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Published on: 9/23/2012

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages. For information, call (414) 352-2880.

Audubon Babies: Exploring Nature with the Very Young: 10 to 11:15 a.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 25; $5 per session for members, $6 per session for nonmembers

Participants hike on the trails. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine.

Family Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 (rain date: Sept. 30); $8 for child and $10 adult members, $10 for child and $12 for adult nonmembers

Participants search the center's woods for owls. This program is designed for families.

Family Portraits: Sept. 30 (rain date: Oct. 7)

Visual Image Photography offers professional quality photography for $70, which includes a 16-by-20-inch color portrait. Fifty percent of the fee goes to support education programs at the center. VIP also will donate 10 percent of each order to the center. Call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 151, or email to schedule a session.

Adult Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 (rain date: Oct. 2); $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Participants search for owls and learn about their habitats and special adaptations. This program is designed for adults.

Hand-in-Hand: 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 4 and Oct. 18; $12 per member pair, $15 per nonmember pair

Participants, 2- to 4-year-olds with adults, hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine. Participants learn about pond life Oct. 4 and fall Oct. 18.

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

Participants have s'mores by the fire starting at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., participants interact with snakes, frogs and turtles. Then the center will show 'The Lorax.'

Discovery Nature Hiking: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12; $5 for adult members, $7 for nonmember adults

Participants walk along the meadows, woods, wetlands and lakeshore of the center. The entire program is taught on the trail.

Oktoberfest includes music, dancing and food

Glendale - The Bavarian Complex, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., hosts Oktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 and 3 p.m. to midnight Sept. 29.

Music begins at 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Continuous entertainment includes traditional German brass bands, Schuhplatter folk dancing, singing, yodeling, singalongs and dancing. Authentic German food is available

Admission is $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Admission is free Fridays for firefighters, police, active duty military personnel and veterans. Show ID at the door. Parking is free.

For information, visit

Senior living center hosts free High Holiday services

Mequon - Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 W. Market St., hosts free High Holiday services.

Services will be led by Cantor Jeff Conn and are open to anyone with no membership or tickets required.

Sept. 30: Erev Sukkot services begin at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 1: first day of Sukkot with services at 9:30 a.m. and Mincha services at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 2: Sukkot services are at 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 3 to 4: Chol Hamoed Sukkot services are at 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 5: Erev Shabbat Service are at 4:15 p.m.

Oct. 6: Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot are at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Oct. 7: Erev Shemini Atzeret services are at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 8: Shemini Atzeret services are at 9:30 a.m. and Yizkor at 11:15 a.m.; Erev Simchat Torah services are at 6:30 p.m., including Dancing with the Torah

Oct. 9: Simchat Torah services are at 9:30 a.m. with Dancing with the Torah

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

Group hosts a variety of activities at park

Shorewood - Friends of Estabrook hosts a variety of activities at the park, 4400 N. Estabrook Parkway.

Volunteers are needed for a cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 30. Meet at the Biergarten; bags and gloves will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for buckthorn weedouts from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 and Nov. 11. Wear sturdy shoes and long sleeves; training will be provided. Email to receive information about what area of the park to meet at each week.

People and dogs are welcome to Barktoberfest from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29. The free event will be held adjacent to the Biergarten.

For information, call (414) 962-8431.

Letter appreciation is theme of calligrapher meeting

Whitefish Bay - Cream City Calligraphers and Paper Art meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

The theme will be letter appreciation.

For information, email

Center offers trip to Skokie for 'The Odd Couple'

Whitefish Bay - The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center's Off Center program is sponsoring a trip to see 'The Odd Couple' on Nov. 14 at the Northlight Theater in Skokie, Ill.

George Wendt from the TV show 'Cheers' and Tim Kazirinsky play the mismatched roommates in Neil Simon's comedy classic.

The cost for the trip is $70, or $65 for center members, which includes travel by coach bus to Skokie. Participants leave the Brown Deer park-and-ride, located at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads, at 9 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

The deadline to reserve tickets is Sept. 28.

For information and to reserve tickets, email or call (414) 967-8258.

Drop off unwanted, expired medications at campus

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, serves as a medication collection site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Pharmacy School Building.

This event allows people to drop off their unwanted/expired medications for proper disposal.

For information, call (763) 670-8686.

Dogs welcome at Barktoberfest at Estabrook Park

Shorewood - Barktoberfest is from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Estabrook Park, 4400 N. Estabrook Drive.

The park features an off-leash dog exercise area at the athletic field adjacent to the Estabrook Beer Garden. Dogs must be on leash during the event, but can be taken to the off-leash area.

The free event includes a costume contest, demonstration by Milwaukee County Sheriff K9 Unit, lure and agility courses, dog-friendly games and booths. Mrs. Fun performs and minstrels will stroll the grounds.

Food and libations can be purchased in the beer garden. Bring a beer mug, rent one from the beer garden for $6 or buy a commemorative mug for $5 and receive $1 off beer. Nonalcoholic beverages and picnic food is allowed in the park.

For information, visit or

Farmers Market open through Sept. 29

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market will be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 29, on Berkeley Boulevard at Silver Spring Drive.

For information, call (414) 964-1400.

Volunteers needed to pull weeds in parks

Mequon - The Ozaukee-Washington County Land Trust will hold park weedouts and needs volunteers.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 to 4 at Donges Bay Gorge, 10370 W Wildwood Court and Oct. 5 at Fairy Chasm State Natural Area, 9950 Sheridan Drive to pull buckthorn and garlic mustard.

For information, call (262) 338-1794.

Church hosts grief support group

Mequon - Mourning Cloak, a grief center for children, teens and adults, offers a 10-week grief support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 8 to Dec. 17 at Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road.

There will be no session Oct. 15.

To register, email or call (414) 704-7640.

A 20-hour peer support volunteer facilitator training session begins from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Port Washington Police Community Room, 365 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington.

The remaining session dates and times will be decided by the group.

To register, email or call (414) 704-7640.

Businesses will interview, hire veterans at job fair

Milwaukee - A job fair for military veterans will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the auditorium of the Zablocki VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave.

Representatives from 40 businesses will interview and hire veterans at the fair.

For information, call (414) 384-2000.

Church to bless pets during special service

Brown Deer - St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 8401 N. 60th St., is holding a Blessing of Pets at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

The custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures.

For information, call (414) 354-4249.

Church offers Sunday services, programs

Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, offers Sunday services and programs at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

For information, visit

Oct. 7: 'Bound for Glory,' Rev. Julie Forest; participants celebrate the life of Woody with music from Linda and Poul Sandersen.

Oct. 14 'Religious Space and Time and the Coffeehouse,' James Galasinski

Oct. 21: 'Building Bridges,' Rev. Julie Forest; people in the congregation share their challenges, sorrows and moments of connection with relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers who have values, politics and theology that differ from theirs.

Oct. 28: 'Day of the Dead, Spirit Come Near,' Rev. Julie Forest and Rev. Joyce Palmer; participants are invited to bring mementos and photos of people whose lives have made a difference. Participants also can bring flowers to help create an altar. During the service, participants will share stories about those people.

University hosts Hymn Fest

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts its second annual Hymn Fest from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Chapel of Christ Triumphant.

Light refreshments will be served at this free event.

For information, visit or call (262) 243-4343.

Theater showing film festival's '17 Girls'

Whitefish Bay - Fox Bay Cinema Grill, 334 E. Silver Spring Drive, will show '17 Girls,' one of the Milwaukee Film Festival's selections, at 7 p.m. Oct. 7.

For information, visit

Class provides driving tips, safety information

Mequon - The AARP Driver Safety Program is holding a four-hour information and review class at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Range Line School, 11040 N. Range Line Road.

The class helps participants improve their driving skills and learn how to protect themselves on today's highways. The class includes an audio/video presentation and discussion.

The class is primarily designed for people ages 50 and older, but anyone can participate and learn. No actual road work is done, but participants are encouraged to apply what they learn in the class. There are no tests, no pass, no fail.

The class covers topics such as road rage, traffic speeds, new automotive equipment, cellphone use and proper driving at roundabouts.

For noneducators, the class costs $12 for AARP members, $14 for nonmembers.

For information or to register, call (262) 238-7537 or (800) 350-7025.

Group supports people experiencing infertility

Shorewood - A peer-led support group sponsored by RESOLVE (The National Infertility Association) for women, men and couples experiencing infertility meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

No registration is required for this free group.

For information, visit, email or call (414) 967-1041.

University hosts theatrical performances

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts theatrical performances.

'Blood Brothers' is presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium.

'Almost, Maine' is presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium.

Tickets for the performances are $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families. An evening group rate is also available for $6 per person.

For information, call (262) 243-4364 or email

Empty Bowls event benefits local food pantries

Oak Creek - Milwaukee Area Technical College-Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave., hosts its 14th annual Milwaukee Empty Bowls event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13.

Attendees will have a choice from a collection of more than 2,000 ceramic bowls handcrafted and donated by local artists, teachers and students. Soups prepared by more than 50 local chefs will be served with bread and other refreshments. Some of the area's top musicians will perform throughout the day.

No registration is required, and a minimum donation of $20 per bowl ($10 for bowls made by children) is requested. Proceeds benefit local food programs.

Milwaukee Empty Bowls also debuts its first ever MEB Cookbook, featuring stories, full-color photos and 65 soup recipes from local restaurants. The cookbook will be available for a $20 donation at the October event or for $25 including shipping online at

The Jewish Community Pantry is a beneficiary of the Milwaukee Empty Bowls event.

Free event to feature fitness classes, cooking workshops

Whitefish Bay - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts LivingWell JCC!, a free wellness event for adults and children, from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

LivingWell JCC! features 30-minute fitness classes, healthy family cooking workshops, the introduction of a new JCC Yoga Studio and a book presentation, 'How to Live Almost Forever - A Book about Longevity' by Leonard S. Zubrensky and Drs. Gary N. Guten and Samuel Wann. Complimentary copies of the books will be handed out to guests.

The center also will collect used bicycles to be donated to DreamBikes, a local not-for-profit organization.

The center will provide free child care during LivingWell JCC!

For information, email or call (414) 967-8249.

Cinema hosts Jewish film festival

Mequon - A Jewish film festival will run Oct. 14 to 18 at Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road.

The film festival will celebrate the best in Jewish cinema from Israel, Czech Republic/Slovak Republic, Hungary, Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 14: 'Nicky's Family;' a lecture will precede the film at 6 p.m.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 15: 'Kaddish for a Friend'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 16: 'The Flat (Hadira)'

7:30 p.m. Oct. 17: 'Prima Primavera'

7:30 p.m. Oct 18: sneak peak of a new film

Movies each evening are $10 for general admission and $9 for students and seniors. A five-movie pass is $45 for general admission and $40 for students and seniors. A patron pass for $100 includes a reserved seat for each movie; $50 is tax-deductible.

Tickets cannot be purchased from Marcus Cinema; tickets are only available from the Jewish Community Center or the JCC table at the theater entrance one hour before each movie.

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

Concordia hosts musical performances

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts musical performances in its Chapel of Christ Triumphant.

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

For information call (262) 243-4405.

3 p.m. Oct. 14: faculty recital with Marie Sander, flute, and Michael Thiele, piano

7:30 p.m. Oct. 26: pops concert by the symphonic wind, jazz and string ensembles

3:30 p.m. Nov. 18: Christ the King Celebration by the Kammerchor and Alleluia Ringers

7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1: Christmas at Concordia - all music ensembles perform a variety of Christmas music

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Christmas Bellfest

9 a.m. to noon Feb. 2: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Bell workshop

3:30 p.m. April 7: Kammerchor spring concert

3:30 p.m. April 21: symphonic wind ensemble and chamber orchestra concert

3:30 p.m. April 28: Concordia Chorale and Chapel Ringers concert

3:30 p.m. May 5: Alleluia Ringers handbell concert

7:30 p.m. May 10: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert

Bicycle retailer collecting gifts cards for foundation

Fox Point - Wheel & Sprocket, 6940 N. Santa Monica Blvd., will collect unused and partially used gift cards for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Oct. 15.

For information, call (414) 247-8100.

Stritch hosts Beyond Vision tactile art exhibit

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University hosts the tactile art exhibit Beyond Vision from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, 6801 N. Yates Road.

The exhibition features two- and three-dimensional art that can be touched and is accessible to all. Admission is free.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Gallery hosts 'Allegorical Journey' exhibit

Thiensville - River Edge Gallery, 184 S. Main St., hosts Michael Santini's exhibit of paintings, 'Allegorical Journey,' through Oct. 27.

For information, call (414) 207-7444 or email

Volunteers needed for respite event

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts a respite event from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the field house.

Volunteers are needed to spend the day with a child with special needs or a sibling. This day is organized to give the parents of children with disabilities a break from the constant demands of caregiving.

Activities include gym games, basketball, table games, arts and crafts, movies, face painting, books and bingo with prizes. Lunch and snacks are provided. Nursing staff take care of all personal or medical care the children need.

To register or for information, email or call (262) 243-4314.

Center offers free film classes

Whitefish Bay - The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers free film classes this fall.

4 p.m. Oct. 28; Rabbi Shlomo Levin, instructor; 'The Yankles': a feel-good comedy about a Yeshiva baseball team determined to compete on a collegiate level

7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25; Ro'ee and Michal Peled, instructors; 'Nadia's Friends': a short Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, about two women (a religious Jew and a Muslim) who were childhood classmates and reunited 30 years later

7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8; Jody Hirsh and Adina Altshull, instructors; 'My 100 Children': a short Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, about the true story of Lena Kuchler, a Polish Jewish Holocaust survivor who rescued Jewish orphans in postwar Poland, taking them to Palestine

7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 12; third season of the Israeli TV series 'Srugim'

7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; 'I Had a Dream': a film about an Ethiopian who became a champion for the saving of Ethiopian Jewry after being brought to Europe as a boy

4 p.m. Dec. 2; Jody Hirsh, instructor; 'Footnote': an Israeli film about both the world of academic rivalry in Israel as well as a fascinating father/son relationship

All classes are shown in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall. For information, email or call (414) 967-8212.

Woman's club seeks vendors for annual holiday sale

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club is seeking vendors for its 32nd annual Holly Days craft, art and antiques show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

For information or to apply, visit or call (414) 304-5684.

Stritch hosts two musical events

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, hosts musical events in November.

There is a piano festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

High school pianists compete for awards and scholarships to attend Stritch as music majors. The festival includes a workshop during which students perform, observe and interact with pianists.

For information, call (414) 410-4662 or email

There will be a faculty recital, 'Three Mezzos,' at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

Voice faculty members Christine O'Meally, Amelia Spierer and Kay Belich perform with accompanist James Norden.

Acacia Theatre Company presents 2012-13 season

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company presents four shows during its 2012-13 season.

All performances are at Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

'Irena's Vow' by Dan Gordon

8 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18; 4 p.m. Nov. 17

'Irena's Vow' is the story of 19-year-old Irena Gut Opdyke, one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. A Polish Catholic, Opdyke was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent German major. Over a two-year period of service, she used her wit, humor and courage to protect the lives of the Jewish refugees she cared for secretly.

'Heaven Sent' by Rick Whelan

8 p.m. March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16; 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17; 4 p.m. Nov. 16

When a young, abandoned girl in need of care appears at reclusive Samuel Langley's door in the middle of the night, he rediscovers hope, beauty and character.

'Christmas Characters'

4 p.m. Dec. 8; freewill offering

Meet a cast of Christmas characters showcased in several of Acacia's best-loved short plays as well as its new tour offerings.

'Quilters,' book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek

8 p.m. July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20; 3 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21; 4 p.m. Nov. 20

A musical, 'Quilters' celebrates the courage and character of our nation's pioneer women as they share their fears, joys, loves and tribulations as settlers in a sometimes harsh land.

Season subscriptions cost $38 or $30 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.

Single tickets for all productions go on sale Sept. 1. Single tickets for the three regular season shows will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.

For information, call (414) 744-5995 or visit

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.

'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.

Anaba presents League of Milwaukee Artists exhibit

Shorewood - The League of Milwaukee Artists showcase the work of its members in an exhibit 'Painting … Music to My Soul' from Sept. 6 to Oct. 28 at Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.

The exhibit is available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

For information, visit

Club holding auditions for classical musicians

Whitefish Bay - The MacDowell Club is holding auditions for classically trained musicians from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at United Methodist Church, 819 East Silver Spring Drive.

Male vocalists are especially welcome to apply. All applications must be received by Jan. 12.

Requirements, application forms, detailed information and directions are available at or by emailing

Auditioners will be notified of their time slot by Jan. 16.

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages. For information, call (414) 352-2880.

The Soul of Glacier Country: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Jungian analyst Dr. Dennis Merritt uses slides and videos to illustrate the Soul of Glacier Country as encountered on Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison and a 5,000-year-old drumlin and kame mandala sacred to the Cheyenne around Campbellsport.

Our Sacred Journey with Dave Gawlik: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Participants wonder together about the following questions: Where did I come from? Why are we here? How we should live together? How can the earth community flourish with a common purpose? Participants conclude by writing ethical wills for Gaia in light of the New Story.

Morton Arboretum's Fall Splendor: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 (rain date: Oct. 31); $82 for adult members, $93 for nonmember adults

Participants explore the Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres of magnificent trees and gardens, by guided hike and tram, and visit the children's garden, tree house exhibition, nature-themed scarecrows and gift shop. Bring food or eat at the Gingko Café. Transportation, fees and interpretation provided.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25; $52 for adult members, $60 for nonmember adults

Participants explore the Kellings Lakes segment north of Mauthe Lake. This area is known for its numerous kettle lakes and glacial formations. Transportation and fees are provided. Bring lunch.

Destination: Adventure Island: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25; $12 for child members per session, $16 for nonmember children per session

Participants view beautiful fall color, visit Mystery Lake and climb the tower. Participants also meet Maria the rosy boa.

Halloween Fling: 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27; $6 for child and $8 for adult members, $8 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Register to set up the starting time for the not-so-haunted hikes featuring characters from Eric Carle's books. Participants end the hike with s'mores and a visit to the preschool games area. Indoor activities include visiting birds of prey in the hearth room, making crafts and listening to Frogwater in our auditorium from 5 to 7 p.m.