Things to Do

Jan. 13, 2013

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.

Hand-in-Hand (ages 2 to 4): 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21; $12 per child/adult member pair per session, $15 per child/adult nonmember pair per session

"Apache Ceremonial Dancing" with Ron Preston: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 23; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Ron Preston, an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, performs three different North American Indian traditional dance styles, describing each in depth and what they mean to his culture.

Participants hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather.

Sarah Chudnow hosts variety of events

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts musical performances and other events. All events are open to the public.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20: Don Weast sing jazz standards to piano accompaniment.

2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27: Lori Giese performs with Festival European, an authentic Old World guitar and accordion music.

2 p.m. Jan. 23: Robert Dittmer from COPE Senior Services speaks about the COPE Hotline, which provides supportive listening to callers in addition to crisis intervention, suicide prevention and referral to needed services.

Academy offers free self-defense workshop for women

Fox Point - J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy, 6838 N. Santa Monica Blvd., holds a free self-defense workshop for women from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19.

Participants learn lifesaving personal protection. The course is limited to women and girls 10 and older. The workshop is appropriate for all fitness levels.

For information or to register, call (414) 540-9161 or email

Church hosts farmers market, brunch

Fox Point - North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts a winter farmers market from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 19.

Vendors will sell meat, cheese, produce, preserves, pastries, cookies, canned goods, syrup and apples. A portion of vendors' sales benefit Harvest of Hope Farm Crisis Fund.

A suggested donation for the brunch is $6 per person and $20 per family. Children younger than 3 eat free.

For information, call (414) 352-6123.

Synagogue holding used book sale

River Hills - Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, is holding a used book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 22 and 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

Jewish religious texts and classics, bestsellers, history books and out-of-print volumes culled from the library's collection will be for sale.

For information, call (414) 228-7545 or email

School gives potential students a sneak peek of kindergarten

Thiensville - Lumen Christi Catholic School, 116 N. Orchard St., holds a Sneak Peek of its kindergarten program for all children who will be entering 5-year old kindergarten in the fall of 2013 and their parents from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23.

Children engage in a sample of center-based activities with the school's kindergarten teachers; parents will receive a program overview and have an opportunity to ask questions.

For information, call (262) 512-8996.

Club shows 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

Glendale - The Glendale Senior Citizens' Club presents "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" at 1 p.m. Jan. 23 in its clubroom on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 W. Mill Road.

The movie is free.

For information, call (414) 540-2100.

Panel provides options for nontraditional students

Mequon - The parent group VOICES, in partnership with Positive Parent Involvement, will present a parent chat panel discussion, Don't Fit the College Mold? Now What? from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Conference Room at Range Line School, 11040 N. Range Line Road.

The discussion provides post-high school options for the nontraditional student. The panel is made up of professional counselors, college administration and parents who have gone through this unique experience and who can offer advice, understanding and perspective. Additional outside resources will be made available.

This informative chat is open to all interested parents.

For information, visit or

Practice French while enjoying a drink or two

Milwaukee - L'Alliance Française de Milwaukee will hold a French happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every fourth Thursday, starting Jan. 24, at The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave.

Participants converse in French while enjoying a drink or two. All Francophile guests will receive $1 off each glass of wine.

The happy hours are free and open to the public.

For information, call (414) 964-3855.

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.

It is a China-inspired exhibit.

For information, visit

Register for Little League online

Whitefish Bay - Registration for Whitefish Bay Little League is open via through Jan. 31. Children ages 6 through 14 are eligible to play.

An informational meeting, including in-person registration, is from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive.

Player evaluations take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. Exact times for each division will be announced a few weeks before evaluations.

For information, email

Lewis, Essman participate in local antibullying event

Whitefish Bay - Comedians Richard Lewis and Susie Essman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will participate in Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2013: Stand Up to Bullying at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The event benefits the center and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Act Now! bullying prevention program.

Tickets for the event are $125 and include a cocktail and dessert reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the center. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (800) 595-4849.

Learn how to use your garden to help feed the hungry

River Hills - Congregation Emanu-El 'Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a program, Milwaukee Food Justice + Tu b'Shevat: What can YOU do to feed the hungry? from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27.

The program includes guest speakers Gretchen Mead, executive director of Victory Garden Initiative, and Pam Frydman-Roza, Surplus Garden Coordinator of Tikkun Ha-Ir. They will discuss how to use your home garden plus community gardens to aid in feeding the hungry.

The program is free and open to the public.

For information, visit

Library provides workshop on downloading books

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, will hold classes on downloading e-books from the library to tablet devices from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Be sure to bring your device to class.

Registration is required. Call (414) 755-6557 to register.

Committee holds series of free monthly events

Shorewood - The Conservation Committee offers a series of free monthly events. Community members may attend any or all of the events without registration.

For information, call (414) 847-2700.

Composting Seminar led by Josh Knox: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 in the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Participants learn various techniques for composting as well as why composting helps the environment, decreases the amount of trash sent to landfills and can help keep property taxes lower.

Natural Lawn Care Seminar with Amy Joyce: 10 a.m. to noon March 2 in the Shorewood Village Center

Participants learn useful tips for having a beautiful, healthy lawn without using pesticides or heavy metals. Additionally, Joyce will explore the harm that pesticides and chemical fertilizers can cause to the water supply, humans, domestic animals and wildlife.

Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Plant Sale: 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 6 in the Shorewood Village Center

This event features ways to save money on watering while keeping excess rainwater out of the sewers and village basements.

Conservation Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the Atwater School parking lot, 2100 E. Capitol Drive

The Conservation Fair features various exhibits and educational events as well as recycling opportunities. In case of rain, the events will take place inside the school's cafeteria.

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.

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

Performance benefits L'Alliance Française

Milwaukee - L'Alliance Française de Milwaukee presents "Edith Piaf Onstage" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Skylight Music Theatre, 158 N. Broadway.

Leslie Fitzwater brings legendary and celebrated French chanteuse Edith Piaf to life. Following the concert, the Alliance hosts a reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks, as well as an appearance by Fitzwater.

Tickets are $65 (includes reception). A friend of the Alliance and the Skylight will donate $20 per ticket sold to Alliance.

To purchase tickets, call (414) 964-3855 or email

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

All-day retreat features creativity-inspiring exercises

River Hills - Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, will hold an all-day retreat, Unfettered Genius: Active Awakening of Your Creative Self, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10.

Participants unfetter their creativity and connections through exercises including Guided Visualization, Body Awakening and Life Games.

Tickets are $110 for members and $125 for nonmembers; lunch is included. To register, visit

Stritch presents 'An Evening with Noël Coward'

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, presents "An Evening With Noël Coward" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 to 23, 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Studio Theater.

The performance, directed by David Oswald, is a collection of charming and sophisticated one-acts from Coward's "Tonight at 8:30."

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

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

Anaba presents 'Similitudes' exhibit

Shorewood - Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, presents James Steeno's "Similitudes" exhibit through Feb. 24.

The exhibit features floral and wildlife watercolors, paper collage and pen and ink drawings.

The gallery 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.

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.

"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.

Stritch presents variety of art exhibits

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, exhibits works in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery.

Ted Brusubardis, Annushka Peck and Calvin Whitehurst collaborate to transform the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery into a space of art and audio installations for Weightless Words, which presented from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17. Gallery visitors will face the impact of commonly spoken words as the artists explore how language defines reality and understanding of history.

League of Milwaukee Artists members exhibit works from Feb. 22 to March 17. An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. The gallery will be closed March 3 to 10.

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

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

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

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.

"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

Synagogue hosts casino night

River Hills - Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. March 9.

Scrip will be redeemed for chips and then converted to raffle tickets. Casino tables close at 10 p.m.

Admission is $25 per person and $30 after March 6; admission includes $500 in scrip, a raffle ticket and two drink tickets.

To purchase tickets or for information, call (414) 228-7545.

Club hosts free concert at local church

Hales Corners - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee presents a free spring program, "Sacred and Spiritual," at 2 p.m. March 10 at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community, 9520 W. Forest Home Ave.

The concert features pianist Carla Coonan of Bayside, mezzo-soprano Donna Shriner of Shorewood and guitarist Irina Yanovskay of Fox Point.

For information, email 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.

Audubon Babies - Exploring Nature with the Very Young (6 months to 2 years): 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 24 and Feb. 28; $5 per child/adult member pair per session, $6 per child/adult nonmember pair per session

Participants enjoy a hike on the trails and some good fellowship. Participants will meet inside and then venture out. Dress for the weather.

Lake Michigan Full Moon Snowshoe: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25; $12 for adult members, $14 for nonmember adults

Participants visit ice formations of Lake Michigan in the light of a full moon. Participants try calling in owls and finish with hot drinks in front of the lake view room's fireplace. Snowshoes are provided. If there is no snow, participants will hike on foot.

Third annual Winter Carnival: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27; $4 for child and $5 for adult members, $6 for child and $7 for adult nonmembers

There is snowshoeing for people age 12 and older and animal tracking hikes for younger children. Sessions on snow crystals will be available and participants will meet some live animals. Guided hikes will lead visitors down to the lakefront to observe ice formations. If conditions are right, participants can ice skate on Mystery Lake; bring skates. Dress for the weather.

Winter Wonderland: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 27; $75 for child members, $85 for nonmember children

Nature Adventurers, for 5-year-old kindergarten and first-graders, and Nature Explorers, for second- to fourth-grade students, allow participants to explore the outdoors. Participants hike, explore, learn and play. Children should eat a snack before class and dress for the weather.

Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 2; free with center admission

In February, participants learn how raptors show they care.

Boomers & Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7; $15 for adult members, $17 per session for nonmember adults

In February geologist Jim Rosenbaum teaches participants about the Plate Tectonic revolution in the earth sciences, which occurred in the late 1960s and advocated continental drift, or the movement of the continents.

Especially for Educators: Exploring Nature with Young Children: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 (Session 1), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 (Session 2); $20 per session/$35 for both for adult members, $25 per session/$40 for both for nonmember adults

Participants learn how to bring nature into the classroom and how to take children outside in winter. Dress for the weather. Session 1: Learn about how the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool teaches young children and discover how any teacher can bring nature into their curriculum. This session includes a tour of the preschool classrooms and outdoor playspaces. Session 2: Discover some practical tips and get outside for a hike with a preschool teacher and a field trip leader.

Family Winter Camp-In: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 9; $75 per member family, $85 per nonmember family

Families camp out inside the center. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, pads and tents. Participants enjoy an indoor program followed by a night hike. There will be a fire in the Hearth Room complete with s'mores. A light breakfast starts the next morning. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 157.

Hangin' with Hyatt: The Search for Antlers: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Participants look for antlers and get to keep any they find. Participants learn about the deer relocation program while enjoying refreshments.

Winter River Snowshoe: 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9; $18 for adult members, $21 for nonmember adults

Don Quintenz leads this hike and points out the animals and signs they leave in their journeys. Snowshoes are provided; no experience is necessary. Participants meet in Wauwatosa under the Capitol Drive bridge on Menomonee River Parkway. If there is no snow, participants hike on foot.

"Enter There: Finding Your Doorways to the Divine in Nature" with Philip Chard: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

In this workshop, Philip Chard, a thought leader in the emerging field of eco-psychology, takes participants through a process of discovery, of finding where and how to enter the divine in the natural world.

Schlitz Audubon Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13; free to adult and teen members and volunteers

Participants discuss bird sightings and share bird news.

Environmental Voices: The Story of Saving Peacock Prairie: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16; $7 for adult members, $8 for nonmember adults

Participants hear environmental activist Bernice Popelka's story of saving a black-soil, tall-grass virgin prairie in Illinois in the 1960s.

Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22; $5 for child and $8 for adult members per session, $7 for child and $10 adult nonmembers per session

Participants make s'mores at the fireplace and visit scaly and slimy friends. "Brave" is featured in January; "ParaNorman" is featured in February.

Starry Nights of Winter: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25; $5 for child and $7 for adult members per session, $7 for child and $9 for adult nonmembers per session

Participants stargaze from the trails and the top of the center's tower. The program begins inside the center and continues outside. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight and binoculars.

"One God or Many" with Rabbi Jay Brickman: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 28; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Rabbi Jay Brickman leads a discussion on how our relationship with the world about us changes according to our belief in God, whether it be no God, one God or a variety of gods. Participants examine relevant passages in the Hebrew Bible. Bring a Bible.

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