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March 2, 2010

OCHS to hold parent-teacher conferences

Oak Creek - The High School will host its annual spring parent-teacher conferences from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today. March 4

Teachers will be in their classrooms and counselors will be available in the guidance office. No appointment is necessary.

Parents can gain insight about their child's recent academic performance and discuss class grades, policies and procedures.

Class shows adults how to play guitar

Oak Creek - A one-time guitar class for adults will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 24 at Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road.

The Oak Creek Community Education has arranged for Mark Jacus to teach his Just Once Guitar for Busy Adults, which shows participants how to play chords so they can start playing their favorite songs right away.

Participants will take home an instruction book and DVD to keep practicing at home.

For information, call (414) 768-6173. To register, visit

MATC offers free tax return help

Oak Creek - People who earn less than $56,000 in annual family income are eligible for free help in preparing basic personal income tax returns at Milwaukee Area Technical College's Oak Creek campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave.

Tax help will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 14. Programs will not be held April 3, 7 or 10.

For information, call (414) 571-4757.

Hales Corners Library has programs upcoming

Hales Corners - The Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th St., has announced several events for March.

• Story times will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays for children ages 2 and 3, and from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays for children ages 3 through 5.

• Book Buddies, an after-school book club for children in kindergarten through third grade, will meet for stories and a craft or activity from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Thursdays, March 11 and March 25.

• Snack Attackers, a book club for grades 4 through 6, will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, March 4 and March 18.

• A three-part lecture series, "World War I: Causes and Consequences," will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 9, 16 and 23 in the Ben Hunt Room.

• Free movies will be shown on the big screen at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, March 10 and 24.

• A toddler playgroup is held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays, March 5 through 26.

• The Taste of Hales Corners, featuring more than 50 new wines from around the world, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. March 18.

For information, call (414) 529-6150.

Franklin seniors in for a show and dinner

Franklin - The High School Drama Department and Foods Classes will present the annual Franklin Senior Citizens' Show and Dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 24 at the high school, 8222 S. 51st St. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. and a performance of the 2010 spring musical," Thoroughly Modern Millie," will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Athletics and Activities office in the high school.

For information, call (414) 423-4640, Ext. 2009.

UW-Extension offers pruning workshops

Franklin - A University of Wisconsin-Extension hands-on pruning workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 27 at the Franklin Law Enforcement Center, 9455 W. Loomis Road.

The workshop will include an indoor presentation on pruning techniques and tools followed by an outdoor, hands-on pruning component, in which participants can practice what they have learned.

The cost is $30 for the general public and $15 for UW-Extension master gardener volunteers.

To register, make a check payable to the University of Wisconsin Extension. Attach your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and the date and location of the workshop you want to attend and mail it to UW-Extension Waukesha County, Pruning Workshop, 515 W. Moreland Blvd, Room AC G-22, Waukesha, WI 53188.

For information, call (262) 548-7788.

March classes scheduled at Boerner Botanical Gardens

The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, have scheduled classes throughout the month of March.

They include:

• Organic Tea Blending will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The adult education class will teach the basics of how different types of teas are developed and the essentials of blending herbs, spices and fruits for the perfect tea. Participants will create and take home their own tea blend.

• Growing Gardeners Seriously Silly will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 13 and March 15. Participants will explore the basic needs of plants and then plant their own garden using a "found object," such as an old boot, piece of driftwood, big shell or broken toy.

• Bright Lights/Big Seedlings will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 13. Jerry Seroka, a retired horticulturist, will take participants through the steps of growing a garden paradise under a light bulb.

• Made for the Shade will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18. This class will cover plants that add interest to shady areas, including variegated foliage, colorful berries and interesting bark.

• Get Growing! Creating a Children's Garden Part II will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. March 20. Landscape architect and designer Lynn Goldstein will teach how to plan a special place and discover the natural world in your own backyard.

For information, call (414) 525-5656.

Musical comedy upcoming at Oak Creek High School

Oak Creek - The Oak Creek High School Production Company will present Sandy Wilson's "The Boyfriend" at 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school, 340 E. Puetz Road.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

For information, call (414) 768-6210, Ext. 3831.

GHS Theatre to present 'Annie'

Greendale - Tickets are on sale now for the Greendale High School Theatre's production of its spring musical, "Annie," to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 12, March 13, March 19, March 20 and 2 p.m. March 14.

Tickets can be purchased from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the GHS auditorium lobby, 6801 Southway, as well as 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If tickets remain unsold, they will be available on show dates one hour before curtain.

Parenting workshop offered in Greendale

Greendale - Partners for Community Action, a newly formed group seeking to empower youth and families, and the Greendale Park and Recreation Department will hold a parental workshop from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Greendale Middle School, 6800 Schoolway.

Parents may attend two of the following mini-courses: dangers of electronic communication, raising emotionally healthy children, strengthening a parenting team, parenting teens/parenting in the middle, stress relief, parenting for little kids and new-generation grandparenting.

Several local organizations will have information booths at the event. The cost is $5 per person or $8 per couple. Free child care will be provided for toilet-trained children.

To register, call (414) 423-2790. For information, visit the Park and Recreation Web site at

Whitnall plans dinner, musical for seniors

Hales Corners - Seniors from the Whitnall School District community will be guests of the School Board at the Whitnall Dinner Theatre, set for 5:30 p.m. March 10 at Whitnall High School, 5000 S. 116th St., Greenfield.

School Board members, school administrators and high school honor students will host the dinner in the cafeteria. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Following the dinner, seniors will be treated to a performance of "Bye Bye Birdie" in the auditorium.

Tickets - $5 for the dinner and show, $2 for show only -are available at the district office, 5000 S. 116th St.

American Red Cross sets local blood drives

The American Red Cross will hold several blood drives in the area in March:

• 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Multipurpose Room of Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St.

• 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 at Martin Luther High School, 5201 S. 76th St., Greendale.

• 1 to 6 p.m. March 18 at Cedar Hills Elementary School, 2225 W. Sycamore Ave., Oak Creek.

• 1 to 6 p.m. March 29 at Oak Creek East Middle School, 9330 S. Shepard Ave.

Hospital seminar focuses on sports-related injuries

Franklin - A free community seminar, Treatment of Sports and Exercise-Related Injuries, will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, 10101 S. 27th St.

The seminar will feature Bindu Bamrah, physician for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

To register, call (888) 994-3286 or visit

Cub Scouts holding March blood drive

Franklin - The Cub Scout Pack at Pleasant View Elementary School will sponsor a blood drive from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Franklin Public Library, 9151 W. Loomis Road.

To make an appointment, visit the Blood Center of Wisconsin Web site at

Spring preschool at Franklin High School

Franklin - Franklin High School Child Development II students will sponsor a preschool in April and May.

The class for children age 3½ to 5 will include free play, large and small group activities, snack and story time. It will be held April 30, May 3 through May 7, May 10, May 11 and May 13.

The cost for the nine days is $25. To register, call (414) 423-4640, Ext. 2264.

Greendale Woman's Club offers scholarships

Greendale - The Greendale Woman's Club is offering two $1,250 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and a $500 scholarship to an adult returning to school.

The scholarships are available to Greendale residents, or the child or grandchild of a current GWC member, who will be attending full-time at a college, vocational, technical or business school.

Application forms are available from area high school guidance counselors or by calling (414) 423-7258.


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