Published quarterly since 1996 for those left behind. Summer 2012 Vol. 17 Issue 1 A “ Traveling Companion on Your Life Journey” Why Are We Afraid to Talk About Death? A question that has always intrigued me is: "Why are we so afraid to talk about death?" I remember when my Godmother was dying. It was the summer of 1966. She and my uncle had gone to Taiwan to visit their twin sons who are Maryknoll priests. When she returned to the USA she got very sick. The doctors thought she had picked up an intestinal bug but when they opened her up they discovered she was so full of cancer there wasn't anything they could do for her. I went to Escanaba to visit and was instructed that I absolutely could NOT say anything to her about the fact that she was dying. I felt so sorry for her and wondered if that was what she really wanted. I found myself pondering why anyone would want to walk that final journey all alone. Whether we talked about it or not, death was going to happen in a relatively short time. To this day I still wonder if I did the right thing in not giving her the option to talk about her death if she wanted to. Over the years I've noticed that things haven't really changed all that much. When I started working for the Quad-Parish about six years ago, I found that when I visited our seriously ill parishioners in the hospital I would get the same instruction if a person was possibly dying-don't mention death or dying! I talked about this dilemma with our Pastor one day and he gave me some great advice. He said, Choosing a Bereavement Group Finding the appropriate group was similar to trying on clothes - I needed a good fit, both with the type of group and the group leader. Some groups were specialized. Others charged a fee and required an intake interview; I knew I would resent paying for any group that, under other circumstances, I could lead. I finally choose a group that met close to my home. Ease of getting there seemed as good a selection criterion as any. On the day of my first meeting, I felt vulnerable. Walking into the room, I was puzzled by the circular arrangement of the chairs, common for a psychotherapy group but not for what was to be a support group. I chose a seat anyway, and a surge of feelings forced my head down-dread about the group, fear that I would cry, fear that I wouldn't cry, worry that I would be the youngest and have nothing in common with anyone else, and an equal dread that I really did belong there. Eventually, others wandered in and took seats. The group leader began by asking us to introduce ourselves. The woman next to me stuttered through copious tears, that she by Judy Schreiber-Mosher, LCSW Three months after my husband died, one of my friends suggested I join a bereavement group. My response was negative. For one thing, as a therapist I understood the value of groups but couldn't imagine that any bereavement group would be equipped to address my main concern: I wanted my husband back and didn't want to feel the pain of missing him anymore. I also felt I had to find my own way through this mourning process. In addition, I was not sure I would be able to tolerate the grief of others when I could barely endure my own. I pictured a group of widowed men and women sitting in a circle with a huge box of Kleenex being passed to the person who was talking - a mourner's game of hot potato. I detested the image but ultimately decided to brave a bereavement group in the hope it would help. "Ask the patient what he or she wants you to pray for." by Sister Pat Clement, CSJ That was especially helpful when I was visiting a patient where some of the family wanted to pray for a happy death while others didn't want it mentioned. Of course, that doesn't solve my dilemma when the patient is not able to speak for himself or herself. Some people don't want to talk about death because they think it's a morbid topic. Others think they are just asking for trouble if they talk about it. Still others haven't figured out how they feel about their own death and prefer to just avoid the topic for the time being. Others are so frightened of death they can't conceive of their loved ones or of themselves dying and fight for life with every fiber of their being. In these situations death is the enemy, a negative that can't be verbalized CONTINUED ON PAGE 2... had lost her best friend of fifteen years, her pet poodle. I was horrified. I knew pets were important but how could she talk about the death of her pet in the same room with men and women who were struggling with the death of a spouse? I clamped my CONTINUED ON PAGE 2... PROKO-WALL Funeral Home publishes TOMORROW™ as a service to the families who trust us in the hours of their greatest need. TOMORROW will be sent to all of our families for one year following their loss. It is designed to provide our families with an understanding of their yesterdays, support for their todays, and a promise of hope for their tomorrows. Licensed Funeral Directors: Robert Walczyk, Jr. • Robert Walczyk, Sr. Keith Lohrentz • Alex Bahrke Betsy Frenzel • Jeane Smits Certified Preplanning Counselor: MarLynn Ohlfs Office Manager: Kelly Wiegand Office Support: Joan Faltynski PROKO-WALL Funeral Home & Crematory 1630 E. Mason St., Green Bay, WI 54302 Phone: 920 468-4111 or 800 750-4222 Fax: 920 468-3540 • www.prokowall.com © 2012 Proko-Wall Funeral Home and Crematory ...FROM PAGE 1 / Why Are We Afraid or alluded to in any manner. Still others think they are protecting their loved ones by not bringing up this awful topic. I've come to the conclusion that we owe it to each other to ask the one who is dying what he or she wants. Most people who are seriously ill know in their gut they are sick unto death. I've heard story after story where the dying person whispers to a friend or family member, "Nobody thinks I am dying, but I know I am." How important that moment of connection is for the one who is dying. What a relief it must be to be able to speak the "truth" out loud. When my dad was dying he was blessed with a whole week where all of us gathered in his hospital room each day and we shared stories and memories. The pastoral associate came on Thursday afternoon and prayed with Dad. She was so frank in asking God for the blessing of a happy death. I sensed the mixed reactions of family and friends gathered around Dad. Some were comfortable with her prayer while others were horrified that she spoke so frankly. On Sunday I was with my Dad. The others had gone home for supper. Dad turned to me and said, "I didn't know it would be so hard to die." Once my Dad made up his mind about something, he did it. On Thursday he had told me he was ready to die. I think he thought that since he came to that decision he'd just quietly slip away in his sleep. So on Sunday when he was still dealing with his tenacious hold on life I was grateful I was there so he could talk about it. (Dad did die peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning.) We all know how important communication is in any relationship-the better the communication, the better the relationship. Since death is the final thing we do, we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to approach death with the dignity and reverence we've given to all the other sacred moments of our lives. We've all faced fear of the unknown before. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of our lives was taking the first step onto our adult journey. We had dreams and hopes about what we wanted to do but no assurances that we were choosing the right path. We got through that first gigantic step because we talked about the pluses and the minuses, the risks, the rewards and any loopholes we might have missed. Dying deserves the same care. What are we afraid of? How can our family and friends be of help? Does the dying person want to plan any of the details that follow death? Do we have insights or beliefs about the next life that might be a sign of hope or consolation for the one who is dying? Most importantly we must respect the wishes of the dying person. We know what those wishes are if we aren't afraid to ask the question, "Would you like to talk about what you are going through?" or "Are you afraid of dying?" Take your cue from the one who is dying. Sometimes the only thing we can do is just be there, holding the loved one's hand, praying quietly in our hearts. The power of our presence is felt to its full potential when both of us are aware of the significance of this moment and both of us have acknowledged the end is here. Joined physically by touch, mentally by common understanding, and emotionally by our presence the final step isn't taken in isolation but in peace and companionship. ...FROM PAGE 1 / Choosing a Group mouth shut so I wouldn't scream. When my turn came I simply said, "My husband died in July." Those were the only words I uttered during the entire session. I stayed until the end of it, but knew I would not return. I left thinking I had failed but then decided it simply was not a match. For several weeks, I avoided thinking about bereavement groups. But soon I worried that I might be leaning on my friend too much. So I decided to "shop around" for another bereavement group, aware that not all such groups are the same, not all mourners have the same needs, and group leaders have different styles. I then discovered a bereavement group that met in the town where my therapist had her office, and I liked the name of the sponsor, "Hospice by the Sea," which reminded me of the tranquility of sailing. I listed the pros: it was near my therapist and it met at a convenient time. I was feeling quite alone with my grief and wanted to know how others were coping and what solutions they might have found. I reviewed the cons: I didn't want my husband to be dead and I really didn't want to talk about it. I hated the last group. I had a fear that if my grief lessened, I would forget my husband. I tallied the pros and cons and concluded that the pros outweighed the cons. Reality had won over denial and I decided to try this new bereavement group. The new group immediately felt better. The woman sitting at the head of the table had soft gray hair, warm eyes and a smile that invited me in. She introduced herself as Sally, the leader. one another. Upon receiving my first hug, I realized how much I missed being touched. Feeling supported, I decided to keep attending. It was with this unusual group of women that I began to share my experiences of grieving. Sometimes they expressed amazement at my ability to deal with bills, children and work. This surprised me, but I welcomed the acknowledgment of competence, something my husband used to provide. We were soldiers in the battle of life. We laughed at each others' mistakes, made fun of the weaknesses and took pride in our accomplishments. I learned to laugh at myself and not feel guilty for enjoying life. I was grateful to these women who supported my grief, allowed me to give some of my unspent caring and love to them and reminded me that I was a worthwhile person apart from my husband. Over time, the hole in my heart began to heal a little bit. My grief didn't go away, and I cried a lot, both by myself and with the group, but a slow change was occurring. After a year, I told the group I was leaving. "This is my last day. I will stop by now and then to let you know I'm okay." I said with tears in my eyes CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE... "This is a very safe place to be. It’s okay to cry. We talk about our experiences with death and life.” When it was my turn to speak, I said "My husband died three months ago of liver cancer." The grayish-blonde woman sitting next to me touched my shoulder gently. I turned slightly to my left and we smiled at each other. I saw my smile reflected back to me from her gold-rimmed glasses and knew I was in the right place. I was attracted by the diversity of this group. There were women from all stages of life and all income levels with vastly different experiences. When I provided pertinent information, I felt needed in a way I had not experienced since my husband died. We shared the powerful experience of death and the need to talk about it. While I was the youngest in the group, I felt enfolded in their maternal caring. For the hour and a half that we were together, we became a close-knit sorority, protective of all our sisters. At the end of the session, we participated in a closing ritual of hugging Sister Pat Clement is Pastoral Associate for the Quad Parishes in Green Bay. S U P P O R T SHARE For parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, still birth or early death. 2nd Thurs. of every month 7pm-8:30pm. McKenna Library, Room 2838 at St. Vincent's. Upcoming sessions: 6/14, 7/12, 8/9; at 7pm. Please contact Lana Reinke or Theresa Shuck at 433-8634. S.O.S. (SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE) Green Bay - For family and friends to cope with the loss of a loved one due to suicide. Second Monday of every month 7-8:45pm at Bellin Mezzanine, 2020 S. Webster (former Lindy's Grocery); Meetings 6/11, 7/9, 8/13. Jonna Bostedt 437-7527. Two Rivers - Meetings held at St. Peter the Fisherman Church, 3218 Tannery Rd. on the second Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30pm. Upcoming meetings: 6/13, 7/11, 8/8; 920-794-7454 or 920-794-1572. GENERATIONS-HOPE FOR FAMILIES Designed to support grieving families with children & teens ages 6-18. Complimentary dinner followed by separate support groups for parents & children. Upcoming dates: Thursdays, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9; from 5:30 - 7:30 pm Unity Campus, 2366 Oak Ridge Circle, DePere. Registration required. Contact Lisa DeSieno at 338-1111 or 800-990-9249. THE CARE COMMUNITY Web site provided by In-Sight Books free of charge www.thecarecommunity.com. UNDERSTANDING GRIEF One time overview of grief; Thurs. 7/17 from 6:30-8pm; St. Vincent Hospital (Heritage C conference room). Contact: Tom Bekkers 433-8797. B O O K R E V I E W Beyond Sorrow Christian Reflections on Death and Grief by Herb and Mary Montgomery • Review by Joan Faltynski Death frequently Faith-based perspectives deals a paralyzing blow are offered in these to our typical reflections to the independent nature. In following questions that a matter of minutes our are typically raised during sense of the grieving process. self-confidence and our decision-making ability • Why did it have to begin to be questioned happen? during the grief process. • Is there no end to We feel something similar crying? "God does not take away to an imagined • Where do I turn? trials or carry us over them, amputation. • Where are my but rather strengthens us In the best of times, friends? when all of life's challenges through them." - E.B. Pusey • Will I always feel call forth the best of our guilty? giftedness, we are energized to • How long will I drift? respond wholeheartedly. There is never • What will tomorrow bring? a challenge that, with the help of God, • Is it worth picking up the pieces? we feel incapable of handling. More often than not we probably have to admit that In the words of E.B. Pusey, "God does not the bulk of our accomplishments are take away trials or carry us over them, attributed to our own doing rather than but rather strengthens us through them." to a partnered dependence on God. Reviewed by Joan Faltynski, former teacher Now, when we feel weak and vulnerable, and principal, and current office having a Higher Power to lean on is both assistant at Proko-Wall. comforting and welcomed. Herb and Mary Montgomery, in Beyond Sorrow, provide seventeen single-page reflections that give credence to the pain we are experiencing in the early stages of grief; faith-filled support during the duration of the journey; and hope for the day when some sign of wholeness and normalcy returns to our life. D I N N E R ...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2. as I gave Sally a big hug. I had completed the credits of this course and wanted to go out and apply my knowledge. Now when I talk to clients whose partners have died, I encourage them to find an appropriate bereavement group. The mourning process is very important, I explain, and a bereavement group can either support or interfere with it. Going to just any random group is not helpful. Rather, we need to honor ourselves and find a suitable group-one where we feel comfortable, cared for and safe. It may take one or two tries but it is definitely worth the effort. Reprinted with permission of Grief Digest Magazine F O R O N E Quick Italian Turkey from Fit Zones. com • 1/2 tsp. olive oil • 1 4-ounce turkey breast fillet • 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce • 1/2 c. shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese • 1-1/2 tsp. Parmesan cheese Heat oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add turkey and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until just cooked throughout. Pour spaghetti sauce over turkey and cook until sauce is hot. Serve turkey with sauce and cheeses sprinkled over the top. G R I E F S U P P O R T G R O U P S “Shared tears and laughter are healing; trying to help others is a potent pain reliever.” —Erin Diehl, who lost her husband of 43 years to cancer. PULASKI GRIEF SUPPORT Open to all faiths and all ages. Third Wednesday of month at 6:30pm. At Assumption B.V.M. in the church basement in St. Clare Room. Enter at the southwest door. No registration required. 822-3223. ST. JAMES GRIEF SUPPORT St. James Parish, Cooperstown; Session, July 29 from 6-8pm. Contact: Tom Bekkers, 660-8066. HOLDING CARE Grief support provided by St. Philip the Apostle. Upcoming sessions: Mondays, Aug. 13, 20, and 27 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Adult Center. Please contact Sr. Helen Keyzer in advance, 468-7848. AURORA GRIEF SHARE For adults; four-week session; Wednesdays from 1-2pm, Aurora Baycare Hospital Chapel, 2845 Greenbrier Road. Call for schedule, 288-3094 or email [email protected] NEW HOPE BEREAVEMENT GROUP Ecumenical grief support group open to anyone. Meetings held on Tue. From 1:303:00 pm St. Jude, Room 110. Use Kellogg St. parking lot. Enter Door #2. Sessions: Aug. 21, 28; Sept. 4, 11, 18. Call Sr. Pat to register 496-2160. LIVING WITH LOSS Heartland Hospice Support Group: 5 week sessions throughout the year in Green Bay, Shawano & Peshtigo. For more info on dates and locations, and to register, call bereavement coordinators 336-6455 or 1-866-631-3149. Asera Care Hospice Support Group - Green Bay; 1294 Lombardi Ave., call Mandy for schedule, 497-4672. AFFINITY VISITING NURSES HOSPICE Appleton - Meetings every 1st Tuesday at 2:30 pm at Thompson Community Center, 820 W. College Ave. Men Journeying through Grief. Meetings every 1st Wed. at 6-8pm at 816 W. Winneconne Ave., Neenah. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for meal planning purposes. Men Only. Peace through Grief: Looking at the many pieces of life that are affected by a loss; 6week informational and support program looking at the emotional, physical, spiritual and social aspects of the grief experience. Pre-registration required. Call 727-2000 or 1-866-236-8500. for any of above. 1630 E. Mason St. • Green Bay, WI 54302 GRIEF SHARE PROGRAM Support group for people experiencing the death of a loved one. Pilgrim Lutheran Church - Green Bay; 1731 St. Agnes Dr. Videos and discussions to find comfort and healing from grieving the death of someone close. Registration appreciated. Contact 965-2233 for schedule. Central Church - 831 Schoen St., Grief Support available by contacting "From Mourning to Hope" at 920-737-2790. NAVIGATING THE WATERS OF GRIEF Unity Hospice's Adult Bereavement Support: Green Bay Area: Unity Office, 2366 Oak Ridge Cr., De Pere.; Tuesdays, July 10 through August 7 from 6-7:30pm; Registration required, call 338-1111 or 1-800-900-9249. Women's Luncheon: monthly on 3rd Wednesday from Noon-1:30pm at a local restaurant for conversation & support. Call 338-1111 for location. Lunch is available for purchase off the menu. RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS For parents and grandparents grieving the loss of a child. Door County - 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm. Meetings 6/14, 7/12, 8/9. 6:30pm at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. We welcome bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Contact Dawn Sandusky, 920-854-9801. Voice message number 1-800-589-2669. www.doorcountytcf.org Green Bay - Meetings 3rd Thursday of month: 6/21, 7/19, 8/16; 7pm at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., 7pm, 370-3858. PERMIT NO. 549 GREEN BAY WI PAID PRSRT STD US POSTAGE —Calendar of Events— NUMBERS & EVENTS TO REMEMBER Meyer Theatre, 494-3401, www.meyertheatre.org St. Norbert College, 403-3950 www.snc.edu/performing arts/tickets Fox Valley PAC, 730-3760, www.foxcitiespac.com Green Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau, 494-9507, 24 hour service call 494-1111. Wisconsin Travel Information, 800-373-2737. Neville Public Museum Exhibits: The Port of Green Bay (thru 7/23/12 thru 12/31/12); Fertile Ground: Art and Agriculture 8/11/12 thru 12/2/12); Football: The Exhibit 5/19/12 thru 9/9/12); MuseumPLACE: A Celebration of Community (6/23/12 thru 12/29/13); Selections from the Green Bay Art Colony (6/16/12 thru 8/5/12) Salvation Army: Social Group Women's, Tuesdays at 6 pm; Men's, Tuesdays at 6 pm, 626 Union Ct. Village of Bellevue Leisure Services: All are welcome Book Club; 3rd Tues. of month; 2:30pm; Jitter Bean Café, Monroe Rd. Bingo; 3rd Thur. of month; 1-3pm; Community Center. Movie Matinee; 2nd Thur. of month; 1:30-3:30pm; Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Ave.; $1.00 Heritage Hill: 448-5150. Fees: $7-$9; under 3 free; or special events prices. Music on the Green: Mon. 6/11-8/27 at 6pm. Father's Day at Heritage: Sun. 6/17; 10am-4pm. Civil War Re-Enactment: Sat.-Sun. 6/23-24; 10am-4:30pm. Heritage Players: Sun., 6/17-7/29; 1pm. Limited Edition, Free: Mon. 7/9; 6pm. Hops on the Hill Beer & Food Tasting: Thur. 7/12; 6pm.: $30 or $40 at door. Laura Ingalls Wilder Days: 7/27-28; 10am-4:30pm. Budweiser Clydesdales: Tue.-Sun. 7/31-8/5. Kids Free Week: Tue.Sun. 8/21-26. Green Bay Botanical Garden: Sat.-Sun. June 2-3 28th Annual Garden Fair; Sat. 8am-4pm; Sun. 9am-3pm; 491-3691 Sun. June 17 Father's Day Open House; 9am-8pm; admission FREE for dads. Mon. June 25 Kid's Day Open House; 9am-8pm; Admission FREE for all kids. Wed. July 4 Independence Day Open House; 9am-8pm; FREE for Veterans. Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 24th Annual Garden Walk; Sat. 8am-4pm; Sun. 9am-4pm; $10-members; $15-non. Thur. Evenings July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 Concerts in the Garden; 6-7:30pm; Agnes Schneider Terrace; bring your own chair; Admission: general garden admission pricing. Hazelwood Historic House: Admission $4-adults; $3.50-Senior Citizens; $2.50-children (ages 5-17); children under 5 free. 437-1840. Museum Tours; Thurs.-Sun., 12pm4pm; 6/1 thru 8/26. Haviland & Blooms; Fri.-Sun. June 8-10 12:30-4pm. Flower Fairy Tea Party; Sat. June 23 1pm-3pm; Reservations required. Celebrate the 4th: Wed. July 4; 11:30am-4pm, 1pm Heritage Players. Cooking with Herbs; Tue. Aug. 7, 2:305:00pm; $10/person; Reservations req. Green Bay Bullfrogs Baseball: May 30-Aug. 12; Joannes Park; Tickets $5-$8. 497-7225. Farmers’ Markets: Green Bay Farmers' Market: Saturdays, 6/2-10/27; 7am-noon; Downtown Green Bay. 448-3030. Farmers' Market on Broadway Wednesdays, 6/610/17; 3pm-8pm; Broadway District; 437-2531. Farmers' Market Bay Park Square Mall; Mondays 6/11-10/ 8; 2pm-6pm. 499-2421. Oneida Farmers Market; Oneida One Stop-Hwy. 54; Thursdays 6 /28 thru 10/11; Noon-6pm. 496-7423. Butterflies & Friends on Parade: June 5 thru Aug. 20; Downtown Green Bay; 884-8800. Dine on the Deck; Wednesdays, June 6 thru Aug. 29; 11:30am-1:30pm; City Deck; 437-5972. Summer in the Park Concert; Thurs. June 7 thru Aug. 30; 11:30am-2pm; Jackson Square Park. 437-5972. National Railroad Museum; "Day Out With Thomas"; June 13-17; 8:30am6pm; $16; 437-7623. Fridays on the Fox June 22 thru Aug. 17; 6pm-9pm; City Deck. 437-5972. Concerts in the Park; Wednesdays, June 27 thru Aug. 15; Klipstine Park. Free Admission. 492-2331. Live on Main; Tuesdays July 10, 17, 24, 31; 5:30-8pm; Whitney Park; Admission free. Knights on the Fox; Tuesdays July 10 thru Aug. 7; 6:30-8pm, St. Norbert College; Admission free. 403-4011. J U N E Sun. June 3 St. Matthew Parish Picnic, 435-6811. June 8, 9, 14-16; 21-23 The Carlton West; Meyer Theatre; Tickets $29. Sat.-Sun. June 9-10 St. Agnes Parish Summer Festival; Sat. 4-11pm, Children's Activities; food & beer garden, cash raffle; Sun. 10:15 Polka Mass; 11am-6pm, Salute to Service & Emergency Personnel; craft, plant & vendor market, food, silent auction, raffles, Bungee Bounce. Sun. June 10 St. Mary of the Angels Parish Picnic; 10am-5pm; corner of Cass St. & Irwin Ave.; games, refreshments, booyah, burgers, Polish sausage & kraut, homemade desserts; silent auction until 3:30pm. June 13-14; 16-17; 20; 22-24; 27-28 South Pacific; St. Norbert Music Theatre; Webb Theatre;, 8pm June 13; 7:30pm June 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 28; 2pm June 24, 27; $29-$33. Thur. June 14 "If Tombstones Could Talk"; Fort Howard Cemetery Walk; 6:30pm; reservations required; Admission $6/person or $14/family. Fri. June 15 Barry Manilow; 7:30pm, Resch Center; Tickets $20-$120; 494-3401. Fri. June 15 Summer Music Academy Concert 2012; 7:30pm, Walter Theatre, St. Norbert College; Free admission. Sun. June 17 Marty Stuart & Connie Smith; 8pm, Radisson Three Clans Ballroom; $25. 494-4500. Sun. June 17 Father's Day at the Zoo; 9am-6pm, NEW Zoo; $4-$6; 434-7841. Mon.-Wed. June 18-20 Rockin' Elvis Fest; 7:30pm, Oneida Lounge. Free. Tues-Sun June 19-24 Billy Elliot the Musical; Fox Valley PAC, Appleton; $63 and Up. 920-730-3760. Sat.-Sun. June 23-24 Holy Cross Picnic & Craft Show; Sat., 5-10pm; Sun. 10am Polka Mass; 3002 Bay Settlement Rd. Sat-Sun. June 23-24, St. Bernard-St. Philip 6th Annual Summer Blast, Sat, 4-9 pm; Sun, 9:30 bring chair for outdoor Mass , picnic to 3:30 Mon. June 25 Kids Day; 8am-8pm, Green Bay city parks. 448-3365. Thu. June 28 5-Milers Folk Music Benefit Concert; Fox Valley PAC, Appleton; $15-$16. 920-730-3760. Fri. June 29 Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour; 7pm Meyer Theatre; Tickets $50-$55. 494-3401. July J U L Y Wed. July 4 Festival Foods Fire Over the Fox; Downtown Green Bay. Sun. July 8 Billy Gardell; 8pm Oneida Casino Three Clans Ballroom; $35. 494-4500. Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 World War II ReEnactment; 9am-5pm; National Railroad Museum. 437-7623. Sun. July 15 Titletown Bike Tour; 8:30am, YMCA in Howard; $25 or $55/family. 498-2285. Mon. July 16 8th Annual Senior Picnic, sponsored by Bellevue Leisure Services; 4:30-7pm, Josten Park. Mon.-Wed. July 16-18 The Hollisters/Bill Kirchen; 7:30pm, Oneida Casino Lounge; free. 494-4500. July 19-22 Pulaski Polka Days; Pulaski Polka Grounds; Thur. $1 (5pmmidnight); Fri.-Sat. $10 (4pm-1am); Sun. Free (12:30pm-6pm). 822-3869. July 19-20, 22, 24-29 The Sound of Music; Walter Theatre, St. Norbert College; 8pm, July 19- 29; $29-$33; 403-3950. Fri.-Sat. July 20-21 Savour Green Bay; food, produce, music, wine and beer; Downtown Green Bay; 435-5220. July 20, 21, 26-28 The Guernsey Boys; Meyer Theatre; Tickets $29. Sat. July 21 Vendor Fair & Craft Market; Bridge Point Church, 2421 West Point Road; 9am-3pm; Free; 496-0048. A U G U S T Thur. Aug. 2 Taste on Broadway; 5pm-11pm; Broadway District; Free Admission; 437-2531. Aug. 2-18 The Guernsey Boys; Meyer Theatre; Tickets $29. Mon.-Wed. Aug. 6-8 Billy Dean; 7:30pm, Oneida Casino Lounge; Free admission; 494-4500. Mon. Aug. 6 Feast with the Beasts; NEW Zoo; 9am-6pm; $4-$6; 434-7841. Fri.-Sun. Aug. 10-12 Algoma Shanty Days; Algoma; 800-298-4888. Mon. Aug. 13 & Thur. Aug. 16 "If Tombstones Could Talk"; 6:30pm, Allouez Catholic Cemetery; Admission $6/person or $14/family. 437-1840. Wed.-Sun. Aug. 15-19 Brown County Fair; Brown County FairgroundDePere; 336-7292. Thur. Aug. 16 Kids from Wisconsin 2012; 7:30pm; $12-$14; St. Norbert College. 403-3950. Aug. 17-18, and 23-25 Salute to Our Veterans; Daddy D Production; Riverside Ballroom; $43/person (dinner & show); $27/person (show only). 544-4244. Sat.-Sun. Aug. 18-19 Rock The Lakes; Franklin Graham & Christian Concert; 4pm Leicht Park; 661-0950. Sun. Aug. 19 Annual Ultimate Shrine Motorcycle Show; for Shrine Hospitals; 9-4, Green Isle Park; 471-2361. Tue.-Sun. Aug. 21-26 Mama Mia; Fox Valley PAC, Appleton; $25-$81; 920-730-3760. Fri-Sun. Aug. 24-26 Artstreet; Downtown Green Bay; free; 435-5220. Wed. Aug. 29 Morning Bird Walk; 7am, Wildlife Sanctuary; 391-3671. Proko-Wall has gathered information on as many local events as possible. Proko-Wall is not recommending any particular event and lists them only as a public service.
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