Zoological society hosting wine tasting

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is hosting its Wines and Beers of the World fundraiser from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road. Guests can sample wines, beers and savory foods and stroll through the Stearns Family Apes of Africa & Primates of the World buildings.

Attendees must be at least 21 years old. Proceeds go to benefit the Zoological Society's Annual Appeal to give the colobus monkeys an access corridor to the outdoor exhibit.

The event features wines, beers, gourmet foods and desserts for sampling. Purchase VIP tickets and enjoy early entry at 6 p.m. as well as entry into a drawing to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.

Regular tickets are $50 for Zoological Society members and guests (registering at the same time as member); $60 for non-members; $20 for designated drivers. VIP tickets are $60 for Zoological Society members; $70 for non-members; $30 for designated drivers.

To register and for a list of vendors, go to or call (414) 258-2333.

Wauwatoa church's free concert series begins

The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, 1511 Church St., starts its 4 O'Clock free concert series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, with an appearance by the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. The program will be in the Social Hall of the church. Light refreshments will be served during the cabaret-style performance.

The concert is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra concert features the unique orchestral sound of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass. The program includes classical works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Brahms interspersed with pieces from the traditional mandolin orchestra repertoire of the early 20th century. Milwaukee vocalist Robin Pluer will provide selections from the Great American Songbook.

Backgammon club hosting tournament

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club is holding open play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road.

The club plays there at 7 p.m. every Wednesday — 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 or visit

Medical College hosts heart health conference

The Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road, hosts a Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease heart health conference from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Alumni Center. The presentation features nutrition expert Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a physician and researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, and his wife and author, Ann Crile Esselstyn.

The Esselstyns will present research findings, clinical recommendations and recipes based on the best-selling book 'Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease' and the documentary 'Forks Over Knives.' Dr. Esselstyn's nutrition book promotes a plant-based, oil-free, low-fat and whole foods diet.

Visit the registration page in advance to reserve a seat. Space at the conference is limited. For information, contact Sophia Aboagye at or (414) 955-8800.

Tosa Woman's Club

hosts soup sampler

The Wauwatosa Woman's Club, 1626 N. Wauwatosa Ave., is hosting its second Scrumptious Soup Sampling from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the clubhouse. The event showcases some the best soups in the city.

New to the lineup this year is Irie Zulu, Corner Bakery Cafe, McBob's and Lisa Kaye Catering. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages four to 12; children ages three or younger are free. Tickets include soup, salad, bread, dessert, soda and water. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

For information, call the club at (414) 257-9935.

Church hosting winter farmers' market

Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, 2366 N. 80th St., is hosting a Winter Farmers Market and brunch from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Market products for sale include meat, cheese, eggs, apples, oats, herbal products, microgreens, preserves, teas, candies, pastries, salsas and fair trade products

Historical society takes a look at hats, dresses

The Wauwatosa Historical Society is holding its general meeting followed by a presentation called Hats Off to Her Story at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at First Congregational Church, 1511 Church St.

Historical dressmaker and milliner Carol Jensen will tell the group about six Wisconsin women, the hats they wore and the role they played in our history (including Caroline Quiner Ingalls of Brookfield).

For information, go to the Elmbrook Historical Society's website at

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.

Tosa Fire Department offers CPR class

The Wauwatosa Fire Department will offer a Heartsaver CPR classes from 6 to 10 p.m. March 16 at the fire station at 1601 Underwood Ave. in the Wauwatosa Village. The cost of the session is $20.

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

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. Tickets are $35 for WHS members and $40 for non-members. To order tickets, visit

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