chalk girl

“The Chalk Girl,” aka Beth Zwolski, is shown working on a piece featuring the Hulk. She will be hosting the Wilmot Chalk Festival 2 to 4:30 p.m. May 27 at Hansen’s Ice Cream Parlor, 11323 Fox River Road.

The second annual Wilmot Chalk Fest will be Memorial Day, May 27, on the sidewalk in front of Hansens’s Ice Cream parlor, 11323 Fox River Road.

The art contest is open to ages 6-18.

A $5 entry secures one sidewalk square in which to create chalk art. The contest age groups: 6-9, 10-13 and 14-18. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for each age group.

Artists can begin drawing at 1 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m., and awards will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Hansen’s Ice Cream parlor and The Chalk Girl, a local chalk artist with a nationwide following.

A rain date of June 8 has been set. Register online at

Stewart to race in Wilmot on Friday

Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will be featured at the Wilmot Raceway IRA/All Star Challenge Event Friday.

The local stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series will take on the travelers of the Ollies Bargain Outlet/Mobil 1 All Star Circuit of Champions in a rare Friday night race date.

It will be Stewart’s second appearance at the local track. He competed in a USAC Sprint Car event at Wilmot nearly 20 years ago.

Some other All Star contenders include defending series champion Aaron Reutzel, multi-time IRA / All Star Wilmot winner Dale Blaney, two-time All Star Champion Greg Wilson, Cory Eliason, Paul McMahan, Brock Zearfoss, Spencer Bayston, Cale Conley, Skylar Gee and more.

The IRA will be led by eight-time series champ “The North Pole Nightmare” Bill Balog, defending series champ Jake Blackhurst, two-time IRA champ Scotty Neitzel, 2016 champ and multi-time Wilmot champ Jeremy Schultz, plus Scotty Thiel, Russel Borland, Ben Schmidt, Kris Spitz and many more.

Advance tickets are available for this event, and advance ticket purchasers will be allowed to enter and choose their seats at 3 p.m. on race day, prior to the gates being opened at 4 p.m. for race day ticket purchases.

Advance ticket sales will end on Thursday.

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Meet a bald eagle, other birds at library

Special visitor Victor E., a bald eagle, and other extraordinary birds, will be at the Twin Lakes branch of the Community Library, 110 S. Lake Ave., Wednesday as part of a program presented by Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The free program is open to ages 5 an older. Seating is limited, so tickets will be available starting Monday at the Youth Services Desk at the Twin Lakes branch.

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Overnight camp out at Pringle set for June 22

Registration is open for an overnight camp out as part of Pringle Nature Center’s Summer Celebration, being held in conjunction with the Great American Campout.

The Summer Celebration will include daylong programs on June 22, including lawn games, arts and crafts, and nature activities, followed by campfire songs and stargazing.

Advance registration is required for camping. Cost is $10 per tent with an optional $5 breakfast.

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Movies in the Park sets summer slate

The Friday night summer outdoor Movies in the Park series in Twin Lakes will feature five movies in 2019.

The free movie lineup schedule:

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — June 7

“A Dog’s Way Home” — June 21

“Mary Poppins Returns” — July 12

“Ralph Breaks the Internet — July 26

“Coco” — Aug. 9

All movies are shown at the Lance Park Ampitheater, 55 Lance Dr., at dusk.