Things to Do

April 25, 2011

SANC to host a variety of events, activities

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, hosts a variety of events and activities in April and May. For information, call (414) 352-2880 or visit

• Spring Fling!: 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. April 28; $12 for children members and $16 for nonmember children

Education Specialist Tom Finley leads a hike to observe signs of spring: frogs in the ponds, flowers in bloom and sleepy critters waking up from hibernation. Participants also meet Maria, the rosy boa.

• Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. April 29; $5 for children and $8 for adult members, and $7 for children and $10 for adult nonmembers

Come spend Friday night with the animals while watching "Despicable Me" on the auditorium's big screen. Jim Hyatt will have the fireplace roaring and fixings for s'mores at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., he'll bring out snakes, frogs and turtles. At 7 p.m., the movie will begin. Bring a blanket.

• Buffalo Nation Panelist Discussion: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30; free

Frank Popper, Deborah Popper, Fred Dubray and Kathleen Masterson discuss bison reintegration, prairie ecology and the context for the musical work Buffalo Nation. Respondent Brian Russart from Milwaukee County link national prairie restoration projects to local efforts.

• 11th Annual Amphibian Search at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest: 9 a.m. to noon May 7; $8/$12 for children and adult members, $10/$12 for children and adult nonmembers

Participants put on hip-waders and stroll through special breeding ponds to look for frogs and turtles. There is no state park fee if you stay around the nature center. If you decide to explore other areas in the state forest, a day fee will be charged. The fees are $7 for a resident and $10 for a nonresident. SANC provides the waders. A map and list of things to bring will be mailed upon enrollment.

• Annual Gala: 6 p.m. June 3

The event celebrates "40 Years of Nurturing Nature & Minds" with cocktails, an auction and dinner at the center. All proceeds support nature education at SANC. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 152.

Theater department presents 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

Fox Point - The Cardinal Stritch University Theater Department presents "The Drowsy Chaperone" at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30, and 2 p.m. May 1 in the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

"The Drowsy Chaperone" begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album and the musical literally bursts to life, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students.

For information or to order tickets, call (414) 410-4171.

Deer Run begins with prerace warm-up

Brown Deer - The Deer Run 5K run/walk and 10K run will be held at 9 a.m. April 30 at Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

Race-day registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Register in advance online at and click on the link under Registration. Applications and entry fees must be postmarked by April 27 and sent to: Brown Deer Foundation, c/o Tri City National Bank, 4295 W. Bradley Road, Brown Deer, WI 53209, or drop off at Rite-Hite Family YMCA, 9250 N. Green Bay Road. Entry forms can be downloaded from or Make checks payable to: Brown Deer Foundation.

Baby joggers will only be permitted in the walk following all other participants, and pets will not be allowed on the course at all.

All race packets should be picked up on race day at Village Park in the registration area.

Ellipse Fitness will provide a 20-minute prerace warm-up stretch as well as a 20-minute cool down and stretch session for participants of the race. Ellipse will have an event table during the race for people interested to learn more about their fitness and weight loss programs.

For information, visit

Academy to collect shoes to send to Japan

Fox Point - In the wake of the recent natural disasters in Japan, J.K. Lee's Black Belt Academy Karate, 6838 N. Santa Monica Blvd., serves as a collection site for gently used shoes that will be distributed through Soles4Souls.

The collection runs through April 30.

For information, visit or

Rain barrel artwork to premiere at 'Green Day'

Whitefish Bay - The Rain Barrel Street Art display will begin during Green Day in the Bay from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 30 and run through the month of May in Cahill Square Park, 4950 N Woodruff Ave.

Local artists created 30 works of art utilizing rain barrels as canvasses. Themes of nature, water and community can be found as part of the display.

The barrels will be available to bidders via silent auction forms available in sponsoring business locations.

For information, visit or contact Anne O'Connor at (414) 208-9822 or">

Alleluia Ringers reunion concert set

Mequon - The Alleluia Ringers reunion concert is being performed at 2 p.m. April 30 in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 17 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All seating is by general admission.

For information, call (262) 243-4405.

Walk benefits meningitis foundation

Mequon - The 5K World Meningitis Day 2011 Walk is 9:30 a.m. April 30 on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The event benefits The Becky Warner Meningitis Foundation.

Registration is $20 or $16 by April 22. Students with ID pay $10, children 5 to 11, $8, and children 4 and younger are free.

To register, visit

Remembrance Day event includes keynote speaker

Whitefish Bay - Yom Hashoah is being held at 2:30 p.m. May 1 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The keynote speak is author and child of Holocaust survivors Lev Raphael.

The event also includes an intergenerational program at 1 p.m. aimed at students 9 and older, along with parents and grandparents. This program is designed to provide young people with an awareness of the Holocaust through discussions with survivors and the Second Generation. In addition, the Holocaust Youth Essay Contest winners will be recognized.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (414) 967-8217 or email

Friends group seeks volunteers to weed park

Shorewood - Friends of Estabrook Park is seeking volunteers to help clear the park of invasive garlic mustard from 9 a.m. to noon May 1, 7 and 15 at the park 4400 N. Estabrook Drive. Meet at Picnic Area 5.

Tools and gloves are provided, but wear long sleeves and pants if possible.

For information, email or call (414) 906-9334.

Art exhibit on display at Anaba Tea Room

Shorewood - Art exhibit by William Lemke, Flora in Shades of Gray, will be on display through May 1 at the Anaba Tea Room, located in the lower level of Garden Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call (414) 963-1657 or visit" target="_blank">

Lynden Sculpture Garden hosts variety of events

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, plans a variety of events and activities this spring.

• Schlei and Tomaszewski will lead a bird-watching expedition, Bird Watching with the Artists at 8 a.m. May 1.

The sculpture garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For information, call (414) 446-8794.

Gallery Night features student artwork

Mequon - Oriole Lane Elementary School, 12850 N. Oriole Lane, hosts its third annual gallery night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 3.

The students exhibit artwork created on cereal boxes, old records and other nontraditional materials under the guidance of Milwaukee artist Milan Zori (a.k.a. dwellephant).

A panel of professional artist judges, including bestselling illustrator Mark Buehner, awards prizes. There will be live music and light appetizers. The Milwaukee Art Museum presents Kohl's Color Wheel.

For information, call (262) 227-9345 or (262) 617-5385 or email or

Plant sale proceeds benefit horticulture club

Mequon - The Milwaukee Area Technical College's Horticulture Club holds its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 and 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, 11 and 12, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10 in the greenhouses at MATC's Mequon Campus, 5555 W. Highland Road.

There are a variety of offerings including annual flowering bedding plants, tomato and pepper plants, and hanging baskets. Prices range from $1.50 per four-plant cell pack of bedding plants to $15 for hanging baskets.

The sale is a fundraiser for the Horticulture Club to raise money for field trips and speakers' fees.

For information, call (262) 238-2332.

Author to discuss U.S.-Israel relations

Whitefish Bay - Mitchell Bard, author and editor of more than 20 books, speaks about The Arab Lobby at 7 p.m. May 4 in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Admission is free.

Bard will be available after his presentation to sign purchased books.

For information, call (414) 964-4444.

Shorewood High School presents 'Ragtime'

Shorewood - The Shorewood High School theater department presents "Ragtime" at 8 p.m. May 6, 7, 13 and 14, 2 p.m. May 8 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 at Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. Tickets are available online at information, call (414) 963-6920.

Exhibit features Vietnam War photographs

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University exhibits "The Face of War: Vietnam Combat Photographers" from May 6 to July 31 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, 6801 N. Yates Road.

The exhibit features photographs by freelance photographer Robert Ellison as well as Department of the Army Special Photographic Office team photographers.

The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 6 with a talk scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

The closing reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 29, which is also Gallery Night, and includes the Open Box Project, an interdisciplinary project where Stritch students use a diverse range of creative talents to develop a response to contents within a given box. This year's Open Box contains a collection of personal belongings of photographer Robert Ellison. The event features student performances, writings and artworks and a talk is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The opening and closing receptions include food, beverages and live music. All events are free and open to the public.

Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Potential homebuyers invited to expo, tour

Brown Deer - Positively Brown Deer hosts a Spring Home-Buying Expo and Tour of Homes on May 7.

The expo is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym at Brown Deer Middle School, 5757 W. Dean Road. Potential homebuyers have a chance to meet with village representatives including those from the school district, Police Department and Chamber of Commerce. They will also be able to meet with lenders, Realtors, home inspectors, local businesses and other local home owners. Participants will get information on the home-buying process and can enter a drawing for raffle prizes.

The Tour of Homes for sale in the village takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Participants at the expo receive a map of the homes open for tour and can travel to see them at their leisure.

For information, email or call (414) 235-1152.

Author of 'Rearview Sunset' to speak at bookshop

Glendale - Barnes and Noble, 5755 N. Bayshore Drive, hosts "Rearview Sunset" author, Brett Champan, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7.

For information, call 414-967-1610.

'Summer Hours' to be shown at Alliance Francaise

Shorewood - "L'Heure d'été" (Summer Hours) by Olivier Assayas (2008) will be presented in French with English subtitles at 1:30 p.m. May 7 at Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee, 1800 E. Capitol Drive.

Admission is $5 for the general public; free for AF members.

A discussion in English will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the film at 1:45 p.m. Discussion also follows the film screening.

Register by calling (414) 431- 0952 or email

Volunteers needed for Girl Scout event

Mequon - The Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust is seeking volunteers to assist 300 Girl Scouts as they learn conservation values, plant scrubs and make bird feeders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W. County Line Road.

Lunch will be served. Thirty volunteers for morning, afternoon or all day commitments are needed.

For information, email or call (262) 338-1794.

Friends' book sale at library in May

Whitefish Bay - The Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library book sale is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 8 and noon to 2 p.m. May 9 at the library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive.

For information, call (414) 964-4380 or visit

JCC holding annual KidShare charitable event

Milwaukee - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center hosts charitable fundraiser, KidShare 2011, at 6 p.m. May 12 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

More than 30 Milwaukee restaurants, caterers and bakeries will donate their culinary creations. The event also features silent and live auction items.

The event is open to the community by reservation, $180 per person.

For information, e-mail or call (414) 967-8235.

Theater group performing 'A Woman Called Truth'

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company will perform "A Woman Called Truth" at 8 p.m. May 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 3 p.m. May 15 and 22, and 4 p.m. May 21 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Tickets are $15, or $5 for students.

For information, call (414) 744-5995.

Handbell ensemble presents spring concert

Mequon - The Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 13 in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Admission is $5, free for children 17 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door. All seating is by general admission.

For information, call (262) 243-4405.

Rain garden, barrel workshop planned at Village Center

Shorewood - A rain garden and rain barrel workshop is being held from 10 a.m. to noon May 14 at Village Center, 3920 N. Morris Ave.

Learn about the benefits of a residential rain garden and rain barrel use/installation. Learn how to collect and use rain water to beautify yards and gardens, save on watering costs and help improve the quality of lakes and rivers.

The workshop is free and open to public.

For information, call (414) 963-9727.

Church hold garden sale to benefit outreach programs

Fox Point - Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 North Santa Monica Blvd., hosts its annual garden sale to benefit families in Milwaukee and Tanzania from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14.

The sale also features baked goods and garden and workshop tools.

Proceeds from the event go to the church's extensive outreach programs, from serving those in need in Milwaukee to providing scholarships for 60 to 80 secondary school students in Tanzania to mission trips.

For information, call (414) 352-6363 or email

Church hosting mindfulness retreat

Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a half-day mindfulness retreat from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 14.

The retreat will be led by Rodney Sanchez, who has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 23 years. The retreat introduces tools to cope with pressing environmental and social justice issues while maintaining balance and cultivating compassionate action in uncertain times.

Participants who have their own cushion/sitting mat are encouraged to bring them to the retreat.

There is no fee, but donations in the spirit of generosity for the teacher is welcome.

The public is invited, but participants must register by calling the church office at (262) 375-3890.

Artwork of senior students on display at Concordia

Mequon - A senior student art show is on display through May 14 in the art gallery on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For information, call (262) 243-5700.

Workshop explains container gardening

Shorewood - A workshop on four-season containers will be available from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 14 at Garden Room and Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

The workshop will be presented by Melody Narr, owner of Landworks Wisconsin.

Workshops are $10 in advance, $12 day of event. Register online at or call (414) 963-1657.

Friends group holding wildflower walk in park

Shorewood - Friends of Estabrook Park will hold a Wildflower Walk at 2 p.m. May 14 at the park, 4400 N. Estabrook Drive. Meet at Picnic Area 5.

For information, email or call (414) 906-9334.

Help Japanese disaster victims while learning a new skill

Fox Point - North Shore Quilters' Guild ( announces a half-day workshop to create small Japanese-inspired wall hangings from 12:30 to 4 p.m. May 18 following a guild meeting at the North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Beginners are welcome. No prior skills are necessary. Learn to make fabric origami kimonos and flowers, sashiko (traditional Japanese stitchery) and fabric fans.

The finished pieces will be sold at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts (, Oct 22 -23 at the quilt show, Quilts Through the Barn Door, for purchase with a check made out directly to a disaster relief agency.

Come have fun, acquire new craft skills, meet new friends, and assist in aiding the Japanese relief effort.

Free and open to the public.

Call (414) 467-5228 to register by May 16.

Newcomers Club hosts coffee at Fiddleheads

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Newcomers Club hosts an information coffee for residents new to southern Ozaukee County or those entering a new stage of life from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 17 in the Hearth Room at Fiddleheads, 10530 N. Port Washington Road.

Newcomers Club holds activities that include luncheons and outings, bridge groups and book groups and couples activities.

For information, call (262) 377-7706.

Bluegrass group to perform at library

Mequon - Lucky Break performs traditional bluegrass music at 6:30 p.m. May 17 at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N Cedarburg Road.

This free performance is recommended for an adult audience. Regular library services will be suspended at 6 p.m.

For information, call (262) 242-2593 or email

Focus of free program is raising healthy kids

Glendale - Three specialists present a free program, "How to Raise Healthier Kids - The Natural Way," from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 22 at the J-Shore Storefront at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive.

The latest information on natural health care choices will be discussed, including current strategies on optimal brain development, diet, nutrition and eliminating allergies naturally. Parents are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns to present to this panel of experts.

Registration is encouraged by calling GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, (414) 292-3900, Ext. 203. Registered participants will automatically be included in gift certificate drawings for organic and healthy foods and supplements from Outpost Natural Foods.

Library offers free, basic computer classes

Mequon - Dave Bartlett leads free basic computer classes starting March 30 at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N Cedarburg Road.

The classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about how to make the most out of their computer, and no advanced registration is required.

Topics include:

May 25 - Using Email

June 22 - How to Use Overdrive

June 29 - Technology on Your Travels

July 27 - Digital Photography

September 28 - Genealogy

October 26 - Smart Phones & What's an App?

November 30 - Hot Gadgets: Holiday Technology Programming

For information, e-mail, or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 37.

Recruiting expert provides tips for parents, students

Shorewood - National recruiting expert Jack Renkens to speak to North Shore parents and athletes in grade seven to 12 at 7 p.m. May 23 at Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

High school student-athletes serious about continuing to play sports in college can never start too early, nor get too much help. Renkens will clarify recruiting myths and provide tips to parents and students serious about taking their high school athletics to the next level.

For information, call (414) 963-6920.

Cycling series traveling to two villages

Registration for the 2011 Tour of America's Dairyland Pro-Am Cycling Series is open and ends June 7.

The competition travels through 11 communities, including Thiensville and Shorewood, June 16 to 26.

The Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic takes place June 16, followed by the Thiensville Criterium on June 17.

Advance online registration is open at

OWLT seeks volunteers for Treasures of Oz tour

Mequon - The Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust is seeking eight volunteers for the Treasures of Oz tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 at the Donges Bay Gorge Natural Area.

For information, email or call (262) 338-1794.

Summer art camps available at Lynden Garden

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, offers summer art camps for children 6 to 14.

Camps feature environmental programs, visiting artists and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art media in the art studio. Each camp concludes with an informal showing for family and friends.

For information, email or call (414) 446-8481.

• Garden Animals: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16-17, ages 6-8, $110/$90 members.

Explore the role that animals play in art as participants uncover the Lynden Sculpture Garden's collection of animal sculpture and discover how animals are viewed in other cultures. Create sculptures of favorite animals in a series of studio projects.

• Earthworks: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11-15, ages 10-14, $270/$225 members.

Art and nature are central to this week-long workshop experience inspired by artists whose work is connected to the environment. Participants will hunt for materials to make earthworks sculptures in Lynden's natural areas, weave willow reed baskets and make handmade paper from pond algae.

• Art Elements: 9 a.m. to noon July 18-22, ages 6-8, $140/$120 members.

Knowledge plus caring equals responsible choices for the environment. Learn about sustainability through environmentally based art projects. Earth, fire, wind and water: each day participants will interpret a new element through an art activity.

• Puppets: From Rags to Revue with Sally Duback: 9 a.m. to noon, July 25-29, ages 8-12, $140/$120 members.

Join teaching artist-in-residence Sally Duback for a puppetry workshop that begins with rags and ends with a revue. Participants will start with pieces of worn cloth and natural materials gathered at Lynden, and then grind the pulp in a Hollander beater. They'll use the pulp to create original puppets. As the week progresses and participants develop their puppet's character, the group will work together on a script that incorporates everyone's creations. The camp finishes with a puppet play, performed for family and friends.

• The Sculptor's Process: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 1-2, ages 7-9, $110/$90 members.

Designed for the budding sculptor, this camp takes a look inside the artistic process. Using Lynden's sculpture collection, participants will explore the methods, materials and ideas artists use to create sculpture. Hands-on studio projects are inspired by Henry Moore's mold making and casting, the design of Marta Pan's floating sculpture and Deborah Butterfield's use of natural materials.

• Artists' Exchange: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 4-5, ages 10-14, $110/$90 members

Sign up with a friend and get $10 off each.

What happens to your artwork if you make it expressly to be given away, shared or traded? Bring a friend, or make one at camp, and discover a range of paper-based techniques, from book making and origami to box making, pop-ups, photo transfers and collage. Two-days of art making with one rule: that you leave with nothing you have made, but with many works of art.

Japanese drummers to perform at Gathering

Mequon - The Hane Daiko and Hiso Shibuki Taiko perform traditional Japanese drumming at the 2011 Gathering on the Green performing arts festival July 15 and 16 at Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Road.

Gathering on the Green tickets range from $20 to $40 and children 12 and younger are free.

Purchase tickets online at or call (262) 236-0510.

Theater group to perform 'Emma'

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company perform "Emma" at 8 p.m. July 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23, 3 p.m. July 17 and 24, and 4 p.m. July 23 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Tickets are $15, or $5 for students.

For information, call (414) 744-5995.

Drop off hazardous materials at high school

Shorewood - The Shorewood Conservation Committee is holding a hazardous wastes drop-off from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 16 at Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Items like paints and chemicals will be collected during the event.

Call (414) 847-2727 to inquire about Shorewood Connects pick-up of items.

For information, call (414) 963-9727.

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