Friday, August 28, 2009

Don't miss out on the tax credit

August 28 already. Back to school time is here. Labor Day is just around the corner. How quickly this year has flown. Four more months left in the year.

Three more months before the $8000 first time home buyers tax credit expires.

Three months. That is about 90 days. 95 days including today to be specific.

Are you or someone you know hoping to take advantage of this tax credit? Time is running out. You must close on a home on or before November 30, 2009 in order to claim this credit.

Considering that the average closing happens about 30-45 days after an offer is accepted, there is not a lot of time left to find the perfect first home. If you are writing an offer on a short sale home, it can easily take 60-90 days to close, sometimes more.

Now is the time to be looking for your home if you want to take advantage of this offer. There are great homes out there, and with inventory very high right now, local sellers are willing to negotiate considerably more than they ever have in the past.

Give me or Luis a call if you are thinking of looking for a home. We will be happy to show you what is currently available in the area, and we can help you connect with a reputable mortgage banker who can help you figure out what you can afford in a home. Our market has houses from under $75K to hundreds of thousands, and everything in between. People start at all price points, and each buyer is valuable to us.

95 days and counting. Don't miss out on this credit; call us.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things to Do Around Monroe

Here is a look ahead at area happenings in the upcoming week:

~ Do you have your tickets for the Beef Producers Steak Fry Dinner this evening? You can still buy them at the door at the SLICE.

~ If your children are attending a Monticello school this year, remember that the open house night is on Friday at 6 pm.

~ Also in Monticello this weekend, Habitat for Humanity is working on this year's home. Come out to the site on Summet Avenue to help out or call Cathy at 513-1626 for more details.

~ There is a concert at the Piazza on Saturday evening. This is a private party concert, but the hosts love meeting new friends so gate crashers and new people are always welcome. Andrew Calhoun and Campground are performing folk music spanning spirituals to prison ballads. The potluck theme is 'Tis a Gift to be Simple. Call Terry or Nancy for details at 608-328-4023

~ Stef at Goose Chaser Farm between New Glarus and Blanchardville is having a tomato party on Saturday. Bring your ripe tomatoes and your canning jars. Together, attendees will boil, peel and puree their way to the scarlet jars of tomato sauce. Work like this is more fun with a group, so come out and participate. No canning knowledge or experience is necessary, so come learn. RSVP to Stef at 608-523-4165.

~ The Green County Entrepreneurs and Inventors Club meets on Monday evening at 6:30 in the New Glarus room of the Monroe Hospital. This month's topic is "Legal Aspects for Small Business. This meeting will be the September meeting due to the Labor Day holiday.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monroe Theatre Guild Capital Campaign

The Monroe Theatre Guild officially announced plans to conduct a major $750,000 capital campaign for the purchase and renovations of the Stage Building located in downtown Monroe. Earlier The Swiss Colony announced a challenge grant of up to $100,000 if the community pledges reach certain levels during the effort. The announcement of the community campaign and plans for the building were revealed at a dinner for the Guild’s Inner Family. The “Inner Family” includes members of the Theatre Guild’s board of directors, committee members and campaign leaders.

The campaign is divided into four phases: Inner Family Gifts, Pacesetting Gifts, Major Gifts and Community Teams Gifts. Rick Maliszewski, owner of Ekum Abstact is the Chair of the campaign.

The goal of the Inner Family campaign was to raise $75,000 and to receive 100 percent support from the board and committee members. , Maliszewski, stated that he is extremely happy that the Theatre Guild’s “Inner Family” has reached its goals as he announced that the Inner Family has pledged a total of $92,700. He adds, “It demonstrates to the people of Monroe and Green County and the surrounding area that the Inner Family of the Monroe Theatre Guild supports this tremendous project; our first capital campaign ever.”

Additional campaign leadership was also announced. Jeff Ingebritsen will chair the Major Gifts Committee, Joe Peters will chair the Community Teams effort, Mary Soddy will chair the Prospect Committee, Stephen and Katee Eliasson will chair the P.R. Committee and Suzanne Miller will chair the Speakers Bureau. The campaign is scheduled to begin quietly over the next few weeks and conclude with the Community Phase which well begin in October and run through November.

The funds raised during the campaign will assist in renovating The Stage. Specific plans call for a flexible performance space and theatre, full modern lighting and sound system, large scale rehearsal area, costume storage and work area, full scene shop, prop storage, rehearsal space for youth theatre programs and workshops, conference room and offices.

The Monroe Theatre Guild offers performances, workshops, seminars and artistic opportunities for local constituents throughout Green County and the surrounding area.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Truck'in Downtown

Hey scavenger hunt fans! Come to Downtown Monroe during the rest of the construction process and do some searching.

Monroe Main Street and the Downtown Businesses are sponsoring Truck'in Downtown, a contest starting now that will run through the end of the construction time. Every day, a different Downtown business will have a yellow dump truck on display around the Square. Find the truck and you can fill out an entry for the prize basket of the week donated by Downtown businesses.

The drawings will start on Friday, August 28 and happen every Friday until the construction is finished. At the end, all entries will be eligible for a grand prize drawing as well.

Happy hunting!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Property of the Week

This week's featured property is a commercial building in Monroe, Wisconsin.

Here is your chance to own a piece of Monroe’s history dating back to circa 1865.

The historic Lanz Building is a rare property with over 14,000 square feet on 3 levels located on corner lot in Downtown Monroe. This location is ideal for your business or non-profit, a well traveled corner between Turner Hall and the Square. There is newer electrical, 16” solid masonry walls, exposed brick walls, 11’ ceilings on main floor and 9’ ceilings in basement. The building is loading dock capable, and there is underground parking available. For your customers or employees, there is plenty of parking available thanks to street parking on two sides and a large public lot to the rear.

This building is easily divided inside with multiple exterior access points. Whatever you are thinking - restaurants, retail space, art gallery, museum, office spaces or anything else - this space is wide open and waiting for someone with a vision.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things to Do Around Monroe

Do you need something to do this weekend in the area?

~ The final "Stirring the Pot" picnic is this evening. It looks like the rain will force us indoors tonight, but a rain location has already been planned inside the MAC. Come, enjoy good food and good company. The chef demonstrations begin at 5:30 pm.

~ Come to Downtown Monroe for another Concert on the Square on Thursday evening starting at 6:30. If you haven't seen the newly opened northeast corner of the Square, this is perfect time to check it out. The band this week is Jefferson County Bluegrass.

~ Visit Paoli on Saturday for the 3rd Annual 3rd Annual Paddle & Pig-Out benefiting the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association! USRWA members receive a free lunch (the lunch is also available to purchase for everyone else). The activities, which are open to the public, include canoe excursions at 10am - Noon - 2pm (first come, first served basis), casting demonstrations, a kayak and rain garden raffle and more.

~ Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Lena has a Capital Improvements Scramble fundraiser on Sunday at 9 am. $75 for the round of golf, cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Call the course at 815-369-5513 for more information.

~ Feel like a movie? Come down to Sky Vu Drive In to see a double feature of GI Joe and Public Enemies, starting on Friday. Goetz Theater in Monroe is showing Shorts, The Time Traveler's Wife, and District 9 this weekend. In Freeport, Lindo Theater is showing Aliens in the Attic, Bandslam , District 9, Funny People, G.I. Joe, G-Force, and The Ugly Truth.

~ Have you bought your tickets yet for the Beef Producers Steak Fry dinner next week?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Things to Do Around Monroe

Here's looking ahead to what is going on in the area this weekend:

~ Blackhawk Technical College hosts an Educational Open House on Thursday from 4 until 6:30 pm. Tour the campus, sign up for classes, take a free mini-course, register for door prizes and enjoy the refreshments.

~ Go Big Red! UW Alumni, come out to Toffler's in New Glarus on Thursday for UW Alumni Happy Hour from 6 until 8 pm.

~ Bargain hunters, come over to Monroe this Saturday for Citywide Garage Sale Day.

~ Winslow has their annual River Days community celebration this weekend. There will be community food and beer tents, music, inner tube races, tug of war, pony rides, a petting zoo and more.

~ Enjoy live music this weekend. Baumgartner's hosts Richard Wiegel on string guitar on Saturday evening. Toffler's hosts The Rowdy Prairie Dogs also on Saturday. The Greg Anderson Band plays at the New Glarus Hotel on both Friday and Saturday.

~ If you prefer to participate in the music making, Gap Church by Albany is having an Old Fashioned Hymn Sing on Sunday.

~ This Saturday is the Freeport Fusion Festival in Freeport at the Skate Park. From noon until 6, enjoy the skateboard competition, music and more.

~ Plan ahead for next week's concert on the Square in Monroe. Jefferson County Bluegrass plays on the stage on the south side of the Square starting at 6:30 pm. Bring a dinner or pick up a boxed supper, and don't forget to support the Humane Society Beer Tent.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Fair on the Square

A fun summer family event is back! The Summer Fair on the Square is this Saturday, August 8. The all day event will feature activities for all ages, and it will benefit local charitable and non-profit groups.

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM:

Activities -
  • German Club - Wheel of Fortune
  • National Honor Society - Balloon popping game
  • Shakespeare on the Edge -
    • ‘Mini Cardboard Boat Regatta’ - build and race your own boat
    • selling Shakespeare Shakers (trick magnets), and handmade mini fairies,
    • Face Painting
  • Washington Reformation Church - bake sale
  • Rainbow Childcare – Bouncy house, inflatable bowling, lasso golf, pictures with hard hat, and other free children games on North small parking lot.
  • MASE - Mini skatepark – SK8 Demonstrations- helmets and waivers.
  • Boy Scouts 101- Wet Sponge Toss – Alderman Mark Coplien, Fred Giese Anchor Bank , Chris Sachs
Food -
  • MHS (Monroe High School) Dance Team - Hot Dogs, Lemonade, Pizza, Snow Cones
  • MHS Girls Swim: – Walking Taco, Water, Pop, Popcorn
Stage entertainment –
  • 1:00 – 1:30 - Shakespeare on the Edge – Perform scenes form Midsummer Nights Dream and The Tempest.
  • 2:00 – 2:30 - Monroe Martial Arts, affiliated with New Glarus Tae Kwon Do - Greg Bowles instructor
  • 2:30 – 3:00 - Humane Society – Dog Obedience demonstration.
  • 3:00 – 3:30 - MHS Dance Team and other times throughout the day.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 - Humane Society – Dog Obedience demonstration.
  • 4:00 PM - Kookaburra's Pie Eating contest – Honorable James Beer, John Bauman-Swiss Colony, Gary Johnson – Big Radio, Alderperson Jan LaFavre

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM:
  • Humane Society Beer Garden
  • Beef Producers Rib Eye Steak Sandwiches
  • Pork Producers Butterfly Pork Chop Sandwiches
  • Live bands - Fedora 5:00 – 6:00
  • Cold Ground / Low Sky 6:00 – 8:00 (In case of rain: Cold Ground/Low Sky will perform inside Baumgartners 8 – 11PM.)

11:00 AM - 8:00 PM:
  • Green County EMS – Demonstration/exhibit
  • Monroe Fire Dept. - Demonstration/exhibit
  • Kutter Harley is advertising a ‘Ride To Monroe’ road trip. The owners of Baumgartners own the lot with community calendar and have opened it up for motorcycle parking that day.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sign up now for Cooking Classes at Kookaburra's

Kookaburra's in Monroe has been expanding ever since it opened last fall. Laura has talked about offering cooking classes since she first opened the store, and this month she begins her class offerings.

The first class is Quick, Easy, Flavorful. This class will focus on easily prepared meals using readily available spices, seasonal foods, and local meats. This class takes place on Tuesday, August 11 from 5:30 until 7 pm.

Spaetzle Night is the second class, taking place on Tuesday, August 18 at the same time. Learn how to make this German side dish in regular and gluten free varieties, and learn how to dress it up in different ways.

Each class is $15 per person, and reservations are required. Stef Culbertson from Goose Chaser Farm will be teaching the classes, and she is a joy to talk cooking with. You'll watch a demonstration, sample the foods, and receive the recipes. Contact Laura at 608.325.3955 or via email to register.