Things to Do

Nov. 19, 2012

First Drumstick Dash takes place on Thanksgiving

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. More than 1,500 people are already registered for the event.

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.

Presentation focuses on aching backs

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!' rides into Greenfield High School

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.

Holiday Fair planned at St. Rita's Parish

West Allis - St. Rita Parish at 60th Street and Lincoln Avenue will hold a Holiday Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1.

The fair will offer holiday shopping featuring many vendors selling varied items, including blankets, books, clothing and jewelry. The event also will have chili and baked goods for sale.

Santa Claus will be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free. Proceeds from sales will help the church serve its wider mission.

Craft, bake sale set at Landmark apartments

West Allis - The Landmark of West Allis senior apartments, 1441 S. 68th St., will hold a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

Unique, one-of-a kind gifts will be offered along with homemade bakery, handmade jewelry, stocking stuffers, ornaments and more. Homemade chili and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. Admission is free.

Santa comes for breakfast at Whitnall Craft Fair

Greenfield - Breakfast with Santa and the Whitnall Craft Fair will be held Dec. 1 at Whitnall High School, 5000 S. 116th St.

Breakfast with Santa will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10.

The Craft Fair admission will be a $3 separate admission. The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will offer lots of jewelry and decorations and many other items. Santa also will meet children as he circulates through the crowd.

The fair also will have plenty of food.

Both events are sponsored by the Whitnall Park Rotary Club.

Frostypex '12 stamp show coming

West Allis - Twelve stamp dealers from three states will buy and sell collections, stamps, covers and hobby supplies at the Frostypex '12 Stamp Show set for Dec. 1 and 2 in the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Hall, 1435 S. 92nd St..

Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Free appraisals will be offered during the show. Admission and parking is free.

More information is available from Paul Aschenbrenner at (414) 774-8664.

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

Tree of lights offers rememberances

West Allis - A Christmas tree decorated with each light in someone's memory or honor will be lighted in a Love-Lite Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Aurora West Allis Medical Center, 8901 W. Lincoln Ave.

Refreshments will be served and entertainment provided by Anita's Dance Center.

Forms to add a memorial or honorary light are available at the hospital or by calling (414) 328-7175.

St. Florian Church again offers fish fry

West Milwaukee - An all-you-can-eat fish fry will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the school cafeteria of St. Florian Parish, 1215 S. 45th St..

The dinner will include a salad bar, clam chowder, beer-batter fried or baked cod, chicken tenders, parsley buttered potatoes, french fries, rye bread, dessert, coffee and milk. Beer, wine and soda will be sold separately.

Take-outs will be available.

The cost is $10 general, or $7 for children younger than 10.

For more information, call (414) 383-3565.

West Allis Library hosts book sale

West Allis - The year's final monthly book sale of the Friends of the West Allis Public Library will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 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.

Rummage-A-Rama continues at State Fair Park

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

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 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."

A $3 donation to help offset breakfast is asked.

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.

Party celebrates Christmas with food and dancing

West Allis - A Christmas Dance Party will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. Aloysius Gonaga Hall, 1435 S. 92nd St.

It will feature a full potluck buffet, a rumba lesson, a variety of ballroom dance music and special dance performances.

Dress will be semi-formal (suit and tie or cocktail dress).

Those whose last names start from A to M are asked to bring a main dish. Alll others should bring appetizers or hors d'oeuvres. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

The cost is $15 by Dec. 10 or $20 at the door. Call Cathy Binko-deRaimo at (262) 786-3291.

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.

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. Jan. 19.

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 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.

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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