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Things to do

Jan. 27, 2014

'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 60 and older, $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 online 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 — the Third Annual Chili Throw-Down, sponsored by the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, 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.

People can pay $5 to sample the entries and vote for their favorites. A portion of the proceeds will go to the New Berlin food pantry.

There is no fee to enter as a contestant. Registrations are being accepted at mskupien@shorewest.com.

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.

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.

Musical 'Legally Blonde'

to open at Muskego High

Muskego — The Muskego High School Music Department will present the musical "Legally Blonde" at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, 21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 in the school's Performing Arts Center.

The show contains elements that may not be appropriate for all audiences, school officials cautioned.

All seats are reserved and tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are $6 for adults in advance (by Feb. 19) or $7 at the door or $5 for those age 55 and older and for children 12 and younger.

Tickets are available at the high school activities office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. A photo ID is required to enter the building during school hours. (Use the main entrance until 2:30 p.m. and Door 16 after that.)

For more information, call (262) 971-1790, Ext. 4523 or 4545.

Audience members are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Muskego food pantry to add to the department's collection efforts.

Pom and dance clinic

for elementary children

New Berlin — The New Berlin West Pom & Dance Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in the New Berlin West Middle/High School fieldhouse.

It is open to girls and boys from 5-year-old kindergarten through sixth grade who like to dance and perform. The cost is $25 if registered by Feb. 8 and $30 if registering at the door.

Instruction will be age-appropriate and be conducted by the New Berlin West Varsity Pom and Dance Team. Parents and families will be invited to watch a performance at 12:30 p.m.

More information is available from Kathy Zynda, (414) 750-0484.

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.

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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