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Things to Do

Feb. 17, 2014

Crime fiction book

group sets book list

Greendale — The Park and Recreation Crime Fiction Book Discussion Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on select dates at the Community Learning Center, 5647 Broad St.

Greendale Public Library Director Gary Warren Niebuhr leads discussion about the chosen book, which members read prior to attending the meeting.

The fee to join the group is $23 for Greendale residents and $33 for others.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

· Feb. 27 — "The Tenderness of Wolves" by Stef Penney

· March 27 — "No One You Know" by Michelle Richmond

· April 24 — "Man in the Woods" by Scott Spencer

· May 22 — "Before I Go to Sleep" by S.J. Watson

Church holds blood drive benefiting BloodCenter

Franklin — St. Martin of Tours Parish, 7933 S. 116th St., will hold a blood drive benefitting BloodCenter of Wisconsin from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the school gym.

Participants should bring a donor card or photo ID. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds. Walk-ins are welcome.

To make an appointment, call (414) 427-6341.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday at local library

Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will celebrate Dr. Seuss' 110th birthday at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Children in 4-year-old kindergarten through first grade will listen to stories, eat cake and watch a performance by Kidsplay.

Register at the library.

For information, call (414) 529-6150.

Polish Center hosts a variety of activities

Franklin — The Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., will host Paczki Day from 7 to 11:30 a.m. March 4.

Attendees can purchase a paczki (fruit-filled doughnut) and cup of coffee for $3. Advance orders for boxes of paczki can be made until Feb. 24. Boxes cost $10.75 for one dozen or $31.75 for three dozen. Delivery is available within Milwaukee County at a cost of $5 per address. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Boxes can be picked up March 4 during the event.

To place an order, call (414) 529-2140.

High school holds parent-teacher conferences

Oak Creek — Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road, will host its annual spring parent/teacher conferences from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 5.

Teachers will be located in their classrooms. Counselors also will be available. No appointment is necessary.

The Renaissance Club will offer child care in Room 153.

For information, call (414) 768-6210.

Library hosts young adult author, book signing

Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St., will host Joelle Charbonneau, author of "The Testing" and "Independent Study," at 6:30 p.m. March 5.

Charbonneau will discuss her writing, answer audience questions and sign books.

The program is free and open to all ages. Books will be available for purchase.

For information, call (414) 529-6150.

Films for children with special needs offered

Oak Creek — South Shore Cinema, 7261 S. 13th St., hosts Reel Movies for Real Needs.

The program offers films with lower sound volume and brighter lighting for children with autism and other challenges who may not be comfortable at a regular show.

At 10:30 a.m. March 8, "Mr. Peabody and Sherman," a two-dimensional, PG-rated movie will be shown.

Regular matinee adult and child pricing applies.

For information, visit MarcusTheatres.com or call (414) 768-5960.

Music department presents Jazz Cabaret

Franklin — The Franklin Public Schools Music Department will hold its 12th annual Jazz Cabaret from 5 to 9:30 p.m. March 8 at Franklin High School, 8222 S. 51st St.

Franklin High School performers will include the jazz ensemble, chamber chorus, show choir and orchestra. Forest Park Middle School performers will include the jazz band, pop strings and pop singers. The featured guest artist will be Swingin' Company B, a southeastern Wisconsin-based group performing big band and swing era music from the 1930s and 1940s.

The event will feature a silent auction, raffles, a bake sale and food and beverages available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Franklin music students or at the door. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and younger get in free.

The event will support the school district's music programs and provide an educational clinic to teach musicians and showcase outstanding performance groups.

For information, call (414) 423-4640.

Reader's Circle announces meeting dates

Greendale — Join the Reader's Circle for informal book discussions. The group meets at 7 p.m. at the Village Education Center, 5680 Broad St.

The schedule is as follows:

· March 12 — readers' choice ("Mrs. Kennedy and Me" by Clint Hill or "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" by Anna Quindlen)

· April 9 — "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce

· May 14 — "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa

Diffenbaugh

The cost is $10 for the four-session series.

Polish Center hosts a variety of activities

Franklin — The Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6941 S. 68th St., will offer classes on three types of egg decorating techniques.

Folk art instructor Kasia Drake-Hames will teach skrobanki, applying intricate designs by scratching the surface of colored eggs, at 6 p.m. March 31, and wycinanki, using paper cut-out techniques to decorate blown-out eggs, at 6 p.m. April 14.

Folk artist Bernie Jendrzejczak will teach a beginner class on pisanki, the wax-resist technique, from 10 a.m. to noon April 12.

Master pisanki artist Barbara Godlewska will teach an advanced class from 1 to 3 pm. April 12.

Single class fees, including all materials, are $17 for adults and $8.50 for children ages 10 to 12. Registration is required.

Any two classes cost $30 total; any three classes cost $40; and all four cost $50.

For information or to register, call (414) 529-2140.

Students provide free tax preparation service

Oak Creek — Accounting students will provide free help to taxpayers with a family income of $52,000 or less preparing basic personal income tax returns from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 9 in Room A120 in the A Building at Milwaukee Area Technical College-Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave.

Attendees should bring wage and earnings statements (W-2 forms), bank interest statements (1099 forms), a copy of last year's income tax return, photo identification, receipts for property taxes paid, certificate for rent paid (signed by landlord), Social Security cards for all individuals to be listed on return, Social Security Number or tax ID number for providers of childcare, other relevant information about earnings and expenses and a bank routing number and account number (a canceled check works best for checking to ensure correct deposit information).

Taxpayers filing a joint return must both be present when the returns are prepared.

For information, call (414) 571-4757.

Sports complex hosts

free injury assessments

Franklin — Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Franklin and Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital will provide free injury assessments from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at The Rock Sports Complex, 7900 W. Crystal Ridge Drive.

For information, call (414) 529-7676.

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