Historical society hosts Highlands tour

The Wauwatosa Historical Society presents Highlands@100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the design of the Washington Highlands neighborhood by renowned German city planner Werner Hegemann, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Hegemann envisioned homes in a variety of styles along curving, tree-lined streets laid out in a Garden City design.

The Highlands@100 tour includes Colonial revival and Tudor revival homes built in the 1920s and 1930s, as well as a midcentury modern ranch built in the 1950s that Hegemann might not have imagined. One of the Highlands’ largest homes, the 5,488-square-foot Tudor revival home Miller Brewery President Frederick A. “Fritz” Miller had built at 6300 Washington Circle, serves as tour headquarters.

Advance tickets for $17 ($14 for historical society members) will be available at Wisconsin Garden & Pet, 8524 W. North Ave. and the Little Read Book Store, 7603 W. State St. Tickets can be pre-ordered at for day-of-tour pickup. On Oct. 1, tickets for $20 ($17 for society members) will be available outside 6300 Washington Circle. Proceeds support the historical society’s preservation and education missions.

Tosa Tonight concert series features Crane Wives

The Tosa Tonight summer concert series continues at 6 p.m. with Trapper Schoepp followed by The Crane Wives at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Rotary Pavilion at North 68th and West State Street.

Take in music, food at TosaFest

Celebrate the end of summer at TosaFest from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7615 W. State St.

The weekend features three stages and more than a dozen musical acts.

The proceeds from TosaFest support community projects in the areas of education, safety and neighborhood improvement.

Milwaukee Choristers holding auditions

The Milwaukee Choristers will hold auditions for new members starting at 6:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1529 Wauwatosa Ave. Basses and tenors are particularly encouraged to audition. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 414-354-1933 or emailing Walk-ins also are welcome and will be heard when the schedule permits.

No prepared material is necessary, although knowledge of music and/or previous choral experience is beneficial. Candidates will sing a familiar song and sight-sing a simple melody. Candidates’ vocal ranges will be tested and tonal memory will be evaluated.

Singers accepted will join the Choristers in weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church beginning Aug. 31. Details and additional advice about the audition process are available at

Bel Canto looking for senior singers

The Bel Canto Senior Singers are looking for singers aged 55 or older. There are two choruses of differing abilities to choose from. The San Camillo Senior Singers sing primarily two-part music and rehearse on Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. starting Aug. 22 at the San Camillo, 10200 W. Bluemound Road.

Auditions are not required to join. Contact the Bel Canto Chorus office at 414-481-8801 or email for information or visit Bel Canto’s website,

Chef event benefits Children’s Hospital, Blood Center

Join a who’s who gathering of area chefs for a Taste of Hope, an evening of food and fundraising beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at La Merenda's Patio, 125 E National Ave., Milwaukee. Teams of local chefs work together to prepare a brunch-themed five-course meal.

All donations and money will go to Lindsay's Voice to fight blood cancers and supporting services. Lindsay's Voice disburses all proceeds to The Blood Center of Wisconsin/Bone Marrow Transplant p[rogram in order to help underwrite costs of The Marrow Donor Registry ("Be The Match"); to Kathy's House to help provide housing for blood cancer patients and their families; and to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to support specific research for T-cell immunotherapy.  Donations also go to The Leukemia Society of Wisconsin and The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research located in Froedtert Hospital.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are from 5 to 6 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m.; family speakers are at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets and get more info please go to our website:

Only 40 tickets are available in total. Tickets are $175 per seat. Contact David Eyrise directly at 262-309-10979 or

Backgammon club holding tournament

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club will host tournaments at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Aug.31 and Sept. 7 at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road.

The tournament format includes a main flight and a consolation flight, guaranteeing at least two 5-point matches for everyone who enters. Entry fee is $6, with $5 returned in prize money and $1 retained for club expenses.

The club plays at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Rounding Third, with tournaments the first, third and fifth week, open play (heads-up games, multiplayer chouettes and beginner lessons) the second and fourth week of each month. For information, email or visit

Tosa Green Summit comes to Civic Center

The Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Ave., hosts the sixth annual Tosa Green Summit from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The event is a free informational open house to learn how you can make your community green and sustainable.

More than 25 exhibitors provide awareness and education on topics ranging from home energy, conservation, water, gardening, transportation and food. This year's summit coincides with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's annual household hazardous waste collection, along with textile collections, providing opportunities to both create awareness and take action.

For information, like on Facebook at or contact Jeff Roznowski at jroznow or 414-803-9500.

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