Thursday, June 22, 2017

Outdoor Yoga in Parks 2017


At an international travel blogger conference held in Milwaukee during spring, attendees were offered an opportunity to do yoga inside the Milwaukee Art Museum. It turned out to be one of the highest rated experiences. I said to one of the participants, "this is cool, but just wait until summer! Outdoor yoga in our parks is the BEST!" She was very impressed because it isn't an option in the city where she lives.  Have you tried it yet? I encourage you to do so.  You will need to bring a mat for all of these classes and dress in comfortable loose clothing. It helps to have layers, because weather can be unpredictable.

Here are the current classes available for Summer 2017.

OmTownYogis bring yoga to the parks for the fourth year, and now they've added a special tab for the parks on their website.

This runs July 8-August 26, on Saturdays at three parks from 9-10 AM:  
KLODE PARK (5900 N Lake Drive, Whitefish Bay) 
ATWATER PARK (4000 N Lake Dr, Shorewood)
WASHINGTON PARK / URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER (1859 N 40th Street Milwaukee)

And on Wednesday evenings from 5 - 6 PM at Hart Park (1150 N 68th St, Wauwatosa - on the river across the street from the bandshell)

6/14 Kim Carpenter of TOSA YOGA CENTER
6/21 Jenny Wilson of INNER LIGHT YOGA STUDIOS
7/12 Julie Kamikawa of KOLIBRI KIRTAN & YOGA
7/26 Shayna Broadwell of WISCONSIN ATHLETIC CLUB
8/9 Katie Haws of TOSA YOGA CENTER
8/16 Forest Richter of INNER LIGHT YOGA STUDIOS
8/30 Michelle Shultz of GET HOT YOGA

For the yogi who loves a bit more adventure, try the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga at Veterans Park on Tuesday nights, put on by Milwaukee Power Yoga. 
SUP Yoga: Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Summer Series
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with Kate Dean | June 20th - August 29th 

Like Yoga and Paddling, but separately? Clearwater Outdoors hosts H2O & Body Saturdays, 8-10 AM now through September 16. You'll need to register at the website link. Cost varies depending on whether you're an adventure club member.
Saturday, meet at the Clear Water Outdoor rental Watershed building, corner of Water and St. Paul in the Third Ward at 7:45am for check in. Enjoy an hour of yoga followed by a blissful morning paddle on the Milwaukee River. No experience is necessary - instructors will be on hand to guide you through yoga and the basics of paddling. Space is limited for this popular event. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Kadish Park has one of the very best views of the city of Milwaukee and the riverfront.  To do yoga here, simply join the Meetup Group.  They hold events on various days and times, but once you're in the group, you'll be in the know for everything they plan. I love that this is just a group of passionate yogis who want to share their love of yoga.
This is a casual, beginner oriented group that will focus mainly on basic and a few intermediate poses. A mat or towel is recommended as the grass at Kadish can be a little scratchy. Afterwards we will usually descend the hill and enjoy some drinks and food at one of the nearby restaurant patios along the river. No experience necessary and all ages welcome. Totally free.

If you enjoy farmer's markets and yoga, head over to Cathedral Square where yoga kicks off each Saturday morning at 9 AM. This goes on throughout the season with the last session September 30. This is put on by the Wisconsin Athletic Club.

Each Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM, the Tosa Farmers Market is also happy to provide Yoga at the Market just over the bridge toward Hart Park. The last farmers market is October 14.

Come to Bayshore Mall's Center (at the fountain) Saturdays 8-9:30 for a yoga session put on by Neroli. These are FREE!

Would you like to try Hatha Yoga? Come to the Schlitz Audubon Center for weekly classes which are held outdoors, weather permitting. Every Monday | 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Lisa Lewis, LMT, CYT leads this yoga class designed for all levels of students. Classes are therapeutic in nature, and will be challenging at times. Students are taught to observe their body and breath and to practice within their capacity. Come enjoy spring! When the weather is warm enough class will be held outside. The first class is always free!

Members: $15 drop-in, or $60 for 5 classes, or $100 for 10 classes. (Package expires after 12 weeks.)
Non-members: $20 drop-in, or $66 for 5 classes, or $110 for 10 classes. (Package expires after 6 weeks.)

Try yoga or tai chi at Lynden Sculpture Gardens.
Yoga: A Meditation Practice on Art with Heather Eiden
Sundays, 1:30-3 pm - June 4-25, 2017

Tai Chi for Health Warriors with Angela Laughingheart
Sundays, 9-10:30 am
Session I: June 11-July 2, 2017 - Registration closed.
Session II: July 9-30, 2017
Session III: August 6-27, 2017

Here's a flyer for yoga at the Umbrella Bar at the Rock Complex. Though it says to register at the website, it took some time for me to find out how, so I'll just say to preregister at the punch pass link.

Alice's Garden hosts yoga at nearby Johnson's Park. There's an event June 25, but check the Alice's Garden Facebook page for more events during the summer.

Perhaps my favorite space is Villa Terrace Museum.  Try this at least once this summer. Every Sunday at 8:30 AM, June through October. $10 donation. A different instructor every week.

Atwater Beach has a special annual event focused on surfing. What a super fun event this has been in the past, and a great way to learn about Great Lakes surfing. This day includes beach yoga and it will be August 19. Check the Surfrider web page for more information on the event, which runs from 5:30 AM.  You can also learn to surf, and ride a SUP. Movies round out the fantastic evening.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Benches and Trees Make Great Gifts

Father's Day is coming soon. Are you looking for a unique gift for the dad who has everything?  How about having a tree planted or a bench placed in a park in their honor?  It's easy to do and makes a gift that will last a long time and be enjoyed by many people during all seasons.

Trees are available through the Park People website.  Costs run from $400 through $550, depending on the type of tree you choose.  There are a variety of trees- crabapple, japanese lilac, redbud, evergreens, maple, oak, birch, etc.  The trees are planted during spring and fall.  You get a brass hang tag that will be placed on a branch after planting and can usually choose the site in the park of your choice.  Wouldn't it be great to have a tree you can enjoy with your friends and family for many years to come?

Commemorative benches are also available through the Park People Website.  Prices start at $1900 for a steel bench.  Wooden benches made of fir are available for a couple hundred dollars more.  A brass tag will be placed on the bench. You decide what to write on the tag, and can also choose the park location.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Outdoor Movies, Music, and Festivals in Parks 2017

It's outdoor movie season- Humboldt Park
The Family Flicks Schedule is out!  This is a great way to spend a summer evening with your family or make a date night.  Bring a blanket and some snacks.  Settle down on the lawn with your friends and have a good time with these family friendly titles!  Movies begin at dusk.  You can see the complete line-up of great movies by clicking on the link.  This year 2 additional locations were added.  Here's what we know so far. All movies are shown at no charge:

Veteran's Park at 1010 N Lincoln Memorial Park, sponsored by Guardian Credit Union and Gift of Wings at the Kite Shop.
Sat., June 10 The Jungle Book (PG)
Sat., June 24 Sing (PG)
Fri., July 7 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13)
Sat., Aug 19 The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
Sat., Aug 26 La La Land (PG-13)
Sun., Sept 3 DOUBLE FEATURE: Groundhog Day (PG) and Top Gun (PG)










Film on the Hill at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave, sponsored by the Bay View Neighborhood Association in the bandshell.
Sat., July 22 La La Land (PG-13)
Sat., Aug 5 The LEGO Batman Movie (PG)

Ferch's Beachside Movies on the beach at Grant Park, 100 Oak Creek Parkway, sponsored by Ferch's Grille and Guardian Credit Union
Wed., June 14 Sing (PG)
Wed., July 12 Moana (PG)
Wed., Aug. 23 Zootopia (PG)

The Swing Park is the place to be for Bike-in Movie Nights. Here is the line-up, thanks to generous donors. You can still donate to a Go Fund Me account and get a shout-out before the movie.
June 16 Space Jam
July 21 Princess Bride
Aug 18 Back to the Future 2
Sep 15 The Muppet Movie
Oct 20 E.T.

And for a complete poster of all the entertainment in county parks, download the 2017 Best Entertainment Guide and Summer Movie Guide. Print them out and share with friends and co-workers.

Peck Flicks at the Marcus Center will be back starting in August.  This is at the outdoor stage along the river beside the Marcus Center starting at 7:15, although seating and snack sales begin at 6. Starting in July you'll find family friendly concerts here too. Here's the full schedule of Live at Peck.

Fish Fry and a Flick at Discovery World will not be returning this year, and maybe after seven years, it will not be back again.

Looking for festivals? OnMilwaukee is a great resource for all kinds of happenings.  Here's their summer festival guide.

And for a complete poster of all the entertainment in county parks, download the 2017 Best Entertainment Guide. You can print it out and put in up on your refrigerator.

Have you been to the Rock Sports Complex yet?  Enjoy great views from the umbrella bar and check out the music events. They have added a beer and soda garden for this summer. 

One last place for festivals being held in Milwaukee- the website Everfest.  Lots of information about upcoming street, church, and other festivals.  You may want to bookmark this site for future travel this summer because you can put in a city and it will let you know what's happening for a range of dates.

Looks like it's going to be a great summer for entertainment in Milwaukee!!!