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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mailbag; Creekside--the Next 10 Days

Wisconsin English Words Wednesday March 27 If you’ve lived in Wisconsin “from little on” or even if you’ve been here for only a short time, you’re probably aware that the words and ways of Wisconsinites can be unique. If, for example, you go to church suppers and Friday-night fish fries, play sheepshead, borrow your friend money to buy bakery, drink from a bubbler instead of from a drinking fountain, or have ever budged in line, you know you’re from Wisconsin. Luanne Von Schneidemesser and Julie Plier will discuss how the various ethnic and cultural groups which settled Wisconsin have influenced and enriched the language of Wisconsin, exemplifying with words and phrases used in Wisconsin English. They will show how language continues to develop and change with examples of more recent terms taken into our language. Luanne von Schneidemesser is Senior Editor/Distinguished Scientist at the UW-Madison for the Dictionary of American Regional English, where she has been on staff since 1978. Julie Plier received a BA in French from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin. She spent seven years working at Scott Foresman editing the Thorndike Barnhart series of student dictionaries. Easter Egg Coloring Friday March 29 Drop in anytime between 1:30-3:30 Small children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids, come and color your Easter eggs at Creekside Place. No mess at home! Color 6 hard boiled eggs with dye, bring your own ideas or try some of ours! Members: $3 Guests: $4 Advanced registration required Family Bingo Night 6:30-8 March 29& April 26 Kids, bring your parents and grandparents and see who wins the most prizes! Cost: $3.00 per person (includes tax) Election Day is April 2 There are two state-wide races on the ballot and Evansville residents will pick alders and School Board members. Contact Shirley at 882-0407 to contribute baked goods for our Election Day Bake sale. Woodchucks Meeting April 9 at 3 pm Formed in 2008, the Woodchucks have become a go-to group for civic, educational, and home repair needs involving woodworking. The group initially provided a social outlet for middle-aged and older men in the community which has otherwise been unmatched in participation and enthusiasm. More recently, women too have joined the Woodchucks and become active in the shop. The group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3:00 PM at Creekside Place, Inc. 102 Maple St. Evansville WI. The Woodchucks’ dedication to several projects in the community has provided positive exposure for their efforts. The most recent project was the construction of 15 squirrel houses for the Dane County Humane Society's wildlife rehabilitation program. Through its membership and the group’s service work, the Woodchucks have made positive contributions to hundreds of local residents and dozens of local businesses and organizations. Come to the Woodchuck meeting at 3 pm on April 9 to learn, socialize, and find out more about this hobby group. Van Galder Tour and Travel Night April 9 at 6:30 pm We have rescheduled this popular program from the snowy night of February 26. Please join us as Kim Dooley of Van Galder Tour and Travel will be in to talk about the opportunities for bus touring in 2013. Join us for this fun and informative session and start making plans to see the USA now. Jim Brooks Program Coordinator Creekside Place, Inc 608-882-0407

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