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Comm Ed offers painting, dancing

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering Hoop Dance and a Fun in Watercolor workshop this spring.

Register by Feb. 20 and save $10 on the following classes:

Fun In Watercolor: This weekend workshop is perfect for the beginner or intermediate painter looking to jump-start their painting or take it to the next level. Technique demonstrations will be interspersed with one-on-one assistance. Bring paintings you are working on or ideas you have questions about how to execute. Participants will meet with instructor Lance Tischauser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.; fee is $55 ($44 for Generations members and district residents ages 62 and above) until Feb. 20, then $65 ($54); contact Community Ed & Rec for needed supplies.

Hoop Dance: This class for ages 12 and up will introduce beginner hoop dance movements and techniques. Use your core muscles to help increase stamina, balance and flexibility. Class will meet with instructor Sarah Woelfel from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays from March 4 to April 15 (except March 25) at the Plymouth Youth Center next to Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Circle; fee is $28 (seniors $22) until Feb. 20 then $38 ($32). Hoops are provided for the classes, but also are available for $20.

For more information, visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM.html, call (920) 892-5068, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Input sought for state bike plan

The public will have an opportunity through a variety of public participation efforts to help identify, create and promote a network of mapped bicycle routes in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in coordination with other state agencies, and the Wisconsin Bike Fed are partnering to work on a statewide Bikeways Project. Toole Design Group has been hired as a consultant on the project. A bikeway is a road, street or path that is specifically designated for bicycle travel, may be designed for bicycle travel and may be shared with other modes of transportation or recreation.

“The Bikeways Project will evaluate existing roadways and trails to identify priority bikeway routes across Wisconsin,” says Brigit Brown, DNR state trails coordinator.

The focus will be on establishing recommendations and turn-by-turn directions for Wisconsin segments of the United States Bicycle Route System, a network of long-distance bicycle routes across the country linking urban, suburban and rural areas through a variety of bicycling facilities.

Brown said the project will develop recommendations, methodology and guidelines for identifying, designating and signing regional, intrastate and interstate bikeways. It will focus on fulfilling goals outlined in the existing Wisconsin Trails Network Plan [PDF] and supplementing the statewide bicycle condition maps (exit DNR) already available.

Some of the benefits of state bikeways, Brown said, will be to increase access and options for long-distance bicycle travel, increase safety for bicyclists, and to promote physical activity. Environmental and economic benefits would include cost savings through energy conservation and pollution reduction, and increasing tourism and increasing public awareness.

Two sets of public open houses that will be scheduled this spring and fall and a public comment period are planned, with the project expected to be completed by the end of this year.

For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword “bikeway.”

Sheriff Clarke GOP dinner speaker

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be the guest speaker at the Sheboygan County Republican Party Lincoln/Reagan Day fundraiser brunch, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Heritage House Event Center, located at The Bull Golf course in Sheboygan Falls.

Go to sheboygancountygop.com for event registration and information. Seating is limited. The cost is $35 per person. The public is invited to register. A silent auction will be featured.

Health insurance deadline near

The 2015 Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday, Feb. 15. As of Jan. 31, 182,581 Wisconsin residents had signed up for coverage through the federally-facilitated marketplace and, consistent with earlier reports, 90 percent of those consumers have qualified for financial assistance. Nationally, close to 7.5 million consumers are currently enrolled in marketplace coverage.

“Enrollment has been going smoothly this year, but there is still work to be done,” said Hilary Neste, Regional Enrollment Network coordinator, in a press release.

Those who are still uninsured have four ways to find out about their options for health insurance: call 2-1-1 for local, free, in-person assistance near you; call 800-318-2596; go online to www.healthcare.gov; or call an insurance agent.

Those who do not sign up for health insurance by Feb. 15 may have to pay a fine when they file their taxes in 2016, which will be the higher amount of $325 or 2 percent of total income. To find events or help across the state of Wisconsin, go to www.EnrollWI.org.


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