Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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2013 has arrived in full winter regalia, with a snow cover worthy of winter, and icy temperatures to remind us just how easy we had it last year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season spent with your family and friends.

We're jumping right back into a busy schedule of the Mayor's Fitness & Weight Loss Challenge events. Coming up next week are two events at the Oak Creek Community Center centering on fitness and nutrition. The first, a flash fitness event hosted by one of our Challenge partners, 9Round, will center on demonstrations of kickboxing, boxing, and other MMA fitness regimes, and is guaranteed to burn 500 to 700 calories! Check it out Monday, January 7th, at 6pm.

The second, a workshop entitled "Taming the Sugar Beast-Conquering the cravings that weigh you down," is hosted by Leslie Flynn, a Holistic Health Coach, who is also one of our organizing committee members for the Challenge. This workshop promises to break down the role of sugar in your daily diet, and offer solutions to combat the urge to eat sweets. Please join us on Thursday, January 10th, from 6-8pm, for this excellent educational supplement to our menu of Challenge fare.

We'll be announcing our next large-format Challenge event soon. Stay tuned for information on an event designed to introduce everyone to each of our Challenge partners, and their solutions for better fitness.

On Saturday, January 12th, Oak Creek will host an important community discussion designed to focus our efforts on improving the overall safety and security of our residents. Entitled "After the Oak Creek Sikh Temple Shooting: How can each of us change the cycle of violence in our community?" this forum will provide real-life, every day recommendations and resources that citizens can use right away. Featuring panel members Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, U.S. Attorney James Santelle, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, Pardeep Kaleka, and representatives from many other community groups, the forum will be hosted by Annie Scholz, a reporter for Today's TMJ4 in Milwaukee. Join us for a two hour open discussion at Oak Creek East Middle School on the 12th of January. which will also feature a viewing of a short film by Sikh-American filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju, entitled "Oak Creek: In Memoriam." Doors open at 2:45pm. I hope that you can join me for this timely and important discussion.

Stay warm, and Happy New Year!

Mayor Steve