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Historical society to show entire films from civil rights lecture

The Rock County Historical Society will be showing films in their entirety from the civil rights lecture series Created Equal, according to a release.

"The Created Equal lecture series is a great opportunity to discuss important topics regarding civil rights in America," RCHS Executive Director Mike Reuter said in the release. "The Freedom Film series gives the public an opportunity to enjoy the entire narrative of each film."

The films will be shown in the lower gallery of the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center at 426 N. Jackson St. in Janesville. One film will be shown every Friday in March starting at 6:30 p.m. The showings are free to the public.

Freedom Film schedule:

  • The Abolitionists – March 7
  • Slavery by Another Name – March 14
  • The Loving Story – March 21
  • Freedom Riders – March 28

Festival features holiday events, activities

Festival features holiday events, activities

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival this weekend features many activities, including a tree lighting, photos with Santa, ice sculpting and food vendors.

During the month of December, there will be a Christmas-themed display at the Consigny Law Office sponsored by the Brodhead Historical Society, according to a release.

The festival starts Friday in downtown Broadhead at 2:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the square, organizers said. Stores downtown will be open until 7 p.m. offering Christmas specials.

Photos with Santa will be at the Java House from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Photos are free and sponsored by the Sugar River Bank-Brodhead.

Ice sculpting by Zoli Akacsos, an ice and wood carver from Monroe, will be on the north side of the square from 3-7 p.m.

Businesses, orgs join equality group to host picnic

A non-profit Rock County group will host a picnic with an anti-bullying message.

The Ruby Project will host the Out in October Picnic and Resource Fair at the Rock County Courthouse Amphitheater in downtown Janesville on Oct. 20. The group said this October will mark the first "Out" event, but it hopes to make the picnic an annual affair.

Organizers said the free, family friendly event will share resources for people who are victimized or bullied due to their identification as gay, bisexual or transgendered.

The Ruby Project said businesses from across the county will offer vendor booths and resource organizations will host info booths at the Out in October event.

The group founder Kelley Blair Ostermann said the Ruby Project works to support and serve everyone, regardless of sexual identity.

32 artists to showcase art during tour

32 artists to showcase art during tour

Thirty-two artists will showcase their work and greet folks during an art studio event that invites gallery-goers to stop into a variety of rural studios across several cities in southcentral Wisconsin.

The 10th Annual Fall Studio Art Tour, presented by an Oregon, Wis.-based group called 14 South Artists, is scheduled to take place on Sept. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will be invited in to fourteen working studios and galleries in throughout Brooklyn, Oregon, Evansville, Paoli, Verona and Stoughton.

Featured artists during the 2013 event include woodworkers, mixed media artists, potters, glass artists, photographers, jewelry artists, watercolor painters and more.

In a news release, the South Artists group said a goal of the tour is to "increase awareness of the caliber of talent hiding in our quiet little towns."

Janesville plans 1st-annual Irish festival

The Janesville Performing Arts Center is hosting the Janesville Irish Festival.

The festival is a first-annual event of its kind in the area planned for Oct. 3-6.

The four-day gathering will feature special events, children's activities, food and live music.

A featured event is the Janesville Irish Eat Around, in which participating restaurants will each serve a signature dish.

Planners expect the event will generate $323,600 in revenue at hotels, restaurants and shops. It expects to draw 7,000 visitors.

Organizers said the event is made possible in part by local business and organizations, which each sponsored an event or activity. It is also supported by a grant of nearly $40,000 from the state Department of Tourism.

Beloit honors local author

Beloit honors local author

A local author is set to be inducted into the Beloit Hall of Fame for her literary work.

Evelyn McDonnell, a class of 1982 alumna from Beloit, will be honored in a Hall of Fame ceremony April 12 at 9 a.m. at the Beloit High School.

McDonnell  has authored several novels and has also written for newspapers like the Miami Herald. She has won awards for her journalistic work.

The Loyola Marymount University journalism professor currently lives in San Pedro, Calif., with her husband and son. 

Author with Tourette's to speak at Blackhawk Tech

Author with Tourette's to speak at Blackhawk Tech

Man to present his take on overcoming adversity Thursday    

A St. Louis author with Tourette's who speaks about fitting in and tolerance nationwide will present chat during a diversity event on Blackhawk Tech's central campus this week.

Marc Elliot -- diagnosed at 9 with a neurological disorder that causes him to make involuntary motor and vocal tics --  will present "What Makes Me Tic" at Blackhawk Technical College, on Thursday from noon-1 p.m., in the north commons. Elliot, 26, has been featured in a Ted Talk, in the New York Times and on various TV programs including CBS's "The Doctors."

Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Williams said Elliot will share his unique take on overcoming adversity.