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Jan. 17, 2012

Skylight Opera to present free 'Cabaret'

West Allis - "Cabaret On the Road," presented by the Skylight Opera Theater, will be presented free at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Landmark of West Allis Senior Apartments, 1441 S. 68th St.

Classical and contemporary songs from the Skylight's 2011-2012 season will be performed by Tommy Hahn and Rana Roman, accompanied by Ruben Piirainen.

The presentation is open to the public.

Women's chorus invites all to guest nights

West Allis - The Crosstown Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will hold free open house guest nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30 at Gonzaga Hall, on 92nd Street and Greenfield Avenue.

Women of all ages who love to sing, dance and perform will be welcome to find out more about the chorus.

Carpools also can be arranged.

More information is available at (414) 271-9116, or visit for more information.

Retirement workshop on emergency income

Greenfield - Local financial adviser Lisa Haushalter from Anchor Investment Services, a division of AnchorBank, will host a free workshop titled "Planning for Emergency Income in Retirement" from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Jan. 25 at the AnchorBank branch office, 5101 S. 27th St.

The workshop will answer the question, "What are my investment options?" Andrew Levy, a regional marketing specialist from Lincoln Financial-MoneyGuard, will be present to share information and answer questions, as well.

Refreshments will be served. The registration deadline was Jan. 18, but call (262) 532-0986 or 1-800-236-6789 for availability.

Area Interfaith plans fundraising dinner

West Allis - West Central Interfaith will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Matthias Church, 9306 W. Beloit Road, Milwaukee. The cost is $7 in advance, $8 at the door and free for children under 4 years old. Take out will be available.

West Central Interfaith has been helping older adults remain living in their homes for the past 20 years. The program provides services to help older adults remain safe, connected, independent, and engaged.

Registrations open for February story times

West Allis - West Allis Public Library is accepting registrations for February story times. Morning Story Times for children ages 3 to 5 will be Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:15 to 10:45a.m. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session.

"Happy Endings" Evening Story Time for children ages 3 and under with an adult companion will be offered on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28. Each session will consist of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs and a video.

Lapsit Story Time for ages 9 months through 23 months is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, and 20. Lapsit sessions consist of 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. There is an additional 10 minutes afterwards of playtime.

Pre-registration is required for all the programs. For more information, call (414) 302-8502.

Book group ready to start new season

Greenfield - The Greenfield Library adult book group meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Upcoming discussions will include Feb. 8, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot.

Registration is not required.

Copies of books may be reserved through the County Cat link on the Library website,, or by calling the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext 250.

Club to start year with income tax expert

West Allis - The next meeting of West Allis Retired Men's Club is at 9 a.m. Feb. 9 at First United Methodist Church, 76th and Lapham, with the topic diabetes prevention and control.

The program is free, but a $3 donation is asked to help cover the cost of breakfast.

Other upcoming meetings, all beginning at 9 a.m., are: March 8 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 117th Street and Cleveland Avenue, living with Alzheimers; April 12 at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 76th and Orchard streets, introduction to chee-gung Oriental exercising; May 10 at First United Methodist Church, "The Railroad Mysteries of Agatha Christie"; and June 14, First Baptist Church, collecting knives.

More information is available from Sam Ballas, (414) 774-1098, and Jerry Zimmerman, (414) 453-8621.

Many TV favorites to be at Home Improvement Show

West Allis - The 50th annual Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Show will be held Feb. 9 to 12 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

Cosponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 2012 show will offer a chance for homeowners to talk with providers of thousands of home improvement products and services, including kitchens, decks, cabinets, windows, bathrooms, siding, lighting, landscaping, media rooms, wall covering, recreation rooms, roofing and fireplaces.

Demonstrations and seminars by home improvement experts including presentations by horticulturalist Melinda Myers and home improvement experts Gus Gnorski and Tom Feiza (aka Mr. Fix-It) will be given.

The cooking demonstration stage will feature area chefs and national cooking celebrities, including Mad Dog & Merrill and Jyll Everman, Food Network Star Contestant.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, and 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12. Admission is $6 in advance, and $8 at the door. Tickets for seniors 60 and older are $6, with a special price of $4 at the door on Feb. 9, for Senior Day. Children 12 and younger and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free.

For information, visit or call (414) 771-4071.

Greenfield storytimes start, but registrations are ongoing

Greenfield - Registration for Greenfield Library Winter Storytimes began last week.

Mr. Mark will conduct winter storytimes themed "My Hat's Off To You!" with stories about hats from different countries, hats for different jobs, and hats for different weather.

Storytimes are held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays through March 1 in the Children's Corner of the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Caregivers must stay with children during the program. Registration is recommended but not required by going to a librarian at the reference desk or the children's page on the library website,

Central to present 'Inherit the Wind'

West Allis - The classic "Inherit the Wind" will be the next dramatic offering at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, March 16 and 17 and 23 and 24. Tickets are $8, general, and $6 for students/senior citizens/children.

Signup begins for Wiffle Ball Blast

Greenfield - It's already time to register for the Wiffle Ball Blast 2012, to be held March 31 at Greenfield High School, 4850 S. 60th St.

Youngsters ages 8 through 13 will compete in three age groups.

The registration fee is $100 per team. Teams will play at least three games, with winning teams vying for their division championship. A maximum of six teams can be registered for each division, so space is limited.

There is no parking or gate fee. Concessions will be available.

Registration materials can be found at For information, email Facilities Coordinator Gary Compton at gcompton@ or call (414) 855-2413.

Health Department offers immunization clinics

West Allis - The Health Department, 7120 W. National Ave., hosts free walk-in immunization clinics to meet new state laws on children's vaccines.

Clinics are available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Immunizations are available by appointment from 4 to 7 p.m. the second Monday and fourth Tuesday. For information, call (414) 302-8600.

Church feeds hungry with free breakfasts

West Milwaukee - St. John's Lutheran Church, 5500 W Greenfield Ave. , West Milwaukee, has free breakfasts from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursdays.

Everyone is welcome.

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