At least four to get 'bald' on St. Baldrick's Day
West Allis - Zero hour for this year's St. Baldrick's Day event is 6 p.m. June 21 at Benno's Genuine Bar and Grill in downtown West Allis.
That's when West Allis Mayor Dan Devine, Alderman Michael May, city planner Steve Schaer, resident Mark Satterfield and any other brave soul who volunteered will have their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research.
Everyone is welcome to watch or participate in the hair-razing community event.
Money is raised through pledges for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which gives more money in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the United States government.
To volunteer, call the mayor at (414) 302-8290 or search for West Allis on the foundation's website, stbaldricks.org.
Second Art Crawl tonight downtown
West Allis - Downtown West Allis businesses will open their doors for the second Third Thursday Art Crawl on June 21.
Local artists and musicians will be showcased and will sell their work from 5 to 9 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th Streets.
Admission is free. For more information, visitdowntownwestallis.com or contact Emily at (414) 774-2676.
Holy Trinity Lutheran to hold rummage sale
West Allis - Holy Trinity English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11709 W. Cleveland Ave., will hold a rummage sale June 21 to 23.
Hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22, and 9 a.m. to noon June 23.
Concerts coming back to Vets' Park
West Allis - Thursday night concerts at Veterans' Park, 1545 S. 69th St., will be back, thanks to sponsors in the West Allis business community.
The season will open with a concert sponsored by Summit-City Realty and will feature polka music by Jeff Winard from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 21.
The 7 p.m. June 28 concert sponsored by Tri City National Bank will feature the band North Country performing a mix of 1950s and '60s rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and country music.
The audience should bring lawn chairs or blankets to the concerts.
Because they will be outdoors, the concerts may be cancelled at the last minute. Signs will be posted each Thursday afternoon regarding concert status, and information will also be available on the city's website,westalliswi.gov (which also includes the complete concert schedule) or by calling (414) 302-8833.
Third Thursday Art Crawl coming to downtown
West Allis - Downtown West Allis businesses will open their doors June 21 for the Third Thursday Art Crawls, featuring local artists and musicians showcasing their work.
The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th Streets.
Artists will sell their work, too, and the evening will specials at participating bars and restaurants, free refreshments and prizes.
Art Crawls will also be held July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20.
For information, visitdowntownwestallis.com or contact Emily at (414) 774-2676.
Greek Fest coming to State Fair Park
West Allis - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church will hold its 2012 Annual Greek Fest from June 22 to 24 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
Festival hours Friday and Saturday will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The free, family-oriented event, now in its 47th year, hosts thousands of guests each summer who enjoy Greek foods, ethnic entertainment, cultural displays, Greek music and dancing, children's rides and more.
All classes reunion planned for former St. Mary's school
West Allis - An all-classes reunion of St. Mary Help of Christians School will be held at the Knights of Columbus, 1800 S. 92nd St., from 5:30 to 11 p.m. June 22.
St. Mary Help of Christians School in West Allis closed several years ago.
The 7 p.m. dinner will be a traditional West Allis fish fry along with chicken plus sides. There will be music and dance after dinner.
The cost is $50 per person. (Registrations were due May 20.) Checks can be made payable to Randy Stimac (noting "St. Mary's Reunion" on the memo line) and mailed to him at 8624 W. Holt Ave., Milwaukee WI 53227. Any funds remaining after expenses will be donated to the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac.
An informal gathering will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 21 at Kokopelli's Pub and Grub, 6001 W. Madison St., West Allis.
American Red Cross holds area blood drives
The American Red Cross will enter donors who give blood through Sept. 5 into the Live Life, Give Life summer promotion to win prize packages togiftcertificates.com.
To that end, the Red Cross will hold a local blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 22 at Best Buy, 4610 S. 76th St., Greenfield.
A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
To donate, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
Pet adoption event to have pet activities
Greenfield - The Southridge Petco, 4950 S. 76th St., Greenfield, will hold a Purrfect Paw-Fest adoption June 23 to help local homeless pets find loving families.
The United States Humane Society estimates that five to seven million animals enter shelters each year, three million of which are euthanized. Animal lovers in the area will get a chance to save the life of a shelter animal or bring their current furry friends to take part in the festivities.
The event will include pet competitions - a furry version of "musical chairs" for treats, a cat look-alike contest and hamster ball races.
A puppy play time will be held along with a Best Beach Costume Pet contest and Best Trick contest. Trainers will be on hand to answer questions and offer insight on training tactics.
Historic buildings to be open to public
Greenfield - The Greenfield Historical Society's 1836 log cabin and 1856 cream brick cottage at 56th Street and Layton Avenue will be open to visitors from 2 to 4 p.m. June 23.
Bingo event at St. Augustine's
West Allis - St. Augustine Parish Bingo will start at 11 a.m. June 24 with games starting at 1 p.m. at the St. Augustine Center Hall, 2025 S. 67th Place.
More information is available at (414) 541-5207 or (414) 545-9624.
Summer children's programs planned at library
West Allis - The West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave., has a variety of programs for different age groups this summer.
"Tots, Tunes and Toys," for 1- and 2-year-olds, will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 26. It offers an activity CD followed by playtime. No preregistration is required.
For ages 3 to 6, the library offers "Let's Glow!" at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Mondays through July 2. The programs will have stories, crafts and other fun. No preregistration is required. Children can get a name tags at the children's information desk a half hour before each session.
"Light Up the Night!" is for 6-year-olds who have completed kindergarten through age 9. It will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 3. The one-hour program features stories, crafts and activities. No preregistration is required. Name tags will be available a half hour before each session.
Tuesdays Music in the Park returns for summer
West Allis - The Community Alliance Against Drugs, in cooperation with the West Allis police, will once again sponsor Tuesdays Music in the Park, set for June 26, July 10 and Aug. 7 and 21.
The free events will be held at the West Allis police satellite station, 6900 W. National Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pizza and soda will be available for a small fee.
More information is available at (414) 302-8050.
Magic, music coming to library
West Allis - The West Allis Public Library will present Rick Allen's "Beyond Belief" program, filled with magic, engaging music, and audience participation.
The free shows at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. June 27 are for all ages. Numbers will be available starting one hour before each program at the children's information desk at the library, 7421 W. National Ave.
Lions Club plans charity golf outing
West Allis - The West Allis Central Lions Club will hold its annual charity golf outing July 13 at the Evergreen Country Club in Elkhorn.
The $80 cost includes lunch, a snack, golf cart and 18 holes of golf, plus the chance to win any of an array of door prizes from golf clubs and gift certificates to small kitchen appliances. The cost is $360 for four-somes.
All proceeds will go to charities, and the cost of participating is tax-deductible.
Nongolfers can just come to lunch for $20.
More information is available from Ron Morrison, Lions Club president, at (414) 232-7082.
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. July 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 Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.
Teams sought for Relay for Life
West Allis - The American Cancer Society is accepting team registrations for Relay For Life of West Allis/ New Berlin.
Relay For Life events are held as individuals and teams gather at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising before the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at the relay.
Proceeds will be used in the fight against cancer.
The Relay For Life of West Allis/New Berlin will be from 6 p.m. July 20 to 8 a.m. July 21 at Nathan Hale High School, West Allis.
For information or to register, go online toRelayForLife.org or call (800) 227-2345.
Gardens tour to visit five unique gardens
Greenfield - The Greenfield Beautification Committee is sponsoring a tour of five private gardens, most of them open to the public for the first time, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21.
This event will help the Beautification Committee raise funds for community activities such as Arbor Day ceremonies, Landscape Awards and the Holiday Lights contests.
Those on the tour will see unique gardens up close and talk to owners about the landscapes they have created. University of Wisconsin-Extension Master Gardeners will be present to assist and answer questions.
Back by popular demand from the last tour will be the garden of Bill Radler, a nationally renowned breeder of hybrid rose. Radler has made extensive upgrades to his property since the last tour.
The tour will be rain or shine and advance tickets are $10 and available at the recreation department in the Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave., or online at gbcinfo.org (via PayPal), and at (414) 421-2213.
Tickets on the day of the event are $12 and available at the City Hall. More information is available from Joan Stevens, director, (414) 545-3381.
Sessions offered for those with chronic conditions
West Allis - The West Allis Health Department and the West Allis Senior Center will offer a six-week workshop, "Living Well with Chronic Conditions."
The free workshop will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 24 at the center, 7001 W. National Ave.
Among the workshop goals will be helping people get support, find ways to deal with pain and fatigue, making better nutrition and exercise choices, understanding new treatment choices and learning how to communicate better with doctors and family.
Anyone with a chronic condition can register at (414) 302-8700.
Library offers prizes for summer reading program
West Allis - The children's Summer Reading Program, "Dream Big, Read!" will run through Aug. 25 at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.
The program has a suggested age range from preschool through 11 years old.
Participants, who can register in the children's department during library hours, will need to keep track of the library materials read using official forms. By reading library books or magazines, children could earn prizes, which include coupons to the Wisconsin State Fair, the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, a Milwaukee Brewers game, the Milwaukee County Zoo, Discovery World, Festival City Symphony, First Stage Children's Theater, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee County parks outdoor pools, Mitchell Park Domes and the Pettit National Ice Center.
Calendar brochures listing summer reading events are available in the children's department. To contact the children's department call (414) 302-8502.
Flower-lovers unite in garden committee
West Allis - The West Allis Community Garden Committee would welcome volunteers especially during planting season.
The committee creates and tends school and community gardens in West Allis and West Milwaukee. It meets the first Tuesdays of the month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the West Allis Public Library, 7421 W. National Ave.
More information is available at (414) 870-0554.
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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