Tours are generally available during the day with Pete Spangler from 10 am – 5 pm daily. Tours during nights and weekends available on request.

Wisconsin Makers Inc
200 E Clay Street
Whitewater, WI 53190


First Citizens Bank awarded Purple Angel for dementia awareness training

 From L to R: Nate Parrish, President – First Citizens State Bank; Penny Ardelt, Customer Service Supervisor – First Citizens State Bank; Eric Russow, Walworth County Aging Network;  Katie Nass, Loan Officer – First Citizens State Bank; Bernadette Russow, Walworth County Aging Network; Mary Lou Ward, AVP & Cashier- First Citizens State Bank.

The Whitewater Dementia Friendly Community Initiative (WDFCI) is proud to announce that the First Citizens Bank of Whitewater was awarded the Purple Angel on June 18th. This is the first business in Whitewater to achieve this honor. Katie Nass and Penny Ardelt of First Citizens, who spearheaded this effort, are trained and can help other businesses become Dementia Friendly. Nass became involved as a member of the Whitewater Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.

The Purple Angel is an international symbol which says employees have received dementia awareness training and are sensitive to customers and care partners who are affected by dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed in the United Kingdom by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is now making its way across the United States. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects families, each of us can make a difference for the people touched by dementia.

A Dementia Friendly Community is one that engages people with dementia, making them feel welcome and improving their quality of life while supporting their unique needs as well as the care partners and family members.

The community should know that this work is sponsored and supported by the Whitewater Dementia Friendly Community Initiative (WDFCI), the Walworth County Aging Network and assisted by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Dementia Friendly Community Initiative – Walworth County.

Supporting the Dementia Friendly Community are Memory Cafés. There is one in Whitewater on the second Monday of the month at the Irvin L. Young Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am. First-time attendees are asked to call 800.272.3900 to register. You can also find Memory Cafés in Jefferson, Elkhorn, Lake Geneva, Delavan, and Janesville.

The WDFCI is also working to bring a twice a month respite site to Whitewater in the fall. This will allow care partners a break from caregiving and a fun day out for their partner. If you are a caregiver interested in a little “me” time please call 262-473-0535 for more information.

There are free training programs available for businesses, first responders, faith communities, and organizations. For additional information please contact Katie Nass at First Citizens Bank 262-473-1401 or knass@firstcitizensww.com or Deb Weberpal Seniors in the Park, 262-473-0535 or dweberpal@whitewater-wi.gov.

8th grade Recognition celebrates transition to high school

8th grade Recognition is a night where students and loved ones gather together to celebrate an important right of passage, students transitioning from the middle school to the high school. The ceremony begins in the Ken Nehring gym, with students being recognized for their middle school accomplishments and involvement, and ends with an activity night, where students have the opportunity to engage in safe activities with their friends. This year’s class was recognized for several accomplishments in academics, athletics, and the arts.

The theme for the evening was A Night to Remember. WMS would like to give one more congratulations and well wishes to the class of 2022.

8th grade Recognition Gallery 

Photos by Tom Ganser