Around the Town with Mayor Steve

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The Mayor’s Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge rolled on-or should I say danced on-with the Fresh & Clean Zumbathon event held last Saturday, December 8th at East Middle School. One hundred of our Challenge participants joined me and Zumba Mike Krajewski for a 90 minute Zumba workout, as we closed out the first month of the Challenge. We also raised over 130 pounds of personal care products and $135.00 in donations for the Salvation Army at Saturday’s event. We will continue to have events scheduled around fitness- and giving- as we close out December and move into the New Year. For more information, or to check out the roster of upcoming Challenge events, go to http://www.facebook.com/OCMayorsChallenge.

I had the opportunity to visit recently with an Oak Creek High School graduate and now Senior Vice President of IMPACT, John Hyatt, to talk about the 2-1-1 service they provide to our residents. It’s their job to keep a resource database of the programs and services available in our community including food pantries, emergency shelters, health and dental clinics, and many more. Similar to 9-1-1, you can dial 2-1-1 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and talk to a community resource specialist who can refer you to the right agency, and is caring, knowledgeable, and compassionate. IMPACT 2-1-1 is free and confidential, and has helped many of our residents during the past year. If you would rather search their resource database, please visit their website at www.impactinc.org/impact-2-1-1.

Filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju return to Oak Creek on Wednesday, December 12th to show their films highlighting the Sikh culture, and preview their newest work, “Oak Creek: In Memoriam”, at the South Shore Cinema. The screening is free and begins at 6:00pm, with a demonstration of Sikh artwork. Dr. Kulwant Dhaliwal, an Oak Creek gurdwara leader, will share personal stories from the victim’s families and speak about the tragic events of August 5, 2012. If you would like to attend, call 262.939.0111 or email christie@christiekern.com.

This past week Assistant Attorney General of the United States Thomas Perez, and Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, visited Oak Creek to meet with the victim’s families, and other members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The community continues to receive tremendous support and outreach from State and Federal agencies, and I will work to make sure that we stay committed as a city to our goal of celebrating the diversity of Oak Creek, enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents.

Have a safe and healthy week,

Mayor Steve