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Things to do

Nov. 25, 2013

Downtown Falls to celebrate

Small Business Saturday

Menomonee Falls — Downtown Menomonee Falls celebrates Small Business Saturday along with a Christmas Market Downtown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30.

Look for a red Christmas stocking on businesses' doors or windows for participants. This year, the Business Improvement District is looking for specialty vendors that offer quality gift items to share space with existing downtown businesses. Cost per vendor is $10.

Call Barb at (262) 2510-8797 to reserve a space. On Dec. 1, the village celebrates the official Christmas tree lighting in Centennial Plaza on Main Street at Appleton Avenue with Accompany of Kids performing at 3:45 p.m. The tree lighting is 4 p.m. The Christmas parade is 4:30 p.m.

Heirloom Cookies hosts

cookie ingredient drive

Menomonee Falls — Heirloom Cookies Sheets, W13500 Carmen Ave., Menomonee Falls, is partnering with Hunger Task Force and other Wisconsin-based businesses to host a cookie ingredient drive through Nov. 30.

The cookie ingredients will be packaged with a recipe and an Heirloom Cookie Sheet, then donated to Hunger Task Force. The packages will be distributed to less fortunate families. Donations can be dropped off at Heirloom Cookies between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at Associated Bank, N5575 Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls.

Christmas food drive

features Sensenbrenner

Brookfield — The Republican Party of Waukesha County is hosting its Christmas Food Drive during its monthly Pints and Politics event from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Venice Club 1905 N. Calhoun Road in Brookfield.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, is the featured speaker. The event is free and open to conservatives with an open house format. Interested attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items for food pantries located throughout Waukesha County.

For information, call (262) 542-8532.

Local artist to display work

in Wauwatosa gallery

Menomonee Falls — Longtime resident and artist of Menomonee Falls Joyce Winter invites the public to attend the opening of her art show from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at Gallery2622, 2622 North 76th St. in Wauwatosa.

Winter has been a resident of Menomonee Falls for 53 years. She taught art in her home and has completed murals around the village including at Falls schools and the library. She quit in 2009 to follow her dream of sharing her views on nature. After five years of painting, she is showing her images for the first time at Gallery2622. There will be 23 framed pieces of art on canvas and paper on display through January.

Club hosts Parent's

Holiday Drop and Shop Dec. 7

Menomonee Falls — The Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls and the Community Education and Recreation Department are hosting the third annual Parents Holiday Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Community Center, N8645 Margaret Road.

Parents can drop their children, between the ages of 3 and 10, off at the Community Center so they can spend the day without kids. The event is free, but donations to the Falls Food Pantry will be accepted. There will be an array of activities for the children during the day.

The deadline to register is Dec. 1. Register online at fallsrec.org√, using the course code 490020. For information, call (262) 255-8460.

To volunteer for the event, contact Dawn Mariscal at (262) 250-7680.

WAAGR holds

Goldens Holiday House

Menomonee Falls — Celebrate the beginning of the holidays, and help Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever by attending the 10th annual Goldens Holiday House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the home of one of WAAGR's founding members, N61 W12851 Hemlock Court, in the River Heights South subdivision in Menomonee Falls.

The home will be decorated with 30 trees, including a "Wizard of Oz" tree. There will also be a baked goods sale, silent auction, complimentary refreshments, and plenty of Golden Retrievers to greet attendees. A $5 donation is requested to attend the Goldens' Holiday House, with children 12 and younger admitted free.

Elk's Club hosts free throw shooting contest

Germantown — Held in cooperation with the Germantown Park and Recreation Department, the Elk's National Free Throw Contest is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at Kennedy Middle School, N11836 Crusader Court.

Registration is required by calling (262) 250-4710.

Women's Club hosts

Christmas brunch

Menomonee Falls — The Milwaukee West Suburban Christian Women's Club is hosting Christmas Brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at Davians Banquet and Conference Center, 16300 Silver Spring Drive in Menomonee Falls.

Jeanne Henderson performs the harp. Judith Durkee from Rhinelander gives a presentation called "Linking up with a best Friend."

The cost is $15, which includes tax and tip. Call Lois at (262) 251-3841 no later than Dec. 9 to make a reservation.

Falls high school carries on band revue tradition

Menomonee Falls — The 64th annual Band Revue, a show that is written, choreographed and performed by the Menomonee Falls band students, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14; and 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, N8101 Merrimac Drive.

This year's theme is Bond Revue, which is a spy- and espionage-themed production, held in concurrence with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise.

Kiwanis seeks donors for

Breakfast with Santa event

Germantown — The Germantown Kiwanis is hosting Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at the American Legion Germantown Post 1, W15932 Freistadt Road.

Couple pledges grant to finance

Old World Wisconsin work

Eagle — Robert and Patricia Kern of Waukesha have pledged a $500,000 challenge grant to finance a much-needed amenities station at Old World Wisconsin contingent upon the Wisconsin Historical Foundation raising an additional $250,000 to purchase a second tram.

Trams regularly circulate throughout the 596-acre grounds, transporting visitors from the site's entrance to its 1870s crossroads village and to 10 outlying ethnic farmsteads and the Pleasant Ridge African-American settlement. As visitors ride from location to location, the trams' drivers orient, entertain and educate guests while navigating the site's rugged gravel roads.

An anonymous donor has contributed $250,000 for the first tram and additional fundraising is under way to acquire another $250,000 for a second one.

The Waukesha County Community Foundation is reaching out to friends in the community to encourage their participation to help meet this challenge. To contribute to the Old World Wisconsin Tram Fund or for information, contact Kathryn Leverenz at (262) 513-1861.

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