We begin by checking in with Becky Weber-Johnson of Spotlight on Kids, about the "School House Rock" production, happening this weekend at Janesville Performing Arts Center.
Next, Discover Janesville City Correspondent Dan Hartung aka "Janesvillean", updates listeners on all things Janesville. We look at January home sales and reminisce about the days of easy mortgages.
We examine where the I-90 expansion project is headed and try to figure out if the casino undertaking in Beloit will ever become a reality. Consolidation of fire departments could become a big issue, and we examine it carefully, laying out potential scenarios where this theoretical discussion could become a reality.
Blackhawk Technical College expanding to Milton is a big deal, at least in part because it takes up existing available commercial real estate, but also because it bypasses downtown Janesville. Finally, the good thing about all this snow is that our drought conditions could be coming to an end.
On this episode of Discover Janesville, we talk state budget and school vouchers with Janesville's freshman Assembly Representative Deb Kolste, and our political correspondent and candidate for Janesville School Board, Cathy Myers.
On this podcast, Yuri goes to Midwinter Fiber & Yarn tasting, and leaves feeling like the Alpacas are taking over. Also, update on the fire in Janesville that displaced 12 families. A bit of good news: the cat, thought he lost, survived! This and report from Basics on their 2nd International Food Tasting.
Want to know more about knitting and stitching in Janesville?
Janesville Area Stitch n' Bitch stitchers gather every Monday - 1-3 pm at the Italian House, corner of Racine and Randall Sts., Janesville OR every Thursday - 6-8pm., Basics Natural Foods Co-op, 1711 Lodge Drive, Janesville. The stitchers of mass discussion welcome needle-crafty people of all genders and ages. FREE lessons in spinning, knitting and crochet, advise and trouble-shooting. Never any membership fees nor requirements. For more information visit Janesville Area Stitch 'n Bitch on Facebook, www.stitchingcreationsandcommunity.blogspot.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 608-752-9248.
On this podcast of Discover Janesville we check in with Janesville Performing Arts Center Executive Director Elizabeth Horvath to see what is happening at JPAC this weekend (hint: go see Janesville Little Theater production of "Death of a Salesman") and talk to our entertainment reporter Eric Kuznacic about upcoming concerts.
We start the program by checking in with a Janesville resident whose apartment complex was damaged in a fire, yesterday. Learn about how a community came together, and what you can do to help those displaced.
On this podcast, Discover Janesville presents exclusive audio of Janesville City Council candidate forum, which took place on February 19th at Janesville Noon Lions meeting. Candidates featured on this podcast: Sam Liebert, Doug Marklein, Bryan Fitzgerald, Jerry Smythe.
Also, we check in with our political correspondent, Cathy Myers, the top vote getter in the February 19th Janesville School Board primary.
Finally, music by JAC award nominees Teresa Nguyen and Chandler Cook.
Here is the next Discover Janesville column. Find it in Janesville Messenger this Sunday, February 24.
Did you know that there is an abundance of creativity in Janesville? It may seem hard to notice sometimes as we live our everyday lives, driving from a hair appointment (those who have hair) to a restaurant for dinner, or go see a band play at a bar, or send our child to school. Yet the creative spirit is alive and well in Janesville, and it comes in all shapes and sizes.
We have individuals who show their creativity by taking stunning photographs, and we have others who express themselves with delicious food. Those who will reach great heights and those who already have. As consumers, we enjoy all of it, yet as residents, we frequently overlook its presence all around us. May be it is the tourism phenomenon, in reverse: visiting new place, we may go to more places in a few days than locals will visit in a lifetime. When it comes to art, we seem to frequently value most that which comes from elsewhere. As if traveling a long distance makes something more worth our while. It only makes it a more rare commodity but not necessarily better than productions, musicians or art we can enjoy right here in Janesville and Rock County.
It is that spirit that United Arts Alliance, a local non-profit organization, supported by art-minded individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the county, aims to bring together to celebrate our community. For those who may not know, the organization was launched originally to convert Marshall school into Janesville Performing Arts Center and currently works to achieve the following goals:
1. To recognize and promote Rock county arts and artists with events throughout the year, such as Arts Hall of Fame, ArtsFest and Janesville Area Creativity awards.
2. To give those interested in arts of all sorts in Rock county, opportunity to network during our monthly meetings.
3. To help those looking to further their education in arts – be they young adults or not so young – finance their education through the UAA Scholarship fund.
Those who went to the 3rd annual JAC Awards at JPAC on Saturday night, were exposed to a wide range of creativity, where artistic accomplishments were celebrated at a light-hearted ceremony featuring performances by nominees, who included singers, dancers, treats from culinary artists, films and more.
The awards are broken into two categories: judged and people's choice, and since the whole event is a fundraiser, proceeds go to UAA Scholarship fund. In fact, we were able to raise over $5,000, which will be a huge help to the organization as it looks to continue to provide scholarships and to look for more opportunities to promote arts in Rock County.
Every year some of the awards change. For example in the beginning there was a one-minute film award, but now UAA simply honors an outstanding local film produced in the prior year. Other categories don’t survive due to shortage of nominees. And that is where your help is so needed. As you go to local productions, check out local bands, or if your child has an amazing arts or music educator, nominate them for 2014 JAC awards!
You can find the complete list of categories at www.RockCountyArts.com. You can also decide to check out the organization for yourself, and get involved with helping to organize the 4th annual JAC awards, which will take place at Janesville Performing Arts Center on February 8th. I guarantee you that you will leave the event feeling better about where you live.