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Zoological Society sets date for annual fundraiser

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee will hold its annual 'Puttin' on the Ritz' fundraiser Jan. 28.

The black-tie event, which raises money for the society and its support of the Milwaukee County Zoo, will feature amateur boxing, gourmet dining, drinks and a live voice auction. It will be held in Bingo Hall at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St.

The cost is $200 per person, $2,000 for a corporate table sponsorship or $3,000 for a corporate ringside table sponsorship.

Last year's event raised $204,652.

To register, call Laura with the Zoological Society at (414) 258-2333 for an invitation or email specialevents@zoosociety.org.

Backgammon club holding tournament at Rounding Third

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club hosts its next tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road. The tournament includes a main flight and a consolation flight, guaranteeing at least two five-point matches for everyone who enters. Entry fee is $6, including $1 for club expenses, with the rest awarded to the top three finishers.

The club plays at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Rounding Third, offering tournaments the first, third and fifth week, open play (including heads-up games, multiplayer chouettes and beginner lessons) the second and fourth week of each month. For information, email info@mkebackgammon.org or visit mkebackgammon.org.

Wauwatosa church hosts piano concert

The Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church concert series continues with a concert by Tyler Wottrich, a 2006 finalist in the National Piano Arts competition, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the church, 2366 N. 80th St.

Wottrich will be joined for this concert by his wife, Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich, a French-Canadian lyric coloratura who has performed extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

The repertoire for this concert includes three Rachmaninoff Preludes and two Schubert Impromptus. It also includes the charming Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg and several Faure chansons sung by Lemieux-Wottrich in collaboration with her husband.

The audience has the opportunity to meet the artists at a reception following the concert. Tickets for the performance are $10, or $5 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door or reserved at marthastoner@att.net or (414) 873-0204.

EFW holding 'Black & White' catered affair

The Education Foundaton of Wauwatosa will hold one of its major fundraisers, the Black & White Catered Affair, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 W Innovation Drive.

Tickets include cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and dancing to Swing Nouveau. For tickets and more information, go to the EFW website, efw.squarespace.com/black-and-white-registration.

The foundation funded eight grants that totaled nearly $70,000, benefiting more than 8,000 students in the current year.

School children performing 'Cinderella'

Five troupes of 18 children will perform 'Cinderella' to all Wauwatosa public and parochial schools over a four-week period from Feb. 22 to March 18. There will be five public performances: Friday, March 4; Tuesday, March 8; and Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday March 15 to 17. All public performances will take place in the Lois Weber Theatre, Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave.

Church hosts women's wellness event

The Women of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1615 Wauwatosa Ave., invite all women to attend the annual Women's Wellness Event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. This year's theme is 'How Beautiful Are the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News.'

The morning begins with a light breakfast, followed by the keynote address by Elizabeth Murphy, columnist, conference and retreat speaker, whose scripture-based message centers on the power of kind words, grateful expressions and a peaceful presence. Break-out sessions on reflexology, massage therapy and essential oils will provide complementary paths to relaxation and stress-reduction. The morning concludes with a light lunch.

The cost of the event is $15. Women may register via St. Matthew's website: stmattslutheran.org or by calling the church office at (414) 774-0441.

Neighborhood Association Council holding quarterly meeting

The Neighborhood Association Council will hold its quarterly meeting from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27. in the Library's Firefly Room, 7635 W. North Ave.

Don't miss out on neighborhood updates, community news, networking with other neighborhoods, plus featured speakers from the Wauwatosa Health Department: Health Officer Dr. Nancy Kreuser; Public Health Manager Laura Conklin; Public Health Specialist Cindy Anderson; and Public Health Nurse Susan Javoroski.

After an informative presentation, the health department will give attendees an opportunity to take part in interactive small group sessions related to the city's next community health assessment.

Woman's club hosting luncheon with public TV speaker

The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosabwill host a lunch featuring speaker Michael Brever, Milwaukee Public Television development manager.

A social period begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by a noon lunch. A $20 check made out to SWCW serves as your reservation.; send it to SWCW, P. O. Box 13723, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, by Monday, Feb. 1.

Brever will talk about how local productions like 'Around the Corner' are conceived, financed and done. He will also discuss programming and development and answer questions people may have about their favorite television shows.

SWCW meetings are held at the Wauwatosa Memorial Civic Center, 7725 W. North Ave. Call club President Nancy Langlas at (262) 695-9908 or Nancy Schrap, (414) 771-6472, to make a reservation.

Children's theater presents 'Love Ruby Valentine'

Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa presents the Sunset Playhouse production of 'Love Ruby Valentine' at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Lois Weber Theatre at Longfellow Middle School 7600 W. North Ave.

The box office opens at 1:30 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $5 each, available at the box office on performance days.

Irie Zulu holds fundraiser to benefit school

The new African and Jamaican restaurant in Wauwatosa, Irie Zulu, 7237 W. North Ave., is holding a fundraiser throughout January that benefits Wauwatosa Catholic School.

Ten percent of all sales will benefit the school. Customers are welcome to dine in, take out or buy gift items that benefit the school, in the Wauwatosa Village.

For more information visit the restaurant's website, iriezulu.com.

Wisconsin Lutheran College present large brass ensemble

Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8815 W. Bluemound Road, features the Isthmus Brass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the next installment of its guest artist series.

Tickets are $28.

The Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin's premiere large brass ensemble. Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison, the Isthmus Brass was established in 2009 as some of the most high-profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together.

For more information, call the box office at (414) 443-8802.

Discounted student tickets are available only in person at the box office. Student-priced tickets may require a student ID at the time of purchase and upon entrance to the event. The student price applies to all students, elementary through college.

Wauwatosa Fire Department offers CPR classes

Beginning in 2016, the Wauwatosa Fire Department will offer Heartsaver CPR classes for $20.

Classes will be held at the fire station at 1601 Underwood Ave. in the Wauwatosa Village. The curriculum will include adult, child and infant CPR and information about Airway Obstruction and Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).

Participants should be 12 years or older and minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The class dates are:

·9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13

· 6 to 10 p.m. March 16

Join all-city writing contest, win cash

Kids can enter Wauwatosa's All-City Read's 2016 writing contest for the chance to win a cash prize and be the talk of the town.

The theme is, 'Write a poem that tells a story.' There are no restrictions on length, style or topic.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories: grades 3-5, first prize, $25; grades 6-8, first prize, $50; high school, first prize, $75; and adult (18 and over), first prize, $100.

Winners will be published on the Tosa's All-City Read website and reprinted in Wauwatosa NOW.

Entries are due Friday, Jan. 29. For a full set of rules and an entry form, go to the All-City Read website, tosasallcityread.com/writing-contest.

Mystery at the Mansion Coming in February

The Wauwatosa Historical Society's 'Hysterical Society Players' will be presenting their 10th Mystery at the Mansion production Feb. 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2016.

This popular audience participation show blends laughter, mystery, food, drink and, of course, access to the Kneeland-Walker House in one terrific event for the Wauwatosa Historical Society.

This year's show is 'Pen and Paper: A Murderous Caper.'

A maximum of 80 tickets per performance are available and the shows sell out quickly. For those looking for an unusual and special holiday gift for friends and family, here's your chance. Tickets are $35 for WHS members and $40 for non-members. To order tickets, visit wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.

EFW seeks T-shirt designs by Feb. 5

The Education Foundation of Wauwatosa is sponsoring a T-shirt design contest to select artwork for the T-shirts used in the foundation's 2016 walk/run on Saturday, May 7. The design contest is open to high school students only.

All entries must be postmarked, delivered, or emailed by 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. Mailed and delivered entries go to the Fisher Building at 12121 W. North Ave.

All e-mailed entries must be sent to maryp@tosaefw.org.

A complete list of instructions along with tips and the EFW logo are available for download on the EFW website at tosaefw.org.

Last year more than 2,200 people students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members and supporters registered for the walk/run.

The EFW walk/run is the foundation's largest fundraiser. Last year's design contest winner was Anthony Nash of Tosa East.

For information on the T-shirt design contest or the annual walk/run, contact Scott Shelnutt at scottashelnutt@gmail.com.

Tosa Chamber holding its annual showcase, social

The Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual member showcase and social from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Radisson Hotel, 2303 North Mayfair Road.

Kick off the new year and celebrate the community at the Wauwatosa Chamber's annual Community Showcase and Social. Attendees can visit with chamber member exhibitors, and the program honors the Bartolotta restaurants.

Attendees can enjoy a delicious buffet and passed hors d'oeuvres, raffle giveaways, gift cards and wine pulls and more.

The major sponsor of the event is Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Corporate sponsorships are available at $350 for a table of eight, with event signage.

Exhibitor tables — for chamber members only — remain available.

For more information, visit http://conta.cc/1Y2vVep

Individual tickets $40, or $50 after Jan 18.

Register at http://conta.cc/1RJyIJR.

Register for Tosa's All-City Read events

The Tosa All-City Read events for February 2016 have been announced. This year's book is 'Peace Like a River' by Minnesota author Leif Enger. The children's books are 'Chasing the Falconers' by Gordon Korman (ages 8-12) and 'The Secret River' by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (preschool to age 8). Go to www.TosasAllCityRead.com and click on 'find out more' for details and to register for fascinating book discussions and events such as:

· Peace Like Milwaukee's Rivers: Feb. 4 and 13

· Country Line Dancing Class and Social: Feb. 6

· Davy's Trial, Then and Now: Feb. 16

· Creative Arts Challenge: Feb. 20

· Finding the Miraculous in 'Peace Like a River': Feb. 21

· Battle of the Bartenders: Feb. 24

· Book and a Movie event: Feb. 25

· Author visit with Leif Enger: Feb. 28

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