Optimist Club helps deliver letters to Santa
Thiensville - The Mequon-Thiensville Optimist Club is accepting letters to Santa.
Letters can be dropped off at the Post Office, 124 W. Freistadt Road, in the box labeled "Letters to Santa" or mailed directly to Santa, c/o MT Optimist Club, PO Box 201, Thiensville, WI 53092.
Include the child's name and address, so Santa can send a reply letter and a coloring book.
For information, call (262) 488-1575.
Giving Tree benefits Milwaukee County Zoo animals
Charitable zoo-goers can make the holidays a little brighter for animals this season.
The Giving Tree is in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place at the Milwaukee County Zoo, complete with ornaments handmade by volunteers. On each ornament is the name of an animal, an "enrichment item" it could use, and the cost and suggestion for where the item may be purchased. The zoo is also accepting monetary donations.
Last year, the Giving Tree raised $2,684 in supplies and donations, according to a zoo news release. The tree will be on display through New Year's Day.
BloodCenter seeks donors for blood drive
Thiensville - BloodCenter of Wisconsin hosts a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Thiensville Police and Fire Department, 250 Elm St.
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Donors can schedule an appointment by calling (877) 232-4376 or (414) 937-6199.
For information, visit bcw.edu.
Donors of winning location will party with a Packer
Brown Deer - BloodCenter of Wisconsin locations are competing through Jan. 6 to win a party with Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn for all attempting donors from the winning location.
The donor center with the best turnout will win; participating centers include 5960 W. Brown Deer Road.
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is able to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.
To schedule an appointment, visit bcw.edu or call (877) 232-4376. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.
Donors can visit bcw.edu/Kuhn to track the progress of their donor center.
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.
Fun in the Winter Sun (6- to 12-year-olds): 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 27 or Dec. 28; $12 for child members, $16 for nonmember children
Participants see incredible mammal furs and skulls, make an animal track to take home and meet a live animal friend. Participants also head outside for a trail hike to see who is awake and active this time of year. Participants finish off the event with hot chocolate.
Boomers & Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 3 and Feb. 7; $15 per session for adult members, $17 per session for nonmember adults
In January, participants learn about snow and ice mysteries by conducting some scientific experiments to learn about the nature of water, and then head outside, weather permitting, to look at natural expressions of water's essence in the field. 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.
School holding annual Christmas tree sale
Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave., holds its 10th annual Christmas tree sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays in December.
Volunteers will be available to give the trees a fresh cut and load it for transportation.
For information, call (414) 332-8175.
Sarah Chudnow hosts variety of musical events
Mequon - Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a variety of activities.
For information, call (262) 478-1500.
2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23: The Jonathan Brodie violin and viola concert features traditional and classical selections.
2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 30: Sarah Chudnow music therapist Zoe Biller performs her original compositions along with jazz, classical and Yiddish selections.
2 p.m. Dec. 31: Amy Mueller provides piano and accordion music to ring in 2013.
Garden, Anaba Tea rooms celebrating anniversary
Shorewood - The Garden Room and Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts a 10-Year Retrospective exhibit through Dec. 30.
The exhibit features 62 artists who have previously exhibited works in the gallery space.
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, visit anabatearoom.com and gardenroomonline.com.
Lewis, Essman participate in local antibullying event
Whitefish Bay - Comedians Richard Lewis and Susie Essman ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will participate in Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2013: Stand Up to Bullying at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
The event benefits the center and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Act Now! bullying prevention program.
Tickets for the event are $125 and include a cocktail and dessert reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the center. Tickets can be purchased at laughitupmilwaukee.org or by calling (800) 595-4849.
Club holding auditions for classical musicians
Whitefish Bay - The MacDowell Club is holding auditions for classically trained musicians from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at United Methodist Church, 819 East Silver Spring Drive.
Male vocalists are especially welcome to apply. All applications must be received by Jan. 12.
Requirements, application forms, detailed information and directions are available at macdowellclubmilwaukee.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auditioners will be notified of their time slot by Jan. 16.
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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. Jan. 13; "The Klezmatics on Holy Ground," a film that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the popular Klezmer band "The Klezmatics"
All classes are shown in the Daniel M. Soref Community Hall. For information, email email@example.com or call (414) 967-8212.
Gallery features '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.
Register for Little League online
Whitefish Bay - Registration for Whitefish Bay Little League is open via wfbll.com through Jan. 31. Children ages 6 through 14 are eligible to play.
An informational meeting, including in-person registration, is from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive.
Player evaluations take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3. Exact times for each division will be announced a few weeks before evaluations.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concordia hosts musical performances
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
University hosts theatrical performances
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 email@example.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.
"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.
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; 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.
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. Jan. 5 and Feb. 2; free with center admission
In January, participants learn about owls. In February, participants learn how raptors show they care.
Discovery Nature Hike with Don Quintenz: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and Feb. 20; $5 per session for adult members, $7 per session for nonmember adults
Participants walk along the meadows, woods, wetlands and lake shore of the center. The entire program is taught on the trail.
The Spiritual World of Nature: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember
Educator John Hoff presents "Journey of the Universe." Participants watch and discuss the newly released film, "Journey of the Universe."
Schlitz Audubon Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 and Feb. 13; free to adult and teen members and volunteers
Participants discuss bird sightings and share bird news.
Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 11 and 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.
Hangin' with Hyatt: Extreme Geocaching: 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 12; $4 for child and $6 for adult members, $6 for child and $8 for adult nonmembers
Participants learn about geocaching and Global Positioning System units. Participants can borrow units from the center to look for cache boxes on the trails containing puzzle pieces. Participants head back to the center to put the puzzle together after finding all seven pieces.
Starry Nights of Winter: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 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.
Hand-in-Hand (ages 2 to 4): 9 to 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 to 11:45 Jan. 17, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21; $12 per child/adult member pair per session, $15 per child/adult nonmember pair per session
Participants hike, play, do art activities and listen to a story. Dress for the weather.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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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