Things to Do

March 3, 2010

Judaism and the environment will be Israeli activist's topic

River Hills - The Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning will bring Israel-based environmental activist Jeremy Benstein to Milwaukee to speak Thursday through Saturday.

Benstein is educational director of the Abraham Joshua Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, based in Tel Aviv. He is also the author of "The Way Into Judaism and the Environment."

He will speak on A Jewish Perspective on Sustainable Planning in Israel and America at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road.

He will discuss Putting Olam in Tikkun Olam - that is, putting "the world" into the Jewish concept of "repair of the world" - at 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Lake Park Synagogue, 3207 N. Hackett Ave., Milwaukee.

These programs are made possible in part by the Jewish National Fund-Wisconsin, Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee, and Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun. They are open to the public at no admission charge.

Police Department holds next Citizens Police Academy

Mequon - The Police Department. is holding its next Citizens Police Academy starting Thursday.

The academy, which is free, meets for six Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

This program helps educate residents on how police officers do their jobs and serve their community, and how important and critical civilian involvement is in aiding those services.

Most classes involve "role playing and scenarios" with students experiencing topics including the detection of illegal drugs, operating while intoxicated, traffic stops, simulations of room clearing, the use of a Taser and canine Officer Vero doing his job.

In addition, they are given the opportunity to qualify on a firearms range directed by the department's trained firearms instructor.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people who must be 18 or older and residents of Mequon or Thiensville or employees working in those communities.

Applications are available at Mequon Police Department, 11300 N. Buntrock Ave., Mequon.

For information, contact Sgt. Patrick Pryor at or call (262) 242-3500.

Lumen Christi Catholic School open house March 4

Thiensville - Lumen Christi Catholic School will be holding an open house from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Thiensville campus, 116 N. Orchard Street. Come see the classrooms, meet the teachers and discover the benefits of faith-filled education. We are now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year for kindergarten through eighth grade, including K3, K4 and K5. We offer 2-day and 3-day per week K3 programs, morning or afternoon K4, and half-day or full-day K5. Aftercare is also available. For more information call Laura Rowe at 242-7960 or visit the Web site at

Art show runs through May 2

Shorewood - Mequon's Stacey Williams-Ng's collection of paintings and etchings will be on display from today to May 2 at the Anaba Tea Room, located in the lower level of Garden Room, 2107 East Capitol Drive.

There will be an opening and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Tea Room is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 10-5. The Tea Room will be closed March 16 to 19 for construction.

Dominican presents musical 'State Fair'

Whitefish Bay - Dominican High is proud to present Rogers and Hammerstein's classic "State Fair." All performances will take place in the Dominican High School auditorium, at 120 E. Silver Spring Drive.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. March 7 and 14. Visit the DHS Web site for more information Call the DHS box office at (414) 332-1170, ext.485 to reserve your tickets now.

Whitefish Bay High School presents 'Guys and Dolls'

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay High School Theatre Department will present five performances of the musical "Guys and Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. March 7 in the high school auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $5 for children. All tickets are general seating and the ticket booth will open an hour and a half before each performance.

North Shore Library marks Aldo Leopold weekend with events

Glendale - The North Shore Library, Friends of Kletzsch Park and the North Shore Historical Society will hold a raptor show featuring three large raptors from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center including our favorite turkey vulture, Tallulah, at 2 p.m. Saturday in honor of Aldo Leopold weekend. Register by calling the North Shore Library at (414) 351-3461. The library is located at 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Following the raptor show, visit the Kletzsch Park's Acorn Lounge, 6560 N. Milwaukee River Parkway for hot chocolate, cookies and a roaring fire. Opportunities for a nature walk and good outdoor fun are available. The lounge will be open until 4 p.m.

Ben Seidman to perform magic show at JCC

Whitefish Bay - Ben Seidman, Shorewood native and resident magician at the Manadalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas will be performing at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is a fundraiser for the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Ben's alma mater.

Seidman is the creator of the best-selling 2008 magic DVD, "iVanish", and magic consultant on Criss Angel's A&E network show, "Mindfreak." In addition to Seidman's stand-up magic show, there will be a silent auction, prizes, and dessert reception.

Reserved Seating tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. General admission tickets are $54 per person in advance or $60 per person at the door. Adults only. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets, donating a silent auction item, or obtaining additional information, should contact Linda Holifield, MJDS Development Coordinator by phone at (414) 967-8336 or by e-mail at

Village to hold two open houses for Comprehensive Plan

Shorewood - The Village Board, Plan Commission and village staff will discuss residents' thoughts and input on a proposed comprehensive plan being developed for the community. The plan will help guide the future development of the village.

Drop in sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Village Center, the lower level of Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Seasonal and swine flu vaccines available at clinics

The North Shore Health Department will be providing both seasonal and swine flu (H1N1) vaccinations during its monthly immunization clinics. Vaccination is the best defense against both H1N1 and seasonal influenza.

Although H1N1 influenza activity has decreased, seasonal and H1N1 influenza viruses are expected to continue circulating for months. Vaccination is recommended throughout the influenza season, including the spring months.

More information (clinic times, location, possible vaccine costs, etc.) is available by contacting the North Shore Health Department at (414) 371-2980 or by checking its Web site and click on Health Department.

CRG to hold candidate forum

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer affiliate of the Citizens for Responsible Government will hold a forum for School Board candidates at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Brown Deer High School Multicultural Arts Center.

Four candidates, incumbent Gary Williams and Michael Bembenek, Barry Godshaw and Lisa Zielinski, are running for two vacant seats on the board.

Ron Kundinger, president of the CRG, will moderate the forum.

Spend Wednesday afternoon at a free movie

Mequon - The Weyenberg Library is pleased to present a Best Picture film series, featuring Academy-Award winning films at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Million Dollar Baby" will be shown Wednesday. The series concludes with 1983 winner "Terms of Endearment" on March 17.

Films will be projected in the Tolzman Community Room and are free of charge to all members of the public. For information on this and all library programs, visit the library's Web site at, or call the library at (262) 242-2593, extension 37. The library is located at 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

Glendale Woman's Club holding a fashion show

Glendale - The Glendale Woman's Club presents the Simple Elegance Fashion Show with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. March 11 at the Bavarian Inn, 700 W. Lexington Blvd. The opening event is a treasure hunt

Breakfast that includes Bavarian Freuhstuck and sticky buns will be served at 11 a.m., followed by the fashion show and treasure hunt awards.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by sending your check, payable to the Glendale Woman's Club, to Anne Oberbeck, 425 W. Willow Court, #123, Fox Point, WI 53217-2657.

Thiensville-Mequon Library League holding book sale

Mequon - The Thiensville-Mequon Library League is having a March Madness Book Sale on March 13 and 14 at the Logemann Community Center, 6100 W. Mequon Road.. A large variety of new and used books will be available for $1 or less. Hundreds of rare and collectable books will also be featured at reasonable prices. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 13 and 11a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14. Proceeds benefit the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation, the Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program, the Logemann Community Center and other local charities.

School district foundation slates fundraising bash

The Maple Dale Indian Hill Educational Foundation is asking parents, teachers and the district community to go Back to the 80s at its Ninth Annual MDIH Benefit Bash on March 13 at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

Since its inception the MDIH Benefit Bash has raised more than $140,000 for the schools. A portion of the proceeds from this year's Bash will help fund the acquisition of more technology at both schools. Additionally, funds raised support the foundation's Mini-Grant program, an innovative program which enables teachers to enrich the curriculum with creative and inventive educational opportunities.

A committee of nearly three dozen parents and teachers has been planning this year's Bash since October. The evening will feature a lively cocktail hour with beer and soda donated by Point Brewery and wine donated by Trader Joe's. DJ services with an awesomely 80s sound will be provided by The Party Company.

A silent auction, featuring items such as an automated massage table from Relax The Back, a Harley-Davidson men's leather jacket, and an on-air ESPN Radio experience with Steve "The Homer" True, will keep guests bidding for our schools. Food for the evening is catered by Saz's Catering.

The cost for the Benefit Bash is $40 per person. Event sponsorships at the "Footloose" ($100), "Breakfast Club" ($250) and "Top Gun" ($500) levels all include program recognition, while "Breakfast Club" and "Top Gun" sponsorships include two or four tickets, respectively, to the bash.

To receive an invitation or to make a donation of cash or an auction item, call David Eurich at (414)732-4076.

JCC hosts summer camp fair March 14

Whitefish Bay - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center's Free Summer Camps Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 14 at the JCC, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The event will be packed with games, camp activities, hands-on craft stations, sports and much more for kids to experience. Summertime snacks will also be available.

Representatives from Dance Works, the Milwaukee Wave, 4 Seasons Sk8Park, Paley Tennis Camp and basketball coach David Adelman will also be participating.

Parents can meet camp directors, learn more about all of the JCC summer camps, enter to win $500 off JCC summer programs and take advantage of membership specials. The JCC's summer camps run June 14 - Aug. 27 for kid's age 2 years old through 12th grade. Camps includes pre-school, day camp, overnight camp, skateboarding, soccer, chess, football, theater, basketball, art, pompom, golf, cooking, sewing, fishing, sailing, hiking, nature, movie making, swimming, fitness, jewelry making, tennis, photography and more.

The event and parking is free so bring your friends.

For information call (414) 964-4444 or visit

JCC to show free films focusing on the Jewish resistance

Whitefish Bay - A series of free films will be shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in the JCC Community Hall, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The films are co-sponsored by the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and the JCC.

At 2 p.m. March 14, the film "Defiance" will be shown. The film will be introduced by Jody Hirsh, JCC Judaic education director

RSVP or (414) 963-2714

At 7 p.m. March 16, the film "Resistance: the Untold Stories of the Jewish Partisans" is on tap. Jody Hirsh will introduce local survivors who served in the partisans following the film.

RSVP or (414) 963-2714.

SANC celebrates with pie on Pi Day

Bayside- Schlitz Audubon Nature Center announces a special Pi Day Celebration, Celebrating Pi Day, March 14 (yep, that's 3.14) at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Join us as we explore the wonder of math and nature through a wide assortment of interactive games for various ages. Attempt some tower mathematics 60 feet above the ground, try your hand at writing "pi-ku,"do some pi art, hike for a pi mile (3.14), and when you are finished, don't forget to sample a slice of pie.

The festivites run from 1 to 3:14 p.m. at the center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

The fee is members: adult $10, child $6; nonmembers: adult $12; child $8. Registration is required by calling the center at (414) 352-2880.

SANC to celebrate 'Snake Patrick's Day'

Bayside - Jim O'Hyatt separates truth from fiction on the legend of the snakes and St. Patrick (from the snake's point of view) from 6 to 7 p.m. March 16 at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road. O'Hyatt will have his usual array of snakes and amphibians to celebrate this event as well as plenty of green snacks for this family-friendly celebration. The fees are member adult, $10; child $6 ; nonmember adult, $12; child, $8.

Retired educators of Ozaukee County hold monthly meeting

Retired educators of Ozaukee County (Ocarta) will meet for lunch and program at noon March 16 at the Country Keg, 1814 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.

Following the luncheon, the guest speaker will be Sari King from the Department of Employment Trust Funds.

All Ocarta members and retired teachers are encouraged to attend to become better informed about their pensions. Reservations are required for the luncheons.

For information call (262) 243-5236.

Shorewood candidate forum planned

Shorewood - The Shorewood Men's Club will hold candidate forums for both the School Board and Village Board races at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd. The Village Board candidate forum will be March 17.

All are welcome to join the Men's Club for dinner (starting at 6:30 p.m.) and the forum at 7 p.m.

Call (414) 332-5999 to reserve a dinner, which is $17 payable at the door, or come after dinner for the forum only.

Indulge yourself for a great cause

Glendale -Wine enthusiasts and chocolate connoisseurs alike will not want to miss St. Francis Children's Center's annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting on March 19. This unique fundraising event, sponsored by Rockwell Automation and M magazine will be held at the Center, 6700 North Port Washington Road, Glendale, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Attendees will taste a fabulous array of about 100 wines from around the world while satisfying their sweet tooth at more than a dozen chocolate stations, featuring the area's most delectable chocolate creations. This year, a variety of local breweries will have specialty beers available for sampling as well. Completing the evening's festivities will be an impressive silent auction, live jazz music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and a raffle drawing with grand prizes from Relax the Back Bayshore Town Center and more. Get a sneak peak at select silent auction items and find further event details by visiting

Advance ticket prices are $50 each or $45 for parties of 10 or more. At the door, tickets will be $60. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend.

For reservations or more information, please contact the Center at (414) 351-8851 ext. 223.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the special education, therapies and support services that St. Francis Children's Center provides to more than 1,000 children each year.

Colombian rock group to play at Nicolet

Glendale - The Colombian rock group Sin Ánimo de Lucro , nominated for a 2009 Latin Grammy, will give two concerts March 19 and 20 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road. Students of Nicolet High School, as well as students from SISA Language Center, which is an organization that teaches Spanish to children ages 5-14 in the North Shore, other area schools, and members of surrounding communities will have the unique experience of having a Latin Grammy-nominated group from Colombia to play concerts for them.

Tickets for this event are available at Nicolet High School as well as at Tickets are $20 for general admission and $32 for limited preferred seating.

School holds 26th Annual Shamrock fundraiser at Ozaukee Country Club

Mequon - Lumen Christi Catholic School's popular fundraiser, Shamrock, will take place March 20 at Ozaukee Country Club, 10823 N. River Road. This will mark the26th anniversary of Shamrock. More than $2 million dollars have been raised for the school since Shamrock was first introduced.

This year's theme is A Tropical Evening Awaits You. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with tropically-inspired cocktails and appetizers, raffles and a silent auction. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., featuring delicious tropical fare. The live auction begins at 9:15 p.m. There are many amazing auction items, including a vacation home in Vail, Colo., for six days and five nights; front row pew for the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass at Lumen Christi Mequon, including two parking spaces; and a Brewers game and tailgate party with the Rev. Peter Berger, just to name a few. In addition, our schoolchildren have created beautiful glass fusion projects for the silent auction - they are priceless.

To round out the evening, Lucille's Rockin' Pianos will perform at 10 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $75 each; adults 65 years or older are $40 each. An invitation/registration form can be found on our Web site

Shorewood flea market seeks vendors

Shorewood - The sixth annual Shorewood Community Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 at the Shorewood Village Center in the basement of the Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Avenue.

Vendors can rent a table for $15. No clothes will be accepted. Past vendors have sold items such as plants, knitting wool, books, vases, small appliances and knickknacks.

For information and to rent a table, prospective vendors should contact Elizabeth Price, director of the Shorewood Senior Center, at (414) 847-2727.

AARP Foundation offers income tax help

Free tax help is offered at the Whitefish Bay and Shorewood libraries. The Whitefish Bay site, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, will be open every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning Feb.3 and running through April 14. This is a walk-in program, with taxpayers helped on a first-come basis.

The Shorewood program runs by appointment-only on Thursday afternoons at the library, 3920 N. Murray Ave. Appointments are made by calling the Shorewood Health Department, (414) 847-2710.

This TaxAide program is funded by the AARP Foundation, with support from the IRS and is available to taxpayers of all ages. The program cannot offer assistance with certain less common returns, such as those involving rental real estate, married-filing-separately status, military and other complex issues.

There is no income limitation.

2010 business, community expo at Four Points Sheraton

Brown Deer - The Granville-Brown Deer 2010 expo will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. March 25 at the Four Point Sheraton, 8900 N. Kildeer Court.

Area businesses will provide special offers and discounts. There will be free food provided by Alexian Village of Milwaukee and free blood pressure screening provide by Luther Have. Kemp Clinic of Chiropractic will do free spinal health screenings.

The Rite Hite YMCA will provide a Kids Corner to engage the younger set. Children will also be able to have their photo taken with Bango, the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot, Freddie Falcon from Brown Deer High School or Vincent Viking from Vincent High School.

For more information call (414) 357-5493 or go to on the Web.

High school throws fundraiser for H2O Foundation

Whitefish Bay - A Samudra Fashion Show at Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. March 26 will benefit H2O which provides clean water wells in third world countries. The show will feature local and student fashion.

SHOP, a boutique, and Lise and Katos will contribute cutting-edge fashion trends alongside original student designs.

Samudra comes from the word ocean in Hindi and was chosen as the shows name because the shows proceeds will benefit Whitefish Bay's goal with H2O. The high school is more than one-third of the way to reaching their goal of completing the water project in their partner school in India for clean, safe water.

Come enjoy the fashion, and help them reach their goal.

Dominican announces its 30th Annual Auction Dinner

Whitefish Bay - Dominican High School announces its 30th Annual Dominican High School Auction, Dominican Knight Fever, to be held March 27. Proceeds from this event, the school's largest fundraiser, go toward our yearly operating budget.

This year's auction will feature a silent and live auction, dinner and a 70s-themed music selection, which will make everyone want to disco dance. A crowd of 400 attendees is anticipated.

Join the celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Dominican High School, 120 E. Silver Spring Drive.

For information visit

Cinema, Alliance Francaise brings French films to theater

Mequon - Marcus Theatres will be teaming with the Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee to bring Best French-Language Film Shorts of 2009 to the North Shore Cinema on March 27. Les Lutins du Court-Metrage has been named the cream-of-the-crop of French short films. Many of these films are not generally available to the general public, so this is a unique and cultural experience for Milwaukee-area residents to enjoy.

Admission is $6 for Alliance Francaise members and $10 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Alliance Francaise at or by visiting

Registration now open for Dairyland Cycling Series

Registration is now open for the 2010 Tour of America's Dairyland presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, an bicycle race across 11 Southeastern Wisconsin cities, June 17-27, promoter Midwest Cycling Series has announced.

Pro and amateur racers of multiple categories including Women Cat 3/4, Pro Women 1/2, Cat 4/5, Cat 3, Masters 1/2/3/ 35+, Masters 4/5 35+, and Pro Men 1/2 will compete for more than $105,000 in cash and prizes in the 2010 Tour of America's Dairyland. Racers of all seven categories will have the opportunity to participate 10 consecutive days, June 18-27, across eight criteriums and two road races. Opening night on June 17 at the Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic will feature Men and Women Pro races only.

In addition to Shorewood, other Wisconsin communities hosting criteriums in the second year of the Tour of America's Dairyland include Thiensville, Grafton, Appleton, Sheboygan, Waterloo, Fond du Lac, Downer Avenue on Milwaukee's Eastside, and Waukesha. Greenbush and Elkhart Lake will be home to road races, the latter of which will be held on the historic Road America racetrack.

Advance registration will remain open on Sports Base Online until June 13. Endorsed and supported by the Wisconsin Cycling Association and United States Cycling Federation, Tour of America's Dairyland will have updates posted on

Artist from area part of gallery exhibit

Fox Point - The artistic works of Stritch alumni Anna (Fieldbinder) Kordsmeier and Sue (Goetz) Lawton will be on display in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery Feb. 26 to March 26. The opening reception is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Kordsmeier is a 2001graduate of Nicolet High School who received her BFA from Cardinal Stritch University in 2005.

Both artists incorporate mixed media into their acrylic paintings.

Kordsmeier's abstract topographies investigate the elusive and impermanent quality of memory.

Lawton's "Tibia: Imagery from the Modern Opera" is based on an opera parody she wrote shortly after the 2004 presidential election. The story is meant to playfully poke fun at both 19th century romantic opera and 21st century politics.

For more on the gallery visit

Most Popular


Local Crime Map



Latest Photo Galleries