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Milwaukee Magazine Weddings 2012

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We were just listed at a unique venue for brides who would like a different enviornment for their wedding. Click the cover below to view the Milwaukee Magazine 2012 Wedding supplement.

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Starting this week, Wherehouse hosts Milwaukee Meltdown

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MTV's hit dance competition, "America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC)," has become a phenomenon for wannabe dancers in much the same way "American Idol" has lifted the hopes of vocalists around the country.

Capitalizing on ABDC's popularity, local nightclub "Wherehouse" (818 S. Water St.) will host "Milwaukee Meltdown: Dance Crew Competition," a four-week contest showcasing some of the Midwest's best dance teams.

Starting this week, competitions will be held each Thursday night at the club until a winning team is announced at the July 28 finale.

The final round of competition will feature performances by Enigma Dance Kru from Season One of ABDC and Milwaukee native and world traveler, rapper Juiceboxxx.

"Milwaukee Meltdown" begins at 10 p.m. and is hosted by local break dancing specialist "Mijo" of Motion Disorderz Dance Crew - the winner of the 2010 BC1 Red Bull Cypher One Break Dancing Championship. Cover is $7.

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- Geraud Blanks, Special to the Journal Sentinel

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  • One of my favorite memories from grade school: taking a break from our regular day of learning to gather in the gym and check out a fun presentation. I found out it's still pretty fun all these years later during my visit to a Kohl's Wild Theater production at the Frederick J. Gaenslen School in Riverwest.   Kohl's Wild Theater (KWT) puts on conservation-themed theater performances in schools, festivals and community events, free of charge thanks to a partnership between Kohl's Cares, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Through the use of music and song, puppets, fun storytelling and audience participation, KWT is spreading the message of conservation to the community during Milwaukee's colder months when traffic at the Zoo slows down.   For children with special needs, field trips outside of school can be difficult. "Some of our children have significant disabilities," says Joan Gozdziewski, Special Education Teacher at Gaenslen Elementary. "Now those children can enjoy a program that can come to us, because we can't always go out." Joan says a conservation program like this is great. "They talked a lot about gardening and composting, I think that will teach our kids a lot. We have a student-garden in the back." Dave McLellan, the Theater Coordinator for KWT says shows are meant to be fun and participatory. "We have programs for younger audiences and middle school students," says McLellan. "It's fun to teach an important message about conservation." Headed to the Zoo this summer? KWT performs shows 4 times a day, free with Zoo admission, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. play pause stop mute unmute previous next KohlsWildTheater.mp3

  • Young citizens from West Side Academy II and nonprofit organizations Safe & Sound, Out Next Generation and Milwaukee Habitat For Humanity have teamed up to create a unique piece of public art in a neighborhood hit hard by foreclosure. On the boards covering the windows and doors of an abandoned property at 40th and Lloyd, they've painted colorful murals representing their positive future hopes and dreams.  Organizers call the project an "artistic board up." Dreamy constellations and peace signs are painted on the broad side of house, towering a story above the street level.  On the porch of the house, another mural depicts the logos of area colleges the young people hope to attend, under the headline "Education First." Click the podcast player to hear from a few young citizens, including those from Safe & Sound's Drug Free Communities program, who created the artwork.   And join Mayor Tom Barrett on May 19 at 10 a.m. at City Hall as he recognizes students who have been working on art projects to help improve Milwaukee’s boarded homes and other anti-graffiti messages expressed in artful ways. play pause stop mute unmute previous next SAFESOUNDHOUSEone051515.mp3

  • City of Milwaukee leaders gathered at Arlington Heights Park last week to announce a new plan aimed at rehabbing a dozen of the city's most dilapidated playgrounds. The MKE Plays Initiative will bring "much needed improvement, both structural and intrinsic, to many of the city's poorest neighborhoods," according to a press release.  The project was conceived by Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy. By the end of the summer, three urban playgrounds will see improvements based on residents' input, replacing worn and unsafe equipment with newer, eco-friendly structures.  And over the next five years, improvements will continue at nine other playgrounds. Major funding for the project came from the Zilber Family Foundation, which awarded MKE Plays with a $300,000 grant.  The City of Milwaukee will contribute $165,000 to the project, with the rest of the funds to be raised through private donations. The following playground locations will see improvements: 67th & Spokane Long Island & Custer 21st & Keefe 5th & Randolph Snails Crossing Buffum & Center DeBack Park 17th & Vine Foundation Park 34th & Mt. Vernon Arlington Heights Townbridge Square The estimated cost of the project is $1,268,326, according to documents issued by Ald. Murphy's office. Click the podcast player to hear Ald. Murphy's remarks, plus hear an interview with Zilber Family Foundation Executive Director Susan Llyod.   play pause stop mute unmute previous next MKEPLAYStwo051515.mp3

  •   Did you ever wonder where all the plants come from that are displayed in the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)? Each year, thousands of plants are grown, planted and displayed in the "Floral Show Dome". From poinsettias to tulips and Easter lillies....each plant starts as a seedling just steps away in their new greenhouses.   When construction started on the expanded Zoo exchange freeway system, Milwaukee County's greenhouses that were built in the 1950's had to find a new home.   Construction finished about a year ago on a huge new complex at Milwaukee's iconic Mitchell Park Domes. Seven new greenhouses, equipped with the latest in horticulture technology sit on the East side of the Domes. "This new facility is much more sustainable," says Sandy Folaron, Domes Director. "Things they built in the 50's didn't use systems to capture and reuse water or solar technology." The floors are headed by radiant energy. Huge cooling pads made of corrugated cardboard regulate temperature and new plant benches with state of the art watering technology and a computerized system deliver water and fertilizer to each individual plant. Last year, this county greenhouse complex saved 80,000+ gallons of rainwater from going into the Milwaukee sewer system with their new Sky Harvester system. (click the story player above to hear more about this water-saving system)   Each greenhouse is dedicated to growing a different type of plant. There are seven fully equipped greenhouses that are used to grow and manage the tropical collection of Conservatory plants, control and grow poinsettias, mums and other crops that are timed to be installed in the 5 seasonal floral displays, a propagation greenhouse that grows all bedding material from seed and another greenhouse that acts like a "spa" for all the outdoor plants from Boerner Botanical Gardens during the winter. "Greenhouse Seven" is a beautiful, open space available for  the expansion of many of the Domes special events particularly educational classes and community programs and events. This year's Winter Farmers Market was moved from the very limited Domes rotunda to this 7th Dome.   Click the story above to learn more. play pause stop mute unmute previous next MitchellParkDomesGreenhouse.mp3

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