WAWM Recreation and Community Services

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January 2022 Newsletter

Happy New Year

From all of us at the WAWM RCS!

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Winter-Spring 2022 Activity Guide

We are excited to get back and start our winter programming! Registration opened on Monday, November 29 and it was great to see so many participants enroll in their activities. There are still openings in activities, so get registered today before the session starts and have some fun with the WAWM RCS Department. If you need more information on how to register, please click here. If you haven't selected your classes yet, click here to view our complete list of activities.

New Year New You

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Most of us set goals in the new year that'll help us stay fit, healthy, learn a new skill or get  organized. Some to improve our wellness or reduce stress. Whether you believe in making (or keeping) a New Year's resolution or not, the start of a new year is a great time for a new beginning, to start a new chapter and instill new habits that will lead to a healthier, more fulfilling day-to-day life.

The WAWM RCS Department offers a variety of classes to help you achieve your goals for the new year. Do you want to kickstart a plant-based diet, reduce your stress and clear your mind with yoga, learn to salsa dance, or organize your inner packrat: there's something for everyone!

Let the WAWM RCS Department help you on your journey for a new year, new you!


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The WAWM RCS Department hopes you had a great holiday season! In preparation for 2022, we made a vision board of all the things we want to accomplish this year. Some things on our vision board include: build our new inclusive playground, win the second annual Be Active Community Challenge, continue to create important and meaningful relationships within our community, be the #1 preferred provider for all recreation and community service programs, host many fun and exciting events for you and your family and continue to be professionally recognized for creative and unique programs and services that benefit those we serve. Let’s make 2022 a great year!

Adaptive Recreation


Friday February 4th

WAWM Adaptive Recreation is selling tickets for the Milwaukee Admirals Game on Friday, February 4th to raise money for the Recreational Adult Day Program (RAD). $4 from each ticket will go directly to the Program. Please follow the link below to purchase your tickets!!   

Click here to purchase tickets


The Winter/Spring Dance season is right around the corner and you do not want to miss out.  Our Dance program not only offers classes for children but also adults in a variety of dance offerings such as Hawaiian, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Poms, and Acro.  This season we are focusing on refining dance steps and combinations and celebrating this season’s accomplishments with a Showcase for all participants.  Dance is not only a great way to increase your health but also improve your self-esteem and make new friends.  The Winter/Spring season starts the week of January 17th and runs through March.  Don’t miss a step, register now online at wawmrec.com or call 414-604-4900.

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In addition to our Dance, the West Allis Diamond Twirlers Baton Competitive Teams offers Youth Baton classes. If you have a child who was always interested in twirling, the Diamond Twirlers coaching staff have been receiving rave reviews on their teaching styles. Check out their class offerings in our Winter/Spring Activity Guide, classes start in early January.

Did you know that there is a competitive baton team in West Allis-West Milwaukee? The Diamond Twirlers are excited to start their next season and even more excited to invite your child to join them. Teams are designed for specific age groups ranging from 4 years old to 18 years old teammates. The teams will be hosting tryouts starting January 8th at Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate. Register for the team you wish to have your child tryout for and schedules will be confirmed after tryouts. The Diamond Twirlers not only work on skill specific development but also work on teamwork and leadership skills.

Click here to register

Adult Enrichment

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NEW  Financial Literacy Series

New this Winter/Spring is our Financial Literacy Series with Nick Buerger from Forward Financial Group.  Nick will be offering a variety of financial classes that aim to help you in your financial future.  Sign up for just one class or for all, we want to help you achieve the future you deserve!


Preparing for Retirement: Are you Ready?  - Recreation Center

What better time than now to start thinking about your future and planning for your next stage of life? This interactive class will help build your confidence in feeling fully prepared for retirement!

Wednesday January 19 6:30-7:30pm $8/$12 NR


Investing in Your Future - Recreation Center

This dynamic seminar will teach you some important steps to build wealth for your future. You will learn about the best practices for making investment decisions, tools for building wealth, and managing risk and rewards. Why work later than you wish? This investment of your time will help you work toward future dreams!

Tuesday, February 8 6:30-7:30pm $8/$12 NR


Keys to Budgeting and Managing Debt - Recreation Center

Learn some of the best budgeting techniques that will help transform your ability to stay out of debt and live the life you want to live! This class will walk through how to create a budget, how to eliminate and manage debt, and how to take control of your money so it doesn’t control you.

Tuesday, February 15 6:30-7:30pm $8/$12 NR

Self-Improvement Series

Looking to start 2022 on the right foot?  Join DeAnna Radaj for her self-improvement classes.  We’re starting off 2022 with Move Your Couch, Change Your Life class focusing on feng shui and how you can optimize your life areas in your space.  Don’t get caught in a rut this year, let’s celebrate the New Year with a New YOU!  

Move Your Couch, Change Your Life

Thursday, January 20th


$32/48 NR

The Importance of a Personal Mission Statement

Thursday, February 10th


$32/48 NR

Top 10 Design Tips for Everyone & Every Space

Monday, February



$32/48 NR

Organizing Your Inner Pack Rat

Thursday, March 10th


$32/48 NR

Leadership 101

Monday, April 11th


$32/48 NR

*These are hybrid classes, Zoom and In-Person Offerings are available.*

Register Here

Special Events

Zoom Call with Santa

This past holiday season Santa made Zoom calls with families with all the proceeds of the Zoom Calls benefiting the West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation & Community Services Department’s Champion for a Child Scholarship Fund. A huge thank you to all the families that Zoomed with Santa, we hope your chats were memorable and fun, and a special thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Bailey for helping us make the Zoom calls come true. We hope to see more families in 2022!  

If you and your family would like to help create an opportunity for a child in our community to participate in a WAWM RCS Department program, donations for the Champion for a Child Scholarship can be made on our website as well, https://www.wawmrec.com/general-information/sponsorships-donations.

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Spread a little kindness this February by sending a loved one an I ❤ You package. The WAWM RCS Department is happy to help you show you care with our care packages designed specifically for children or adults. A child’s care package includes candies, crafts and activities while the adult’s care package will include candies and self-care items; each care package has the option to include a personalized note from the sender. I ❤ You packages will be delivered by the WAWM RCS Department starting the week of February 7th. The cost for each package is $20 and participants must be WAWM residents. In a world where you can be anything, be kind and send a loved one an I ❤ You.

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Mini Prom (Parent/Child Dinner Dance)

Looking to spend some quality time with your child?  An excuse to dress up?  The Mini Prom is back this year and we’re excited to host the dinner/dance at the WAWM Recreation Center.  Invite your child to be your date and enjoy the evening that will be memorable for sure.  We start the evening with a sit down dinner followed by dancing led by our fun-loving DJ.  A photographer will be available to help you capture the memories.  Daysi Jimenez, who’s attended Mini Prom for two years, shared “ Mini Prom was a wonderful event that helped my boys treat their Mama.  They love dressing up and taking me out.”  Make sure to save the date, Saturday, February 12th, for an evening of laughs, smiles and memories!

Register Now!

Youth Enrichment

Have you heard of Esports? Wondering what Esports actually is? Esports is electronic competitive video gaming that was first introduced in 1972. Through advancements with online gaming and technology, Esports has grown in popularity. A main reason for the rise in Esports popularity is that it is one of most inclusive opportunities to date, removing boundaries such as age and physical ability enabling all to play.    

To address safety concerns surrounding online video gaming and interactions, the WAWM RCS Department has partnered with a company called Mission Control, to host our league. Utilizing Mission Control, we are able to monitor interactions between players and ensure that players are only competing with other registered players from our community. 

A huge thank you to all our Esports athletes that participated in our Fall season and congratulations to the league champions, Addison, Roman and Ethan.

The WAWM RCS Department is hosting a Winter/Spring Season which includes Fortnite Solos, Overwatch (3v3), Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Clash Royale (2v2). Interested Esports athletes ages 8-17 can register online at wawmrec.com or call our offices during business hours at 414-604-4900. Who’s ready to play?

Adult Fitness

SOULfusion® is a NEW Fitness Class offered by the WAWM RCS Department this Winter/Spring. This class is available on Tuesday evenings from 6-6:45 pm at Irving Elementary.

You might be asking yourself, what is SOULfusion®? SOULfusion® is all of

your favorite workouts wrapped into one! It's a blend of yoga-inspired flows, short

cardio bursts, balance sequences, and strength training exercises. This class offers modifications for all experience levels in the group. SOULfusion® improves strength,

balance, flexibility and can help improve overall fitness levels.

If this class sounds interesting, but you're unsure if you want to sign up, then TRY IT FOR FREE! Join us on Tuesday, January 4th at 6 pm at Irving Elementary (10230 W. Grant Street). Make sure to bring a towel and a bottle of water!

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