SummerStage 2015 Spring Gala

posted Apr 5, 2015, 7:23 PM by Bill B

Sat, April 11
Westmoor Country Club

The annual SummerStage 2015 Spring Gala fundraiser will feature 
appetizers, dinner, dessert, a cash bar, entertainment, auction and raffle prizes, plus dancing. 
Tickets are $75/person.

“Taking Care of the Home We Share”

posted Feb 4, 2015, 4:42 PM by Bill B

St. Bruno’s Green Team in Dousman Presents
Take 5 Lenten Series, “Taking Care of the Home We Share”

5 Monday nights, starting 2/23; 7-8:30pm in the School’s Science Room.

Join us for a five week series for people of all ages in which a wide variety of speakers will explore different ways to care for “The Home We Share”. Useful materials will be provided by
our speakers.

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Recycling 101 - Wednesday, December 17, 6:30pm - Wales Community Building

posted Nov 22, 2014, 12:38 PM by Bill B   [ updated Nov 22, 2014, 12:40 PM ]

Recycling 101: Easier than Ever! • Adult – 30 min.  (45 min. with Q & A)

Wednesday, December 17, 6:30pm

Wales Community Building

216 South Street, Wales


New cart, new collection system, new recyclables! Do you still have questions about the changes to recycling? Are you familiar with the list of new recyclables, including new plastics? Do you know what items should not be put in your bin? Join recycling staff for a good review and bring your questions. Find out how single sort recycling facilities get the job done.

Click to Sign up here

Cook a Local Turkey This Thanksgiving by Erica Schulz

posted Nov 7, 2014, 6:49 PM by Bill B

Cook a Local Turkey This Thanksgiving
                    by Erica Schulz

Have you
thought much
about where your Thanksgiving dinner will come from?

This year, consider purchasing a locally raised turkey for your meal centerpiece.


Keeping sustainability in mind, there are three very good reasons to purchase a locally raised turkey:
   1. You know exactly where the bird comes from
   2. It’s raised naturally outdoors
   3. The purchase supports the local economy

“Locally raised turkeys basically go from the pasture to oven. That’s the shortest distance you’d get out of any turkey,” explains Peter Bakke, owner of Field to Fork Farms in Waukesha

A Conversation with Will Allen and Michael Pollan Nov. 7, door open at 6 PM

posted Nov 7, 2014, 6:44 PM by Bill B

A Conversation with Will Allen and Michael Pollan
Nov. 7, door open at 6 PM
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Expo Center, Milwaukee

Topics will include the food movement, social justice and the politics pertaining to the food we eat and grow. The conversation will be moderated by author and former Wisconsin Public Radio talk show host, Jean Feraca.

Dirt, The Movie Thursday, November 13 6:30-8:30

posted Nov 7, 2014, 6:42 PM by Bill B

Movie Screening and Discussion

Thursday, November 13
Waukesha State Bank


Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well…dirt.


posted Oct 21, 2014, 6:17 PM by Bill B

Thursday, October 30
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Waukesha State Bank - Oconomowoc
1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc

Learn how to restore a portion of the prairie plant community in your yard. Learn why restoring a "true" prairie is impossible. Ideas on site selection and preparation, seed/species selection and seeding, first year maintenance and other facts will be discussed. Techniques and tools of controlled burns are also included.

Contact: Dave Wolken 262.719.7848
Cost: Request a $5 Donation to WCGT at the Door
Presented by
"Prairie Bob" Ahrenhoerster
Owner/Operator of Prairie Seed Source

October 22 Documentary; Wisconsin Mining Standoff

posted Oct 15, 2014, 11:45 AM by Bill B

 On Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm, the New Berlin Public Library will hold a screening of "WISCONSIN'S MINING STANDOFF", a new documentary about the controversial proposal to dig an open-pit iron mine in northern Wisconsin. The 25-minute film will be followed by a community discussion. The event is hosted by the Waukesha County Environmental Action League. The New Berlin Public Library is located at 15105 W Library Lane in New Berlin.

 Produced and directed by Milwaukee-based 371 Productions, "Wisconsin's Mining Standoff" takes viewers to Ashland and Iron Counties, where Cline Resources subsidiary GTAC has set off a battle over the state’s natural resources by proposing to dig what could be one North America’s largest open pit mines in Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills. The film explores the potential impacts of the mine and how legislation changed the state’s mining laws.

 "Wisconsin's Mining Standoff" was commissioned by Al Jazeera America's award-winning investigative documentary program "Fault Lines" and premiered in June 2014. The film is touring the state this fall in a series of screenings followed by community discussions and panels. It addresses a crucial issue for Wisconsinites heading to the polls in November for gubernatorial elections.

Landscape Plastics Recycling Collection Event at Johnson’s Nursery

posted Oct 15, 2014, 10:36 AM by Bill B   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 10:37 AM ]

Waukesha, WI – Johnson's Nursery, Inc. headquartered at W180 N6275 Marcy Road, in Menomonee Falls, will be holding the semi-annual landscape plastics recycling collection event on Saturday, October 18 from 8 a.m. until noon.  This recycling event is a cooperative effort between Johnson's Nursery, Inc. and the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use that allows residents and businesses to drop off used plastic growing pots, plant trays, and plant containers free of charge for recycling.  These plastic plant containers must be free of plant debris, tags, and metals and will be sorted on site by plastic type. 


This collaboration provides an important recycling service for Waukesha County and Southeastern WI that is made possible through this unique partnership.  This program provides a sustainable option for residents and businesses to close the loop through recycling used pots.  These pots provide the necessary materials to manufacture new pots and ultimately divert these plastics from our local landfills.


Across the U.S., millions of pounds of agricultural plastics are discarded in local landfills every year although, according to East Jordan Plastics, Inc., the manufacturer and recycler of plastic plant containers, recycling plastic plant containers can recover upwards of 60% of the energy put into processing the product initially while saving landfill space.


For more information about the landscape plastics recycling event at Johnson's Nursery, Inc., visit, call 262-252-4988 or contact Waukesha County Recycling at 262-896-8300.

FREE Workshops Teach Eco-friendly Methods

posted Mar 8, 2014, 3:37 PM by Waukesha County Green Team

Waukesha, WI – Recycling and Solid Waste staff are offering free public workshops in March.  


Wednesday, March 19:  Free Home Composting Workshop will be held at Hartland Public Library from 6:30– 7:30 p.m.  This workshop will focus how to create your own compost, how to use it, and about different bin styles to build or buy.  Find out the top 10 reasons to compost and discover the secrets of healthy soil for beautiful lawns.  Everyone leaves this workshop with a composting information wheel and one attendee will win a compost tool!  Call the Hartland Public Library at 262-367-3350 to pre-register.


Saturday, March 22:  Free Organic Lawn Care Workshop will be held at Retzer Nature Center from 10– 11 a.m.  Find out the latest approaches and steps to a green and healthy lawn through organic practices that feed the soil and create the best growing medium for the biggest crop in America: the LAWN.  Just in time for spring!  Pre-registration is not necessary.


Tuesday, March 25:  Free Green Cleaning Workshop will be held at the Elm Grove Public Library from 7 – 8 p.m.  At this workshop, find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe.  Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as “green.”  Attendees will “Make & Take” a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home!  Call 262-787-1011 or email to pre-register.


For more information, visit or call 262-896-8300.

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