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Taste of Sheboygan Coming September 14th

Great food and more fun – TASTE SHEBOYGAN to benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County will take place in Fountain Park on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.  This year’s event will feature something for the entire family including food, beverages, entertainment, and a visit from the United Way of Sheboygan County Business Champions.

10 restaurants, with unique and diverse menus from throughout the area, have agreed to participate.  Tasty tidbits from restaurants such as 8th Street Ale Haus, Paradigm, Black Pig, Ranieri’s Four of a Kind, Three Guys & a Grille, Sprechers Restaurant and Pub, The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, Nicki’s Pizza and Jakes Roundabout Steakhouse will present a diverse food sampling.

To quench every thirst, beverages including soft drinks, beers and wines will be served in a specially designated area.

A variety of entertainment will perform throughout the evening starting with Buck Shot performing at 4:00 p.m., The Big Bass Trio from 7:00 – 9:45 p.m.  So it will be food, music, fun and much, much more.


The United Way of Sheboygan County Business Champions are key companies that support the efforts of United Way, and each of these companies have created life size characters that will be interacting with the guests at Taste, as well as participate in their first every event of Punt, Pass and Kick.  Companies participating are Sargento, Johnsonville, Vollrath, Kohler, Plastics Engineering and Rockline.


Randy Schwoerer, organizer of Taste Sheboygan to Benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County said, “I’m very excited about the diversity in food sampling presented this year at Taste and all the activities we have scheduled for the night.  This will be a memorable night of sharing and recognition.  This is also a major performance by The Big Bass Trio in Sheboygan and I know they will rock the park with their diverse and fun song list.”


Proceeds raised from TASTE SHEBOYGAN will go to benefit the United Way of Sheboygan County.  This funding is used to support 42 programs and 3 focus areas provided by 22 non-profit partner agencies. United Way is also the home of the Volunteer Center with more than 50 member agencies.


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Congrats to Sara Hansen!

Ssarahansenara Hansen is being presented with a Certificate of National Service by Carolyn Jensen of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA.  She comes to the Manitowoc Two Rivers YMCA through the Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps volunteer organization.

Sara has been the Y’s Volunteer Coordinator this past year and is being recognized for her commitment to our community and country and the successful completion of service as a member of AmeriCorps.

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Need More Music in Your Life?

The Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale provides a great opportunity for adults who love to sing! Chorale directors Jim and Susie Miller are holding interviews (not auditions) for the 2017-18 concert season. The Millers are looking to expand the adult community chorus, typically around 50 singers, soon to begin its fourth season. The Capitol Community Chorale, with its home base being the Capitol and with weekly rehearsals in the music room at UW-Manitowoc, reconvenes for its first rehearsal at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14; rehearsals are 90 minutes.

Jim and Susie Miller are long-time music teachers and choral directors, now retired from formal teaching; however in addition to directing the Chorale, both continue to teach privately.

Plans are to sing American composed or arranged music for the December 5 concert at the Capitol Civic Centre and the December 14 concert at UW Manitowoc. On April 21, 2018, the Chorale will be joining the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and three other vocal ensembles to perform choruses from Haydn’s Creation at the Capitol Civic Centre. In addition, the Chorale will perform a spring concert on May 10, 2018 at UW-M­­anitowoc. Chorale singers also perform at the annual SubFest in July and are available for other community events performances.

Interviews for new singers (current members need not interview) are Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 6 and 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mertens Family Lobby/Kadow Movie Museum at the Capitol Civic Centre.

Membership fees, excluding UW-Manitowoc students, are $140 for the year or $75 for each semester. Call Jim and Susie Miller, (920) 684-4862, to schedule a 10-minute interview.

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Tools 4 Schools

Fox Communities Credit Union’s Tools 4 Schools supply drive helps provide area students the supplies they need so that teachers can focus on teaching and kids can focus on learning!

The new school year is just around the corner, and while most students will be prepared with their notebooks and pencils on the first day of class, some will sit at their desks empty handed. Buying school supplies can create a financial burden for families, particularly those who are already struggling to get by. Teachers often try to help by reaching into their own pockets to buy the supplies that those students need to be successful. We at Fox Communities Credit Union want to ease that strain.

Special collection stations are set up in our lobbies so our generous members, employees, and others in the community can donate new school supplies, or money. As seen below, each of our 22 branches is adopting a school in its community to ensure that all of the donated items stay local.

Credit union: Branch location: School the Branch Is Donating To
Fox Communities CU 2521 Steffens Ct, Green Bay Baird Elementary School, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 2200 Velp Ave, Green Bay Fort Howard Elementary School, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 800 Weise St, Green Bay Nicolet Elementary School, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 106 Main St, Luxemburg L-C Primary School, Luxemburg
Fox Communities CU 3139 Voyager Dr., Green Bay Martin Elementary School, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 3401 E Calumet St, Appleton McKinley Elementary School
Fox Communities CU 528 S Washington St, Kimberly Westside Elementary
Fox Communities CU 1724 S Lawe St, Appleton Stephen Foster Elementary Charter School
Fox Communities CU 610 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton Jefferson Elementary School
Fox Communities CU 2531 W Hwy Dr., Appleton Horizons Elementary School
Fox Communities CU 1151 Westowne Dr., Neenah Wilson Elementary School, Neenah
Fox Communities CU Winnebago Branch Waterwood School
Fox Communities CU 502 S Main St, Black Creek Black Creek Elementary & Middle School and Seymour Prime & Intermediate Schools
Fox Communities CU 515 Redbird Cir, De Pere DePere Middle School
Fox Communities CU 1302 N Shawano St, New London Catalyst Academy (HS branch)
Fox Communities CU 2170 S Ashland Ave, Green Bay Beaumont Elementary, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 411 S Military Ave, Green Bay Tank Elementary, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 1820 Main St, Green Bay Wilder Elementary, Green Bay
Fox Communities CU 2525 Lineville Rd, Green Bay Howard Elementary
Fox Communities CU 3 N Main St, Clintonville Rexford-Longfellow Elementary
Fox Communities CU 62 Maritime Dr., Manitowoc Jefferson & Franklin Elementary
Fox Communities CU 1515 17th St, Two Rivers Koenig Elementary


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Fill the Boot Coming to Manitowoc

The Manitowoc Fire Department Local 368 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, over three dozen dedicated fire fighters from Manitowoc Fire Department Local 368 will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 10th, 11th, and 12th at the intersection 10th and Franklin between 2-6 pm on August 10th and 11th, and on August 12th between 10am – 2pm.

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New Art Exhibit

Cheryl Mahowald 'Starfish'.jpg“Pulp to Paper,” a retrospective of work in paper and book arts by Cheryl Mahowald, will be shown from Aug. 14 through Sept. 15 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public also is welcome to her artist’s talk at 9 a.m. on Sept. 6 in Room 102, and to an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13. The exhibit, talk and reception are free.

Mahowald is an award-winning paper and book artist from Newton. Her work has been exhibited at numerous U.S. galleries, museums and libraries, and hangs in various permanent collections and in private homes.

“I met Cheryl in the Lakeshore Artists Guild,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College. “Cheryl is a leader in the group and an inspiring artist. Her works are beautiful and range in scale and subject, but fibers are her medium. Cheryl once showed our group her studio and walked us through the process of creating paper. It is unique for an artist to be involved in the creation of the medium, as well as the final work.”

Paper is an ancient medium, invented almost 2,000 years ago, Mahowald said in her artist’s statement.

“My obsession with handmade paper began over 20 years ago,” she said. “I was drawn to the sensory aspect and ‘Zen-like’ quality of making paper by hand. I like the smell of cooking fiber, the feel of the pulp in the vat, and the sound of the water as it drains through the mold. I love the entire process.”

Mahowald is challenged to explore paper’s many applications.

“Paper is an extremely versatile medium,” she said. “Among other things, it can be dyed, stitched, folded, painted, woven and sculpted. Through the years, I have learned many traditional fiber art and mixed-media techniques that I use in my books and paper art. My paper art tends to reflect more of the natural world and my books are usually an expression of my reaction to and interpretation of current events. I continue to learn new ways to work with paper. I know that I will never master them all.”

About the artist:

Mahowald holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in Ames and has worked in the field of art and design since 1982. She has taught papermaking and bookbinding to all ages, from preschool children to adults. She has hosted workshops, taught at the DuPage Art League gallery in Wheaton, Illinois, and the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, Illinois.

Mahowald is a partner in Prairie Spirit Papers Inc. and co-founder of the Book and Paper Arts Guild in Wheaton, Illinois. She is a member of the Sheboygan Visual Artists, the Lakeshore Artists Guild and Friends of Dard Hunter, an organization dedicated to papermaking.

Photo caption: “Starfish” by Cheryl Mahowald/Submitted photo

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Hmong Community Members to Present $3,000 Lead Gift toward Community Gardens Endowment

Members of Brown County’s Hmong community will present a check for $3,000 to the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation on July 25, at 5:00pm at 210 Museum Place, as a lead gift for the creation of an endowment fund to support Brown County’s community gardens. County Executive Troy Streckenbach, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and UW-Extension representatives, along with Hmong community leaders, will open the ceremony with brief comments, followed by light refreshments.

In collaboration with the Brown County UW-Extension Community Gardens Program, community members, including Hmong leaders, are working to raise the $10,000 needed to open a community gardens endowment at the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. Community gardens offer community members countless benefits. These include helping to build:

-Better physical and mental health
-Increased food security
-Space to grow cultural foods and carry on cultural gardening traditions
-Connected, safe, and appealing neighborhoods
-Greater community sustainability and beauty

Requests for local community gardening space have continued to grow and funding for ongoing support of community gardens is being sought. The Community Foundation agreed establishing an endowment would help to secure community gardens’ future in Brown County. Since community gardens’ beginnings, Brown County’s Hmong community has been a large and important part of this gardening community, and many see helping establish an endowment as a key opportunity to give back.

“Community gardens are important to the Hmong community, and we want to make sure they continue and think the endowment is a great way to do this,” says local Hmong community member Wa Yia Thao.

Including Hmong gardeners, over 50 percent of the Brown County UW-Extension’s Community Gardens Program’s participating families have contributed to the endowment, as have a number of private individuals. All community members are invited to contribute. Checks can be made out to the “GGBCF Community Garden Fund” and sent to 320 N. Broadway Street, Suite 260, Green Bay, WI 54303.