Run, walk to benefit Sojourner Truth House
Fox Point - The Fox Trot Interfaith Fun Run/Walk is at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
A 1K kids run/walk/roll, fun and refreshments follows at 10 a.m.
Registration forms are available at Fox Point Lutheran Church, Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd., North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd., and St. Eugene Congregation, 7600 N. Port Washington Road.
Runners and walkers also can register the day of the event starting at 7:30 a.m. The fee is $10 for each runner 5 and older. Proceeds from the race benefit Sojourner Truth House, a resource for battered women and their children.
Participants are encouraged to walk or bike; parking is available at North Shore Congregational Church and St. Eugene Congregation.
For information, call (414) 352-8802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village picnic features food, music and games
Bayside - The annual village picnic is from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Ellsworth Park, 600 E. Ellsworth Lane.
The picnic features beverages, hot dogs, brats, corn on the cob, popcorn, live music, games, rock climbing wall and bounce houses.
Volunteers are needed to help serve food and refreshments and to help set up.
For information, call (414) 351-8811.
Church to celebrate centennial with concert
Shorewood - St. Robert Church, 2200 E. Capitol Drive, hosts a Centennial Celebration Concert at 1 p.m. Sept. 9.
The performance features Frank Almond, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715. Acclaimed pianist Jeannie Yu will accompany.
The concert is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church.
The Centennial Celebration culminates Oct. 14 with a special mass celebrated by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki.
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.
Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 1 and Oct. 6; free with center admission
In September, participants learn some bird facts. In October, participants traverse the Lake Michigan migratory flyway with raptor escorts. After the program, participants take a guided hike of the center's beach. At the beach, participants build a watershed in the sand and learn how pollution ends up in the lake. The event concludes with participants picking up litter and beachcombing.
All About Monarchs (families with young children): 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1; $3 for child and $5 for adult members, $5 for child and $7 for adult nonmembers
Participants learn about the life cycle and migration of monarchs in an interactive, child-friendly way, and then venture out with nets and tags to participate in an international Monarch study. Participants also will color a paper monarch to send to Mexico.
Boomers and Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 6; $15 for adult members, $17 for nonmember adults
Participants dig for Devonian bedrock or glacial till at the center's beach. After a short introduction by expert geologist Jim Rosenbaum, participants walk to the beach and dig one or more exploratory trenches perpendicular to the shore.
Hangin' with Hyatt: Anybody for Geocaching?: 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8; $5 for child and $8 for adult members, $6 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers
Participants use a Global Positioning System unit to look for a cache boxes hidden on the center trails. The center has GPS units available.
Repamphibiantile Sunday: noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 9; free with center admission
Participants can interact with turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders.
Monarch Tagging and Migration Study: 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 9; $3 for child and $5 for adult members, $5 for child and $7 for adult nonmembers
Participants learn about monarch butterflies. Participants join Citizen Scientists in a North American tagging study. Participants also will make paper symbolic butterflies. These paper monarchs will "fly" south and winter with Mexican school children. Participants also will learn how to track monarch migration online in conjunction with the "Journey North" program.
Mini-Vision Quest with Dennis Hawk: 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11; $40 for adult members, $45 for nonmember adults (dinner included)
Participants experience some of the benefits of a vision quest. After an orientation and a sending-forth ceremony, Hawk puts each participant "out on vision." After the vision, participants have the opportunity to share their experience and listen to the stories of others in a traditional Native American Talking Circle. Dress for the weather.
Schlitz Audubon Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sept. 12 and Oct. 10; free for members and volunteers
Participants check out the fall bird activity at the center. Bring binoculars.
Bhutan: "Land of the Thunder Dragon": 7 p.m. Sept. 12; $5 for child and $8 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers
Native Bhutanese Chubzang Tangbi presents photos bringing to life the beauty of the Himalayan landscapes, sacred temples and deeply rooted culture filled with colorful festivals.
Chat with County Board chairwoman in Glendale
Glendale - County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic holds her seventh "Chat with the Chair" from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.
Residents are invited to meet the chairwoman, ask questions about county government and explore ways for Glendale and Milwaukee County to work together.
For information, call (414) 278-4232.
Anaba Tea Room hosts exhibit by photographer John O'Hara
Shorewood - Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts an art exhibit, "Portraits of Milwaukee," by John O'Hara from through Sept. 2.
"Portraits of Milwaukee" features rural and urban landscapes, and portraits of people in their neighborhood surroundings.
Gallery 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, visit anabatearoom.com.
Anaba presents League of Milwaukee Artists exhibit
Shorewood - The League of Milwaukee Artists showcase the work of its members in an exhibit "Painting … Music to My Soul" from Sept. 6 to Oct. 28 at Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.
The exhibit is available 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
For information, visit anabatearoom.com.
Walk raises awareness of kidney disease
Milwaukee - The National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin hosts the 2012 Kidney Walk starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 8 at Brown Deer Park, 7835 N. Green Bay Road.
Check-in starts at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. The Kidney Walk is a free one-mile walk that raises awareness of kidney disease and the importance of having healthy kidneys.
YogaOne Studios provides free yoga classes at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There also will be art activities for children, and all Kidney Walk participants can purchase discounted rounds of golf at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course on the day of the walk.
For information, visit kidneywi.org.
Church to collect electronic items for recycling
Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a household electronics recycling program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the church's rear parking lot.
The cost will be $10 per car, plus $10 for each TV (no charge for computer or laptop monitors).
The event is for residential electronics only; no business equipment.
Items accepted include: TVs; computers and peripherals (keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.), monitors, cordless and cellphones, iPods, printers (including ink and toner), scanners, fax machines, stereos, old holiday lights, extension cords, personal digital assistants, clock radios and other consumer electronics.
Items not accepted include: microwave ovens, dehumidifiers, other small and large appliances, batteries and light bulbs.
For information, call (262) 375-3890 or visit ucnorth.org.
Church offers adult spiritual enrichment classes
Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, offers adult spiritual enrichment classes.
Registration is required by calling (262) 375-3890 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native American Spiritual-Energy Healing Service: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Sanctuary
Dennis J. (Rocky) King, a healer of the Bear Clan of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, leads a group Native American Energy and Healing Service. The class fee is $35 per person. King also offers individual healings; for information, call (920) 712-1358.
The Threshold: A Jungian Study and Discussion Group: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and 20, and Nov. 3 and 17
"The Threshold" is the recommended beginning in The Centerpoint Education Center for Carl Jung Studies Vantage series. Participants listen to the Centerpoint CD and use the transcript for questions and discussion. Each participant must have a copy of the transcript. Centerpoint is offering church members a discounted price of $20 for each transcript; the nonmember fee is $25. Register by Sept. 6.
Bay Class of 1987 holding its 25th reunion
Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay High School Class of 1987 is holding its 25th reunion at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Sunset Playhouse, 800 Elm Grove Road.
This will be an intimate, casual event to foster conversation and allow old friends to reconnect and make new memories. Finger foods and a full bar along with a slide show of pictures from high school, a silent auction and live music will be available.
To register, visit wfbreunion.eventbrite.com.
Memorial walk benefits local schools
Bayside - Spread Your Wings 5K Walk in memory of Michael Janasik will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 9 at Bayside Middle School, 601 E. Ellsworth Lane.
In 2009, Janasik, 18, was killed in a car accident involving a drunken driver. In addition to honoring Janasik's life, the walk raises money to benefit schools in the Fox Point/Bayside area.
Registration for the walk is $25 for individuals, $100 for a team of five people and $175 for a team of 10 people. Family registration, which includes two adults and up to four children, is $60. Registration includes lunch and a Spread Your Wings T-shirt.
For information or to register, visit SpreadWingsWalk.com or call (414) 228-9766.
African Children's Choir performing in Mequon, Bay
The African Children's Choir will perform at local venues Sept. 9.
9 and 10:30 a.m.: United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay; (414) 964-2424
7 p.m.: Christ Church, 13460 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon; (262) 243-3093
The program features children's songs, traditional spirituals and rhythmic gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A freewill offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs. Donations directly support the expansion of sponsorship and education programs for both current choir children as well as the thousands of other children the choir represents.
Senior living center hosts free High Holiday services
Mequon - Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 W. Market St., hosts free High Holiday services.
Services will be led by Cantor Jeff Conn and are open to anyone with no membership or tickets required.
Sept. 9: beginning of the High Holidays with Selichot, Penitential Prayers, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Sept. 17: Rosh Hashanah commence with Schacharit at 9 a.m., Tashlich at 4 p.m. and evening services at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah services are at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22: Shabbat Shuvah services are at 10 a.m. and Mincha services at 4 p.m.
Sept. 25: Yom Kippur Eve Kol Nidre services are from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 26: Yom Kippur services continue with morning services at 9 a.m. to noon, with Yizkor at 11:30 a.m. Evening services continue with Mincha at 5:30 p.m., Ne'ilah at 6:30 p.m. and Breaking the Fast at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: Erev Sukkot services begin at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 1: first day of Sukkot with services at 9:30 a.m. and Mincha services at 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 2: Sukkot services are at 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 3 to 4: Chol Hamoed Sukkot services are at 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 5: Erev Shabbat Service are at 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 6: Shabbat Chol HaMoed Sukkot are at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Oct. 7: Erev Shemini Atzeret services are at 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: Shemini Atzeret services are at 9:30 a.m. and Yizkor at 11:15 a.m.; Erev Simchat Torah services are at 6:30 p.m., including Dancing with the Torah
Oct. 9: Simchat Torah services are at 9:30 a.m. with Dancing with the Torah
For information, call (262) 478-1500.
Book store hosts variety of author visits
Mequon - Next Chapter Bookshop, 10976 N. Port Washington Road, hosts author events in September.
All events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted; reservations requested.
For information or tickets, call (262) 241-6220 or visit nextchapterbookshop.com.
7 p.m. Sept. 10: Michael Perry, author of "Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace"; reading and book signing; ticketed event
7 p.m. Sept. 14: Kevin Powers, author of "The Yellow Birds"; reading and book signing
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Writer's Workshop featuring author Wade Rouse; $125 per person; advance registration required
7 p.m. Sept. 18: Martin Hintz, author of "Wisconsin Farm Lore: Kicking Cows, Giant Pumpkins & Other Tales from the Back Forty"; reading and book signing
4:30 p.m. Sept. 21: Grant Petersen, author of "Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike"; reading and group bike ride (bring a bike)
2 p.m. Sept. 22: Fierce Reads! Tour: Four Fierce Young Adult Authors Together!; Marissa Meyer, Lish McBride, Ann Aguirre and Elizabeth Fama; reading and book signing
2 p.m. Sept. 29: Lisa Moser, author of "Railroad Hank;" storytime event; participants will decorate train cookies
Gallery hosts 'Allegorical Journey' exhibit
Thiensville - River Edge Gallery, 184 S. Main St., hosts Michael Santini's exhibit of paintings, "Allegorical Journey," from Sept. 14 to Oct. 27.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14.
For information, call (414) 207-7444 or email email@example.com.
Book shop hosts author of 'The Lola Quartet'
Milwaukee - Boswell Book Co., 2559 N. Downer Ave., hosts Emily St. John Mandel, author of "The Lola Quartet," at 7 p.m. Sept. 15.
For information, call (414) 332-1181.
Gardening expert presents free workshop
Thiensville - Gardening expert Melinda Myers presents a free session on lawn and garden renewal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16 at Stein Garden and Gifts, 10850 N. Port Washington Road.
Myers provides information on helping gardens and lawns recover from the recent heat and drought. She'll cover fall fertilization and seeding/reseeding as well as planning for the winter ahead. She also fields gardening questions.
For information, call (262) 241-2121.
Nature preserve hosts variety of activities
Mequon - The Mequon Nature Preserve PieperPower Education Center, 8200 W. County Line Road, hosts a variety of activities.
Wild Birds Unlimited's Dan Panetti will discuss food, water, cover and places to shelter and raise young birds in winter from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Panetti explainz types of feeders, bird houses and seed mixes.
To join the preserve's walking club, email firstname.lastname@example.org; enter "walking" in the subject line and note your preference for early morning or late afternoon. The program is located on the preserve's trail system that meanders through woods, wetlands and fields.
For information, email email@example.com or call (262) 242-8055, Ext. 106.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event celebrates lives of cancer survivors
Milwaukee - The Cancer Support Community-Greater Milwaukee's Show of Support Celebration is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
The event celebrates the lives of Cancer Support Community program participants and cancer survivors through the telling of their poignant stories. Show of Support Celebration participants will be accompanied on stage by the person(s) who provided critical emotional and social support throughout their journey.
Columbia St. Mary's will be honored with the presentation of the second annual Lee Kass Cancer Community Philanthropic Award, which is presented to an individual or organization who has demonstrated benevolence and compassion to individuals and their families who are living with cancer. Through a comprehensive cancer survivorship program, Columbia St. Mary's continues to strengthen our community by supporting families, neighbors and friends whose lives are touched by cancer.
Randy and Anne Sprecher will serve as honorary chairs for the event.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person, or a table sponsorship provides a table of eight with the opportunity to name the table in honor or remembrance of a loved one. Various levels of corporate and individual sponsorships are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at cancersupportmilwaukee.org or by calling (414) 962-8201, Ext. 102.
Concordia to host lecture on Lutheran theology
Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts What Lutherans Believe: Lutheran Theology and Higher Education from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Pharmacy Building, Room 026
The lecture is presented by William Cario and Bernard Bull.
The lecture is free; all are welcome.
For information, call (262) 243-5700.
Center offers trip to Skokie for 'The Odd Couple'
Whitefish Bay - The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center's Off Center program is sponsoring a trip to see "The Odd Couple" on Nov. 14 at the Northlight Theater in Skokie, Ill.
George Wendt from the TV show "Cheers" and Tim Kazirinsky play the mismatched roommates in Neil Simon's comedy classic.
The cost for the trip is $70, or $65 for center members, which includes travel by coach bus to Skokie. Participants leave the Brown Deer park-and-ride, located at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads, at 9 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.
The deadline to reserve tickets is Sept. 28.
For information and to reserve tickets, email email@example.com or call (414) 967-8258.
Farmers Market open through Sept. 29
Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market will be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 29, on Berkeley Boulevard at Silver Spring Drive.
For information, call (414) 964-1400.
Bicycle retailer collecting gifts cards for foundation
Fox Point - Wheel & Sprocket, 6940 N. Santa Monica Blvd., will collect unused and partially used gift cards for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Oct. 15.
For information, call (414) 247-8100.
Stritch hosts Beyond Vision tactile art exhibit
Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University hosts the tactile art exhibit Beyond Vision from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery, 6801 N. Yates Road.
The exhibition features two- and three-dimensional art that can be touched and is accessible to all. Admission is free.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19.
For information, call (414) 410-4105.
Center offers free film classes
Whitefish Bay - The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers free film classes this fall.
4 p.m. Oct. 28; Rabbi Shlomo Levin, instructor
"The Yankles": a feel-good comedy about a Yeshiva baseball team determined to compete on a collegiate level
7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25; Ro'ee and Michal Peled, instructors
"Nadia's Friends": a short Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, about two women (a religious Jew and a Muslim) who were childhood classmates and reunited 30 years later
7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 8; Jody Hirsh and Adina Altshull, instructors
"My 100 Children": a short Israeli film, in Hebrew with subtitles, about the true story of Lena Kuchler, a Polish Jewish Holocaust survivor who rescued Jewish orphans in postwar Poland, taking them to Palestine
7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, and Nov. 5 and 12
Third season of the Israeli TV series "Srugim."
All classes are shown in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (414) 967-8212.
Woman's club seeks vendors for annual holiday sale
Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club is seeking vendors for its 32nd annual Holly Days craft, art and antiques show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.
For information or to apply, visit browndeerjuniorwomansclub.com or call (414) 304-5684.
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.
"Irena's Vow" by Dan Gordon
8 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18; 4 p.m. Nov. 17
"Irena's Vow" is the story of 19-year-old Irena Gut Opdyke, one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. A Polish Catholic, Opdyke was forced to work as head housekeeper for a prominent German major. Over a two-year period of service, she used her wit, humor and courage to protect the lives of the Jewish refugees she cared for secretly.
"Heaven Sent" by Rick Whelan
8 p.m. March 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16; 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17; 4 p.m. Nov. 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.
4 p.m. Dec. 8; freewill offering
Meet a cast of Christmas characters showcased in several of Acacia's best-loved short plays as well as its new tour offerings.
"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.
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.
"Collected Stores" by Donald Margulies: Nov. 21 to Dec. 16; ViewPoints Lecture: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28; Jewish Community Ticket: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6
"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.
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.
Natural Yard Tour: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13; $15 for adult members, $17 for nonmember adults
Wendy Walcott's River Hills yard contains both prairie and woodland restorations. Participants tour this wildflower rich area and learn about the ecology of these native plants. Participants carpool from the center to River Hills.
Common Edible and Poisonous Wild Mushrooms of Wisconsin: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18; $48 for adult members, $55 for nonmember adults
Dr. Alan Parker, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, teaches about the wild mushrooms that abound in Wisconsin forests, fields and lawns. Participants are welcome to bring fresh wild species for identification. After an introduction to the ecology and identification of common mushrooms, participants venture out to an area rich with wild mushrooms. Identification using macroscopic and field characters are emphasized. Transportation is provided.
Hand-in-Hand: 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18; $12 per member pair, $15 per nonmember pair
Participants, 2- to 4-year-olds with adults, hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine. Participants learn about butterflies Sept. 20, pond life Oct. 4 and fall Oct. 18.
Nature Adventurers: Autumn Happenings: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24; $90 for child members, $100 for nonmember children
For 5-year-old kindergartners and first-graders, participants hike, explore, learn and play. Children should eat a snack before class and dress for the weather.
Nature Explorers: Fall Season: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 24; $90 for child members, $100 for nonmember children
Participants explore the seasonal changes in the forest, pond and prairie. Participants hike, explore, learn and play. Children should eat a snack before class and dress for the weather.
Discovery Nature Hiking: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20 or Oct. 12; $5 for adult members, $7 for nonmember adults
Participants walk along the meadows, woods, wetlands and lakeshore of the center. The entire program is taught on the trail.
How the World Began: A Biblical Perspective: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sept. 24; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Participants hear the early stories and insights gained from these allegories. Rabbi Brickman helps participants better understand the Bible's insights into the human condition.
Tuesday Night Magic: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25; $4 for child and $7 for adult members, $6 for child and $9 for adult nonmembers
Participants hike to the tower and ponds to look for birds and frogs and observe pond life. Nets are provided.
The Cranes of Bong: 1:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26; $49 for adult members, $58 for nonmember adults
In the afternoon, participants tour the two-mile-long Green Trail of Bong State Recreation Area that has prairies, lakeshore, thickets and woods. After a bag lunch, participants watch at a viewing platform for the nightly gathering of cranes to pass the night.
Audubon Babies: Exploring Nature with the Very Young: 10 to 11:15 a.m. Sept. 27 and Oct. 25; $5 per session for members, $6 per session for nonmembers
Participants hike on the trails. Dress for the weather; participants explore outdoors rain or shine.
Family Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 (rain date: Sept. 30); $8 for child and $10 adult members, $10 for child and $12 for adult nonmembers
Participants search the center's woods for owls. This program is designed for families.
Family Portraits: Sept. 30 (rain date: Oct. 7)
Visual Image Photography offers professional quality photography for $70, which includes a 16-by-20-inch color portrait. Fifty percent of the fee goes to support education programs at the center. VIP also will donate 10 percent of each order to the center. Call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 151, or e-mail email@example.com to schedule a session.
Adult Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 (rain date: Oct. 2); $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Participants search for owls and learn about their habitats and special adaptations. This program is designed for adults.
Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5; $5 for child and $8 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers.
Participants have s'mores by the fire starting at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., participants interact with snakes, frogs and turtles. Then the center will show "The Lorax."
The Soul of Glacier Country: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 9; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Jungian analyst Dr. Dennis Merritt uses slides and videos to illustrate the Soul of Glacier Country as encountered on Interstate 94 between Milwaukee and Madison and a 5,000-year-old drumlin and kame mandala sacred to the Cheyenne around Campbellsport.
Our Sacred Journey with Dave Gawlik: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults
Participants wonder together about the following questions: Where did I come from? Why are we here? How we should live together? How can the earth community flourish with a common purpose? Participants conclude by writing ethical wills for Gaia in light of the New Story.
Morton Arboretum's Fall Splendor: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 (rain date: Oct. 31); $82 for adult members, $93 for nonmember adults
Participants explore the Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres of magnificent trees and gardens, by guided hike and tram, and visit the children's garden, tree house exhibition, nature-themed scarecrows and gift shop. Bring food or eat at the Gingko Café. Transportation, fees and interpretation provided.
Hiking the Ice Age Trail: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25; $52 for adult members, $60 for nonmember adults
Participants explore the Kellings Lakes segment north of Mauthe Lake. This area is known for its numerous kettle lakes and glacial formations. Transportation and fees are provided. Bring lunch.
Destination: Adventure Island: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25; $12 for child members per session, $16 for nonmember children per session
Participants view beautiful fall color, visit Mystery Lake and climb the tower. Participants also meet Maria the rosy boa.
Halloween Fling: 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27; $6 for child and $8 for adult members, $8 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers
Register to set up the starting time for the not-so-haunted hikes featuring characters from Eric Carle's books. Participants end the hike with s'mores and a visit to the preschool games area. Indoor activities include visiting birds of prey in the hearth room, making crafts and listening to Frogwater in our auditorium from 5 to 7 p.m.
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