AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE SCHEDULED
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 www.aarp.org/drive.
RIVER BEND OFFERS NATURE LECTURE
CALEDONIA — River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, is offering the free lecture, “Invasive Plant Species: The New Natives?” from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, with discussion to follow.
Non-native, invasive plants have been increasing in number, competing with and often overwhelming plants which are native to this region. Those attending will explore common terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants species, their effects on the habitat and wildlife, and discuss techniques to control their spread. They will learn how invasive plants arrive, which are highest in priority for control measures and why, and how to identify them in nature or in your own yard.
The program will be presented by a team of experts in the area of invasive and native plants. Melissa Warner is a local environmental leader and active leader in efforts to control invasive plants in Racine. Justin Poinsatte holds a PhD in ecology. Lauren Kelly holds a master of science in botany and is a professor at Marquette University.
ECO-JUSTICE CENTER PROGRAMS
CALEDONIA — The Eco-Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, is offering these events:
“The Buzz about Bees,” for ages 6 to adult, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Participants will learn the basics of bee keeping, the importance of bees in our food system, bee anatomy and behavior, bee keeping equipment, types of hives, and the challenges faced by bees today because of disease, loss of habitat and use of harmful chemicals. Through slides, posters and a visit to the honey house, attendees will get a feel for what it takes to be a keeper of bees. The cost is $5. Registration is required by March 19.
Spring Break Camp, for ages 5-8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, April 3-6. Each day will be filled with exploration, lessons, crafts, games, music and stories. Snacks will be provided. Children will have a day learning all about bees, a day hatching chicks, a day exploring the hoop-house and learning all about plants, and a day spent with our goats, alpacas and other animals. The cost is $100. Some scholarships are available.
For more information or to register for a program, go www.ecojusticecenter.org or call 262-681-8527.
HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASS
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 www.hri-wi.org or call 262-636-8271. Housing Resources Inc. is a nonprofit, HUD approved housing counseling agency.
POSITIVE SOLUTIONS WORKSHOP SET
RACINE — The University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering a “Positive Solutions Workshop Series” for parents/guardians of children ages 6 and younger from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 20-May 1 (no class April 3) at the Family Resource Center in Julian Thomas Elementary School, 930 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Parents will learn strategies to promote positive behavior in their child.
The program is free, and a meal and childcare are provided. To register or for more information, call Pam Wedig-Kirsch at 262-767-2918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAMS OFFERED AT BONG
BRIGHTON — These programs will be held at Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road:
“Coyote Neighbors,” 7-8 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Participants will discover how perfectly adapted coyotes are to survive and learn some tips for living near them. The group will go out to try to call some coyotes.
“Earliest Migrants Hike,” 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, March 17. Bundle up and bring binoculars to an early morning hike and discover which hardy migrants have returned and what the resident birds are doing.
“Spring Wreaths,” 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The cost is $30. Meet at the Visitor Center but be prepared to drive.
“Tie your own flies,” 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, March 24. Attendees will use basic materials to create their own fishing fly. Participants must be ages 8 and older and accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.
“Paint and Sip:Meadow at Dusk,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. For ages 15 and older and all abilities. Price is $30 and includes one free glass of wine for ages 21 and older. Registration is required.
Blue Moon Hike, 8-9 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Attendees will hike in the moonlight, discover which animals are active and learn some Moon facts. Meet at the amphitheater.
All programs meet at the visitor center, unless otherwise listed. Bong’s entrance is on Highway 142, one mile west of Highway 75. A Wisconsin State Park Admission Sticker is required for each vehicle. For Wisconsin vehicles the fees are $8 a day or $28 a year, or $13 and $3 for seniors. The annual sticker is good in all Wisconsin state parks. The sticker may be purchased at time of arrival. To register for a program or for more information, call Bong at 262-878-5601.
RELIGIOUS PRESENTATION OFFERED
KENOSHA — A free presentation titled “Weaponizing Scripture: Healing or Harming in the Name of God” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
As a part of the Interfaith Scholar in Residence Program, Carthage College will host William T. Cavanaugh, director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. He has degrees from the universities of Notre Dame, Cambridge and Duke, is the author of seven books and has lectured on six continents.
COMMUNITY INTEREST PROGRAMS PLANNED
RACINE — These community programs will be held at the Golden Rondelle Theater, 1525 Howe St.:
“Zero Waste: Reuse-Reduce-Recycle” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 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.
“An American Home: Frank Lloyd Wright’s B. Harley Bradley House,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22. This documentary tells the interweaving stories of hardship and resurgence of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his B. Harley Bradley House and the community of Kankakee, Ill., where the home resides.
The Bradley House is considered by many scholars to be a major turning point in the history of American Architecture as it helped usher in the Prairie Style. The film is an exploration of design, history, economics and historic preservation. However, the film delves into much more than the home itself. It is a fair, but direct look at the life of Wright; the rise, fall and rebirth of Kankakee; those who sacrificed to save, preserve and rebuild the structure; and the many tragedies — including murders and suicides — that have surrounded the home.
The film’s director, Tom Desch will be in attendance for questions following the film. For more information, go to www.anamericanhomefilm.com. Following the program, a Wright@Night SC Johnson Campus Tour will be available from 8 to 9:30 p.m. A separate reservation is required.
Make reservations to attend by calling 262-260-2154 or go to www.scjohnson.com/CIPreservations.
STAINED GLASS SEMINAR SET
KENOSHA — Lemon Street Gallery & ArtSpace, 4601 Sheridan Road, will offer a “Stained Glass Seminar” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The fee is $45, plus a $5 supply fee. To register, go to www.lemonstreetgallery.org or call 262-605-4745.