Archives for August 2010
Eight-week programs in fall, winter and spring and one-week Spring Break program available for students ages three through grade 12
Registration for First Stage Theater Academy school year sessions is now open. Eight-week programs in the fall, winter and spring, as well as a one-week Spring Break Academy program are available.
Classes are offered at three locations: the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street in downtown Milwaukee; the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street in Oconomowoc and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 E. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. Registration remains open until classes are filled.
Parent or grandparent and child classes are offered for 3- and 4-year-olds, with a variety of classes for students in grades K5 through 12. Classes are held weekly for eight weeks.
Classes at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center are held on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays; on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center and on Saturdays at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
The fall session runs September 25 through November 20, 2010; the winter session from January 22 through March 17, 2011 and the spring session from March 26 through May 26, 2011. A weeklong Spring Break Academy – April 25-29, 2011 – offers a half-day
and full day program for students grades K5 through 12, only at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.
Classes offered vary by age range, and include: “Story Drama,” in which students K4-K5 explore their favorite stories and are guided through dramatic activity encouraging self-expression, concentration, cooperation and discussion; “Introduction to Acting,” in which students grades four through six explore the basics of acting as they develop communication, confidence and self-esteem; and “Musical Theater,” where students grades four through six and seven through 12 can sharpen their singing voices and hone their dance and movement skills while working on numbers from great musicals.
All classes are process-oriented. At the end of each session, there is an informal sharing session, and “open house” day during which students will present class experiences to their families and friends.
Advanced students entering grades eight through 12 have the opportunity to audition for the Young Company, the advanced training session of the Theater Academy.
Led by Theater Academy Director John Maclay and Director Todd Denning, Young Company members have the opportunity to perform in one of three productions throughout the year in this year-round class, including William Shakespeare’s JULIUS CAESAR in December 2010. Registration is required prior to scheduling and audition.
Registration is available online at www.FirstStage.org/theateracademy. For further questions, please call (414) 267-2970 or email [email protected]
Prepare your teen for the road
by Trisha Hessinger For NewsUSA
As the summer comes to an end, teens prepare to get back to the classroom — and the road.
If your young driver is ready to buy their first used vehicle, you’ll need to do your research.
Firestone Complete Auto Care offers some tips that will not only help you in the process of buying a good used vehicle, but will also help keep that vehicle running newer, longer:
When shopping for a used car:
* Make the investment. Many problems with vehicles aren’t obvious. Have your teen take the vehicle to a trusted automotive technician for a thorough inspection. A small investment upfront could mean big savings down the road if it prevents you from buying a vehicle with serious mechanical problems.
* Check the Internet. Your teen can use a vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to search for its history online. It’s a good way to check for odometer fraud and to find out if the car has ever been damaged in an accident.
* Trust your senses. Check for evidence of flood damage, which might include a musty smell, water stains, dried mud, mildew or mold inside the car. Check for stains on the carpet under the dashboard, which can indicate heater core or air conditioner leakage.
After purchasing your used vehicle:
* Change the engine oil. Early on, your teen should get in the habit of changing the oil according to the vehicle owner’s manual, usually every three months or 3,000 miles. Prolonged driving without an oil change may cause severe engine damage, which can be very costly to repair.
* Maintain your tires. Teach your teen to check the tire inflation pressure every month. Tires should be properly balanced and rotated according to the maintenance schedule. The alignment should be checked at least once a year. Properly maintained tires are safer and longer lasting, and can increase gas mileage up to 3 percent,
* Check the vehicle’s fluid levels. Have your automotive technician show you and your teen how to check the transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant to make sure they’re properly filled. Also have your automotive technician check your vehicle’s brake fluid level and condition regularly.
(NewsUSA) – Children have become much less active, contributing to the growing childhood obesity epidemic that’s affecting neighborhoods across the country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
The prevalence of obesity among children ages six to 11 years increased from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 19.6 percent in 2008.
Additionally, rates have increased from 5 percent to 18.1 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 19 years.
“The incidence of childhood obesity in the United States and its consequences are devastating,” says Dr. Richard Visser, the Minister of Health for Aruba and a childhood obesity researcher and educator.
“We really have to do something to help the next generation, and we have to start with the parents.”
Recently, Boys & Girls Clubs of America teamed up with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation to produce the first-ever Family Strengthening Virtual Symposium, where Dr. Visser led a powerful session entitled “Our Kids Supersized: How to Prevent Childhood Obesity and Promote Healthy Weight in Youth.”
Dr. Visser suggested that parents’ lifestyles predetermine the weight and health of their children. He offered parents and caregivers the following tips for healthier families:
* Eat breakfast every day, and enjoy smaller-portioned snacks several times throughout the day.
* Avoid food that contains excessive fat or simple sugars.
* Eat together. Communal eating encourages healthier eating habits.
* Feed kids only when they’re hungry, and eliminate snacking in front of the TV or while playing video games.
* Make sure children get at least 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity every day, and limit electronic device use to no more than two hours per day.
“Getting parents to commit to a healthier lifestyle will greatly impact the lives of their children — from eating right to exercising — it’s an educational process and lifestyle change that needs to happen.”
Find more tips for parents, and watch Dr. Visser’s session on the Family PLUS Web site at www.familyplus.bgca.org.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Karen Taylor Bass, the award-winning PR Expert, author, weekly guest columnist for Black Enterprise.com, business coach, radio host and now a ‘brand’ new mommy creates new website for women.
Taylor Bass recently launched The Brand New Mommy(TM) (TBNM), www.thebrandnew-mommy.com, the ultimate destination and blog for savvy Black women renewing and redefining their personal brand post childbirth.
Taylor Bass resigned from her high profile entertainment PR job working with such clients as Jill Scott, Coca-Cola USA, Sony Entertainment, NBA’s Ray Allen and many others to devote time to her blended family.
“My bonus son, Sebastian, had tragically lost his mom on September 11th. I was determined to love Sebastian and give him the mommy love he needed post September 11; God blessed me with a baby at 40 years young and an unpredictable pregnancy. I was diagnosed with placenta previa eight months into my pregnancy, which caused me to be hospitalized and on bed rest for 6 weeks. This experience changed my life and empowered me re-prioritize my life,” says Karen passionately.
“There are many websites and support group for mothers once they become pregnant, however, what happens post delivery for the brand new mommy?
For many women the real challenge is once they get home from the hospital — post-partum depression, weight gain, raising a special needs child, lack of sexual appetite, and ultimately re-capturing one’s personal brand. What are the essential tips for lasting self-renewal?
At the www.thebrandnewmommy.com we will lovingly offer relevant news topics from Shirley Sherrod to what defines a baby mama (race or economics), health/wellness, career/workshops, business coaching, videos and a delicate balance of lifestyle/entertainment with guest bloggers,” says Taylor Bass.
The Brand New Mommy encourages dialogue with its readers and will only consider advertisement, which is relevant to the growth and sanity of its savvy subscribers and families.
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Involvement at former McNair Elementary demonstrates business commitment to MPS success
Dozens of Milwaukee businesspeople will support the opening of Rufus King International School – Middle Years Campus by volunteering their time on a summer Saturday.
The service project will help beautify the grounds and make the interior more welcoming for new students.
The event is coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Business Volunteer Council (BVC), a longstanding group organized by the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee.
The BVC is a coalition of more than 40 companies dedicated to advancing strategic volunteerism as a tool to address business goals, community needs and employee interests.
The Rufus King – Middle Years Campus at the former McNair Elementary School building will open on August 18 with more than 200 students.
It is affiliated with Rufus King International School – High School Campus, which is consistently the top-rated public high school in Wisconsin. The volunteer event is the first effort of a three-year commitment by the BVC to help various Milwaukee Public Schools by providing hands-on assistance, school supply drives and targeted business skill-based volunteer opportunities.
Dr. Gregory E. Thornton to meet and eat with year-round schools students
MPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory E. Thornton will welcome year-round school students by sharing lunch with them on the first day of classes.
Dr. Thornton and his senior staff will have lunch at Ralph H. Metcalfe School, 3400 W. North Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2.
Dr. Thornton feels it is important to hear the students’ voice.
“If there is one place children will talk and be for real, it’s the lunch room,” said Dr. Thornton.
“I want to hear how their day is going and what they plan to accomplish this year.”
Dr. Thornton’s senior staff and Regional Executive Specialists will have lunch at Metcalfe, with each person paying the $3.10 for lunch and sitting at a table with students.
Members of the media are invited to cover the event, if they follow the same guidelines – pay for lunch and sit among students.
The menu for August 2 includes grilled cheese sandwich, baby carrots, an applesauce cup and milk. MPS School Nutrition Services typically serves 55,134 lunches each school day.
More than 79 percent of MPS students qualify for free or reduced price meals.
“This experience should be as close to normal as possible for students, just with more adults in the building,” said Dr. Thornton.
There are 22 year-round Milwaukee Public Schools.
They begin classes in early August and have the same number of instructional days as other schools, but have longer breaks in October, December and April and no school in July.
MPS is the largest public school district in the State of Wisconsin, with 184 schools serving approximately 82,000 students.
Achievement and improvement are guided by the MPS strategic plan, Working Together, Achieving More.
Media questions should be directed to Philip Harris in the MPS Office of Communications and Public Affairs at (414) 475-8902.