Young Auditorium Looks To Local Community for Support During Virtual Telethon Fundraiser Event

Premiering Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m., ‘From Our Home To Yours’ features entertainment from some of Young Auditorium’s most beloved performers.

(Young Auditorium submission) While dealing with the financial effects of a temporary shutdown, Young Auditorium is getting extremely creative with its latest fundraising event, a first-of-its-kind virtual-telethon. Premiering Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., From Our Home To Yours is a digital video presentation featuring performances donated by some of Young Auditorium’s most beloved theatrical artists and musicians. All proceeds earned from this event will directly support Young Auditorium’s general operations fund, reinforcing the venue’s efforts to provide the highest quality arts entertainment and community outreach programs.

While highlighting the important role our venue plays in the campus and local communities, the From Our Home To Yours presentation is filled with outstanding music, theatre, and dance performances from entertainers who already have a special connection to Young Auditorium. Participating artists like The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, magician Bill Blagg, and the South Chicago Dance Theatre have each called Young Auditorium home…at least for an evening or two in the past.

The employees and volunteers who spend time here truly feel that Young Auditorium is a second home. For each event we present, we try to give our patrons, and the artists themselves, that same comfortable feeling. And while we’re not open for live, in-person events just yet, the ‘From Our Home To Yours’ program is designed to help bring some of the comforts of Young Auditorium into the homes of our supporters.

~Aaron Wesolowski, Marketing Manager – Young Auditorium

Following guidelines set forth by state and university officials, Young Auditorium temporarily closed its doors to the general public on March 14th, 2020, forcing the venue to cancel all remaining performances scheduled as part of its 2019-2020 season.

“The loss of ticket revenue experienced since the emergency shut-down is of great concern to our organization. With an estimated loss of approximately $200,000 just this fall, Young Auditorium is looking to the community we serve to help us come back stronger than ever. When the time comes to reopen our doors for live, in-person events and outreach activities, we want to be able to exceed the expectations of both loyal customers AND new patrons.
~Shannon Dozoryst, Director – Young Auditorium

During the From Our Home To Yours telethon event, individuals will be encouraged to make donations using Young Auditorium’s online platform ( The first 50 individuals to set up recurring monthly donations will even be offered a special Young Auditorium VIP pack. All proceeds earned from the event will go directly to the Young Auditorium General Operating fund, allowing the venue to move forward with planning initiatives for short and long-term goals including enhancements to digital programming, community outreach presentations, and arts education initiatives.

From Our Home to Yours – Young Auditorium Virtual Fundraising Event
Premiere Week: Thursday, October 15th (7PM) – Thursday, October 22nd

(Presentation will remain available through December 2020)

To watch the virtual fundraiser, and to make your donation, simply visit the Young Auditorium ‘From Our Home To Yours’ website (, or tune in to the Young Auditorium YouTube page starting October 15th at 7:00 p.m. While viewers are highly encouraged to participate during premiere week (10/15-10/22), the video presentation will remain available through the end of the calendar year. No purchase is necessary, but donations are strongly encouraged.

Although our theatre remains temporarily dark this fall, Young Auditorium has multiple opportunities available to watch high quality digital programming from the comfort of your home.

For complete event listings, performance descriptions, and instructions for purchasing and/or accessing
digital content, please visit

J-Hawks to Host 3 Upcoming Events: Let’s get your RUN ON next SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 at Starin Park, in Whitewater! Runs begin at 8 a.m. 10k Run, 5K Run/Walk, 2 mile Run/Walk

This is an event for the entire family

(J-Hawks submission) We know that this season has been tough on many younger runners, so we’ve added a 2 mile run/walk race to our events.

We have also created new award divisions for our high school, middle school, and elementary age racers.

New Awards Divisions:

Award Divisions (Top 3, Men, Women – Virtual Racers will have separate awards):

5k and 10k Divisions: Elementary, Middle School, High School, Post HS-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89

2 Mile Divisions: Elementary School, Middle School, Post Middle School

OVERALL WINNERS (We will be awarding gift cards to our IN PERSON overall winners! They will be mailed with your award) :

10K: Overall Men, Overall Women

5K: Overall Men, Overall Women, Overall High School Male, Overall High School Female, Overall Middle School Male, Overall Middle School Female

2 Mile: Overall Elementary, Overall Middle School Male, Overall Middle School Girl

All starts are staggered. Start times will be emailed Thursday night.


“Spiritualism & the Morris Pratt Institute & how it led to the Witches of Whitewater” – virtual Library presentation on Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

(Whitewater Public Library submission) The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library will offer “Spiritualism and the Morris Pratt Institute and how it led to the Witches of Whitewater” via Zoom on Wednesday, October 21st at 4:00 p.m.

“Join us on Facebook or YouTube for this local history program presented by Carol Cartwright of the Whitewater Historical Society. No need to register.”

This Week’s City Meetings – Corrected for Finance Committee Date

City of Whitewater Plan & Architectural Review Commission – Monday @ 6:00 p.m.
Includes work session regarding rewrite of sign ordinance; click here for agenda
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 417-612-309

City of Whitewater Finance Committee Meeting – Tuesday @ 4:30 p.m.
Second of three scheduled review meetings for the 2021 budget proposal; click here for agenda.
Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 506-781-557

City of Whitewater Public Works CommitteeTuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Includes possible changes to intersection of Franklin & Janesville Streets; Request from John’s Disposal for 2021 recycling rates. Click here for agenda.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3412
Access Code: 620-602-509

City of Whitewater Finance Committee – Wednesday @ 4:30 p.m.
Third of three scheduled review meetings for the 2021 budget proposal; click here for agenda.
Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
(571) 317-3112
Access Code: 506-781-557

Elizabeth Katzman, who raised $10,000 this spring thru Support WI Dairy yard signs, recently donated 200 baked potato bags to Community Space & Food Pantry

Elizabeth Katzman, who raised $10,000 this spring through her Support Wisconsin Dairy yard sign campaign, recently donated 200 Baked Potato Bags – in celebration of National Potato Month – to The Community Space and the Whitewater Community Food Pantry. Each bag featured a five-pound bag of potatoes – generously donated by Alsum Farms & Produce (Friesland) – butter from Grassland Butter (Greenwood), sour cream from Weyauwega Star Dairy (Weyauwega) and shredded cheddar from Crystal Farms Cheese (Lake Mills). Thanks to all for their continued support of the Support Wisconsin Dairy campaign!

Elizabeth Katzman with Christine Lindner, marketing manager for Alsum Farms & Produce – fun fact – Christine served as the 63rd Alice in Dairyland
Elizabeth Katzman and Kay Robers of The Community Space
Barbara Quast, co-manager of the Whitewater Community Food Pantry, with volunteers Steve and Judy Malone, Elizabeth Katzman

COVID-19 Community Testing Site in Janesville, Monday thru Friday – Oct. 12-16

The City of Janesville is partnering with Rock County Emergency Management and the Wisconsin National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing for the community.

Free COVID-19 testing will be available Monday, October 12, 2020 through Friday, October 16, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day at Dawson Softball Complex, 900 Beloit Avenue, Janesville, WI.

Testing is open to anyone age five and older, but especially encouraged for those experiencing symptoms.  COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Sudden Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fever
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea

No appointment is necessary, though pre-registration is recommended. Please pre-register at Registrations will not be accepted until 72 hours in advance of testing. Preregistering not only may save time at the testing site; you also may get your results quicker.

This is a drive-thru testing site and anyone getting tested must stay in their vehicle. A nasal swab will be used to collect a sample by a uniformed member of the Wisconsin National Guard.  

Due to limited testing supplies, up to 500 tests will be administered per day. The testing site will close for the day once 500 tests have been given.

A Spanish-language interpreter will be available for those who don’t speak English.

Please contact Assistant to the City Manager Maggie Darr at (608) 755-3103 with questions about the community testing. The City of Janesville continues to closely monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and provide information to assist residents and businesses to respond to the emergency as it evolves. Stay up to date by visiting

Walworth Co. Public Health, Advocate Aurora Health & Mercyhealth Hosting “Healthy Schools During COVID-19” Town Hall – Tues., 10/13

Walworth County Public Health, Advocate Aurora Health, and Mercyhealth
to Host Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall for Schools

The Walworth County Division of Public Health, in partnership with Advocate Aurora Health and Mercyhealth, is hosting ‘Healthy Schools During COVID-19: Virtual Town Hall with Walworth County Public Health and Healthcare’ on Tuesday, October 13th at 5:00 p.m.

This fall’s return to school has been unlike any other. COVID-19 has forced families and schools to make critical decisions in an ever-changing environment. This event will provide perspectives from Public Health and local healthcare partners, including an overview of COVID-19 in Walworth County, information on current best practices for schools and families, and an opportunity for questions from the community. School administrators and staff, parents and families, and other community members are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required for this event. Please visit to learn more and register.

For more information please contact Walworth County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health at (262) 741-3140, email, follow-us on Facebook or visit us online at

UW-W Presents Online Knitting 101 – Nov. 7 – Space limited

In this online class, you will learn how to knit even if you have never knitted before. If you knitted a long time ago, it will help your hands remember how to do it. This event is available to anyone aged 16 and up. All class supplies will be mailed to attendees a week prior to the start of class. Webex will be required in order to attend this event. 
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 | 9:00 – 12:00 p.m
Cost: $25 – Fee includes instruction, materials and handouts.
Space is limited to 10 registrants. 
Click here to register.

WHS National Honor Society Fall Silent Auction is open till Oct. 23

The National Honor Society at Whitewater High School is sponsoring a Fall Silent Auction this year!  Projects up for bid include virtual tutoring, yard work, house cleaning, manual labor, car care, snow shoveling, dog walking, singing telegram, gift baskets from Fanatico, spa relaxation, card games, dog goodies, winter basket with crocheted hat & scarf, rustic tree trunk outdoor flower container and framed photography.  

Information about projects and bids can be found at the WHS NHS website:

The auction will run for three weeks from October 1 – 23.  Funds raised will be used for scholarship and worthwhile projects within our community.