WAUSAU - You typically use sidewalks to get somewhere.
But this weekend in Wausau,the sidewalks serve as a canvas for expression.
The Center for Visual Arts is holding its 10th Chalkfest.
Area artisits gathered at the 400 Block in Wausau to start their sidewalk chalk creations.
Erin Blicharz was a winner at last year's event.She likes working around other artists.
"Its just amazing seeing everybody's designs and what other people can come up with," Blicharz said. "People get to see how things and drawings are created. We know its temporary, but its fun."
Over 500 kids and adults created pieces today.
Most of the art referenced pop culture.
Organizers like Mort McBain hope the event encourages kids creativity.
"They can get a little chalk board and they can go to town with the chalk board all day if they want and feel like a real artist," McBain said. "Its working out great this weekend, we have met our goals and things are looking good."
Chalkfest continues Sunday.
Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.
You'll have to hurry to see all of the artwork before the next rainfall washes the chalk away.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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