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April 13, 2010

Franklin schools collecting shoes for recycling

Franklin - Public schools in the city are collecting shoes through Earth Day, April 22, as part of the school district's participation in Nike's Re-use-A-Shoe program.

The program recycles athletic shoes into a material used to create sports surfaces such as playgrounds and running tracks throughout the country, thus diverting shoe materials from landfills.

Shoes are collected at any of the district's schools and can be any athletic style, brand, size or condition - but not cleats, sandals or dress shoes.

For information, call (414) 529-8250.

Boerner friends group schedules April events

Hales Corners - The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, has several April classes.

• Home wine-making step-by-step will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 15.

• A class on new looks for tired front yards will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 22.

• Pots with Panache, a class on how to decorate your own terra-cotta pot, will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 29.

For information, call (414) 525-5656.

Legion Post hosts spring fling dance

Oak Creek - A spring fling dance featuring the Starlites will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. April 17 at American Legion Post 434, 9327 S. Shepard Ave.

Advance tickets are available at the Legion for $8. Tickets at the door are $10.

The dance includes raffles, door prizes and snacks.

Watercolor art on display at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Hales Corners - Artist Joyce Eesley will display her works in watercolor April 19 through May 16 at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

Eesley recently retired from teaching art in local schools to devote more time to creating art. She has been in numerous juried outdoor art fairs and galleries throughout the Midwest for the past 25 years.

For information, call (414) 525-5601.

Walk/run also features first 'Duck Derby'

Franklin - The Franklin Educational Foundation's eighth annual Walk/Run and the new Duck Derby will be held the morning of May 15 at Froemming Park, 8801 S. 51st St.

The run, which begins at 8 a.m., is a 5-kilometer event traversing the Oak Leaf Trail to about Drexel Avenue and ending back in the park.

The walk is at 9 a.m.

The Duck Derby takes place at 9:30 a.m. during the walk. Ducks will be dropped at one time from a crane bucket on the Puetz Road bridge into the Root River for a short race to the finish line.

To enter the derby, participants can purchase raffle tickets - $3 for one duck or $5 for two - that correspond to a numbered duck. Tickets can be purchased at the Franklin School District administration office, 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave., or at the event.

For information, call (414) 525-7650.

Milwaukee Accordion Club announces concert

Franklin - The Milwaukee Accordion Club will present a concert at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Root River Center, 7220 W. Rawson Ave.

The bill begins with the Concertina Millie Show at 6:30 p.m. followed by the main event, the Skip Wagner Show, at 7:30 p.m. The program is comedy and music with accordion, keyboard and vocals.

Admission is $10. People age 18 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

For information, call (414) 421-7577 or (414) 546-3370.

Events focus on early cancer detection, prevention

Franklin - .Healthy Eating for Cancer Prevention will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 11 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, 10101 S. 27th St.

Dietician Elena Marincic will discuss how to learn to eat healthier, get sample recipes and watch a healthy-cooking demonstration.

The event is in the first-floor conference center. To register, call (888) 994-3286 or visit

Youth invited to baseball, softball skills competition

Hales Corners - Whitnall Youth Baseball will host a Pitch, Hit & Run competition from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at Schoetz Park, 5301 S. 116th St.

Boys and girls age 7 through 14 are invited to the softball and baseball skills competition. Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration/waiver form.

For information, e-mail

Library to host spring break activities

Hales Corners - The public library, 5885 S. 116th St., will host its annual used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. A preview of the used book sale will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23, open to Hales Corners residents and members of the Friends of Hales Corners Library.

Boerner tree celebration lets folks experience nature

Hales Corners - In Celebration of Trees, an event featuring guided nature hikes, family activities and demonstrations, will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. April 25 at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., and Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive.

Participants can adopt a tree to plant at home, discover their carbon footprint, view sunspots and make their own earth-friendly cleaning solutions at Wehr Nature Center.

The 25-piece Greendale Middle School Jazz Band will perform at 12:15 p.m. and a tree-planting ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Boerner Botanical Gardens.

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

Franklin school to hold 3- and 4-year-old screening

Franklin - Developmental screening for 3- and 4-year-old Franklin School District residents will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. April 23 at Ben Franklin Elementary School, 7620 S. 83rd St.

To register, call the Pupil Services Department at (414) 529-8234, Ext. 370.

Recycling event benefits FHS sports, activities

Franklin - Franklin High School will hold its second-annual recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 in the south parking lot of FHS, 8222 S. 51st St.

Items such as laptop computers, holiday lights, lawn mowers, shovels and almost anything made of metal can be recycled.

The Saber Spirit Club is organizing the event and teaming up with Action Recycling.

Money raised will support athletics and activities at the high school.

For information, call (414) 423-9725. For a full list of recyclable items, visit

GAIA Micro Spa to hold 'Walk for Water'

Franklin - GAIA Micro Spa will hold Walk for Water, a community event benefitting the Alliance for the Great Lakes, at 10 a.m. April 18 at Lions Legend Park, 8717 W. Drexel Ave.

Registration is $20 per walker or $60 for a group of four and includes a T-shirt and gift bag. Registration deadline is April 11.

To register, visit

Franklin string students join together for concert

Franklin - String students from all seven Franklin public schools will hold a free concert at 7 p.m. April 27 at the Forest Park Middle School gymnasium, 8225 W. Forest Hill Ave.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Wine- and beer-tasting benefits Aicardi Syndrome

Oak Creek - The Aicardi Syndrome Foundation is hosting a beer- and wine-tasting fundraising event, the Aicardi Party, from 7 to 10 p.m. April 17 at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave.

The event includes door prizes, a live auction, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and music.

Aicardi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects females and is characterized by seizures, poor muscle tone and retinal lesions.

To register, visit

Ben Franklin alumni eligible for scholarship

Franklin - Seniors who attended Ben Franklin Elementary School for at least two years are eligible to apply for the $300 "Glass Armonica" scholarship.

The winning senior must be pursuing their post-secondary education at a state-accredited institution in the 2010-11 school year.

To apply, e-mail or pick one up at the elementary school, 7620 S. 83rd St.

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.

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.

Boerner friends group plans annual fundraiser

Hales Corners - The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, will host its annual fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. June 11.

The event includes gardens in full bloom, music by Cream City Jazz, food from Bartolotta Catering, a silent auction and raffle, networking opportunities and "green" demonstrations.

Admission is $75.

To register, call (414) 525-5661.


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