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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 www.roadamerica.com 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: www.uwgb.edu/manitowoc.

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

 

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Summerfest Announces Full Headliner Line-Up for 2019

Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance is excited to announce the 2019 headliner lineup. The 52nd edition of the festival, Summerfest 2019 will remain true its roots, offering something for every music fan from pop to hip-hop, country to EDM, and alternative to classic rock.

“For 11 days on 12 stages, Summerfest delivers on its reputation as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” offering a diverse lineup of artists to our fans on Milwaukee’s lakefront,” said Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “The completion of the first phase of the new American Family Insurance Amphitheater will make its debut this year during Summerfest, and, immediately after the festival, work will begin on the second phase of the construction project. The grand opening of the amphitheater will take place in June 2020, at which time $148 million will have been invested in Henry Maier Festival Park in the last 15 years. We are committed to remaining a top destination for music fans worldwide, as well as a driver of $186 million dollars of economic impact for the region,” he added.

Construction during the first phase of the American Family Insurance Amphitheater features improvements to the infrastructure and back-of-house areas, including the raising of a portion of the current roof from 36’ to 65’ feet, which was completed in early February, to accommodate the largest touring productions, in addition to the following: a removable stage and flat floor seating in front of the stage, 19 state-of-the-art dressing rooms, new production spaces, dining/catering facilities, nine loading docks, and six new high-definition LED walls throughout the venue.

Previously announced American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliners include: Thomas Rhett with Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson, June 26 • The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Phil Lesh & Friends, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Alison Krauss, Dawes, and Trapper Schoepp, June 27 • Jason Aldean with Kane Brown and Carly Pearce, June 28 • Bon Iver with Lord Huron and Julien Baker, June 29 • Zac Brown Band with Drake White, June 30 • Lionel Richie with Michael McDonald, July 2 • Jennifer Lopez, July 3 • The Killers with Death Cab for Cutie, July 5 • Billie Eilish, July 6 • Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and ScHoolboy Q, July 7.

Summerfest 2019 headliners on the festival stages include:

 

June 26

Walk The Moon

Foreigner?

Weathers

Voila

Chelsea Cutler

Quinn XCII

Hanson

Steve Aoki

Matt Hoyles

Judah & The Lion

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

Otis Taylor and the Psychedelic Banjo Posse

 

June 27

Lizzo

R&B Cadets

Dillon Carmichael

Neon Trees

Aaron Lee Tasjan

10,000 Maniacs

Foghat

Andrew W.K.

Gryffin

Elle King

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

X

Donna Missal

Steve Earle & The Dukes

Lanco

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

 

June 28

Brandi Carlile?

Collective Soul

Styx

T-Pain

The Beths

Flora Cash

Shaed

Sweet Crude

Cory Wong

Lovelytheband

The Lonely Island

Ggoolldd

 

June 29

Third Eye Blind

Chicago

Jimmy Eat World

Silent Planet

Silverstein

Jordan Davis

Ludacris

August Burns Red

Mitchell Tenpenny

 

June 30

Lake Street Dive

Los Lonely Boys

Brothers Osborne

3 Doors Down?

Reverend Horton Heat

Jimmie Allen

Ozomatli

Riley Green

Catfish & The Bottlemen

ADIA Victoria

Guided By Voices

The National

 

July 2

Young the Giant

Trap Manny

First Aid Kit

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

Big Gigantic

Chaka Khan

Black Pumas

Coin

Chvrches

Frenship

The Allman Betts Band

 

July 3

Nora Collins

Brandy Clark

The Roots

Two Friends

Lindsay Ell

Switchfoot

Matoma

Soja

Loverboy

Hawthorne Heights

Carousel Kings

The Association

Royal Tusk

Taking Back Sunday

Trea Landon

Lauren Alaina

Yungblud

 

July 4

X Ambassadors

Hardy

Courtney Barnett

Christopher Randolph& the Family Band

Chase Rice

Tenille Arts

Chris Janson

Sublime with Rome

Vic Mensa

Common Kings

 

July 5

Cole Swindell

Daya

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Leonid & Friends

Max

Jesus Jones

Trea Landon

38 Special

The Spinners

Dashboard Confessional

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Anna-Marie

The Head and the Heart

Oxymorrons

Matisyahu

 

July 6

Dark Star Orchestra

Chris Lane

The Suffers

DJ Keezy

DJ Abilities

Evidence

Dumpstaphunk

Dem Atlas

Semisonic

Nikki Jean

Sa-Roc

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

Skillet

Brother Ali

Atmosphere

 

July 7

Jason Mraz

Juice

Sego

La Sonora Poncena

Dispatch

Dylan Scott

Dispatch

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Dates, times and stage locations as well as additional headliners will be announced in the coming weeks.

Ticket prices for Summerfest are as follows:

  • FOR A LIMITED TIME: The U.S. Cellular 11-Day Power Pass is available for $110 (only $10/day) includes admission for all 11 days
  • The U.S. Cellular 3-Day Pass is available for $57 and is valid for one general admission per day on three different days of the festival
  • General admission tickets are only $23
  • $15 for weekday tickets (valid prior to 4:00 p.m.).

To purchase tickets, see the full Summerfest lineup and festival information, visit https://summerfest.com

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Collin & Brad Return to Capitol Civic Centre

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the stage with their uproarious live improv show, The Scared Scriptless Tour, coming to the Baileigh Industrial Marquee Season at the Capitol Civic Centre on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.). Ticket prices start at $35 (plus tax and fees).

Known by TV audiences for their work on The CW Network’s Whose Line is it Anyway?, Colin and Brad played to packed houses and amazed Capitol audiences in the past and will improvise new material from audience suggestions and participation when they play the Capitol on April 26. “Interactive” in every sense of the word, Colin and Brad will take the audience on a comedic high-wire act… just like a live version of Whose Line! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter for all ages! Audiences raved over Colin and Brad and have been asking Capitol staff to bring them back ever since. This is your chance to see them live, on stage!

Millions of fans are enjoying Colin Mochrie and guest star Brad Sherwood in the triumphant return of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ on The CW. The highly-rated series is more popular than ever and is now in its 14th season and has been renewed for its 15th season.

“A two hour laugh riot,” -Springfield Sun News, Springfield OH

“They had the audience in stitches from start to finish” -Deseret News, Salt Lake City UT

Learn more at colinandbradshow.com and purchase advance seats at cccshows.org or reserve by phone, 920-683-2184

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UnitedOne Credit Union donates $5,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

UnitedOne donation.JPGUnitedOne Credit Union is making a donation of $5,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

UnitedOne raised $3,105 in February during the Children’s Miracle Network annual Chain of Hearts. Anyone who donated $1 could add a heart link to the chain.

The $5,000 donation is a result of funds raised throughout the year by UnitedOne, which for more than 20 years has hosted fundraising events and activities to gather donations for programs benefitting Children’s Miracle Network facilities.

UnitedOne Credit Union has branches in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and is open to everyone living or working in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Kewaunee and Door counties. For more information, visit http://www.UnitedOne.org.

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Matt Kenseth to Race Slinger Nationals in 2019

In a statement to the track, Kenseth said of returning to run the Slinger Nationals:

“I can’t think of a better place for me to get back in a race car than Slinger. It’s been a good track for me throughout my career. We’ve had a lot of success there, a lot of memorable moments, and I’m looking forward to going back.

“The Nationals have always been one of the major events in all of short track racing. Certainly it was the one you wanted to win growing up in Wisconsin. Throughout the years, a lot of big names in NASCAR have raced in the Nationals. That’s a testament to how big of a race this has been for some time.”

Kenseth is a seven-time Slinger Nationals champion, winning the event in 1994, 2002, ’06, ’08, ’09, ’12, ’16.

Among those who have won the Slinger Nationals in the past are racing legends such as Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle, Mark Martin and Kyle Busch.