Things to Do

June 10, 2012

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

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

Discovery Nature Hiking: 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 15; $5 for adult members, $7 for nonmember adults

Participants will walk along trails in the meadows, woods, wetlands and lakeshore of the center while Don Quintenz answers questions that nature evokes. The entire program is taught on the trail.

Audubon Babies: Exploring Nature with the Very Young: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. June 21; $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers per session

Enjoy a hike on the trails and some good fellowship. Participants, children 6 months to 2 years old with an adult, meet inside and venture out for a hike.

Family Hikes: 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 22 or July 13; $10 per member pair, $14 per nonmember pair

This program is geared for parents with children from 2 to 5 years old. Each session includes a hike with games, activities, stories and lots of play. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

10th Annual Froggin' Festival: 6 to 8 p.m. June 26; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Jim Hyatt leads this celebration with live animals, contests for kids and adults, and critter catching. Bring muddin' shoes and a camera.

Especially for Educators - Exploring Nature with Young Children (Adult): 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 28; $20 per session or $35 for both sessions for members, $25 per session or $40 for both sessions for nonmembers

Enjoy a hike designed especially for teachers to learn some strategies and tips. Come for one session or both. Bring a lunch.

Hangin' with Hyatt: Campin' and Canoein': 6 p.m. June 29 to 10 a.m. June 30; $75 per tent for members, $85 per tent for nonmembers

Check-in and tent pitching starts at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., participants go to Mystery Lake. Grab a net, hop into a canoe and catch critters. Participants head to the beach for a campfire and s'mores. Wake up between 7 and 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Bring a tent, flashlight and camping gear.

Lynden Sculpture Garden 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 is free to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sept. 3. 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. Beginning May 16, the museum is open until 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

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

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 shares his approach to painting en plein-air.

Dimensional Papermaking: Aug. 18

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

Library hosts variety of summer activities

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

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

Children's Summer Reading Program

Tween Book Group: 1 p.m. June 14 and July 12; for 8- to 12-year-olds who want to discuss books while hanging out and doing fun activities; the book for June is "The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures" by Brian Selznick; the book for July is "Out of My Mind" by Sharon M. Draper; registration is required

Animals with Bad Reputations: 4 p.m. June 15; using live animals, hands-on demonstrations, songs and stories, this program will stress that many animals have a public image that is often highly inaccurate; Jim Hyatt of the Schlitz Audubon Society will show good of these misunderstood creatures; registration is required

Kohl's Wild Theater - Wild Wisconsin: 4 p.m. June 18; children are introduced to animals in the "Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Bees;" in the "Great Wisconsin Zoo-per Bowl," children will learn about several native Wisconsin animals and their habitats; join the Wetland Whooping Cranes in cheering for the Prairie Badgers or the Forest Wolves; registration is required

Kohl's Design It Lab - Tinkerer's Workshop Design Challenge: 4 p.m. June 27; everyday objects become the materials for the creation of an original product; registration is required

Community Chalk Art Event: 10 a.m. July 13; participants of all ages and skill levels have the chance to become sidewalk chalk artists; reservations can be made for an individual, family, business or a community group; each person or family will receive a colorful assortment of chalk and a sidewalk square located outside the library; the chalking will begin at 10 a.m. and continue to 2 p.m.; registration is required

David Stokes - Reptiles and Amphibians: 11 a.m. July 13; live creatures and animal artifacts, songs and short stories

Teen Summer Reading Program

Geocaching Race: noon June 21; teens race to see who can locate the most geocaches within 2 miles of the library during a two hour period; participants must supply their own smartphone or GPS-enabled device; the person who finds the most caches will win a prize; registration is required

Teen Book Clubs: 4 p.m. June 28 and July 26; for 12- to 16-year-olds who want to discuss books while hanging out and doing fun activities; book titles will be announced soon; registration is required

Adult Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club: June 11 to July 21; track reading minutes to earn prizes and reach personal reading goals

Reel to Real -Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories: 6 p.m. June 20; Reel to Real hosts public screenings of critically acclaimed PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussion with local experts; "Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories;" registration is required

Computers Made Easy With Dave Bartlett: 10:30 a.m. June 27; classes are tailored to people who are new or still learning computers, and are hosted in a classroom setting with overheads and visuals; this session covers How to Help Yourself with Computer Problems; registration is required

A Soldier's Life: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: 6 p.m. July 12; Civil War re-enactors Bret Jaeger and Steve Platteter will share a glimpse of what daily life was like for soldiers who served in the Civil War; the presentation includes a time line of events that led up to and occurred during the Civil War, as well as information about how society at the time dealt with the conflict.; also included are maps and artifacts a soldier would have used during the time, and an explanation of the difference in their uniforms including the weapons a Civil War soldier would have carried; registration is required

Reel to Real: Where Soldiers Come From: 6 p.m. July 18;

Reel to Real hosts public screenings of critically acclaimed PBS documentaries, followed by audience discussion with local experts; "Where Soldiers Come From;" registration is required

Computers Made Easy With Dave Bartlett: 10:30 a.m. July 25; classes are tailored to people that are new or still learning computers, and are hosted in a classroom setting with overheads and visuals; this session covers Digital Photography: Editing Pictures on your Computer; registration is required

History Book Club

Monthly Book Discussion; 11:30 p.m. June 19; "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain

American Red Cross holding blood drive

Brown Deer - The American Red Cross will enter donors who give blood through Sept. 5 into the Live Live, Give Life summer promotion to win prize packages to

A local blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 at Guaranty Bank Brown Deer, 4000 W. Brown Deer Road.

A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit to make an appointment.

Festa Italiana seeks nonnas to cook with chef Rago

Milwaukee - Festa Italiana is seeking grandmothers to cook with celebrity chef Rossella Rago, host of "Cooking with Nonna," at the Piggly Wiggly Cucina Showcase on July 21.

Grandmothers with a passion for family, food and their Italian heritage are invited to write about why they would like the opportunity to show off their culinary skills alongside Rago at Festa this summer. The selected grandmother will cook with Rago and receive a personalized "Cooking with Nonna" apron as a keepsake.

Festa Italiana is accepting entries until June 15. All interested applicants are invited to send a short, typewritten paragraph describing their love for family, food and being an Italian grandmother. Applicants should include their name, address and telephone number. Completed applications should be submitted to Festa Italiana Showcase, Marie Andaloro-Lieber, 9140 N. Goldendale Drive, Brown Deer, WI 53223.

For information, (414) 223-2808.

Gallery presents 'Recollection' art exhibit

Thiensville - River Edge Gallery, 184 S. Main St., presents "Recollection" by Cassie Marie Edwards from June 15 to July 28.

In Recollection, Edwards creates still-life oil works of painted figurines and other objects from her childhood.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 15.

For information, visit

Bayshore hosts beer, tasting festival

Glendale - The third annual Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival is from 1 to 5 p.m. June 16 at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive.

The festival features selections from more than 31 craft breweries throughout the state. Each of the participating breweries will be paired with local chefs to create a unique tasting portion designed to complement a variety of unique beers available for sampling.

Tickets and festival travel packages, starting at $40, are available at Tickets include admission, a souvenir beer glass and unlimited sampling of beers and food pairings. Patrons must be 21 or older to attend the event.

Photo identification is required at the admission entrance. Designated drivers and patrons younger than 21 can purchase a Food Lovers Ticket for $20.

Dads can get free round of golf at county parks

Brown Deer Park, 7625 N. Range Line Road, Dretzka Park, 12020 W. Bradley Road, and Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave, golf courses offer a free round of golf to fathers with the purchase of a round of golf and cart after 1 p.m. Father's Day, June 17.

Go to and print the coupon to purchase one round of golf and a single-rider cart and receive a free round and ride for free.

Call (414) 475-6222 for reservations.

Community band presents outdoor concert series

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Community Band plays a series of outdoor concerts at Old Schoolhouse Park, 5400 N. Marlborough Drive.

The first concert is presented at 7 p.m. June 20 in connection with the Civic Foundation of Whitefish Bay's Ice Cream Social.

The concert series continues at 7 p.m. July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8. The Aug. 8 concert again is also in connection with an Ice Cream Social.

The final concert is at 3 p.m. Aug. 12.

New band members are always welcome. Interested musicians should call (414) 357-5178.

Speaker discusses Indian cooking techniques

Mequon - Women's FOCUS presents Milwaukee area resident, culinary educator and three-time cookbook co-author Alamelu Vairavan at its next luncheon at 11:30 a.m. June 20 at Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N. River Road.

Vairavan has promoted the use of spices, legumes and Indian cooking techniques into healthy food preparation that would appeal to Americans.

Cost of the luncheon is $20. Reservations can be made by visiting or emailing

Criterium features pro races, kids' event

Shorewood - The ninth annual Shorewood Criterium bike race will start at 5 p.m. June 21.

The Pro Women's Race begins at 5 p.m., the Kids' Roll at 6 p.m. and the Pro Men's Race at 7 p.m. The 1.3-mile course is on village streets.

For information or to register for the race, visit

Chamber holding two free concerts in park

Brown Deer - Community Vibes features Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz on June 21 and The Feral Catz on Aug. 16 at Brown Deer Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.

Both free concerts will are from 5 to 8 p.m.

For information, visit

Nicolet hosts Relay For Life

Glendale - The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Milwaukee is from 6 p.m. June 22 to 8 a.m. June 23 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road.

For information, call (262) 523-5534.

Jewish Community Center sponsoring Madison trip

Madison - The Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a trip, including a cruise on Lake Monona, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26.

The cruise includes lunch from the Mariner's Inn, which will be served aboard. Before boarding the ship, the day begins with guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, Monona Terrace. Following the cruise, there is a tour of the Chazen Museum of Art.

The cost is $59 and includes bus transportation to and from Madison, cruise on Lake Monona, lunch and docent-led tours. Participants meet at the Brown Deer Park and Ride at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

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

Concordia hosts variety of activities

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts a variety of activities.

fourth annual CUW STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Camp: July 16 to 20;

This hands-on week of day camp is designed for students entering grades three to eight.

Concordia University Wisconsin 2012 Shoreline Duathlon (Run-Bike-Run): 7:30 a.m. Aug. 18

The 2-mile run/20-mile bike ride/2-mile run benefits Racers Against Childhood Cancer. The run course is flat on blacktop and grass. The bike course is scenic with some Lake Michigan views; mostly flat with some rolling hills. Relays consist of one runner running both sections and one cyclist. Relay categories are male, female, and coed. Before June 26, the fee is $45, and $55 June 26 to Aug. 17. Race-day registration is $85. To register, visit or call (262) 243-4323.

Anaba hosts new art exhibit

Shorewood - The Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts Sandra Peterson's art exhibit, "Paintings: Oil on Tea Bag & Oil on Canvas" through July 1.

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.

Jewish playwrights featured in three productions

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center presents three plays by Jewish playwrights, "Exploring Jewish Voices," during its 2012-13 season.

Each theatrical production features a preshow ViewPoints Lecture by an expert in Jewish culture and a Jewish Community Ticket performance featuring a post-show talkback led by JCC Educator Jody Hirsh.

The productions are held at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.

"A Thousand Clowns" by Herb Gardner: Aug. 8 to 26; Jewish Community Ticket: 2 p.m. Aug. 12; ViewPoints Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15

"Collected Stores" by Donald Margulies: Nov. 21 to Dec. 16; ViewPoints Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28; Jewish Community Ticket: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6

"Underneath the Lintel" by Glen Berger: Feb. 21 to March 17; ViewPoint Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27; Jewish Community Ticket: 2 p.m. March 10

The series kicks off with a season preview presentation, "A Midsummer Night's Preview," at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. MCT staff members and guest artists discuss the season's highlights and offer dramatic readings from each play. The preview is free for JMM members and $5 for nonmembers.

For information, call (414) 276-8842.

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.

Stritch presents MARN Mentors Exhibition

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University will present the MARN Mentors Exhibition from July 20 to Aug. 12 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, 6801 N. Yates Road.

The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network has created MARN Mentors for visual artists, literary artists, filmmakers, composers and arts administrators to strengthen the network of artist support. MARN serves as a liaison between established working artists and administrators and those who are pursuing a career in the arts. Several established arts professionals have served as mentors, and the mentors and their protégés have worked together throughout the year with a final presentation of their work at Stritch.

An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. July 20. The exhibit opens Gallery Night, from 5 to 8 p.m. July 27.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Lions Club hosting charity golf outing

Mequon - The Thiensville-Mequon Lions hosts its charity golf outing Aug. 13 at Mequon Country Club, 12400 N. Ville Du Parc Drive.

Consider sponsoring a hole or donating an item to the auction.

The net proceeds benefit Lions charities.

For information, visit

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.

Guest House open being held at River Club

Mequon - The Guest House of Milwaukee is holding its 10th annual Guest House Open at 11 a.m. Aug. 21 at River Club of Mequon, 12400 N. Ville Du Parc Drive.

A grilled lunch is available on the patio at 11:30 a.m. The shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. kicks off 18 holes of golf. Cocktail hour, dinner and live and silent auctions conclude the event, which raises funds for the Guest House's efforts to erase homelessness in the Milwaukee area.

For information, call (414) 345-3240.

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. 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

Exchange organization seeks host families for this summer

International Friendship and Learning seeks host families in the southeastern Wisconsin area for four weeks in July.

Students from Spain need housing this summer.

For information, email, or call U.S. (608) 212-5275, Spain 011 34 699 668 700. Visit for additional information.

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