Things to Do

Published on: 4/10/2012

Club meeting features information on Alzheimers

West Allis - The next meeting of West Allis Retired Men's Club is at 9 a.m. April 12 at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 76th and Orchard streets, with the topic chee-gung Oriental exercising.

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., include: 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.

Rummage, book sale to be held at church

Greenfield - A rummage and book sale will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 8500 W. Cold Spring Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13, and 9 a.m. to noon April 14.

The sale will be sponsored by the Christian Women. More information is available at (414) 321-1965.

Bean bags to reign at Petitt Ice Center

West Allis - The Pettit National Ice Center, 500 S. 84th St., will once again host the Brew City Bags Bash, believed to the be the world largest indoor Cornhole (bean bag) tournament.

The Brew City Bags Bash, April 13 to 15, offers people in the local area to take part in bean bag tossing, the favorite game of many tailgaters, with no wind, rain or other weather obstacles.

Courts will be set up on the Olympic Oval, which has been removed for this event.

Visitors can either play or watch for free from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 11. Spectators also can watch free from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15. Teams of two can compete in the tournament for $20 per team in advance or $30 at the door. They will be guaranteed at least four games.

For information, contact Kevin Butler by email or by phone at (414) 935- 4778.

Children programs set at Greenfield Library

Greenfield - The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., will host two free programs oriented for children in April.

'A Tale of Two Hemispheres,' to be performed by Kohl's Wild Theater, is set for 2 p.m. April 14 in the Library Community Room. In this 45-minute show, children will be introduced to animals living near both ends of the earth. The story follows Ursus, the polar bear, and Cygnus, the trumpeter swan, who need help figuring out why their polar ice lot line is moving. Also, a penguin and a pirate search for the same treasure off the coast of Chile.

Registration is appreciated, but not required. To register, visit the children's reference desk or call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext.114.

On April 19, popular children's author Herman Parish will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. Parish is author of 'Amelia Bedelia's First Vote.' Parish's books will be available for purchase or bring your own from home to be autographed and visitors are welcome to bring their cameras. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 104.

West Allis Library hosts book sale

West Allis - The next monthly book sale of the Friends of the West Allis Public Library will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 14 at the library, 7421 W. National Ave.

The monthly sales offer a broad array of books -including children's books, mysteries, romance, cooking, science fiction, nonfiction, large print books and Westerns - plus records, magazines, CDs, VHS tapes, audio books, cassettes, software, games and puzzles.

Proceeds support the summer reading program and other programming throughout the year and to buy additional resources and equipment for the library.

The Friends encourage donations by bringing materials to the library anytime it's open, although magazines should be brought only on the day of the sales.

Sale dates for the rest of the year are May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Kids to make bookmarks to mark National Library Week

West Allis - To celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14), the West Allis Library children's department will sponsor a 'Create-a-Bookmark' contest based on the National Library Week theme 'You Belong @ Your Library.'

Contest entries must be turned in according to the specifics on the entry forms by April 15. The forms are available in the children's department.

Movie collectibles to be available at show

West Milwaukee - Movie-related items plus movies themselves will be found at the Spring Movie Collectible Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15 at Burnham Bowl, 6016 W. Burnham St.

Admission is $3, or free to children younger than 12 with an adult. Parking is free.

About 20 dealers will offer items such as movie posters, both old and new, books (coffeetable, biographies and research), souvenir books, still photos, autographs, DVDs and toys.

Preventing falls is topic of health series

Greenfield - How to prevent falls will be the topic of the spring health education series of the Greenfield Health Department, in partnership with South Pointe Healthcare Center and Aurora Healthcare.

On April 17, 'Home Sweet Home' will feature a South Pointe occupational therapist who will focus on home safety, including a demonstration on the use of adaptive equipment in the home.

On May 15, 'It's a Balancing Act' will feature an Aurora pharmacist who will discuss how medicines can affect physical activity and balance.

Each program will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Greenfield Public Library, Community Room, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Seating is limited, so register with the Greenfield Health Department at (414) 329-5275 (press zero) or e-mail

Lakeland to hold information sessions

West Allis - Lakeland College will hold information sessions for prospective students from 6 to 7 p.m. April 18 at Lakeland's Milwaukee Center, 1135 S. 70th St.

Prospective students will be able to meet academic advisors, tour classrooms and learn more about Lakeland's program.

For information, call (866) 534-8652,, or visit the college's website

Dinner to be spaghetti, Dixieland on the side

Greenfield - A spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 21 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 3450 S. 52nd St.

The Greendale Dixieland Band will provide musical entertainment.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger by calling (414) 545-2440. Tickets cost $1 more at the door.

Signups accepted for library programs

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library has scheduled April storytimes.

Morning Story Time for children ages 3, 4 and 5 will be held from 9:30 to 10a.m. and from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m Wednesdays through April 25. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session.

'Happy Endings' Evening Story Time for children ages 3 and younger will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 24. Each session consists of stories, fingerplays, songs and a video. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Lapsit Story Time for ages 9 months through 23 months will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays through April 23 in the Children's Story Room. Lapsit sessions consist of 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. There is an additional 10 minutes of playtime afterward.

Pre-registration is required for all the programs by calling (414) 302-8502.

Greenfield library plans sale of books and more

Greenfield - Books, movies and music will be available in the third annual Greenfield Library Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28.

Donations of gently used materials will be accepted at the checkout desk through April 25 and at the Baker Square Restaurant, 4900 S. 76th St., through April 23.

Greenfield Public Library is located at 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Booster Club's flower sale blooms

West Allis - Orders are being taken now through April 23 in the 18th annual Nathan Hale Athletic Booster Club flower sale.

Pickups will be at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 12.

Flowers are available in flats, hanging baskets and in pots.

Orders may be placed online by calling Denise, (414) 852-2692.

Rummage sale to have home improvement materials

West Allis - The seventh annual Home Improvement Rummage Sale of the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 in the parking lot of NARI member Milwaukee Millwork, 11712 W. Dixon St., West Allis.

Merchandise expected to be available for sale to the public include appliances, bathroom and ceiling tiles, bathtubs, cabinets, lumber, hardscaping materials, decking materials, trim, windows, interior and exterior doors, furniture, lighting fixtures, sinks, insulation, toilets, flooring, plumbing fixtures and supplies and roof shingles.

The sale reduces the amount of construction and demolition materials that go into landfills and provides financial and educational support to students pursuing careers in the home improvement and remodeling industry.

Anyone buying something at the sale also will receive two tickets for the 2012 Spring Home Improvement Showcase, A Tour of Remodeled Homes, May 19 and 20.

Third Thursday Art Crawl coming to downtown

West Allis - On May 17, downtown West Allis businesses will open their doors for the Third Thursday Art Crawls featuring local artists and musicians showcasing their work from 5 to 9 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th Streets.

Artists will sell their work, too. There are still openings for artists and street musicians to be a part of the event.

For information, or contact Emily at (414) 774-2676.

Church to hold 85th anniversary dinner

West Milwaukee - St. John's Lutheran Church in West Milwaukee will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a dinner at Meyer's Restaurant, 4260 S. 76th St., at 4 p.m. May 19.

A special service will be held at the church, 5500 W. Greenfield Ave., at 9 a.m. the following day. For dinner ticket information, call the church office, (414) 384-9200.

Plant sale returning for 17th year to fair

West Allis - The 17th Perennial Plant Sale, featuring thousands perennials, will again be held at the State Fair Park on May 19.

The sale begins at 8 a.m. near the DNR area of the park. Plants are locally grown by master gardeners in southeast Wisconsin. Plants are priced from $2 to $5, with some special plants at a higher cost.

Master gardener volunteers will be on hand to answer plant questions and give advice on lawns, insect control, vegetable gardening and other topics including rain gardens and rain barrels.

Cupcakes for a Cause to bring competitive baking

West Allis - Cupcake lovers can bring their buds to the first Cupcakes for a Cause-West Allis cupcake tasting benefit for the Veterans Employment Alliance.

Local bakers will create 12 dozen mini-cupcakes for tasters to try and then vote for their favorite.

The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 27 at the Landmark of West Allis Senior Apartments, 1441 S.68th Street. Admission is $7.

Cupcakes for a Cause-West Allis also is looking for sponsors for the first season of events. For more information, or contact Emily Eineichner

Allied Vets and city again to sponsor parade

West Allis - The Allied Veterans Committee and West Allis officials are already thinking of spring and the Memorial Day parade.

Once again, the Allied Veterans and the city will sponsor the parade to step off at 10 a.m. May 28.

Korean War and World War II veterans from the West Allis area who would like to ride in the parade can call Alderman Dan Roadt at (414) 321-7264. Transportation on the parade route, with limited seating, will be provided.

A memorial service will follow the parade at about 11 a.m.

Children's immunizations given in evening clinics

West Allis - The West Allis Health Department is scheduling appointments for evening children's immunization clinics.

The clinics are from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Mondays of the month and the fourth Tuesdays of the month at the department, 7120 W. National Ave. Appointments can be made by calling the department at (414) 302-8600. Childhood immunizations at the Health Department are free.

The department also offers daytime immunization clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursdays.

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.