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Dec. 11, 2011

City holding its tree-lighting ceremony

Mequon - Jingle Bell Fest, an outdoor holiday event, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the city's plaza, 11333 N. Cedarburg Road.

Riverport, a four-part harmony a capella barbershop chorus, is scheduled to perform.

The event features a tree-lighting ceremony, children's games, a holiday music sing-along and treats and hot drinks. Santa makes an appearance at the historical Isham Day House, across from City Hall.

Roads will be closed from Division Street south to Mequon Road starting from 5 to 8 p.m.

For information, call (262) 242-3100.

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

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

Discovery Nature Hike: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 15; $5 for adult members, $7 for nonmember adults

Participants walk along the meadows, woods, wetlands and lake shore of the center with Don Quintenz as a guide. The entire program is taught on the trail. Physically, participants need to be able to walk any of the loop trails at the center taking short, but frequent stops.

Animal Movie Night: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16; $5 for child and $8 for adult members, $7 for child and $10 for adult nonmembers

Warm up with s'mores by the fire starting at 6 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., participants meet snakes, frogs and turtles. At 7 p.m., "Kung Fu Panda 2" will be shown on the auditorium's big screen. Bring a blanket and other items to get comfy.

Second annual Winter Carnival: noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 22; $5 per carload

There is snowshoeing for people age 12 and up and animal tracking hikes for children. Sessions on snow crystals and how mammals keep warm will be available. There also will be guided hikes to the lakefront to observe ice formations.

Library to host survivors support group

Glendale - A new Survivors Helping Survivors support group for family, friends and other loved ones who have lost someone to suicide will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Registration is not necessary and all are welcome.

For information, call (414) 336-7972 or email

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.

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Christmas Bellfest: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19; tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, and $5 for children younger than 18.

John Behnke Organ Recital: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6

Milwaukee handbell workshop: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 28; $12 per person; reservations required; call (262) 243-4240

Guest organ recital - Christopher Herrick: 3:30 p.m. March 11

Kammerchor Spring Concert: 3:30 p.m. April 1

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra: 3:30 p.m. April 22

Concordia Chorale and Chapel Ringers concert: 3:30 p.m. April 29

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.

Anaba Tea Room hosts reception, exhibit

Shorewood - Exhibit, "Work from the Teaching Studio of James Hempel," is on display through Dec. 31 at the Anaba Tea Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive.

Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call (414) 963-9510.

Concordia art gallery features three exhibits

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, is displaying the following shows in its art gallery:

Jan. 2 to Feb. 8: "Personal Exposure" photo show

Feb. 13 to April 6: Wood Fire Pottery (Michael Shael)

April 16 to May 18: Senior Show

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

For information, call (262) 243-5700.

Junior Duck Stamp exhibit on display at SANC

Bayside - A traveling exhibit featuring the first-, second- and third-place winners from the 2011 Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit is on display through Jan. 5 at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road.

The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week in the Great Hall.

This year, 833 students from 49 schools throughout Wisconsin submitted entries to the contest. Students from first grade to high school students submitted work of professional quality. The art is judged in four age classes and the best of show is selected from the first place entries in each of those classes.

For information and entry forms for the 2012 contest, contact the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at (608) 565-2551 or visit

Bring a dish to pass at Alliance holiday party

Shorewood - Alliance Francaise de Milwaukee, 1800 E. Capitol Drive, hosts its annual Fête des Rois (Holiday Party and Feast of Three Kings potluck dinner) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

The Alliance provides drinks and desserts; bring a dish to share.

Register by Jan. 5 by emailing or calling (414) 964-3855.

Performing group seeks classically trained musicians

Glendale - Auditions for MacDowell Club of Milwaukee membership will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 7 in the Music Department of Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Classically trained musicians (composers, instrumentalists, vocalists, pianists and organists) are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received before Dec. 31.

Requirements, application forms, detailed information and directions are available at or by contacting Sheri Masiakowski at or (414) 403-1046.

Those selected to audition will be notified of their time slot in early January.

Bay preschool holding open house

Whitefish Bay - Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay, 5655 N. Lake Drive, hosts an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 7.

Families have the opportunity to visit classrooms, test drive preschool toys and activities, and meet teachers. The school offers a morning and afternoon mix of two-, three- and four-day classes for potty-trained children 2 years and 10 months and older. Registration for new families starts. Jan. 19.

For information, call (414) 961-0432.

Music club announces 2011-12 schedule

(no dateline) The MacDowell Club will perform at a variety of locations during its 2011-12 season. For information, visit

Solos and Ensembles: 3 p.m. Jan. 8; Cardinal Stritch University, Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road, Fox Point

An Afternoon of Polish Classical Music: 3 p.m. March 18; Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., Franklin

Organists' Delight: 7:30 p.m. April 14; Gesu Parish, 1210 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

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

Peer-led infertility support group available

Glendale - Resolve offers an infertility peer-led support group for women and couples experiencing infertility from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the North Shore Public Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road.

Participation in the group is free.

For information, visit or call (414) 967-1041.

Seth Meyers performs benefit show at JCC

Whitefish Bay - Comedian, head writer for "Saturday Night Live" and SNL's Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers performs at Laugh It Up Milwaukee 2012: Stand Up to Cancer at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The event benefits the JCC and Gilda's Club of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Reserved tickets for the event are $75 and $100 and include a cocktail and dessert reception at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (800) 595-4849.

Stritch presents children's show 'Charlotte's Web'

Glendale - The Cardinal Stritch University Theater Department's annual children's show will be national award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette's adaption of E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web" with music by Charles Strouse.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 22, 28 and 29 at the Nancy Kendall Theater, 6801 N. Yates Road.

Tickets are $5.

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

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

"The Princess Went Thataway": 7 p.m. Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 12; tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger; and,

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

Stritch hosts free faculty recital

Fox Point - Cardinal Stritch University faculty artists perform chamber literature during a free recital at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Nancy Kendall Theater at the university, 6801 N. Yates Road.

For information, call (414) 410-4478.

Theater group performing 'Babette's Feast'

Mequon - Acacia Theatre Company presents "Babette's Feast" at 8 p.m. March 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 3 p.m. March 18 and 25, and 4 p.m. March 24 in Concordia University Wisconsin's Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive.

Two elderly sisters are the center of an austere Norwegian religious community that has renounced all worldly pleasures. Into their world comes Babette, a French refugee, who decides to cook a lavish feast to thank them for their kindness to her. The village elders are suspicious of her intentions.

Tickets are $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets, call (414) 744-5995 or visit

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 plainspoken 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.

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