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Nov. 7, 2012

'Moon Over Buffalo' Hale theatrical offering

West Allis - The madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo," by Ken Ludwig, will be presented starting Nov. 8 at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave.

The story centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s who are playing in repertory theater in Buffalo.

On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might have one last shot at stardom. Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his upcoming movie. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, which is where the comedy comes in.

Admission is $7. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Appearing as George Hay will be Tarif Garrett; as Charlotte Hay, Francesca Steitz; as Rosalind Hay, Maelen Kloskey. Also appearing will be Elizabeth Ewend, Alex Lux, Matthew Boey, Sam Koenig and Mariah Madison.

Doctors to discuss latest in joint repair, replacement

Greenfield - The Greenfield Health Department and Aurora Advanced Orthopaedics will present the last a three-part series on new techniques and advancements in joint repair and replacements at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The remaining program will be presented by Dr. Steven Anderson, who will discuss advancements in joint replacement.

Seating is limited. To register, call the Health Department at (414) 329-5275 (press zero) or

Retired men's club has monthly speakers

West Allis - The West Allis Retired Men's Club presents different speakers at its monthly club 9 a.m. breakfast meetings, open to all retired men and women, regardless of where they live.

On Nov. 8 at First United Methodist Church, 76th Street and Lapham Avenue, the topic will be "Master Model Builder" with Bob Teska.

On Dec. 13 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 117th Street and Cleveland Avenue, a "Christmas Program" will be led by the Salvation Army, which will accept freewill offerings.

On Jan. 10 at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 76th Street and Orchard Avenue, Joanne Reuss will serve as "Income Tax Consultant."

On Feb. 14 at First United Methodist Church, 76th Street and Lapham Avenue, Ben Yamada will present "World War II Japanese American's USA Memories."

On March 14 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 117th Street and Cleveland Avenue, Pastor Steve Anderson will present "My Walk with Christ."

On April 11 at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 76th Street and Orchard Avenue, Bill Winston will discuss "The Business of Fun."

On May 9 at First United Methodist Church, 76th Street and Lapham Avenue, Cindi Pichler, an Independence First representative, will speak on "Practical Technology Solutions to Make Life Easier."

Finally, on June 13 at First Baptist Church, 78th Street and Lapham Avenue, entertainment/events director Bruce Sullivan will highlight "Wisconsin State Fair Entertainment."

A $3 donation to help offset breakfast is asked.

'Beauty & Beast' to open at Central

West Allis - "Disney Beauty and the Beast" will begin a two-weekend run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Advance tickets for closer seating are $12 general, or $10 for students and seniors. General admission seating further back is $10. Advance tickets may be obtained by calling (414) 651-9000. An order form also is online at the school's website,

All welcome to Fall Card Social

West Allis - The St. Rita Holy Name Society is holding its Fall Card Social on Nov. 9 in Arnold Hall, 60th Street and Lincoln Avenue, West Allis.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is from 6 to 11 p.m. The $11 donation includes snacks, soda, beer, door prizes and a light meal about 9 p.m. Several raffles will be held throughout the evening. This is a nonsmoking event and all are welcome.

More information is available from Kevin Soczka at (414) 321-1889.

Fish, shrimp dinners at St. Augustine Parish

West Allis - St. Augustine Parish holds a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the parish center hall, 2025 S. 67th St., West Allis.

The menu will be fried or baked fish, French fries, new potatoes, coleslaw, rye bread, dessert and coffee. The parish also offers a shrimp dinner.

The cost is $9.50, adults; $4.50 for ages 3 to 11; $10.50 for the shrimp dinner.

More information is available at (414) 541-5207.

Harvest Craft Fair to be held at St. John's

Greenfield - St. John The Evangelist Church, 8500 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield, holds its Harvest Craft Fair with more than 75 exhibitors, children's games and raffles from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

The fair also offers food including chili and caramel apples. Admission is free, but strollers cannot be accommodated.

More information is available at (414) 321-1965.

Workshop all about emerald ash borer

Greenfield - Greenfield will host a regional workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 on the emerald ash borer to provide property owners and even community forest managers with enough information to make a plan to deal with the menace on their own properties.

The workshop will be held at the Greenfield Community Center, 7315 W. Cold Spring Road. Residents, business owners and public officials from all communities will be welcome.

The emerald ash borer has denuded areas of eastern states of ash trees and the borer has been spotted in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

The workshop is being sponsored with the help of a grant from the state Department of Natural Resources. In fact, two of the speakers will be from the DNR. They will join plant expert Sharon Morrisey. Handouts will be provided. Admission is free.

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. Nov. 10 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.

Dec. 8 is the last sale date of the year.

Photographic exhibit features Croatian immigrants

West Allis - An exhibit of 50 large photographs of Croatian immigrants of the early 20th century taken by photographer Vladimir Novak will continue through Nov. 11 at St. Augustine Parish, at 68th and Rogers streets.

The exhibit is from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11.

Admission is free.

LeRoy Butler coming for Cheesehead bed party

Greenfield - The Verlo Mattress Factory Store in Greenfield will sponsor a visit Nov. 11 by Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler and an unveil the world's first "Cheesehead" bed, created for die-hard Packer fans.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the store, 6501 W Layton Blvd.

Visitors who pose for a photo with Butler will be entered into a drawing to win a Cheesehead bed, which Butler himself will deliver.

'Challenge' to set off chain reaction of kindness

Greenfield - Greenfield High School presents "Rachel's Challenge" to students and community Nov. 13, in the Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60 St.

This event tells the inspiring story of Rachel Scott, whose code of kindness and acceptance was brought to light when she became the first victim in the Columbine High School shootings. Conveyed through stories from Rachel's life and writings, "Rachel's Challenge" shows how small acts of kindness and acceptance can motivate people to consider their relationships with the people they come in contact with every day.

It demonstrates the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others in what Rachel called "a chain reaction of kindness and compassion."

Rachel felt that her challenge was to "Look for the best in others. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. Choose positive influences. Speak words of kindness. Forgive yourself and others."

"Rachel's Challenge" is from 7 to 8 p.m. at the PAC. It will be shown that morning to students.

For additional information, contact Assistant Principal Becky Gordon, (414) 855-2412.

Dinner to honor nation's veterans

West Allis - Food for the Hungry hold a Veterans Dinner, an evening to honor men and women who have served the country, for guests and selected homeless and needy veterans from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1800 S. 92nd St., West Allis.

The cost of the turkey/chicken dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5 to 12 and free for age 4 and younger. The evening includes music and raffles and more. The public is welcome and reservations are not necessary.

Those who would like to cover the cost of a veteran's dinner may donate to Food for the Hungry Inc., 405 Lynnwood Lane, Brookfield, WI 53005, putting "vet donations" in the memo section. Any surplus donations will go to the Veterans for Peace Food Pantry in West Milwaukee.

'Breaking Dawn' party at library

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave., is inviting everyone to celebrate the release of the final Twilight Saga movie with a "Breaking Dawn Part II" Bonanza of music, cake, trivia, clips and trailers, prizes and a raffle from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

Preregistration is required. Tickets for the library program will be available at the information desk beginning Nov. 1.

"Breaking Dawn" is the fourth and final novel in series by American author Stephenie Meyer. The latest film opens Nov. 16 in theaters, including some with midnight showings.

Registrations due for Junior Poms clinic

Greenfield - The registration deadline is Nov. 15 for the Dec. 8 Junior Poms Clinic, but slots are expected to fill up long before that.

The Greenfield Varsity Poms hold the clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at Greenfield High School, 4800 S. 60th St.

Girls and boys in grades one through eight are divided into age groups and taught dance routines by the Greenfield Varsity Poms Team. The youngsters perform their routines at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at half-time of the Greenfield varsity basketball game.

The cost is $40 including lunch, T-shirt, poms, a craft and one adult admission to the Dec. 14 game.

Information on how to register may be obtained by emailing or by visiting

Owl featured guest at library PJ Storytime

Greenfield - Dakota the Owl makes a special guest appearance at the PJ Storytime at the Greenfield Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

Dakota's appearance is courtesy of the Wildlife in Need Center. The program is free, but those who would like to support the animals rescued by the center can bring an item from Dakota's wish list. For a copy of the list, call the library at (414) 321-9595 Ext. 104 or email

PJ storytime returns to library

Greenfield - Children can come in pajamas and bring pillows, blankets or stuffed animals to the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., for PJ Storytime at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

PJ Storytime is held one Saturday a month, after the library is closed. Doors will be unlocked at 5:50 p.m.

Upcoming dates include Jan. 19, 2013, Feb. 16, March 16, and April 20. Dates will also be listed on the Greenfield Library website, For more information, call Library storyteller Mr. Mark at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 108.

5K run/walk takes place as part of Folk Fair again

West Allis - The 11th annual Around The World 5K Run/Walk will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., as part of the 69th annual Holiday Folk Fair International.

Walk/run proceeds will be used to provide educational opportunities to help children take pride in their own cultures while developing respect and tolerance for other cultures.

The registration fee is $18 before Nov. 9 or $25 on race day. Online registration is, or call (414) 225-6225. The registration package includes a long-sleeve T-shirt, light refreshments and free Holiday Folk Fair International admission. Parking is available on the State Fair Park grounds for $5.

Awards will be given to top teams and the top male and female runners in each age division. Roller skates and rollerblades will not be allowed, and headphones will be prohibited.

Holiday Folk Fair International will be held Nov. 16 through 18 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.

Cupcakes for a Cause seeks cupcake bakers

West Allis - Cupcake for a Cause is looking for cupcake baking teams of one or two to compete in a bake-off from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Landmark of West Allis, 1441 S 68th St.

At least one of the team members must be at least 16 years old; otherwise, a parent's or guardian's signature is required. Bakers must bake at least 12 dozen miniature cupcakes to distribute at the event. Bakers will come 90 minutes beforehand and be ready to serve their cupcakes 15 minutes before the event starts.

The $20 deposit will be returned afterward.

Applications are available by calling (414) 687-9508. More information also is available

Cupcake challenge offers flavors of season

West Allis - Cupcakes for a Cause-West Allis holds a Thanksgiving Feast Challenge at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 when people can taste cupcakes inspired by the flavors of the holiday season, including pumpkin, cranberries and even potatoes.

The cost is $7 and proceeds benefit the St. John's Food Bank and the Homeless Veteran's Initiative. Receive $2 off admission with a donation of at least four canned goods.

The event is at The Landmark of West Allis, 1441 S 68th St.

In addition to cupcake tasting, the event includes a raffle, T-shirt sales and a free fall-themed photo station with all the dress-up trimmings for the whole family.

More information is available on the Cupcakes for a Cause website or email at

Drumstick Dash new family tradition?

West Allis - The Drumstick Dash 5K, a benefit for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin in what its sponsor hopes will become a new Thanksgiving Day family tradition, is coming to the Wisconsin State Fair Park at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22.

The 3.1-mile run will take participants around the historic Milwaukee Speedway and past additional landmarks within the State Fair Park. Nonperishable food donations will be collected race day and monetary donations will be accepted before the dash for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.

Registration online

About 330,000 people in eastern Wisconsin rely on food supplied by Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin each year. The food bank is the largest, private, nonprofit distributor of food in the state.

The event is presented by Balistreri-owned and operated Sendik's Food Markets.

Thanks & Giving breakfast coming soon

West Allis - The Community Breakfast of Thanks & Giving will be held at 7:15 a.m. Nov. 19 at Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Tickets are $15. Proceeds will go to West Allis food pantries. Last year's breakfast raised more than $5,700, with 200 people attending the event sponsored by the West Allis Community Improvement Foundation.

Guest speaker this year will be the Rev. Michael Parks, pastor of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Tickets are available at the City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., or from foundation directors. More information is available at (414) 302-8292.

Aching backs to be talk topic

West Allis - Dr. Paul Maurer will talk on back pain at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.

He will explain the structure of the back, causes of pain and how to know that problems are serious enough to be addressed by a doctor.

The program is free. Call the information desk at (414) 302-8500 to register.

Story time signups still being accepted

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave., is still accepting signups for November story times.

Half-hour Morning Story Times for children ages 3 through 5 is held at 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. 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 is offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 27. Each session consists of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs and a video.

For more information on either program, call (414) 302-8502.

Animals to be featured in story time tales

Greenfield - "Animals on Parade" is the theme for Fall Storytimes at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

Library storyteller Mr. Mark will feature a new animal in his stories, presented at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays through the end of November.

Caregivers stay with the children during the program. Register online through the kids tab on the library website,, or at the library reference desk.

'Tail Waggin' Tutor' helps readers at library

Greenfield - This fall, Greenfield Public Library's "Tail Waggin' Tutor" - a trained, licensed therapy dog named Puzzle - will be on duty at the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., to help emerging and even reluctant readers.

Through November, children can read to the patient canine volunteer in a fun, relaxing and calm environment. The goal is to give new readers confidence that will enable reading skills to grow.

For an appointment with Puzzle or for more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595, Ext. 104.

'Oklahoma!' ready to ride into Greenfield High

Greenfield - Greenfield High School will present Rogers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" in the Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St., at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

"Oklahoma!" is the first musical written by the famous duo of Rogers and Hammerstein and features such favorites as "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," and the title song, "Oklahoma." The musical was first performed in 1943 and earned an Academy Award in 1955.

Set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906 the musical tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his courting of farm girl Laurey Williams. The musical also features a secondary story, the romance of cowboy Will Parker and his flirting fiancée, Ado.

Tickets are $9 general, or $7 for students and seniors. Advanced tickets will be available in the Performing Arts Center box office from 5 to 6 p.m. through Nov. 29. Call (414) 855-2419 for information. Specific box office dates will be posted on the Greenfield High School website at

Tree lighting and parade kick off Christmas season

West Allis - West Allis will hold its Christmas tree lighting, preceded by Christmas on the Avenue activities and followed by a parade, on Dec. 1.

The tree lighting with a community singalong and Christmas carols will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave.

Once again, the city will sponsor a holiday food pantry collection in which West Allis children dropping off food beforehand can put their names into the entry box for a chance to be drawn as the child who lights the Christmas tree with the mayor. Donations may be dropped off at City Hall, at the West Allis Library, 7421 W. National Ave., or at the senior center, 7001 W. National Ave.

Christmas on the Avenue will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue from 70th to 76th streets. Activities will include an ice-sculpting competition, music, games, hayrides, hospitality hosts, children's art, a Veterans Giving Tree, a craft fair/bake sale, Breakfast with Santa at Mis Suenos, and Lunch with Santa at Steak House 100.

The holiday parade, with the theme "The Music and Magic of Christmas," will follow the tree-lighting ceremony.

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade lineup and along the route. Convertibles are also needed. More information is available at (414) 302-8300.

West Allis Players present Children's Series

West Allis - The West Allis Players will present a Children's Series, hourlong shows are performed at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave.

The first in the series will be "The Emperor's New Clothes," to be presented at 2 p.m. Dec. 2.

"The Princess and the Pea" will be presented at 2 p.m. Jan. 20.

The West Allis Players' regular season productions continue in spring with a new mystery/comedy called "Is Murder Tax-deductible?" The play, written and directed by Greenfield playwright Katherine Beeson, is about a busy accountant who is murdered during the height of tax season. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 12, 13, 19, 20 and 2 p.m. April 21 at the West Allis Central High School auditorium, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

In "Seussical," the Cat in the Hat serves as host for a compilation of many of Dr. Seuss' classic stories in this musical for all ages to be directed by West Allis resident Bill Kaiser. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 19, 20, 26, 27 and 2 p.m. July 28.

For more information on the season, visit

Rummage-A-Rama to kick off season

West Allis - Rummage-A-Rama will continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the State Fair Park Wisconsin Products Pavilion.

Rummage-A-Rama is a collective rummage sale consisting of individual rummage sales and local and regional exhibitors.

Admission is $4, but patrons who donate two nonperishable food items for Hunger Task Force will get in for $2. (Since its return in 2009, Rummage-A-Rama has collected more than 62,000 pounds of food through this promotion.) Ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

Parking also will be free in the north lot at the Pettit National Ice Center via Gate 6. However, closer parking is available within the park for $5 via Gate 5 off 84th Street.

For more information and a schedule of other show dates, visit

Gingerbread houses to be decorated at library

West Allis - An evening of gingerbread house decorating will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.

The library will supply the candy decorating materials and visitors will supply the ideas. The activity will be free.

Family friendly New Year's Eve slated

West Allis - The West Allis/West Milwaukee Community Alliance Against Drugs will again hold a New Year's Eve Family Night from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Dec. 31 at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

The evening will include music, swimming, basketball, volleyball, inflatables, and a large rock-climbing wall.

Clowns will do balloon art and face-painting, and a family friendly movie will be shown in the auditorium. There also will be food and refreshments for a nominal fee.

Admission will be free for CAAD members or $5 per person for ages 4 and older. Nonmembers can join that night for $20 for families and $10 for individuals, good until November 2013.

More information is available at the West Allis crime prevention bureau, (414) 302-8050.

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 serving free breakfasts

Greenfield - As a community outreach, the congregation of Christ United Methodist Church, 5200 S. 48th St., serves a free Community Breakfast on the third Sunday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Business offers free hearing screenings

West Allis - Sonus-Usa Inc. is offering free hearing screenings at its local branch, 2255 S. 108th St.

Appointments may be made at (414) 774-4200.

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