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Get your kid's bike out of the basement and onto the road this summer.
Get your kid's bike out of the basement and onto the road this summer.

Cool bike camp for kids

Last week, OnMilwaukee.com published a guide to day camps, and here’s one more that sounds pretty good.  Bike Kids Wisconsin is a week-long biking camp for middle school-aged kids in Milwaukee. 

The sessions run from June 13 to Aug. 22. The cost is $350 per week or $650 for two kids. Although this is about $100-150 pricier than other summer day camps, the amount of time spent at camp each day is longer, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m. (Many other day camps run from about 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and require an extra charge for before and / or after care.)

The camp offers bike instruction, bike repair lessons and long bike rides every day to an educational and fun destination.

"Each day we bike to a different activity: rock climbing, Discovery World, Milwaukee River Boat Tour, Growing Power Urban Farm tour and a day at the beach," says counselor / bike instructor Erin Clapper. "After the activity and lunch we head back to Glendale."

Join us next year for the fourth annual Bartender Olympics!
Join us next year for the fourth annual Bartender Olympics!

New video of the Bartender Olympics

In case you missed Bartender Olympics -- or if you want a three-minute recap -- check out this video by Flip Eleven of the highly competitive event that took place Thursday, Feb. 24, at Whiskey Bar, 788 N. Jackson St.


The Bartender Olympics is an annual event where local bartenders compete against each other in categories such as Pabst can stacking, drink ordering, recipe concocting and a talent competition.

This year, bartenders included Pete Marshall (Milwaukee Brat House), Alisha Olson (Jo Cats), Danny Benavante (Bel Air Cantina), Nikki Fountaine (Brewski’s), Shenna Barrette (Blackthorn Pib), Nicky Rev (Cafe Lulu), Spencer Kronz (Vitucci’s), Joe Vella (Paulie’s Pub), Scott Sloan (Kenadee’s) and returning champ Matty Gonzales (Sabbatic).

Sloan was the 2011 Gold Medalist. I am personally honored to have the last line in the video, which is directed at Sloan who guzzled five shots and a pint of alcohol during the "talent" portion of the event.

"Enjoy it now because the hangover tomorrow is going to suck," I say to Sloan.

Thanks again to the event’s sponsors Absolut, Hornitos, Jel Party Shots, Jim Beam, Powers, Skinny Girl, Tanqueray and X-rated.

"Robert loved to talk to people. He loved to make all our customers feel welcomed," says his wife and business partner, Christine McRoberts.
"Robert loved to talk to people. He loved to make all our customers feel welcomed," says his wife and business partner, Christine McRoberts.

McBob's owner passes away

Robert David Rubner, the co-owner of McBob’s Pub & Grill, 4919 W. North Ave., passed away on Thursday after battling a long illness. He was 58.

Rubner owned McBob’s along with his wife, Christine McRoberts, and Brian Hunter.

He is survived by his wife, his son, Nicholas Rubner, and many family members and friends. 

"McBob's will continue on as it is," says McRoberts."We will continue to produce all the corned beef that our wonderful customers can consume. We plan on making McBob's the best tribute to Robert that we can."

The geese would love to watch us fall on our butts. Wouldn't they?
The geese would love to watch us fall on our butts. Wouldn't they?

Why can't we skate on the lagoon?

I paddle boated a couple of times on the McKinley Marina lagoon in the summertime, but today I wondered why I can’t skate on it in winter. Any idea?

There are multiple "danger thin ice" signs around the small body of water, but during the dead of winter, certainly it freezes enough to be a safe skating spot, doesn’t it?

I love skating at Red Arrow Park, but for me, the closer I am to the lake the happier I am, in both winter and summer.

So how about letting us lace up and figure eight it on the lagoon? Yes? No? Maybe?