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Dec. 30, 2012

Wilson Center hosts variety of programs, exhibits

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Drive, hosts programs and exhibits featuring nationally and internationally known artists.

Local storyteller Sheri Williams Pannell will present "Winter Tales by the Fire" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and Feb. 23. This one-hour program is ideal for children ages 2 to 6 and features popular children's stories, including "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen, "The Snowy Day" by Jack Ezra Keates and "Frozen Noses" by Jan Carr. Percussionist Scott Wenzel will provide a unique soundscape for the performance.

Tickets cost $5; children younger than 2 get in free.

I'm Not A Pilot will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. The group features four musicians and performs a cross between electro pop and rock and roll mixed with symphonic sounds and structure.

Tickets cost $30 per person; the cost is $24.50 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Pro Arte Quartet will perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 27. The group features David Perry and Suzanne Beia on violin, Sally Chisholm on viola and cellist Parry Karp.

Tickets cost $27 per person; the cost is $22 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available at, by calling (262) 781-9520 or at the Wilson Center box office. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and two hours prior to any ticketed event.

Works by Wisconsin artist Craig Blietz will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Jan. 5 to Feb. 23, in the Ploch Art Gallery. An artist reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25.

For information, call (262) 781-9470.

Choir presents annual Carol Festival at local church

The Bach Chamber Choir's annual Carol Festival will take place at 3 p.m. Jan. 6 at St. Mary's Visitation Parish, 1260 Church St., Elm Grove.

Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" and other Christmas pieces and favorite audience sing-along carols will be part of the program.

Tickets cost $17 in advance, $18 at the door and $10 for students; senior citizens will receive a $1 discount. Checks or cash only.

For information, call (414) 319-9816.

Police Department offers firearms training course

The Elm Grove Police Department will offer a training course that will satisfy the legal requirements to apply for a concealed-carry weapon license in Wisconsin from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Village Hall, 13600 Juneau Blvd.

This course will be presented by certified firearms instructors from the department. No firearms or ammunition, except those brought by the instructors, will be permitted in class. This course does not involve live firing of weapons. A presentation and handout materials will be provided.

Each student will be required to demonstrate the safe unloading techniques for a pistol or revolver. Students also will be required to score at least 80 percent on a multiple-choice exam with 25 questions.

The course fee is $75.

To obtain a license after successful completion of the course, an applicant must be 21 or older and a Wisconsin resident, not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, not ordered as a condition of bail or release in a criminal case from possessing a dangerous weapon and provide proof of firearms training.

To download an application, visit

Gallery to feature artwork of five Wisconsin artists

The Dooryard Gallery, 890 Elm Grove Road, will present the "Out of the Woods" art exhibit through Jan. 12. The exhibit features a variety of woodcraft by five Wisconsin artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. For information, call (272) 780-8778 or visit

Local Republican Party club holds dinner meeting

The Republican Party of Waukesha County East Central Branch Club will hold a dinner meeting at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 14 at The Venice Club, 1905 N. Calhoun Road.

Featured speakers will be Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, state Reps. Dale Kooyenga and Rob Hutton, and County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The cost is $25 and includes fish fry, pot roast or chicken sarafina.

Register by Jan. 7 by calling (262) 786-9581 and mailing a check to Chuck Bloom, 20855 Macaulay Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045.

For information, call (262) 542-8532.

Humane society accepts reservations for gala

The Elmbrook Humane Society will hold its sixth annual Wine and Whiskers fundraising gala, "New York, New York," from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16 at Westmoor Country Club, 400 S. Moorland Road.

The event will spotlight wines from around the world and feature silent auction items.

All proceeds will benefit the Elmbrook Humane Society, the only no-kill animal shelter in Waukesha County.

Tickets are $75 per person or $700 per corporate table of eight. Reservations are recommended but not required.

For information or to buy tickets, call (262) 782-9261 or visit

Submit announcements of activities open to the public to, or by mail to NOW Newspapers, 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha WI 53186, at least 14 days in advance of the event.


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