Things to Do

Jan. 4, 2010

Businesses collecting used boots for less fortunate

Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp, 4170 North Port Washington Road, Glendale, has launched The Big Boot Recruit to collect gently used boots to donate to the Salvation Army. The public is invited to drop off boots at a variety of locations through January.

Boots can be of all types and sizes - work boots, hiking boots, women's, men's and children's rain boots and snow boots.

The public can check the Web site,, for drop-off sites that include the following: Oakcrest Tavern, 4022 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood; The Athlete's Foot, 8757 N. Port Washington Road, Fox Point; Elite Nutrition, 10916 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon; InStep Physical Therapy & Performance Footwear, 1516 W. Mequon Road, Mequon; InStep Running & Walking Center, 403 E. Buffalo St., Third Ward, Milwaukee; and Performance Running, 2205 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield.

Library presents healthy cooking presentation

Mequon - Whitefish Bay resident and nationally well-known author Alamelu Vairavan will take you on an exciting culinary journey at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road. You will learn healthful and easy-to-prepare dishes using spices and legumes.

Vairavan will demonstrate two recipes and a free tasting is included. Learn why these dishes are so healthy and what makes them so irresistible.

The program is free and no advanced registration is required. For information, please visit the library's Web site at or call the library at (262) 242-2593, ext. 37.

Bay Choirs to perform pops concert Downtown

Whitefish Bay - Three Whitefish Bay High School Choirs will perform "From Broadway to the Magic Kingdom!" a concert featuring some of the world's best pop songs along with a mix of Broadway and Disney tunes. Concert and silent auction will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9, in downtown Milwaukee at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 790 N. Van Buren St.

The January Pops Concert features Whitefish Bay High School's extra-curricular choirs: Tower Singers, That Group and Cantorei.

This year's pop concert will feature favorite songs such as "Let the Sun Shine" from "Hair," and "Come Sail Away" by Styx. In addition, students will sing a medley of Disney hits including "Circle of Life," "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da," "Step in Time" and "It's a Small World."

During intermission guests will be invited to enjoy complimentary dessert, buy flowers for the performers and browse a silent auction. Cash or checks only will be accepted. Proceeds will support the Whitefish Bay High School choir program.

Tickets are $15 adults and $10 for students/seniors, and all seating is reserved.

For information please call Krys Giesa at (414) 332-6380 or at Tickets can be ordered by calling Melissa Beckman (414) 332-2315 or at

Singer-songwriter Willy Porter plays benefit for shelter

Cedarburg - Singer-songwriter Willy Porter will perform a concert benefiting Advocates of Ozaukee at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center N546 Washington St.

Advocates of Ozaukee is a shelter based domestic and sexual violence program working with victims from Ozaukee County. Advocates shelter serves up to 16 women and children at one time. Besides emergency shelter Advocates programs include, emergency transportation, food, counseling, legal and medical advocacy, 24-hour crisis line, referral services, transitional housing, youth outreach program, and support groups for both women and children.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if available. Tickets will be available online at or by mailing a check to Advocates of Ozaukee, P.O. Box 80166, Saukville, WI 53080.

For information, call Advocates at (262) 284-3577.

New parents invited to Sling Fling

Mequon -Columbia Center, a specialty birth hospital, is hosting Sling Fling again this January.

Sling Fling showcases the latest in slings, wraps and pouches for new and expecting parents from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center 13125 N. Port Washington Road. Enter at the northernmost entrance of Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee campus.

Babies are welcome.

The event is free but registration is required. Refreshments will be served. To register go to

Duck stamp art comes to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Bayside - The winners of the 2009 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Art contest will be on display in the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Great Hall from Jan. 9 through Feb. 26.

The winning pictures represent the best from over 600 submissions. Students range in age from 7 years old to high school students.

The art work is judged in four age classes.

The Junior Duck Stamp program is sponsored by the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. It is the only art contest sponsored by the federal government. The goals are to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to America's youth. You will be amazed at the exquisite detail and true-to-life rendition of the birds.

This event is free and open to the public. SANC is located at 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

Celebrate the Feast of Three Kings à la française

Shorewood - Join the Alliance Française de Milwaukee for its annual Holiday Party and Feast of Three Kings potluck dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9.

Celebrate the holidays à la française with a delicious potluck buffet of international dishes and hors d'oeuvres. The Feast of Kings on Jan. 6 is a traditional French celebration which features la galette des rois, a cake baked with a fève (toy) inside. The Alliance Française will provide drinks, the galettes, and crowns! The cost is $5 for AF members, $10 for nonmembers and free for kids younger 18. RSVP by Jan. 8 at (414) 964-3855.

Alliance Française is located at 1800 E. Capitol Drive.

Christ Child Society sponsoring Buckets for Babies

Milwaukee - The Milwaukee Chapter of the Christ Child Society is partnering with Marquette Women's Basketball at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 in Buckets for Babies Day at the MU vs Seton Hall game at the Al McGuire Center.

All who attend the game are invited to bring a new blanket sleeper or sweater (in newborn size 0-6 months) or a monetary donation for needy newborns in the greater Milwaukee area. Tickets at $4 each and will be available at the door.

The Al McGuire Center is located at 770 North 12th St., Milwaukee.

St. Robert School presents an enchanting musical

Shorewood - Take a break from the cold and enjoy the warmth and magic of "Old Befana," an enchanting musical based on an ancient holiday story about the night of miracles, including three kings, a bright shining star and a very special child performed by the Ken Lonnquist Musical-Theater Troupe of Madison.

This is a free event and open to all members of the community.

The performance will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday in the gym at St. Robert School, 2200 E Capitol Drive.

For information, visit, or contact Lisa Lesjak, (414) 332-1164 ext. 3024.

Club continues its 100th season with a concert

Fox Point - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee presents Performers' Choice, at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Nancy Kendall Theater located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication/Fine Art at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 North Yates Road.

The concert is open to the public at no charge, although donations are always welcome. The program will feature several of the organization's performing members in a program of works by Romantic and post-Romantic composers. For details, contact Donna Shriner at (414) 964-6315 or

Group to hold three meetings on river's master plan

The Milwaukee River Work Group, a collaborative that includes more than 20 agencies and interested individuals, is working with the city and county of Milwaukee, the city of Glendale, and the village of Shorewood to develop a Master Plan for recreation and habitat restoration within the Milwaukee River Greenway Corridor from the former North Ave Dam upstream to the city limits at Silver Spring Drive. The Milwaukee River Master Plan will link together public and private land (with public easements) in Milwaukee, Shorewood and Glendale for a continuous recreation and wildlife corridor along both sides of the river.

The MRWG has scheduled three public meetings to provide an update on work already accomplished in and along the river from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place, Milwaukee; from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave. and from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Hilton (Cape Charles Room), 4700 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale.

The Milwaukee River Work Group will give a review of the work that's been done to improve the river, present ideas for further improvements, give an overview of the master plan process and how you can participate.

Also save the date for the public design workshop to be held in collaboration with Plunkett-Raysich Architects from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Urban Ecology Center. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP to Ann Brummitt at (414) 379-5680 or (414) 287-0207 ext. 227

School district hosts kindergarten open house

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School District will hold a district-wide kindergarten open house from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at Donges Bay School, 2401 W. Donges Bay Road.

All incoming kindergarten families are invited.

The open house will include a brief introduction to the Mequon-Thiensville School District and the district-wide kindergarten program. Building administrators, district administrators, kindergarten staff, a bus company representative and a school nurse will be on hand to answer any questions. There will also be tours of a kindergarten classroom.

Parents are reminded that kindergarten registration takes place Jan. 25-29. Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 are eligible to register.

Parents may register their children between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the elementary school closest to their residence. Parents are also asked to bring proof of residency, children's immunization records and children's birth certificates. It is not necessary for children to accompany parents at registration time, although they are welcome.

For a map of school boundaries, go to the district's Web site at under the "Schools & Staff" link. For additional information, follow the "registration" link under the "Parent Quick Links" menu o the Web site, or call (262) 238-8514.

Shorewood Players present Wilder's 'Our Town'

Shorewood - The Shorewood Players present "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play will be performed Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24 at the Shorewood Auditorium, Oakland and Capitol. Tickets can be ordered by going to the Players' Web site at or by calling (414) 737-3421.

"Our Town" is also a fundraiser for Gilda's Club Southeastern Wisconsin. A key message in the play is the importance of a supportive community when one faces a life challenge. Gilda's Club is a free cancer support community for anyone living with cancer, their families and friends. Educational programs, emotional support, networking and social activities are all offered by Gilda's Club at no cost. Gilda's Club is located in the heart of Shorewood within a non-clinical, home-like setting.

Bay Players present interactive who-done-it

Whitefish Bay - The Bay Players will present the mystery, "Rehearsal For Murder," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 and Jan. 22 and 23.

The play, adapted for the stage by D.D. Brooks, from a TV play by Richard Levinson and William Link, is directed by Raymond Bradford.

This "theatrical who-done-it" has the actual theater become the set, and the actors, producer and director may not be who they seem. As the plot twists, the audience becomes part of the play. Who, indeed, done it?

The production is at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. For information, call the hotline at (414) 299-904 or go to the Web site,

Optimist club sponsors essay contest for students

Mequon-Thiensville - The Optimist Club of Mequon-Thiensville is encouraging area students to contemplate the question "The Internet: Today's Evolution or Tomorrow's Menace?" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2010.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students' essays based on the theme and determine the top winners. The local winner will receive $100, and the winning essays will be sent to the district level.

Essays will be judged at the district level, and each district will send top entries to the international level.

College scholarships are available for top winners at the district and international levels.

Applications are available on the Optimist Club Web site The deadline for submission of entries is Jan. 15 to Jennifer Abraham, 193 Green Bay Road, Thiensville, WI 53092.

Hotel Milwaukee cast to have reunion show

Milwaukee - Hotel Milwaukee, the comedy-variety radio program that aired on Wisconsin Public Radio from 1994-2002, will tape a reunion show on Jan. 16 at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1032 N. 4th St. A post party will feature the 5 Card Studs, drummer Matt Liban and keyboardist Matt Meixner live in Whitefish Bay.

Many of the original acting cast will perform including Rip (Art Kumbalek) Tenor, Bill Clifford, Whitefish Bay resident Marcie Hoffman, Jonathan Wainwright, Mike Neville and Jeana Stillman, all zany characters in the mythical Milwaukee hotel.

Musical performances include blues harpist Jim Liban and the folk trio Terry Coffman, Tom Schwark and John Will Balsley, plus the house band with noted pianist Dean Lee and jazz singer Adekola Adedapo.

Historian John Gurda will discuss Turner Hall's illustrious heritage. Doors at Turner Hall open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:30. General admission is $15 and tickets may be purchases online at or at the door.

Funds from the show will benefit City Year Milwaukee.

For information contact Pam Percy, at

MacDowell Club of Milwaukee to hold auditions

Fox Point - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee - proudly celebrating its 100th concert season - announces auditions for Performing Members on Jan. 16 to be held in the Music Department located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communications/Fine Arts at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 North Yates Road.

Applications, indicating one of the following categories, along with a check for $25, payable to the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee, should be mailed to 5262 North Diversey Boulevard, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217-5161, no later than Dec. 31. Those auditioning will be notified of their time slot. For additional information, contact membership chair Marilyn Eisenberg at (414) 332-3234 or

Lumen Christi school hosts open house

Thiensville - Lumen Christi Catholic School, 116 N. Orchard St., is hosting an open house from 10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 17.

See the classrooms, meet the teachers and discover faith-filled learning.

For information, call (262) 242-7960.

Remodeling firm offers free workshop

Whitefish Bay - B&E General Contractors, Glendale, will host a free remodeling presentation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive. The seminar, entitled Refresh, Renew, Remodel! will be held in the second floor community room.

B&E team members will give tips on wise remodeling investments, innovative design concepts within your budget and environmentally efficient products, among other topics.

Kids From Wisconsin to hold auditions

Applications are now being accepted for positions in the 2010 Kids From Wisconsin. Completed forms must be received by Jan. 22 to be eligible for live auditions scheduled for Feb. 5-7.

Kids From Wisconsin is a summer musical performing troupe that travels throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. The program is an excellent learning experience for anyone interested in professional performance in the fields of dance, instrumental and vocal music. About 33 positions are open for dancers, vocalists and band members. Qualified males and females between the ages of 15 and 20, regardless of race, color, handicap or national origin are eligible to apply.

Each June, a new and exciting stage performance created by a professional artistic staff is taught during an intense 17-day camp. During the following 10 weeks, Kids From Wisconsin tours the state and Midwest performing nearly 70 fully staged performances including daily appearances at Wisconsin State Fair.

Applications are available from all public and private high school music directors, on the Kids Web site at or may be requested by contacting the Kids office at (414) 266-7067.

Tartan Ball to raise funds for school foundation

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation will sponsor the annual Tartan Ball beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Pfister Hotel. The event raised more than $120,000 last year on behalf of the children in the MTSD.

Jennifer Zoeller, Kris Worthington and Liz Graumann who are chairing ball, have added several exciting new events, including the use of hand-held bidding devices for the silent auction and a competition with fifth-grade students from the district's three elementary school, a contest entitled "Smarter than a fifth-grader." There will also be an Art Gallery displaying work from student artists, community projects and entries from local galleries that will all be available for purchase.

Invitations to the Tartan Ball have been sent to families in the school district. They can also be found at any of the Mequon-Thiensville Public School offices. Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the schools. Proceeds from the Tartan Ball benefit the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation.

Established in 1998, the mission of the MTEF is to develop community-wide financial support for the MTSD, and through grants, to support continued excellence in education. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded close to $1.7 million in grants to help ensure that the district advances in technology, curriculum and personnel during this fiscally challenging period.

For more information on the foundation and the Tartan Ball visit the Foundation's Web site

Yoga Center offers a chance to try out yoga

Shorewood - The Milwaukee Yoga Center's annual Yoga Festival is Jan. 31 with free classes designed for those new to yoga and also for those with experience. Classes will be held from 1 to 2 and from 3 to 4 p.m. with an open house and free music following the classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

MYC is located at 3514 N. Oakland Ave.

Call (414) 332-3551 for information.

Holocaust youth essay contest accepting entries

Whitefish Bay - With every passing day, the Holocaust becomes a more distant memory, but not any less important in a modern world of change. As yet another way to ensure younger generations "never forget," a Holocaust Youth Essay Contest has begun accepting entries. The topic this year is: "Choose an example of survival, resistance or rescue from the Holocaust that has an impact on you. Explain how it influences the way you behave in the world to day. Be sure to give historical details of your examples in your essay."

The essay contest is open to all students in grades seven to nine (Division I) and 10 to 12 (Division II).

Only essay form entries will be accepted. Entries cannot exceed 1,200 words and must represent the independent effort of the writer. Essays must be typed or printed, double-spaced, on one side of the paper only. They will be judged on originality, content and quality of expression.

The essay must be accompanied by a title page containing the following information: student's name, home address, telephone number and e-mail; name of school, address, telephone number, teacher's name and the grade. No pages in the essay should include their name or any family names or personal identification.

Entries must be postmarked no later than 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and mailed to: Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay, WI, 53217, Attn: Judges.

The top two winners in each division will win a trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Their school will receive a book.

The awards winners will be announced and presented at 2 p.m. April 11 at the communitywide Yom Hashoah Commemoration (Day of Holocaust Remembrance) at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The Holocaust Youth Essay Contest is sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation and is a program of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. For information please call Dorene Paley, Director Community Services, at (414) 967-8217 or at

Kathleen Eggert artwork on display at Anaba Tea Room

Shorewood - A self-taught artist, Kathleen Eggert has developed her own techniques for firing enamels on glass for more than 20 years. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the collection of the Corning Museum.

Kathleen's works are sandblast carved from half-inch or thicker plate glass panels, and layers of powdered enamels are applied in multiple firings to achieve luminous color of great depth. Individual pieces also may include fired gold or applied metal leaf and sandblast etching.

The display can be seen at Anaba Tea Room, located in the lower level of Garden Room, 2107 East Capitol Drive.

Anaba is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For information, contact Doug McDonald at the Garden Room at (414)963-1657.

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