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Things to do

Dec. 27, 2013

Computer class registration begins Jan. 2

Menomonee Falls — Registration for the free computer classes offered in January and February at the Menomonee Falls Public Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road, will begin Jan. 2. Registration is required, either in person at the reference desk on the second floor or by phone at (262) 532-8920.

Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended. A full list of classes and times are available on the library's website, home.mf.lib.wi.us.

Sessions include: Internet safety, buying and selling online, using the library's catalog, using Twitter, and intro classes to Microsoft Word and Excel 2007. There will also be a computer review session for senior citizens, a session on smartphone apps, using Windows 8.1, Ereaders and laptops.

Library hosts Affordable Care Act presentation

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Public Library, N8436 Pilgrim Road, is facilitating two discussions about the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, at 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

The presentation provides general information about the Affordable Care Act and specific information about the new Federal Marketplace in Wisconsin. Peg Riesen, a retired registered nurse with skills in adult education and quality health care, will lead the discussion. The programs are free. For information, call Karen at (262) 532-8912.

Parks and Rec hosts

Sporties for Shorties

Germantown — The Germantown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting Sporties for Shorties, a class for parents and children ages 3 to 4 that teaches sport-specific skills and games.

The class runs from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays from Jan. 11 To Feb. 22. at County Line Elementary, N9939 Butternut Road. To register, call (262) 250-4710.

Christian Women's Club

hosts January brunch

Menomonee Falls — The Milwaukee West Suburban Christian Women's Club is hosting a brunch from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Davians Banquet and Conference Center, 16300 Silver Spring Drive in Menomonee Falls.

Kathy Mimier brings her historical aprons and explain how they were assembled. The speaker is Arthur Van Zanten, president of the Holland Beauty Flower and Bulb Corp. in Milwaukee. He will talk about his life starting in Holland as a tulip salesman and then moving to Milwaukee.

The cost is $15, which includes tax and tip. To make a reservation, call (262) 251-3841 no later than Jan. 13.

Historical society

seeking collectors

West Bend — The Washington County Historical Society is again hosting the popular "Collection of Collectors" event at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 and is still looking for collectors to participate.

This informal and informative evening showcases local collectors and their collections. Each collector will bring their collection to display and give a brief description of it. Participants may also want to discuss why they collect what they do and what makes their collection unique.

This event is free and open to the public. To participate, call Jessica at (262) 335-4678 or email education@historyisfun.com.

St. Mary Paris School

hosts open house

Menomonee Falls — St. Mary Parish School invites families and their children entering kindergarten through eighth grades to attend its 2014 open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at the school,

St. Mary Parish School, offers half-day K3 and K4 program options for students, as well as core curriculum for full day students, sports, extracurricular activities and service opportunities for children.

For information about the open house, visit stmaryparishschool.org/openhouse. Guests are also welcome to join school families and parishioners during the 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Masses Jan. 26.

To RSVP for the open house, call (262) 251-1050 or email schooloffice@stmarymf.org.

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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