Hispanic Fest Set for September 17

Hispanic Heritage Fest is an opportunity to celebrate all the contributions Hispanics have made to our community in the past and will continue to make in the future. Not Hispanic, but interested in the culture? ALL members of our community are welcome to come and listen to the beautiful music, taste the delicious food, and meet all the wonderful Hispanic business owners and amazing community members that make Kenosha a better place to live.

Hosted by Kenosha’s very own, Miss Wisconsin Belleza Latina, Gabby Perez Ramos
Join us on September 17, 2021, for Kenosha's Inaugural Festival Orgullo Hispano/ Hispanic Heritage Fest!

We are pleased to present this amazing lineup of local talented musicians, dancers and DJs to keep you entertained!

ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP 4-4:30p Erica Ness Salsa Lessons 4:30-5p La Perla Tapatía USA 5:15-6:15p Grupo Tridente 6:30-7:30p Los Plebes
7:30-8:30p Ballet Folklorico MKE 8:30-9:30p Cultura Viva

** POWER HOUR DJ DANCE PARTY **
9-9:30p DJ Diego Lobo Latin Club Mix
9:30-10p DJ Elie Musica Tropical- Salsa, Merengue, Bachata y mas 10-10:30p DJ Casper Cumbia y Tribal
10:30-11p DJ Rino Banda, Cumbia y Tribal

Check out this amazing lineup of local food vendors ready to present their most popular food items to you:

Alex's Lemonade Stand – Lemonade and Assorted Snacks and Kids Corner Activity Table
Lomeli Butcher Shop – Pupusas, Empanadas Colombianas, Gorditas, Elotes, Chicharrones Preparados, Aguas Frescas, Churros y mas.
Los Compadres - Tacos de Asada y Tacos Al Pastor
La Botana Grill – Hamburguesas, Papas Fritas, Nachos
Sabor Michoacan Restaurant -Tacos y mas
RockiTacos - Tacos de Asada Tacos al Pastor Tacos de Pollo
Panaderia San Jose – Pambazos y mas
La Michoacana Kenosha - Vasos de Fruta, Paletas y mas
Karla's Chamoy - Chamoy hecho a mano

Kenosha County Public Health Vaccination Booth 4-5pm Latinos @Amazon Booth
JW Real State Group Booth
Limitless/Sin Limites Realty LLC Booth

If you haven't had a chance to get vaccinated yet, Kenosha County Public Health will be on site administering vaccines from 4p-5pm.

Event videographer: Miguel Santiago, Mystery Music Production

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Midwest DJ Productions Kenosha Creative Space Lomeli Butcher Shop Limitless Sin Limites Realty LLC JW Real Estate San Luis Grocery Panaderia San Jose Moe Moe’s Pharmacy Los Compadres Restaurant Lake City Construction Latinos @Amazon
$10 suggested donation
Kids 12 and under free

After a one-year hiatus, Oktoberfest robustly returns to the Petrifying Springs Biergarten

For those of us who don't speak German, there's only one word you'll need to know this Oktoberfest, PROST! Whether you are drinking authentic German bier straight from the Munich brewery or opting for a local craft on tap there are many reasons to be cheerful.

This family and dog-friendly event will host daily live performances from the Big Style Brass Band, The Squeezettes, and The Brothers Quinn. Partygoers are encouraged to participate in the ongoing Bavarian Beer Games including men and women's stein holding, hammerschlagen, keg tossing, and a pretzel eating contest. Prizes include Biergarten swag, a tailgating grill, and most prized of all — Green Bay Packers tickets.

“Kenosha County is proud to offer an authentic, German-style Biergarten at Petrifying Springs Park,” said County Executive Jim Kreuser, “and nothing says ‘German’ like an early-fall Oktoberfest celebration!”

Kenosha County Board Chairman John O’Day will help to ring in the festivities with a ceremonial keg tapping at 1 p.m. Saturday.

For those planning on attending the event, it's important to know the party rules:

  • Street parking is not allowed, and visitors are encouraged to park in one of Petrifying

    Spring Park's lots.

  • All beer must be consumed from a stein. You can rent these at the Biergarten's

    Merchandise stand or bring your own.

  • Beer steins may not leave the fence line. Partygoers must return rented steins and cannot

    drink outside of the Biergarten fencing.

    Stay up to date with the band schedule and daily itineraries by 'liking' the Biergarten on Facebook, RSVPing to the Facebook Event, or downloading the Petrifying Springs Biergarten app off the App Store.

Jerry Gulley Announces Candidacy for County Executive, Kenosha County

Kenosha County Supervisor Jerry Gulley, a resident of Pleasant Prairie, formally announced his candidacy for County Executive today with the following statement:

 

“I bought my home here in 2012 to be near my in-laws. I’ve been privileged to live in so many beautiful parts of our country - Tennessee, New York, Silicon Valley, Birmingham, Seattle, and most recently, San Francisco. But Kenosha is the first place I’ve called home.”

 

Gulley, who has launched and grown successful companies for over 20 years, adds, “I’ve recruited, hired, retained, and mentored large teams and I have deep experience in public health policy, healthcare, technology, literacy, marketing, and communications. I’m the first to recognize I may not seem like a typical candidate, as I haven’t been immersed in partisan politics for decades. But my deep experiences in private and public companies and non-profits will add a fresh perspective to county management.”

 

In 2020 Gulley was elected to represent District 16 as a Kenosha County Supervisor. He serves on the Human Services and Judiciary + Law committees and was asked to chair the work group tasked with launching the Kenosha County Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

 

He is a member of the Kenosha Public Market Board of Directors and serves on the board of the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency. Gulley has hosted seven high-school aged exchange students since moving to Kenosha and is heavily involved as a local volunteer leader for American Field Service. He’s an active volunteer for KUSD and spends time mentoring at Nash Elementary.

 

State of Wisconsin, Grace Welcome Center extend COVID-19 vaccination incentives

The State of Wisconsin recently extended its $100 COVID-19 vaccination incentive to residents who receive their first dose of the vaccine between Aug. 20 and Sept. 19.

With that, a local organization is also continuing its additional $20 cash incentive to those who attend a pop-up clinic next week.

This clinic will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St. It is being conducted in a partnership between Kenosha County Public Health and the Grace Welcome Center.

Using donations provided to the Grace Welcome Center, the organization is offering $20 in cash to the first 25 people who get their first vaccination dose at the clinic.

Both the local and state incentives are available to anyone ages 12 and older, although those under 18 need parental permission to be vaccinated.

To receive the gift card incentive from the state, people must fill out an online form at https://100.wisconsin.gov or call 844-684-1064. At Thursday’s clinic, Grace Welcome Center volunteers will be available to help people register for the card, and those who do not have a mailing address may arrange to have their card mailed to the church and picked up later.

“It’s fantastic that both the state and Grace Welcome Center are able to continue these incentives,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “Now is a great time to take a big step to help protect your health — and that of your loved ones — from the dangers of COVID-19.”

A free, hot, takeaway breakfast will also be offered to those who visit the clinic.

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Through a partnership that began in February, Kenosha County Public Health has vaccinated more than 800 people in pop-up clinics at Grace. This has been part of an ongoing effort to make COVID-19 vaccination easily accessible throughout the community.

“Even with the recent surge of COVID-19 infections due primarily to the Delta variant, many Kenoshans remain hesitant to get vaccinated,” said Leif Peterson, executive director of the Grace Welcome Center. “The patient, caring approach shown by the staff of Kenosha County Public Health, as they answer individual questions and concerns of those coming to Grace Welcome Center, has been very successful in allaying the fears of those coming to inquire about vaccinations. As a result, each Friday morning several of our breakfast guests at GWC come up and proudly proclaim that they had just got vaccinated the previous day. They also express thanks that their questions were answered before they received the vaccine.

“I am extremely thankful to the Health Department for their steady presence at GWC to get as many members of our Uptown Community vaccinated as possible.”

For more information about Thursday’s clinic, please contact Peterson at 262-930-8325 orLPeterson.GraceWelcomeCenter@gmail.com.

More information about COVID-19 in Kenosha County, including local statistics and links to vaccine and testing providers, is available at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

Kenosha County Public Health answers frequently asked questions on COVID-19

In response to recent community questions about COVID-19 — particularly, the Delta variant and vaccine developments — Kenosha County Public Health is providing this Q&A reference for the public.

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit reminds the public that the spread of COVID- 19 remains active in the community, and the precautions can and should be taken to minimize health risks associated with the virus.

“Nearly a year and a half into the local response to the pandemic, I know that it is difficult to continue taking many of these precautions, but now is not the time to let our guard down when it comes to protecting ourselves and our families,” Freiheit said. “Vaccination remains the most significant step people can take to protect themselves and others, and social distancing, masking and washing hands frequently are also tools we should continue using.”

Following are answers to recent, frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the current COVID-19 situation in Kenosha County?

A: As of Friday, Sept. 3, Kenosha and most other Wisconsin counties and all counties in Illinois are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having a high level of community transmission. This information is updated regularly at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid- data-tracker/#county-view.

Kenosha County has gone from averaging five new cases per day on July 1 to averaging nearly 50 cases per day as of late August (7-day averages). This is after daily cases had dropped steadily from mid-April to late June.

The recent increase in cases coincides with the spread of the Delta variant, which has demonstrated itself to be more highly transmissible than earlier forms of COVID-19. The CDC estimates that a person infected with the original COVID-19 strain would infect two additional people on average, a person infected with the Delta variant would infect five additional people on average.

Q: With breakthrough cases on the rise, should I bother to get vaccinated?

A: Yes, absolutely. While the Delta variant has demonstrated its transmissibility to those who are fully vaccinated, the CDC reports the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract and therefore transmit the virus. The CDC also reports substantially lower risk of hospitalization and death for fully vaccinated people even if they do contract the virus.

And while fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others, vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period.

Put simply, vaccination continues to be a safe, easily accessible way to protect yourself from the effects of COVID-19, and to limit its spread. Information about where you can get vaccinated locally remains available on the Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub webpage, at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

Q: Will I really get paid if I get vaccinated?

A: Yes. Under a program that the State of Wisconsin announced recently, Wisconsin residents who get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine between Aug. 20 and Sept. 19 are eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. This is being funded with federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

Those who receive their first dose during this window must fill out an online form to receive the gift card. More information about this program is available at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/100.htm.

Q: Is it safe to be vaccinated if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

A: Yes. Research shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding people.

Pregnant people are more likely to get severely sick from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people, and pregnant people with COVID-19 are at a higher risk for pregnancy complications. If you are fully vaccinated, your chance of getting severely sick or hospitalized is much lower than if you are not fully vaccinated.

More details on this from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are available here:https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02977.pdf.

Q: I’m very healthy — I eat healthy food, I exercise, and I don’t have any underlying medical conditions. Why would I need to get vaccinated?

A: Studies have indicated even healthy people are at risk, even if less risk, of severe disease and death from COVID-19. Furthermore, there is a risk of long-term effects from COVID-19, such as organ damage, even in younger, healthier people.

Also significant, healthy people can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on symptomatically or asymptomatically to family, friends, and others who may have a greater risk of severe complications.

Q: Which vaccine is the best? Are any of them unsafe?

A: A report published by Yale Medicine determined that the three varieties currently being administered in the United States — Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson — all have unique traits, but all offer strong protection against severe disease.

The Pfizer vaccine last month became the first variety to receive full FDA approval for people ages 16 and older, while an emergency use authorization remains in effect for people ages 12- 17. Emergency use authorizations also remain in place for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vacccines for people 18 or older.

Severe side effects have been found to be extremely rare with all three of the vaccines.
You can read the full Yale Medicine report at
https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-

vaccine-comparison.

Q: When will kids under 12 be able to get vaccinated?

A: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a member of Pfizer’s board of directors, told CNBC on Monday, Sept. 1, that he expects the Pfizer vaccine to be cleared for use in children ages 5 to 11 in late fall or early winter this year.

This expectation is in line with recent remarks from White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, CNBC reported.

Q: Where can I get vaccinated if I have to be at work all day during the week?

A: Many local providers are offering vaccinations on weekends and after regular business hours. A list of providers and links to their reservation systems is at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

Q: I’ve been vaccinated. Do I need a booster, and when can I get it?

A: People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are recommended to get an additional dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days after their initial two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

People who are immunocompromised include those who have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood, those who are taking medicine to suppress the immune system after an organ or stem cell transplant, people with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiencies, those with advanced or untreated HIV infection, and those in active treatment with other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Individuals who are in these categories are encouraged to consult with their health care provider about whether they need to receive an additional dose.

(Note: An additional dose for people who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not recommended at this time because of limited data; the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are monitoring the data and will make recommendations as needed.)

The CDC does not recommend additional doses for any other population at this time, although the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a plan to recommend booster shots for all later this fall. More details will be announced at a future date, after federal authorities review data further.

More information about additional vaccine doses are available at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-dose.htm and at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Q: What is your current recommendation on the wearing of face masks?

A: The CDC currently advises that people age 2 and over, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask indoors in public in areas with a substantial or high level of public transmission of the virus. This includes Kenosha County at this time.

This is intended to maximize protection from the Delta variant and to prevent possibly spreading it to others.

In schools, Kenosha County Public Health is recommending the implementation of universal masking requirements for teachers, staff, students and visitors in all education systems, regardless of vaccination status. This includes K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

This recommendation comes as the population of those under age 12 remains ineligible for vaccination.

Q: How can I stay informed about COVID-19 in our community?

A: The Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub webpage, at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19, includes dashboards detailing case counts, hospitalizations and vaccination rates locally.

Timely information is also shared on the Kenosha County Public Health Facebook page, atwww.facebook.com/KenoshaCountyPublicHealth.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also has several county-level graphs on its COVID-19 data hub at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm.

10th Annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Old Settlers Park on Sept. 11

The 10th Annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St.

The festivities will include authentic German food and beverages, live music and dancing, a classic car show, kids’ games and activities, the Dachshund Dash, a stein-hoisting competition and raffles. Admission and parking are free.

“This is always a fun celebration of German culture and the beginning of fall in our county, and I’m excited to see it return this year,” County Executive Jim Kreuser said of the festivities, which are sponsored by Kreuser, Kenosha County Parks and the nonprofit Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the eventual construction of a permanent band shelter in Old Settlers Park. To date, the Oktoberfest group has raised more than $130,000 of its $150,000 goal.

“Old Settlers Oktoberfest has become a wonderful tradition in our community,” said Rebecca Lancour, president of the Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization. “It’s a great day to simply take a break and spend quality time with your family, friends and neighbors.”

Among the most popular attractions since the event began is the Dachshund Dash, in which dachshunds and dachshund mixes vie for the honors of Top Dog and Hot Dog. Immediately following the Dachshund Dash, there will be an Open Class/All Breed Dog Dash. All dogs are welcome to participate in the open-class event.

The daylong festivities will kick off officially at noon, when Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue Chief James Lejcar will tap the ceremonial keg of beer.

Event Schedule:

  • §  11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Classic car show

  • §  11:45 a.m.: 9-11 Memorial Ceremony followed by the singing of National Anthem by

    11-year-old Avery Meachum

  • §  Noon- 4 p.m.: Beer, wine, food and merchandise tents open; live music by the Ed

    Wagner Brass Band

  • §  Noon-4 p.m.: Alphorn Players

  • §  Noon-5 p.m.: Kids’ games presented by A Place to Grow, Play & Education Center, face

    painting by Pinot’s Pallet of Pleasant Prairie, and hair braiding by Salon Distinction

  • §  1 p.m.: Dachshund Dash and All-Breed Dog Dash (registration begins at noon). Stop by

    after the race to have your photo taken by Westosha Lakes Church

  • §  2, 3, 5 and 6 p.m.: Performances by the D’Oberlanders Dance Crew

  • §  3-5 p.m.: Performance by magician “Amazing Bruce” courtesy of Always Remember

    That Antiques

  • §  4-8 p.m.: Performance by Alpine Thunder

  • §  5:30 p.m.: The 75th Street Inn Stein-hoisting competition

  • §  7 p.m.: Raffle drawing

    Other attractions and activities throughout the day will include hammerschlagen, chainsaw carving and more.