Whitewater Responds Team Members are Hometown Heroes

(Whitewater Unites Lives submission) The Whitewater Responds Team members, made up of Terrie Parenteau; Barb Dickens; Deb and Dave Gamble; Kelli Danielski; Jessie, Ethan and  Colin Dugan; and Traci and Nick Wilson,  are Hometown Heroes for, “The Whitewater Responds Team members at First United Methodist Church have prepared and distributed over 8,000 free, take-home microwavable meals since the start of UW-Whitewater’s fall semester. Though these meals are given to many university students, they also feed families and community members. This ministry is in response to the needs of students and community members during these COVID times.”

The nomination includes:  “The Whitewater Responds Team is small but powerful. They prepare nutritious meals, complete with yummy desserts. All meals are prepared in the FUMC kitchen and are prepared with love. All meals are home-cooked. The team works all week – and often on the weekends – to prepare take-home meals for distribution on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (The smells coming out of the church kitchen are heavenly.) The team not only cooks, they also meet and greet the folks coming through the church parking lot to pick up meals at the ‘take-out window.’ Even during these times of physical distancing, relationships are formed in the giving and sharing of meals.

All are welcome to receive meals. No questions are asked. No identification is required. If you’re hungry, you are invited to join in the feast. Our role model is Jesus: he fed the 5,000 simply because they were hungry.   

Kelli Danielski and Nick Wilson

This ministry is sustained with gifts from the FUMC congregation and community members. Oftentimes we receive donations from parents of UW-Whitewater students, thanking Whitewater Responds for their nurturing and nutritious care.

Jessie and Ethan Dugan

Whitewater Responds took a hiatus during the month of December to allow the team a rest and to review and reassess the needs of the community.” Banner note: The meal distribution continues to be paused while the church kitchen is undergoing a major renovation.

Barb Dickens

WUL (Whitewater Unites Lives) is a locally-focused civil and human rights group that works to connect the people in our community and to create opportunities for all people to learn and support each other in our common humanity.   

Dave and Deb Gamble

Anyone who would like to nominate a local hero of any age should send their nomination, with a short description, to whitewaterunites@gmail.com 

Traci Wilson
Terrie Parenteau

See The World of Blue Through Brown Eyes at Roberta’s Art Gallery

(Roberta’s Art Gallery submission ) Roberta’s Art Gallery warmly welcomes distinguished Warhawk alum and faculty member Mutope Johnson in his exhibit Blue Through Brown Eyes: The Art of Mutope Johnson.

Blue Through Brown Eyes: The Art of Mutope Johnson will be at Roberta’s Art Gallery from January 13 – February 26. This exhibit starts during UW-Whitewater’s winter break, and starting Monday, January 18, the gallery will return to its usual hours of 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday. Come see the art before spring semester kicks off or stop by when you’re on campus. The exhibit is also available on the gallery website.

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Mutope Johnson

Join Roberta’s Art Gallery for a virtual reception to learn more about the experience and insight Mutope Johnson’s art offers on Wednesday, February 10 at 5 p.m. through Facebook live. Johnson describes his artwork as “reflections of African-American history and culture where they become a useful artistic tool for presenting visual art in a format that promotes meaningful discourse about art, cultural identity and cultural conservation.”

Mutope Johnson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from UW-Whitewater, and then earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree from UW-Milwaukee. He now works as a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Design at UW-Whitewater and is a coordinator of inclusive excellence and diversity for the College of Arts and Communication at UW-Whitewater as well. Johnson recognizes, “The power of the arts can add a tremendous value to all of our lives when artists choose to tell our own stories and share what we’ve created.” Come see artist Mutope Johnson’s creations at Roberta’s Art Gallery to see the stories told through his artwork.

Roberta’s Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the James R. Connor University Center (UC) at UW-Whitewater. The gallery hosts multiple exhibits and workshops each semester by collaborating with the artists–both locally and regionally. Many of our events will be held virtually this semester.

Roberta’s Art Gallery prides itself on all of their exhibits being free and open to the public. This means anyone: whether you’re a student, a Whitewater community member, or someone wanting to support the artist, stop on by to support a fellow Warhawk! For questions or further information, contact Roberta’s Art Gallery at (262) 472-3193 or ucart@uww.edu or visit our website.

Annual Meeting of Cemetery Association of Whitewater – Thurs., Jan. 28

Per Lyle Hollingshead, the annual lot owners and directors meetings of the Cemetery Association of Whitewater will be held at Hawk Bowl, 1398 W. Main St., Whitewater on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for election of officers and other business. The association is responsible for Hillside and Oak Grove Cemeteries.

This Week’s City Meetings (UPDATED with Alcohol Licensing Committee)

City of Whitewater Alcohol Licensing Committee – Tuesday @ 6:00 p.m.
Agenda includes Request for “Class B” Beer and Liquor License for Taqueria La Estrella
RRJ Inc., Juan Marchan Arroup, Agent. (Sale of Las Chicas to Juan
Taqueria La Estrella RRJ), 1170 W. Main Street, Whitewater.
Passcode: 642229
Or Telephone:
US: +1 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 924 2762 3156
Passcode: 642229

City of Whitewater Common Council – Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m.
Agenda includes authorization of CDBG application for water tower project, siting of new water tower, adoption of replacement sign ordinance, and presentation of 2020 annual report and 2021 management plan.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 918 6233 7248
Passcode: 993804
Or participate by phone
+1 312 626 6799 US
Meeting ID: 918 6233 7248
Passcode: 993804

City of Whitewater Parks & Recreation Board – Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
Agenda includes no smoking in parks discussion
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 573-645-661

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board of Trustees Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m.
Click here for the agenda.
Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 267-003-085

Experience the Magic of Bill Blagg- Live at Young Auditorium or via Live Stream – Sun., Jan. 31

Experience The Magic of Bill Blagg – Live at Young Auditorium
In-Person Tickets & Live Stream Access Available For This One-Of-A-Kind Family Event

Sunday, January 31st – 3:00 p.m. | Part of Young Auditorium’s Community Connections Series

One of the nation’s top touring illusionists will leave you spellbound as Bill Blagg brings his
one-of-a-kind, interactive magic show to Young Auditorium on Sunday, January 31st at 3:00 p.m. With limited in theater tickets available for purchase and ‘Donate What You Can’ live stream access, EVERYONE can enjoy
this family friendly afternoon of grand illusions.

Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill’s interactive magic tricks that will have you rubbing your eyes in
disbelief. Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff
personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget! Witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the
blink of an eye and so much more! The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! is more than a magic show, it’s an
interactive magic experience!

To account for social distancing and other safety protocols, only fifty (50) tickets will be made available to the
public. To purchase, please visit www.youngauditorium.com, or contact UW-Whitewater Ticket Services at

To obtain ‘Donate What You Can’ live stream access for this performance, please register using the form found
on the ‘Magic of Bill Blagg’ event page at www.youngauditorium.com. All those who register will be sent a
performance link, via email, the morning of the show. Simply click the link, and you’ll be routed to a
performance page containing the exclusive live stream.

While access to the show link is free, Young Auditorium has designated this concert as a ‘Donate What You
Can’ performance. A minimum donation of $5 per household is advised and appreciated, with all proceeds
benefitting the Young Auditorium General Operations Fund. Place your donation today at: https://www.uww.edu/youngauditorium/2020-home.

Young Auditorium’s Community Connections Concert Series, combining live, in-theatre performances with
at-home access, is sponsored by Premier Bank. Live streaming services offered courtesy of DLK Enterprises.
The Magic of Bill Blagg is sponsored by Fort Health Care.

Virtual Opera for Children! Young Auditorium and Florentine Opera Present a Family Friendly Version of La Boheme – Sun., Jan. 24

Virtual ‘Donate What You Can’ Event – Sunday, January 24th – 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate love, and its ability to overcome any obstacle as Young Auditorium and the
Florentine Opera present a child-friendly version of one of the finest operas ever written…LA BOHEME. Join
us on Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m. for this ‘Donate What You Can’ virtual performance.
In this 35-minute version of the Puccini masterpiece, follow the lives of four starving artists in search of love
and inspiration. Sung in Italian and narrated in English, children will easily be able to follow along during this
multi-language work designed specifically with little ones in mind. Recommended for ages 5-10, but
appropriate for everyone! In an interesting local twist, the story’s original location of Paris is swapped for
Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood!

Based in Milwaukee, The Florentine Opera Company is Wisconsin’s oldest fully professional performing arts
organization and the sixth-oldest opera company in the United States. The Florentine Opera Company is
driven to produce the full range of operatic works reflecting the highest musical and theatrical standards, and to
support community and education programs that foster the current and next generation of opera audiences
and practitioners.

To obtain ‘Donate What You Can’ virtual access for this performance, please register using the form found on
the ‘La Boheme’ event page at www.youngauditorium.com. All those who register will be sent an event link, via
email, the morning of the show. Simply click the link, and you’ll be routed to an exclusive performance page for
the show.

While access to the link is free, Young Auditorium has designated this a ‘Donate What You Can’ performance.
A minimum donation of $5 per household is advised and appreciated, with all proceeds benefitting the Young
Auditorium General Operations Fund. Place your donation today at:

DON’T FORGET: Tickets for all Young Auditorium 2021 Spring Season performances are on sale NOW! With
live, in-person events and ‘Donate What You Can’ live streams and virtual shows, there’s truly something for
ALL arts lovers. For a complete listing of Young Auditorium’s 2020 Digital Spring performances, visit
youngauditorium.com today.

Local Student Named to UW-River Falls Dean’s List

UW-River Falls temporarily shifts to remote learning, implements  shelter-in-place for campus housing

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (January 15, 2021) – The University of Wisconsin-River Falls fall semester Dean’s List honoring 1,995 students has been released by Registrar Kelly Browning.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a full-time undergraduate must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a scale of 4.0, or midway between an “A” and “B” average. Area students are listed below by hometown, name, and major.

Whitewater, WI

 Anna Lucht, Animal Science

Family of Five Needs Assistance After Fire Friday Morning / Esta mañana, una familia de 5 perdió todo cuando su hogar se incendió.

(Whitewater Unites Lives submission – January 15, 2021) This morning a family of five lost everything in a home fire. Family members are not hurt, but they lost everything. Gift cards, cash and donations are much appreciated. 

Donations of items can be dropped off at The Community Space during the hours they are open (and please make sure to tell the volunteers at TCS that the items are specifically for the Arredondo family.)

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Wednesday: 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Sunday: CLOSED

Questions?  Contact: (262) 379-0187

Donations of cash can be dropped off attention Rosie Martinez at Whitewater High School.  Checks can be made out to the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund – please put for the Arredondo family in the memo line.  Questions?  Contact Rosie Martinez at 262-472-8216  or Mary Geraghty at  262-472-8115.

Clothing sizes for four of the family members:


XL in shirt

underwear/boxer: L

Pants: 34X30

Shoes size: Men 8

11 year old / female:

shirts size: M (womens)

Pants: size 4

shoes: 5

13 year old/ male

shoes: 11 WIDE

athletic shorts/sweats: 2X

shirt: 2X


shirt size: 3X

shoe: 10Wide

pants: 3X or 22w 

Esta mañana, una familia de 5 perdió todo cuando su hogar se incendió. No hubo heridos pero perdieron todo. Tarjetas de regalo, dinero en efectivo y donaciones serán apreciadas. 

Las donaciones pueden ser entregadas a El Espacio Comunitario durante las horas que están abiertas. Cuando lleven donaciones por favor déjenle saber a los voluntarios en El Espacio Comunitario que la donación es específicamente para la familia Arredondo.

Lunes: Cerrado

Martes: 8:30 AM – 11 AM

Miercoles: 3:30 PM – 7 PM

Jueves: 8:30 AM – 11 AM

Viernes: Cerrado

Sábado 8:30AM – 2PM

Domingo: Cerrado

Donaciones de dinero en efectivo pueden ser entregadas a Rosie Martinez en la escuela secundaria de Whitewater. Cheques pueden ser hechos al Whitewater Unified School District family fund, por favor escriba familia Arredondo en la línea de memo. Si tiene preguntas puede contactar a Rosie Martinez al 262-472-8216 o a Mary Geraghty al 262-472-8115.

League of Women Voters – Whitewater Area Hosts Program on Local Healthcare Services for the Underserved – Thurs., Jan 21

The League of Women Voters-Whitewater Area invites the public to attend a virtual presentation, “Healthcare Services for the Underserved,” on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The League of Women Voters believes that every person should have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Our co-host for this program, Rock River Community Clinic (RRCC), provides affordable healthcare services, including dental services, to our most vulnerable populations. RRCC currently has four clinics, including one at 1461 W. Main Street in Whitewater. Cori Olin, Director of the RRCC will speak on the services RRCC provides, who RRCC serves, and the state of COVID-19 in our community. 

Due to COVID-19, this event will be virtual. To attend live, please join the webinar by using the URL: bit.ly/LWVHealthCareProgram. Passcode: 140443. Or, join us by telephone: Dial (312) 626-6799, Webinar ID: 988 5614 7123, Passcode: 140443. The event will also be livestreamed on the LWV-WW Facebook page (facebook.com/lwvwhitewater.org), as well as recorded and made available to the public afterwards.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Visit our website at lwvwhitewater.org and like us on Facebook!