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201. Milwaukee landmarks go blue for World Autism Awareness Day
Milwaukee landmarks will add a little color throughout April in support of World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.
202. Do as I say, not as I did
Being a parent triggers the most unlikely rage buttons. My stepdaughter and I had a lovely "girl's night" last weekend. As we were jabbering away about school, friends and boys I noticed a pinker than usual glow to her skin and a delicate, slim porcelain line extending from the outer corner of her eye to her temple. My heart began to palpitate. My gorgeous stepdaughter, with a flawless, fair, doll-like complexion, was compromising her health and beauty by baking in a tanning bed.
203. Help support a "grape" cause at Vetro Winery
Vetro Winery, 1414 Vino Lane in Jefferson, is teaming up with Special Olympics Wisconsin for a fundraiser and afternoon of fun for special needs kids in Jefferson County schools.
204. Strawberry abundance returns to Cedarburg this June
Historic Cedarburg's 27th annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.
205. LEGO KidsFest coming to Milwaukee this summer
A three-day touring LEGO festival is coming to Downtown Milwaukee in June.
206. Do you know where your children are? Try Twitter.
In between newscasts on weeknights, Fox 6 announces the following: "It's 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?" Children, especially older teens, tend to move pretty quick. With technology in hand, these teens move even faster.
207. Win big with First Stage's Golden Ticket sweepstakes
First Stage Children's Theater is marking its 25th anniversary year and upcoming production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" with a Golden Ticket Giveaway.
208. Milwaukee-area students show their bright side in political debate
As parents, it's pretty nice when our kids teach us a lesson or "show us how it's done." At a time when much political debate in Wisconsin and nationally seems intensely partisan, personal and petty, more reasoned and rational political discussion comes from a local group of high school students who annually take part in a national civic education program and competition known as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution.
209. Local ballet student wins top honors at the Youth America Grand Prix
The Youth America Grand Prix, America's first and the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition, has awarded Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student Jennifer Hackbarth first place in the Junior Division.
210. Kids love sharing the school cafeteria table with a guest dad
If you ever want to feel like a celebrity. Or maybe a celebrity therapist, have lunch with your kid in the cafeteria at school.
211. Five signs I have failed as a parent
I always knew there were blind spots in my parenting scope, but lately, they have been extremely visible.
212. Get your Green and Gold fix at Discovery World this weekend
Prep for Sunday's Packers playoffs with two days of Green-and-Gold projects at Discovery World.
213. Neighborhoods continue to seek 68th Street School merger
On Monday night, neighborhood activists from Cooper Park and surrounder areas met with School Board Directors Jeff Spence and Terry Falk at the Enderis Park Fieldhouse, where petitions were signed over the weekend supporting a merger of the program at 68th Street School - which the district will close at the end of the year - with nearby 81st Street School. Here is an update from a community member working to make the merger a reality.
214. Become a "Kid From Wisconsin"
Wisconsin's summer musical performing troupe Kids From Wisconsin is accepting applications for its 2012 season.
215. One more polar bear plunge
I said I would never do it again. But this year, I did it again, this time to be with my dear friend and the mother of three beautiful daughters who suffered a serious brain injury
216. Winterfest skates off to a promising start
This afternoon, I took my wife and 3-year-old daughter to Winter Fest, the 10-day indoor family-friendly party at the Frontier Airlines Center. I went not just because is a proud sponsor of the event, but my kid said she wanted to see some "winter stuff" and right now, Milwaukee isn't very wintry (not that I'm complaining).
217. EdCamp Milwaukee begins to buzz well in advance of May unconference
EdCamp Milwaukee doesn't take place for another six months, but Twitter's already abuzz about the education "unconference" slated for Saturday, May 12, 2012 at South Milwaukee High School.
218. Adam Bradley on hip-hop
In a previous blog posting I talked about Adam Bradley's "Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip-Hop" as a source for teachers to understand and connect curriculum to popular culture. I have since learned that Adam Bradley has edited an entire anthology on rap.
219. Six area students to compete in CMA Collegiate Music Competition
Six Milwaukee-area musicians will compete in the Civic Music Association's annual Collegiate Music Competition & Recital Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
220. An improved environment for families under stress
Families are hurting when their newborns have to spend any time at all in an isolette. The reasons are plentiful and obvious. Add in that they must tend to their stress and emotional strain with very little privacy and it doesn't make it any easier. The new $3.5 million Doerr Family NICU is the first all-private room NICU in southeastern Wisconsin.
221. Milwaukee Succeeds gets big grant; will focus on 3rd grade reading
The Helen Bader Foundation on Monday committed a three-year, $300,000 grant to The Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Milwaukee Succeeds public / private initiative, the GMC has announced.
222. The moral void at Penn State
Bad behavior, scandal and evil are part of the human condition. So is giggling and gossiping about it. A week after news of the Penn State football pedophilia scandal broke, I still can't wrap my brain around it, and the story won't leave my consciousness.
Tagged with: Penn State Joe Paterno
223. MU Law hosts education conference
The Marquette University Law School and Marquette University College of Education will collaborate on an education conference called "Fresh Paths? Ideas for Navigating Wisconsin's New Education Landscape," Thursday, Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.
224. Kick off your dancing shoes for "Footloose"
Wauwatosa West High School's Trojan Players bring their production of "Footloose" to the stage for one final weekend.
225. Indulge your taste buds, benefit a great non-profit
This Friday (hey, that's 11-11-11) could be your lucky night. Not only lucky for you, but for the hundreds of Milwaukee area teens who'll benefit from your attendance to the third annual Night by the River supporting local non-profit ArtWorks for Milwaukee.