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April 16, 2013

Rose expert speaks

at annual fundraiser

West Allis - The Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness, 10243 W. National Ave , will hold its 10th Annual Gardens Luncheon at 11 a.m. April 18 at the Woman's Club of Wisconsin, 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

The featured speaker will be internationally known rose expert Helen Pizzi, who will share some of her favorite rose gardens from around the world, including some located in Wisconsin.

The luncheon is a fundraiser for a program at the center, which helps children with hearing difficulties develop skills and language and pre-literacy skills.

Tickets at $65 are available by calling (414) 604.2200 or by

Class at library

offers storytelling tips

Greenfield - Middle school students can learn storytelling skills with three hours of instruction from Greenfield Library storyteller Mr. Mark in a free program April 18 and 25 at the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Mr. Mark will share his storytelling expertise with games, instruction and practice. Students in grades six through eight will learn to use their hands, body, face and voice to make a story come to life.

The program begins at 6 p.m. The class will be limited to 10.

Register by calling (414) 321-9595, or

St. Florian hosts

card social, with buffet

West Milwaukee - A card social with card-playing and dinner will be held from 6 p.m. until midnight April 19 at St. Florian Parish (school gym and cafeteria), 1215 S. 45th St.

The buffet, featuring more than a dozen items, will be served at 7:30 p.m.

The requested donation is $12. Beer, soda and coffee will be free.

Raffle tickets for prizes will be sold all night long.

For information, call (414) 383-3565 or go

Art reception at library

to celebrate spring opening

Greenfield - An "after-hours" art reception to introduce the Wisconsin Pastel Artists' spring exhibit titled "Anything Goes … Almost" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 19 at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The exhibit, featuring artwork by 45 pastel artists, will be on display through May 31.

West Allis Players

present spring production

West Allis - The West Allis Players' regular season productions continue in spring with a new mystery/comedy called "Is Murder Tax-deductible?"

The play, written and directed by Greenfield playwright Katherine Beeson, is about a busy accountant who is murdered during the height of tax season. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20 and 2 p.m. April 21 at the West Allis Central High School auditorium, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

In "Seussical," the Cat in the Hat serves as host for a compilation of many of Dr. Seuss' classic stories in this musical for all ages to be directed by West Allis resident Bill Kaiser. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 20, 26, 27 and 2 p.m. July 28.

For more information on the season, visit

Event offers free

document shredding

West Allis - The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau will host "ShredFest," a free document shredding event that helps people protect themselves from identity theft, from 8:30 to 11a.m. April 20 at the Layton State Bank West Allis branch, 10427 W. Lincoln Ave.

People can bring various documents to be shredded. For more information, including a records retention schedule and a list of items that should be shredded, go

Spring Fling set

at St. John's Lutheran

West Allis - The Women of the ELCA will hold a Spring Fling, lunch and social beginning at noon April 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5500 W. Greenfield Ave.

The lunch and afternoon of fellowship and fun is open to all for a cost of $8.

The program includes "Lessons from a Cupcake," which draws parallel between a cupcake and womanhood in terms of proper preparation and the resulting outcome.

To make reservations, call (414) 384-9200.

All hands needed

for citywide cleanup

West Allis - The West Allis Police Department will host its annual citywide cleanup from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 20.

Volunteers are needed. They are asked to meet at the West Allis Police Department substation, 6900 W. National Ave., at 9 a.m. to get supplies and assignments. The cleanup will include trash pickup and graffiti removal. When the cleanup ends, volunteers will be treated to Toppers Pizza and soft drinks.

More information is available from Patty in the Crime Prevention Bureau at (414) 302-8050.

Leisure Timers set

travel, music programs

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W National Ave., is offering some new Leisure Timers programs in 2013 for those who want to start their week on the second and fourth Mondays of the month with a fun and relaxing activity.

The Leisure Timers program is designed for adults who enjoy both live presentations and films about various subjects of interest, including travel and history. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour.

The remaining schedule includes:

April 22: Harriet Pfersch and Mark Steckhahn present "Hawaii: A Glimpse of the Past and the Future" (slides)

May 13: Railways of Italy (DVD)

June 10: Robin Russell presents "A Personal Testimony of Climbing to the Mount Shasta Summit, plus a Short History of John Muir's Similar Climb(s)" (talk/slides)

June 24: Paris, France: The City of Magic (DVD).

Signups accepted

for April story times

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave., is accepting registrations for three story April story times.

Morning Story Time for children ages 3 through 5 meets at 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays through April 24. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session.

Happy Endings Evening Story Time for age 3 and under with an adult will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 30. Each session consists of stories, fingerplays, songs and playtime.

Lapsit Story Time for ages 9 through 23 months is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays through April 29 with sessions consisting of 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. There is an additional 10 minutes afterwards of playtime.

Pre-registration is requested for all three story times. For information, call (414) 302-8502.

Happier, better parenting

goal of upcoming program

West Allis - The six-week program "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" will be presented from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays from April 24 and May 29, at the West Allis Health Department, 7421 W. National Ave.

The program is aimed at helping people feel more confident as parents and to help them have more fun parenting. Parents will learn to share control, give kids choices and communicate to reduce arguing and power struggles. The program is for parents of toddlers to teens.

The cost is $20 per person and $30 per couple.

To register, call Marilyn (414) 302-8612 or Marsha (414) 302-8619.

Chance to dance,

raise scholarship money

West Allis - The West Allis-West Milwaukee Monogram Club Scholarship & Awards Fundraiser will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Knights of Columbus, 1805 S. 92nd St.

Tickets are available at West Allis Central and West Allis Hale high schools and at Majdecki's Piggly Wiggly, 10282 W. National Ave.

Music will be performed by "Our House" from 8 p.m. to midnight and there will be a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds will go to provide scholarships and awards to students of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

Magician David Seebach

presents children's show

Greenfield - David Seebach will present a magic show at 6:30 p.m. April 26 in the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St.

Known for his "Illusions in the Night" Halloween shows at the PAC, Seebach has specially designed this show for elementary age children and their parents.

Admission is a suggested $1 per person or $5 per family. The Greenfield Education Foundation will host the event and the Greenfield High School Athletic Booster Club will sell refreshments.

For more information, go online or contact Stuart Wilke, (414) 855-2030 or

Allegro Dance Team

to start tryouts soon

West Allis - The West Allis Allegro Dance Team will start tryouts for its Summer Elementary Pre-Team, Junior Prep, Junior Elite, and Senior Teams on April 27.

Tryouts for various teams will run through May 5.

The teams compete throughout the summer and school year at local, regional and national dance competitions in pom, hip hop, jazz, kick and lyrical categories.

There are no residency requirements to be on these teams, which operates under the auspices of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

More information is available from Judy Johnson, head coach/program facilitator, by phone at (414) 333-5637 or email

Prom magic

coming April 27

Greenfield - The Whitnall High School prom, with the theme "Skyfall," will be held April 27 at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St.

The cost is $45 per person.

The grand march and coronation of prom royalty will be beforehand at the school.

Doors open at 6 p.m. at the Italian Conference Center. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. and dancing and pictures will start at 8 p.m. Prom ends at 11 p.m.

Post prom will be at Southwest YMCA, 11311 W. Howard Ave.. Doors close at 12:30 a.m. and post prom concludes at 3 a.m.

Library stories

to focus on science

Greenfield - The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., is accepting registrations for its spring story time, dubbed "Stories with Science," that will run through May 2.

Story times will be at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and at 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Caregivers stay with the children during the program.

For information or to register, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext.104, or register on the library website, through the Kids Link.

AARP to offer

driver safety review

Greenfield - A four-hour Driver Safety Review will be presented by AARP at 8:30 a.m. May 8 at Southwest YMCA, 11311 W. Howard Ave.

The presentation will combine audio-visual and discussion periods designed for all drivers. Participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes early.

The cost is $12 for AARP members, $14 nonmembers. To register, call (414) 546-9622.

Retired men's club

presents speakers

West Allis - The West Allis Retired Men's Club presents different speakers at its monthly club 9 a.m. breakfast meetings, open to all retired men and women, regardless of where they live.

On May 9 at First United Methodist Church, 76th Street and Lapham Avenue, Cindi Pichler, an Independence First representative, will speak on "Practical Technology Solutions to Make Life Easier."

On June 13 at First Baptist Church, 78th Street and Lapham Avenue, entertainment/events director Bruce Sullivan will highlight "Wisconsin State Fair Entertainment."

A $3 donation to help offset the cost is asked.

Volunteers needed

for Greenfield cleanup

Greenfield - City of Greenfield Clean and Green, a cleanup and beautification initiave, will be held May 11 at 9 a.m. at Konkel Park, 51st Street and West Layton Avenue.

Check-in and supply pickup begins at 9 a.m., followed by the cleanup at 10:30 a.m. Litter bags will be provided. Volunteers can earn coupons for a day at the Milwaukee County Zoo or county pools.

For more information, call Joan Stevens, Greenfield Beautification director, at (414) 545-3381.

More than books

going on sale at library

West Allis - The next monthly book sale of the Friends of the West Allis Public Library will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11 at the library, 7421 W. National Ave.

In the library conference room, bargain hunters will find children's books, mysteries, romance, cooking books, science fiction, westerns and records.

In the atrium will be magazines, crafts such as bookmarks and Polish stars, and specially priced books.

In the constitution room will be nonfiction, miscellaneous fiction (both hardcover and paperback), large-print books, CDs, VHS tapes, audio books, cassettes, software, games and puzzles.

Remaining sale dates this year are June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.

People can donate to the sales anytime the library is open, with donations marked for the Friends. Things the Friends cannot accept are encyclopedias, catalogs, Reader's Digest condensed books or damaged or musty books.

Perennial plant sale

coming to fairgrounds

West Allis - The Southeast Wisconsin Master Gardener 18th annual Perennial Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

The sale will be held rain or shine. A wide variety of hardy perennial plants for sun or shade gardens will be available. Most plants are priced from $2 to $5.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to give advice on choosing the right plants for the right spot. Information on invasive plants, composting, rain gardens, updated lawn care suggestions and other garden topics will also be available.

For more information, or call the Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension office at (414) 256-4600.

Senior skaters

take to the ice

West Allis - The Milwaukee Senior Ice Skaters, for ages 50 and up, skates on the inner hockey rink at the Pettit National Ice Center, 500 S. 84th St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays from September through May.

The group skates to classical and oldies music. Anyone is welcome to the senior session for $5, and skaters can stay on for the two-hour public session from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

For more information, call (414) 935-4781.

Children's immunizations

given in evening clinics

West Allis - The West Allis Health Department is scheduling appointments for evening children's immunization clinics.

The clinics are from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Mondays of the month and the fourth Tuesdays of the month at the department, 7120 W. National Ave. Appointments can be made by calling the department at (414) 302-8600. Childhood immunizations at the Health Department are free.

The department also offers daytime immunization clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

Church feeds hungry

with free breakfasts

West Milwaukee - St. John's Lutheran Church, 5500 W Greenfield Ave., West Milwaukee, has free breakfasts from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursdays.

Everyone is welcome.

Business offers

free hearing screenings

West Allis - Sonus-Usa Inc. is offering free hearing screenings at its local branch, 2255 S. 108th St.

Appointments may be made at (414) 774-4200.

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