Things to Do

Feb. 24, 2014

Crime fiction book

group sets book list

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:

· 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

St. Martin of Tours

holds blood drive

Franklin — St. Martin of Tours Parish, 7933 S. 116th St., will hold a blood drive benefitting BloodCenter of Wisconsin from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school gym.

Participants should bring a donor card or photo ID. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds. Walk-ins are welcome.

To make an appointment, call (414) 427-6341.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday at library

Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Children in 4-year-old kindergarten through first grade will listen to stories, eat cake and watch a performance by Kidsplay.

Register at the library.

For information, call (414) 529-6150.

Computer classes on tap at Hales Corners library

Hales Corners — Getting Started computer classes will cover computer fundamentals from 8:45 to 10 a.m. March 14, 21, 27 and 28 at the Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.

In-person registration is required and begins March 3.

A refundable $5 fee will be charged at sign-up and returned upon attendance at the first class or cancellation with two days' notice.

Polish Center hosts a variety of activities

Franklin — The Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., will host Paczki Day from 7 to 11:30 a.m. March 4.

Attendees can purchase a paczki (fruit-filled doughnut) and cup of coffee for $3. Advance orders for boxes of paczki can be made until Feb. 24. Boxes cost $10.75 for one dozen or $31.75 for three dozen. Delivery is available within Milwaukee County at a cost of $5 per address. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Boxes can be picked up March 4 during the event.

To place an order, call (414) 529-2140.

High school holds parent and teacher conferences

Oak Creek — Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road, will host its annual spring parent/teacher conferences from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 5.

Teachers will be located in their classrooms. Counselors also will be available. No appointment is necessary.

The Renaissance Club will offer child care in Room 153.

For information, call (414) 768-6210.

Library hosts young adult author, book signing

Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will host Joelle Charbonneau, author of "The Testing" and "Independent Study," at 6:30 p.m. March 5.

Charbonneau will discuss her writing, answer audience questions and sign books.

The program is free and open to all ages. Books will be available for purchase.

For information, call (414) 529-6150.

Library Friends to host wine, beer tasting

Hales Corners — The Friends of Hales Corners Library will hold Tastes of Hales Corners Wine and Beer Tasting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 6 at the library, 5885 S. 116th St.

The event will feature wines from around the world, homebrew beers, hot and cold appetizers, and homemade desserts.

Tickets cost $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The cost is $10 for designated drivers (snacks and nonalcoholic beverages). Exclusive first-serving packages include two tickets, early admittance at 6 p.m., reserved parking and table sponsorship for $100. Tickets can be purchased at the library, Consumer Beverages, 5313 S. 108th St., and

All proceeds support the library's summer reading programs.

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

Films for children with special needs offered

Oak Creek — South Shore Cinema, 7261 S. 13th St., hosts 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.

At 10:30 a.m. March 8, "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a two-dimensional, PG-rated movie will be shown.

Regular matinee adult and child pricing applies.

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

Music department presents Jazz Cabaret

Franklin — The Franklin Public Schools Music Department will hold its 12th annual Jazz Cabaret from 5 to 9:30 p.m. March 8 at Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St.

Franklin High School performers will include the jazz ensemble, chamber chorus, show choir and orchestra. Forest Park Middle School performers will include the jazz band, pop strings and pop singers. The featured guest artist will be Swingin' Company B, a southeastern Wisconsin-based group performing big band and swing era music from the 1930s and 1940s.

The event will feature a silent auction, raffles, a bake sale and food and beverages available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Franklin music students or at the door. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and younger get in free.

The event will support the school district's music programs and provide an educational clinic to teach musicians and showcase outstanding performance groups.

For information, call (414) 423-4640.

Reader's Circle announces meeting dates

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

The schedule is as follows:

· 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.

Whitnall staffer to discuss 'Technology Safety for Families'

Hales Corners — Eric Gran, technology director for the Whitnall School District, will present "Technology Safety for Families" from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.

Learn how to stay safe and keep children safe while using technology during the free program.

Aftermath of WWI topic of upcoming lecture

Hales Corners — Local historian Rita Boehrer will present a free three-part lecture on "The Aftermath of World War I" at 1:30 p.m. March 17, 24 and 31 at the Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.

No registration is necessary.

Nature center hosts annual Maple Sugar Days

Franklin — Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., will host the 39th annual Maple Sugar Days from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 and March 30.

The event will feature a 45-minute hike to an old-time sugarin' camp. A sugar maker will tell tales of camps long ago. Hands-on activities will include using a hand drill on a log, trying Native American methods of boiling sap without metal pans and making a craft.

Visitors are encouraged to dress in layers and to dress to keep feet warm. The first tour will start at 1 p.m., and the last tour at 4 p.m. Hikes will go on rain or shine.

Admission costs $5 per person age 3 and older; children age 2 and younger get in free.

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

Polish Center hosts a variety of activities

Franklin — The Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., will offer classes on three types of egg decorating techniques.

Folk art instructor Kasia Drake-Hames will teach skrobanki, applying intricate designs by scratching the surface of colored eggs, at 6 p.m. March 31, and wycinanki, using paper cut-out techniques to decorate blown-out eggs, at 6 p.m. April 14.

Folk artist Bernie Jendrzejczak will teach a beginner class on pisanki, the wax-resist technique, from 10 a.m. to noon April 12.

Master pisanki artist Barbara Godlewska will teach an advanced class from 1 to 3 pm. April 12.

Single class fees, including all materials, are $17 for adults and $8.50 for children ages 10 to 12. Registration is required.

Any two classes cost $30 total; any three classes cost $40; and all four cost $50.

For information or to register, call (414) 529-2140.

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 through 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.

Learn about divorce, other family law issues

Oak Creek — The Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin will present a public education and information session about divorce and other family law issues from 10 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The professionals participating in this program will not discuss personal situations, answer specific legal questions about individual marriages or provide legal advice. This is not a free legal service.

The session is free; no registration is required.

For information, call (414) 358-9266.

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.

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


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