Things to Do

May 14, 2012

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages.

Homeschool Day at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: May 17

Programs are designed for children who benefit from discovery-based learning and a hands-on approach to education. Call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 138, to learn about home school program offerings.

Raptor Photo Shoot: 9 a.m. to noon May 19 (rain date, May 20); $15 for student and $35 for adult members, $20 for student and $40 for adult nonmembers

Sky Hunters: Birds of Prey are on display for a three-hour photo shoot.

Free Bird Walks: 7:30 a.m. May 19; free

Paul Boyer leads free bird walks for adults in May. Meet in the main parking lot. No preregistration required.

Monday Night Magic: 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 and June 11; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $9 for adult nonmembers per program

Enjoy a series of spring and summer evening hikes with Tom Finley. Nets are provided.

Horicon Marsh Birding Trip: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 or 12:30 to 9 p.m. June 21; $65 for adult members and $75 for nonmember adults in May, $71 for adult members and $81 for nonmember adults in June

Tour the Horicon Wildlife Refuge. In May, participants visit Milwaukee Audubon's newly acquired prehistoric Native American sacred site. For June's class, participants visit Lizard Mound State Park on the way up to the marsh to learn from expert cultural archeologist Herman Bender how the mounds point to key astronomical positions.

Audubon Babies: Exploring Nature with the Very Young: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. May 24 and June 21; $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers per session

Enjoy a hike on the trails and some good fellowship. Participants, children 6 months to 2 years old with an adult, meet inside and venture out for a hike.

Spiritual World: Mindfulness: 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 24; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Heidi Lukinac, an avid Mindfulness practitioner and yoga teacher, explores why ancient practices are still vital today. She will lead the group through some simple breathing and meditation exercises.

Door County Getaway: 8 a.m. May 29 to 8 p.m. June 1; $528 for adult members, $607 for nonmember adults (add $111 for a single room)

This year, participants go to Three Springs Natural Area's new upland trail, Sven's Bluff trail in Peninsula State Park, North Bay, Mud Lake and White Cliff Fen and Forest. Participants stay at Lawrence University's Bjorklunden campus. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 239.

Annual Gala: 6 p.m. June 1

Participants will enjoy cocktails, dinner and an auction at the center. All proceeds support nature education at the center. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 152.

High school presents 'Aida'

Shorewood - Shorewood High School to present "Aida" at 7:30 p.m. May 17, 18 and 19 in the auditorium, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

The cost is $16.

For information, visit

Learn to write Legacy Letters with workshop

Shorewood - The Shorewood Senior Resource Center will offer a two-part Legacy Letters Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. May 17 and 24 at the center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

The workshop teaches participants how to write a Legacy Letter, which is a testament of a person's values, lessons learned, advice and hopes shared with a child, grandchild or other loved one. The course is taught by Leah Dobkin, a freelance writer, author and national public speaker, who writes about creative and vital aging.

The cost is $25 for both workshops. Payment is due May 10.

For information, call (414) 847-2727 or email

Art show features work of graduating seniors

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin hosts the exhibit, "Unusual Balance: Senior Art Show 2012," through May 18 in the Art Gallery on campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The show features the work of 12 graduating seniors and includes photographs, paintings, sculptures and other works of art.

The show is free to the public.

For information, call (262) 243-5700.

Church holds annual garden, workshop tool sale

Fox Point - Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts its annual garden and workshop tool sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 benefiting families in Milwaukee and Tanzania.

Perennials, herbs, annuals, potted plants, garden ornaments and garden/workshop tools are available. The sale also features baked goods.

The tool sale benefits Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds from the garden sale go to the church's outreach programs, which serve those in need in Milwaukee. The money raised also will be used to continue providing scholarships for 60 to 80 secondary school students in Tanzania.

For information, call (414) 352-8990.

Resource center holding annual flea market

Shorewood - The eighth annual Shorewood Community Flea Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Shorewood Village Center in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Toys, household items, musical instruments, books, CDs and collectibles will be sold. Baked goods and lunches also will be available for purchase.

For information, call (414) 847-2727 or email

Garden club celebrating 60-year anniversary

Glendale - The Clovernook Garden Club celebrates its 60th anniversary at noon May 19 at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee.

Members, past and present, and their friends will gather for the annual spring luncheon to commemorate the past 60 years of gardening and friendship. The election of the new board and presentation of Emeritus Awards also will take place at the event.

For information, call (414) 352-4138.

Library League hosts book sale at community center

Mequon - The Thiensville-Mequon Library League hosts a book sale from 1 to 5 p.m. May 19 with a bag sale from 11 to 2:30 p.m. May 20 at the Logemann Community Center, 6100 W. Mequon Road.

This sale benefits the Ozaukee County Jail Literacy Program. The New Leaf Used Book Cellar also will be open for additional bargains.

For information, call (262) 242-3582.

Committee offering conservation activity

Shorewood - The Shorewood Conservation Committee presents a rain garden/rain barrel workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 19 in the children's room on the main floor of the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Learn about the benefits of residential rain garden and rain barrel use and installation. Learn how to collect and use rainwater to beautify lawns and gardens, save on watering costs and help improve the quality of lakes and rivers.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

For information, call (414) 847-2706.

Story times continue at Weyenberg library

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, continues Family Story Times through May 19.

Story Times will be held at 11 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

Family Story Times are an interactive way for children and families to participate together in stories, finger plays and songs.

For information, visit or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 15.

Alliance hosts film discussion, viewing party

Shorewood - Alliance Française de Milwaukee, 1800 E. Capitol Drive, presents "Un Air de Famille" in French with English subtitles at 1:30 p.m. May 19.

A prefilm discussion in English is at 1:30 p.m. followed by the movie at about 1:45 p.m. Discussion also will follow the film.

Drinks and snacks will be available.

The cost is $5 or free for Alliance members.

Register by calling (414) 964-3855 or emailing

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

The MacDowell Club will perform at a variety of locations during its 2011-12 season. For information, visit

Music to Welcome Spring: 3 p.m. May 20; St. John's on the Lake, Cultural Arts Hall, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

Stritch art students exhibit work

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University visual art students will exhibit photography, graphic design and ceramics as part of their senior thesis through May 20 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at the campus, 6801 N. Yates Road.

An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 11 includes food and beverage as well as a Stritch student music ensemble performance.

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

Chudnow hosts musical performances, events

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a variety of events in May.

All musical performances begin at 2 p.m.:

May 20: Bob Miller, old-time musician

May 21: Senior Jamboree Concert, featuring four local senior musical groups, Shorewood Senior Resource Center, Sarah Chudnow Community Glee Club and both the Cedarburg and Grafton Senior Centers

May 27: Terry Morgenroth, singer

Roenicke speaking during leadership networking event

Mequon - Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is scheduled to speak during the Spring Leadership Series at 7:30 a.m. May 21 in the Siebert Dining Hall at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The biannual event is a breakfast networking event for local business leaders. The topic of Roenicke's presentation is Lessons Learned Along the Way: Leadership, Commitment, and Team.

For information, email or call (262) 243-4337.

School bands performing end of seasons concerts

Shorewood - Shorewood Intermediate and Shorewood High schools conclude their band seasons with two upcoming concerts.

The Shorewood Intermediate School bands present their Finale Concert at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Shorewood High School auditorium, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

This program features the seventh-grade Concert Band and the eighth-grade Symphonic Band.

The Shorewood High School band concludes its season with a concert at 7 p.m. May 23 in the high school auditorium.

The program, which features the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, includes a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," narrated by Milwaukee television, film and stage actor Daniel Mooney. A brief awards ceremony and reception honoring this year's band students follows shortly after the concert.

Admission to all concerts is free.

For information, call (414) 963-6920.

Library hosts variety of activities

Mequon -  The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, hosts a variety of activities.

Free basic computer and technology classes are presented by Dave Bartlett. Classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about how to make the most out of their computer and devices. No registration is required.

Topics include:

10:30 a.m. May 23 - Social Networking

For information, email or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 12, for teen and adult programs, and Ext. 15 for children's programs.

Senior club showing 'Temple Grandin'

Glendale - The Glendale Senior Citizens' Club presents "Temple Grandin" at 1 p.m. May 23 in the clubroom on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School, 2600 W. Mill Road.

The event is free.

Call (414) 540-2100 for information.

Foundation recognizes Sommer family

Mequon - The Mequon Community Foundation holds its Pillars of the Community award luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 5 at the North Shore Country Club, 3100 W. Country Club Drive. For this inaugural luncheon, the foundation elected to recognize the Sommer family for its outstanding contributions to the Mequon area.

Tickets to the luncheon are $35 per person. Individual reservations and table sponsorships are available. Reservations must be mailed no later than May 25. Make checks payable to Mequon Community Foundation and send to: MCF, P.O. Box 52, Mequon, WI 53092. For information about sponsoring a luncheon table, call (262) 240-2234.

Lynden Sculpture Garden hosts variety of activities

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, offers a variety of programs.

General admission is $9 and $7 for students and seniors. Members and children younger than 6 are free. Admission is free to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Admission includes access to the sculpture garden and house.

All events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.

The garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Beginning May 16, the museum is open until 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For information, visit or call (414) 446-8794.

Yoga: Seventh Chakra: Crown: 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 27; drop-in fee: $15, $13 for students and seniors, $6 for members; fee includes admission to the sculpture garden

Heather Eiden, ceramic artist, art educator and yoga instructor, leads the monthly workshop, focusing on the crown chakra. Participants make focal point sculptures to create a space for contemplation

Gos Sa Mer: Santiago Cucullu + Ester Partegàs: May 20 to July 22; opening reception, 3 to 5 p.m. May 20, the artists offer an informal tour of the exhibition at 4 p.m.

Get Out and Paint: noon to 5 p.m. June 3; free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden

Celebrate the museum's second anniversary with plein-air painting, music, a tree walk, limited edition T-shirts, a film and more. The current schedule calls for music by the Painted Caves from 1 to 3 p.m., an outdoor yoga class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and a tree walk with Sharon Morrisey of the University of Wisconsin-Extension at 3 p.m. The garden is open for plein-air painting from noon to 5 p.m.; the museum provides plein-air backup and lend painting kits throughout the afternoon. A limited edition anniversary T-shirt by artists Santiago Cucullu and Ester Partegàs will be released, and "Something New for the Rose Garden," a film made at Lynden in 1982 by Dennis Darmek and Patsy Tully, will be shown.

Mind Can Change: Chance Encounters with Writing and Art with Rod Smith: June 3 to 8; $275, $250 for members of Lynden or Woodland Pattern (one discount only); to register, call (414) 263-5001 or email

This workshop explores a number of writing strategies of the historical and contemporary avant-garde. At the end of the week, participants celebrate the work produced together with a public reading and reception.

Summer Art Camps: June 13 to Aug. 17

Two-, three- and five-day camps for children ages 4 to 12 feature environmental programs, visiting artists and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art media. Each camp concludes with an informal showing for family and friends. In addition to Garden Animals, Art Elements, Earthworks and Sally Duback's Puppets, new offerings include opportunities to build a miniature tree house or explore the color orange.

Fresh Starts: June 16

A workshop designed to ease participants out of creative hibernation and into activity.

Direct Response: Aug. 3-5

An outdoor painting workshop with Eric Aho, who shares his approach to painting en plein-air.

Dimensional Papermaking: Aug. 18

Sally Duback offers the second installment of her Dimensional Papermaking workshop. This is an opportunity to take paper pulp into the third dimension.

Theater group presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Brown Deer - Imagination Theatre of Germantown presents "Fiddler on the Roof" at 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and 3 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

Performer auditions are being held at 6:30 p.m. May 21 and 23 at CrossWay Church, W156N10041 Pilgrim Road, Germantown.

Singers, dancers and actors of all ages are needed. Those interested in auditioning should prepare eight to 16 bars from a song to be sung a cappella. Be prepared to learn a short dance combination.

Orchestra auditions are being held at 7 p.m. May 30 at CrossWay Church. Musicians who play viola, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, accordion, piccolo and bass should prepare 16 to 32 bars to perform.

Rehearsals will begin June 10 and will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday evenings.

For information, call (262) 271-6893 or visit

Master Gardeners holding herb fair, plant sale

Mequon - The Ozaukee Master Gardeners is holding an herb fair and heirloom plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 26 in the field house at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

More than 10,000 herbs and heirloom plants are available.

Parking and admission are free.

For information, call (262) 284-8288.

St. Eugene Congregation hosts blood drive

Fox Point - BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 26 at St. Eugene Congregation, 7600 N. Port Washington Road.

The drive is held on the BloodCenter bus.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should bring a photo ID. The entire process takes about an hour.

Donors can schedule an appointment by visiting or by calling (877) 232-4376.

Nature preserve hosts first ever run/walk

Mequon - The Mequon Nature Preserve, 8200 W. County Line Road, hosts its first ever 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. June 2.

Participants have the option of a 5K run through the woods or a 2-mile walk across a prairie. A quarter-mile dash for children is available.

Proceeds benefit the preserve's wildlife education programs, which allow adults and children to learn the importance and benefits of the species that make the preserve their home.

Register online at

Library presents summer reading program

Glendale - The North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road, presents its summer program, Dream Big, Read!

Participants who register after 10 a.m. June 4 can win prizes for being read to or reading. Younger children have the opportunity to create crafts and join a toddler dance party.

New this year is a bilingual story time for children to learn Spanish and/or French. Performers are scheduled throughout the summer. Book clubs are available for school-age children. Movies are shown Friday nights. Reading programs for teens are available.

For information, call (414) 351-3461 or visit

Stritch hosting sculpture exhibit

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, hosts a Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition from June 8 to 24 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8.

Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Humor therapy available for cancer survivors, families

Whitefish Bay - Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin will present "Humor, Health & Hope," a free, family-friendly comedy event for cancer survivors and their families, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. June 9 at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The event begins with the Laughter Club workshop, led by mind-body therapist Meagan Brown of Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Brown shares the concept of mind-body medicine and the different ways people can help themselves during difficult, stressful and emotional situations. Workshops for children include kid-friendly activities, games and giggles. Following a light hors d'oeuvres reception, Scott Burton presents his brand of "humor therapy."

Reservations can be made online at or by calling (414) 962-8201, Ext. 103.

Nicolet hosts Relay For Life

Glendale - The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Milwaukee is from 6 p.m. June 22 to 8 a.m. June 23 at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road.

For information, call (262) 523-5534.

Jewish Community Center sponsoring Madison trip

Madison - The Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a trip, including a cruise on Lake Monona, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 26.

The cruise includes lunch from the Mariner's Inn, which will be served aboard. Before boarding the ship, the day begins with guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, Monona Terrace. Following the cruise, there is a tour of the Chazen Museum of Art.

The cost is $59 and includes bus transportation to and from Madison, cruise on Lake Monona, lunch and docent-led tours. Participants meet at the Brown Deer Park and Ride at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8258.

Anaba hosts new art exhibit

Shorewood - The Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts Sandra Peterson's art exhibit, "Paintings: Oil on Tea Bag & Oil on Canvas" through July 1.

The gallery is open 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.

Acacia presents 'Anne of Green Gables'

Mequon - Acacia Theater Company will present "Anne of Green Gables" at 8 p.m. July 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. July 15 and 22 at Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Follow the adventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plain-spoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. She wins them and all of Prince Edward Island over with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.

Tickets are $15, students, $5. For information, call (414) 744-5995.

JCC offers summer camp in Eagle River

Whitefish Bay - The Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers Family Camp on Aug. 14 to 19 the overnight camp in Eagle River.

Family Camp offers a Jewish camping experience for families from Wisconsin and across the U.S. This camping experience provides an opportunity for families to meet other Jewish families from other communities, and serves as a setting for a family reunion.

Camp activities include swimming, sailing, water skiing, nature walks, tennis, arts and crafts, and a ropes course. Families are housed in their own cabin. The fee for Family Camp is $995 for a family of four, with an additional $100 per family member, and includes all meals, activities, events and snacks.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8240.

Foundation presents four fine arts programs

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library Foundation presents four programs in its 2012 Fine Arts Series at the Frank L. Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Wisconsin native and famed storyteller Tom Pease will use movement, sign language, humor and joy to create an interactive concert.

Finally, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble performs its original and unique assortment of timeless seasonal classics at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

Regular library services are suspended half an hour before the start time on the day of the event. No registration is required for these free programs, and all are welcome to attend.

For information, call (262) 242-2593, or email

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages.

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

The program focuses on the birds of summer.

Repamphibiantile Sunday: noon to 1 p.m. June 3; free with center admission

Jim Hyatt presents snakes, salamanders and frogs.

Sweet Water Organics Tour: 9 a.m. to noon June 5; $35 for adult members, $40 for nonmember adults

Come tour Milwaukee's Sweet Water Organics urban farm. Participants learn about aquaponics and about honey production and composting. Dress for the weather; part of the tour will be outside.

Boomers and Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. June 7; $15 for adult members, $17 for nonmember adults

In June, participants study animal territories and witness how the different kinds of animals advertise and defend them.

Native American Spirituality: Nature as a Door to the Spiritual World with Dennis Hawk: 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Dennis Hawk, a Cherokee/Mesquaki descendant, shares how Native American spirituality has opened that door of nature.

Nature Yoga with Dennis Hawk: 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Dennis Hawk explains and demonstrates the powerful nature metaphors used in yoga practices in this participatory workshop.

Summer Matinee: Ponding Fever: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 13; $5 for child and Participants take nets and scoopers to see what kinds of critters dwell in these habitats.

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

Bring binoculars.

Family Hikes: 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 22 or July 13; $10 per member pair, $14 per nonmember pair

This program is geared for parents with children from 2 to 5 years old. Each session includes a hike with games, activities, stories and lots of play. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

10th Annual Froggin' Festival: 6 to 8 p.m. June 26; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Jim Hyatt leads this celebration with live animals, contests for kids and adults, and critter catching. Bring muddin' shoes and a camera.

Especially for Educators - Exploring Nature with Young Children (Adult): 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 28; $20 per session or $35 for both sessions for members, $25 per session or $40 for both sessions for nonmembers

Enjoy a hike designed especially for teachers to learn some strategies and tips. Come for one session or both. Bring a lunch.

Hangin' with Hyatt: Campin' and Canoein': 6 p.m. June 29 to 10 a.m. June 30; $75 per tent for members, $85 per tent for nonmembers

Check-in and tent pitching starts at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., participants go to Mystery Lake. Grab a net, hop into a canoe and catch critters. Participants head to the beach for a campfire and s'mores. Wake up between 7 and 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Bring a tent, flashlight and camping gear.

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