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April 23, 2012

Eisenhower Generals to hold cheer tryouts

New Berlin - The Eisenhower Generals Youth Cheerleaders will hold continue their tryouts from 4 to 6 p.m. April 26 and April 27 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 126th Street and Howard Avenue.

The tryouts are open to girls currently in fourth through seventh grades who live in the Eisenhower school area.

More information is available from Robin Peters or (414) 427-8527.

'Nevermore!' ponders lost, last days of Poe

Muskego - The Muskego High School Drama Club will present the student-directed drama "Nevermore!" by Julian Wiles, based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe.

Performances will be at the Muskego High School Performing Arts Center, S8750 Racine Ave., at 7 p.m. April 26 and 27. Admission is $5.

In September 1847, Poe is reported to have boarded a steamer in Baltimore Harbor for an overnight voyage to New York City. He never arrived. Five days later, Poe was found delirious on a street in Baltimore and died soon afterward. What happened to him during those five missing days has remained forever a mystery.

Using the macabre stories and poems of one of America's most celebrated writers, "Nevermore!" ponders what might have happened to him.

Steak, shrimp dinner to be open to all

New Berlin - The Prospect Lions of New Berlin will have a steak and shrimp dinner with all the fixings, including beans, salad, parsley potatoes, roll and coffee.

The dinner will be from 5 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the New Berlin VFW Post, 17980 W. Beloit Road, New Berlin.

The cost is $15. Beverages other than coffee and deserts will be available.

Stuff the Truck food drive slated

Muskego - The Muskego American Legion Post is sponsoring a Stuff the Truck food drive for the Muskego food pantry from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the parking lot of Walmart, S6530 Moorland Road.

St. Paul's to present 'Godspell Junior' musical

Muskego - "Godspell Junior," a version of the musical "Godspell" designed for performers ages 8 to 14, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. April 29 at St. Paul's Lutheran School, W14325 Janesville Road, Muskego.

Admission is $5 general or $2 for students. More information is available at (414) 422-0320.

Shrimp boil to be all you can eat

Muskego - An all-you-can-eat shrimp boil will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. April 28 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, S9995 North Cape Road.

The cost is $15 plus a nonperishable food item for the Muskego food pantry; and $10 for children 12 and younger. Takeout meals are available for $10.

More information is available at (414) 425-0181 or (262) 835-1042.

Youth invited to play in pickleball tournament

New Berlin - The New Berlin Youth Advisory Board is inviting all middle and high school students to be in a pickleball tournament at 1 p.m. April 28.

No registration is required and admission is $2 to the New Berlin West High School field house, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave. The tournament is expected to run no later than 4 p.m. More information is available at or (262) 797-2441.

Holy Apostles to hold spring dance

New Berlin - Holy Apostles Parish, 3875 South 159th St., will hold a "Special Dance for Special People" spring dance for developmentally disabled adults at least 16 years old, from 1 to 3 p.m. April 29.

Music will be provided by Dalgren's D. J. Service. Free refreshments and door prizes will be part of the afternoon. Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to attend the dance as well.

For information, call Ed or Donna Rivard at (262) 786-6172.

Sixth annual Z-Drive winding up April 30

New Berlin - Some kids ask for a bike, new video games or cash. But middle school student Zach Harmon of New Berlin just asks for people to donate food and other needed items to the New Berlin Food Pantry.

Zach is currently collecting donations through April 30 at Kids in Motion, an indoor play and party center for children at 14135 W. Greenfield Ave., New Berlin. Families donating to the drive will receive $2 off a weekend day admission to Kids in Motion.

Items the pantry needs include pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, cereal and juice. Personal care items such as deodorant, body wash, bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, toilet paper, Kleenex, dish soap and laundry soap also are needed.

Pickups may be arranged by email at

This is the sixth year for the Z-Drive benefiting the pantry and so far some 7,000 items have been donated. For his efforts, Zach received a $1,000 grant, which he gave to the pantry. It was used to buy a refrigerator to keep produce fresh.

He will receive another $1,000 grant this summer and will go to Washington, D.C., in May as a middle school honoree to share ideas on volunteering.

Registrations due for track and field day

New Berlin - The registration deadline is May 2 for the New Berlin West High School Track Booster Club's 14th Annual New Berlin Track and Field Day for elementary students in grades four through sixth on May 19 rain or shine at New Berlin West High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

Check-in and warm-ups start at 8 a.m. and the events is from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m.

More than 200 young people are expected to participate in the 50-meter dash, 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 4x100 meter relay, softball throw and standing long jump.

The purpose of the meet is to encourage physical fitness and sportsmanship. Ribbons will be awarded to first through sixth places, and a traveling school trophy will be presented.

The participating schools are Elmwood, Glen Park, Holy Apostles, Orchard Lane, Poplar Creek, Ronald Reagan and Star of Bethlehem.

Students can obtain information and entry forms at

Questions can be directed to Micki Bania, meet coordinator, at (262) 679-1512 or

'Sound of Music' next on West playbill

New Berlin - "The Sound of Music," by Rogers and Hammerstein, will be presented at 7 p.m. May 4 and 5 and at 2 p.m. May 6 at the Performing Arts Center at New Berlin West Middle/High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

Admission will be $10, general; $7, students and senior citizens; $5, children.

Engineering Fair window to youthful ideas

Muskego - The Sixth Annual Project Lead the Way Engineering Fair will be held at Muskego High School, S8750 Racine Ave., on May 10.

Projects are on display from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Student teams will share their ideas for how civil engineering and architecture can be used to solve Muskego's social problems. Students also will share research and development ideas on a variety of problems.

The fair will have a table top presentation format that allows for a free sharing of ideas between the engineering students and the audience.

For information, contact Karen Lindholm-Rynkiewicz via email at

Bartolotta chefs to give cooking demos

Muskego - Kitchens and Baths by Callen has one more three cooking demonstration featuring Bartolotta Group chefs at its Muskego showroom, W13131 Janesville Road.

On May 12, Nicholas Wirth, chef de cuisine, Bacchus-A Bartolotta Restaurant, will present spring salad selections from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It includes three-courses and an opportunity to sample each dish, plus door prizes, including Bartolotta Group certificates.

The cost is $25, or $40 for two people per demonstration. Half will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin.

Space is limited and reservations are required by calling (414) 529-5509 or

Friends to throw wine tasting benefit

Muskego - The Friends of Muskego Public Library will host its Ninth Annual Wine Tasting Event to benefit the library from 7 to 10 p.m. May 19.

Fine wines representing vineyards from around the world will headline the event, which includes a tasting buffet provided by area restaurateurs. Musical entertainment in every room will add to the ambience along with blooming flower baskets which will be available for purchase.

Themed gift baskets will be raffled off with tickets $1 each or six for $5. Winners must be present for the 9:30 p.m. drawing.

Tickets for the Wine Tasting are $30 and are available at the library, W16663 Janesville Road, or via the library's website and follow the links or go directly to (to purchase with a credit card) or at Tomczak Chiropractic Office.

For more information, call (262) 971-2101.

Businesses sought for Career, Job Fair

New Berlin - New Berlin city and schools are partnering with businesses to hold the first Career and Job Fair on May 23 at New Berlin West High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

Businesses from throughout the New Berlin area and beyond are still being encouraged to participate and showcase their industry and talk with students about potential careers.

The morning Career Fair session will be followed by a ticketed luncheon with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. The afternoon consists of a job fair open to New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West High School students. The evening will be open to the community as a whole.

For more information, contact Tim Kujawa at (262) 789-6338 or For more details and to register, visit

Muskego Class of '87 holding its 25-year reunion

Muskego - The Muskego High School Class of 1987 will hold its 25-year class reunion on Aug. 4, at Matty's Bar and Grille (Four Seasons Room), 14460 W. College Ave., New Berlin.

The cost is $25 per person (pay at the door). Appetizers and music are from 8 to 11 p.m.

Class of 1987's own, Doug Boduch and his band The Acoustix will provide the music.

Reservations should be made by July 20 with Terri Drenzek Boyer, (262) 679-3889 or

Muskego library offers various school year programs

Muskego - The Muskego Public Library has new stuff and variations on the old standby, book groups and reading programs, beginning this fall and some lasting throughout the school year.

Information and registration for the following programs can be obtained at the library, W16663 Janesville Road, or by calling the reference desk at (262) 971-2101.

New this fall is Story Art, at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Each session will include stories and an art project. Registration is required.

The library also offers No School Today! Programs, ideas for what to do when Muskego schools are not in session.

Steampunk Book Group - focused on the genres of fantasy, science fiction and new steampunk - is for students in grades 8 to 12. The meetings, from 7 to 8 p.m., is the first Tuesdays of the month through May. This high school group has been popular for 19 years.

Ravenous Readers is back for its 21st year, for students in, entering or completing grades 6 to 8. The group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesdays of the month October to May.

Books for Steampunk and Ravenous Readers have been purchased by the Friends of the Library. Registration is limited for both groups.

Story time, youth group signups at library

Muskego - Story time signups have begun at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

Lap-sitters Story Time, for children ages 2 and 3 with an adult, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Preschool Pals for children ages 4 to 6 will be at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

For information, call the reference desk at (262) 971-2101.

Dementia caregivers support group to start

New Berlin - A new caregiver support group sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane.

A group will provide an open forum for caregivers or family members to voice concerns and ask questions about Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

In addition to the emotional, educational and social support provided, the meetings also will allow participants to develop problem-solving skills.

The support group also is open to all family members and there is no cost to attend.

For information, contact the support group facilitator, Audrey Mecham, at (262) 679-1180.

Learning Academy to be offered again

Muskego - The Muskego-Norway School District will again provide learner support during summer through its Extended Learning Academy slated for July 9-27.

These three weeks of learning opportunities will be held from 8 to 11:20 a.m. weekdays at Mill Valley Elementary School, S6445 Hillendale Drive.

Additional information is available at each school. The courses will include Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop, Math Workshop, Exploring with Wood and Paper, Computer Camp, Lego Mindstorms and Looking Good in Print.

Registration materials and additional information will be made available to students and families the week of March 5 and during conferences.


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