Free Robotics Camp hosted by Ferradermis

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

Memory Café Meeting, July 9 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event will be held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be July 9 at 10:30 am. The theme will be “We All Scream for Ice Cream.”

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.

Growing and Learning at the Lincoln Elementary Garden, Mondays from 4 to 6 pm

Everyone is invited to come to the Growing and Learning Garden at Lincoln Elementary on Mondays throughout the summer for our Garden Gathering. Stop on by anytime between 4 – 6 pm to help tend to the garden, harvest and taste healthy foods, do a garden-based project, look for monarch caterpillars and more! Bring your friends and neighbors and make new friends! All are welcome.

The garden is located on the south side of the west wing of the school, just to the north of the new gym. To get to the garden this summer, due to the ongoing construction, please come from the west or north. The garden is accessible around the construction fence. If coming by car, please park on Highland Street north of the track. Do not park in the Lincoln parking lot.

For questions or to get more involved in this project, please contact School Garden Leader Liesl Schultz Hying at LINCSgarden@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Prairie, Gardens, and Greenhouse Tours Held this Summer at UW-Whitewater

Summer is the most beautiful time of year on the UW-Whitewater campus, and the community is invited to explore during free guided tours this summer. UW-Whitewater Continuing Education is pleased to offer tours of the prairie and nature preserve, landscapes, flower and vegetable gardens, and greenhouse throughout the season. Kick off the tour season with an evening tour of the prairie and nature preserve on the summer solstice, June 21.

Wes Enterline, UW-Whitewater’s sustainability coordinator and Master Gardener volunteer, will lead the tours. All tours are free with registration and open to the public.

To download a flyer with all information: 

Register for any or all tours here: http://www.uww.edu/ce/garden.

Campus maps can be found here: http://www.uww.edu/campus/.

Prairie and Nature Preserve

See how the prairie vegetation and wildlife changes over the summer months, starting with a summer solstice tour on the 21st.

Thursday, June 21, 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 7, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Meet at Lot 19


Campus Flower Gardens

Check out our annuals and perennials and learn more about the sustainable practices we use.

Thursday, August 23, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center, Lot 7


Upham Greenhouse and Campus Vegetable Garden

Our gardens yield hundreds of pounds of organic produce each summer, all donated to local food pantries.

Thursday, August 16, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 30, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center, Lot 7

These are walking tours with low activity levels. If you need accommodations or have questions about physical access, please contact Kari Borne at bornek@uww.edu or 262-472-1003.

 

State of Craft Beer – Author Matt Janzen discusses his book on craft beer in Wisconsin, June 7 at 6:00 pm

State of Craft Beer
June 7, 6:00 p.m.
Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is happy to welcome author and photographer Matt Janzen, who’s put together a unique book about craft beer in Wisconsin, aptly titled “State of Craft Beer.”
Janzen traveled throughout the Badger State over the course of two years, visited more than 130 locations and snapped thousands of photos to compile a behind-the-scenes look at Wisconsin’s breweries. The photos and stories in the book explore every aspect of the brewing process, from the fields and factories that supply everything from hops and barley to brewing equipment and tap handles.

Even if you’re not a fan of craft beer, you will be captivated by the trends he discovered while driving over 30,000 miles to explore the economic impact of this booming industry. Learn how breweries are strengthening their communities, and how the importance of that story became a book.  He’ll speak about that journey, as well as overseeing the production of the book itself — which was 100 percent manufactured in Wisconsin – take questions and sign copies of his book.

This program is free.  No registration required.

Beer tasting provided by Second Salem Brewing Company will take place following the presentation, everyone is welcome to join us! Please bring your ID along as we will be checking them for the beer tasting portion of the program.

 

 

Memory Café Meeting, June 11 at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, will host a monthly Memory Café for individuals who are living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and their care partners. This free social event will be held on the second Monday of every month in the Library Community Room at 431 W. Center St. in Whitewater, at 10:30 am.

The next meeting will be June 11 at 10:30 am. The theme will be “Rock Painting” with a focus on creative rock designs.

The Memory Café offers participants a safe and fun way to share their stories and socialize with others who have similar experiences. Learn how staying physically, socially and mentally active is good for the brain.

Registration is required for first-time attendees. Please call 800-272-3900 to register.

Sportsmen’s Campfire: A program for adults to learn hunting and fishing skills – First Meeting, June 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Not everyone grew up in a family where they learned to hunt or fish. Many opportunities exist for kids to learn these activities, but no program has been geared specifically for adults to learn. Yet there are many parents or other adults, young or old, who wish to get involved but don’t know how to begin. That interest may be driven by wanting to take your kids or grandkids fishing. It may be driven by interest in harvesting your own organic, locally grown, free range fish or game to cook a unique meal. It may also be that you just feel a yearning to learn these skills, spend quality time in the outdoors with friends and family, or enjoy the solitude of a day afield.

Sportsmen’s Campfire is a program to help newcomers learn about hunting and fishing in an informal social setting. For each meeting, a handful of sportsmen and women will be on hand to introduce you to skills and discuss what you need to know about equipment and technique to get started. Just as many current sportspersons learned “around the campfire” with family, this is an opportunity to learn from others who welcome new people to enjoy these outdoor activities.

With the beginning of summer, the first meeting will cover an introduction to fishing. An area tackle shop owner will discuss rods, reels, and lure types and how they’re used. A demonstration of casting is planned so that those attending can try their hand with some coaching and encouragement. A local DNR Warden will also be on hand to discuss regulations and answer questions.

Other potential future topics include conservation and the sportsman, how to process fish and game, where to hunt or fish, archery equipment, firearms for hunting different game species, and knives and optics for sportsmen.

The initial Sportsmen’s Campfire will be Monday, June 4 at 6:30 PM at Stillwater Coffee Company, 1650 N. Country Club Parkway, Elkhorn, WI. There is no charge for the meeting, but the cost of beverage is left to the individual.

For questions, please contact DNR Conservation Warden Mike Katzenberg at Michael.katzenberg@wi.gov or Bob Burton at reb@elknet.net or 262-215-4752.

The Walworth/Jefferson Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance to Offer Free Hiking Events On June 2, National Trails Day

Saturday, June 2 at 8 AM:  The Annual Up-to-20-mile National Trails Day Hike

Join members of the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a free guided hike of 1.5, 4.2, or up to twenty miles of the Trail in Walworth and Jefferson Counties, rain or shine!   Meet at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch parking area (free) in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area, near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive.  The trail is rocky, hilly, scenic, and can be quite challenging;  sturdy shoes, a cell phone, water, and snacks are strongly recommended.  Hikers may opt out at most road crossings;  free transportation back to the parking area will be available.  Contact Chapter Coordinator Andy Whitney at 262-949-0286 for further information.

 

Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM:  Mammoth Tracks:  Nature Exploration for Children and Families

Older children and families can take a guided hike to explore one of two nearby sections of the Ice Age Trail — down the hill to Whitewater Creek (2.2 miles) or up the bluff to the lookout over Rice Lake (1.8 miles).  A limited number of hand-peeled hiking sticks will be awarded to the young hikers afterward.  Hikes will take place on the hour between 10 AM and 1 PM — long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended!  On-going hands-on supervised nature exploration activities will be provided for toddlers and little tots.

Both activities will take place at the white Ice Age Trail tent near the Rice Lake boat launch in the Whitewater Lake Recreation Area (near the north end of State Park Road just south of Kettle Moraine Drive).  Free parking on National Trails Day.  Other amenities at the site include a playground, shady picnic areas, water, and primitive bathrooms.  This event is sponsored by the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

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

Free Fishing Day hosted by the Whitewater Optimist Club – Saturday, June 2, 2018