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Plight of Penguin Inspires PenArt Family Art Day

Coinciding with Penguin Awareness Day, celebrated annually worldwide Jan. 20, this month’s Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art, 3900 County F, Fish Creek, will feature a number of activities to honor the Emperor Penguin. In addition to creating Emperor Penguin chick masks with feathers and construction paper, those participating in the free event, held 9 am – noon, may view the popular documentary March of the Penguins. This film chronicles the annual, grueling journey of Emperor Penguins as they march hundreds of miles – single file – to their breeding ground to find their respective mates.

Ice cream treats, courtesy of Wilson’s Restaurant in Ephraim, will also be served. Those who choose to make a small donation will contribute to the adoption of an Emperor Penguin chick through the World Wildlife Fund. The tallest and heaviest of the 18 species of penguins, the Emperor is increasingly affected by the rapidly melting ice and the higher levels of human activity around their Antarctic habitat.

Family Art Day, scheduled the third Saturday of each month during the school year, is free and open to families with children ages 3-17. For more information visit peninsulaschoolofart.org.

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