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April 22, 2013

Groups hold blood drive at Classic Lanes

Oak Creek - AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 at Classic Lanes, 7501 S. Howell Ave.

Walk-ins will be welcome.

For information, call (414) 483-4979.

Celebrate Arbor Day at 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.

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

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.

Church holds annual rummage, bake sale

Hales Corners - Whitnall Park Lutheran Church, 5847 Lilac Lane, will hold its 19th annual rummage and bake sale from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 and 8:30 to 1 p.m. May 4.

For information, call (414) 425-1169.

Vendors sought for outdoor rummages

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

City reschedules Arbor Day tree giveaway

Franklin - The 14th annual Arbor Day Celebration and 12th annual Citywide Clean-Up will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 11.

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 May 11.

For information, visit

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.

Dance benefits Healing Warrior Hearts program

Oak Creek - Starfish Foundation will hold Dance for the Hearts, a fundraising event to provide free programs to veterans, from 6 to 11 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, May 18, at American Legion Post 434, 9327 S. Shepard Ave.

DJ James Barnes, a Vietnam veteran, will provide music.

Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door and include soda and snacks. Proceeds benefit the Healing Warrior Hearts program.

Call (414) 374-5433 for information.

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.

Send submissions to at least 14 days prior to the event.


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