Things to Do

Jan. 12, 2014

District seeks nominations of alumni, former teachers

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District is seeking nominations from the community of honorable candidates for induction into its Hall of Inspiration.

Nominees should be district alumni who have gone on to make a positive impact in their chosen profession or former staff members who made an impact on the education of children in the community.

The district accepts nominations until Jan. 16.

Nomination forms are available at

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: Animals in Winter: Session I: 9 to 10:15 a.m. Jan. 16, Session II: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Jan. 16; $12 per member pair, per session, $15 per nonmember pair, per session

Children ages 2 to 4 years old and their adults hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather. Closed-toe shoes or waterproof boots are recommended.

· Spiritual World of Nature: Does God Reward the Good and Punish the Evil?: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 21; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Rabbi Emeritus Jay Brickman of Congregation Sinai shares the Jewish perspective on whether God rewards the good and punishes the evil. Participants examine the Book of Job to find the answer. Bring a Bible. Light refreshments and food will be provided.

· Nature Adventures and Nature Explorers: Session III: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 24; and Session IV: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; $45 for Sessions I and III and $60 for Sessions II and IV for child members, $51 for Sessions I and II and $68 for Sessions II and IV for nonmember children

Children in kindergarten and first grade (Nature Adventures) and second and third grades (Nature Explorers) play outdoors and participate in discovery activities.

Purchase bowl to raise money for hungry

Fox Point — Milwaukee Empty Bowls hosts a fundraising event from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Art Trooper, 333 W. Brown Deer Road.

For a $20 donation, attendees are invited to select a hand-painted pottery bowl and then enjoy soup donated by North Shore restaurants. Purchase three bowls and get one free. All money raised goes toward Milwaukee Empty Bowls' hunger initiatives.

Specific seating times are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 3 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 4:20 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:20 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. No reservation or tickets will be taken in advance.

For information, visit

Lynden Sculpture Garden hosts a variety of activities

River Hills — The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a variety of activities.

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

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.

For information, call (414) 446-8794.

· Ice skating on Big Lake: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays when weather and ice conditions permit

· All Things Paper: The Marvels of Marveling: A Workshop With Carey Watters: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 18; $100 or $90 for members (all materials included)

Learn a variety of techniques related to paper. The first series focuses on paper marbling and book structures made from marbled paper. Students learn techniques for marbling paper and finish the day by making a book with some of their own marbled paper.

· Dog Days at Lynden: noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 18

Participants can bring their canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors.

· Light Up the Garden & Night-Time Walk: 3 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19

Jeremy Stepien leads the annual family workshop to make a lantern (or bring your own). Naomi Cobb leads a lantern-lit walk through the garden. The event ends with a bonfire and hot cider.

· Winter Studio Class: Toyshop: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 22 to March 12; $92 or $76 for members

Participants ages 4 to 6 use clay, paint and mixed media to make three-dimensional diversions.

· Weekly Art Drop-In for Kids Ages 6 to 12: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to May 21; $10 or $8 for members per session, $56 or $40 for members for eight sessions

Each week participants learn about different materials, processes and themes, and get started on a project.

· Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Winter: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23; $35 or $30 for members

Participants ages 6 to 15 track animals in the snow as inspiration for a printmaking project, creating wintery diorama sculptures. Two workshop topics are offered each day, one focusing on three-dimensional artmaking and the other on the natural environment.

· Silk Scarf Painting: A Workshop With Kelly Lahl: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25; $100 or $90 for members (all materials included)

Participants learn to dye scarves. Each student creates three scarves as well as make some hand painted silk ribbon.

· Ceramic Handbuilding: Porcelain Vases: A Workshop With Linda Wervey Vitamvas: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27; $85 or $75 for members (all materials included)

Participants make two vases using porcelain clay material.

· The Mingei Tradition in the Midwest: Warren Mackenzie and Beyond exhibit: Jan. 26 to March 30

Foundation holds 'An Evening with Martin Short'

Milwaukee — The Bayshore Community Foundation holds "Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2014: An Evening with Martin Short" at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St.

The event benefits the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the MACC Fund.

Tickets range from $75 to $95. To order tickets, visit

Cinema offers films for children with special needs

Mequon — North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road, hosts Reel Movies for Real Needs.

The program offers films with lower sound volume and brighter lighting for children with autism and other challenges who may not be comfortable at a regular show.

All show times are 10:30 a.m.:

· Jan. 18: "The Nut Job," 2D, Rated PG

· Feb. 8: "The LEGO Movie," 2D, Rated PG

· March 8: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," 2D, Rated PG

Regular matinee adult and child pricing applies.

For information, visit or call (262) 241-6180.

Register for Challenger Division Little League

Whitefish Bay — Registration for the Challenger Division Little League program for boys and girls with physical and mental challenges runs through March 1.

Children ages 4 to 18 or up to 22 if still enrolled in high school are eligible. Practice begins in May and games run for about five weeks in late May and June at Craig Counsel Park with travel to other leagues for away games. Each player will have a Buddy to help with positioning and development. Volunteers who are in seventh grade or above can participate as buddies.

An in-person registration and informational meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive.

The fee is $75 and includes a T-shirt, hat and socks.

For information, visit To register, visit

Volunteers who would like to participate as Buddies should email before April 2.

Learn about e-readers, Overdrive at the library

Glendale — The North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road, offers an e-reader and Overdrive demonstration at 7 p.m. Jan. 29.

Steve Heser, library systems administrator for the Milwaukee County Federated Library System, answers questions about e-readers, e-books and Overdrive.

To register, call (414) 351-3461 or stop by the Reference Desk.

Learn whether to remodel or move at seminar

Whitefish Bay — S.J. Janis Co. offers a remodeling seminar, "Remodel or Move — Which is Right for You," at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Room 15 at the Lydell Community Center, 5205 N. Lydell Ave.

The presentation helps educate homeowners on whether to renovate their homes to accommodate their changing needs, to buy a new home that is move-in ready or buy a home with greater potential and renovate to meet specific needs.

Nathan Wachtl, S.J. Janis Company senior design consultant, and Essam Elsafy of Shorewest Realtors provide an interactive presentation exploring market trends, values, remodeled home case studies and associated costs for actual desired North Shore properties.

Seminar attendees are encouraged to bring pictures of their home to discuss ideas at the end of the presentation and investigate if they should remodel or move.

There will also be a variety of giveaways.

The seminar cost is $5, and reservations are required by Jan. 20.

To register, call (414) 259-0300 or (414) 963-3947, or register online at and enter course code 391022A1.

Senior citizens club screens 'The Untouchables'

Glendale — The Glendale Senior Citizens Club members can watch "The Untouchables" at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 in the clubroom on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 W. Mill Road.

The activity is free.

For information, call (414) 540-2100.

Market purchases benefit Harvest of Hope Fund

Fox Point — Markets and Meals for Hope holds its second annual Winter Farmers Market and Meal for Hope from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The event features a variety of items for sale, including meat, cheese, eggs, home-made food items, soaps, candles and fair-trade products. Additionally, shoppers can enjoy a meal sourced from the foods available for sale and served by church congregants (donations accepted).

All proceeds benefit the Harvest of Hope Fund.

For information, call (414) 352-6123.

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. Jan. 25: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Workshop for Intermediate/Advanced Ringers; $10 per ringer or $75 per choir, does not include music; reserve a spot by calling (262) 243-4240

· 3:30 p.m. March 16: Faculty Piano Recital – Michael Thiele

· 3:30 p.m. April 6: Kammerchor Concert

· 7:30 p.m. April 11: University Band and Jazz Ensemble

· 3:30 p.m. April 13: Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Concert

· 3:30 p.m. April 27: Kammerchor and Selah Choral Concert with Concordia Chapel

· 3:30 p.m. May 4: Alleluia Ringers Concert

· 7:30 p.m. May 9: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for college students and children younger than 18

Winter Carnival features indoor, outdoor activities

Bayside — The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, hosts its Winter Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

The event features educational, nature and winter-themed outdoor and indoor activities for all ages. Outdoors there will be guided nature hikes (for all ages), ice skating on Mystery Lake (bring skates), sledding and snowshoeing (limited snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis). Indoors there is Word with a Bird, crafts, cookie decorating, live animals to meet and touch and the music of Lynn Roginske.

The cost is $5 for child (12 and younger) and $6 for adult members and $6 for child (12 and younger) and $7 for adult nonmembers.

Winter Carnival takes place snow or shine.

For information, visit

Church hosts variety of concerts

Mequon — Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts the following concerts at 7:30 p.m.

· Jan. 31: Ben Bedford; $13 in advance, $16

· Feb. 15: Garnet Rogers; $17 in advance, $20

· March 8: Brother Sun; $17 in advance, $20

· March 21: Jon Vezner; $15 in advance, $18

· April 19: Sally Barris; $15 in advance, $18

· May 10: Kitty Donohoe; $15 in advance, $18

For information, call (262) 375-3890.

Concordia presents theater performances

Mequon — Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, presents a variety of theater performances.

· "A Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Musical Revue" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 8, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

· "Sense and Sensibility" is presented at 7:30 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, and 1:30 p.m. May 4.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for veterans and free for children younger than 12. For information, email or call (262) 573-9070.

Families help create collaborative art piece

Whitefish Bay — World-renowned Israeli artist Hanoch Piven participates in a community art event at 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Families work together to play their part in creating a 40-foot by 10-foot art installation, Family Matters: What Families Are Made Of. Families create their family portrait by using the Piven method (ready-made materials) in a workshop environment. The collaborative piece will be on display at Beit Hatfutsot — Museum of the Jewish People in Israel, with a copy of the work on permanent display in Milwaukee.

The event is free and open to the public.

For information, visit or

Luncheon benefits COPE Services of Ozaukee County

Mequon — Wendy Naarup, first-place winner of the Ironman Wisconsin in 2008 and World Championship bronze medalist in 2006, presents "Celebrating Life," an inspirational keynote address, at the 15th annual Take-A-Break Luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N. River Road.

The luncheon will benefit COPE Services of Ozaukee County.

In addition to the Naarup, there will be a raffle and auction including original art donated by local artists.

The cost of the luncheon is $55; $33 is tax deductible.

Reserve a spot at or by calling (262) 377-1477.

Center hosts A Day of Discovery

Whitefish Bay — The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts A Day of Discovery from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose from myriad workshops with topics focusing on the issues and challenges of today's Jewish world to exploring history, music, culture and text.

Ex Fabula will lead a community storytelling event.

The event is free. Lunch is available with advance purchase.

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

Acacia Theatre Company

announces 2013-14 season

Mequon — Acacia Theatre Company presents three productions during its 2013-14 season.

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

· "Searching for David's Heart" by Cherie Bennett

8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 4 p.m. March 8 and 3 p.m. March 2 and 9

· "Jane Austen's Persuasion" adaptation by Jennifer Le Blanc

8 p.m. July 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 4 p.m. July 19 and 3 p.m. July 13 and 30

Season subscriptions cost $38 or $30 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. Single tickets for all productions will go on sale starting Sept. 1. Single tickets will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.

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

Foundation seeks donations, help for Bay Ball

Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay Education Foundation will hold its annual Bay Ball on March 29 in the field house at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

The event, "Bay Ball 2014...The Big Bang...Helping Our Kids Reach for the Stars," features entertainment, dancing, food and libations.

The event benefits science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in the Whitefish Bay School District.

For information, to donate an item or to help, email or call (414) 688-0635.

Museum features Andy Warhol exhibit

Milwaukee — Andy Warhol's "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" is on display through March 30 at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave.

Additional programs will be available during the exhibit period.

The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students and $15 for families. Admission is free for museum members.

For information, call (414) 390-5730 or visit

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