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SC Johnson's Community Interest Programs are free and open to the public. Programs are held at the Golden Rondelle Theater; advanced reservations are encouraged. Check back often for updates to the 2017 schedule.
This PBS FRONTLINE documentary follows renowned New Yorker writer, Boston surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life.
In conjunction with Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors – himself included – are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.
The screening of the Emmy nominated documentary about how doctors struggle to care for dying patients will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A on how families can discuss the wishes and values of loved ones as they approach the end of life.
The 54-minute film is not rated.
Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
"These are the finest of musicians who strive for excellence and quality in their musical endeavors." -Director Jim Yancey
Join us for an evening of entertainment and education as you experience how music can transform life!
From humble beginnings – the Maryvale Guitar program began just 11 years ago with four guitars with no strings – the Maryvale Guitar Ensemble has developed into a nationally recognized performance group. Maryvale High School, located in west-central Phoenix in the Phoenix Union High School District, is an urban school of over 3000 students.
Director Jim Yancey, born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and his musicians will perform for us as they finish their 2017 tour.
How do students from this inner-city neighborhood, with no private lessons, accomplish so much? Director Yancey will discuss what a guitar ensemble is and share key learnings on how Maryvale’s program went from literally nothing to where they are today.
Join us for an evening of discussion about the importance of honeybees and pollinator gardens to the environment.
We’ll hear from Peter Poli, current President of the Racine-Kenosha Beekeepers Association, who keeps honeybees at his Wisconsin home and has taught beekeeping classes for years. Peter has presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension, to Master Gardener programs, as well as community organizations and schools.
Peter works to spread awareness about our environment through teaching about natural building techniques and materials, along with changing how individuals view their environment.
Dr. Patti Nagai – Professor Emeritus at the UW-Extension, horticulturist and garden writer – will talk about plants that are good for pollinators, including honeybees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Dr. Patti Nagai is a lifelong gardener and, as a research scientist, she learned the intricacies of plant responses to environmental changes. As a horticulture educator, she shares her knowledge with Master Gardeners and the public through classes, newspaper articles, TV and radio.
Continue your learnings and be a friend of the environment at
Interactive displays and lots of children’s activities, presentations, workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. Free admission. Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Lake Building on the Racine Campus of Gateway Technical College, 1001 Main Street.
For further information, go to www.gtc.edu/ecofest
Back by popular demand, two final programs
offered on Saturday, April 22:
Join two Racine natives, Carol Burow Gianforte and Jim Mercier, for a nostalgic program to remember Racine’s Downtown in its heyday of the 1950s and 1960s.
The audience will be taken back in time when Racine’s Downtown was THE place to shop with more than 150 stores. The presentation features photos of the bustling Downtown, the stores, as well as old ads from bygone days. Of special interest will be remembering Zahn’s Department Store and the four Downtown dime stores. Descendants of store owners will share their memories.
Gianforte is a frequent contributor to the Racine Journal Times “Lifestyles” issues. She is the author of “My Heart Leads Me Home-A Daughter’s Memoir,” a description of her life growing up in Racine fifty and sixty years ago. Mercier is widely recognized as an area historian and noted collector of local memorabilia. The two recently presented a popular program remembering Racine’s neighborhood grocery stores.
Carol, Jim and some of the panelists will be available after each program if guests wish to further reminisce.