Things to Do

Feb. 4, 2013

Fifth Ice Golf Classic

on lake this weekend

Muskego - Golfers who think they are hot stuff on the green can see how hot they are on ice as the 2013 Ice Golf Classic gets under way Feb. 9 on Shrubring Bay, Little Muskego Lake.

The 13-hole course with hole prizes and silent auction benefits the Water Bugs championship water ski team. This will be the fifth ice golf classic fundraiser for the Water Bugs that came in sixth in the nation last year at the National Show Skiing Championships.

The cost is $50 per golfer, food and beverages with beer provided on the course included. Registration begins at 11 a.m. inside Danny Haskell's Bar, S7260 Lannon Drive. Teams of four can register, or individual golfers will be matched up with other golfers. Food and prizes inside Danny Haskell's will be after the golfing.

The Muskego Water Bugs is one of the oldest water ski show teams in the country and calls Little Muskego Lake home. The Water Bugs present a free water ski show every Wednesday from Memorial Day to Labor Day at Idle Isle Park on Little Muskego Lake.

'True Dracula'

coming to New Berlin West

New Berlin - "Bram Stoker's Dracula," considered by dramatists the truest adaptation of the original Bram Stoker's horror novel, will be presented on the New Berlin West Performing Arts Center's stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 and 9.

Tickets range from $2 to $7. The show at 18695 W. Cleveland Ave. isn't recommended for children under 12.

Bram Stoker created the character of Count Dracula in 1897 and since then, Dracula has been the focus of many adaptations in the theatrical realm. This adaptation, written by Steven Dietz in 1996, was chosen for its true adaptation of the original novel in terms of the author's intentions for the character.

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.

Icy waters await

Muskego Polar Plungers

Muskego - What has become an annual rite of winter, the Muskego Polar Plunge for Wisconsin Special Olympics, is Feb. 10 at the pond at Muskego County Park, W20370 Janesville Road.

Last year more than 400 people were "Freezin' for a Reason" to support Special Olympics. Plungers leap into the icy water and everyone is welcome.

Event participants can register to take the plunge or sign up as "Too Chicken to Plunge." "Chickens" can still raise donations and join a team. They will even get their own T-shirt proclaiming "I was Too Chicken to Plunge."

Check-In at the registration tent will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Plunging is from noon to 3 p.m. A warm-up tub and warm changing tents will be provided. Live music will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Log Cabin quilters

to see presentation

Muskego - The Log Cabin Quilt Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12 for a presentation by Pam See titled "Vanilla Latte' Quilt Techniques and Trunk Show."

See, who is a designer, teacher and lecturer, will demonstrate techniques for her unique patterns.

The public is invited at no charge. Contact Linda Wilson at (262) 720-5699 for more information. The meeting will be at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road.

Visitors to experience

Biblical times at event

Muskego - Ash Wednesday is the start of Lenten preparations for the Christian tradition and the entrance to a season of personal reflection and sacrifice.

Lakepoint Church, Muskego, hosts a self-guided, family friendly Ash Wednesday experience for all Muskego and surrounding area residents. Several interactive stations will immerse participants in the atmosphere surrounding Jesus' crucifixion, his resurrection and what that means for Christians.

For example, one of the stations will have bitter herbs and bread, the traditional Jewish Passover meal that would have been included in the Last Supper. Participants will get to try them. Also, they will be invited to write messages they can nail to the cross at the end.

The free event will be held in the Old Town Hall building, S8100 Racine Ave., at the Muskego Settlement Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13. It will take about 20 minutes to visit each station.

Gallery hosts

artist reception

Muskego - The new Art Gallery at Tudor Oaks, W12929 McShane Drive, Muskego, hosts a public artists reception for Jeffrey P. Malecki from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

His original watercolors illustrating a realistic style, spontaneity and unexpected effects will be displayed in the gallery. It's open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

'Modern Millie'

to open at Muskego

Muskego - The Muskego High School music department presents the musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, and 23 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

Performances will be in the high school's Performing Arts Center. All seats are reserved and tickets are nonrefundable. Tickets are $6 adults ($7 at the door) and $5 for seniors (55-plus) and children (age 12 and younger). Tickets are available at the high school administrative office 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. A ticket order form is also available on the district's website,, high school home page. For more information, call the PAC ticket office at (262) 971-1790, ext. 4545.

The music department will also have collection barrels for donations for the Muskego food pantry.

'Wizard of Oz'

coming to Eisenhower

New Berlin - "The Wizard of Oz" will be presented at Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunnyslope Road, New Berlin, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

Admission will be $10, general, $7 for students and seniors. Advance tickets will be available starting Feb. 11 by calling (262) 789-6326.

First snowshoe race

open to all and all ages

New Berlin - Adults and children who are fleet of foot are sought for the first Prospect Lions Showshoe Roar races March 2 in Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway.

Participants are expected from all over southeastern Wisconsin and possibly northern Illinois. There will be an individual race by age category, a race for teams of three, a children's fun run and even a race for the blind through the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development organization.

The distance will be about 5K with no experience needed. The cost is $25 before Feb. 23 and $30 after, $3 for children ages 10 to 12, or free for children under 10. Snowshoes will be available at a small rental fee.

The individual and team race will start at 10 a.m. with the kids race at 11:15 a.m.

To register or for information, go or contact John Ziino, (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.

Dreams of summer's

Jammin' fill chamber

Muskego - As the snow flies, the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce is working on this summer's big outdoor block parties, Jammin' on Janesville.

Coordinators are in the chamber office every Wednesday evening to help businesses plan their 2013 Jammin' events and marketing.

Jammin' on Janesville provides businesses three summer events to showcase their products and services to residents who get to enjoy food, music and fun activities.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Jammin' on Janesville through March 8.

Nominations open

for citizen of year

New Berlin - The New Berlin mayor's office is accepting nominations for the 2013 Citizen of the Year Award.

Written nominations of 500 words or less may be submitted by individuals or groups until March 31. The nominee must live in New Berlin, and achievements must be recent or ongoing.

Nominations are judged by the mayor's office on the criteria of contributions to the community welfare; civic achievement; contribution of something that has a lasting effect on the community; volunteerism; and enrichment of the city's cultural, civic or youth facilities.

Nominations should be sent to Melody Styba via email ( or mail (Mayor's Office, 3805 South Casper Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151).

For a list of past recipients visit:

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 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 Feb. 8 at New Berlin West Middle/High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.; and Feb. 15, Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Road; Feb. 22.

Then the playoffs start.

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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