Archive for November, 2014

Happy, Safe Holiday (and then some…)

Are Your Medications Up, Away and Out of Sight?WFH_All Saints 2Cstk_Co (2)
Sponsored by
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints

67,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for medicine poisoning.

500,000 times each year a child gets into medicine or gets the wrong dose.  

Safe Kids Worldwide recently released a new research report that found kids are getting into medicine at an alarming rate. Over the past 10 years, this rate has increased by 30 percent. All Saints is the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Kenosha-Racine. Read more…

In its report, An In-Depth Look at Keeping Young Children Safe Around Medicine, Safe Kids reviews the numbers and offers parents simple things they can do to protect their children.

“Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” said Erin Donaldson, Safe Kids Kenosha-Racine coordinator. “But they might not be thinking of pills stored in purses, vitamins left on counter tops, or a diaper rash remedy near a changing table.”


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The increase in exposure reflects the increase in medicines in the home. Most adults take medicine or vitamins on a regular basis, but they don’t always keep them hidden from kids. In 86 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to an adult.

“Curious kids can get into trouble fast,” added Donaldson. “It only takes a few seconds for children to get into medicine that could make them very sick.” Look around your house to make sure all medicine is out of sight.

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Tips to keep kids safe around medicine

  • Keep them up, up and away (handy for you is dangerous to your child).
  • Medicine is more than just pills. Rubbing alcohol, eye drops, and ointments can all be unsafe.
  • Medicines designed to help children take them easier (gummy or candy varieties) are a magnet for little eyes.
  • When you have guests in your home, put purses, bags and coats where kids can’t get to them.
  • Be alert to medicine in places your child visits. Take a look around to make sure there isn’t medicine within reach of your child.
  • Program the nationwide poison control center number (1-800-222-1222) into your phones.

To learn more about safe medication storage, dosages, and disposal, visit

All Saints is the Lead Agency for Safe Kids Kenosha-Racine. Like us on our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on relevant topics for your family.



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Seasonal Fun…Delivered!

Sponsored by Sozo Chiropractic

Having been through several pregnancies myself, I can personally attest to the many benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.  I honestly don’t know how women go through pregnancy without chiropractic, and no women should have to. Let me explain how chiropractic helps women during pregnancy:

In addition to the noticeable changes your pregnancy will cause your body, pregnancy can also cause subtle changes in the musculoskeletal system; changes a Chiropractor is able to detect and correct.  The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain. Read more…

SOZOCHIRO pregnantThe increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated. Since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones can lead to complications during delivery.  It’s especially important during pregnancy for nerve impulses to flow from your brain to all the parts of your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation, which can and will interfere with your body’s communication system. By using special or modified techniques during your pregnancy, a Family Wellness Chiropractor can restore the function of your nervous system, improving your overall wellness and increasing your comfort during your pregnancy and delivery. In fact, research has proven that:

  • 84% of pregnant women treated by Chiropractic care received profound relief from low back pain
  • Women who received Chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verses the “generally accepted average labor time” (With women who had given birth in the past, the number rose to 33%)
  • Postpartum pain was relieved in 90 of 120 moms that received regular Chiropractic care

During your pregnancy, a Doctor of Chiropractic can do the following:

  1. Correct vertebral misalignment and relieve nerve interference with gentle adjustments.
  2. Help ensure that pelvic bones are properly aligned, contributing to a shorter and easier delivery.
  3. Re-establish the natural position and mobility of the joints.
  4. Provide freedom from interference of normal nerve energy.
  5. Decrease the likelihood of your fetus being in the wrong position during the last trimester

More than just a treatment for low back pain, many mothers have come to recognize the vital role that Chiropractic care plays in a healthy pregnancy, reporting back to their Chiropractors that regular spinal adjustments helped them feel healthier during their pregnancy, decreased morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times, and increased an overall sense of well-being.


Dr. DoniBeth Davis is dedicated to providing you with the absolute best in family wellness care. Sozo Chiropractic Dr DoniBeth headshotHer
office is located at 3720 72nd Avenue Kenosha, WI (on the corner of Hwy142 and County Rd EA, just west of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club).  The office number is 262-764-9301.


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We’re Making A List…


…And Check It Twice!Finding Santa logo
(updated 12/19/2014) 
by Just Add Kids Founder,
Paula Herrmann

‘Tis the season!

It’s the battle of the “Breakfast with Santa”‘s.

Let the games begin!

The jolly man in the big fuzzy red suit is coming town. We here at Just Add Kids are compiling an ongoing list of where you can find Santa Claus ’round our corner of southeastern Wisconsin.  Read more…

So check this list, and do it twice, or more! We’ll add Santa events here and on our website’s calendar JAK Happenings, along with other kid-oriented, holiday happenings as we learn about them.

Ho Ho Hope you have fun!

**DENOTES**activities and events that are designed for and/or welcoming to families of children/dependent young adults with special needs.

Make A Date With Santa
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale

November 7 to December 24
Come take your photo with Santa and create special memories that last a lifetime!  Santa is at the mall daily starting November 7 and will visit with children through December 24.  New this year — Save time and avoid the line.  Make a date with Santa and reserve an appointment at   For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the malls Guest Services Center at (414)421-5600.

Visit with Santa
Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Avenue, Racine

November 15 through December 24
Free visits with Santa are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.(break 1pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm) Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (break 1pm – 2pm & 5pm – 6pm) Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (break 2pm – 3pm) Wednesday, December 3, 10 & 17: Pet Photos with Santa, 6 – 9pm

Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee

Thursday, November 20, 6-11:30pm
This ceremonial switch-flipping comes packed with live music, holiday entertainment, a visit from Santa and a dynamic fireworks show. Free hot cocoa and cookies will keep guests toasty all night. After the show, take in all the sights aboard the Jingle Bus, free on kick-off night. FREE 

Visit with Santa at Muskego’s Country Christmas & Parade
Muskego Settlement Centre, W184S8074 Racine Avenue, Muskego
Saturday, November 22
Santa from 2 to 5pm: Tree lighting at 4:45pm: event runs from 1 – 7pm
Celebration kicks off with the Christmas parade on Pioneer Drive, followed by activities that take place at Muskego Settlement Centre which is adorned in holiday lights with luminaries along the boardwalk, adding to the quaint and charming atmosphere. Additional activities include official city tree lighting, business mascot race, visits with Santa, children’s train rides, hay wagon rides, animals, food, beverages and more!

24th Annual World’s Greatest Cookie Sale
Grand Ballroom at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee
Friday, November 28, 12noon – 4pm

Features home-made holiday cookies and baked goods in every variety imaginable from over 25 participating non-profit organizations. All proceeds benefit the specific non-profit groups you purchase from. The event also features holiday music performances, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, magic shows, and cupcake decorating. FREE.

Kenosha’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Program and Santa
Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha
Friday, November 28, 4 – 9pm

The Christmas tree lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season as part of the “Lightin’ Up Kenosha” celebration downtown.  Join us at the Kenosha Public Museum for a holiday program featuring musical performances and a visit from Santa. Names of two lucky children will be drawn to help Mayor Bosman light the tree. This free family program is sure to put you in the holiday mood. Tree lighting at about 4:45pm.  Ride the Streetcar FREE from 5 pm to 9 pm.

Santa Claus – Downtown Kenosha Appearances
5819 Sixth Avenue, Kenosha

Saturdays 9am – 12noon: November 29,  December 6,  December 13, December 20. Wednesdays 4 – 7pm: December 3, December 10, December 17.
Visits are FREE and cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome! Kids can also enjoy free holiday “Create It, Make It, Take It” activities.

Breakfast with Santa at Grand Geneva
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva
Every Saturday morning, 9am-11:30am, from November 29 through December 20
Look for Santa as he visits with guests at the NEW Breakfast with Santa event. Designed especially for kids, enjoy a snowman breakfast buffet that you can enjoy in your pj’s if you want.  Bring your list!  Adults $21, Kids (6-12) $12, Kids (2-5) $6.  Call (262) 249-4788 to make your reservation.

Breakfast with Santa at Watts Tea Shop
George Watts & Son, 761 North Jefferson Street, Milwaukee
Every Saturday morning at 9am, from November 29 through December 20. Special Christmas Eve seating on Wednesday, December 24.
Come dressed up in your holiday attire and bring the children to tell Santa their heart’s desire. A scrumptious breakfast with a fabulous surprise gift for every child at Milwaukee’s most historic Tea Room. Meet the Jolly Old Elf, for a photo opportunity, while Mrs. Claus reads her lively version of The Night Before Christmas.  $25 per person includes meal and free gift for EVERY attendee. Call for reservations (414)290-5700.

Visit Santa at Santa’s Chalet – West Racine
Northwest corner of Washington Avenue & Grove Avenue, Racine
Every Saturday & Sunday, 12noon – 3pm, from November 29 through December 20.
Kids, be sure to bring your letters for Santa!

Christmas with Mrs. Claus at Borzynski’s
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant

Saturdays, November 29, December 6, 13 & 20,  1 – 4pm

Decorate a sugar cookie, listen to story time, and color a picture with Mrs. Claus.  There will also be a children’s gift corner where they can purchase inexpensive gifts for family members.  Free. Ages 2-10.

Santa in the Log Cabin at Godsell Farm
S105W15585 Loomis Drive, Muskego

Pets on Saturday, November 29 from 9-4
Children and families Saturday, December 6 from 9am-4pm and Sunday December 7 from 9am-3pm
Santa is coming back to Godsell Farm to visit with all of the girls and boys, families and pets. Make an appointment to visit Santa by emailing today to reserve your spot!

Soda with Santa at Sprecher Brewery
701 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale
Sundays, November 30, December 7 and 14. 12noon – 3pm
Go on a brewery tour, enjoy samples (beer samples for adults, soda samples for everyone), and have your picture taken with Santa. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for minors. Reservations required by calling (414)964-2739.

Christmas Comes to Union Grove – Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa
Village Square Park, 1000 North 10th Avenue, Union Grove
December 4 from 4:30 – 6:30pm
Join us to see Santa at our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our Christmas Tree in Village Square will be lit to signal Santa that we are ready for him.  Santa will arrive on a bright red fire truck accompanied by his happy elf!

The Nordic Corral at Linnea Bakery
512 56th Street, Kenosha
December 5 from 4:30 – 8pm

Visit Linnea Bakery’s Nordic Corral for visits with Santa, and his real, live reindeer with learning stations to teach people all there is to know about reindeer! The full Reindeer experience, pre-event starts at $22 for up to 2 people and includes a 5×7 photo with a special frame (for later date pick-up). Pricing for groups of 3-4 and 5-6 are also available. Families welcome. Elsa from Frozen will also be there.  Call (262)515-9222 for more information.

Santa’s Chalet at Wehmhoff Square Park
166 E. Jefferson Street, Burlington
Friday evenings from 6-8pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 2-4pm. December 5 through December 21

Santa and Mrs. Claus will enjoy the newly decorated Chalet as they welcome the many children to their weekend retreat. Parents you are welcome to bring your cameras so you can capture your little ones smiles as they talk to Santa and receive a special treat. The chalet will be open starting Dec. 5 following our “Most Loved Christmas Carols” Christmas Parade and every weekend until Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa at the Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee
Saturdays, December 6, 13, 20, 9:30 – 11:30AM
A Pfister tradition for lifelong memories. Share a jolly breakfast with Santa and his elves in the festively decorated ballroom with a special gift awaiting each child. Don’t forget the cameras to capture that moment with Santa! $32.95 Adults, $19.95 Children 3 to 12 years, 2 and under free (tax and gratuity are not included). To reserve your spot with Santa, please call (877) 704-5340 or (414) 935-5950.

Breakfast with Santa at Salem Grade School (South Cafeteria)
8828 Antioch Road, Salem
Saturday, December 6, 8 – 11am
Pancake Breakfast $2.00 for child prepay $4.00 for adult prepay. $3.00 child at door, $5.00 adult at door.

Pictures with Santa benefiting Relay for Life of Racine
Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly – 5201 Washington Avenue, Racine Saturday, December 6, 9am – 1pm As part of their 3rd annual Holiday Open House, Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly is offering Pictures with Santa for $5, with 100% proceeds going to American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Racine.  Open House event runs from 10am-3pm with live music, food sampling and fun activities.

Cookies, Cocoa & Cubs
Racine Zoo, 200 Goold Street, Racine

Saturday, December 6, 10am – 12noon
Enjoy a light breakfast, an animal presentation from one of our Zoo-per Animal Care Specialist, a holiday conservation craft, and a visit with Santa. Event is free with zoo admission. Members: $7 for adult and $5 for child. Non-member: $8 for adult and $6 for child. Phone (262) 636-9189. (this event was updated on 11/20)

Santa, His Elves, and Live Reindeer
Starbucks, 685 Main Street, Lake Geneva
Saturdays, December 6 -20, 11am – 2pm
Children are invited to visit with Santa, his elves and real live reindeer downtown Lake Geneva on the lawn of Starbucks, on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm, to share their wishes, capture photos and pet the reindeer.  Santa will be strolling through the streets on Sundays in downtown Lake Geneva for that special “ho ho ho”.

39th Annual Great Electric Children’s Christmas Parade
Downtown Lake Geneva on Broad Street
Saturday, December 6, 5 – 6pm
A holiday tradition!  Local businesses and organizations light up the street.  Be sure to stroll through town following the parade for holiday shopping and dining specials.

Lunch with Santa at the Milwaukee Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee

Saturday and Sundays, December 6 to 21, Noon.
Cost: $15 age 3 to adult; $6 for children 2 and under; parking is $12. Register now. (Breakfasts are SOLD OUT!)

Breakfast with Santa & Elves
Masonic Temple, 1021 – 11th Avenue, Union Grove
Saturday, December 6 at 9am and 11am

Must buy tickets in advance.
Tickets will be sold at the Chamber office on the first floor of the Union Grove Municipal Center at 925 – 15th Avenue.  Seating is limited and tickets sell out quickly.  Ticket prices are Adults – $7; Ages 3-11 years – $4, and Ages 0-2 years – $2 (including tickets for babies).

Mrs. Claus and the Littlest Reindeer
Apple Holler – 5006 S Sylvania Avenue, Sturtevant

December 6 to 21, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am
Cost: $8.00 per person (children & adults) A children’s interactive holiday musical with special appearance and photo opportunity  with Santa Claus, the reindeer and Mrs. Claus (bring your camera!). Homemade holiday cookie, craft, and ride on the Candy Cane Express. Reservations required.

Old World Holiday Breakfast
Old World Wisconsin, W372S9727 Wisconsin 67, Eagle
Saturdays,& Sundays, December 6-14 Saturday seatings at 9:30am and 11:30am, Sunday seatings at 9:30am.
An Old World Christmas hours are 10am-5pm each day. Old World Holiday Breakfast: adults $21, children 5-12 $10, children 4 and under free. Holiday Combo Ticket: Enjoy Old World Holiday Breakfast plus An Old World Christmas: adults $28, children 5-12 $14, children 4 and under free. Reservations are required for the Old World Holiday Breakfast or the Holiday Combo Ticket and are available online or by calling (262)594-6301.

Santa and Celebrate the Holiday at Jelly Belly
10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie

Saturdays, December 6 and 20
Santa in Residence – 1 to 3:30pm; Celebrate the Holiday from 10am to 4pm
Reservations are required, so please call (262)886-8500 now, to make yours! 

Breakfast with Santa Borzynski’s Farm Market
11600 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant

Sunday, December 7 at 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, french toast sticks, fruit, pastry and beverages while children meet with Santa and tell him how good they’ve been!  Adults $8, Children 2-10 are $6. This event sells out quickly! Call 262-886-2235 today to reserve your tickets.

**A Magical Visit from Caring Santa (for children with special needs)**
Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th Street, Greendale

Sunday, December 7 from 9 to 10:30am
Join us for a private photo session with Caring Santa.  This event is designed to support children with special needs and their families.  Care is taken to create an environment that will support the sensory and physical needs of kids with all abilities.   For Santa’s daily hours or package pricing, call the malls Guest Services Center at (414)421-5600.

Breakfast with Santa at Holidays in the Mansion
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine
Sunday, December 7, 8am – 12noon.

Come and enjoy a special day with Santa at the Mansion. Tickets are available at the box office on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm and Sundays from 2 to 4 pm starting November 16th and available at the Door. Admission includes access to the splendor of the Henry S Durand Mansion all decorated for the Christmas Holiday. Enter through the Wisconsin Avenue entrance. For Kids ages 5 to 12 cost is $5. Adults $8.

“Breakfast with Santa” presented by St. Joseph Catholic Academy
2401 69th Street, Kenosha Sunday, December 7
Holiday Lights Christmas show featuring “Breakfast with Santa.”
Show performances are at 10am. and 11:30am. Breakfast runs from 9am – 12noon.
Santa will be in the Lobby greeting guests and taking photos. Located at the Upper Campus. Tickets are available at the door (adults $10/senior citizens $7/ children 3-10 $7/children 2 and under are free).

Santa’s Workshop presented by the Academy of Performing Arts
9160 s. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oak Creek
Sunday, December 7, 2 – 5pm. FREE.
Santa Event includes: hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, bounce house, crafts, cookie bake off, and trackless train. Train is a paid attraction ($2 per ride, or 3 for $5) with ALL PROCEEDS donated to Toys for Tots.  Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to be entered to win prizes such as American Girl -Doll of the Year! Register online.

5th Annual Wishes in Wonderland benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin & Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
Dave & Busters,  2201 N. Mayfair Road, Milwaukee
Sunday, December 7, 9 – 12noon
Tickets are $10 (2 and under are FREE) and includes: breakfast, photo with Santa, holiday craft activities, free games, and hot chocolate station. Tickets can be purchased at Dave & Busters, or Elegance Salon &  Spa located at 2725 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin, or by calling (262)785-0880.

Pictures with Santa hosted by Wheatland Fire Department Auxilary
Town of Wheatland Fire Department – 34011 Geneva Road, New Munster
Sunday, December 7, 10am – 1pm
There will be hot chocolate cookies, crafts, and the kids will be able to explore the fire trucks with the firefighters.

Franklin’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Franklin Public Library – 9151 West Loomis Road, Franklin
Sunday, December 7, 4:30 – 7pm
Holiday activities, caroling, tree lighting, refreshments, and a visit from Santa, of course! Please bring a non-perishable food item to support Franklin Food Pantries.

**A.S.P. Autism Solution Pieces Club Awesome Christmas Party**
Career Industries – 4811 Washington Avenue, Racine
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 – 8pm
Come and enjoy a fun evening listening & singing to Christmas music, doing crafts, and decorating of cookies! Snacks, warm cider and hot chocolate will be available. Special Guests: Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, Frosty and Elves (for photo opportunities). All special needs families and friends invited. FREE admission with each attendee bringing a non-perishable food item or package of white socks to be donated to the Shalom Center of Kenosha.

Pictures with Santa at Educators Credit Union
Friday, December 12, 3 – 6pm
ECU New Berlin, 15350 W. Howard Avenue, New Berlin
ECU Oak Creek, 150 Ryan Road, Oak Creek
Saturday, December 13, 9am – 12noon
ECU Burlington, 448 Falcon Ridge, Burlington
ECU Loomis Road, 4000 W. Loomis Road, Milwaukee
ECU South Milwaukee, 1201 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee
Friday, December 19, 3 – 6pm
ECU Newman Road, 1400 Newman Road, Racine
ECU Waukesha, 1600 Summit Avenue, Suite A, Waukesha
Saturday, December 20, 9am – noon
ECU Glendale, 7139 N. Port Washington Road, Milwaukee
ECU Prospect, 2243 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee
ECU Sturtevant, 1300 90th Street, Sturtevant
Santa will be visiting the above Educators Credit Union branches to take a free photo with your child.

Pancakes with Santa at Sealed Air YMCA
8501 Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Friday, December 12, 5 – 7pm
Take pictures with Santa, and play board games with your family from 5 – 5:45pm. From 5:45-6pm , Santa will be reading a Christmas story, then enjoy eating pancakes with Santa from 6-7pm. Wear your pjs! Christmas decorations created by students of Schulte School, West Ridge School, and Child-Watch will be on display in the Multi-Generation Room. Fees BEFORE December 11th: Y-Members are $8 per family/$3 per person; Non-Members are $18 per family/$5 per person.
Fees DAY OF event, December 12th: Y-Members are $10 per family/$5 per person; Non-Members are $20 per family/$7 per person. Children under age 2 are free! For more info, call (262)634-1994.

Holiday Story Time and Pajama Party
Lakewood Elementary School, 1218 Wilmot Avenue, Twin Lakes
Friday, December 12, 6 – 7pm
Join us in the cafeteria for story time! Wear your jammies, enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate and do some fun activities! Santa will also be available for pictures! Free event for children of all ages. Please RSVP to

Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Santa Visit
Georgie Porgies’ Treefort Restaurants 9555 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek & 5502 Washington Avenue, Mt. Pleasant
Saturday, December 13, 7 – 10:30am Wednesday, December 24, 7 – 10:30am
Santa will arrive in Oak Creek from 8-9am and then his sleigh arrives at Mount Pleasant around 10-11am. Breakfast prices start at $4.99 for the fully loaded ice cream pancake: scoop of Fresh Vanilla Frozen Custard with your choice of S’mores, Grasshopper, strawberry, blueberry or cherry as toppings.

Breakfast with Santa at the RecPlex
Donald Wruck Beach Pavilion, 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
Saturday, December 13, 9 – 10:30am
Enjoy a buffet of sausage, pancakes, donuts, juice, and coffee. Plus, a goody bag for the kids, and of course, Santa! $13 RecPlex member, $17 non-member, per person. Children under 2 are free. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. Pre-registration required by calling (262)947-0437.

Santa Visits the Family Tree Haus
5080 W. Ashland Way, Franklin
Saturday, December 13, 1 – 4pm
Bring your kids to see Santa, get your holiday pictures (take with your own camera), have fun, and let the kids play.
Admission $8 for first child/$7 additional. No admission fee for adults or children under 1 years of age.

Brunch with Santa at Pine Street Café
141 N. Pine Street, Burlington
December 14th and 21st for breakfast or lunch with Santa between 10am and 2pm
! (262) 763-9800

Lions Club 41st Annual Breakfast with Santa
Muskego High School Cafeteria, W183S8750 Racine Ave, Muskego
Sunday, December 14, 8am – 12:30pm
An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast is served.  Adults $6, Kids $2, Under 4 years old – FREE!  Enjoy photos with Santa, music, raffles, and crafters.

Breakfast with Santa
First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue, Racine
Saturday, December 20, 8am – 12noon
$8/adults, $5/kids (4-12 years old) 3 and under FREE. It’s a fund raiser for the youth groups mission trip.

Breakfast with Santa
St. Francis Lions Community Center, 3476 E. Howard Avenue, St. Francis
Saturday, December 20, 9am – 12noon
All you can eat pancakes! There will be pictures with Santa, a craft table, cookie decorating, raffle items, and more. $5 – adult in advance/$7 – adult at the door. $3 – children in advance/$5 – children at the door.  All proceeds help support the Deer Creek Intermediate School 8th Grade international trip to Costa Rica. Contact: Peter Graven at (414)482-8470.

**STAR Holiday Respite Event**
Select Training & Autism Resources, LLC, 4000 Spring Street, Racine

Saturday, December 20, 2 – 6pm
Parents, wouldn’t it be great to finish your last minute Christmas shopping, or take in a matinee and leave your kiddos with us while you have some fun? Drop them off at STAR for some holiday fun including: pictures with Santa, make & take craft center, snack center, sensory center, story center. RSVP by calling (262)498-0270.

Scamps Outlaws All-Star Cheer Fundraiser at Skatetown (with Santa Visit)
1825 Sycamore Avenue, Racine
Sunday, December 21, 12noon – 3pm
Everyone invited! $8 per person includes admission, skate rental and all you can eat pizza. $3 of every admission is donated to the Scamps Outlaws to offset their fees for CSG Supernationals in March 2015. Special Guest Santa Claus from 1:30 – 2:30pm.

If you are hosting, or know of a Santa event that is not listed above, please send us all of the details including: name of the event, date(s), times, description including family-friendly aspect along with contact info (name, phone, email, website). Email: Subject: Finding Santa Event


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Cha, cha, cha, changes.

“Keeping Kids Safe In A World Of proceed with caution
Rapidly Changing Technology”

by JAK’s guest mom blogger from Racine,
Karri Hemmig

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, online gaming, texting, sexting, emailing and by the time you finished reading this list a new social platform is being developed.


As a mother of three children ages 12 and under, I struggle to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology and social media forums. It feels like chasing a kid through a maze that is constantly changing and it’s overwhelming! Where do we begin? Read more…


For example, The Journal of Adolescent Health reports that while only 18% of youth use chat rooms, however, the majority of Internet-initiated sex crimes against children are initiated in chat rooms. What? Chat Rooms still exist? Suddenly I am feeling my middle age.


Human Trafficking. It’s a term that invokes images of exotic women being kidnapped and kept in brothel-like prisons half way around the world. While this is a true reality for some of the estimated 27 million trafficked girls around the world, a slightly different version of it exists right here in the United States. Small towns, large cities, even the remote oil fields of North Dakota – it’s everywhere and it is a very profitable industry. The United Nations estimates that human trafficking generates $9.5 billion dollars yearly in the United Sates.


Ranked as the second most profitable criminal industry behind drugs, human trafficking is a lucrative business that is growing. It is estimated that every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of trafficking and 99% of victims are never rescued. Guns and drugs are sold once before having to be replenished but a human being can be used over and over again. It’s considered modern day slavery and the average age of entrance into sex trafficking in the United States is 12-14 years for girls and 9-11 years for boys. Human trafficking does not discriminate and affects people of all backgrounds, race, income and gender. The Internet has become a perfect place to not only sell sex but to find potential victims to exploit as well.


According to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, approximately 1 in 7 (13%) youth Internet users received unwanted sexual solicitations. The same report also found that in aggressive sexual solicitations of youth (when the solicitor attempted to establish an offline contact via in-person meeting or phone call), 73% of youth met the solicitor online. These are scary statistics to someone like me who is just trying to focus on keeping her online passwords memorized and safe.


The good news is that the secret weapon against human trafficking is education. Teaching law enforcement, educators, coaches, flight attendants, hotel housekeepers and truckers to name a few in identifying signs of trafficking and how to report it. Truckers Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization dedicated to arming the trucking industry with human trafficking knowledge and training them to be the eyes and ears of our nation’s roads. One truck driver’s call not only save the girls he came across but broke open a case that convicted 31 offenders, rescued 7 other minors and shut down a 13 state prostitution ring. We also want to educate our parents and children on how to prevent becoming a victim as well. Arming ourselves with online safety knowledge is one step in that fight.


The Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Racine Dominicans are proud to sponsor a free educational seminar next Wednesday, November 12th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Gateway Technical College, located at 1001 South Main in downtown Racine.

Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking Internet Safety presentation



“The Dark Side of Digital Technology: Internet, Cell Phone & Social Media” is an Internet safety crash course for an adult audience only by Special Agent Eric Szatowski of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The event is free and open to the public (ages 18 and up).


Considered an expert in the field, Special Agent Szatowski has earned a reputation as one of the top officers in the nation in apprehending sexual predators who use the Internet, cell phones and/or social media to hurt children. His presentations have been seen by over a quarter of a million people in Wisconsin and across the U.S and have inspired the drafting and passage of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 942 in 2006 which increased the level of felonies and penalties for online predators. He has been featured on numerous national media outlets including Tyra Banks Show in Los Angeles, and CNN Tonight in New York City.


Don’t miss this free seminar and also learn more about how human trafficking is being fought here in Racine.

Hemmig, Bitting and Meibers Family picturesAbout our guest blogger :

Karri Hemmig is the mother of three children and founder of the Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Karri has a BA in Mass Communication from the College of Charleston and has spent most of her 25-year career in non-profit marketing and public relations. While serving as the Marketing Director for the Cincinnati Area Red Cross in Ohio, she has also worked for National American Red Cross as a member of Disaster Services public affairs team. Currently co-leader of the Dining for Women Racine Chapter, she supports international organizations working to eradicate slavery around the world. Karri is a member of the Racine Police Department’s Human Trafficking Task Force and most recently worked as a victim advocate during the FBI’s Operation Cross Country 2014.


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