Things to Do

Nov. 18, 2012

Donors of winning location will party with a Packer

Brown Deer - BloodCenter of Wisconsin locations are competing through Jan. 6 to win a party with Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn for all attempting donors from the winning location.

The donor center with the best turnout will win; participating centers include 5960 W. Brown Deer Road.

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is able to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

To schedule an appointment, visit or call (877) 232-4376. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Donors can visit to track the progress of their donor center.

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.

Spiritual World of Nature: Nature Poetry as Spiritual Scriptures: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 26; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Jeff Poniewaz and Antler, noted nature poets, take participants on a tour of this spiritual eloquence.

Audubon Babies - Exploring Nature with the Very Young (6-month-olds to 2-year-olds): 10 to 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29; $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers

Participants meet inside and venture out. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine.

Hand-in-Hand (2- to 4-year olds): 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Dec. 6; $12 per member pair, $15 per nonmember pair

Participants hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine.

The Dec. 6 session focus is getting ready for winter

Starry Nights of Winter: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11; $7 for adult and $5 for child members, $9 for adult and $7 for child nonmembers per session

Enjoy an evening of stargazing from the trails and the top of the center's tower. The program begins inside the building and then continues outside. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight and binoculars.

Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14; $5 for child and $8 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers per session

Participants start with s'mores and then meet snake, frogs and turtles. At 7 p.m., participants watch "Arthur Christmas." Bring a blanket and whatever else to get comfy for a good time at the center.

Reservation deadline for holiday party nears

Brown Deer - The deadline to pay for reservations for the Glendale Senior Citizens' Club holiday party is Nov. 28.

The party is from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North, 8900 N. Kildeer Court.

The party features lunch and a performance by The Easy Days Quartet.

The cost is $25. For information, call (414) 540-2100.

Senior citizens' club members to view 'The Way'

Glendale - Glendale Senior Citizens' Club members will watch "The Way" at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in the clubhouse on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 W. Mill Road.

The event is free. For information, call (414) 540-2100.

Club hosts holiday fair featuring artists, vendors

Mequon - River Club of Mequon, 12400 N. Ville du Parc Drive, holds its Snowflake Boutique holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

More than 30 artists, crafters and retail vendors are selling gift items. Gourmet food stations, appetizers, champagne and soft drinks are included with admission. A cash bar is available. The Myles Hayes Trio performs during the evening session.

The cost is $25 for each session or $35 for both sessions.

For information, call (262) 242-1400.

Learn about educator retirement benefits, options

Port Washington - The Ozaukee County Area Retired Educators' Association hosts a free seminar for participants of the Wisconsin Retirement System from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Neiderkorn Library, Community Room, 316 W. Grand Ave.

The focus is on the Wisconsin Retirement System benefits and options. The seminar is geared to WRS participants including teachers, administration, support staff and school personnel who are planning to retire or beginning to think about it.

Register by Nov. 27; call (262) 284-4624.

Center offers free film classes (replace existing entry with this one)

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

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

7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; "The Beetle," - a film about director Yisai Orian as he drives his old Volkswagen beetle from Israel to Jordan for renovation and tells tales of the beetle's previous owners

4 p.m. Jan. 13; "The Klezmatics on Holy Ground," a film that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the popular Klezmer band "The Klezmatics"

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

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.

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

Gallery features 'Middle Kingdoms' exhibit

Thiensville - River Edge Gallery, 184 S. Main St., hosts and exhibit of work by Milwaukee artist Stephanie Barenz through Jan. 26.

An opening reception for her China-inspired exhibit "Middle Kingdoms" is from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30.

For information, visit

Freewill offerings at concert benefit homeless

Mequon - The Milwaukee Area Messiah Community Chorus and Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 6031 W. Chapel Hill Road.

Doors open 30 minutes before each presentation.

While there is no admission charge to attend the presentations, a freewill offering will be contributed to Milwaukee Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless and less fortunate in Milwaukee by providing food, shelter, education and training.

For information, visit

Recreation department holding holiday luncheon for seniors

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department holds a holiday luncheon for seniors at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Range Line School, 11040 N. Range Line Road.

"The Best of Everything Band" performs from 11 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served at noon. After lunch there will be games with prizes; everyone goes home with a small goody bag.

The fee is $15; the course number is 122070. The deadline to register is Dec. 3. Register online,, in person or by mail.

For information, call (262) 238-7537.

Red Cross holding blood drives in village

Brown Deer - Brown Deer Middle School, 5757 W. Dean Road, hosts a Red Cross blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Guaranty Bank, 4000 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent 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 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

For information, visit or call (800) 733-2767.

School holding annual Christmas tree sale

Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave., holds its 10th annual Christmas tree sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in December.

Volunteers will be available to give the trees a fresh cut and load it for transportation.

A community Christmas tree Extravaganza will take place from 3:15 to 8 p.m. on St. Nick's Day, Dec. 6. Holy Family students will be caroling and a variety of treats will be available.

For information, call (414) 332-8175.

Gallery features Whitefish Bay artist

Milwaukee - Tony Busalacchi, retired Whitefish Bay High School teacher, School Board member and Village Board member, will open an art exhibit at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Dominion Gallery, 804 E. Wright St., Milwaukee.

The show runs until Jan. 31.

For information, call (414) 581-0978.

Stritch hosts annual holiday concert

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University hosts its Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

The Stritch Concert Choir, directed by Michael Batcho, presents its annual holiday concert.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, alumni and students.

For information, call (414) 410-4000.

JCC's Hanukkah celebration spans two days

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, celebrates Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, with free family events.

A free concert including Baby Ballerinas will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the rotunda at Bayshore Town Center, 5800 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale.

The concert features performances by children's choirs from the center's Gan Ami Preschool and Kindergarten, Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid and the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. In addition, there will be a PJ Library Puppet Show.

For information, call (414) 967-8174 or email

The center hosts a free community event, Making Miracles Happen, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

The event features a drumming circle with One Drum, family art experiences with Milwaukee Jewish Artists Lab artist-in-residence Benno Rothschild and his original Noah's Ark metal sculpture, and Milwaukee Art Museum Kohl's Color Wheels. In addition, there will be food, prizes and tzedakah (charity). Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift to brighten a child's life at Children's Hospital. There will be a free raffle ticket with each donation. For information, call (414) 967-8185 or email

Sarah Chudnow hosts variety of musical events

Mequon - Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a variety of activities.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

11:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 9: Children's Choir from Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun will sing Hanukkah songs.

2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 9: Vocalist Julie Thompson and her accompanist perform "High Standards," a collection of popular music spanning several generations.

2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13: Vocalist Jeanette Crosswait provides "Music for the Soul."

2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 16: The Sarah Chudnow Glee Club, led by cantor Jeff Conn and Sarah Chudnow music therapist Zoe Biller, presents the Hanukkah Cabaret, featuring songs of the season.

2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23: The Jonathan Brodie violin and viola concert features traditional and classical selections.

2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 30: Sarah Chudnow music therapist Zoe Biller performs her original compositions along with jazz, classical and Yiddish selections.

2 p.m. Dec. 31: Amy Mueller provides piano and accordion music to ring in 2013.

Vision specialist discusses conditions that affect seniors

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a 90-minute program to discuss various eye conditions that affect people as they age at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Posner Town Square.

Jennifer Ottowitz, a certified vision rehabilitation therapist for the Milwaukee-based Vision Forward Association, discusses challenges such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions that affect people older than 65. Ottowitz also will review various devices and techniques to help seniors live successfully with their changing vision.

Refreshments will be served.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

Stritch hosts Baylor family exhibit

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University hosts the Baylor family exhibit through Dec. 16 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, 6801 N. Yates Road.

The exhibit features two- and three-dimensional works by Milwaukee's Helen, Reginald and Trenton Baylor. The pieces interweave to tell a story of life, love and the strength of family ties.

The exhibit is closed Nov. 21-25.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

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: through 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.

Garden, Anaba Tea rooms celebrating anniversary

Shorewood - The Garden Room and Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts a 10-Year Retrospective exhibit through Dec. 30.

The exhibit features 62 artists who have previously exhibited works in the gallery space.

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, visit and

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.

University hosts theatrical performances

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

"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

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.

"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

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.

Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 1; free with center admission Participants will learn about raptors in winter.

Spiritual World of Nature: Christianity and Nature: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Rev. Barry Szymanski discusses the weaving of Christianity with the surrounding world.

Boomers & Beyond: Winter Trees: 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 6; $15 for adult members, $17 for nonmember adults per session

In December, participants will learn about the most amazing of all nature's food producers, the lichens. Participants learn about their nature and ecology, and head outside, weather permitting, to look at examples in the field.

Spiritual World of Nature: Naturally Developing Young Brains: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Find out how nature helps to develop young brains. Preschool teacher Lorna Hilyard leads a discussion about neurons, memory, enriching experiences in nature and spirituality.

Fun in the Winter Sun (6- to 12-year-olds): 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 or Dec. 28; $12 for child members, $16 for nonmember children

Participants see incredible mammal furs and skulls, make an animal track to take home and meet a live animal friend. Participants also head outside for a trail hike to see who is awake and active this time of year. Participants finish off the event with hot chocolate.

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