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Kids From Wisconsin will be Live! In Living Color in 2020 and Still Accepting Audition Applications

2020_SocialMedia_1 (002)The curtain opens in June and closes in August with over 60 performances of “Live! In Living Color”. The tour will take the group over 7000 miles this summer. The Broadway style performance will take a look at some of the greatest live music venues throughout the history of this country and the musical artists that helped define their legacy’s. The Ed Sullivan Theater, Caesars Palace, The Grand Ole Opry, House of Blues, and Broadway just to name a few.

22 Singer/Dancers and a 14-piece show band will be selected to perform professionally this summer. Talented and serious performing students, ages 15-20 may still apply online for the opportunity to audition.  Auditions will be held February 21 through March 1. Audition information and an online application can be found on the audition webpage.

Walk-on slots are available, although it is advised to apply online before these dates.

February 21 – Eau Claire / February 22 – Madison / February 29 to March 1 – Milwaukee

Join us this summer as “Live! In Living Color” takes the stage in a Hometown near you. Ticket and show information are on the tour page of the website.

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Miss Green Bay Area Competition Information and Candidates Announced!

The annual Miss Green Bay Area and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition (presented by R.E. Management, Inc.) will add two new titleholders to Titletown on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Bay Port High School, Suamico. The show features 12 competitors.

This year the following will vie for the Miss Green Bay Area title (Name, Hometown,
Talent, Platform):

Jazmine Berger of Waupaca, UWGB, Jazz dance – “Valerie”, It’s More than Just a
Screen; Hanna Mertens of Washington (IL), UWGB, Contemporary Dance Routine – “Head Above Water”, Standing up to Mental Illness: You are Not Alone; Kristyn Gardner of Goodman, NWTC, Saxophone, Empowerment 4 All; Kylie Thompson of Beloit, St. Norbert College Graduate, Musical Theatre Vocal “They Just Keep Movin’ the Line”, Food for Thought – Easting Disorder Awareness & Prevention; Christianna Wallander of Two Rivers, Fox Valley Technical College, Vocal – You Say, Leveling the Playing Field; Maddie Budner of New London, Edgewood College, Opera – “Quando Me’n Vo”, Unashamed and Unafraid: Empowering Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
Those vying for the title of Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen title (Name,
Hometown, Talent, Platform): Hashanti Perry of Green Bay, Clarinet – December Sky, A Beautiful Me; Jersey Tostrup of Bellevue, Dance – “I Feel Pretty”, Being Yourself; Anna Gruesen of Green Bay, Tap – “Wild Horses”, Mission Appreciation; Aubree Leitermann of Kimberly, Ballet en Pointe – “Humble & Kind”, Aubree’s Blankets for Veterans: Giving to Those Who Gave So Much; Eve Vanden Heuvel of Freedom, Piano “Toccata”, Thank You From the Heart – Thanking our Veterans; Brooklyn Heyn of Appleton, Violin – “Crystalize”, Autism Awareness: Paving the Way to Empower.

The show will also feature a mentorship program for girls ages 5-12.

Candidates ages 13-25 that meet criteria are eligible by full time residency, school
attendance, or employment in Brown County or any county directly adjacent, including:
Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano.

The production will also feature Miss Green Bay Area 2019 Kaylee Vermeern and Miss
Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen 2019 Elizabeth Black. Kaylee was the recipient of the Non-Finalist Talent Award at The Miss Wisconsin Competition held this past June. Elizabeth placed Fourth Runner Up to Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2019.
The show is open to the public on Saturday, February 1, at 4 p.m. at Bay Port High
School. Purchase tickets in advance on the MGBA website: Tickets will also be available at the door. The show will feature a silent auction.
Scholarship and prizes will be awarded to participants. The new titleholders will advance to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Competitions this June in Oshkosh.

The Miss Green Bay Area Organization is asking all former Miss Green Bays to contact
us through our Facebook page or email (  More information about the competition and this all volunteer, not for profit organization
can be found at and the organization’s Facebook page.

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Help Wisconsin Bundle Up

The MAVCB is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign. The Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running Oct. 28 – Nov. 25, 2019.

This is the ninth year of the Big Bundle Up. To date, the program has collected 155,893 warm winter items to help families in need. In addition to MAVCB, other collection sites, including Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, are located throughout the state. Visit for a full listing of donation sites.

Donating warm winter items is the perfect way to give to Wisconsin families in need as the holiday giving season approaches. A box will be located at MAVCB for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to charities in Manitowoc County. For more information about why the MAVCB is participating in the Big Bundle Up, please contact Charlene Dresang.


WHO:              Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau

WHAT:            Collecting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items to donate to local charities this winter season.

WHEN:            Oct. 28 – Nov. 25, 2019, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:         4221 Calumet Avenue, Manitowoc, WI 54220


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Lakeshore Wind Ensemble announces 2019-2020 season with several special guest artists

Members of the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (conductor Prof. Marc Sackman) and the Lakeshore Big Band, (Paul Sucherman, conductor) celebrate the 36th concert season of LWE, by sharing the stage with several guest artists throughout the season:

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
The first concert will feature the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and other masters of music of the mid century. Lawrence University Professor of Tuba, Marty Erickson, will join LWE to perform Vaughan Willams’ Concerto for Tuba, in addition to English Folk Song Suite and Flourish for Wind Band. Also on the program will be works by Bela Bartok, Vincent Persichetti and Paul Hindemith.

Friday, November 1, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Plan an exciting Friday evening of romance, love found (and lost!). Guests are invited to bring someone they love, and share songs like My Romance, Isn’t It Romantic, Fever…and more! Aerialist Linda DiRaimondo will wow guests as she performs above the stage along with special guests—the Manitowoc Roncalli High School Jazz Band.

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
LWE hosts its traditional Festival of Christmas with holiday favorites including The Saints’ Hallelujah, David Bourgeois narrating T’was the Night Before Christmas and help from the Festival of Christmas Children’s Choir. The program is narrated by WFRV-TV anchorman Tom Zalaski.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
The LWE will present music of Vienna and the Strauss family, including Overture from Fledermaus, Kaiserwaltz, Thunder and Lightening Polka, and Radetzky March. Expect a good time with the LBB as Anything Goes! The audience will be treated to tunes from the Big Band era with movie music and everything in between. Vocalists David Bourgeois and Kim Hofmann will join the band on Somewhere Out There. Guest LBB Conductor Chris Woller will share a trumpet solo with the band on Roy Eldridge’s Rockin’ Chair.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
LWE will have music by Mozart and feature the winners of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble Association Young Artist Competition.

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Spring brings crazy weather along the Lakeshore and “Spring Fever” for the April concert. Enjoy selections such as Stormy Weather, Blue Skies, Here’s That Rainy Day, and I’ll Remember April. Enjoy special guests Manitowoc Lincoln High School Jazz Band.


Saturday, May 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
The Capitol Civic Center Community Chorale directed by Jim and Susie Miller will share their beautiful voices in celebration of our nation during the May concert.


For details on performances and scholarship program, please view website: For tickets: or call the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office 920-683-2184.

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Matt Kenseth to Be Grand Marshal for Elkhart Lake Xfinity Race

Former NASCAR Champion, Matt Kenseth, will serve as Grand Marshal of the NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180. The green flag drops on August 24th at 2 p.m., central time, and will be broadcast on NBCSN.

Kenseth, from Cambridge, Wis., a two-time Daytona 500 champion, racked up 39 victories at 19 different tracks and took the top honor in 2003 as the last Winston Cup Series Champion. Kenseth also boasts an International Race of Champions (IROC) title in 2004, and qualified for the Playoffs in 13 of 14 seasons. Kenseth’s 39 Cup Series victories ranked 19th all-time entering 2018. He also recorded 20 pole positions, 181 top-five finishes and 327 top-10 finishes in 650 starts or more than 50 percent of his total Cup starts.

Kenseth has also collected 29 wins in NASCAR’s XFINITY Series with his last victory coming in the series’ at the season-finale event at Homestead in 2014. Kenseth has earned 139 top-five finishes, 202 top-ten finishes, and 17 poles in his 288 starts in the series. Kenseth is looking forward to being on hand for the all the festivities surrounding the CTECH Manufacturing 180 at Road America.

Kenseth will sign autographs for fans at the CTECH Manufacturing Trailer near Victory Lane from 11:30 a.m. to Noon. He will then wave the green flag at 2 p.m., to start the race.

“The only bad thing about it is I have to realize I am old enough to be a Grand Marshal,” Kenseth said with a laugh. “Seriously though, it is a big honor to be the Grand Marshal of such a big race. It is also close to my home. It is very nice to be honored with this and I am glad CTECH Manufacturing selected me for this year’s event, this means a tremendous amount to me.”

Everything for the NASCAR XFINITY Series CTECH Manufacturing 180, SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks presented by Menards, SCCA Pro Trans Am and F3 America’s Championship weekend begins on Thursday, August 22, with test sessions and practice sessions for Trans Am and F3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Practice for SCCA Pro Trans Am, F3 America’s Championship and practice and qualifying for SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards takes up the majority of the morning on Friday, August 23, with the Stadium SUPER Trucks running from 9:25 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

For those unaware, The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck races presented by Menards will feature four 36-inch tall aluminum ramps placed in strategic locations on the racecourse, allowing the trucks to fly 20 feet off the ground and hundreds of feet down the race course.

The first practice for the NASCAR XFINITY series is at 12:35 p.m. on Friday followed by qualifying for the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series at 1:35 p.m. The final NASCAR XFINITY practice is at 2:35 p.m. with SCCA Pro Trans Am qualifying rounding out the Friday schedule at 4:10 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, begins with SCCA Pro Trans Am driver introductions at 7:45 a.m. with the first SCCA Pro Trans Am race at 8 a.m., followed by a second SCCA Pro Trans Am race at 11:40 a.m.

A NASCAR XFINITY Series driver autograph session is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the paved area just west of Victory Lane in the Paddock.

NASCAR XFINITY CTECH Manufacturing 180 qualifying begins at 10:40 a.m., with the first SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards race at 12:50 p.m.

The green flag drops at 2 p.m., for the NASCAR XFINITY Series CTECH Manufacturing 180 race, which will also be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network. The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series presented by Menards second race rounds out the on track activity with the second race at 5:15 p.m.

Tickets are available and additional event details; ticket pricing and camping information can be found at or by calling 800-365-7223. There will be karting all weekend at the CTECH Manufacturing Motorplex, Pace Car Rides on Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a Family Fun Zone in Turn 1 on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Road America’s Disc Golf Course will be open all weekend.

Anyone 16-years-old and under gets in FREE with a paying adult at the gate. Racing runs rain or shine.

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Manitowoc Fire Fighters Support MDA with Annual Fill the Boot Drive

The Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases August 15th through the 17th.

Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, over 50 dedicated fire fighters from Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 15th – 17th at 10th St. and Franklin.
We are thrilled to be working with the Manitowoc Fire Department Local #368 another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Carolynn Hietala. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Manitowoc. “We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through Manitowoc Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Hospital in Green Bay, WI.

They also help send more than 80 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Salvation Army Camp Wonderland in Camp Lake, WI – all at no cost to their families.

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Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale Season Announced

The Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale announces dates and information for the 2019-20 season. The Chorale is open to adults, providing an opportunity to learn new songs and share the joy of song, with members ranging in age from 17 to 80. Selections include spirituals, popular music, Broadway songs, folk music, and original compositions.

According to Chorale member, Mark Schmitt, “Since moving back to Manitowoc last year, I found the Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale providing me a chance to do the things I love: learn and perform quality music; connect with other musicians in the area; and support the arts in the Lakeshore. I am impressed with the Millers’ outstanding leadership in this effort – comparable to what I have experienced in larger cities and college settings.”

Dylan Johnston, student and former Chorale member continued, “[The] CCCCC is full of talented singers and musicians that perform beautiful pieces of music. I had learned so much during the two years while I was part of the group. In the last two years, we performed an outstanding concert with combining the MSO and other chorales, singing and playing at the Capitol Civic Centre last year. I enjoyed singing under the direction of Jim and Susie Miller who helped me become a better tenor singer.”

  • Interviews: Tuesday, Sept. 10 (Mertens Lounge at the Capitol, 4 to 6 p.m.). Schedule through the Box Office, 683-2184, or call Chorale directors Jim and Susie Miller at 684-4862. Interviews are not necessary for returning singers. Interviews are intended as an opportunity for the directors to access the singer’s voice type and for the singer to meet the directors; they are not auditions.
  • Rehearsals: Weekly from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, Sept. 13, at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus.
  • Performances: At the Capitol Civic Centre Thursday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 12 at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus (Dec. 2 dress rehearsal at the Capitol). Additionally, the Chorale will be the guest choir at “The Accidental Hero” performance April 26 and the UW-Green Bay Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s “An American Salute” concert May 2, both at the Capitol. There also are opportunities for community performances throughout the year.
  • Showcasing Talent: Capitol Community Chorale performances feature soloists, guest instrumentalists, and small-group singers.
  • Cost/Tuition: $140 year/$75 semester. Refer a member; if they join the Chorale, the referring member will receive a 25% discount off their tuition. UW-Green Bay students will receive 1 credit (at no charge) for “University Singers” course. To learn more, go online:

Schedule your interview today and join the Chorale in the joy of song. Call the Box Office, 920-683-2184, prior to September 10.­­