News & Notes: April 24

April 23, 2014

Boerner Botanical Gardens opens next week

Franklin — Boerner Botanical Gardens, "Milwaukee's Living Museum," will open for the season at 8 a.m. Monday, April 28.

The gardens, located in Whitnall Park at 9400 Boerner Drive, will also open the park's Gift Shop, Nells Café and UW-Extension Horticultural Answer Hotline on April 28.

Milwaukee County Parks will also celebrate National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 9, at the the Botanical Gardens by offering a "buy one admission, get one free" promotion and a $10 discount on Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens memberships.

During the celebration, learning opportunities will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Horticultural staff at the Botanical Gardens will introduce the public to the gardens through one-hour walks at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Master Gardeners will be available in the Education and Visitor Center Atrium to answer questions, and members of garden clubs and plant societies will have tables set up in the gardens near their plants of special interest.

Regular admission to the Botanical Gardens is $5 per adult; $4 for disabled patrons, seniors or students; and $3 per child, aged 6 to 17.

To receive the discounted admission on National Public Gardens Day, visitors to the Botanical Gardens must print the coupon available at

The Rock to host first 'Adult Prom'

Franklin — The Rock Sports Complex will be hosting an Adult Prom on Saturday, May 10 from 7:30 p.m. to bar close at Tap Works, located inside The Rock's Lodge at 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive.

Admission to The Rock's Adult Prom Party is $30 per person. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. Guests are encouraged to dress to in outrageous 1980s ensembles for the prom's "Miami Vice" theme. The best dressed visitors will be crowned King and Queen.

Guests can also enter for a chance to win two free tickets to The Rock's Adult Prom by posting their original prom photo to The Rock's Facebook page or by tweeting your photo to The Rock with #RockProm or, on Instagram, #RockProm. The Best Prom photo winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 29.

To reserve Adult Prom tickets and to find out how to win two free tickets, visit

Greendale schools get

Green Ribbon honors

The Greendale School District has received a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.

Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots and the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the Green Ribbon awardees on April 22 in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education. Nine districts, including Greendale, were also honored with the District Sustainability Award. The school districts were voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies.

Greendale was nominated for the Sustainability Award by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, which recognized the district's strides in reducing environmental impact, improving staff and student health, and implementing effective sustainability and environmental education over the past several years.

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