Wauwatosa's All-City Read has seen solid turnout at its events for adults and children, and offers several more events to help local readers explore the themes of "Rocket Boys," a novel by Homer Hickham.
Children's activities revolve around the book "Hollow Earth," written by Tosan Carol Barrowman.
· Book vs. Movie: Watch "October Sky," a movie based on the book "Rocket Boys," at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rosebud. Stay for a talk back session comparing the two. Milwaukee School of Engineering English and film professor Katherine Wikoff will lead the discussion. Admission costs $5. Refreshments will be available for purchase
· "First and Farthest": Learn about the space race during this show at the planetarium at Wauwatosa West High School. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 and 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $2 at the door.
· Video chat with Homer Hickam: The "Rocket Boys" author will speak and take audience questions via video chat broadcast on the big screen in the Wauwatosa West High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday. A $5 donation to Hickam's favorite charity, Forgotten Felines, is suggested.
· Battle of the Bartenders: Twelve Tosa bars and restaurants have bartenders competing to create the best rocket-inspired cocktail. Visit TosasAllCityRead.com to find a list of participating establishments, then visit them to try their creations. Voting will be allowed online. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27, the bartenders will compete head-to-head, mixing their drinks for judges and the crowd at Cafe Hollander. They will be judged on performance, appearance, taste and adherence to the theme.
The All-City Read is an effort organized by the Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council, with the intent of bringing community members together to get to know each other and have some fun, said Maureen Badding, chairwoman of the All-City Read committee.
"Everyone has been amazed at the variety of activities," she said. "It's gotten them talking to neighbors."
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Taste of the Town: Eddie Martini's remains a classic stop
- Wauwatosa businesses recognized for employing people with disabilities
- Neighbors continue combating Wauwatosa Woman's Club parking proposal
- Wauwatosa's Center Street, lined with schools, could see sidewalks, bike lanes
- Wauwatosa negotiating financial aid for Underwood apartments
- Weekly Planner: Oct. 23
- Tosa East Players perform play-within-a-play in 'Curtains'
- What to expect as Wauwautosa YMCA changes hands
- Wauwatosa Ask Now: Why don't public and parochial schools have the same schedules?
- Wauwatosa Police Report: Oct. 23