Fire Department collecting new toys for various groups
Unwrapped toys can be dropped at any of the five North Shore fire stations until Dec. 12. The toys will be distributed to Ronald McDonald House, Children's Outing Association, the Next Door Foundation. Marquette Health Center and several other worth while groups. Call Bobbie Cohn, (414)333-1969 or the NSFD administration office, (414)357-0113 with questions.
Radio personality to speak at church
Brown Deer - Join other women from the community to celebrate this holiday season with inspiring speakers and amazing musical talents at Shoreland Community Church's Women's event at 7 p.m. Thursday. Margo Fieseler, well-known radio personality on Milwaukee's former contemporary Christian radio station, 105.3 The Fish, is sure to move you as she shares how she maintains her enthusiasm and joy no matter what challenges life presents.
Sacrifice of Praise, known for their tight harmonies and encouraging lyrics, will perform a concert filled with special music and Christmas carols. The evening will conclude with refreshments and fellowship with women of all ages. Invite your family and friends and come share the joy of the holiday season. Buy your $5 tickets at Shoreland Community Church, 8710 N. Deerwood Drive. For information, call (414) 918-3975.
Smole family to host annual Christmas event
Thiensville -Each year the Robert and Amalie Smole family invite the public to share in their Christmas magic. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty, Rudolph, Elmo and other cartoon characters while you enjoy cider and homemade cookies - Amalie (Molly) Smole bakes 28 varieties of holiday cookies from which to choose. The Eighth Annual Smole Family Christmas Event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road.
The Smoles host this event in memory of their daughter, Donna Smole, who succumbed to breast cancer in 2002 at the age of 37. The event is free but donations are appreciated and all proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse whose mission is to support breast and prostate cancer research at The Medical College of Wisconsin.
The Smole family estimates that 300 people attend the event each year.
Church to hold live Nativity outside
Whitefish Bay -The United Methodist Church invites everyone to join in its first outdoor live Nativity "Celebrate the Gift of Jesus" at the church, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive. The 25 minute program has live animals and will start in the chapel located on the Danbury Road side of the building (west side). The Nativity will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 and 13 and Dec. 18, 19 and 20. No reservations are required and there is no admission fee. Free-will donations will be accepted at the conclusion of the nativity where light refreshments will be served.
Since this is a walking drama everyone is asked to park on Danbury Road, Glen Avenue or in the Winkies Variety Store rear parking lot, and enter the Danbury door. There is wheelchair accessibility via a ramp into the church on Danbury Road, and throughout the experience. There will be no parking signs posted along the south side of Silver Spring Drive in front of the church, with exceptions being made for nursing home vans whose residents can enjoy the nativity from their van.
Further information is available by contacting Richard Whitaker, director of Christian education at (414) 964-2424, ext 121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have Breakfast with Santa Saturday at MATC
Mequon - Santa Claus will visit the Mequon Campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, 5555 W. Highland Rd., for a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday in the campus cafeteria. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the Mequon Campus Student Senate and Office of Student Life. The cost is $3 per child, $5 for adults and $4 for MATC students with college IDs. Admission is free for children age 2 and younger.
Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, a breakfast buffet, cookie decorating and other crafts. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Mequon Campus Cashier's Office, Room A116; or attendees can pay at the door. For information, contact Barb Pinkowsky at (262) 238-2390, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Leahy to present concert at Dominican
Whitefish Bay - Dominican High School is proud to announce that the musical sensation Leahy will perform a concert at the Dominican High School auditorium, 120 E. Silver Spring Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Leahy is comprised of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives. The band's four acclaimed CDs - "Leahy," "Lakefield," "In All Things" and "Leahy Live" - have worldwide sales of over half-a-million copies.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at dominicanhighschool.com. For information, call the DHS box office at (414) 332-1170 ext. 176.
St. Eugene's hosts Candy Cane Craft Fair
Fox Point - The St. Eugene Home and School Association will sponsor a Candy Cane Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Eugene Catholic Church, 7600 N. Port Washington Road.
The fair will showcase a wide variety of handmade crafts including jewelry, handbags, clothing, gifts and holiday décor. A chili luncheon will be offered along with a holiday bake sale and craft raffle. Admission is free. For more information, contact Nancy Roessler at (414)353-6651 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homestead hosting a 50th anniversary open house
Mequon - Fifty years ago to the day, Homestead High School had its first open house. From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday alumni, students and friends are invited to stop by an anniversary open house. Visitors are asked to enter the high school via the Highlander Walkway by the flagpoles. There will be guided tours of the building at 1:15,1:45, 2:15, 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. beginning in the field house lobby. The Homestead High School Chamber Orchestra will play in the lobby from 1:15 to 2 p.m. and the high school Jazz Ensemble from 2:15 to 3 p.m.
A 50th anniversary slide show will run continuously from 1:15 to 3:45 p.m. in the auditorium.
Student artwork, a Camerata choral group rehearsal in the cafeteria and cookies and punch will also be part of the afternoon.
Parade of menorahs highlights lighting at Bayshore
Lubavitch of Wisconsin will host two events in honor of Chanukah on Sunday.
At 3 p.m., 80 automobiles with roof-mounted menorahs will depart simultaneously from Red Arrow Park (across from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts) and in Mequon at the intersection of Port Washington and Mequon roads, after public menorah lightings. The downtown parade will travel to Lake Drive via Kilbourn Avenue and turn onto Silver Spring Drive, then north on Green Bay. At Green Tree Road they will meet up with the caravan of Glendale participants and the combined parade will continue north to Brown Deer Road, where they will meet up with the Mequon group that traveled west on Mequon Road to Green Bay Road where they will meet the rest of the parade.
The whole parade will continue east on Brown Deer Road and then south on Port Washington to Bayshore Town Center's rotunda. The rooftop car menorahs are the centerpieces of increasingly popular vehicle parades held by Chabad centers worldwide, as a 21st century version of publicizing the miracle of the "Festival of Lights."
At 4:30 p.m., a community Menorah Lighting Celebration will be held at the Bayshore Town Center rotunda, using a 7-foot Tzadekah (charity) Menorah filled with change collected from children from local schools and organizations. All the money collected will be used to help the destitute and hungry. The menorah is a unique way to emphasize the Chanukah tradition of giving to charity. The menorah is then filled with children's donations from the following organizations: The Academy, Friendship Circle, JCC Gan Ami Preschool, Mequon Jewish Preschool, Milwaukee Community Cheder, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and the Pelz Hebrew School.
Combined Children's choir and music from The Shimon Marcucci Band will all contribute to the festive atmosphere leading up to the lighting, as will the display and post-ceremony judging of a Children's Make Your Own Chanukah Menorah contest.
Kosher food will be available for purchase at Cafe Osher's mobile Chanukah Kitchen, including piping hot latkes, jelly doughnuts, hot apple cider, falafel, boxed dinners and more.
For information, program details or directions, call (414) 961-6100 or visit www.chabadwi.org.
Club continues its 100th season with a concert Jan. 10
Fox Point - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee presents Performers' Choice, at 3 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Nancy Kendall Theater located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication/Fine Art at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 North Yates Road.
The concert is open to the public at no charge, although donations are always welcome. The program will feature several of the organization's performing members in a program of works by Romantic and post-Romantic composers. For details, contact Donna Shriner at (414) 964-6315 or email@example.com.
MacDowell Club of Milwaukee to hold auditions
Fox Point - The MacDowell Club of Milwaukee - proudly celebrating its 100th concert season - announces auditions for Performing Members on Jan. 16 to be held in the Music Department located in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communications/Fine Arts at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 North Yates Road.
Applications, indicating one of the following categories, along with a check for $25, payable to the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee, should be mailed to 5262 North Diversey Boulevard, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217-5161, no later than Dec. 31. Those auditioning will be notified of their time slot. For additional information, contact membership chair Marilyn Eisenberg at (414) 332-3234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga Center offers a chance to try out yoga
Shorewood - The Milwaukee Yoga Center's annual Yoga Festival is Jan. 31 with free classes designed for those new to yoga and also for those with experience. Classes will be held from 1 to 2 and from 3 to 4 p.m. with an open house and free music following the classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
MYC is located at 3514 N. Oakland Ave..
Call (414) 332-3551 for information.
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