Things to Do

Nov. 4, 2013

School district holds

annual rummage sale

Muskego — The Muskego-Norway School District will hold its annual district sale Nov. 8, starting at 8 a.m. until everything is gone, perhaps by 2 p.m., at the Educational Services Center, W18763 Woods Road.

The sale will include furniture and electronics, especially computer monitors, that the district no longer needs.

'Blithe Spirit'

opens at West

New Berlin — "Blithe Spirit," the wickedly funny Noel Coward comedy classic celebrating the hereafter, will be presented by the New Berlin West Middle/High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10.

Admission is $7 general, $5 for those at least 60 years old, or $3 for students.

The cast will include Trevor Whittow, Bailey Pietsch, Eli Krause, Melissa Vanselow, Selena Deer, Aubrey Trecek and Paige Wurtzbacher.

Muskego kicks off

50th anniversary

Muskego — Muskego will hold its 50th anniversary kickoff at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Old Town Hall at Muskego Settlement Centre, S8100 Racine Ave.

Residents and businesses making Muskego their home for at least 50 years are encouraged to attend and be recognized.

Various individuals and organizations will be recognized and then a brief presentation will be given by the Muskego Historical Society and Task Force for the 50th Anniversary.

The Muskego Common Council and Miss Teen Wisconsin Jessica Portik of Muskego will serve cake and refreshments, and the Historical Society will open the historic buildings for viewing between 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Also at the kickoff, the Task Force will begin the promotion of an Artful Adirondack chair program from which proceeds will benefit upcoming events in the yearlong anniversary celebration.

Each chair will have a Muskego-related theme created by a local artist or art student. The first chair will be on display at the kickoff event.

Fall Holiday Fest

coming to St. Leonard's

Muskego — The St. Leonard Congregation Christian Mothers Fall Holiday Fest will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the St. Leonard School cafeteria, S7743 Westwood Drive.

Homemade bakery, crafts and themed gift baskets will be sold along with refreshments.

A cash raffle will have prizes of $150, $75 and $50.

Other prizes to be given out include a handmade quilted throw, lace-draped doll, autographed Packer football, deacon's bench and an American Girl doll.

Admission is free.

'Loser' to give

inspirational talks

New Berlin — "Biggest Loser" Season 11 contestant Marci Crozier will give an uplifting message at the First Church of the Nazarene, 13535 W. Beloit Road, on Nov. 10.

She will speak on "Body, Mind & Spirit" during a free brunch at 8:45 a.m. followed by more of her message during the 10 a.m. worship service. Reservations for brunch can be made by calling (414) 425-6430. The brunch and talks arefree to the public

Crozier, a native of Valparaiso, Ind., is the mother of two adult daughters. But after having her daughters, she never lost all her pregnancy weight, and the stresses of work and life and her mother's death all contributed to additional weight gain.

Crozier weighed 238 pounds and lost nearly 80 pounds during the show. Today she empowers others with the story of her path to physical and spiritual health.

Veterans to be honored

in New Berlin Nov. 11

New Berlin — New Berlin Mayor Dave Ament conducts the city's annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Common Council Chambers at the New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.

The ceremony includes participation from the New Berlin Hoeppner Horn VFW Post 5716, the American Legion Post #488 and the New Berlin Community Band.

Those unable to attend may view the ceremony on local cable channel 25.

Top team holds

youth dance clinic

New Berlin — The Eisenhower High School Varsity Dance Team will hold a Youth Dance Clinic at Eisenhower for girls in grades one through six from 8:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Nov. 15.

The learned routines will be showcased for families at 1 p.m.

The $25 cost includes a T-shirt, morning snack, achievement certificate, and instruction from the award-winning Ike Dance Team.

Dance clinic participants should wear athletic attire and sneakers or dance shoes and bring a bag lunch.

To register, contact Jeanine Gavin by email at or by phone at (414) 698-4455, or Shannon Stiller at or (414) 379-5439.

Session discusses how

to make knitting needles

Muskego — "Make Your Own Knitting Needles," a program for adults and teens, will be held at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road, from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 16.

The class will show how to use dowels, clay and a few common household items to make easy and unique knitting needles.

Sign-up is required at (262) 971-2100 or stop by the reference desk.

Funding for this program is provided by the Friends of the Muskego Public Library.

Environmental expert

to speak on mine's impact

New Berlin — Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, will give a presentation at the New Berlin Library on how the controversial iron mine proposal for northern Wisconsin could affect the Bad River Watershed of the Penokee Hills.

Her talk will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the library, 15105 Library Lane. The association is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration and enjoyment of Wisconsin's wetlands.

A discussion period will follow the presentation.

Author presents 'spooky'

info on Christmas ship

Muskego — "All Aboard the Christmas Tree Ship," a program at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road, will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 18.

Author Rochelle Pennington will present the program, which focuses on little-known and some spooky facts about the famed Christmas Tree Ship that was caught in the "Great Storm of 1912" and sank with its load of Christmas trees it was bringing from Chicago to Wisconsin.

The story has inspired paintings, poems, six different Christmas Tree Ship songs, television programs, a musical performed all over the country titled "The Christmas Schooner," and a "new" Christmas Tree Ship sailed by the Great Lakes Coast Guard each holiday season as a living memorial.

Pennington's presentation will focus on many of the little-known facts surrounding the story including the ship's mysterious disappearance, clues washed ashore in the decades following the vessel's demise, ghost ship sightings of the phantom schooner, and mysterious omens believed to have cursed the ship immediately before it set sail on its final voyage on Nov. 22, 1912.

More information is available at (262) 271-2100.

Helen Keller 'alive'

to be presented

New Berlin — The New Berlin Historical Society hosts Jessica Michna, well known historical presenter, portraying Helen Keller in a free program at the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

Her program is followed by a question/answer period. Light refreshments are offered. More information is available at new

First Reindeer Romp

for parade, Toys for Tots

New Berlin — To help fund the New Berlin Community Christmas parade, organizers will hold a 5K Reindeer Romp fun run/walk on Thanksgiving morning to kick off the holiday season and collect Toys for Tots for U.S. Marines.

The run will be at 8 a.m. Nov. 28 at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway. Children and four-legged family members will be welcome, too. The $35 entrance fee will include a T-shirt, a commemorative New Berlin Christmas ornament, and treats from area businesses.

The Marines will be on hand to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

To register, search for New Berlin Reindeer Romp on or visit

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Katherine Patterson at

Christmas parade set

for Nov. 30 in New Berlin

New Berlin — The Prospect Lions Club of New Berlin and volunteers, in partnership with the city of New Berlin and the Holiday Inn Express and La Quinta hotels, will sponsor the New Berlin Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Nov. 30.

The route will run along National Avenue, going westward from Moorland Road and ending nearly a mile away at National Avenue and Casper Drive.

Live reindeer will pull Santa and his sleigh, and the parade will also feature the U.S. Navy marching band, live camels, wise men, village people, live sheep and goats and a live nativity scene.

Food and donations for the New Berlin food pantry will be collected during the parade.

A city tree-lighting ceremony will follow the parade, visits with Santa Claus and caroling by the Milwaukee Showcase Chorus. Pictures will again be taken with live reindeer and Santa's elves.

Antiques, collectibles

to be appraised at library

Muskego — The Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road, will hold an antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7.

Space is limited and registration is required. There is a limit of three items per person in the free event. Spectators are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, call the library at (262) 971-2100.

Categories of objects for appraisal may include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, toys, metalware, clocks and costume jewelry. Are all weapons are excluded, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising will be accepted).

Questions about objects can be submitted to Moran via email in advance at

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require certified appraisals.

Story time, youth group

sign-ups continue

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.

Send submissions to at least two weeks prior to the event.


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