November 16, 2018

Manitowoc cinema shows suicide prevention film ‘The Ripple Effect’

USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Published 8:03 a.m. CT Aug. 22, 2018

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Suicide prevention film screening set

A screening of the film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at AMC Classic 10 cinema, 2555 S. 44th St., Manitowoc.

The screening is presented by Valders Mental Health Task Force in coordination with Prevent Suicide Manitowoc County.

According to a press release: “The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then, Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become the world’s most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.”

Donna Firman, a suicide prevention advocate, will lead a public discussion following the screening of the film.

Tickets can be ordered at https://gathr.us/screening/23415. More about the film is at SuicideTheRippleEffect.com.

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Point Beach Nuclear Plant plans routine siren maintenance

Sept. 3-14 (excluding Labor Day), Point Beach Nuclear Plant will perform maintenance on a number of sirens within 10 miles of the plant in northeast Manitowoc County.

During the testing, residents may hear sirens activate for approximately one to three minutes and notice activity going on around the siren sites. The plant said in a press release that routine maintenance helps ensure sirens are in working order.

Anyone unsure if activity they see or hear is related to the maintenance should call 920-683-4201 for verification, or call 911 in an emergency.

Grow It Forward elects new board members

Manitowoc’s Grow It Forward, Inc., recently elected the following new members to its board of directors: Kristin Odell, Brandi Bohlman and Kris Remiker.

Odell serves as Grow It Forward’s board president and operates her own HR consulting firm, KLO; Bohlman is the school garden coordinator for Sheboygan’s Nourish Farms; and Remiker is as a real estate agent for Aspire Real Estate Group, LLC.

Grow It Forward’s mission is to grow, teach, feed and connect the local food community. Operations include the new Night Market 920, Manitowoc Farmers’ Market, Manitowoc Winter Farmers’ Market, Shared-Use Community Kitchen at St. John’s UCC, Farm to School education, and 8 combined acres of community gardens. Details: grow-it-forward.org.

Two Rivers chimney swift monitoring planned

At 7 p.m. Aug. 30, volunteers will gather at Cool City Bar, 1509 Washington St., in Two Rivers, and head out with trained birders to monitor chimneys around Main Street for roosting chimney swifts. The public is invited to attend and no experience is necessary.

This is part of a continent-wide program called Swift Night Out held to raise awareness about this declining bird species. Swifts are starting to gather in groups now as they prepare to migrate to South America.

“We hope this is the first year of many to come where people in the area watch for swifts and document their observations,” said Nancy Nabak, communication coordinator for Woodland Dunes Nature Center.

Anyone can go out around dusk and watch swifts “drop” into chimneys as they roost for the evening. Groups of more than 200 swifts are already gathering and entering a single chimney on Main Street, Nabak said. She said some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of swifts. Observation of this natural phenomenon is likened to watching a “tornado of birds” funneling into a chimney when you see a large roosting site.

The chimney swift belongs to a group of birds called “aerial insectivores,” meaning they eat insects while in flight. For reasons unclear yet, this avian group is in decline — possibly because of habitat loss, pesticide use, decline in insect population, climate change or other reasons. “The more we can observe, the closer we may get to finding some of the answers to reverse this trend,” Nabak said.

Two Rivers Main Street is co-sponsoring the event with Woodland Dunes because protecting historic and old structures with chimneys, such as those on Main Street, is helpful in preserving swift habitat. 

To particiapte, contact Nabak at nancyn@woodlanddunes.org.

Felician Village to hold Virtual Dementia Tour

Felician Village will offer a free Virtual Dementia Tour for the community at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Felician Village, 1635 S. 21st St., Manitowoc. To reserve a time, call 920-684-7171, ext. 329, or email fvmarketing@felicianvillage.org.

The Virtual Dementia Tour is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. 

Manitowoc Senior Center offers flu clinic, travelogue, trip

Manitowoc Senior Center, 3330 Custer St., has announced the following events:

  • Flu clinic: Manitowoc Senior Center will hold a flu clinic by Walmart Pharmacy in the Center Assembly 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20; 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 4; and 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12. No appointment necessary. This is open to the public, but participants should bring insurance/Medicare cards.
  • Travelogue: 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the center. The travelogue will be on the new Mexico Balloon Fiesta and Alaska. Open to the public, for all ages. RSVP to 920-686-3060.
  • October trip: Manitowoc Senior Center is planning a fall trip through most parts of the state, including Horicon Marsh and Kettle Moraine. First stop of the day will be the Taliesin and will feature a guided tour. After the tour, participants will enjoy lunch at Schifflet’s Riverside Grill in Spring Green. After lunch, participants will visit Cedar Creek Winery and partake in a tour/wine tasting. Trip cost: $120 members, $135 non-members. Call 920-686-3060 to register by Oct. 8.

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