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Things to do

Jan. 20, 2014

Fridays are movie days

at New Berlin Library

New Berlin — The suspense "Captain Phillips," to be shown Jan. 24, is the next in a series of Movie Matinees at the New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane.

Slated for Jan. 31 is the comedy "In a World."

The movies, shown from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, are free, but reservations are requested by calling Natalie at (262) 754-1819.

Movies could change subject to availability.

St. Joseph School

to hold open house

Big Bend — St. Joseph Catholic School, W22650 Milwaukee Ave., will kick off its Catholic Schools Week celebration by holding an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

Refreshments will be served during the open house. Science Fair exhibits will be on display, and there will be a book fair. Classroom tours will be given and teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.

Students, teachers and staff will celebrate Mass together at 10:30 a.m.

For information, contact Principal Janice St. Louis, (262) 662-2737 or jstlouis@stjoesbb.com.

Library offers

technology help

New Berlin — The New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane, will offer a technology open lab from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 28.

The lab offers help with computer tasks such as setting up an email or Facebook accounts and working on the Internet or Microsoft Office programs.

No registration is required. The library's computer classes are designed for beginning and intermediate level computer users. Those who need in-depth training will be directed to classes offered at schools.

'Once Upon a Mattress' coming to PAC at West

New Berlin — The musical comedy "Once Upon A Mattress" will be presented at the New Berlin West Performing Arts Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., by the New Berlin West Theatre Arts Program, for five performances starting Jan. 30.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 30; at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 31; at 7 p.m. Feb. 1; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

Reserved tickets are $12, general, $10 for seniors at least 60 years old; $7 for students and $5 for children. The 10 a.m. Jan. 31 matinee is for groups of 10 or more with special ticket prices. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card on-line or with cash at the PAC box office. For links to calendar and online ticket sales, visit www.nbexcellence.org/community/do_communitytheater.cfm. Or call (262) 789-6406.

The story is taken from Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea" but is billed as having all the elements of a farce and vaudeville melodrama with lively music.

Chili and games offered

at New Berlin church

New Berlin — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W. Howard Ave., will hold its annual Game Night & Chili Dinner from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Jan. 31.

The $20 entry includes a 6 p.m. chili dinner, beverages, popcorn and pretzel snacks, assorted desserts, sheepshead tournament entry or $250 in playing chips for table games.

The five-handed sheepshead tournament starting at 7 p.m. will have multiple cash prize payouts. Table gaming will offer craps, roulette and blackjack. People also are invited to bring their own games to play such as poker, cribbage, bridge or dominoes. Tables will be provided.

The games are open to those 18 and older.

There also will be a raffle with a 50 percent cash prize payout and two drawings at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $1.

Chili Throw-Down

seeks best chili cooks

New Berlin — Registration is open for the Third Annual Chili Throw-Down sponsored by the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the New Berlin food pantry.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the New Berlin Community Center, 14750 W. Cleveland Ave. There is no fee to enter. People can pay $5 to sample the entries and vote for their favorites.

Registrations are being accepted at mskupien@shorewest.com.

Story time, youth group

sign-ups will return

Muskego — Story time sign-ups will continue in January 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 beginning in January.

For information, call the library at (262) 971-2100.

Note: Preschool Pals for children ages 4 to 6, as listed in recent Things to Do items, is no longer offered by the Muskego Public Library.

Publisher to give

workshop for writers

Muskego — Award-winning publisher Kira Henschel, CEO of HenschelHAUS Publishing, will give a hands-on workshop at the Muskego Public Library for writers who would like to get published.

The workshop will offer an insider's view on what it takes to get published, new ways to organize materials; information on self-publishing; and what publishers are looking for in an author.

The workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the library, W16663 Janesville Road. Registration is required by calling (262) 971-2100 or stopping by the library.

Speed, agility, quickness

goals of rec offering

Muskego — A "Speed, Agility, Quickness Improvement for Young Athletes" for grades 6 through 8 is offered by the Muskego Recreation Department.

Registrations are still being accepted for the program designed to be a fun and positive experience that will help young people become a more agile, quicker and faster athletes.

Each 75-minute session will include a fast paced warm-up, a test to help identify current strengths and weaknesses, drills for speed, agility, quickness and power, core strength development and a fun and competitive game.

The instructor will be coach Mike Nitka, director of strength and conditioning for Muskego High School.

The program will be in the Muskego High School, north gym, S8750 Racine Ave., from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 8. The cost is $70 for residents, $105 for nonresidents. Registrations are being accepted at (262) 679-4108.

Murder Mystery

challenges all sleuths

New Berlin — The Rotary Club of New Berlin is challenging everyone to sharpen their wits and sleuthing skills for its murder mystery, to be presented Feb. 22 at the New Berlin Banquet Center, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave.

The mystery starts with pirates heading to town to celebrate a voyage of pillaging and plundering. They spend their gold, the night quickly spins out of control and one guest meets a tragic demise. It's up to the audience to figure out whodunit.

A cash bar and silent auction will start at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. The murder mystery will begin at 7 p.m. After the murder has been uncovered, musical entertainment will start about 9 p.m.

The cost $40 is per person. Proceeds will support youth programs and scholarships. Those who just want to come to hear the music can pay $5. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 12.

For tickets and more information, visit the Rotary Club's website at rotaryclubofnewberlin.org, or contact Stephanie Friemoth at (262) 786-9897.

Money, banking

book group topics

New Berlin — Money and banking will be the focus of book discussions through June at the New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane.

The series, funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, will start with "Ascent of Money" by Niall Ferguson at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

The series will continue at 7 p.m. March 26 with "The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser; April 23 with "Reckless Endangerment" by Gretchen Morgenson; and May 21 with "The Bondfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe. The June book will be announced later.

Discussions will be in the Community Room. For information, contact Jerry Dombraski at (262) 754-1818.

Zumbini comes

to New Berlin Library

New Berlin — Zumbini, a music and movement class developed by Zumba Fitness for children with a parent or caregiver, will meet at the New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Feb. 26 and April 30.

Zumbini is for children up to age 3. Children will wiggle, dance, sing, move and use rhythmic instruments and scarves, exploring their natural love of music and movement.

Space is limited. Registrations are required for each class. Registrations are being accepted at the youth services desk.

Kids undertake

Lego building projects

New Berlin — A Lego Club for ages as young as 5 meets from 10 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane.

The program started in October and will continue through May.

The library provides the Legos, and no pre-registration is required. However, participants should check in at the youth services reference desk.

Kids 'Read to Rover'

alternate Saturdays

New Berlin — Youngsters are welcome to read to a tutor dog in the "Read to Rover" program every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the New Berlin Public Library, 15155 Library Lane.

The goal is to improve youngsters' reading.

Reading is from 11 a.m. to noon. No registration is necessary.

Dementia caregivers

support group offered

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.

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