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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

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The former Triangle Bar space, soon become Blue Jacket, also has a patio.
The former Triangle Bar space, soon become Blue Jacket, also has a patio. (Photo: Triangle Bar, Facebook)

Blue Jacket will replace the Triangle Bar

This summer, Walker's Point will put on a new jacket; one initially intended for the East Side.

Blue Jacket Bar will open at 135 E. National Ave. in July, according to Laura van Heijningen, who will own the place with her husband, Tom.

The van Heijningens were initially eying a location on Murray Avenue on the East Side, before settling on the space that, until last Friday, housed the Triangle Bar.

"We intend to add a full menu to the new space, featuring appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches," Laura told me via email. "We will give a percentage of the proceeds back to organizations that support Lake Michigan."

Blue Jacket will serve lunch and dinner and run as a full-service bar.

Construction on the space is set to begin.

"It looks pretty crazy right now," says van Heijningen. "Tom has his work cut out for him."

Kagel celebrated International Day last week. Some kids "went" to Egypt ...
Kagel celebrated International Day last week. Some kids "went" to Egypt ... (Photo: Nancy Martinez)
... others "visited" China.
... others "visited" China. (Photo: Nancy Martinez)
More than 150 families attended the after-school event.
More than 150 families attended the after-school event. (Photo: Nancy Martinez)

Kagel kids explore world cultures

Last week, MPS' Albert Kagel School in Walker's Point celebrated International Day and though I couldn't make it down to check it out, I asked principal Nancy Martinez to send an update.

She tells me that the after-school event was a big success.

"More than 150 families attended the first annual International Day at Kagel Elementary last Thursday."

She says the goal was to get students and their families thinking and learning about cultures around the world.

"Each classroom picked a country–  China, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Philippines, Egypt, Peru and India were represented – and prepared colorful displays. Students, teachers and parents worked really hard in preparing student-driven presentations on culture, food, and academic contributions to the world from their chosen country.

"There was great food, music and dancing. This event was proof that activities of this caliber are only possible when school work as a community involving parents, students and staff. We are so grateful to teachers, students and parents that made this event such a huge success."

Congrats to the kids and families at Kagel!

Blue Harbor is a great getaway for families and for adults traveling without kids, too.
Blue Harbor is a great getaway for families and for adults traveling without kids, too.
This fun place is a mere hour from Milwaukee; even closer if you live on the East Side or North Shore.
This fun place is a mere hour from Milwaukee; even closer if you live on the East Side or North Shore.

A water park weekend barely an hour away

Though we hardly live at them, we've become something of a water park family. This weekend, taking the advice of Molly Snyder, we visited Blue Harbor in Sheboygan.

At bedtime, back at home, the kids cried when we finally cut off the water park wristbands.

None of us is anything like a competitive swimmer. We don't do high dives or cannonballs. We're modest fans of water fun. But we are still wooed by the charms of the lazy river, the water slide, the splash pad and the rest.

Blue Harbor, which had been built by the Great Wolf Lodge folks, is now made over and occupies a prime spot along the Sheboygan waterfront. The rooms on the entire eastern side of the sprawling hotel offer lake views. Flanking the rooms are a conference center on the north end and, to the south, Breaker Bay water park.

Barely an hour from Milwaukee, Breaker Bay is a nice size. There's plenty of room for a splash pad, two giant slides, two medium-sized ones, a kiddie pool with three tot slides, a lazy river, a large hot tub, a deeper pool and a towering play structure (which also serves as the steps up to some of the slides), with a 1,000-gallon tank at the top that tips over its watery load every five minutes.

But it doesn't feel sprawling and endless and overbearing. And this weekend, while there was a good crowd enjoying the place, there was still some elbow room.

While Blue Harbor is perfect for a family getaway, it's also a good place for folks traveling without kids. There's a full-service spa, a couple different restaurants, great lakeside strolling and, within an easy distance: downtown Sheboygan shops, restaurants (like Il Ritrovo and Trattoria Stefano, for example) and the not-to-be-missed John Michael Kohler Arts Center. The city of Kohler is maybe a 20-minute drive.

We took a 10-minute jaunt south to take a little hike around Indian Mound Park, which has a circuit of more than a dozen Indian mounds, as well as a plank path through a fertile marsh that is an explosion of color a…

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As part of MPS Children's Week, students at Escuela Vieau in Walker's Point will get free eye exams and glasses.
As part of MPS Children's Week, students at Escuela Vieau in Walker's Point will get free eye exams and glasses.

MPS Children's Week offers a slate of events to boost our kids

MPS and the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association are working together to create MPS Children's Week, which kicks off Sunday, April 22 and runs through Friday, April 27, with a series of events aimed at giving Milwaukee students a leg up.

Sunday launches with an ACT tutoring day for MPS 11th graders at two neighborhood churches: Ascension, 1236 S. Layton Blvd., and All Peoples, 2600 N. 2nd St.

Did you know MPS is the only district in the nation that requires all 11th graders to take the ACT? These tutoring sessions will help some of those students prepare for the big test.

On Monday, two first grade classes from Hi-Mount Community School will walk to nearby Washington Park Library to get their library cards as Children's Week partners with Next Door Foundation to get "Books in Kids' Hands." An after school event is slated for Next Door Foundation HQ, 2545 N. 29th St.

On Tuesday, MPS will honor a range of volunteers at a 10:30 a.m. event at Cass Street School, 1647 N. Cass St. The goal of the program is to encourage volunteerism in Milwaukee Public Schools.

There will be a rally in support of arts education Wednesday outside MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet St., followed by a 4:30 p.m. family art event across the street at the MTEA offices, 5130 W. Vliet.

A trio of health and wellness events takes place on Thursday, beginning at Carver Academy, 1901 N. 1st St., at 8:30 a.m. – in partnership with Riverwest Co-op. Next Wisconsin Vision will offer free eye exams and glasses at L'Escuela Vieau, 823 S. 4th St.

The day wraps with a 2:45 p.m. event at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St., spotlighting a cycling project organized by teacher Paul Zettel and his students. Word is that board member Larry Miller and MTEA president Bob Peterson will pedal along, too.

The week closes Friday with an event focusing on career readiness and the successes of students in career tech education at Bradley Technology and Trade High School, 700 S. 4th St.

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