“Isn’t It Romantic” – Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

OK, all of you fans of Hallmark Channel romance comedies: this one’s for you! A plus-sized young woman (Rebel Wilson) disenchanted with love finds herself trapped inside a “rom com” from which there is no escape. A hilarious take on all of the conventions.

Tues., 6/25, 12:30 p.m. at Seniors in the Park

Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 29 minutes

Whitewater Community Food Pantry Recent Events

An update from Co-Managers Pat Chaput and Barbara Quast:

May was a very eventful month for the Whitewater Community Food Pantry.

Saturday, May 11th was the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive to stamp out hunger. Laurie Giorno organized the postal food drive with the assistance of Bob and Diane Schwab.  Linda Giorno Bradley, general leader of the 4-H Group for Whitewater, LaGrange and Richmond also was a big help with her group bringing up the food and organizing it into categories.  About 4500 pounds was collected.

We were also blessed May 23, with a large Spring 2019 food drive donation organized and collected by the UW-Whitewater Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha PhiDelta Theta and Alpha Gamma Delta.

We are so grateful to all the citizens and friends of the Whitewater Community for their continued support. 

Thank you!

New Beginnings APFV community workshop in Whitewater

Article and Photos by Tom Ganser

Front L to R
Ben Kelly, Lisa Otterbacher, David Byrne, Emily Radaj, Araceli Wence
Back L to R
Nathan Radaj, Pete Goihl, Sam Radaj, Deborah Grulkowski, Jessica Wilson, Regan Hammons, Nancy Schmidt, Mary Barnes, Deborah Blackwell, Brittany Redden

In May, five young teenagers and five senior citizens put their artistic and horticultural skills to the test in a fun and intergenerational experience sponsored by the Association for the Prevention of Family Violence (APFV).

The four-session workshop was supported by a 2018 grant from the Whitewater Community Foundation to promote collaboration between APFV and Studio 84, Whitewater Middle School students, and residents of Fairhaven Senior Services.

The first four-session workshop focused on providing a greater understanding of individual strengths and sought to gain insight on the different challenges each generation faces. The workshop included seniors and youth working together on a fun personality assessment and a combination art and garden project.

Throughout the sessions, the youth had an opportunity to share some technology experiences as seniors shared some of the wisdom they have gained throughout life.

Working side by side in Studio 84, the five teens and five senior citizens planned how to decorate flower pots, painted the pots, transplanted flowers and other plants into the pots, and distributed them to Fairhaven Senior Services residents.

APFV began in 1978 as a task force looking at the community problem of domestic violence, enhancing its mission over the years and expanding its services. In 2018 APFV changed its name to New Beginnings APFV and opened a second New Beginnings office in downtown Whitewater in order to better serve the needs of the northern portions of Walworth County as well as begin to serve residents of southern Jefferson County. The original office is located in Elkhorn.

New Beginnings APFV is an advocacy center that collaborates with individuals who are seeking to reclaim ownership of their lives. New Beginning advocates are dedicated to walking the journey with individuals who are navigating a challenging time in their lives that often involves emotional trauma as well as complex court and legal systems.

New Beginnings APFV provides comprehensive, compassionate support and services to people affected by domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. This includes crisis intervention, legal advocacy, safety planning, individual counseling, housing advocacy, children’s services, medical advocacy and information and referral to other relevant community resources.

To learn more about APFV, visit newbeginningswalworth.com.

Whitewater American Legion Selling its Building

As part of his comments on Memorial Day at the Veterans Memorial Building, Adjutant Steve Smith announced that a dwindling active membership, a lack of resources to maintain the building, and a refocusing on serving veterans led to the decision by the William Graham Post 173 of the American Legion to sell its building, which is 50 years old this year. “To be clear, we are not going away,” Smith stated. “We are downsizing to better focus on our mission, and we will continue to meet and function as we have in the past.” Please click here for the article in the Daily Jefferson County Union.

Whitewater Arts Alliance Hires Part-Time Gallery Manager

Whitewater Arts Alliance Logo
Taylor McDarison

The Whitewater Arts Alliance is pleased to announce that Taylor McDarison has joined the organization as the Whitewater Cultural Arts Center Gallery Manager. She began her work with the Arts Alliance on April 29, and duties will include general gallery management, working with artists and coordinating exhibits.

A graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, McDarison graduated with a BFA with an emphasis in Sculpture/Ceramics. She has presented art related research in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin and served on the executive boards of over 10 student and community organizations.  She has also displayed work in galleries located in Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, and Washington.

Taylor shares, “Having served for three years as the Whitewater Arts Alliance (WAA) Recording Secretary, I am very aware of how warm, dedicated, and passionate the people surrounding WAA’s inner workings are. From our volunteers all the way up to our board president, I am so happy and proud to be returning to a community of exceptional art advocates. In a way, it feels like coming home, and I am eager to return and be part of a very effective and thriving grassroots art culture.”

Alice’s Ordinary People: Screening & Discussion at Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will be having a screening and discussion of Alice’s Ordinary People.  The Director of the film will be in attendance to lead the discussion on Thursday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.

Alice’s Ordinary People is a documentary about Alice Tregay, an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement. Her remarkable story spans the historic period from the marches of Dr. King to the election of Barack Obama, and her great contribution in the field of politics is the thread which connects the two. The introduction and discussion will be led by the filmmaker, Craig Dudnick. This presentation is free and open to everyone.  Refreshments will be served.

WUSD All-District 5th Grade Choir Concert Tuesday, May 14

Over 100 5th grade singers from across the district will perform their Spring concert at the High School Auditorium Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM. 

Musical selections will bring joy to all with “Pick Yourself Up” from the musical “Swing Time”; the jazz chart “Blue Skies”; Gospel song “Rock-a My Soul”; “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins”; the energetic song “Bonse Aba” from Zambia, Africa; and “De Colores” from Mexico.  The concert is directed by music teachers Christine Hayes, Justin Kamp and Val Troxel, and accompanied by Barb Taylor. 

The concert is free of charge and we invite people to bring a food pantry item.