Things to Do

Nov. 11, 2013

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.

Swing Explosion

coming to restaurant

Muskego — El Vallarta restaurant, W16496 Janesville Road, will present Pete Sorce and the Swing Explosion Big Band, an 18-piece orchestra, from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19.

The orchestra will perform music of the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole and David JR.

Admission is free.

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

Seminar slated

on Affordable Care Act

New Berlin — A free seminar to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane.

The seminar will be hosted by Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative.

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.

Nutcracker Sweets

sweet tooth heaven

New Berlin — The Friends of the New Berlin Library will hold its seventh annual Nutcracker Sweets Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the library, 15105 Library Lane.

The annual fundraiser will feature home-baked goods, a mini-book sale, handmade ornaments and crafts, mixed nuts and raffle items.

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.

Santa to visit

New Berlin Library

New Berlin — Santa will visit the New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane, at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

There will be stories and treats, and parents can take their children's pictures on Santa's lap.

Refreshments will be provided by the New Berlin Lioness Club.

More information is available at (262) 785-4980.

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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