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Dec. 26, 2011

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

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

Fun in the Winter Sun: 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 29; $12 for member children, $16 for nonmember children ages 6 to 12

Participants will see some mammal furs and skulls, make an animal track to take home and meet a live animal. Participants also will go outside for a trail hike to see who is awake and active this time of year. The event will conclude with hot chocolate.

Sky Hunters: Word with a Bird: 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 31; free with center admission

A raptor handler showcases one of the center's many birds of prey.

Second annual Winter Carnival: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 22; $5 per carload

There is snowshoeing for people age 12 and up and animal tracking hikes for children. Sessions on snow crystals and how mammals keep warm will be available. There also will be guided hikes to the lakefront to observe ice formations.

Anaba Tea Room hosts reception, exhibit

Shorewood - Exhibit, "Work from the Teaching Studio of James Hempel," is on display through Dec. 31 at the Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

Exhibit hours are 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.

Concordia art gallery features three exhibits

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, is displaying the following shows in its art gallery:

Jan. 2 to Feb. 8: "Personal Exposure" photo show

Feb. 13 to April 6: Wood Fire Pottery (Michael Shael)

April 16 to May 18: Senior Show

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

For information, call (262) 243-5700.

Library accepting registration for storytimes

Glendale - The North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts Winter Storytimes.

Mother Goose Time is for 1-year-old children and includes lap bounces and rhymes. Toddler Time is for 2-year-old children and includes stories and songs. During storytime for 3- to 6-year-old children, books will "come alive." All groups interact with books, puppets, songs, dramatics, flannel board stories and simple art projects.

Registration is free and starts Jan. 3.

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

Local businessman speaking at club meeting

Brown Deer - Richard Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter, is scheduled to speak at the Brown Deer Senior Citizens Club meeting at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 4 in the lower level of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 8080 N. 47th St.

The event is open to the public. Enter through the south entrance, right of the parking lot.

For information, call (414) 354-4151.

Junior Duck Stamp exhibit on display at SANC

Bayside - A traveling exhibit featuring the first-, second- and third-place winners from the 2011 Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit is on display through Jan. 5 at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week in the Great Hall.

This year, 833 students from 49 schools throughout Wisconsin submitted entries to the contest. Students from first grade to high school students submitted work of professional quality. The art is judged in four age classes and the best of show is selected from the first place entries in each of those classes.

For information and entry forms for the 2012 contest, contact the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at (608) 565-2551 or visit

Bring a dish to pass at Alliance holiday party

Shorewood - Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee, 1800 E. Capitol Drive, hosts its annual FĂȘte des Rois (Holiday Party and Feast of Three Kings potluck dinner) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

The Alliance provides drinks and desserts; bring a dish to share.

Register by Jan. 5 by emailing or calling (414) 964-3855.

Senior living community hosts speaker, musicians

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

Musical performances are held at 2 p.m. Sundays. Michael Huffman, musical director and pianist, performs Jan. 8, local violinist Ilya Litvin on Jan. 15 and accordionist and pianist Don Grazana on Jan. 22.

Jim and Katie Gennrich talk about Chinese lifestyle and culture from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 24. The couple lived in China for four years and taught five semesters of an international business program at Tianjin Foreign Studies University in Tianjin, China (near Beijing) and Soochow University in Suzhou, China (near Shanghai). The discussion is the first in a two-part series discussing current Chinese culture and lifestyle and how it impacts the U.S. The second session will be from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Feb. 7.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

Concordia announces 2011-12 concert lineup

Mequon - The Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts a variety of concerts starting this fall.

Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 17 and younger, unless otherwise noted. Tickets may be purchased at the door. All seating is by general admission. For more information, call (262) 243-4405.

John Behnke Organ Recital: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6

Milwaukee handbell workshop: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28; $12 per person; reservations required; call (262) 243-4240

Guest organ recital - Christopher Herrick: 3:30 p.m. March 11

Kammerchor Spring Concert: 3:30 p.m. April 1

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra: 3:30 p.m. April 22

Concordia Chorale and Chapel Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. April 29

The Alleluia Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. May 6

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert: 7:30 p.m. May 11; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children younger than 18.

Performing group seeks classically trained musicians

Glendale - Auditions for MacDowell Club of Milwaukee membership will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 7 in the Music Department of Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Classically trained musicians (composers, instrumentalists, vocalists, pianists and organists) are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received before Dec. 31.

Requirements, application forms, detailed information and directions are available at or by contacting Sheri Masiakowski at or (414) 403-1046.

Those selected to audition will be notified of their time slot in early January.

Bay preschool holding open house

Whitefish Bay - Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay, 5655 N. Lake Drive, hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 7.

Families have the opportunity to visit classrooms, test drive preschool toys and activities, and meet teachers. The school offers a morning and afternoon mix of two-, three- and four-day classes for potty-trained children 2 years and 10 months and older. Registration for new families starts. Jan. 19.

For information, call (414) 961-0432.

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

(no dateline) The MacDowell Club will perform at a variety of locations during its 2011-12 season. For information, visit

Solos and Ensembles: 3 p.m. Jan. 8; Cardinal Stritch University, Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road, Fox Point

An Afternoon of Polish Classical Music: 3 p.m. March 18; Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

Organists' Delight: 7:30 p.m. April 14; Gesu Parish, 1210 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

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

Peer-led infertility support group available

Glendale - Resolve offers an infertility peer-led support group for women and couples experiencing infertility from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Participation in the group is free.

For information, visit or call (414) 967-1041.

Community invited to learn about Stormonth School

Fox Point - Stormonth School, 7301 N. Longacre Road, hosts a community night from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12.

New and potential families are welcome to learn about the school and its offerings. The evening includes a presentation about programs, testimonials from students and families, classroom tours and meeting with teachers.

Refreshments will be available.

For information, call (414) 247-4102.

Gilda's Club will show movies about health, grieving

Whitefish Bay - Gilda's Club will show two movies from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The first movie is "Forks Over Knives," a controversial film featuring leading experts on health who talk about disease and diet. The film examines the claim that food can prevent many modern-day diseases.

The second movie is "Speed Grieving," a film geared toward individuals who have lost someone to cancer, or those who are caring with someone with terminal cancer. A discussion will be led by licensed clinical social worker Kristen DeJunco.

The movies are free.

To register, call (414) 962-8201, Ext. 102.

Library to host survivors support group

Glendale - A new Survivors Helping Survivors support group for family, friends and other loved ones who have lost someone to suicide will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Registration is not necessary and all are welcome.

For information, call (414) 336-7972 or email

Seth Meyers performs benefit show at JCC

Whitefish Bay - Comedian, head writer for "Saturday Night Live" and SNL's Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers performs at Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2012: Stand Up to Cancer at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The event benefits the JCC and Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Reserved tickets for the event are $75 and $100 and include a cocktail and dessert reception at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (800) 595-4849.

Stritch presents children's show 'Charlotte's Web'

Glendale - The Cardinal Stritch University Theater Department's annual children's show will be national award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette's adaption of E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web" with music by Charles Strouse.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 28 and 29 at the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Tickets are $5.

For information or tickets, call (414) 410-4171.

Tartan Ball benefits Mequon schools

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation will "Stack the Deck for Education" at its 13th annual Tartan Ball at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.

The evening starts with cocktails, silent auction and raffle. Dinner, a voice auction and dancing starts at 8 p.m.

The most direct way to support performing and fine arts and technology in all six district schools is through the Fund-a-Grant solicitation. Early bidding on select silent auction items and donations to the Fund-a-Grant will be possible in mid-January.

All proceeds benefit the foundation.

For information, visit

Concordia announces 2011-12 theater lineup

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, presents four theatrical performances starting this fall.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families, unless otherwise noted. An evening group rate is also available for $6 per person. For information, call (262) 243-4364 or email

"The Princess Went Thataway": 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12; tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger; and,

"Waiting for the Parade": 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 5, 1:30 p.m. May 6

Stritch hosts free faculty recital

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University faculty artists perform chamber literature during a free recital at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nancy Kendall Theater at the university, 6801 N. Yates Road.

For information, call (414) 410-4478.

Violins for auction on display at area businesses

Shorewood - Eleven Shorewood and Wisconsin area artists created works of art from old violins to benefit the Shorewood Orchestra program. The violins are on display through Feb. 29 at local businesses:

Don Berg, "In Tune" at Harleys for Men, 3565 N. Oakland Ave.

Donna Burdge, "violino d'oro" at Shorewood Family Chiropractic, 4433 N. Oakland Ave.

Jenny Steinman Heyden, "Vera The Violin" at Alterra Coffee Roasters, 4500 N. Oakland Ave.

Kathleen Hoffman, "Feeling Florentine" at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Mark Nash, "Flagstones" at Culver's, 1325 E. Capitol Drive

Amy Roemer, Sound of Light" at Goldi's, 4114 N. Oakland Ave.

Andy Haas Schneider, "Grandma's Button Tin" at Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave.

Steven Sellars, "Melodies never heard before the present moment" at Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N. Morris Blvd.

Amy M. Thomas, "Nightsong" at Thirst & Vine, 4330 N. Oakland Ave.

Dave Thome, "You Are What You Eat" at Harry's Bar and Grill, 3549 N. Oakland Ave.

Mary Jo Thome, "Fairy Tree House" at Garden Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive

Interested buyers can begin the bidding process. The fundraising event will close with a final live auction and celebration Feb. 29th at Hubbard Park Lodge.

Orchestra students travel to Italy in spring.

For information, visit

Theater group performing 'Babette's Feast'

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company presents "Babette's Feast" at 8 p.m. March 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 3 p.m. March 18 and 25, and 4 p.m. March 24 in Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Two elderly sisters are the center of an austere Norwegian religious community that has renounced all worldly pleasures. Into their world comes Babette, a French refugee, who decides to cook a lavish feast to thank them for their kindness to her. The village elders are suspicious of her intentions.

Tickets are $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets, call (414) 744-5995 or visit

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 plainspoken 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.

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