Club kicks off monthly
Milwaukee - L'Alliance Française kicks off its monthly cultural meetings with a production on Louis XV, "The Entertainment of Louis XV," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 914 E. Knapp St.
The presentation includes a talk on the period of Louis XV and his relationship with Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, also known as the Marquise de Pompadour, by Gabrielle Verdier, French professor from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, followed by a reception with drinks and light hors d'oeuvre.
The talk precedes a performance by ensemble Masques from Montreal at 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the church.
The event is free and open to the public.
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.
"Apache Ceremonial Dancing" with Ron Preston: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 23; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Ron Preston, an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, performs three different North American Indian traditional dance styles, describing each in depth and what they mean to his culture.
Participants hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather.
Audubon Babies - Exploring Nature with the Very Young (6 months to 2 years): 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 24 and Feb. 28; $5 per child/adult member pair per session, $6 per child/adult nonmember pair per session
Participants enjoy a hike on the trails and some good fellowship. Participants will meet inside and then venture out. Dress for the weather.
School hosts pancake
breakfast, open house
Shorewood - St. Robert School, 2200 E. Capitol Drive, holds a pancake breakfast and open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27.
Breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage with coffee in Reilly Hall. Tickets are $6 per person.
Parents and school-aged children are invited tour the classrooms, talk with teachers, meet the principal and view student works from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration forms for the 2013-2014 school year will be available.
For information, call (414) 332-1164, Ext. 3024, or visit strobert.org.
Sarah Chudnow hosts
variety of events
Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts musical performances and other events. All events are open to the public.
For information, call (262) 478-1500.
2 p.m. Jan. 23: Robert Dittmer from COPE Senior Services speaks about the COPE Hotline, which provides supportive listening to callers in addition to crisis intervention, suicide prevention and referral to needed services.
2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27: Lori Giese performs with Festival European, an authentic Old World guitar and accordion music.
Practice French while
enjoying a drink or two
Milwaukee - L'Alliance Française de Milwaukee will hold a French happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every fourth Thursday, starting Jan. 24, at The Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave.
Participants converse in French while enjoying a drink or two. All Francophile guests will receive $1 off each glass of wine.
The happy hours are free and open to the public.
For information, call (414) 964-3855.
'Middle Kingdoms' exhibit
Thiensville - River Edge Gallery, 184 S. Main St., hosts and exhibit of work by Milwaukee artist Stephanie Barenz through Jan. 26.
It is a China-inspired exhibit.
For information, visit riveredgeartgallery.com.
Learn how to use your garden
to help feed the hungry
River Hills - Congregation Emanu-El 'Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a program, Milwaukee Food Justice + Tu b'Shevat: What can YOU do to feed the hungry? from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27.
The program includes guest speakers Gretchen Mead, executive director of Victory Garden Initiative, and Pam Frydman-Roza, Surplus Garden Coordinator of Tikkun Ha-Ir. They will discuss how to use your home garden plus community gardens to aid in feeding the hungry.
The program is free and open to the public.
For information, visit ceebj.org/salinsky.
Whitefish Bay High School hosts “Protect the Back, Lose the Belly”
Whitefish Bay - Milwaukee-area cardiologist Dr. William Davis and Oak Creek chiropractor Dr. Paul Raulston present “Protect the Back, Lose the Belly” in the Whitefish Bay High School auditorium from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 29.
Davis, bestselling author of “Wheat Belly,” has appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” to speak on the subject before. Tickets are $5 at the door, and all proceeds go to pay for shoes and work-out gear for students of NOVA, a school for at-risk kids.
Whitefish Bay High School is located at 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.
Library provides workshop
on downloading books
Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, will hold classes on downloading e-books from the library to tablet devices from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 27 and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.
Be sure to bring your device to class.
Registration is required. Call (414) 755-6557 to register.
Grief support groups
available at church
Mequon - Mourning Cloak grief support groups for children, teens, young adults and adults who are grieving a death or significant loss will be held from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 11, March 4, 11, 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8 at Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road.
For information or to register, email email@example.com or call (414) 704-7640.
School holds book drive
for Next Door Foundation
Whitefish Bay - Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay holds a community book drive for Next Door Foundation's Books for Kids program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 in the Garden Level of Christ Church, 5655 N. Lake Drive.
New and gently used children's books for babies through young adults will be accepted. The greatest need is infant/toddler books and early read-to-me-type books.
For information, call (414) 961-0432.
Resource center offers
massages for seniors
Shorewood - The Shorewood Senior Resource Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave., offers chair massages from 9 to 11 a.m. the first Tuesday of the month, beginning Feb. 5.
Licensed massage therapist Claire Moore is available for appointments.
The cost is $1 per minute, with a 15-minute minimum. Pressure will be as light or as deep as the participant wishes. Appointments must be scheduled by Jan. 29.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call (414) 847-2727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynden hosts authors
of 'The Good House'
River Hills - Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a reading by Ann Leary as part of its Women's Speaker Series from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30.
Leary will read from her novel "The Good House."
For information, call (414) 446-8794.
School hosts used books
sale, pancake breakfast
Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave., hosts its annual used books sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 in the cafeteria.
Proceeds go to the Holy Family Parish School Home and School Association.
The school also hosts its annual pancake breakfast from 8:45 a.m. to noon Feb. 3 in McCormick Hall, which can be entered from Marlborough Road.
The breakfast includes pancakes with various toppings and sausages. It is open to the community and can be enjoyed as dine in or carry out. No reservations needed.
The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds go to the Holy Family Home and School Association.
For information, call (414) 332-8175.
Committee holds series
of free monthly events
Shorewood - The Conservation Committee offers a series of free monthly events. Community members may attend any or all of the events without registration.
For information, call (414) 847-2700.
Composting Seminar led by Josh Knox: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 in the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.
Participants learn various techniques for composting as well as why composting helps the environment, decreases the amount of trash sent to landfills and can help keep property taxes lower.
Natural Lawn Care Seminar with Amy Joyce: 10 a.m. to noon March 2 in the Shorewood Village Center
Participants learn useful tips for having a beautiful, healthy lawn without using pesticides or heavy metals. Additionally, Joyce will explore the harm that pesticides and chemical fertilizers can cause to the water supply, humans, domestic animals and wildlife.
Rain Gardens, Rain Barrels and Plant Sale: 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 6 in the Shorewood Village Center
This event features ways to save money on watering while keeping excess rainwater out of the sewers and village basements.
Conservation Fair: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4 in the Atwater School parking lot, 2100 E. Capitol Drive
The Conservation Fair features various exhibits and educational events as well as recycling opportunities. In case of rain, the events will take place inside the school's cafeteria.
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. to noon Feb. 2: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Bell workshop
3:30 p.m. April 7: Kammerchor spring concert
3:30 p.m. April 21: symphonic wind ensemble and chamber orchestra concert
3:30 p.m. April 28: Concordia Chorale and Chapel Ringers concert
3:30 p.m. May 5: Alleluia Ringers handbell concert
7:30 p.m. May 10: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert
Milwaukee - L'Alliance Française de Milwaukee presents "Edith Piaf Onstage" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Skylight Music Theatre, 158 N. Broadway.
Leslie Fitzwater brings legendary and celebrated French chanteuse Edith Piaf to life. Following the concert, the Alliance hosts a reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks, as well as an appearance by Fitzwater.
Tickets are $65 (includes reception). A friend of the Alliance and the Skylight will donate $20 per ticket sold to Alliance.
To purchase tickets, call (414) 964-3855 or email email@example.com.
Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts theatrical performances.
"Almost, Maine" is presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 and 9 and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Todd Wehr Auditorium.
Tickets for the performances are $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families. An evening group rate is also available for $6 per person.
For information, call (262) 243-4364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shorewood High School
Shorewood - The Performing Arts Department of Shorewood High School presents the musical "Godspell" at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, and 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the auditorium, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available from any cast member, or by calling or emailing the box office at (414) 963-6940 or email@example.com.
Nicolet presents 'Joseph
and … Dreamcoat'
Glendale - Nicolet High School students perform "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Nicolet Theatre, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road.
Tickets are $10; voice mail reservations can be made by calling (414) 351-8174.
Center hosts annual
Whitefish Bay - The fourth annual Father-Daughter Dance is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
The dance is open to girls 7 to 13 and their dads. The event features a DJ, red carpet, crafts, a mitzvah project (good deeds project), fancy desserts and sparkling juice.
The Father-Daughter Dance is open to the community. Registration is required.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 967-8185.
All-day retreat features
River Hills - Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, will hold an all-day retreat, Unfettered Genius: Active Awakening of Your Creative Self, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10.
Participants unfetter their creativity and connections through exercises including Guided Visualization, Body Awakening and Life Games.
Tickets are $110 for members and $125 for nonmembers; lunch is included. To register, visit lyndensculpturegarden.org/calendar/active-awakening-your-creative-self.
Stritch presents 'An Evening
with Noël Coward'
Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, presents "An Evening With Noël Coward" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 to 23, 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Studio Theater.
The performance, directed by David Oswald, is a collection of charming and sophisticated one-acts from Coward's "Tonight at 8:30."
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students.
For information or to order tickets, call (414) 410-4171.
Shorewood - Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, presents James Steeno's "Similitudes" exhibit through Feb. 24.
The exhibit features floral and wildlife watercolors, paper collage and pen and ink drawings.
The gallery is open from 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.
Jewish playwrights featured
in three productions
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Jewish Museum Milwaukee and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center presents three plays by Jewish playwrights, "Exploring Jewish Voices," during its 2012-13 season.
Each theatrical production features a preshow ViewPoints Lecture by an expert in Jewish culture and a Jewish Community Ticket performance featuring a post-show talkback led by JCC Educator Jody Hirsh.
The productions are held at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.
"Underneath the Lintel" by Glen Berger: Feb. 21 to March 17; ViewPoint Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27; Jewish Community Ticket: 2 p.m. March 10
The series kicks off with a season preview presentation, "A Midsummer Night's Preview," at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave. MCT staff members and guest artists discuss the season's highlights and offer dramatic readings from each play. The preview is free for JMM members and $5 for nonmembers.
For information, call (414) 276-8842.
Stritch presents variety
of art exhibits
Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, exhibits works in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery.
Ted Brusubardis, Annushka Peck and Calvin Whitehurst collaborate to transform the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery into a space of art and audio installations for Weightless Words, which presented from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17. Gallery visitors will face the impact of commonly spoken words as the artists explore how language defines reality and understanding of history.
League of Milwaukee Artists members exhibit works from Feb. 22 to March 17. An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22. The gallery will be closed March 3 to 10.
Admission is free. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
For more information, call (414) 410-4105.
Acacia Theatre Company
presents 2012-13 season
Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company presents four shows during its 2012-13 season.
All performances are at Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.
"Heaven Sent" by Rick Whelan
8 p.m. March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16
When a young, abandoned girl in need of care appears at reclusive Samuel Langley's door in the middle of the night, he rediscovers hope, beauty and character.
"Quilters," book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, music and lyrics by Barbara Damashek
8 p.m. July 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20; 3 p.m. Nov. 14 and 21; 4 p.m. Nov. 20
A musical, "Quilters" celebrates the courage and character of our nation's pioneer women as they share their fears, joys, loves and tribulations as settlers in a sometimes harsh land.
Season subscriptions cost $38 or $30 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.
Single tickets for all productions go on sale Sept. 1. Single tickets for the three regular season shows will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.
For information, call (414) 744-5995 or visit acaciatheatre.com.
River Hills - Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, 2020 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts Casino Night from 7 to 11 p.m. March 9.
Scrip will be redeemed for chips and then converted to raffle tickets. Casino tables close at 10 p.m.
Admission is $25 per person and $30 after March 6; admission includes $500 in scrip, a raffle ticket and two drink tickets.
To purchase tickets or for information, call (414) 228-7545.
Club hosts free concert
at local church
Hales Corners - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee presents a free spring program, "Sacred and Spiritual," at 2 p.m. March 10 at St. Mary Catholic Faith Community, 9520 W. Forest Home Ave.
The concert features pianist Carla Coonan of Bayside, mezzo-soprano Donna Shriner of Shorewood and guitarist Irina Yanovskay of Fox Point.
For information, email email@example.com or visit macdowellclubmilwaukee.org.
Club offers scholarships
to students of classical music
Fox Point - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee holds scholarship auditions for students of classical music from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 20 in the chapel of Bonaventure Hall at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road.
Prizes of $1,000, $750 and $500, plus two $125 honorable mentions, will be awarded.
The scholarship is open to applicants 18 to 26 residing or studying within a 90-mile radius of the Greater Milwaukee Area. Eligible categories are voice, piano, organ, strings, woodwinds, brass and classical guitar.
For information, call (414) 475-1864, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit macdowellclubmilwaukee.org.
Committee seeks members
of Class of 1983
Milwaukee - The Whitefish Bay High School Class of 1983 will hold its 30-year reunion at 6:30 p.m. July 6 at Palms Bistro, 221 N. Broadway.
The cost is $50 per person, $40 for additional guests. The price includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres, music and a slide show.
Send payment to John Robertson, N31W7231 Lincoln Blvd., Cedarburg, WI 53012.
For information, email email@example.com.
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.
Lake Michigan Full Moon Snowshoe: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25; $12 for adult members, $14 for nonmember adults
Participants visit ice formations of Lake Michigan in the light of a full moon. Participants try calling in owls and finish with hot drinks in front of the lake view room's fireplace. Snowshoes are provided. If there is no snow, participants will hike on foot.
Third annual Winter Carnival: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27; $4 for child and $5 for adult members, $6 for child and $7 for adult nonmembers
There is snowshoeing for people age 12 and older and animal tracking hikes for younger children. Sessions on snow crystals will be available and participants will meet some live animals. Guided hikes will lead visitors down to the lakefront to observe ice formations. If conditions are right, participants can ice skate on Mystery Lake; bring skates. Dress for the weather.
Winter Wonderland: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 to Feb. 27; $75 for child members, $85 for nonmember children
Nature Adventurers, for 5-year-old kindergarten and first-graders, and Nature Explorers, for second- to fourth-grade students, allow participants to explore the outdoors. Participants hike, explore, learn and play. Children should eat a snack before class and dress for the weather.
Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 2; free with center admission
In February, participants learn how raptors show they care.
Boomers & Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7; $15 for adult members, $17 per session for nonmember adults
In February geologist Jim Rosenbaum teaches participants about the Plate Tectonic revolution in the earth sciences, which occurred in the late 1960s and advocated continental drift, or the movement of the continents.
Especially for Educators: Exploring Nature with Young Children: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 (Session 1), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 (Session 2); $20 per session/$35 for both for adult members, $25 per session/$40 for both for nonmember adults
Participants learn how to bring nature into the classroom and how to take children outside in winter. Dress for the weather. Session 1: Learn about how the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool teaches young children and discover how any teacher can bring nature into their curriculum. This session includes a tour of the preschool classrooms and outdoor playspaces. Session 2: Discover some practical tips and get outside for a hike with a preschool teacher and a field trip leader.
Hand-in-Hand (ages 2 to 4): 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 Feb. 7 and Feb. 21; $12 per child/adult member pair per session, $15 per child/adult nonmember pair per session
Family Winter Camp-In: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 9; $75 per member family, $85 per nonmember family
Families camp out inside the center. Bring blankets, sleeping bags, pads and tents. Participants enjoy an indoor program followed by a night hike. There will be a fire in the Hearth Room complete with s'mores. A light breakfast starts the next morning. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 157.
Hangin' with Hyatt: The Search for Antlers: 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers
Participants look for antlers and get to keep any they find. Participants learn about the deer relocation program while enjoying refreshments.
Winter River Snowshoe: 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9; $18 for adult members, $21 for nonmember adults
Don Quintenz leads this hike and points out the animals and signs they leave in their journeys. Snowshoes are provided; no experience is necessary. Participants meet in Wauwatosa under the Capitol Drive bridge on Menomonee River Parkway. If there is no snow, participants hike on foot.
"Enter There: Finding Your Doorways to the Divine in Nature" with Philip Chard: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
In this workshop, Philip Chard, a thought leader in the emerging field of eco-psychology, takes participants through a process of discovery, of finding where and how to enter the divine in the natural world.
Schlitz Audubon Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13; free to adult and teen members and volunteers
Participants discuss bird sightings and share bird news.
Environmental Voices: The Story of Saving Peacock Prairie: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16; $7 for adult members, $8 for nonmember adults
Participants hear environmental activist Bernice Popelka's story of saving a black-soil, tall-grass virgin prairie in Illinois in the 1960s.
Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22; $5 for child and $8 for adult members per session, $7 for child and $10 adult nonmembers per session
Participants make s'mores at the fireplace and visit scaly and slimy friends. "Brave" is featured in January; "ParaNorman" is featured in February.
Starry Nights of Winter: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25; $5 for child and $7 for adult members per session, $7 for child and $9 for adult nonmembers per session
Participants stargaze from the trails and the top of the center's tower. The program begins inside the center and continues outside. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight and binoculars.
"One God or Many" with Rabbi Jay Brickman: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 28; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Rabbi Jay Brickman leads a discussion on how our relationship with the world about us changes according to our belief in God, whether it be no God, one God or a variety of gods. Participants examine relevant passages in the Hebrew Bible. Bring a Bible.
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