Professor Gueno to Speak on Religion and Politics in the Age of Trump

The League of Women Voters, Whitewater Area is pleased to introduce a program on religion and politics presented by Dr. Michael Gueno of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

The program will be held in the Common Council Chambers of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

Please join us for an interesting cultural perspective of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society. According to Dr. Gueno, the current entwinement of religion and American politics is the result of centuries of precedent interaction that has defined American history. This talk will explore the historical roots of the current relationship between religion and politics and try to lay out some of the complicated factors that motivated many Evangelicals to elect and now support the current president and some, the politics of the far right. American religion and American politics are inextricably bound. Paradoxically, it is America’s commitment to religious liberty that has helped to further ensconce religion in public, political life.

The public is cordially invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Wisconsin Makers Inc. will host its fourth annual iron pour on Saturday, April 13.

Area residents are invited to this family-friendly event at the regional makerspace, located at 200 E. Clay St. across from the American Legion in Whitewater. It will be held rain or shine, with inside activities in the event of cold or inclement weather.

The doors open at 9 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to watch the “pour team” — Teresa “Tree” Lind, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater lecturer of art and design, and her students melt cast iron in an outdoor furnace much the same way that the cavemen did 3,000 years ago. The only modern technology they will use is a leaf blower and, of course, modern safety gear. Once the iron is heated to 3,200 degrees, the team will fill sand scratch molds with molten metal.

At noon, Lind and her students will begin pouring the cast iron, and they will present the completed castings to participants at 2 p.m.

“This is an experience you won’t want to miss,” said Wisconsin Makers member Lynda Babcock, adding that past years’ iron pours each drew nearly 100 attendees. “Your iron mold sculpture will be a truly unique one-of-a-kind design of your own making.”

Persons wishing to create squares — which make great trivets, garden “stones” and decorative art — will be able to do so from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13.

In addition, they may attend a workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Whitewater makerspace.

People may sign up for the iron pour and purchase their scratch molds for the workshop at Wisconsin Makers via EventBrite at Each scratch mold costs $25 and includes the free workshop.

Also on Saturday, April 13, iron pour attendees will be able to take tours of Wisconsin Makers.

“We have many areas of interest to makers,” Babcock said. “Our metalworking area will be demonstrating both welding and a ‘foundry in a box.’

“There also will be an area to create ‘hardware art’ from a large pile of nuts, bolts and hardware for kids,” she said.

Brats will be available for $3, and chips and soda, for $1 each.

Wisconsin Makers is a nonprofit regional makerspace (community workshop) offering an affordable, collaborative and educational environment that inspires people of all ages to become innovators by unlocking their skills through continual experimentation and training. Work areas/equipment include: 3D printing, laser engraving, machining, welding/fabrication, electronics, blacksmithing, woodworking, ceramics/pottery, jewelry making, arts/crafts, quilting/fabric arts, matting/framing and much more.

For more information or to register for the iron pour workshop, or to learn about memberships, visit or its Facebook page at @wisconsinmakers; call (262) 753-6455; or email Lynda at

The Animal Dude at UW-Whitewater on April 12

David Stokes will be doing a program on Friday, April 12 from 10 – 11 am at the Roseman Gym, UW-Whitewater.

Through the use of songs, stories, movement, riddles, audio/visual and hands-on materials, students are actively engaged in learning. Live animals and animal artifacts are used when appropriate to enhance the learning.

David is a Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Teacher of the Year and an “Aldo Leopold” award winner.

This show is for preschool, kindergarten, elementary-age Children, families and adults. School/center/childcare groups welcome!

Come share frogs, turtles, snakes and more in an engaging, fun way. Using live animals, songs, puppets, toys and 3-dimensional objects, we will have fun exploring the wonder of animals. This will be a primary experience, with an opportunity to touch and see and hear.

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974. He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986. David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

Friday, April 12, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Roseman Gym, UW-Whitewater
$5.00 per ticket • Register online:

Boater Safety Course to be offered at the Whitewater Town Hall

A 2-day DNR Boater’s Safety class will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 from 8 am – noon at the Whitewater Town Hall (W8590 Willis Ray Road, Whitewater). This training is open to anyone (not just town residents) at a cost of $10 per person.

Wisconsin law requires that anyone born after Jan. 1, 1989 must have a boater’s safety license in order to operate a power boat or PWC.  This class is a good refresher for all ages and parents are encouraged to sign up along with their children.  Space is limited to 20 people.  

Register online at  You will need a DNR number (unless you have one from a previous course or license) or you can call 888-936-7463.

Forgiveness Authors Coming to Whitewater on April 7

The First United Methodist Church is excited to welcome Pardeep Singh Kaleka and Arno Michaelis to Whitewater April 7 for a moving presentation and “hurt people, hurt people” focused youth activity. In these divisive times, two men from drastically different backgrounds, one Sikh and one skinhead, have come together on a mission to stop hate and share the power of forgiveness.

Together Pardeep and Arno will share the remarkable story of how their friendship grew out of a horrific hate crime, the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek. Pardeep and Arno are authors of the acclaimed and moving book, The Gift of Our Wounds.

Event Details:

The public is invited to hear Pardeep and Arno on Sunday, April 7 at the United Methodist Church (145 South Prairie St, Whitewater, WI 53190). From 1:00-2:30 p.m. adults and youth alike are invited to hear from these powerful speakers in the church sanctuary. A brief reception will follow and from 3:00-5:00 p.m. students currently in eighth through twelfth grades are invited to attend a workshop, led by Pardeep and Arno, focused on active listening entitled “hurt people, hurt people.” Childcare is available for children four years old and under with 48 hours reservation to the First United Methodist Church: (262) 473-2131.

This is the first lecture in First United Methodist Church’s Draw the Circle Wide Lecture Series which works to annually bring powerful speakers focusing on social justice issues of interest to the Whitewater community.

Memory Café Meeting at Irvin L. Young Memorial Library on April 8

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is hosting 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 is 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 is April 8th. The theme will be “Therapy Dogs”, with a short presentation to learn about how dogs become therapy dogs, and what they can do to help people, and the opportunity to interact with some of them .

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.

If you are attending for the first time please call 800-272-3900.

Caregiver Boot Camp scheduled for April 6 in Janesville

The Aging & Disability Resource Center will host the Rock County Caregiver Boot Camp on Saturday, April 06, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM at the Job Center, 1900 Center Avenue, Janesville. Cori Marsh, Dementia Care Specialist at the Aging & Disability Center and Bonnie Nuttkinson, Program & Advocacy Manager of South Central Wisconsin Chapter- Alzheimer’s Association will team up to provide education and support for families coping with the memory loss of a loved one.

The Boot Camp will cover topics such as what memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s is and what the diagnosis might mean, what you might expect, planning for the future, local resources and communication tips when dealing with difficult subjects such as driving, long term care or end of life concerns.

“It doesn’t matter where your loved one lives, what matters is families having the information they need to assist their loved one to the best of their ability. Our day will be packed with information, support and even some laughter,” says Marsh. She goes on to say that “over 3200 people have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in Rock County, we want to offer education and support to those families and answer the questions they might have.”

The program is completely free and will include all the materials, snacks and lunch. Preregistration is required by April 3, 2019. Contact Cori Marsh at 608-741-3615 for more information or to register.

For more information please contact Cori Marsh at 608-741-3615 or or visit

FREE Citizenship Class | Clase de Ciudadanía Gratis

Whitewater High School

534 S Elizabeth St

Whitewater, WI 53190

  • Six weeks
  • Begins 3 April  –  8 May
  • Wednesdays
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
  • Childcare is provided

To Register:

262-949-1408 Sarah Linn (Instructor)

414-418-8424 Jorge Islas Martínez

Sponsored by the Whitewater Unified School District

  • Seis semanas
  • Empieza 3 Abril  –  8 Mayo
  • Miércoles
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm    
  • Se ofrece cuidado para niños.

Para Registrarse:

262-949-1408 Sarah Linn (Instructor)

414-418-8424 Jorge Islas Martínez

Las clases son patrocinadas por el Distrito Educacional de Whitewater

League of Women Voters to showcase program on gun violence prevention and our community

The League of Women Voters, Whitewater Area invites the public to a presentation by Whitewater resident Jenny Rule on Gun Violence Prevention and Our Community. It will take place in the Common Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in Whitewater.

Jenny Rule is a Wisconsin native and a Whitewater resident of 14 years.  She and her husband are proud parents of two teenage boys and are active with the local youth soccer club.  Last March, after the tragic rampage shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she felt called to action and started a local chapter of Moms Demand Action here in Whitewater.  Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence.  Moms Demand Action is non-partisan, open to all (not just mothers) and is active across the country.  Jenny plans to speak about local actions that her group is undertaking, including supporting survivors, teaching parents how to prevent unintentional child gun deaths, holding local gun violence awareness events, and even lobbying at the state capitol for stronger gun laws.

Light refreshments will be served.