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Sept. 5, 2009

Bay hosts community tailgate, silent auction

Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay High School's Sixth Annual Community Tailgate and Silent Auction will take place from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Friday at the school, 1200 E. Fairmont Ave.

The tailgate will precede the Nicolet vs. Whitefish Bay varsity football game. The event benefits the Blue Dukes football program. The tailgate dinner costs $7 per person.

Organizers are looking for auction items. For information, go to

Residents invited to community outreach event

Whitefish Bay - As part of the kick off of fall programming at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, area residents are invited to join with church members on Saturday in a morning of mission activities throughout Milwaukee. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and devotions at the church, at 819 E. Silver Spring Drive. Groups will then be dispatched to numerous locations around the metropolitan area.

The mission projects will be undertaken from 9 a.m. until about noon. Projects will be as diverse as refurbishing apartments at United Methodist Children's Services; painting at Grey's Academy and Northcott Neighborhood House; cleaning up litter in Riverwest; working with the homeless at Repairers of the Breach; making and delivering gifts for homebound persons; making bag lunches for Joy House; sorting school supplies at the Rescue Mission; knitting caps for premature babies at Children's Hospital, and many more. Some projects will be able to be completed at the church as well.

Further details about the FaithWorks event may be found at or by calling the church at (414) 964-2424.

Church to hold 49th annual chicken fry

Brown Deer - Brown Deer United Methodist Church, 5736 W. Brown Deer Road, will host its 49th Annual Chicken Fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The meal includes one half of a charcoal grilled chicken, potato chips, coleslaw, fresh roll and butter.

The meal is available on a drive-through basis as listed above or may be enjoyed inside the church, where fresh vegetables will be served along with the chicken, and diners have a choice of baked potato or chips with their meal.

Beverages and homemade desserts will also be available.

The price of each dinner is $7, with proceeds going toward church mission work.

Tickets are available in advance at the church office as well as at the door on the day of the chicken fry.

For information or questions, contact the church office at (414) 354-4477.

Church plans free concert, picnic

Mequon - Bridges - Church for the Community will celebrate the first anniversary of Bridges' grand opening with a free concert and picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Thiensville Village Park, 250 E. Elm Street, (across from Thiensville Village Hall).

The Bridges' worship band, NeumaVox, led by Doug Shea, will be performing. Free NeumaVox's CDs will be available.

Children will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with pony rides, giant inflatables and games.

Bridges - Church for the Community worships from 10 to 11:10 a.m. at the Milwaukee Area Technical College - Mequon Campus, Lecture Hall A289, 5555 W. Highland Road. Childcare is provided. Dress is blue jeans casual.

Visit or call (262)-825-3224 for information.

Homestead 50th anniversary celebration activities

Mequon - Nearly 50 years ago, the doors to Homestead High School first opened, ushering in a new era of academic excellence in Mequon and Thiensville. That date, Sept. 14, 1959, will be commemorated exactly 50 years later with the first of several community celebrations of Homestead's 50th anniversary.

Community members, alumni, parents, teachers and students are invited to Homestead's James Barr Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday for a program that will include a performance by the Homestead High School Band and a slide show featuring highlights from Homestead's remarkable history. According to principal Mark Roherty, the evening will also include remarks from guests, including members of the Class of 1962, faculty, staff and administrators from the first year. A highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of an original painting by Arnold Alaniz, a former HHS faculty member who is now a nationally recognized artist. Attendees will also be treated to birthday cake and other refreshments.

The Sept. 14 celebration will be followed by more festivities at Homestead Homecoming event Friday, Oct. 9, which will include a parade, reception, football game against Whitefish Bay and recognition of homecoming queens from the last 50 years.

Also planned is a Dec. 13 Open House, exactly 50 years after the first Open House which was held for the community after the opening of Homestead. In addition, other student events throughout the remainder of the school year will mark the anniversary.

For information, contact Principal Mark Roherty at Homestead High School at (262) 238-5646 or

Newcomers club to hold welcoming coffee

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Newcomers Club will hold a welcoming coffee from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fiddleheads Coffee Cafe, 10530 N. Port Washington Road, for residents new to southern Ozaukee county who are encouraged to attend and learn more about the club.

Club activities include luncheons and outings, bridge groups, book groups, mah jongg, the French Connection, ladies night out, matinee madness and couples activities.

For information, contact Mary Lou Harris at (262) 377-7706.

Atwater beach ecological study to be presented to public

Shorewood - Consultants from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Water Institute have been collecting data for nearly a year and will share their preliminary findings at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the lower level of the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave. The presentation will be about 20 minutes and will cover findings on the water, shoreline and beach, including the impact of the jetties.

The Ecological Study for Atwater Park beach area was partially funded by a Wisconsin Coastal Management Program grant.

Used book sale to benefit Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Shorewood - Literacy Services of Wisconsin will hold its annual book sale, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18-20, at the former Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, 4093 N. Oakland Ave. LSW provides adult basic education, GED and ESL education free for adults. For information or to volunteer, call Literacy Services at (414)344-5878.

See author John Grogan at Next Chapter Bookshop

Mequon - Author John Grogan will appear at Next Chapter Bookshop,10976 N. Port Washington Road on at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 for a special ticketed event.

With heart and the trademark humor that made "Marley & Me" a phenomenal bestseller, John Grogan traces his journey away from home and back again in "The Longest Trip Home" (available in paperback Oct. 13; available for pre-order now).

Grogan grew up a gleefully mischievous boy in a devout Catholic home outside Detroit in the 1960s and '70s. Despite his loving parents' best efforts, John's attempts to meet their expectations failed spectacularly.

Eventually, a strong-willed woman named Jenny walked into his life. As their love grew, John began the painful, funny, and poignant journey into adulthood, away from his parents orbit and into a life of his own. It would take a fateful call and the onset of illness to send him on the final leg of his journey - the trip home again.

Tickets (required) are free and available beginning Sept. 1 on a first-come, first-served basis at Next Chapter Bookshop or by phone at (262) 241-6220. There is a limit of four tickets per person.

The store will be closed to the general public for this special event.

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