Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Plunge 2011 - Milwaukee WI

An icy dip into Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day.
When: 12 p.m. Friday, January 1
Where: Bradford Beach, 2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Cost: Free


The Salvation Army


A Christmas Charity

To Schedule a Pick Up :
Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to discuss a pick up of your items or to find out the nearest drop off location.

  • The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.
  • Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included.
  • Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.
  • Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.

Beloit Family & Thrift Store
809 Broad Street
Beloit, WI 53511

Burlington Family & Thrift Store
248 Pine Street
Burlington, WI 53105

Franklin Family & Thrift Store (27th Street Store)
6341 South 27th Street
Franklin, WI 53132

Janesville Family & Thrift Store
1819 Center
Janesville, WI 53545

Kenosha Family & Thrift Store
6115 22nd. Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140

Menomonee Falls Family & Thrift Store
N89 W16899 Appleton Ave.
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Milwaukee Family & Thrift Store
4747 West Bradley Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223

Milwaukee Family & Thrift Store
7713 Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Racine Family & Thrift Store
2122 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402

Waukesha Family & Thrift Store
1537 E. Moreland Blvd.
Waukesha, WI 53186

History of The Salvation Army

  • In 1865, William Booth, an ordained Methodist minister, aided by his wife Catherine, formed an evangelical group dedicated to preaching among the unchurched people living in the midst of appalling poverty in London’s East End.
  • Booth’s ministry recognized the interdependence of material, emotional and spiritual needs. In addition to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, Booth became involved in the feeding and shelter of the hungry and homeless and in rehabilitation of alcoholics.
  • William Booth’s congregations were desperately poor. He preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead them to Christ and to link them to a church for further spiritual guidance. Even though they were converted, churches did not accept Booth’s followers because of what they had been. Booth gave their lives direction in a spiritual manner and put them to work to save others who were like themselves. They too preached and sang in the streets as a living testimony to the power of God.
  • In 1867, Booth had only 10 full-time workers. By 1874, the numbers had grown to 1,000 volunteers and 42 evangelists. They served under the name “The Christian Mission.” Booth assumed the title of a General Superintendent. His followers called him “General.” Known as the “Hallelujah Army,'” the converts spread out of the east end of London into neighboring areas and then to other cities.
  • Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 Annual Report of the Christian Mission when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission, under the superintendence of Rev. William Booth, is a volunteer army.” He crossed out the words “Volunteer Army” and penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army, which was adopted in August of the same year.
  • The Salvation Army has functioned successfully within that unusual structure for more than a century. Its outreach has been expanded to include over 100 countries and the Gospel is preached by its officers in more than 160 languages

New Year’s Eve Events

 New Years Eve - Milwaukee, WI

  • The Harlem Globetrotters
    The world’s zaniest trick basketball team will have you laughing your way into the new year.
    When: 1 and 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31
    Where: Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth St.
    Cost: $20.50
    Contact: (414) 227-0700


  • New Year’s Eve at the Domes
    Bring the whole family for a fun evening with live music, comedians, magicians and more.
    When: 6 – 10 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, 524 S. Layton Blvd.
    Cost: $10, $5 for children ages 6-17, free for children 6 and under.
    Contact: (414) 803-7910


  • ComedySportz New Year’s Eve
    A special New Year’s comedy show with goodie bags, all-you-can-drink champagne and more.
    When: 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: ComedySportz, 420 S. First St.
    Cost: $35
    Contact: (414) 272-8888


  • New Year’s with Jim Gaffigan
    Stand-up comedian and New Year’s party.
    When: 10:30 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.
    Cost: $55, $85
    Contact: (414) 286-3663


  • Stellar Spark 8
    The entire Rave / Eagle’s Ballroom will be taken over by more than 60 DJs.
    When: 8 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Cost: $38, $48
    Contact: (414) 342-7283


  • The Get Down New Year’s Eve Dance Party
    A special NYE edition of Milwaukee’s longest running Funk and Soul Dance Party
    When: 9 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N. 4th St.
    Cost: $10
    Contact: (414) 286-3663


  • Dead Man’s Carnival New Year’s Eve Show
    Milwaukee’s own troupe of  burlesque dancers, jugglers, clowns, comedy, vaudeville  and other interesting acts. This is an all ages’s event.
    When: 10 p.m. Friday, December 31
    Where: Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave.
    Cost: $15, $13 with student ID
    Contact: (414) 967-0302

Homemade Craft Recipes To Do Over the Holidays

Homemade craft ideasNOTE: These are Non-Edible recipes.


  • Put your old markers into a dish of water let soak until you see the water start to change.
  • Then put into the glue bottles for about an hour.
  • Ta da !! glue of another color!!



You will need:

  • 1 cup of flour.
  • 4 tablespoons of salt.
  • You will need a handful or more of water.

Take the flour and put it on a dry, flat surface.
Take the salt and place on top.
Put in a bowl.
Add water and mix.






  • Crepe Paper cut into thin strips (any colors you wish).
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Large container and water

Place crepe paper into a large container and add enough water to cover the paper. Let that soak for about one hour until most of the water is absorbed into the paper. Pour off the excess water and add small amounts of flour and salt until you have a clay-like mixture. Create sculptures by forming the crepe paper clay with your hands. Let dry and apply either a varnish or a glue and water mixture to seal.


Colored Sand ArtPAINTED SAND

  • Sand
  • Powdered Tempera Paint
  • Bowls or dishes (empty yogurt containers are great).
  • Popsicle stick or something else to stir with.

Pour some sand into an empty container. Choose a colour of powdered tempera and add some to the sand. You will have to mix the sand and the tempera to see how little or how much tempera you need. For more vibrant colours add more tempera. Create a wonderful work of sand art.

Free Holiday Santa Photos at Harley Davidson – Milwaukee, WI

Pictures with Santa at Harley Davidson - Dec 2010 - MilwaukeeDate: Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

Location: Milwaukee Harley Davidson

Time: 4:00pm-12:00pm

What “Scrooge” came up with the idea of paying for pics with Santa?! At Milwaukee Harley Davidson, you can come in and get a free, professional pic with a proper Santa!

Not only that, you’ll see the world’s only autehntic Harley-Davidson sleigh pulled by
8 H-D reindeer. Come out for a true bit of holiday Harley style!

Mannheim Steamroller – Dec 22nd & 23rd – Milwaukee, WI

Mannheim Steamroller - Dec 2010 - Milwaukee, WIWhen:    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 and
                 Thursday, December 23, 2010

Where:  Milwaukee Theatre
                500 West Kilbourn Avenue
                Milwaukee, WI 53203

Tickets: $75.00, $65.00, $40.00, $30.00

Mannheim Steamroller is a music group founded by Chip Davis, and co-founded by Jackson Berkey, known primarily for its modern recordings of Christmas music. The group has sold 28 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Individual tickets go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office and all Ticketmaster Retail Locations including Boston Stores and select WalMart stores, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

Christmas Cookies

Christmas CookiesThe Ultimate Sugar Cookie

3/4 cup Golden Crisco or Butter-flavored Crisco (shortening)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Coloured decorations or icing

Cream Crisco, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large mixer bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until light and creamy. Cmbine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture, mixing on low speed until well blended. Cover dough and chill 1 hour, if desired, for easy rolling. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll half of dough at a time. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut in desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll leftover pieces. Sprinkle with coloured decorations or leave plain to decorate when cool. Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are light brown. (Time will vary with cookie size.) Cool slightly, then remove to cooling rack.


Chocolate Kiss Surprises

Makes about 36

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (9 oz) package chocolate kisses
powdered sugar

Beat together butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add flour gradually until well blended. Stir in pecans. Chill dough about 1 hour. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Mold about 1 tablespoon of dough around each chocolate kiss, covering candy completely. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet until they just turn golden around the edges, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Cool on wire racks. When completely cool, dust with powdered sugar. Store in airtight container.

Note: do NOT use the caramel kisses, as they leak out and make a burnt mess on the cookie pan.

Ho-Ho Snowballs

Makes about 60

2 6-ounce packages white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons heavy cream
6-ounce package slivered almonds, very finely ground
1-1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Place chocolate chips and cream in a medium bowl set over a pan of hot (not boiling) water; stir until melted and smooth. Stir in cream and almonds. Spread in a lightly greased 8″x8″ baking pan. Chill for about one hour, until firm. Cut into one-inch squares; roll each square into a ball, then roll in coconut. Keep chilled. Makes about 5 dozen.


Eggnog Kringla

Makes about 60

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup butter (do not use margarine)
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup dairy or nondairy eggnog
sifted powder sugar
ground nutmeg

In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream butter, about 30 seconds. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and mix well. Add the flour mix and eggnog alternately to the sugar/butter mix. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Dough may still be sticky but it is a soft dough.

Preheat oven to 350F. Take out half the dough at a time (leaving rest in the fridge). On a lightly floured surface, take one tablespoon of the dough and roll into a rope shape (about 1/2 inch thick and 8 inches long) On an ungreased cookie sheet, place the rope in a loop, cross one end over the other. Make the shape slightly oval. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on wire rack. While still warm, sprinkle tops with powdered sugar and nutmeg.

Pistachio Christmas Ribbon Bars

Makes about 36

1/2 pound unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt (omit this if your pistachios are salted)
1/2-2/3 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
2/3 cup pistachios, chopped

Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine butter, sugar and egg; beat until thoroughly blended. Stir in flour and salt. Spread one-half of dough into 9 inch square pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven. Spread jam to within 1/2 inch of edge. Add pistachios to remaining dough. Drop by spoonfuls over jam to cover. Bake 35 minutes until top is golden brown; cool. Cut into squares.


Double Chocolate Fudge

Makes about 117

1 pound milk chocolate chips
1 pound semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 tablespoon butter
1 pint marshmallow cream
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
4 cups sugar

Lightly butter one 9 x 13-inch pan. In a large bowl, combine the milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, butter, marshmallow cream, and nuts. Combine the evaporated milk and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Pour hot sugar mixture over chocolate mixture and stir with large spoon until well blended (do this quickly before fudge begins to harden). Once this is well blended, pour fudge into prepared baking pan. Spread out and smooth into pan. Set aside to cool and harden, about 6 hours. Cut into 1-inch squares when ready to serve.