If you and your kids have not yet experienced "Rainforest Night" at the Domes, then this is an evening event that comes only once a year, I would highly recommend. Make sure your child brings a flashlight so he or she can use it during the tour through the Tropical Dome and learn about plants that sustain us on earth. Let's face it, there would be no chocolate (or vanilla) without the rainforests. But we rely on them for much more than that. Also included in the night's activities will be live music provided by KT's Universal Love Band along with free taste samples and chances to see exotic birds, insects, amphibians and reptiles up close if you want. Lots of neat natural stuff in the beautifully restored and magically lit Domes. Rainforest Night at the Domes is a great value and worth much more than the general admission fee $6.50 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-17. Five stars.
The Music Under Glass Concert Series continues at the Domes this coming Tuesday evening with the "Chasin' Mason" band playing from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Rooted in country and laced with rock 'n roll, Chasin' Mason is one of the hottest up and coming bands in country music and performs over 200 shows a year. They have been compared to the Eagles, and have their own Rockin' edge story to tell. The beauty and grandeur of the Mitchell Park Domes after dark provides an ideal setting found only in Milwaukee. General admission rates apply plus food & beverages for purchase. Catch the light show at the break and following the concert.
Yes it's true. The Milwaukee County Parks Department has won the 2009 National Gold Medal for Excellence in the Park and Recreation Management Program. This award is the most prestigious and highly esteemed award a park and recreation agency can recieve. Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black accepted the award at the National Recreation and Parks Congress & Exposition in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Finalists and winners of the National Gold Medal are selected each year by a distinguished panel of leaders from the American Acadamy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association via submission from all 50 states. To determine a winner, the finalists were required to submit a 12-minute video featuring the department's programs and services and one hard copy of its strategic plan. To view the Milwaukee County Parks video, go to the following link: http://www.dwpinc.com/mcp/milcntyprks.html
The public is invited and welcome to join in the celebration of the Milwaukee County Parks winning the "2009 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence" by attending the Mitchell Park Dome's Music Under Glass concert on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 - 8:30pm. Free admission will be offered. Live music wll be performed by the Britins from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Two spectacular light shows will take place in the show dome. Music Under Glass is presented by Potawatomi Bingo & Casino. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This is one way to for the Parks Department to thank their Music Under Glass sponsors for their generous contributions.
On Thursday at the Stahl Conrad Homestead, 9824 W. Forest Home Ave., at noon the Milwaukee County Parks Department will receive $14,000 for restoration projects from the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy (MALC). The funding will be used at the county-owned Franklin Savanna State Natural Area and the Rainbow Airport Prairie in the City of Franklin. MALC is a non-profit organization promoting the conservation of important natural habitats by helping landowners protect their property. Information on MALC can be found at www.mkeconservancy.org.