Things to Do

Jan. 20, 2014

Library opens registration for preschool story times

Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., is accepting registration for preschool story time.

Preschool story time will be available for children ages 2 to 3 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and for children ages 3 to 5 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays. The story times include stories, songs and crafts.

Register at the library's information desk, by phone or online.

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

Sports complex hosts free injury assessments

Franklin — Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Franklin and Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital will provide free injury assessments from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at The Rock Sports Complex, 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive.

For information, call (414) 529-7676.

Crime fiction book group sets booklist

Greendale — The Park and Recreation Crime Fiction Book Discussion Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on select dates at the Community Learning Center, 5647 Broad St.

Greendale Public Library Director Gary Warren Niebuhr leads discussion about the chosen book, which members read prior to attending the meeting.

The fee to join the group is $23 for Greendale residents and $33 for others.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

· Jan. 23 — "What Was Lost" by Catherine O'Flynn

· Feb. 27 — "The Tenderness of Wolves" by Stef Penney

· March 27 — "No One You Know" by Michelle Richmond

· April 24 — "Man in the Woods" by Scott Spencer

· May 22 — "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson

Nature center hosts interactive owl program

Franklin — Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., will host Owl Prowl, an interactive program highlighting the habits and adaptations of owls, for families with children ages 6 and older from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and 25, and for Scouts and youth groups in second grade or above from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The program includes a walk in the woodlands to search for great horned owls and Eastern screech owls and a presentation on Wisconsin owls.

Participants should dress in warm layers and bring flashlights.

The cost is $10 for non-Milwaukee County residents, $7 for Milwaukee County residents and $5 for Friends of Wehr. Advance registration is required.

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

Council holds fifth annual Snow Ball Dance

Franklin — The Knights of Columbus Trinity Council will hold its fifth annual Snow Ball Dance at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at St. Martin of Tour's Parish, 7963 S. 116th St.

The event is for adult singles and couples and will feature The Eddie Vidmar Variety Band.

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $28 at the door and include a complete buffet dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., auction and door prizes. A cash bar will be available.

To make a reservation, call (414) 425-5037.

Winterfest features stories, crafts and kettle corn

Hales Corners — Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will hold Winterfest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

The event will kick off the yearlong celebration of the garden's 75th and the Friends group's 30th anniversaries.

Kristia Wildflower will tell stories, and crafts and activities will be available for children ages 4 to 12. Sweet Delight Kettle Corn will offer samples of freshly made kettle corn as well as items for purchase. Additional food and beverage items will be available for purchase.

Admission costs $6 per child or $4 for member children.

Mike Kreuser of the Green Team will lead a Winter Woods Walk from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The suggested donation for the walk is $5 per participant.

For information, visit, email or call (414) 525-5656.

Learn about daylily companion plants that start with 'H'

Hales Corners — David Wanninger will present a Daylily Society of Southeastern Wisconsin program at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Education Center at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

Participants will learn about daylily companion plants that start with the letter "H."

The free event is open to the public.

For information, visit

Students provide free tax preparation service

Oak Creek — Accounting students will provide free help to taxpayers with a family income of $52,000 or less preparing basic personal income tax returns from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays from Feb. 1 to April 9 in Room A120 in the A Building at Milwaukee Area Technical College-Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave.

Attendees should bring wage and earnings statements (W-2 forms), bank interest statements (1099 forms), a copy of last year's income tax return, photo identification, receipts for property taxes paid, certificate for rent paid (signed by landlord), Social Security cards for all individuals to be listed on return, Social Security Number or tax ID number for providers of childcare, other relevant information about earnings and expenses and a bank routing number and account number (a canceled check works best for checking to ensure correct deposit information).

Taxpayers filing a joint return must both be present when the returns are prepared.

For information, call (414) 571-4757.

Check out travel offers at TravelFest

Oak Creek — Mayflower Tours will hold TravelFest 2014 at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The free event will feature travel offers, refreshments and prizes.

For information, call (800) 323-7604, Ext. 223, or visit

Films for children with special needs offered

Oak Creek — South Shore Cinema, 7261 S. 13th St., will host Reel Movies for Real Needs.

The program offers films with lower sound volume and brighter lighting for children with autism and other challenges who may not be comfortable at a regular show.

All show times are 10:30 a.m.:

· Feb. 8: "The LEGO Movie," 2D, Rated PG

· March 8: "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," 2D, Rated PG

Regular matinee adult and child pricing applies.

For information, visit or call (414) 768-5960.

Comedians to bring laughs to Oak Creek

Oak Creek — Comedians Mike Toomey and Mark Schneider will perform at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Call the center at (414) 768-5840 or visit for information.

Reader's Circle announces meeting dates, titles

Greendale — Join the Reader's Circle series for informal book discussions. The group meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Education Center, 5680 Broad St.

The schedule is as follows:

· Feb. 12 — "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson

· March 12 — readers' choice ("Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by Clint Hill or "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quindlen)

· April 9 — "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce

· May 14 — "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa


The cost is $10 for the four-session series.

Home improvement show features vendors, displays

Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will present the 52nd annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show from noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis.

More than 700 providers of home improvement products and services will be available. Home improvement experts and media celebrities will conduct educational presentations. In addition, there will be interior, outdoor and garage design displays.

Advance tickets cost $5. Tickets will cost $8 at the door or $5 for people 60 and older. Admission is free for children 16 and younger and all military personnel with a photo ID.

Advance tickets are available at Adair Floors 'N' Mor, 7441 S. 27th St., Franklin, ProSource Wholesale Flooring, 9620 S. Franklin Drive, Franklin, and Oak Creek Plumbing, 640 E. Ryan Road, Oak Creek.

For information, visit or call (414) 771-4071.

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


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