$120 available to those who utilize COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Grace Lutheran Church

$120 available to those who utilize COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Grace Lutheran Church

KENOSHA — People who receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic this Thursday, Sept. 2, will be eligible to receive incentives totaling $120, organizers announced today.

The clinic will be held from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St., in Kenosha, through a partnership between the Grace Welcome Center and Kenosha County Public Health.

Using donations provided to the Grace Welcome Center, the organization is offering $20 in cash to the first 40 people who get their first vaccination dose there this week.

This incentive is in addition to the $100 Visa gift card that is available to all Wisconsin residents who receive their first dose between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6, under an offer that the state announced last week.

To receive the gift card, 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.

“We’re pleased to partner with Grace on this opportunity for people to get vaccinated while cashing in on a couple of great incentives,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from serious illness, and now it’s also a way to put some money in your pocket.”

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.

“This has been a great partnership for Grace Welcome Center together with Kenosha County Public Health to get our neighbors in Uptown vaccinated,” said Leif Peterson, executive director of the Grace Welcome Center.

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.

Free Military and Veterans Family Day to be held at Boundless Adventures Sept. 24

Free Military and Veterans Family Day to be held at Boundless Adventures Sept. 24

Kenosha County Parks, Boundless Adventures, and the Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services will host the second annual Military and Veterans Family Day climbing event at Boundless Adventures in Bristol Woods Park from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

Active-duty military, reserve personnel, veterans and their immediate families are invited to climb for free. The park will remain open for the general public to climb that day, with civilian tickets available for purchase.

All proceeds from the civilian tickets and other donations will go to the Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc., an independent association of volunteers that donates 100 percent of funds raised to help support local veterans.

“If my fellow veterans ‘enjoyed’ the Confidence Course during basic training, then they will find this even more fun without the Drill Instructor yelling at them,” said Jack Gibbons, SWAAC chairman.

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said he is pleased that the county and Boundless Adventures can make this opportunity available for veterans and active-duty military.

“This is a way to say, ‘thank you’ to our heroes who have served or are serving, and we hope many of them and their families will come out for a unique Kenosha County Parks experience,” Kreuser said.

Boundless Adventures features six acres of obstacle courses that range in difficulty based on the ability and experience of the individual. The aerial adventure park utilizes cables connected to trees or utility poles to build nine courses with over 120 elements that range 20 to 40 feet above the ground for climbers to safely maneuver to each feature.

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“We’ve been proud to be part of the Kenosha County community since we opened up here in 2019, and we’re happy to offer this opportunity to honor our veterans and active-duty military,” said Lorrie Funtleyder, co-owner of Boundless Adventures with her husband Brian.

Registration for the event is required and must be done online at https://bit.ly/3mlnUI3. For more information, please contact the Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services, at 262-605-6690.

Bristol Woods Park is located at 9800 160th Ave. (Highway MB) in the Village of Bristol.

See more details on the Military and Veterans Family Day event and the entire Kenosha County Parks system at parks.kenoshacounty.org or www.facebook.com/kenoshacountyparks. More information about Boundless Adventures is available at https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park/.

Storms Rip Through Kenosha

Storms Rip Through Kenosha

Severe thunderstorms race through Kenosha county last night causing much damage and power outages for at least 11,000 households. The storm caused at least 125,000 households in southeastern Wisconsin to be without power.

Kenosha, Waukegan firefighters to engage in BBQ Border Battle at HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues festival

This year’s HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival on Aug. 21 will feature a hot battle between members of two area fire departments.

Members of Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414 will vie against their counterparts from Waukegan Firefighters Local 473 in the Wisconsin vs. Illinois BBQ Border Battle.

This contest of barbecue cooking skills will be featured in The Cooking Studio, the popular interactive cooking demonstration that kicks off the daylong music festival in Kenosha’s HarborPark. The cooking festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m.

“We are so excited to have our firefighters back in the Cooking Studio,” said Ardis Mahone- Mosley, Cooking Studio co-chair. “This year we are kicking the competition up a notch by pitting the defending Champion Kenosha Local 414 against their new foe from across the border, Waukegan Local 473. This Border Battle on who can BBQ the best pork promises to be the most competitive yet. It will be Illinois vs Wisconsin with the audience voting on who does the best BBQ all while raising money for scholarships!"

At the most recent HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, in 2019, the Kenosha firefighters group prevailed over their friendly foes from Racine Professional Firefighters Local 321.

Joey Sielski, vice president of Local 414, said the Kenosha group is looking forward to defending its title, all while supporting a good cause.

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“We look forward to this event every year,” Sielski said. “It’s an honor to be a part fo this competition that raises funds for a truly outstanding organization. As firefighters, we use our talents and resources to help others and support programs that help the community.”

“Waukegan Firefighters Local 473 members are delighted to share an opportunity to support Kenosha's community with our brothers and sisters across the border,” said Justin Johnson, Local 473 Gold Shift steward. “Building relationships with our neighbors is always a rewarding experience. Raising funds for a worthwhile organization while cooking and eating food is a function we are made for! We're looking forward to having a great time.”

Teri Jacobson, co-chair of the Cooking Studio along with Mahone-Mosley, said the cooking competition is a great way to kick off a fun day of music on the lakefront.

“Everyone who attends the Cooking Studio will get an inside look into what it’s like to cook for a firehouse, and they’ll get some great recipes and delicious samples,” Jacobson said. “In the past we’ve gotten great tips and treats; I’m sure this year will be even better!”

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Mahone Fund, which provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth, while also supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. Created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of local social justice leaders and education advocates Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, the fund is a component of the Kenosha Community Foundation.

This year’s festival will include performances by internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Alex Bugnon and saxophonist Marion Meadows, as well as Chicago Blues Hall of Fame member John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band. The music program will kick off with a performance by the Kenosha Unified School District High School Summer Strings ensemble.

General admission tickets to the festival are $25. VIP Lounge tickets — which include concert admission, food and complementary beer, wine, soda and water — are $85 each.

More information about the festival, including how to purchase tickets, is available at here

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Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Mahone Fund to join forces in new musical collaboration; UWP’s Kinchen to act as advisor

Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Mahone Fund to join forces in new musical collaboration; UWP’s Kinchen to act as advisor

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Partnership begins with student performance at HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

The collaboration will launch with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s sponsorship of the KUSD

the KUSD High School Summer Strings is a district-wide string ensemble including ninth-through-12th-grade violins, violas, cellos, bass from Bradford, Indian Trail, Tremper, and Harborside high schools.

High School Summer Strings, which will perform as the opening act at the HarborPark Jazz,

Rhythm & Blues Festival on Aug. 21.

Under the direction of Kenosha Unified orchestra directors Nathan Gardner and Heather Kamikawa, String selections at the Harborpark concert will include patriotic favorites; selections from the Pixar films “Finding Nemo,” “Cars,” “Up!” and “Toy Story”; the traditional gospel work “Battle of Jericho”; a string arrangement of Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia”; a new rhythmic work titled “Changes in Time”; “Blue-Fire Fiddler”; and music from “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”

“Our high school students are looking forward to connecting with the community through music,” Kamikawa said. “Many of our students have not performed in a live concert for over a year. We cannot wait to finish the summer as the Harbor Park Jazz opening act. We thank the

Mahone Foundation and Kenosha Symphony Orchestra for asking us to join in on this great event.”

“We are thrilled to have our talented KUSD students return as an opening act for the 2021 HarborPark music fest,” said Mahone Fund Chairman Tim Mahone. “The KUSD High School Summer Strings represent the future musicians in Kenosha, and it is important for them to demonstrate their talent in front of our audience and get exposure to nationally renowned, Grammy award-winning artists. This exciting performance however will be a catalyst for all of us to convene as a diverse people and bring some sanity back to humanity in Kenosha.”

Future events through the Mahone Fund-Kenosha Symphony partnership will include small to large music groups, with performances at many different venues in the community, Mahone said. “We have the very best music and choral advisor in Dr. Kinchen, who will use his decades of world-class expertise to guide us through this journey,” Mahone added.

Dr. James Kinchen, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin Parkside will serve as the musical advisor for the collaboration and facilitate the development of the ongoing performance series and ensuing conversations throughout the community.

More information about these upcoming events will be announced in the coming months.

Coming off a year of civil unrest and a worldwide pandemic there is a major need to find that common activity that can be fun and healing at the same time, organizers of the partnership said.

“Music connects and heals us, and both our organizations recognize that our community is at a point where we as people need to come together,” Mahone said. “Through this new partnership, we’re aiming to provide a series of musical events and organize a series of meaningful conversations for 2021 and beyond that will foster conversation, understanding, and change.”

Julia Nowicki, a Kenosha Symphony Orchestra board member, echoed those sentiments.

“Bringing people together through music is a natural fit to restore confidence in the strengths of our diversity in Kenosha,” Nowicki said.

“We hope the Kenosha Symphony and Mahone Fund collaboration will foster a feeling of unity as well as drive meaningful conversations about music and race in our community,” said

“I am delighted to be part of this initiative that honors the legacy of one of our great citizens by

helping to use music as an instrumentality that speaks to the diverse cultures and musical experiences among us," said Kinchen.

Roberta Puntillo, committee member. “We look forward to presenting a variety of fun and engaging musical events this year and beyond.”

The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra has provided the City of Kenosha with a professional orchestra for 82 years. It is dedicated to bringing the best of musical worlds to the city, including classical and pops, and high-level soloists. Throughout the COVID-19 shutdown, the symphony continued to provide free-streamed concerts to the public and then, most recently, a well-attended free concert at Petrifying Springs Park this summer.

A component of the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Mahone Fund provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth, while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. It was created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of the late Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, noted social justice leaders and education advocates in Kenosha.

Its existing programming includes the Lincoln Park Live Music Series, which brings free pop, rock, R&B, salsa, and jazz performances to Kenosha’s Lincoln Park each summer. This year’s remaining concert dates are July 28 and Aug. 11.

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Mahone Fund that brings nationally renowned acts to Kenosha each year.

This year’s daylong festival will be headlined by jazz artists Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows and Chicago blues legend John Primer.

“We are pleased that through our new partnership with the Kenosha Symphony, we’ll now be able to kick off this day of great music, great food and great fun with an orchestral performance by our local student musicians,” Mahone said. “It will be an appropriate way to showcase some local talent and will serve a reminder of the bright future that we have in Kenosha.”

More information about the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, including how to purchase tickets, by calling Karen Kaiser at the Kenosha Community Foundation at 262-654- 2412, https://www.mahonefund.org or click here for tickets.

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harborpark-jazz-rhythm-blues-festival-2021-tickets-161395316737.

Mahone Fund, Kenosha County Public Health partner to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at upcoming music events

KENOSHA — COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at this summer’s Lincoln Park Live Music Series performances and at the Aug. 21 HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, event organizers announced today.

These vaccination stations will be provided by way of a partnership between the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and Kenosha County Public Health.

Free vaccinations will be available to all eventgoers ages 12 and up (those under 18 must be with a parent or guardian). People who choose to be vaccinated may select from the Moderna, Pfizer or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Incentives will be available to those who are among the first to be vaccinated at the Lincoln Park Live concerts: The first person to receive the vaccine at each concert will receive a $100 gift card and two tickets to the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival; the next five people vaccinated at each concert will receive a $25 gift card and two tickets to the festival.

“We’re very excited to make this opportunity available at our summer 2021 concert events,” said Tim Mahone, chairman of the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund. “Providing easy, convenient access to the COVID-19 vaccine fits in perfectly with our mission to promote not only educational opportunities for our youth, but also good health and wellness for everyone in our community.”

A component of the Kenosha Community Foundation, the Mahone Fund provides educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth, while supporting healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color. It was created in 1999 to perpetuate the legacy of the late Mary Lou and Arthur F. Mahone, noted social justice leaders and education advocates in Kenosha.

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Among other programs, the fund sponsors the Lincoln Park Live Music Series, which brings free pop, rock, R&B, salsa and jazz performances to Kenosha’s Lincoln Park each summer. This year’s concert dates are July 14, July 28 and Aug. 11. All concerts include performances by different musical acts at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is a major fundraiser for the Mahone Fund’s programming. This year’s event, to be headlined by jazz artists Alex Bugnon and Marion Meadows and Chicago blues legend John Primer, will be held from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 21 at Celebration Place in Kenosha’s HarborPark.

More information about both events, including details about ticket sales for the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, is available at https://www.mahonefund.org/.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at each of the Lincoln Park Live performances and at the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival.

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said the county is pleased to make COVID-19 vaccines available at these and other community events, particularly as work remains to be done in closing racial disparities in vaccination rates locally and nationally.

“Through the work of our vaccine equity task force, we are bringing pop-up vaccine clinics out to community organizations, businesses and events where we can meet people where they are, provide education about the benefits of vaccination and, ultimately, get more shots into arms,” Freiheit said. “Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is safe and effective, and it’s how we’re ultimately going be able to make the pandemic a thing of the past.”

Atifa Robinson, chairwoman of the Mahone Fund Healthy Lifestyle Committee, said it is critical to provide opportunities for the most vulnerable populations to be vaccinated.

“The COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinic partnership with the Mary Lou & Arthur F. Mahone Fund and Kenosha County Public Health eliminates the barrier of families not having transportation to vaccination sites,” Robinson said. “The pop-up vaccination clinics are accessible and help to promote health equity within the community. This partnership aims to meet families where they are and build community trust to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

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