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Giving Tuesday

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Remember that holiday called Thanksgiving?  It used to be on the 4th Thursday of November, family, maybe some friends, football and turkey?  Sound familiar?   It is now threatened by Black Friday, soon Thanksgiving will become Black Thursday.  

Claiming back some of the spirit of the season is what #GivingTuesday, is about.  Sorry, you will not see a commercial announcing it, nor are their doorbusters to be offered.  But, #GivingTuesday is a way to bust through to celebrate the season, honoring generosity, concern for our fellow man and woman and an antedote to commercializing the season.

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving about a "HAWSy Holiday"?

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HAWS is spending the month of December - and the entire holiday season - grateful for our caring and supportive community! So rather than just devoting a Friday, Monday or Tuesday, how about an entire season?  Happy "HAWSy Holiday!"

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Christmas (and Santa) comes to the Elm Grove Public Library this Sunday, December 8, with the annual Lights of Love Holiday Open House

Now that Thanksgiving has passed and you’ve finally finished off the leftover turkey and cranberries, it’s time to welcome the Christmas season, which is officially in full swing. Get into the holiday spirit this year with the Elm Grove Library’s annual Lights of Love Open House this Sunday from 3-5 pm. The event is the culmination of the Friends of the Elm Grove Library’s annual Lights of Love fundraiser, and it certainly is a celebration not to be missed.

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Remember Pearl Harbor

On this coming Saturday, December 7, 2013, those who can will Remember Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was December 7, 1941 when the Empire of Japan, without prior notice, launched a vicious air attack on the naval base and the hospitals and civilians early that Sunday morning. During the same period of time Japanese Ambassadors were in Washington, D.C. to negotiate a peace agreement.

On that Sunday afternoon I was at home with my parents having dinner, when on the radio famous reporter Walter Winchell described the sneak attack and the loss of lives and our naval  fleet.

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The Day That Changed America


How quickly we forget; how firmly we assume that the problems we face are the greatest we have ever encountered. Seventy two years ago, America was irrevocably and forever changed.

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Resources for Your Home

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The old saying goes, "there is no place like home."   Home is our centering point.  It gives a sense of being, a sense of place, full of memories from holidays, birthdays and celebrations gone by.    After a long vacation or absence from our homes that first step in feels so good.  We want to stay in our home and in our neighborhood, but that can be taken from us if we are not prepared.

Unfortunately, too often when we remodel our homes, we focus cosmetic changes like paint color, furnishings and textures.   We focus too little on making our homes accessible.  Especially as we age, it is important to consider how can I make my home easier to live in should I or a loved one lose some of our mobility?   It happens far too often that the front stairs of someone's home can form a permanent barrier to moving back home after a fall or accident.

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St. Mary's Visitation - Fourth Grader Cast Member in First Stage's, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Fourth Grader Cast Member in First Stage's, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever."

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Visit to historic Holy Hill helps SJV 6th graders focus on faith

St. John Vianney 6th graders spent a day at the Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Wisconsin. The students enjoyed the views from the basilica, which is 1,350 feet above sea level, one of the highest points in that area of Wisconsin. The retreat helped the students focus on faith as they shared Mass, the Stations of the Cross and toured the basilica.

St. John Vianney book fair inspires students' imagination

On Thursday, December 5th, Barnes and Noble at Brookfield Square Mall hosted the St. John Vianney book fair. Several 'celebrity' guest readers including Father Knippel, Father Schumaker, Mrs. Pyzyk and Mrs. Gordon were on hand to entertain kids with stories. As always, the Shamrock Choir, Strings and Flutes groups performed delightful music during the fair. Students' art work was displayed througout the store, show-casing the many creative projects they've been working on with art teacher Dana Bach.

A little "fuzzy" on gift ideas this holiday season? HAWS can help!

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This time of year the stress of finding that perfect gift for your loved one, person or pet, can be overwhelming.  At HAWS we have a few suggestions – and they’ll DO good while making you FEEL good!

HAWS has joined the Angels for Animals holiday campaign created by MECA (Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals). Purchase a $20 ornament off the tree in our lobby and the full cost is donated to HAWS! Also, if you would like to do more, one of our “Wish List” items is on the back of the ornament for further giving ideas. How neat – you get a super-cute keepsake ornament and the animals get food, shelter and love! Donations can also be made at the Angels for Animals website.

In keeping with the helping animals idea, how about Sponsoring a Pet at HAWS? Help HAWS’ Behavior Department and Mod Squad continue their important work with the animals in our shelter – making them the best possible adoptable pet. Any amount will help keep this life-saving program going, so drop a donation in snail mail or log onto (choose the Behavior Department page and “Mod Squad Works” for details). Also, you can log onto our Pet Showcase and choose a HAWS adoptable pet for an online donation. Easy, peasy!

Interested in helping with the ever-present issue of pet overpopulation? Sponsor-A-Spay through HAWS’ SNIP clinic and save lives with spays/neuters of shelter and rescue pets, through Project Guardian, and through free World Spay Day surgeries.

There’s something for everyone! HAWS needs scholarships for deserving kids to attend our camps and education programs, food/treats for all of our kennel residents, supply donations to keep our operating costs down, dollars for Annie’s Fund medical assistance for shelter pets and more. A Sustaining Membership means your monthly donations for a year give continued support to HAWS.  Or, choose an Annual Membership (a once-a-year donation) and let your loved one stay connected to all things HAWS. And you can make a lasting impression on HAWS with the purchase of a Tribute Paver Brick, Tile or engraved plaque. These tributes are placed on display at HAWS, easily viewed at any time by the honoree or their family and friends.

Happy Holidays from HAWS!

By the way – HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center doesn’t go on hiatus for the holidays! This weekend we’ll be at PetSmart in Pewaukee for “Santa Claws,” Barnes & Noble of Brookfield Square for gift wrapping, Pets Supplies ‘N’ More in Muskego for nail trims and microchipping. Join us!

Fall Fest concert rings in the festive season

On Tuesday, October 29th, the St. John Vianney and St. Dominic Band and String Orchestra students and alumni performed festive Halloween music, super hero signature melodies and college football fight songs. St. John Vianney's 3rd and 4th grade choir also performed. SJV's resident musical muses, Mrs. Luenebrug, MRs. Revers and Ms. Gesiorek, were on had to direct the night's events.

A Little Bit of Christmas Magic at the Elm Grove Public Library - This Thursday, December 12

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The holidays are here, and as the weather turns colder, keeping people indoors, the festive nature of the season could not be more welcome. The Christmas season is all about family spending more time together, and for those looking for a fun, indoor holiday event this season, the Elm Grove Public Library has just the ticket. Coming up this Thursday, December 12, the library will be hosting its annual free Christmas Family Event from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of sweet treats, Christmas crafts, and holiday entertainment for all ages.

This year’s event is marked by some fun entertainment that is new to the library, and will surely leave a smile on everyone’s faces. The evening begins with delicious desserts and hot chocolate while you work on assembling some wonderful Christmas crafts that you can take home. Afterwards, sit back, relax, and enjoy an awesome magic show by Glen Gerard that will leave the whole family in a happy, holiday mood. Glen Gerard is a popular magician, entertainer, and comedian who has performed all over the Midwest.

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Ugly dolls teach beautiful lessons

St. John Vianney students are creating their own versions of Ugly dolls, dolls commercially avialable in stores and online, as part of their Art curriculum. Fourth grade students first learn about how a product is developed and launched. The, they design their own two-dimensional doll which serves as a template for the final three-dimensional product. Students learn to sew as they stitch their dolls together. "The students get really excited about this project but realize how much hard work is involved," said Art teacher Dana Bach. "In the end, no matter what their Ugly doll looks like, each student is proud of their acievements."

St. Mary's Visitation - Christmas Concert a Musical Delight

St. Mary's Visitation - Christmas Concert a Musical Delight

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St. Mary's Visitation Celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

SMV Celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Cozy up with a great new book this Christmas

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Get into the holiday spirit with these new Christmas titles available at the Elm Grove Public Library. Whether you are interested in reading a Christmas-themed mystery or romance, learning about the origins of America’s favorite Christmas songs, or discovering some new favorite holiday recipes, the library has you covered. There are even some new Christmas stories for the little ones. Stop into the library today to check out these great new books.

“Starry Night: A Christmas Novel” by Debbie Macomber

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St. Mary's Visitation is Decking the Halls for Christmas

St. Mary's Visitation is Decking the Halls with the Christmas Spirit

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Easter Seals $100,000 Matching Grant Opportunity to build work skills in Waukesha and Beyond

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Easter Seals is celebrating our 80th Anniversary.  We are not taking a backward look at our history, but setting a course for the future.  We are embarking on a capital campaign to improve our workforce training services while creating new resources to make our organization more self-sufficient.   Easter Seals is looking to invest $1 million in a new commercial catering and training kitchen along with a new technology center to connect individuals with disabilities to jobs.   The revenue from the commercial kitchen and its rental will generate new revenue for Easter Seals and allow small businesses in the hospitality industry a new facility in Waukesha.  The facility upgrades will increase our training capacity, be fully accessible to individuals with physical disablities helping more individuals overcome barriers to work.  The commercial kitchen will be state of the art and a unique training venue for Waukesha County.  To date over $600,000 has been raised!

We are fortunate to have an opporunity to match grant every donation made to our 80th Jubilee Campaign up to $100,000 through December 31 to out us over the top and start the construction in early 2014!

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World Book Night 2014: It's not too late to recieve free books to give away!

Want to give away some free books? On April 23, 2014, you can do just that as we celebrate World Book Night 2014. Join us in spreading your love of reading by applying to be a book giver for this year’s World Book Night. The Elm Grove Public Library is proud to be a supporter of this great event and will be serving as an official pickup site for the books this year. Best of all, it’s free, fun, and easy. But you must hurry; the deadline to apply is January 5.

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Sky's Blogging New Year's Resolution

One of my New Year's resolutions will be to update my blog more often.

My blog will cover items from the professional teams - Brewers, Bucks and Packers - to the prep teams that I cover in Brookfield, Tosa and New Berlin.

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