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Posted on: October 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Walworth County Update for October 12, 2022

Walworth County Update What's Happening?

What’s happening in #WalCo this week? 

Hey, #WalCo! What’s going on this week? Community listening sessions, COVID booster clinic, gardening webinars & more!

Walworth County Clinic Offers Updated Booster Vaccines

flyer promoting covid booster clinic on october 13

The Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services has updated the time for this week’s COVID vaccine booster clinic. The clinic will now be held on Thursday, October 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Department of Health and Human Services building, 1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn. 

Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins will be accepted. Register online at Those in need of registration assistance can also call (262) 741-3400. 

No ID or insurance is needed. Please bring your vaccination card or WIR records to be updated. 

Can't make it? Visit to find other locations near you.

Community Listening Sessions

Health and Human Services Community Listening Sessions graphic

Last fall, the Department of Health & Human Services conducted surveys and focus groups of community members in Walworth County to learn about what could make our community a better place to live, learn, work, and play. That input led us to where we are now—in the beginning phases of crafting a three-year Community Health Improvement Plan. Before we finalize the plan, we want to hear from you. 

We will be hosting three virtual feedback sessions on our current plans. Each session will begin with an overview of the plan, then we will be asking for your feedback on one of the three priority areas. The schedule is as follows:

Members of the public are welcome to participate in all of the sessions. To register, click on the corresponding date above and you will be prompted to register via the Zoom link. Please note: Sessions are limited to the first 100 respondents. 

UW-Extension Gardening Webinar Series

A shovel is dug into the ground near a green plant

UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program is offering free educational mini webinars to help you be more successful in your own yards, gardens, containers--anywhere you grow plants! 

Join us for the Fall into Winter Gardening series where you’ll learn how to get your landscape ready for winter, protect young trees from damage, and take care of your festive houseplants. These engaging mini-webinars are 20 minutes each followed by a Q&A. Registration is required for each mini webinar. Participants can attend one or all three! This series is open to the public. All webinars will be recorded and made available on the Extension Horticulture website.

Go to to find out more and to register.

Fall into Winter Gardening

Tips for Getting Landscape Plants Ready for Winter
Thursday, October 13, 12:00 p.m.

Even though the days are getting shorter and winter is around the corner, your gardening tasks are not done yet! Join us to learn about how to protect susceptible plants from snow and cold damage. We will also talk about proper mulching and watering to help your plants through the fall and survive the winter. Presented by: Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension, Dane County.

Protecting Young Trees from Animal and Other Damage Over Winter
Thursday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. 

In winter, young trees are prone to a variety of hazards. Be prepared to mitigate that damage by learning how to protect young trees from potential wildlife damage and how to effectively protect trunks from winter sunscald damage. Presented by: Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Maintaining Your Festive Houseplants
Thursday, October 27, 12:00 p.m.

Festive houseplants are a common gift that you may give or receive. Learn how to keep a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, Norfolk Island Pine and other favorite gift plants thriving. We'll cover requirements including light, watering, fertilizer, and humidity. Presented by: Janell Wehr, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Division of Extension Wood and Marathon Counties. 

These mini webinars are hosted by UW-Madison, Division of Extension, Horticulture. For upcoming events and learning opportunities, see

AARP Driver Safety Course

AARP driver safety course

The Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services will host the AARP Smart Driver classroom course on Monday, October 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This course is geared toward seniors looking to refresh their driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road. You’ll learn techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way, and roundabouts. Bonus: You may even be able to save money on your car insurance. The classroom course is $20 for AARP members or $25 for non-members. To register, call (262) 741-3309. For more information, visit The course will be held at Walworth County DHHS, 1910 County Road NN, Elkhorn. 

Job of the Week: Home Visiting Nurse 

This position collaborates with partners, such as WIC, Children’s Services, Behavioral Health, schools, and other agencies, to provide health services and education to children and families throughout Walworth County.  Learn more & apply at

Community Events: What's Going on Around the County

Get ready to have a bier-y good time at Elkhorn’s 17th Annual Oktoberfest, a fall celebration of food, music, shopping, and a 5K on Saturday, October 15, starting at 11 a.m., downtown Elkhorn. The East Troy Fall Fest features face painting, food, raffles, music, touch a truck, bounce house, crafts, a bike course, pumpkin bowling, cornhole, games and more. On Sunday, October 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the East Troy Family and Community Resource Center, 2040 Beulah Ave., East Troy.

*We do our best to ensure the accuracy of event information. However, please confirm all details with event hosts either directly or online. Changes to locations, dates, and times are beyond our control. Thank you!

Follow us! Walworth County is on Facebook

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Walworth County has launched an official Facebook pageHere’s what you can expect to see on the page: News alerts, information about upcoming County Board meetings and public hearings, details about programs and services, park events and highlights, construction updates, community updates, career and volunteer opportunities, answers to FAQs, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and more.  We hope you’ll give us a follow and share this page with your friends, family, and neighbors. Also, check out these County departments on Facebook: 

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