RACINE — A free workshop on mental illness will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Gregg Chapel CME Church, 2237 Howe St. It will be presented by a representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Call 262-633-5590 for more information.


BURLINGTON — The AARP Smart Driver course will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Aurora Wellness Center, 300 McCanna Parkway.

Attendees will refresh their driving skills, learn the new rules of the road and research-based driving strategies to help stay safe behind the wheel.

Fees are $15 for AARP members, $20 others. Call 800-499-5736 to register. Payment will be collected the first day of class. For more information, go to


RACINE — A community program titled “Zero Waste: Reuse-Reduce-Recycle” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Golden Rondelle Theater, 1525 Howe St.

Those attending will learn about local plans for reducing waste, the benefits of using garbage disposals and composting, and other practical ways to waste less. Jim Palenick, Racine city administrator, will discuss methods of reducing solid waste. A panel of local activists will share practical ways that everyone in the greater Racine area can help reduce what is sent to landfills. They are Michael Keleman, manager of Environmental Engineering with InSinkErator; Sue Obry, master composter, and Dave Rhoads, Greening Greater Racine, on the “Zero Waste” movement. There will be time for questions and answers.

Make reservations to attend by calling 262-260-2154 or go to


RACINE — These workshops will be offered at Wustum Museum, a campus of the Racine Art Museum at 2519 Northwestern Ave.:

Adult classes

“The Painter’s Studio,” 1-4 p.m. Mondays, March 5-April 30 (no class April 2). Learn painting techniques from an artist working in an open studio environment. Fee: $150.

“Clay Night Out: Earth, Water and Wine,” 6-8 p.m. Monday March 5. Learn hand-building techniques for clay and make a coil built and slip decorated fruit bowl. Fee: $35 (includes all supplies a glass of wine).

“Open Studio Ceramics,” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24. For advanced ceramics students to work in an open studio environment. Fee: $171.

“Watercolor Studio,” 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 10. Participants will use a variety of watercolor techniques. Fee: $116.

“Mixed Media,” 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27. Using a variety of materials, participants will make collages and assemble artwork. Fee: $75.

“Portrait Painting in Acrylics,” 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24. Learn “how to” techniques on portrait painting. Fee: $150.

“Potter’s Wheel,” 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24. Discover various pottery techniques. Fee: $171.

“Stained Glass,” 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24. Learn stained glass techniques, such as cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering in the copper foil method. Fee: $150.

“Jewelry,” 6:15-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-April 24, and Thursdays, March 8-April 26. Learn soldering, sawing, shaping and mounting jewelry techniques. Fee: $171.

“Pan Pastel Painting,” 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7-28. Working from photos, still life or imagination, attendees will create pan pastel paintings. Fee: $75.

“Clay Date Night,” 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7 and March 14. Attendees will create their choice of a handbuilt or wheel thrown clay keepsake bowl and memory together. Fee: $45.

“What Would I Tell My Younger Self About Being an Artist?,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Discussion featuring artist Tom Berenz. Fee: $10.

“Intermediate Studios Ceramics,” 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Designed for ceramics students with previous experience. Fee: $171.

“Watercolor Simplified,” 6-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 8-April 26. Learn and apply fundamentals and advanced watercolor techniques. Fee: $150.

“Sweet Pea Paper Flower Earrings,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Attendees may bring a beverage and snacks create almost-real looking accessories. Fee: $35.

Children’s classes

“Potter’s Wheel,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 10-April 21 (no class March 31). Children ages 8 to 12 may learn the fundamentals of centering, throwing, trimming and glazing clay. Fee: $92.

“Monochromatic Spring Landscapes,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Children ages 7 to 9 may create an acrylic landscape with one color. Fee: $35.

“Drawing Spring,” 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Children ages 10 to 13 will create two-dimensional artwork inspired by spring. Fee: $35.

To register, go to or call 262-636-9177. Online registration closes three days before classes begin. After that, call for class availability. RAM members receive discounts on classes.


RACINE — Housing Resources Inc., 500 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 205, will hold a “Homebuyer Education” class from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 14 and 21.

Participants will learn about the homebuying process, how they can repair or build their credit, and down payment and closing cost assistance. Classes are taught by local real estate professionals including lenders, realtors, home inspectors and others. The goal is to help people secure an affordable mortgage with a local, reputable lender.

Following class, participants begin one-on-one counseling sessions to identify and overcome the obstacles for mortgage qualification.

Registration is required at or call 262-636-8271. Housing Resources Inc. is a nonprofit, HUD approved housing counseling agency.


RACINE — A Meditation Workshop for Spirtual Awareness class for all ages is offered at no charge from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Science of Spirituality Center, 3131 Taylor Ave.

Participants in the class will learn a simple meditation technique. Participants in the workshop will discuss various spiritual aspects and learn how to apply them in daily life.

For more information, call Vivian Williams at 262-620-0058.


SOMERS — The Religious Issues Forum series will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road. Forums take place at noon. The April 2 forum will take place in Molinaro 105 and the other forums will take place in Molinaro D-137. Topics and dates are:

Monday, March 5 — “The Impact of Religious-nationalist Groups on the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle,” by professor Elizabeth Brownson, history, UW-Parkside.

Monday, April 2 — “Pope Francis on Moral Discernment: Amoris Laetitia,” by professor Aaron Pidel, Marquette University.

Monday, May 7 — “Does Religion Trump U.S. Law?” with attorney Andrew Seidel of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Madison.

Forums are free and open to the public. There are no parking citations during forum hours, but visitors should not park at reserved locations or at parking meters. Visitors may want to park in the Tallent Hall lot, east of Wood Road, and take the shuttle bus to campus. For more information, call Wayne G. Johnson at 262-554-1613.


CALEDONIA — Drop-in woodcarving classes for beginners ages 10 and older (including adults) will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturday of each month at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road. The cost is $3. Materials are provided. For more information, call River Bend at 262-639-1515.


RACINE — Racine County Workforce Solutions, 1717 Taylor Ave., is offering these free workshops March 5-9:

“Volunteering for Success,” 1-2 p.m. Monday.

“Job Corps Orientation,” 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday.

“Basic Computer Course Orientation,” 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

“First Steps in Starting Your Own Small Business,” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

“The Vibe; a community job club for job seekers 18-24,” 1-3 p.m. Wednesday.

“Walk-in Resume Lab,” 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday.

“Open Computer Lab,” 10 a.m.-noon Monday and Wednesday at George Bray Neighborhood YMCA, 924 Center St.

“ProTech,” 9-11 a.m. Monday at Kenosha County Job Center Room N5, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.

For more information or to register for a workshop, call Racine County Workforce Solutions, Workshop Instruction at 262-638-6551 or 262-638-6550.


SOMERS — Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL), an organization of mostly retired people ages 55 and older, offers lectures on various topics.

“RAM at 15: The Growth and Development of the Racine Art Museum Since 2003” will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the UW-Parkside Student Center, 900 Wood Road.

Bruce Pepich, executive director and curator of collections at the Racine Art Museum and Charles A. Museum of Fine Arts, will speak about the museum’s birth and development over the last 15 years and today’s programs.

Suggested parking is at Tallent Hall (east side of Wood Road) and using shuttle service transport to the front of the Student Center. A $4 parking pass (all parking lots) is required and available at Tallent Hall and the Student Center concierge desk. For more information, call the ALL office at 262-595-2793 or go to (keyword ALL).


KENOSHA — Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, 4601 Sheridan Road, is offering these classes:

“Pottery Workshop: Garden Markers,” 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Fee: $30.

“Painting: Beginner and Beyond,” 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Fee: $75.

“Basic Soap Making,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 15. Fee: $30, plus $13 supply fee.

For more information or to register, go to or call 262-605-4745.


Community Coordinator

Loreen Mohr is the community coordinator for The Journal Times.

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