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a.MKE: Winterfests, Menomonee Falls board meeting, Justin Vernon soundtrack and Walkers Point Developement 1.21.14

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This weekend, local nature centers are celebrating our coldest season with a variety of winter-themed events. Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corners and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside will feature winter woods walks, animal tracking hikes, ice skating, live music and more. Info found here.

Hundreds of people turned out at Monday night's Village Board meeting in Menomonee Falls expressing concerns about a proposed waste treatment plant on Lilly Road. A petition drive that began on Friday against the new plant has already gotten over one thousand signatures. Chemworks, the waste management company building the new plant will hold a series of meetings to address the communities concerns. The first to be held on January 30th. Info found online here.

In music news: At the Sundance Film Festival  premier of his new film "Wish I Was Here", Zach Braff announced the soundtrack includes a new song by a Wisconsin musician. Bon Iver/Volcano Choir frontman Justin Vernon got a unique private screening of the film after production finished and reportedly, wrote the song on the spot. Vernon's manager confirmed "Heavenly Father" is just a one-off and has nothing to do with a new Bon Iver album.

As reported by the MBJ: New development could be coming to a former foundry site at Greenfield Avenue and South First Street in Walker Point. The seven-acre project, developed by Milwaukee-based Wangard Parters would include multiple buildings containing retail space, office space and apartments. The anchor to the proposed project would be a Cermak Fresh Market grocery store.