Things to do

Jan. 14, 2013

Residents can sign up for police academy

New Berlin - Two Citizens Academy classes run by the New Berlin Police Department are accepting registrations from people living or working in New Berlin.

Applications can be found online at and should be forwarded by email to Officer Scott Hippler at

Midnight basketball starts for high schoolers

New Berlin - The New Berlin Police midnight basketball program has resumed for all high school students in New Berlin and will run Fridays through March.

Prizes and T-shirts will be awarded weekly.

Upcoming games (which begin after the boys home varsity basketball game) will be Jan. 18 and 25 at New Berlin West Middle/High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.; Feb. 1, Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Road; Feb. 8 at West; Feb. 15, Eisenhower; Feb. 22.

Then the playoffs start.

Free seminar teaches self defense to women

New Berlin - The World Martial Arts Academy, 14200 W. National Ave., will hold a free women's self-defense seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.

The event will cover how to avoid dangerous situations and how to defend yourself. In addition to teaching easy-to-use self-defense techniques, Grand Master Taihyon Yun and his staff will teach how to fall safely, a skill that could save breaking bones during icy Wisconsin winters.

For women of all abilities and fitness levels, the self-defense class will start with stretching, a brief warmup and then demonstrate and practice different scenarios to help women gain confidence and the ability to react to a variety of situations.

St. Joseph's celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Big Bend - St. Joseph's Catholic School in Big Bend will kick off its participation in the nationwide Catholic Schools Week celebration with an open house from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Refreshments will be served. The school band will perform, and a Scholastic book fair will be held. Classroom tours will be given, and teachers will be available in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.

Other activities for the weeklong celebration include Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart, a pep rally, career day, and Pennies for Patients service project to benefit leukemia research.

Chili Throw Down back for second year

New Berlin - The second Chili Throw Down, sponsored by the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at the New Berlin Community Center, 14750 W Cleveland Ave.

For a $5 donation, visitors will get to sample all of the entries and vote for their favorite.

Last year, the New Berlin firefighters' chili won the competition that attracted entries from businesses, groups and even a couple of restaurants.

Speaker to take listeners to Amish country

Muskego - Richard Dawley, a local author who has written extensively about Amish culture in Wisconsin, will give a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

Funding is provided by the Friends of Muskego Public Library.

Dawley, author of eight books about Amish culture and life, has lectured extensively and conducts tours of Amish country.

Rotary Club invites all to go cruisin' for mystery

New Berlin - The New Berlin Rotary Club is inviting everyone to sharpen their sleuthing skills and uncover the killer at a murder mystery dinner Feb. 9 at the New Berlin Banquet Center, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave.

The setting of the play is aboard the Mystery of the Seas and an extravagant affairs where passengers enjoy the romance and intrigue at the captain's cocktail reception, until a murderer strikes.

The murder mystery will start at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and silent auction. A buffet dinner will be at 6:15 p.m. and the play at 7 p.m.

The cost is $40. The ticket deadline is Feb. 1 for the event, which will raise money to support youth programs and a scholarship. For tickets and information, visit the Rotary Club's website at, or contact Dianne Moore at (262) 391-6250.

Career, Job Fair boon for business, students

New Berlin - The second Career and Job Fair will be held by the New Berlin School District, the city of New Berlin, and the Business Partners of New Berlin to showcase local businesses and cultivate interest among students and the community for a future job force.

The Career and Job Fair will be Feb. 20 at New Berlin West High School field house, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

The Job Fair part of the event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 20 for New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West High School juniors and seniors.

Businesses with positions available could interview students who want part-time, full-time, seasonal, or long-term jobs.

The Career Fair part of the event from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is for Eisenhower and West sophomores and junior. Students will visit booths to hear from businesses about what they need to do to prepare for employment in that field.

The Community Job Fair for the community at large will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m., where businesses can collect applications and interview job seekers.

The event is meant to benefit businesses because it will enable them to help prepare students for a career in their organization so the job pool is larger. Businesses can identify potential employees or look for students interested in internship opportunities that are supported by the School District.

Students can get information on the varied employment opportunities in each industry.

Snowshoe races coming to New Berlin

New Berlin - Sponsors and racers are being sought for snowshoe races to be held March 2 at Malone Park in New Berlin.

More information is available from John Ziino at (262) 797-8746.

Dance classes aim for cardio fitness

Muskego - The Tudor Oaks Retirement Community, W12929 McShane Drive, in collaboration with Muskego Park and Recreation Department, is offering dance/fitness classes to Latin/international music and rhythms like salsa and meringue.

The class is designed for seniors and beginners who want better cardiovascular fitness. If needed, people can participate while seated in a chair.

Remaining Sessions will be 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays from March 4 through April 8; and April 15 through May 20.

The cost is $36 for Muskego residents or $54 for nonresidents. To register, contact the Muskego Park and Recreation Department at (262) 679-4108.

Story time, youth group sign-ups at library

Muskego - Story time sign-ups 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 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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