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Jan. 22, 2013

Panelists debate

life after fiscal cliff

Greenfield - "After the Fiscal Cliff: Taxes, Debt and Jobs," the third in a series of civil debates, will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave.

The civil debate format features rules in which debaters must listen to and understand the other's point before they respond.

Panelists will include Jennifer Epps, Citizens Action of Wisconsin; Frank Tamel, aconservative blogger; Jim Paetch, vice president of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and Louis Fortis, editor of the Shepard Express.

Audience questions will be welcomed.

Stories, riddles, games

all packed into evening

Greenfield - Parents and children are invited to an evening of stories, riddles and games with storyteller Pat Ryan from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St.

Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for more than 20 years. He regularly tours Britain, Europe and the U.S. performing, lecturing and conducting workshops.

For the second year in a row, Ryan is working with Greenfield School District educators and children. While students hear his stories, they are learning lessons in creative writing, language skills, vocabulary, comprehension and more.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Greenfield Education Foundation. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Children must be with an adult. No child care will be provided.

Curtain to go up

on 21st talent show

Greenfield - Whitnall High School's 21st Annual Talent Show, sponsored by the Whitnall Band Boosters, will be presented at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at the school, 5000 S. 116th St.

Admission is $8.

The entertainment consists entirely of Whitnall students.

Catholic school

to hold open house

Greenfield - St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, 8500 W. Cold Spring Road, will hold an open house from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27.


continues at fairgrounds

West Allis - Rummage-A-Rama will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 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

Leisure Timers set

travel, music programs

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W National Ave., is offering some new Leisure Timers programs in 2013 for those who want to start their week on the second and fourth Mondays of the month with a fun and relaxing activity.

The Leisure Timers program is designed for adults who enjoy both live presentations and films about various subjects of interest, including travel and history. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour.

The remaining schedule includes:

Jan. 28: Dale Kuntz presents "Remembering WWII: Songs and Movie Stars of the War Years" (musical clips on 16mm film)

Feb. 11: Peter Lee and Karen Levy present "Soaring Peaks, Grasslands, and Bison Bones: Souvenirs of a Road Trip Across the American West" (slides)

Feb. 25: Ed Janus, author of the book Creating Dairyland, presents "The Remarkable Story of Dairying in Wisconsin: Historical Pictures" (slides)

March 11: "Green Paradise: South America--Chile" (DVD)

March 25: "Bill's Excellent Adventure to National Parks of Southern Utah" (slides)

April 8: Jane Stoltz presents "Free Wheeling: Travel by Bicycle to Various Areas of the U.S." (talk/slides)

April 22: Harriet Pfersch and Mark Steckhahn present "Hawaii: A Glimpse of the Past and the Future" (slides)

May 13: Railways of Italy (DVD)

June 10: Robin Russell presents "A Personal Testimony of Climbing to the Mount Shasta Summit, plus a Short History of John Muir's Similar Climb(s)" (talk/slides)

June 24: Paris, France: The City of Magic (DVD).

West Allis Library has

lots of preschool doings

West Allis - Registrations are being accepted for January preschool and toddler story times that started this week at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W National Ave.

Toddler and Me Story Time for 2-year-olds with a caretaker will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Jan. 30. The last 10 minutes of each program will consist of playtime with age appropriate toys.

Afternoon Story Times for children ages 3,4 and 5 will be at 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through Jan. 29. Story times include a craft activity. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session.

Pre-School Story Time for ages 3 through 6 who are not enrolled in kindergarten are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 29. Sessions include a craft activity. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session.

All the programs are free to Milwaukee County residents. Registrations required in person or by calling (414) 302-8502.

Registrations open

for February story times

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W National Ave., is accepting registrations for February story times.

Half-hour Morning Story Times for ages 3 to 5 will be at 9:30 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27. The adult who brings the child must stay in the library during the session. Pre-registration is requested.

"Happy Endings" Evening Story Time, designed for ages 3 and under with an adult will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Each session consists of stories, fingerplays, rhymes, songs and playtime. Pre-registration is requested.

Lapsit Story Time, for ages 9 months through 23 months, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Lapsit sessions consist of 20 minutes of stories, fingerplays, rhymes and songs. There is an additional 10 minutes afterwards of playtime. Pre-registration is requested.

Family Craft Sunday, "Make a Valentine Pencil" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Craft supplies for a number of projects will be provided. No sign up is necessary. It will be free.

For information on any of the programs or to register, call (414) 302-8502.

Health, humor

wellness for women

West Allis - "Reflections of Wellness for Women: Health and Humor" will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

The program is intended to help women make their health a priority and provide information and tools enabling them to be proactive in maintaining their health.

Speaker John Shier will give a talk titled "Live Long, Die Healthy." A cooking demonstration is also planned, and there will be exhibits and health screenings as well. The day will end with "therapeutic laughter." A silent auction will be held offering jewelry, cosmetics, massages and gym memberships.

The cost is $10 in advance (by Feb. 2) or $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at and by calling (414) 328-7524.

Retired men's club

presents 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 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 the cost is asked.

'Flights of Fancy'

take off at library

Greenfield - Signups are still being accepted for "Flights of Fancy," the theme in a series of Greenfield Library winter story times.

Library storyteller Mr. Mark will tell stories about flight and creatures that fly at 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 28, and at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 25.

Caregivers must stay with the children during the program.

Register online at or at the library reference desk.

For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595 Ext.104.

'Horror' show comes

at Nathan Hale

West Allis - "Little Shop of Horrors," the next theatrical production at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave., opens March 8.

The play, produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International New York, focuses on Seymour, the clumsy employee of a flower shop on skid row, who buys an exotic plant for the shop that thrives on blood. It isn't long and the plant has become a monster, demanding to be fed humans.

"Little Shop of Horrors" will be presented at 7 p.m. March 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. March 10. Admission is $10 at the door or by calling (414) 604-320 Ext. 5455.

West Allis Players

present spring production

West Allis - 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

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.

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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