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Oct. 26, 2013

Shorewood presents 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Shorewood — The Shorewood High School Performing Arts Department present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in the auditorium, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available from any cast member or by mailing an order to Shorewood High School (Attn.: Joe King), visiting or emailing

Company celebrates 30th anniversary

Glendale — AmeriSign & Graphics, 6657 N. Sidney Place, hosts a 30th anniversary party from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7.

The event will have an 1980s theme and feature complimentary food and beverages, plus giveaways and networking.

Register by emailing by Nov. 1.

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.

· Sixth annual Xtreme Raptor Day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2; $10 for adults and $5 for children

The 2013 additions to the bird of prey collection, Dory and Loki, are featured. Other activities include flight demonstrations, face-painting, presentations and a Talon Quest Adventure Hike.

· Transcendental Meditation: The Material World and Consciousness: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Participants consider the relationship between the natural world and Self.

· Discovery Nature Hiking: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 5; $5 for adult members and $7 for nonmember adults

The entire program is taught on the trail.

Club holds annual Holly Days craft fair

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club hosts its 33rd annual Holly Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

The event features crafters, baked goods and face-painting. Bring a camera for photos with Santa.

Admission is $2.

For information, email

Church hosts holiday boutique to benefit PEO

Fox Point — North Shore Congregational Church, 7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts a holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The boutique features handmade items. A lunch of soup, sandwich and pie will be available for a fee. Proceeds benefit PEO, a faith-based organization of women helping women, committed to promoting continuing education for women.

For information, call (414) 352-6123.

Church salutes veterans with free dinner, event

Glendale — St. John's Lutheran Church, 7877 N. Port Washington Road, hosts To Whom Honor Is Due, a veteran salute dinner, at 5 p.m. Nov. 2.

A patriotic concert is at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Vietnam veteran and Milwaukee TV popularity Gus Gnorski will host. The event includes military exhibits and a keynote address by the Hon. John Scocos, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs.

The event is free for veterans and $8 for nonveterans.

Call (414) 352-4150 to make reservations.

Church hosts social event to celebrate adoption month

Mequon — Lumen Christi Parish, 11300 N. St. James Lane, hosts a hospitality social from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in celebration of National Adoption Month.

Parishioners will share their adoption journeys. Foods from Poland, Russia and Guatemala will be available. Adoption agencies will be present to provide information.

For information, call (414) 587-7088.

Center hosts Xtreme Raptor Day

Bayside — The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, hosts its sixth annual Xtreme Raptor Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2.

The day features 16 birds of prey, including bald eagles, owls, falcons, hawks, a turkey vulture and an American Crow and a Northern Saw-whet owl.

During the event, attendees have the opportunity to go on the Talon Quest Adventure Hike, following clues to discover the raptors in their natural habitats along the trails at the center. Visitors also get to see free-flight demonstrations, can have their picture taken with a raptor, explore bird artifacts, have their face painted and attend expert lectures.

The fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For information, call (414) 352-2880.

Choir performs at local church

Whitefish Bay — The Bach Chamber Choir performs an Evensong concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Christ Church, 5655 N. Lake Drive.

Tickets are $18 at the door, $17 in advance, $16 for seniors (older than 60) and $10 for students. Payment is by cash or check.

For tickets, call (414) 319-9816 or (414) 427-7160.

For information, visit

Learn about the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act

Mequon — Tikkun Ha-Ir presents a Brunch 'n Learn at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at Congregation Anshai Lebowitz, 2415 W. Mequon Road.

Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott focus on the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act.

For information or to register, call (262) 242-9540 or email

Gallery features 'Shifting Boundaries' exhibit

Shorewood — Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts Tori Tasch's Shifting Boundaries exhibit through Nov. 3.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call (414) 963-9510.

Church hosts organist, Alleluia Ringers

Glendale — Organist John Behnke and the Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University Wisconsin presents a hymn festival at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 7877 N. Port Washington Road.

A dessert reception will follow the program.

Admission is free.

For information, call (414) 352-4150.

Lynden Sculpture Garden hosts a variety of activities

River Hills — The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, hosts a variety of activities.

The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $9 and $7 for students and seniors. Members and children younger than 6 are free.

Admission includes access to the sculpture garden and house.

For information, call (414) 446-8794.

· Lynden by Night: An After Hours Nature Walk With Naomi Cobb: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 3

Naomi Cobb leads a nature walk as it turns from dusk to dark.

· Japanese Earth Pigment Dyeing Workshop With Kelly Lahl: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4; $50 or $45 for members (all materials included; upgrade to a Japanese artisan woven organic cotton double gauze scarf for an additional $15)

Participants hand-dye a cotton gauze scarf employing Japanese shibori techniques to create designs.

· School's Out Workshop: Earthy Objects: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8; ages 6 to 11; $60 or $52 for members

Participants make observational maquettes in clay at the edge of the pond and then return to the studio to create imaginative works using ephemeral materials such as pond algae pulp, reeds and feathers.

· Willow Reed Basket Weaving Workshop With Jeremy Stepien: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9; $15 or $10 for members (all materials included)

Participants learn a traditional twining weave to make a garlic basket. No experience required; this workshop is for ages 12 and older.

· Family Workshop: Gallery Magnets: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10

During this all-ages workshop (best for ages 7 and older), participants make coin-sized sculpture magnets.

· Sun Printing on Fabric Workshop With Kelly Lahl: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11; $50 or $45 for members (all materials included)

Participants make a table runner with photographic effects.

· Tuesdays in the Garden: A monthly outing for parents and young children: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12; $15 for nonmembers, $10 for members for admission for one adult and one child age 4 or younger); $5 for each additional child

Naturalist Naomi Cobb presents a hands-on, all-senses-engaged exploration of the natural world at Lynden. The theme will be squirrels.

· Grow workshop with Yevgeniya Kaganovich: 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17

Kaganovich and her student assistants take up residence in the studio to make the next "planting" of "grow," Kaganovich's durational installation. Drop in to watch or participate as Kaganovich fuses layers of plastic to create a surface similar to leather or skin, mold the skin into plant-like volumes, stuff the volumes with more bags, and connect the forms with plastic bag "thread." Tasks include cutting sheets and strips, fusing sheets and tubes, sewing bulb forms and connecting them to bases, crocheting tubes and necks, stuffing stalks and assembling the plants.

· Homeschool Day: Adaptation: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21; $35 or $30 for members

Homeschool Days, for students 6 to 15 years old, integrate the gardens collection of monumental outdoor sculpture with the natural ecology of 40 acres of park, ponds and woodland, creating a hands-on, small-group experience of art and nature. Two workshop topics are offered each day, one focusing on three-dimensional art-making and the other on the natural environment.

· Handbuilding I: Bowls: A Workshop With Linda Wervey Vitamvas: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23; $85 or /$75 for members (all materials included)

Participants make and embellish three bowl forms.

· Sunday Nature Walk with Naomi Cobb: 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 24

· Dog Days at Lynden: noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 30

Participants can bring their canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden. Dogs must be leashed and considerate of other visitors.

· Forrest Myers' "Domesticated Monumentalism" exhibit open through Dec. 1

Sarah Chudnow hosts a variety of activities

Mequon — The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a variety of activities throughout July.

For information, call (262) 478-1500.

· 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 3: performance by singer, musician and storyteller Bob Ropiak

· 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10: performance by singer Papi Makaena

· 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11: Resident veterans share stories about their military experiences with students and the public.

· 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 13 and 10 a.m. Nov. 12 and 14: showing of the movie "Honor Flight"

· 2 p.m. Nov. 14: State Sen. Alberta Darling and Vietnam veteran Rep. Jim Ott honor veterans. The public is invited to attend.

· 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14: "Ragtime Piano: The Best of the Rest" performance by Doug Haise

· 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17: opera and show tunes performance by Jeff Wilde and guest vocalists, including Larry Ladin, Sarah Chudnow Community rehabilitation coordinator

· 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 20: "Campaign for the Brain" workshop to learn techniques for enhancing the brain and keeping the brain healthy

· 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24: performance of Chanukah songs by the Congregation Emanu-El B'Ne Jeshrun Children's Choir

· 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 24: performance by Terry Morgenroth

Church hosts eighth annual holiday boutique

Fox Point — Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd., host its eighth annual holiday boutique from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9.

The event features a variety of items for purchase. It includes the Secret Santa Shop on Nov. 9. Children have the opportunity to purchase gifts for $1 and receive help wrapping them.

All proceeds benefit the church's outreach partners.

For information, call (414) 352-8990.

Church hosts variety of concerts

Mequon — Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts the following concerts at 7:30 p.m.

· Nov. 8: Wisconsin Singers/Songwriter Series Song; donation encouraged

· Nov. 9: L J Booth & Chris Kokesh; $16 in advance, $19

· Nov. 23: Joel Mabus; $15 in advance, $18

· Dec. 14: Yellow Room Sweethearts (Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Annie Capps); $18 in advance or $21,$14 for young adults, donation for children 12 and younger; $1 discount for each food donation ($3 maximum)

· Jan. 11: Peter Mulvey; $16 in advance, $19

· Jan. 31: Ben Bedford; $13 in advance, $16

· Feb. 15: Garnet Rogers; $17 in advance, $20

· March 22: Jon Vezner; $15 in advance, $18

· April 19: Sally Barris; $15 in advance, $18

· May 10: Kitty Donohoe; $15 in advance, $18

For information, call (262) 375-3890.

Learn about the Wisconsin Retirement System pension

Port Washington — The Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association presents a free seminar that focuses on the Wisconsin Retirement System pension benefits and options from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the WJ Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave.

The seminar is for all members of Wisconsin Retirement System. Spouses are welcome.

Register by Nov. 11 by calling (262) 284-4624 or (262) 284-0812. Walk-ins welcome.

Stritch hosts American Red Cross blood drive

Glendale — Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, hosts an American Red Cross blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Stritch presents 'Shakespeare's Women'

Glendale — Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, presents "Shakespeare's Women" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 24 in the Nancy Kendall Theater.

"Shakespeare's Women" displays the playwright's view of women during the Renaissance.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students.

To order tickets, call (414) 410-4171.

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.

· 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17: Christ the King Celebration (Kammerchor and The Alleluia Ringers)

· 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6: Christmas at Concordia; all adult tickets are $10, students 17 and younger are admitted free; all tickets must be reserved by email or through the automated ticket line (262) 243-4243; tickets will be available after Nov. 1

· 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Christmas Bellfest; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for college students and children younger than 18

· 9 a.m. Jan. 25: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Workshop for Intermediate/Advanced Ringers; $10 per ringer or $75 per choir, does not include music; reserve a spot by calling (262) 243-4240

· 3:30 p.m. March 16: Faculty Piano Recital – Michael Thiele

· 3:30 p.m. April 6: Kammerchor Concert

· 7:30 p.m. April 11: University Band and Jazz Ensemble

· 3:30 p.m. April 13: Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Concert

· 3:30 p.m. April 27: Kammerchor and Selah Choral Concert with Concordia Chapel

· 3:30 p.m. May 4: Alleluia Ringers Concert

· 7:30 p.m. May 9: Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Spring Concert; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for college students and children younger than 18

Concordia presents theater performances

Mequon — Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, presents a variety of theater performances.

· "Gift of the Magi" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24.

· "A Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Musical Revue" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 7 and 8, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

· "Sense and Sensibility" is presented at 7:30 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3, and 1:30 p.m. May 4.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for veterans and free for children younger than 12. For information, email or call (262) 573-9070.

Nicolet presents 'The Princess and the Pea'

Glendale — Nicolet Theatre presents "The Princess and the Pea" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 23 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Studio Theater at Nicolet High School, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road.

Attendees must have a ticket to enter. Free tickets are available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The program is best suited for children 4 and older.

For information, call (414) 351-1700.

Fitness center run benefits cross country teams

Shorewood — The 19th annual Shorewood Community Fitness Center Fowl 5K takes place Nov. 23 at Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Race day registration and mandatory packet pick-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Shorewood Intermediate School Commons, 3830 N. Morris Blvd. The walk/run starts at 10 a.m. at the high school and the route travels through Shorewood before ending on the high school track.

After the race, numerous prizes will be raffled off. Additionally, the male and female winners of each age group will be awarded a turkey. All raffle winners must be present to claim their prize.

The entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Register online at

All proceeds from the race benefits the high school boys and girls cross country teams.

For information, call (414) 961-3100.

School hosts annual arts and crafts fair

Shorewood — Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Drive, hosts the 34th annual Shorewood Arts & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

The event features artists, a silent auction and raffle, and bake sale.

For information, call (414) 963-6921.

African Children's Choir performs free concert

Milwaukee — The African Children's Choir performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Helen Bader Concert Hall, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.

The program features children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. The concert is free; a freewill offering will be accepted to support African Children's Choir programs.

For information, call (262) 488-7777 or visit

Artists exhibits 'Life's Passion' at Concordia gallery

Mequon — Wisconsin artist Ellen Gilbert exhibitd five decades worth of her paintings in an exhibit titled "A Life's Passion" through Dec. 15 at the Concordia University Wisconsin Art Gallery, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Barth 107.

For information, call (262) 243-4300.

Acacia Theatre Company

announces 2013-14 season

Mequon — Acacia Theatre Company presents three productions during its 2013-14 season.

All performances are performed in Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

· "Searching for David's Heart" by Cherie Bennett

8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8, 4 p.m. March 8 and 3 p.m. March 2 and 9

· "Jane Austen's Persuasion" adaptation by Jennifer Le Blanc

8 p.m. July 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19, 4 p.m. July 19 and 3 p.m. July 13 and 30

Season subscriptions cost $38 or $30 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. Single tickets for all productions will go on sale starting Sept. 1. Single tickets will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy.

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

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