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April 15, 2013

Hales Corners library hosts used book sale

Hales Corners - The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20.

A preview night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 19 for Friends of the Library members and Hales Corners residents with proof of residency.

Any books leftover will be sold for $5 a bag from noon to 3 p.m. April 21.

Proceeds will support the summer reading programs.

For information, call (414) 529-6150, Ext. 10, or

Historical society sponsors barn dance April 21

Franklin - The Franklin Historical Society will hold its Barn Dance from 1 to 4 p.m. April 21 at The Hideaway, 9643 S. 76 St.

Vern and the Originals will perform.

Single tickets cost $10; two tickets cost $15.

For information, call (414) 421-6539.

Vendors sought for outdoor rummages

Oak Creek - Vendors may register for the Oak Creek Community Center Saturday outdoor rummages.

The rummages will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4, 18, June 8, 22, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, 21 and Oct. 5 at the center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The cost is $20 per date.

For information, call (414) 768-5840.

Firefighters dish up spaghetti for community

Oak Creek - Professional Firefighters Local 1848 will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. April 19 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 through 12. Children younger than 5 eat for free.

Day-of pricing will be $10 for adults and $6 for children.

Tickets are available at Fire Station 1, 240 E. Puetz Road; Fire Station 2, 3950 E. Oakwood Road; Fire Station 3, 7000 S. Sixth St.; and the Oak Creek Community Center.

For information, call (414) 768-5840.

Library holds children's items consignment sale

Franklin - Friends of the Franklin Public Library will hold a children's items consignment sale from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 20 at the library, 9151 W. Loomis Road, and in the City Hall Community Room, 9229 W. Loomis Road.

During the first half of the event, items will be full price. A half-price sale will be held in the afternoon.

The sale will include all children's items: clothing from infant to size 20, including junior sizes; outerwear and accessories; shoes/boots; costumes/dress-up; maternity items; furniture; toys; games; outdoor/sports equipment and car seats/strollers.

The sale will benefit the children's and young adults' area of the library.

For information, email

Nature center hosts

Earth Day celebration

Franklin - The Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., will host an Earth Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. April 21.

The celebration will include presentations and displays, papermaking and other crafts, and guided walks.

Visitors are encouraged to ride bicycles to the center. South Shore Cyclery, 4758 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy, will host a group bike ride, "Keep Pedaling: Oak Leaf Discovery Tour," at 11 a.m. The group will take the Oak Leaf Trail to the center.

For information about the group ride, call (414) 831-0211 or visit

Admission to the celebration is $2 or $1 for Friends of Wehr members. There is a parking fee of $3 per car.

For information about the celebration, call (414) 425-8550.

The Cooking Mom offers tips and tricks of the trade

Franklin - The Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road, will host cookbook author Amy Hanten at 6 p.m. April 24.

Hanten will talk about her mission to get families back to the table, give tips to make it happen and demonstrate some spring recipes from her cookbooks. Samples will be available after the program.

Hanten will sell and sign her cookbooks, "The Cooking Mom" and "The Cooking Mom Cooks Up Memories," beginning at 5:30 p.m. until the time of the program.

Registration is required.

To register, call (414) 425-8214 or visit

Learn about frogs during Frolic at Wehr Nature Center

Franklin - Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., will host its Family Frog Frolic from 7 to 9 p.m. April 26.

A park naturalist will lead families in an interactive program about Wisconsin frogs and toads. Included in the program is one-on-one time with live amphibians. After the indoor introduction, participants will head into the center's wetlands. Participants should dress for the weather and for muddy conditions. Adults may wish to bring flashlights.

The program is appropriate for children age 5 and older.

The cost is $10 for nonresidents age 13 and older, $7 for Milwaukee County residents 13 and older and $5 for a child or Friends of Wehr member. One paid adult must accompany every two children. The parking fee is $3.

Registration is required by April 24.

For information, call (414) 425-8550 or visit

Celebrate Arbor Day at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Hales Corners - Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, will host an Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon April 26.

A tree-planting ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Expert-led tours will be available through the gardens from 11 a.m. to noon.

Free oak saplings will be available to visitors while supplies last.

For information, visit or call (414) 525-5601.

City gives away free trees, seeks clean-up volunteers

Franklin - The 14th annual Arbor Day Celebration and 12th annual Citywide Clean-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 27.

The Environmental Commission will distribute trees on a first-come, first-serve basis to Franklin residents - one per child or one per family - outside the Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road.

As part of the Great American Cleanup Day, city sponsors will have trash pickup bags available at the library. Volunteers should bring their own gloves. All participants will receive a token of appreciation the day of the event.

Participants are asked to register by calling (414) 425-2592 or in-person at the library between 10 a.m. and noon April 27.

For information, visit

Rotary presents city prom at community center

Oak Creek - The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field will present A Step Into Spring community prom from noon to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The event includes box lunches, door prizes and designation of a king and queen.

The cost is $4.

For information, call (414) 768-5840.

Students provide preschool experience

Franklin - Franklin High School Child Development II students will offer a preschool experience from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30, May 2, 6, 10 and 14 and 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 1, 3, 7, 9 and 13 at the school, 8222 S. 51 St.

The experience is for children between 3 1/2 and 5 years old and will include a midmorning snack and light lunch, free play, large and small group activities, and story time.

The cost is $40.

To register, call (414) 817-3628 or email

Library hosts a variety of activities

Hales Corners - The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., hosts a variety of activities.

For information, call (414) 529-6150, Ext. 10, or visit

"Life of Pi" will be shown at 2 p.m. May 1 in the Hunt Room. The film is rated PG. Coffee and soda will be sold before the movie starts. Admission is free.

The Cream City Paranormal Researchers will present "Ghosts, Spirits, and Paranormal Phenomena" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 1. The free discussion will be held in the Hunt Room. No registration is necessary.

The library is looking for volunteers ages 12 to 15 to join its Book Squad. Volunteers will work two- to three-hour shifts from June 7 to Aug. 15. Volunteers will learn how to shelf books. Hales Corners residents can pick up an application at the library starting May 13; all other volunteers can pick up an application starting May 14.

The library will host an American Red Cross baby-sitting class from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 and 18. Participants must be 11 years old by the start of class, and must attend both days to receive certification. Registration begins May 13 for Hales Corners residents and May 14 for other participants. The cost is $97.50 paid at time of registration at the library. No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 3; partial refunds will be given for cancellations prior to June 3.

Toddler Playgroup will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Parents and caregivers with their children are invited to this opportunity to share ideas, have fun and make friends with other parents and caregivers from the community while the children play. No registration needed.

The Tuesday evening book group will discuss "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. May 14. No registration is required for this peer-led book discussion group. To reserve a copy of the book, speak with a librarian, visit or call (414) 529-6150.

The Forest Ridge book group will discuss "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 14. No registration is required for this librarian-led discussion group that meets at the Forest Ridge Senior Residence. To reserve a copy of the book, call (414) 529-6150, Ext. 15.

"Anna Karenina" will be shown at 2 p.m. May 15 in the Hunt Room. The film is rated R. Coffee and soda will be sold before the movie starts. Admission is free.

Concert will benefit early childhood scholarship

Hales Corners - Eternity will perform a free benefit concert at 7 p.m. May 3 at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, 12300 W. Janesville Road.

The concert will benefit The Betty J. Sodemann Early Childhood Scholarship at Concordia University Wisconsin. The scholarships will go to students, junior or higher in standing, pursuing a bachelor's degree in early childhood education at Concordia.

There will be a raffle with prizes including a 46-inch television. A freewill offering will be collected to support the scholarship.

For information, call (414) 491-1819.

Act now to purchase Brewers, tailgate tickets

Greendale - As part of the village's 75th anniversary celebration, the Greendale Chamber of Commerce will host a communitywide tailgate party at Greendale High School followed by transportation to Miller Park to see the Milwaukee Brewers take on the St. Louis Cardinals on May 5.

The tailgate party will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the school, 6801 Southway, and will be held rain or shine. Following the party, fans will board school buses and arrive at Miller Park in time for the Brewers game beginning at 1:10 p.m.

The deadline to purchase Brewers tickets is April 5. Tickets are $20 each and can be obtained online only,,

The deadline to purchase tailgate tickets is April 26. Tickets are $5 each and include choice of sandwich, side salads, chips, cookie and a soft drink. Tickets are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday to Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greendale Park and Recreation Department located in the Greendale Public Library, 5647 Broad St. Cash or checks made payable to the Greendale Chamber of Commerce will be accepted.

The cost of transportation from the school to Miller Park will be provided by the chamber. Due to state law, children younger than 3 are not permitted to ride on the bus. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call (414) 423-2790.

Celebrate 2013 Citizens

of the Year at dinner

Oak Creek - Lt. Brian Murphy and officer Sam Lenda will receive the 2013 Oak Creek Citizens of the Year award during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 17 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

They will be recognized for their dedication and service to the community of Oak Creek and their actions at the Sikh Temple following a mass shooting Aug 5.

Socializing begins at 5:30 p.m., followed dinner at 6:30 p.m. A presentation of the awards will be made after dinner.

Tickets cost $30 and include dinner and a contribution to the Citizen of the Year Scholarship, a $500 award presented to an Oak Creek High School senior who has more than 500 hours of community service.

Purchase tickets by May 10 by calling (414) 762-6460.

Myers presents gardening series at Boerner

Hales Corners - Gardening expert, television and radio host, author and Birds & Blooms columnist Melinda Myers will present her Garden Revitalization series from May 15 to Oct. 5 at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

The first workshop, Spring Renewal, will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 15 or May 21. Participants will look at a variety of plants from groundcovers to the towering trees. Form, texture, colorful flowers and emerging leaves will be the focus of this walk.

The second workshop, Sizzling Summer Beauties, will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 17 or July 23. Participants will look at new plant introductions and traditional favorites.

The final workshop, Fall Finale, will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 5. Participants will look at multi-season plants that provide interest to the landscape in fall and beyond.

After the final workshop, the Fall Finale Family Fun Walk will be held at 1 p.m. The cost is $25 per family, up to five people. Participants will explore the touch, sounds and smells of the gardens. The walk includes a scavenger hunt, bark rubbings, leaf prints and a garden activity.

Proceeds from the series will support the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens' Children's Plant Science and Environmental Education programs.

For information or to register, call (414) 525-5659.

Saber Robotics team holds metal recycling drive

Franklin - The Saber Robotics team will hold a metal recycling drive from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St.

Recyclable items include copper, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum cans, aluminum siding, faucets, wires, computers, computer monitors (limit two per vehicle), appliances, gutters, light fixtures and pots and pans. No televisions will be accepted.

For information, email or call (414) 761-0257.

MacDowell Club holds free French concert

Franklin - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee will hold a free concert, Un Cabaret Classique, at 5 p.m. May 19 at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St.

Club members and their guests will sit at tables and enjoy refreshments and diverse selections by MacDowell Club performers plus a special presentation by a children's chorus from the Dover Street and Tippecanoe schools.

For information,

Registration for Wehr summer camps under way

Franklin - Registration is open for the Friends of Wehr Nature Center's 2013 Adventure Summer, Nature Detective and Kid Expeditions camps.

Programming is available for 3- to 5-year-olds with an adult, 6- to 8-year-olds and 9- to 12-year-olds. Camps are held throughout the summer at various times; the first program begins June 15, and the final program is held Aug. 7 and 8. The times vary with each program.

Hands-on discovery and nature hikes side-by-side with professional naturalists are a part of each program experience.

Before- and after-care are available for children attending the Nature Detective and Kid Expeditions camps.

Prices range from $20 for half-day programs up to $200 for full-day, week-long programs. Adventure Summer Camps are held at Ross Lodge in Whitnall Park, 6750 S. 92 St., and Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave.

Call (414) 425-8550 or visit for a registration brochure and information.

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