Things to Do

Published on: 10/2/2011

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages during September and October.

Mindful Parenting Class: 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 7, to Nov. 11; $65 for adult members, $75 for nonmember adults

Learn the meaning and ideas of mindfulness as it relates to parenting and everyday life. Mindfulness is a way of connecting with children and others though a deeper awareness of yourself.

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

Participants will make s'mores at 6 p.m. at the fireplace. At 6:30 p.m., participants will get to see some animals. Then 'Rango' will be shown in the center's auditorium.

Adult Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 (rain date: Oct. 11); $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Spend an evening sleuthing for owls. Learn about their habitats and special adaptations.

Spiritual World: Amish - Guardians of the Earth: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Amish advocate, author and lecturer Richard Dawley discusses Amish culture and spirituality that is rooted in the land.

Lecture on Tirimbina rainforest and Costa Rican conservation: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13; free, donations accepted

Join Executive Director Carlos Roberto Chavarria and learn about Tirimbina, an educational, scientific and ecotourism destination situated between the forests and rivers of the northern region of Costa Rica. The 852-acre wildlife refuge includes more than 300 species of fauna and birds. In addition to a visual presentation, he will highlight their conservation efforts and their Wisconsin connection.

Halloween hike adventure: 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22; $8 for adults, $6 for children

The focus is on books by Jim Arnosky and his unique character, 'Crinkleroot.' Hikes will run at 10-minute intervals beginning at 4 p.m. There also will be a preschool carnival, movies in the auditorium, live raptors and more.

Library hosts fall story times

Mequon - The Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, hosts fall family story times at 11 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday through Dec. 17.

Fall Family Story Times are an interactive way for children and families to participate together in stories, finger plays and songs.

Registration is not required, and all ages are welcome to attend.

For information, call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 15.

Bay Players present 'Leading Ladies'

Whitefish Bay - The Bay Players opens its 60th season with the Ken Ludwig comedy, 'Leading Ladies,' at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8 at the Whitefish Bay High School auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

'Leading Ladies,' directed by Ray Bradford, is a not-so-mistaken identity comedy featuring two Shakespearean actors down on their luck who attempt to con an elderly woman out of her fortune.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For information, call the Bay Players hotline at (414) 299-9040 or visit

Treasure hunt for a chance at waterpark passes

Mequon - The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, will hold a treasure hunt (geocaching) contest for prizes including a one-night stay with four waterpark passes at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells from Oct. 6 to 17.

After obtaining a treasure map, or passport, from the library or North Shore Bank, 10806 N. Port Washington Road, participants can use Global Positioning System-equipped devices to find hidden caches at historic locations around Mequon and Thiensville. GPS devices are available at the library.

Participants must find all the caches for a chance to win a prize. Completed passports must be returned either to the library or North Shore Bank by Oct. 17.

A kickoff event is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the library. Attendees can win prizes and learn more about geocaching. Kids can color and meet Seymour Savings.

The event concludes with a walking tour of historic Mequon and Thiensville on Oct. 18. At 4 p.m., Ed Janus, author of 'Creating Dairyland,' talk about Wisconsin history; the grand prize drawing will follow immediately.

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

Church seeks members for writers group

Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a writers group as part of the church's adult spiritual enrichment, programming designed to nurture and stimulate the religious and personal growth of the church community and the community at large.

People are welcome to join the group at any time. There is no fee to join, but donations are accepted.

To register, call (262) 375-3890.

Concordia announces 2011-12 theater lineup

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, presents four theatrical performances starting this fall.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families, unless otherwise noted. An evening group rate is also available for $6 per person. For information, call (262) 243-4364 or email

'Girl and a Glass Slipper': 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9;

'Star Spangled Girl': 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4;

'The Princess Went Thataway': 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12; tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger; and,

'Waiting for the Parade': 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 5, 1:30 p.m. May 6

Club needs items for rummage sale

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club hosts a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and is in need of unwanted items.

Drop off items from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in the gym at Brown Deer Middle School, 5757 W. Dean Road.

Tax deduction receipts are available.

All proceeds benefit Brown Deer schools and community programs.

For information call (414) 354-0224 or visit

Waters Project activities include fishing clinic

Shorewood - Several Shorewood Waters Project activities will be held in October.

A free fishing clinic is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Hubbard Park, accessible through a pedestrian tunnel running under the Oak Leaf Recreation Trail. Learn to cast, make flies and find fishing hot spots with the Milwaukee Lake and Stream Fly Fishers. Grab a hot dog and beverage.

Visit Shorewood Waters Rain Gardens and learn how to build one from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Hubbard Park. The event is free.

Jon Gurda presents a free lecture on Shorewood Waters: Yesterday and Today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Hubbard Park. Learn the history of Shorewood, its relation to water and updates on Atwater Beach and the Milwaukee River. Beverages and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Call (414) 847-2650 to reserve a spot.

The Shorewood Waters Project is a series of Atwater Beach improvements and activities and educational outreach to empower residents with solutions to enhance and protect Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.

For information, visit

Anaba hosts fall gardening lecture

Shorewood - Richard Walsh of DeVroomen Garden Products presents a fall gardening lecture, 'Spring Flowering Bulbs: Planting, Designing and Enjoying' from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

The lecture is followed by a question-and-answer session. A selection of DeVroomen bulbs and bulb products are available for purchase.

The event is free. Seating is limited.

For reservations, call (414) 963-1657.

Buy a calendar, get Butler's autograph

Glendale - Green Bay football legend Leroy Butler will be available to sign autographs and meet fans from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive.This event is hosted by Wisconsin Gives Back and the Bayshore Town Center.

Wisconsin Gives Back will sell the 2012 Wisconsin Calendar to benefit the Leroy Butler Foundation. Customers who purchase one or more copies of the calendar for $15 each at the event will be invited into the autograph line. Of the calendar cost, $9 benefits the foundation.

The first 50 customers to purchase the calendar at the event also will receive a panoramic Madison poster.

For information, call (414) 793-5253.

Sculptor talks about his works, artistic process

Mequon - The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, hosts longtime Thiensville resident Allen Caucutt as he talks about his sculptures in the Mequon-Thiensville area along with his artistic process at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 11

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

Book store hosts various authors

Mequon - Next Chapter Bookshop, 10976 N. Port Washington Road, hosts the following events. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For information, call (262) 241-6220.

Chester Marcol, former Packers kicker and author of 'Alive and Kicking - My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life': 7 p.m. Oct. 11; reading and book signing

James Howe, author of 'Addie on the Inside': 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12; discussion, reading and book signing

Philip Sutton Chard, author of 'Nature's Ways': 7 p.m. Oct. 18; discussion and book signing

Karl Marlantes, author of 'What It's Like To Go To War': 7 p.m. Oct. 24; discussion and book signing

Tomie dePaola, author of 'Strega Nona's Gift': 5 p.m. Oct. 25; signing and meet and greet

Larry Watson, author of 'American Boy': 7 p.m. Oct. 26; discussion and book signing

Senior club hosts lunch, bingo for officials

Glendale - The Glendale Senior Citizens' Club hosts the city's elected and appointed officials as a part of a lunch and bingo afternoon from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 in the clubroom on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 W. Mill Road.

The event is free.

Call (414) 540-2100 for reservations.

Volunteers needed for Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers from North Shore communities for the 2011 event

A volunteer committee meeting is at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Starbucks, 302 E. Silver Spring Drive.

Walkers, cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders and anyone wanting to make a difference are needed to organize and recruit fundraising teams, garner community support, coordinate logistics, seek refreshments and prizes, plan entertainment and lend a hand to ensure the success of the 2011 event.

For information, call (262) 523-5534 or visit

GreenSquare hosts class on breast cancer

Glendale - GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts, 6789 N. Green Bay Ave., hosts a free class, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Dr. Susan J. Riegg explains how a hormone-balancing program can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and help reduce the recurrence for those with the disease. Learn about the potential dangers (toxins) in homes, water and food that impacts breast health. Discover the remarkably protective benefits of compounded natural (bio-identical) hormones.

Call (414) 292-3900, Ext. 254, to register.

Rummage sale benefits eighth-grade trip

Bayside - Bayside Middle School, 601 E. Ellsworth Lane, holds its second annual rummage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 benefitting the Eighth Grade Washington D.C. Scholarship Fund and to help students fund their trip.

A bag sale begins at 1 p.m.

For information, call (414) 351-7399.

Nature group holds landscaping conference

Fox Point - The Wild Ones Natural Landscaping Conference sessions are 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 15 at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road. Registration runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

The keynote speaker is Douglas Tallamy, author of 'Bringing Nature Home.'

For information, call (414) 299-9888, Ext. 3, or visit

Library to host support group for survivors

Glendale - A new Survivors Helping Survivors support group for family, friends and other loved ones who have lost someone to suicide will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Registration is not necessary and all are welcome.

For information, call (414) 336-7972 or email

Club seeks decorated bras for contest, fundraiser

Mequon - The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club is holding its third annual Best Bra Contest at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Libby Montana Bar & Grill, 5616 W. Donges Bay Road.

Decorate a bra and bring it to Libby Montana Bar & Grill by 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The best bras as judged by breast cancer patients and survivors will be announced that night.

The cost is $10 per bra entry. Funds raised will be donated to breast cancer awareness causes.

Breast cancer patients and survivors interested in judging should call (414) 371-1991.

Exhibit features photography of labor in the state

Fox Point - The exhibit 'Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait' is on display through Nov. 6 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Photographers were commissioned by the Wisconsin Arts Board in 2007 to create a statewide 'portrait' of contemporary labor.

There also will be a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21, Gallery Night.

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

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Stritch presents 'Into the Woods'

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, presents 'Into the Woods' by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.

The cockeyed characters in this Tony Award-winning musical fairy tale include an ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye and a Witch who raps. What begins as a lively, irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

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

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

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

The MacDowell Club will perform at a variety of locations during its 2011-12 season. For information, visit

Women Composers Program: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21; Woman's Club of Wisconsin Athenaeum, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

Opera Aires and Arias: 3 p.m. Nov. 20; Steinway Piano Gallery, 11550 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

Solos and Ensembles: 3 p.m. Jan. 8; Cardinal Stritch University, Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road, Fox Point

An Afternoon of Polish Classical Music: 3 p.m. March 18; Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

Organists' Delight: 7:30 p.m. April 14; Gesu Parish, 1210 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

Music to Welcome Spring: 3 p.m. May 20; St. John's on the Lake, Cultural Arts Hall, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

Acacia Theatre presents 'The Miracle Worker'

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company performs 'The Miracle Worker' at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29, 3 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30, and 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

'The Miracle Worker,' by William Gibson, is the story of Helen Keller. Blind and deaf since infancy, Keller is trapped in a secret silent world, unable to communicate until her teacher Annie Sullivan arrives. Sullivan leads her pupil on a tumultuous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Tickets cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. Group (10+) discounts are available.

Tickets are available by calling (414) 744-5995 or at

Marcus Cinema hosts Jewish film festival

Mequon - The 14th annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival will be held Oct. 23 to 27 at Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 23: 'The Matchmaker'

6 p.m. Oct. 24: 'Special'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 25: 'La Rafle (The Roundup)'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 26: 'The Tailor'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 27: 'Mary Lou'

Tickets are $10 or $9 for students/seniors. Five-movie pass: one ticket to each evening movie costs $45 or $40 for seniors/students; patron pass: $100 for one reserved seat for each movie, $50 is tax deductible.

For information, contact or (414) 967-8235.

School for Seniors accepting registrations

Whitefish Bay - Registration is under way for classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 28, at the North Shore School for Seniors, held at United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive. A few of the many courses are Survey of English Prose, Beginning and Continuing French and American Musical Theatre.

Call (414) 964-2424, Ext. 133, for information.

SCenter hosts mah jongg class for beginners

Whitefish Bay - The Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts a Mah Jongg for Beginners classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 25 to Nov. 15.

The fee is $24 for center members and $32 for nonmembers.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8258.

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:

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.

Combined orchestras invited to perform at conference

Madison - The combined Shorewood High School and Homestead High School chamber orchestras perform at 10 a.m. Oct. 27 during the 2011 Wisconsin State Music Conference at the Madison Ballroom at Monona Terrace, 9 E. Wilson St., Madison.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, call (800) 589-9762.

Get remodeling ideas during free seminar

Whitefish Bay - S.J. Janis Co., a design/build remodeling firm, offers a free remodeling seminar, Unlock Your Home's Hidden Potential - Finding New Space within Your Existing Footprint, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Program Room of the Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Blvd.

The session will offer ideas to find creative space in underutilized rooms, oversized pantries and other locations throughout the home.

Attendees are invited to bring in photos of their kitchen to discuss its remodeling potential.

For information, call (414) 259-0300 or email

Anaba Team Room hosts 'Continuum' exhibit

Shorewood - The Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts Mark Nash's 'Continuum' art exhibit through Oct. 30.

The exhibit is open from 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) 963-9510.

Bingo night supports Miracle on Canal Street

Milwaukee - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center was selected as one of 30 charities to share in Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Miracle on Canal Street annual signature community program.

The center will use the Miracle on Canal Street proceeds to benefit the Shiluv special needs camping program at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp in Fredonia, Wis.

Tickets are available for a special night of bingo to support Miracle on Canal Street on Dec. 9 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8239.

Chef presents workshop on Thanksgiving side dishes

Milwaukee - Executive Chef Jason Gorman is the featured guest at the Paid-Up Membership Breakfast at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at Temple Menorah, 9363 N. 76th St.

Gorman presents 'Thanksgiving 2011' a culinary experience featuring side dishes for the holiday meal.

The event is free for Paid-Up Members of Sisterhood and Men's Club, and $10 for nonmembers and the general public.

Register before Nov. 9. For reservations and information, call (414) 355-1120.

Fundraiser luncheon features painted chair auction

Interfaith's Neighborhood Outreach Program hosts its third annual Pull Up a Chair in Your Neighborhood fundraiser luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Clarion Hotel Airport, 5311 S. Howell Ave.

A highlight of the luncheon will be a painted chair auction featuring area artists' work. Photos of the chairs can be seen at after Oct. 1. In addition to the live auction, there will be a silent auction, restaurant tree, wine pull and prize drawings.

For information, call (414) 312-1801.

Stritch hosts faculty artist piano recital

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University hosts a faculty artist piano recital featuring Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, alumni and students. Current Stritch students and faculty are admitted free with a valid university ID card.

For information, call (414) 410-4171.

Lynden offers workshops, exhibits

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts workshops and exhibits.


Inside/Outside: Dressing the Monument: through Nov. 27; opening reception: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25

The opening includes a curator's ambulatory talk, a chance to sample a specially brewed beer, and Hannah Weinberger's participatory concert at 6:15 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

For information, visit or call (414) 446-8794.

Deadline for Do-Gooder vendors looms

Mequon - The Do-Gooder's Day of Deals fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Southeast Wisconsin will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St.

The event features 20 to 30 exhibitors selling a wide variety of items including jewelry, art and one-of-a-kind crafts. Refreshments will be available.

Concordia announces 2011-12 concert lineup

Mequon - The Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts a variety of concerts starting this fall.

Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 17 and younger, unless otherwise noted. Tickets may be purchased at the door. All seating is by general admission. For more information, call (262) 243-4405.

First Annual Hymn Fest: 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9; free. Sing favorite hymns, celebrate 10 years of the Concordia Bible Institute, enjoy the newly renovated chapel and observe the 200th birthday of C.F.W. Walther. For information, email or call (262) 243-4343.

Pops Concert with the Symphonic Wind, Strings and Jazz Ensembles: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28; free

Faculty recital by Michael Thiele, piano: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Christ the King Celebration Concert with the Kammerchor and the Alleluia Ringers: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 20

Christmas at Concordia: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10; features all of Concordia's music ensembles. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 17 and younger. All tickets must be reserved. Reserve by calling (262) 243-4243 or by emailing Tickets will be available Nov. 1.

JJ Heller Concert: 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium; admission is $10, $5 for Concordia staff and faculty. Call (262) 243-4500 to reserve tickets.

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Christmas Bellfest: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children younger than 18.

John Behnke Organ Recital: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6

Milwaukee handbell workshop: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28; $12 per person; reservations required; call (262) 243-4240

Guest organ recital - Christopher Herrick: 3:30 p.m. March 11

Kammerchor Spring Concert: 3:30 p.m. April 1

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra: 3:30 p.m. April 22

Concordia Chorale and Chapel Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. April 29

The Alleluia Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. May 6

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert: 7:30 p.m. May 11; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children younger than 18.