Today’s events for Wednesday, Jan. 12 | Local News

It’s almost mid-January, which means you still have plenty of time to celebrate Oatmeal Month. And if you want to start your day with a warm bowl of porridge, you’ve made it!

Did you promise yourself to visit some of our beautiful local museums on New Year’s Eve? You can start today at the Kenosha Civil War Museum, 5400 First Ave. Inside the museum the exhibition “Defense of the Union – Immigrant Soldiers in the Civil War” is open until January 16th. The exhibition celebrates the role of foreign-born men in the Union Army. In this exhibit, created by staff at the Civil War Museum, military records and personal accounts from Union veterans explain why so many men from so many locations took part in the war. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. General admission to the museum is free. The museum’s “Fiery Trial” exhibition and the 360-degree film “Seeing the Elephant” are both chargeable (USD 5 for residents of Kenosha and Somers; USD 9 general admission; free for children aged 15 and under accompanied by an adult). 262-653-4141 or

The city of Kenosha’s ice rink, in the Veterans Memorial Park in front of the town hall, is open daily until 10 p.m. for ice skating with lights (of course when the weather is nice). Ice skating is free and you can try out free ice skates in the skate hut Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.

River Bend Nature Center in Racine County, 3600 N. Green Bay Road offers ski and snowshoe rentals. And new this year are family-friendly kick sleds. The rental of winter equipment is available Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on the snow conditions. For more information, call 262-639-1515 or visit

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