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Things to Do

April 29, 2012

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages.

Boomers and Beyond: 9 to 11 a.m. May 3 and/or June 7; $15 for adult members, $17 for nonmember adults

In May, participants learn to recognize the different flying patterns that birds use, which birds utilize them and why they vary. Participants then will test those skills. In June, participants study animal territories and witness how the different kinds of animals advertise and defend them.

12th annual Amphibian Search at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest: 9 a.m. to noon May 5; $4 for child and $8 for adult members, $5 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Jim Hyatt leads participants wearing hip waders provided by the center on a stroll through breeding ponds. Participants use strainers and nets to catch frogs, toads, salamanders and tadpoles. Participants meet at the Nature Center in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. A day fee of $7 for residents and $10 for nonresidents is required beyond the Nature Center.

Free Bird Walks: 7:30 a.m. May 5, 12 and 19; free

Paul Boyer leads free bird walks for adults in May. Meet in the main parking lot. No preregistration required.

Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. May 5 and June 2; free with center admission

In May, learn what it takes to be a raptor mom. June's program focuses on the birds of summer.

Spiritual World: Mindfulness: 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 8 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 24; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Heidi Lukinac, an avid Mindfulness practitioner and yoga teacher, explores why ancient practices are still vital today. She will lead the group through some simple breathing and meditation exercises.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9; $52 for adult members, $60 for nonmember adults

Participants explore the segment that runs along the edge of Lucas Lake in Washington County. Participants need to be able to walk up and down hills. In the afternoon, participants visit Lac Lawrann Conservancy, a 136-acre nature preserve with wetlands, native hardwood forest, red pine plantation, tall grass prairie and glacial landscapes, in West Bend. Transportation and fees are provided. Participants eat lunch at a local restaurant - bring cash.

Schlitz Audubon Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 9 and June 13; free to members and volunteers

Bring binoculars.

Bats & Bat Monitoring: 7 to 9 p.m. May 9; free with center admission

Biologist Bill Mueller from the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory leads a program on bat ecology and monitoring. Learn about Wisconsin's bat species, their ecology and threats to their populations. Weather permitting, participants go on a "bat walk" to learn the use of the unit, and learn information on how to get involved as a volunteer.

International Migratory Bird Day: 9 a.m. to noon, May 12; free, donations encouraged

Participants enjoy hands-on activities like bird-sign geocaching, drinking bird-friendly coffee, attempting the eagle-eye challenge, entering a bird-calling contest, meeting live raptors and taking a guided bird hike.

Annual Gala: 6 p.m. June 1

Participants will enjoy cocktails, dinner and an auction at the center. All proceeds support nature education at the center. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 152.

Whitefish Bay students presents 'Harvey'

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay High School Drama Club performs "Harvey" at 7: 30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 5 in the auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

All tickets, $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, are general admission and available at the door.

For information, call (414) 963-3928.

Concordia announces 2011-12 theater lineup

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, presents four theatrical performances starting this fall.

Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $6 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families, unless otherwise noted. An evening group rate is also available for $6 per person. For information, call (262) 243-4364 or email

"Waiting for the Parade": 7:30 p.m. May 3, 4 and 5, 1:30 p.m. May 6

Divine Consign holding semiannual sale at JCC

Whitefish Bay - Divine Cosign holds its semiannual sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and noon to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Women consigning new and gently used clothing and accessories receive 65 to 80 percent of the sale prices; they receive a check within two weeks following the event.

Following the event, charitable donations are provided to the YWCA's Transitional Housing Program for Women, Hebron House of Hospitality, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Pregnancy Support Connection of Waukesha.

For information, visit or call (414) 213-6557.

Stritch choir performing at St. John Cathedral

Milwaukee - The Cardinal Stritch University Concert Choir, conducted by Michael Batcho, will perform in a combined choral concert at 8 p.m. May 4 at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students.

For information, call (414) 276-9814.

Holy Family students present 'Fame Jr.'

Whitefish Bay - Holy Family Parish School, 4849 N. Wildwood Ave., presents the musical "Fame Jr." at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5 and 1:30 p.m. May 6.

General admission tickets are $5 for adults, $ for seniors and $2 for students, and are available at the door.

For information, call (414) 332-8175.

Nicolet presents 'The Laramie Project'

Glendale - Nicolet High School presents "The Laramie Project," at 7:30 p.m. May 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. May 6 in the Studio Theatre, 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Road.

"The Laramie Project" sends anti-bullying as well as acceptance and tolerance messages. Due to subject matter and language, this production is rated PG-13.

Tickets are $7 and can be reserved by calling (414) 351-8174.

Woman's Club holding annual wearable art show

Shorewood - The Shorewood Woman's Club will hold its eighth annual wearable art show from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 at the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave. Proceeds from the benefit go to SWC's three college scholarships.

Vendors from Chicago and Phoenix join well-known regional artists. A variety of items will be on display, including fashions, jewelry, handbags, hats and T-skirts (skirts crafted from T-shirts). The event also will include a bake sale, silent auction and door prizes.

Admission is $2. For information, call (414) 964-2007.

Friends group holding used book sale at library

Whitefish Bay - The Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library is holding a used book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 5 on the lower level of the library, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive.

From noon to 2 p.m. May 6, the group offers a $5 bag sale.

Proceeds help fund library programs and projects.

For information, call (414) 964-4380.

Stritch presents 'Sherlock Holmes'

Fox Point - The Cardinal Stritch University Theater Department presents "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" at 7:30 p.m. May 5 and 2 p.m. May 6 in the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students

For information or to order tickets, call (414) 410-4171.

Concordia announces 2011-12 concert lineup

Mequon - The Chapel of Christ Triumphant on the Concordia University Wisconsin campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, hosts a variety of concerts starting this fall.

Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 17 and younger, unless otherwise noted. Tickets may be purchased at the door. All seating is by general admission.

For more information, call (262) 243-4405.

The Alleluia Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. May 6

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble spring concert: 7:30 p.m. May 11; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children younger than 18.

Local artists to be featured in Elm Grove art festival

Bayside resident Judith Gahn Murphy, watercolor and acrylics artist; Brown Deer resident Steven M. Baughman, spray paint artist; and Shorewood resident Gerri McNamara, silver and copper jeweler, will be featured in the Elm Grove Woman's Club 51st annual Grove Art Festival, a juried art show, from May 4 to 6 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove.

Featuring more than 29 artists from across the state, the show will include original art for sale in a wide range of mediums: watercolor, photography, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, garden art and wearable art. In addition, pots and hanging baskets filled with a variety of flowering plants will be sold. Also on display will be the recently chosen winning art from the 43rd annual Art Competition sponsored by the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

The Grove Art Festival opens with a Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club. The preview includes complementary wine and appetizers. The cost is $10 per person or two for $15. For reservations, call (262) 782-8297.

The Grove Art Festival opens to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. The cost is $4 per person. Parking is free. Lunch and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Bird City recognition planned during Green Day in the Bay

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Garden Club, in conjunction with the Civic Foundation's Green Day event, celebrates the village's designation as a Bird City at 10 a.m. May 5 at Cahill Park, 4950 N. Woodruff Ave.

Carl Schwartz of Bird City presents the official recognition to village officials.

Green Day in the Bay is from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The event includes a free workout from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and a village clean up from 9 to 10 a.m. An eco-fair with document shredding, electronics recycling and Goodwill drop off will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

To sign up for the workout, email For information about the cleanup activities, email

For information, visit

Village celebrates migratory bird day

Fox Point - The village's International Migratory Bird Day is May 5, starting at the kiosk in Indian Creek Parkway, at the end of Spooner Road.

Bird walks are at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. All are welcome. Park on the south side of Spooner Road if the lots are full.

The event is free.

For information, call (414) 351-8900.

Church holding Goods & Services Auction

Mequon - Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a Goods & Services Auction at 5 p.m. May 5.

The event, open to the public, includes both silent and verbal auctions, raffle, food and entertainment.

The Jimmy Madritsch Jazz Combo entertains the crowd during the raffle portion of the event from 5 to 6 p.m. The verbal auction will begin at 6 p.m. A Cinco de Mayo taco bar and child care will be available.

Tickets are $10 in advance (at the church office) or $15 at the door.

For information, visit

Committee offering conservation activities

Shorewood - The Shorewood Conservation Committee presents environmental workshops and events.

The events are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Conservation Fair: 8 a.m. to noon May 5 in the Atwater Elementary School parking lot, 2100 E. Capitol Drive; rain location: cafeteria

The committee will collect shredding materials, batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, corks, old tennis shoes and more. Goodwill will collect reusable household items. Action Metals will collect metal items for which the village will receive a percentage of the profits. In addition, the committee will have information on local conservation issues. Anyone interested in presenting should email

Rain Garden/Rain Barrel Workshop: 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 14 in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library

Learn about the benefits of residential rain garden and rain barrel use and installation. Learn how to collect and use rainwater to beautify lawns and gardens, save on watering costs and help improve the quality of lakes and rivers.

For information, call (414) 847-2706.

Friends group seeks volunteers to pull weeds at park

Shorewood - Friends of Estabrook Park holds two weed-out events from 9 a.m. to noon May 6 and 20 at the park, 4400 N. Estabrook Parkway.

Volunteers are needed to help clear the park of invasive garlic mustard. No experience necessary. Tools and gloves are provided, but wear long sleeves and pants, if possible. Meet at Picnic Area 5.

For information, email or call (414) 906-9334.

Chudnow hosts musical performances, events

Mequon - The Sarah Chudnow Community, 10995 N. Market St., hosts a variety of events in May.

All musical performances begin at 2 p.m.:

May 6: Bob Ropiak, singer, musician and storyteller

May 10: Jewish celebration of Lag B'Omer with music by musical performer Jeanette Crosswait and ragtime pianist Doug Haise, and Jewish humor Chudnow spiritual coordinator Cantor Jeff Conn.

May 13: Jack Zaffiro, vocalist

May 20: Bob Miller, old-time musician

May 21: Senior Jamboree Concert, featuring four local senior musical groups, Shorewood Senior Resource Center, Sarah Chudnow Community Glee Club and both the Cedarburg and Grafton Senior Centers

May 27: Terry Morgenroth, singer

Other events and speakers:

1:30 p.m. May 8: Rabbi Jacob Herber of Congregation Beth Israel presents a discussion and share his personal experience living with the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Light refreshments will be served.

2 p.m. May 9: Professor Alan S. Wolkenstein, a senior educator, consultant and clinical professor of family medicine for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, presents the first in a three-part series titled "The View from the Educator's Window: Looking at Our Elder Parents and Their Adult Children." The first lecture is aimed at individuals concurrently managing relationships with young adult children and aging parents. The series will continue at 2 p.m. May 23 with a lecture on assessing the quality of life and counseling on the best ways to care for aging parents while maintaining life balance. The final lecture in the series is at 2 p.m. June 3 and a discussion on how to converse with those we care about.

11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. May 13: Mother's Day brunch will include cheese blintzes with strawberries and bagels with lox and cream cheese. Brunch is $15 for guests, $7.50 for children younger than 12. Meals require a reservation and credit card number as seats will be limited; call (262) 478-1500.

2 p.m. May 15: The first of a two-part series about the Shanghai ghetto will be held. Edie Shafer, who spent the first seven years of her life in the World War II ghetto, shows the documentary "Shanghai Ghetto" by filmmakers Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann. The series concludes at 2 p.m. May 17 when Shafer, a holocaust survivor, speaks about her experience in the ghetto.

Stritch students showcase piano skills

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University piano majors showcase their skills at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Nancy Kendal Theater on campus, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Admission is free.

For information, call (414) 410-4000.

KidShare gala proceeds provides scholarships, support

Milwaukee - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center will hold its 24th annual KidShare 2012 charitable gala at 6 p.m. May 10 at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

More than 30 Milwaukee restaurants, caterers and bakeries will donate food items. The event also features silent and live auction items and a raffle.

The proceeds provide scholarships and support to families, children and those with special needs for membership and day, sports and resident camps.

The event is open to the community by reservation, $180 per person.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8235.

Stritch art students exhibit work

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University visual art students will exhibit photography, graphic design and ceramics as part of their senior thesis May 11 to 20 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at the campus, 6801 N. Yates Road.

An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 11 includes food and beverage as well as a Stritch student music ensemble performance.

For more information, call (414) 410-4105.

Garden Room hosts spring workshops

Shorewood - The Garden Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, hosts spring workshops.

Workshops are free and run from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Space is limited; register online at or by phone at (414) 963-1657.

Saturday May 12 - Perfect Palettes: Gardening with Annuals

Presented by Jaime Ramsbottom and Lynn Litzau, Horticulturists of LandWorks.

Ramsbottom and Litzau provide their unique color combination ideas. Receive 10 percent off annuals the day of the talk.

Center presents award-winning documentary

Whitefish Bay - The Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., hosts a presentation of the documentary "Unmasked Judeophobia: The Threat to Civilization" at 4 p.m. May 13.

The presentation is free.

For information, email

Bank holding document shredding event

Fox Point - Cornerstone Community Bank, 8607 N. Port Washington Road, hosts a document shredding event from 1 to 3 p.m. May 15.

The public is encouraged to drop-off unwanted documents, no more than four bags or boxes, for shredding.

A goodwill offering will be collected for the Best Buddies chapters at Grafton, Nicolet and Menomonee Falls high schools.

For information, call (414) 247-9150.

Women's Club hosts blood drive

Whitefish Bay - BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive from 1 to 5 p.m. May 16 in the all-purpose room at the Whitefish Bay Women's Club, 600 E. Henry Clay St.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should bring a photo ID. The entire process takes about an hour.

Donors can schedule an appointment by visiting or by calling (877) 232-4376.

Resource center seeks vendors for fair

Shorewood - Vendors are needed for the eighth annual Shorewood Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Shorewood Village Center in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

Vendors can rent an 8-foot table for $20 to display sale items. The Shorewood Senior Resource Center is responsible for publicity, including lawn signs, posters and a classified ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Toys, household items, comic books, craft items, plants and collectibles have been sold at previous flea markets. No used clothing, food or food products will be accepted for sale.

For information, call (414) 847-2727.

Club plans to plant redbud trees in city, village

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary will hold Redbud Day at 9 a.m. May 12 at City Hall, 11333 N. Cedarburg Road.

Volunteers are needed to plant 50 to 100 young redbud trees in the city and village. Participants should bring gardening gloves.

The club seeks donations to purchase trees. The trees cost between $50 and $125. To donate, make a check payable to Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Foundation and send it to Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary, 6079 W. Mequon Road, PMB 123, Mequon, WI 53092.

For information, email or or call (262) 242-2778 or (262) 255-7882.

Story times continue at Weyenberg library

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, continues Family Story Times through May 19.

Story Times will be held at 11 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.

Family Story Times are an interactive way for children and families to participate together in stories, finger plays and songs.

For information, visit or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 15.

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

The MacDowell Club will perform at a variety of locations during its 2011-12 season. For information, visit

Music to Welcome Spring: 3 p.m. May 20; St. John's on the Lake, Cultural Arts Hall, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

Lynden hosts variety of activities

River Hills - The Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, offers a variety of programs.

General admission is $9 and $7 for students and seniors. Members and children younger than 6 are free. Admission includes access to the sculpture garden and house.

All events are free with admission unless otherwise indicated.

The garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For information, visit or call (414) 446-8794.

Haiti and the Midwestern Imagination: through May 13

The Haiti-inspired works of Orville Bulman (1904-1978) and watercolors of Haiti by Oscar Sanchez will be on display.

Summer Art Camps: June 13 to Aug. 17

Two-, three- and five-day camps for children ages 6 to 14 feature environmental programs, visiting artists and the opportunity to explore a wide variety of art media. Each camp concludes with an informal showing for family and friends. In addition to Garden Animals, Art Elements, Earthworks and Sally Duback's Puppets, new offerings include opportunities to build a miniature tree house or explore the color orange.

Fresh Starts: June 16

A workshop designed to ease participants out of creative hibernation and into activity.

Direct Response: Aug. 3-5

An outdoor painting workshop with Eric Aho, who will share his approach to painting en plein-air.

Dimensional Papermaking: Aug. 18

Sally Duback will offer the second installment of her Dimensional Papermaking workshop. This is an opportunity to take paper pulp into the third dimension.

Art show features work of graduating seniors

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin hosts the exhibit, "Unusual Balance: Senior Art Show 2012," through May 18 in the Art Gallery on campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

The show features the work of 12 graduating seniors and includes photographs, paintings, sculptures and other works of art.

The show is free to the public.

For information, call (262) 243-5700.

Theater group presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Brown Deer - Imagination Theatre of Germantown presents "Fiddler on the Roof" at 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and 3 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12 at Brown Deer High School, 8060 N. 60th St.

Performer auditions are being held at 6:30 p.m. May 21 and 23 at CrossWay Church, W156N10041 Pilgrim Road, Germantown.

Singers, dancers and actors of all ages are needed. Those interested in auditioning should prepare eight to 16 bars from a song to be sung a cappella. Be prepared to learn a short dance combination.

Orchestra auditions are being held at 7 p.m. May 30 at CrossWay Church. Musicians who play viola, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, accordion, piccolo and bass should prepare 16 to 32 bars to perform.

Rehearsals will begin June 10 and will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday evenings.

For information, call (262) 271-6893 or visit

Library hosts variety of activities

Mequon -  The Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, hosts a variety of activities.

Free basic computer and technology classes are presented by Dave Bartlett. Classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about how to make the most out of their computer and devices. No registration is required.

Topics include:

10:30 a.m. May 23 - Social Networking

For information, email or call (262) 242-2593, Ext. 12, for teen and adult programs, and Ext. 15 for children's programs.

Master Gardeners holding herb fair, plant sale

Mequon - The Ozaukee Master Gardeners is holding an herb fair and heirloom plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon May 26 in the field house at Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

More than 10,000 herbs and heirloom plants are available.

Parking and admission are free.

For information, call (262) 284-8288.

St. Eugene Congregation hosts blood drive

Fox Point - BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 26 at St. Eugene Congregation, 7600 N. Port Washington Road.

The drive is held on the BloodCenter bus.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors should bring a photo ID. The entire process takes about an hour.

Donors can schedule an appointment by visiting or by calling (877) 232-4376.

Stritch hosting sculpture exhibit

Glendale - Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road, hosts a Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition from June 8 to 24 in the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery

An opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. June 8.

Regular gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

For information, call (414) 410-4105.

Acacia presents 'Anne of Green Gables'

Mequon - Acacia Theater Company will present "Anne of Green Gables" at 8 p.m. July 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. July 15 and 22 at Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Follow the adventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plain-spoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy. She wins them and all of Prince Edward Island over with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.

Tickets are $15, students, $5. For information, call (414) 744-5995.

JCC offers summer camp in Eagle River

Whitefish Bay - The Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., offers Family Camp on Aug. 14 to 19 the overnight camp in Eagle River.

Family Camp offers a Jewish camping experience for families from Wisconsin and across the U.S. This camping experience provides an opportunity for families to meet other Jewish families from other communities, and serves as a setting for a family reunion.

Camp activities include swimming, sailing, water skiing, nature walks, tennis, arts and crafts, and a ropes course. Families are housed in their own cabin. The fee for Family Camp is $995 for a family of four, with an additional $100 per family member, and includes all meals, activities, events and snacks.

For information, email or call (414) 967-8240.

Foundation presents four fine arts programs

Mequon - The Weyenberg Public Library Foundation presents four programs in its 2012 Fine Arts Series at the Frank L. Weyenberg Public Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road.

At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Wisconsin native and famed storyteller Tom Pease will use movement, sign language, humor and joy to create an interactive concert.

Finally, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble performs its original and unique assortment of timeless seasonal classics at 7 p.m. Nov. 26.

Regular library services are suspended half an hour before the start time on the day of the event. No registration is required for these free programs, and all are welcome to attend.

For information, call (262) 242-2593, or email

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

Bayside - The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages.

Nature and the Brain: Making the connection for young children: 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Find out the "Top 10 Ways Nature Helps to Develop Young Brains." Participants talk about neurons, attention and enriching experiences in nature.

Mindful Parenting: 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. May 11, 18, 25, June 1 and 8; $65 for adult members, $75 for nonmember adults

Learn the meaning and ideas of mindfulness as it relates to parenting and everyday life. The program is led by Heidi Lukinac, a registered yoga teacher and an avid mindfulness student.

Discovery Nature Hiking: 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 16 and/or June 15; $5 for adult members, $7 for nonmember adults

Participants walk along the meadows, woods, wetlands and lakeshore of the center while Don Quintenz answers the questions that nature evokes. The entire program is taught on the trail.

Homeschool Day at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center: May 17

Programs are designed for children who benefit from discovery-based learning and a hands-on approach to education. Call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 138, to learn about home school program offerings.

Raptor Photo Shoot: 9 a.m. to noon May 19 (rain date, May 20); $15 for student and $35 for adult members, $20 for student and $40 for adult nonmembers

Sky Hunters: Birds of Prey are on display for a three-hour photo shoot.

Monday Night Magic: 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 and June 11; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $9 for adult nonmembers per program

Enjoy a series of spring and summer evening hikes with Tom Finley. Nets are provided.

Horicon Marsh Birding Trip: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 or 12:30 to 9 p.m. June 21; $65 for adult members and $75 for nonmember adults in May, $71 for adult members and $81 for nonmember adults in June

Tour the Horicon Wildlife Refuge. In May, participants visit Milwaukee Audubon's newly acquired prehistoric Native American sacred site. For June's class, participants visit Lizard Mound State Park on the way up to the marsh to learn from expert cultural archeologist Herman Bender how the mounds point to key astronomical positions.

Audubon Babies: Exploring Nature with the Very Young: 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. May 24 and June 21; $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers per session

Enjoy a hike on the trails and some good fellowship. Participants, children 6 months to 2 years old with an adult, meet inside and venture out for a hike.

Door County Getaway: 8 a.m. May 29 to 8 p.m. June 1; $528 for adult members, $607 for nonmember adults (add $111 for a single room)

This year, participants go to Three Springs Natural Area's new upland trail, Sven's Bluff trail in Peninsula State Park, North Bay, Mud Lake and White Cliff Fen and Forest. Participants stay at Lawrence University's Bjorklunden campus. For information, call (414) 352-2880, Ext. 239.

Repamphibiantile Sunday: noon to 1 p.m. June 3; free with center admission

Jim Hyatt presents snakes, salamanders and frogs.

Sweet Water Organics Tour: 9 a.m. to noon June 5; $35 for adult members, $40 for nonmember adults

Come tour Milwaukee's Sweet Water Organics urban farm. Participants learn about aquaponics and about honey production and composting. Dress for the weather; part of the tour will be outside.

Native American Spirituality: Nature as a Door to the Spiritual World with Dennis Hawk: 1:30 to 3 p.m. June 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Dennis Hawk, a Cherokee/Mesquaki descendant, shares how Native American spirituality has opened that door of nature.

Nature Yoga with Dennis Hawk: 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 12; $10 for adult members, $12 for nonmember adults

Dennis Hawk explains and demonstrates the powerful nature metaphors used in yoga practices in this participatory workshop.

Summer Matinee: Ponding Fever: 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 13; $5 for child and Participants take nets and scoopers to see what kinds of critters dwell in these habitats.

Family Hikes: 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 22 or July 13; $10 per member pair, $14 per nonmember pair

This program is geared for parents with children from 2 to 5 years old. Each session includes a hike with games, activities, stories and lots of play. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian.

10th Annual Froggin' Festival: 6 to 8 p.m. June 26; $5 for child and $7 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Jim Hyatt leads this celebration with live animals, contests for kids and adults, and critter catching. Bring muddin' shoes and a camera.

Especially for Educators - Exploring Nature with Young Children (Adult): 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 28; $20 per session or $35 for both sessions for members, $25 per session or $40 for both sessions for nonmembers

Enjoy a hike designed especially for teachers to learn some strategies and tips. Come for one session or both. Bring a lunch.

Hangin' with Hyatt: Campin' and Canoein': 6 p.m. June 29 to 10 a.m. June 30; $75 per tent for members, $85 per tent for nonmembers

Check-in and tent pitching starts at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., participants go to Mystery Lake. Grab a net, hop into a canoe and catch critters. Participants head to the beach for a campfire and s'mores. Wake up between 7 and 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Bring a tent, flashlight and camping gear.

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