Things to Do

April 22, 2012

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

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

Spiritual World of Nature: The Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi: 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 26; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Sister of St. Francis Ann Kelley presents the Spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is the patron saint of ecology.

In Concert: Abby Newton & Kim Robertson: 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 29; $12 for advance adult ticket, $15 for adults the day of the concert, $10 for students and children ages 6 to 17

Celtic harpist Kim Robertson and cellist Abby Newton perform a benefit concert for the center. The recital will include a multimedia slide show of music with nature photography.

Bird Song Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 1, 8 and 15; $40 for adult members $45 for nonmember adults

Don Quintenz leads a bird hike and presents some new sound techniques during classroom studies. Participants then return to the field to try out the new skills. The class is held three consecutive weeks during peak migration.

International Migratory Bird Day: 9 a.m. to noon, May 12; free, donations encouraged

Participants enjoy hands-on activities like bird-sign geocaching, drinking bird-friendly coffee, attempting the eagle-eye challenge, entering a bird-calling contest, meeting live raptors and taking a guided bird hike.

Annual Gala: 6 p.m. June 1

Participants will enjoy cocktails, dinner and an auction at the center. All proceeds support nature education at the center. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 152.

Gilda's Club provides healthy cooking demonstration

Shorewood - Gilda's Club demonstrates healthy cooking made easy from 6 to 8 p.m. April 26 at Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E. Olive St.

During this free demonstration, participants learn about whole foods, such as stevia, spelt, quinia, chia and soy. The demonstration includes a discussion and samples.

To register, call (414) 962-8201, Ext. 102.

Sarah Chudnow hosts Wisconsin author

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a book discussion led by Wisconsin native Lisa Paul on her new book, "Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet Dissident, and the Gift of Hope," at 2 p.m. April 26.

The historical memoir tells the story of Paul's experience as an American college student working as a nanny in Moscow in the mid-1980s and her involvement in the fight for human rights in the former U.S.S.R.

In addition to a discussion on the new book, attendees who buy a book will receive one free copy, provided the free book is given to a young person.

Light refreshments will be served at the event.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

Women's golf league has openings

Mequon - The Swinging Birds, a women's nine-hole golf league, has openings available for play this summer, Friday mornings, May through August at Mee-Kwon Park Golf Course, 6333 W. Bonniwell Road.

There is a meeting at 9 a.m. April 27 at Mee-Kwon.

For information, call (262) 618-4186 or (414) 228-1231.

Stritch presents 'Sherlock Holmes'

Fox Point - The Cardinal Stritch University Theater Department presents "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" at 7:30 p.m. April 27, 28 and May 5 and 2 p.m. April 29 and May 6 in the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

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

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

Concordia hosts medication collection day

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts Drive-Through Medication Collection and Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28.

This is an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and safely dispose of all unwanted medications.

For information, call (262) 243-2753.

Foundation holding 2012 Deer Run

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Foundation holds the 2012 Deer Run from 9 to 11 a.m. April 28 starting and ending near Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

Deer Run is a 5K/10K community run/walk through the residential neighborhoods within the village. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.

To register, visit

For information, visit

Rotary Club seeks volunteers to plant shrub seedlings

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary Club hosts a Rotary Family Day at 9 a.m. April 28 at Pukaite Woods at Mequon Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Road.

The club offers a brief presentation about the plant communities in this woodland by Carol Bangs, instructor of Horticulture at Milwaukee Area Technical College. The presentation is followed by tours through the woods. Starting at 10 a.m., native shrub seedlings will be planted by volunteers.

Volunteers should bring gardening gloves, and if possible, shovels. A limited supply of equipment will be available.

For information, call (262) 242-2778.

YMCA hosts free Healthy Kids Day

Brown Deer - Rite-Hite Family YMCA, 9250 N. Green Bay Road, hosts Healthy Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 to help parents think about ways to keep their kids healthy when out of school.

This free community event features educational activities for families to improve health and well-being such as healthy snack ideas, family Zumba, water safety, sports demonstrations and a variety of interactive, family-focused activities designed to inspire kids and families to stay physical and intellectually active all summer long.

For information, call (414) 354-9622.

Nicolet hosts Hoops for Hope fundraiser

Glendale - The Children's Service Society of Wisconsin holds its second annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road, benefiting the Volunteer Respite Program and HOPE worldwide Milwaukee Chapter.

Admission is $2 per person for each member of an entire family or $5 per person.

A free-throw tournament is at 11 a.m.; a 3-point tournament is at noon. The entry for each tournament is $5.

From 2 to 4 p.m., the Milwaukee Police Department plays the Hope worldwide Milwaukee Chapter.

There are games for kids, raffles, food, face painting and a live band.

In addition, there will be free cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure screenings a free heart scan from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For information, call (414) 750-0962.

Concordia hosts Christian, pop-punk group

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin hosts a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 28 in its field house, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The Christian, pop-punk group, Stellar Kart, performs new twists on some Disney classics.

Advance tickets are $10 at and $5 for students and faculty available for purchase on campus. Tickets will be $15 at the door.

For information, call (262) 243-3500.

Afternoon charity event benefits Gilda's Club

Glendale - Sprecher Brewing Co., 701 W. Glendale Ave., hosts its fifth annual Brewing Up a Cure to benefit Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin from noon to 4 p.m. April 29.

The event begins with lunch, followed by mini massages, beauty and acupuncture treatments, health and wellness tips, educational presentations and an assortment of soothing mini spa treatments. A brewery tour and Sprecher beer samples, for participants 21 and older, is available.

All proceeds benefit Gilda's Club, a free community support organization for individuals and their families who are living with cancer.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 16 and younger. Tickets purchased at the door are $30 for adults and $15 for children.

To make a reservation, call (414) 964-2739. For information, visit

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.

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.

Library hosts variety of activities

Mequon -  The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, hosts a variety of activities.

Free basic computer and technology classes are presented by Dave Bartlett. Classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about how to make the most out of their computer and devices. No registration is required.

Topics include:

5 p.m. May 2 - Computers Made Easy

10:30 a.m. May 23 - Social Networking

For information, email or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 12, for teen and adult programs, and Ext. 15 for children's programs.

Whitefish Bay students presents 'Harvey'

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay High School Drama Club performs "Harvey" at 7: 30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 5 in the auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

All tickets, $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, are general admission and available at the door.

For information, call (414) 963-3928.

Holy Family students present 'Fame Jr.'

Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave., presents the musical "Fame Jr." at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5 and 1:30 p.m. May 6.

General admission tickets are $5 for adults, $ for seniors and $2 for students, and are available at the door.

For information, call (414) 332-8175.

Local artists to be featured in Elm Grove art festival

Bayside resident Judith Gahn Murphy, watercolor and acrylics artist; Brown Deer resident Steven M. Baughman, spray paint artist; and Shorewood resident Gerri McNamara, silver and copper jeweler, will be featured in the Elm Grove Woman's Club 51st annual Grove Art Festival, a juried art show, from May 4 to 6 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove.

Featuring more than 29 artists from across the state, the show will include original art for sale in a wide range of mediums: watercolor, photography, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, garden art and wearable art. In addition, pots and hanging baskets filled with a variety of flowering plants will be sold. Also on display will be the recently chosen winning art from the 43rd annual Art Competition sponsored by the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

The Grove Art Festival opens with a Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club. The preview includes complementary wine and appetizers. The cost is $10 per person or two for $15. For reservations, call (262) 782-8297.

The Grove Art Festival opens to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. The cost is $4 per person. Parking is free. Lunch and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bird City recognition planned during Green Day in the Bay

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Garden Club, in conjunction with the Civic Foundation's Green Day event, celebrates the village's designation as a Bird City at 10 a.m. May 5 at Cahill Park, 4950 N. Woodruff Ave.

Carl Schwartz of Bird City presents the official recognition to village officials.

Green Day in the Bay is from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The event includes a free workout from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and a village clean up from 9 to 10 a.m. An eco-fair with document shredding, electronics recycling and Goodwill drop off will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

To sign up for the workout, email For information about the cleanup activities, email

For information, visit

Village celebrates migratory bird day

Fox Point - The village's International Migratory Bird Day is May 5, starting at the kiosk in Indian Creek Parkway, at the end of Spooner Road.

Bird walks are at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. All are welcome. Park on the south side of Spooner Road if the lots are full.

The event is free.

For information, call (414) 351-8900.

Committee offering conservation activities

Shorewood - The Shorewood Conservation Committee presents environmental workshops and events.

The events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Conservation Fair: 8 a.m. to noon May 5 in the Atwater Elementary School parking lot, 2100 E. Capitol Drive; rain location: cafeteria

The committee will collect shredding materials, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, corks, old tennis shoes and more. Goodwill will collect reusable household items. Action Metals will collect metal items for which the village will receive a percentage of the profits. In addition, the committee will have information on local conservation issues. Anyone interested in presenting should email

Rain Garden/Rain Barrel Workshop: 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 14 in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library

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

For information, call (414) 847-2706.

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

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

Stritch choir performing at St. John Cathedral

Milwaukee - The Cardinal Stritch University Concert Choir, conducted by Michael Batcho, will perform in a combined choral concert at 8 p.m. May 4 at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

For information, call (414) 276-9814.

Church holding Goods & Services Auction

Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a Goods & Services Auction at 5 p.m. May 5.

The event, open to the public, includes both silent and verbal auctions, raffle, food and entertainment.

The Jimmy Madritsch Jazz Combo entertains the crowd during the raffle portion of the event from 5 to 6 p.m. The verbal auction will begin at 6 p.m. A Cinco de Mayo taco bar and child care will be available.

Tickets are $10 in advance (at the church office) or $15 at the door.

For information, visit

Stritch students showcase piano skills

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University piano majors showcase their skills at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Nancy Kendal Theater on campus, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Admission is free.

For information, call (414) 410-4000.

KidShare gala proceeds provides scholarships, support

Milwaukee - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center will hold its 24th annual KidShare 2012 charitable gala at 6 p.m. May 10 at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

More than 30 Milwaukee restaurants, caterers and bakeries will donate food items. The event also features silent and live auction items and a raffle.

The proceeds provide scholarships and support to families, children and those with special needs for membership and day, sports and resident camps.

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

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

Stritch art students exhibit work

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University visual art students will exhibit photography, graphic design and ceramics as part of their senior thesis May 11 to 20 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at the campus, 6801 N. Yates Road.

An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 11 includes food and beverage as well as a Stritch student music ensemble performance.

For more information, call (414) 410-4105.

Garden Room hosts spring workshops

Shorewood - The Garden Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts spring workshops.

Workshops are free and run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Space is limited; register online at or by phone at (414) 963-1657.

Saturday May 12 - Perfect Palettes: Gardening with Annuals

Presented by Jaime Ramsbottom and Lynn Litzau, Horticulturists of LandWorks.

Ramsbottom and Litzau provide their unique color combination ideas. Receive 10 percent off annuals the day of the talk.

Resource center seeks vendors for fair

Shorewood - Vendors are needed for the eighth annual Shorewood Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Shorewood Village Center in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Vendors can rent an 8-foot table for $20 to display sale items. The Shorewood Senior Resource Center is responsible for publicity, including lawn signs, posters and a classified ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Toys, household items, comic books, craft items, plants and collectibles have been sold at previous flea markets. No used clothing, food or food products will be accepted for sale.

For information, call (414) 847-2727.

Foundation presents four fine arts programs

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library Foundation presents four programs in its 2012 Fine Arts Series at the Frank L. Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

At 6:30 p.m. April 3, the library will host the Optimist Theater's To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now. Actor Ron Scot Fry will portray Shakespeare in this interactive presentation that combines dynamic interpretations of some of Shakespeare's most famous works with a humorous look at life in Renaissance England.

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Wisconsin native and famed storyteller Tom Pease will use movement, sign language, humor and joy to create an interactive concert.

Finally, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble performs its original and unique assortment of timeless seasonal classics at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

Regular library services are suspended half an hour before the start time on the day of the event. No registration is required for these free programs, and all are welcome to attend.

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

Anaba to host metal sculpture art exhibit

Shorewood - The Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts art exhibit "Figuratively Speak" by Paul Bobrowitz Jr. through April 29.

The exhibit features metal sculptures.

The public is welcome to visit during daylight hours; the gallery is open 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.

Divine Consign holding semiannual sale at JCC

Whitefish Bay - Divine Cosign holds its semiannual sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and noon to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Women consigning new and gently used clothing and accessories receive 65 to 80 percent of the sale prices; they receive a check within two weeks following the event.

Following the event, charitable donations are provided to the YWCA's Transitional Housing Program for Women, Hebron House of Hospitality, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Pregnancy Support Connection of Waukesha.

For information, visit or call (414) 213-6557.

Club plans to plant redbud trees in city, village

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary will hold Redbud Day at 9 a.m. May 12 at City Hall, 11333 N. Cedarburg Road.

Volunteers are needed to plant 50 to 100 young redbud trees in the city and village. Participants should bring gardening gloves.

The club seeks donations to purchase trees. The trees cost between $50 and $125. To donate, make a check payable to Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Foundation and send it to Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, 6079 W. Mequon Road, PMB 123, Mequon, WI 53092.

For information, email or or call (262) 242-2778 or (262) 255-7882.

Story times continue at Weyenberg library

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, continues Family Story Times through May 19.

Story Times will be held at 11 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

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

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

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

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

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

Lynden hosts variety of activities

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, offers a variety of programs.

General admission is $9 and $7 for students and seniors. Members and children younger than 6 are free. Admission includes access to the sculpture garden and house.

All events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.

The garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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

Dog Days at Lynden: noon to 5 p.m. April 14; free to dogs and members or with admission to the sculpture garden

Participants can visit Lynden with their dogs for a day of romping and picnicking or brisk walking, depending on the weather. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors, canine and human.

T-shirt Tote Bags: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 15; free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Participants can bring in an old T-shirt or use one available to recycle into a handmade tote bag. This no-sew project gives T-shirts a second life as a unique gift wrap, summer beach tote or reusable alternative to a plastic shopping bag.

Kites Over Lynden: noon to 5 p.m. April 22; free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden

Kite-makers of all ages are invited to celebrate Earth Day with an afternoon of kite flying on the grounds, wind permitting. Participants can bring a kite or join the drop-in workshop from noon to 4 p.m. Participants make and decorate simple, earth-friendly kites from recyclable materials.

Coracle Craft: A Boat-Building Workshop: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, April 28 to May 19, the cost is $150 or $135 for members

Geared toward children ages 9 to 14, participants will make a coracle, which is a lightweight, shallow-draft fishing boat that floats on the water like a cork. Friends and family are invited May 19 to watch as participants test the coracles' seaworthiness in a voyage across the small pond.

Haiti and the Midwestern Imagination: through May 13

The Haiti-inspired works of Orville Bulman (1904-1978) and watercolors of Haiti by Oscar Sanchez will be on display.

Summer Art Camps: June 13 to Aug. 17

Two-, three- and five-day camps for children ages 6 to 14 feature environmental programs, visiting artists and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art media. Each camp concludes with an informal showing for family and friends. In addition to Garden Animals, Art Elements, Earthworks and Sally Duback's Puppets, new offerings include opportunities to build a miniature tree house or explore the color orange.

Fresh Starts: June 16

A workshop designed to ease participants out of creative hibernation and into activity.

Direct Response: Aug. 3-5

An outdoor painting workshop with Eric Aho, who will share his approach to painting en plein-air.

Dimensional Papermaking: Aug. 18

Sally Duback will offer the second installment of her Dimensional Papermaking workshop. This is an opportunity to take paper pulp into the third dimension.

Stritch hosting sculpture exhibit

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, hosts a Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition from June 8 to 24 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8.

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

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Acacia presents 'Anne of Green Gables'

Mequon - Acacia Theater Company will present "Anne of Green Gables" at 8 p.m. July 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. July 15 and 22 at Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Follow the adventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plain-spoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. She wins them and all of Prince Edward Island over with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.

Tickets are $15, students, $5. For information, call (414) 744-5995.

JCC offers summer camp in Eagle River

Whitefish Bay - The Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers Family Camp on Aug. 14 to 19 the overnight camp in Eagle River.

Family Camp offers a Jewish camping experience for families from Wisconsin and across the U.S. This camping experience provides an opportunity for families to meet other Jewish families from other communities, and serves as a setting for a family reunion.

Camp activities include swimming, sailing, water skiing, nature walks, tennis, arts and crafts, and a ropes course. Families are housed in their own cabin. The fee for Family Camp is $995 for a family of four, with an additional $100 per family member, and includes all meals, activities, events and snacks.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8240.

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