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Things to Do

Feb. 12, 2013

Death by Chocolate

at the Greenfield Library

Greenfield - Promised to be bigger, badder and chocolatier than ever, Greenfield Library's Death by Chocolate Party is back by popular demand.

All middle and high school students are invited to come to the library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, for chocolate-themed games, crafts and snacks.

The Death by Chocolate Party is free and registration is not required.

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.

St. Florian's to serve

Lenten fish fries

West Milwaukee - All-you-can-eat Lenten fish fries will be held all Fridays during Lent - the remaining dates are Feb. 15 and 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 - in the school cafeteria of St. Florian Parish, 1215 S. 45th St.

The fish fries, served from 4 to 7 p.m., includes baked or beer-battered cod, smelt, salad bar, homemade clam chowder, french fries, parsley-buttered potatoes, rye bread, dessert, coffee and milk. Beer, wine and soda will be sold separately.

The cost is $10 general or $7 for children younger than 10. Takeouts will be available.

For information, call (414) 383-3565.

Free-throw contest set

for hoop-shooting kids

Greenfield - Youngsters who like shoot hoops can compete in the basketball free-throw contest sponsored by the Greenfield Park and Recreation Department for youth in grades 3 to 8.

The contest will be at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at Elm Dale Elementary School, 5300 S. Honey Creek Drive.

Each grade will then send a representative to the county finals, to be held March 9 at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

Rummage-A-Rama

continues at fairgrounds

West Allis - Rummage-A-Rama will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 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 Rummage-A-Rama.com.

Superheroes gather

for cupcakes, charity

West Allis - Cupcakes for a Cause-West Allis will hold a Superhero Challenge at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Landmark of West Allis, 1441 S 68th St.

For $7, people can taste cupcakes inspired by favorite comic book legends, meet heroes such as Captain America and Robin the Boy Wonder, and even see a show by Milwaukee's Superhero Titano the Strongman.

All proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

In addition to cupcake tasting, the event will include a raffle and merchandise sales.

Tickets can be purchased online atcupcakes4acausewa.webs.com or at the door.

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:

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).

'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 greenfieldlibrary.org or at the library reference desk.

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

February story times

set for library

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. Wednesdays through Feb. 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. Tuesdays through Feb. 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. Mondays through Feb. 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.

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

Historic display traces

high school 1906 to 1950

Greenfield - "Going to High School from Early Greenfield 1906-1950" is the subject of the display that will be in the Greenfield Historical Society's showcase on the second floor of the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., during February and March.

Rummage sale

for whole community

Greenfield - The Greenfield Community Rummage Sale, sponsored by the Greenfield High School Student Senate, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 in the Greenfield High School cafeteria, 4800 S. 60th St.

The Greenfield Community Rummage Sale is a school-sponsored fundraiser.

'Horror' show comes

to Nathan Hale

West Allis - The show dates have changed for "Little Shop of Horrors," the next theatrical production at Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. Lincoln Ave. It now will open March 14 instead of March 8. The new play dates are March 14, 15, 16 and 17, with performances at 7 p.m. the first three days and at 2 p.m. March 17. Admission is $10 at the door or by calling (414) 604-320 Ext. 5455.

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.

Time to come together

for annual dinner/dance

West Allis - The West Allis Community Improvement Foundation, in partnership with the West Allis Rotary Club and the West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, will hold its Annual Community Dinner/Dance from 6 to 11 p.m. March 23 at the Knights of Columbus Club, 1800 S. 92nd St.

This year's beneficiary is the Annual West Allis Settlers Weekend held on the grounds of the Historical Society.

The purpose of Settlers Weekend is to educate and entertain with in-person visual displays of the history and lifestyles in the West Allis area leading up to the city's incorporation in 1906. The two-day overnight encampment includes traders, trappers, frontiersmen, craftsmen and historic military re-enactors, each dressed in authentic attire and re-enacting their respective skills, tools and living conditions.

Guided cemetery tours, food, ice cream social, entertainment and local artisans will demonstrate their crafts.

The Chamber of Commerce is seeking gift certificates, raffle and silent auction items.

The cost is $45 per person and dancing will again be to the big band sound of the Command Performance, back for its second year.

Tickets may be obtained online starting Feb. 15 or people can visit or call the chamber, 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2141, (414) 302-9901, or City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 302-8200.

Holy Assumption

to serve chicken dinners

West Allis - Holy Assumption Parish, 1533 S. 71st St., will serve a chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24.

The cost will be $8.50 for adults in advance or $9 at the door; $4.50 for children in advance or $5 at the door; and free for 5 and younger.

The dinner includes three pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes with homemade gravy, green beans, coleslaw, gelatin, rolls, coffee, milk and dessert. Wine, beer and soda may be purchased separately.

There will also be basket raffles and a bake sale featuring apple or cherry turnovers.

For information, call (414) 774-3010.

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 waplayers.org.

Senior skaters

take to the ice

West Allis - The Milwaukee Senior Ice Skaters, for ages 50 and up, skates on the inner hockey rink at the Pettit National Ice Center, 500 S. 84th St., from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays from September through May.

The group skates to classical and oldies music. Anyone is welcome to the senior session for $5, and skaters can stay on for the two-hour public session from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

For more information, call (414) 935-4781.

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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