Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Whitefish Bay Recreation Department's clothing and toys resale event, scheduled for March 23, has been canceled.
UPDATED 10:48 a.m. Thursday: This event has been canceled, according to Sue Gannon from the school district. Overloaded with toys and clothes from an age your children have since outgrown? The Diapers to Duds Resale Event at the Lydell Community Center is 9 a.m. to noon on March 23. Fees to sell are $30 for residents and $40 for non-residents. That gets you a six-foot table and three hours access to people looking for great bargains on child-specific items. If you don’t sell all your stuff, The Salvation Army will haul it away at the end of the sale, tax-donation receipts in hand. Registration deadline is Friday so contact the Recreation Department right away at (414) 963-3947. There is no admission charge for shoppers.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The new Whitefish Bay Recreation Department program focuses on teaching social skills to toddlers.
Two years old may sound young, but there is plenty that little ones are learning at the developmental age. This year, the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department is offering 2-year-old preschool for the first time. The program mostly focuses on teaching kids to play with each other, recognizing the feelings of their peers and introducing them to routines. "We want to provide a positive experience for the young children, getting their confidence ready and teaching them social skills," said Miriam Gerrietts, the Recreation Department's preschool coordinator. In addition to overseeing the preschool program, Gerrietts teaches the 3- and 4-year-old preschool class at Lydell Community Center, which is now in its fifth year. Since its beginning, it …
The Recreation Department's new senior programming coordinator plans to add new programs, improve existing ones and target empty nesters that don't identify as seniors.
We're all getting older. It's inevitable. Although you can't control aging, you can control how you spend your later years and finding ways to learn, have fun and socialize with your neighbors. Here to help you is Carolyn Noori, the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department's new senior programming coordinator. Noori recently took the reigns of the part-time position from Joan Brenk, who retired last year after roughly 38 years. One of the most popular senior programs is the monthly luncheon. Under Noori's direction, the luncheons now feature Whitefish Bay musicians from local bands such as Joe Ketchum (Sept. 11), The Bottom Line (Oct. 16), Five Card Studs (Nov. 6) and Whitefish Bay High School musicians (Dec. 11). The musicians volunteer for …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Review of funding came in response to calls for reductions made at school district's annual meeting.
After a back-and-forth battle over the school tax levy and funding for the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department, the School Board has re-examined and reaffirmed its funding for the department. Carin Keland, director of the Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education Department, said a packed house — about 20 to 25 people — attended a School Board committee meeting last week to show their support, and others wrote letters to the School Board. She said those residents — ranging from young families to seniors — showed strong support for the community programs. "They expressed that this is a community resource that reaches out to the entire community, not just families that attend public school," she said. "That theme kept coming up, that …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
A group of about 20 residents came prepared to cut the levy by $700,000, but after 2 1/2 hours of debate, the majority votes to adopt a slightly-reduced levy.
After more than two hours of discussion and three separate motions, residents voted to decrease the tax levy by $1,000 – an amount that officials say will easily be covered by state aid. The motion to reduce the $21.3 million tax levy by $1,000 came on the heels of a majority of voters approving Michael Braun’s motion to cut the tax levy by $200,000 with the aim of reducing the scope of the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department, which he claimed loses $369,000 per year. The cut would have left the rec department with $175,000 per year, which Braun said would be enough to fund crossing guards while reducing funding for yoga, belly dancing and other programs. “There are low hanging fruit and then there are watermelons… Let’s help the school …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Coordinators are seeking college-age volunteers to make the program a success.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011
About 75 children will report to Klode Park Monday for the first of two terms of Inclusive Playground, a thrice-weekly day camp offered through the Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education Department for youths with and without differences. The goal of the sessions, which run concurrently and conclude on August 10th, is to promote social interaction in a fun and entertaining setting. Unlike last summer, however, this year’s Inclusive Playground is poised to occur with fewer Inclusion Facilitators – the prospect of which concerns one of the parents who partnered with the Rec Department to launch the 2010 pilot program. “Last year we had three or four college students, who did great jobs as Inclusion Facilitators working with …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Recreation Department programs at the Lydell Community Center will continue to run as scheduled during planned upgrade.
The Whitefish Bay School District will undergo a planned six-day power outage starting Friday to revamp electrical services in district facilities. Shawn Yde, the district’s director of business services, said the electrical upgrade will replace electrical services dating back to the 1920s at the high school and Cumberland Elementary School. The upgrade is part of the referendum approved by voters in 2009. “It allows us to provide more than one outlet in some of these classrooms, which is a significant change,” Yde said. Yde said district officials decided to plan the power outage during the Fourth of July weekend, when people would be least affected. Whitefish Bay High School and school district offices will be closed during the power …
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Middle Eastern movements are building friendships and abs in Rec Department class.
The sound of Middle Eastern music fills the air, and group of ten women dressed in flowing skirts and beads begin to sway their hips to the beat. The performance could have easily been witnessed in Turkey or Egypt, but this particular scene unfolded at Cumberland School, where Whitefish Bay's local belly dancing group Jewels of the Bay held their third annual belly dancing recital. So how did belly dancing make its way to the North Shore? "The majority of us are mothers and it’s our time to get away. Instead of bridge club we have belly dancing and our friendships," said one member, Suzanne Singh. "That’s how belly dancing started: women dancing with women and community building." Singh and the other Jewels of the Bay dancers are in the …