Pastor vows to fast each week

The Rev. Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St., has announced that he will fast every Friday until Congress passes the Green New Deal or other major climate-change legislation.

Barker said her was inspired to fast and pray by students around the world who went on strike Friday, demanding that their governments take action on climate change.

“These students are standing up for the most important moral issue of our time and possibly the most important moral issue of all time.” Barker said. “As a pastor I had to find a way to support them.

“I hope our government will take action soon, but I am ready to fast every Friday for the next decade if need be,” Barker said. “Even if it’s just for one Friday, I’d appreciate anyone willing to join in fasting on Fridays.”

Barker recently completed a 12-day fast for the Green New Deal.

Ice rink to close for the season

Sunday will be the last day for skating this season at the outdoor ice rink at Veterans Memorial Park outside City Hall, 625 52nd St.

The rink will close for the season. It will likely reopen in late November.

Community garden has spaces available

Seed to Harvest Community Garden and Tranquility Veterans Garden have spaces available.

The gardening spots are available to adults, children, families, veterans, active-duty personnel, nonprofit groups and youth groups.

There is no cost to participate, but spaces are limited.

Application are available by contacting Walkin’ In My Shoes at 262-764-0214 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday or via email at

Lions Club sets annual flower sale

The Paddock Lake Area Lions Club’s annual flower sale is underway.

One dozen roses all one color, or a dozen roses in a rainbow of colors, or a bouquet of mixed flowers can be purchased for $18 per dozen.

The flowers will be delivered on April 24. Deliveries can be made anywhere in Kenosha County as well as the southern portion of Racine County.

Orders will be taken until April 5.

For more information, or to order, call Ralph or Joyce Myers at 262-857-7254 or Cindy Taylor at 262-914-4241.

Proceeds go directly to help the club provide assistance to those in need in the local community, as well as in the state and beyond.

The club helps the blind, provides eyeglasses for the needy, supports local youth groups and local food pantries, and promotes literacy.

Grants available for sports teams

The Kenosha Simmons Baseball Organization is seeking youth sports teams (in any sport) in the Kenosha community that might be in need of donations/grants to support their programs.

Interested organizations should contact Tom Venn at 847- 778-3797, or via email at

VTS in need of riders, drivers

Those having difficulty finding transportation to medical appointments or shopping can get help through the Volunteer Transportation Service.

Sponsored by Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc., the service helps Kenosha County seniors and those with disabilities attend local and regional medical appointments and go grocery shopping.

Volunteers, especially bilingual (English/Spanish) speakers, are needed to drive for the service. Times are flexible, and drivers are reimbursed 42 cents per mile.

A good driving record, a car in good working condition and insurance coverage are required. For more information, call Barb at 262-842-7433.