City offers free home repairs to qualified applicants

The city of Wauwatosa is offering free critical home repair services to low- and moderate-income families.

Through a partnership with Community First, the city strives to enhance the quality of life for homeowners by addressing critical repairs like roofing, plumbing, electrical and HVAC issues.

To qualify, applicants must have owned their home for at least five years and meet other eligibility criteria including:

· Property must be owner-occupied and a single-family or duplex

· Homeowner must have homeowner's insurance

· The owner must not be in bankruptcy

· The owner must meet income guidelines

Those interested should contact Community First at (414) 377-4481 for an application and additional information.

Senior center holding two programs yet this month

The Hart Park Senior Center in the Muellner Building, 7300 Chestnut St., is holding a program on 'Patton's Lucky Scout' at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Speaker Nancy Martin discusses the book of the same title, a fascinating World War II memoir by a remarkable solider, an advance scout for Gen. Patton and the famed Third Army on the move across Europe. Cost is $4 for members, $7 for nonmembers. For information, call the Senior Center at (414) 471-8495.

Wauwatosa West performing 'Wizard of Oz'

Students at Wauwatosa West, 11400 W Center St., will present the musical 'The Wizard of Oz' beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15. Other showtimes are 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17; 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21; 7 p.m. Friday, April 22; and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

The production features nearly 200 students as part of the cast, crew and pit, and a full cast of 'Munchkins' from seven different schools including Underwood, Eisenhower, Madison, McKinley, Montessori, Whitman and Immanuel Lutheran.

The show is complete with specialty flying effects, a tornado, and everything that makes this story magical.

Woman's club hosts preview of new art museum exhibit

The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa is hosting a presentation of the Milwaukee Art Museum in an audio-visual preview of its new exhibit: 'Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School,' at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Wauwatosa Memorial Civic Center, 7725 W. North Ave.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Coffee and dessert will be served before the presentation.

Rhonda Pelk, a docent from the Milwaukee Art Museum, will share her impressions of the new exhibit. This exhibition features nearly 50 masterpieces from the New York Historical Society's acclaimed collection of 19th-century landscape paintings. The exhibition charts the emergence of the Hudson River School, considered the nation's first original artistic movement.

Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. just prior to the MAM presentation. Call Nancy Langlas at (262) 695-9908 or Nancy Schrap (414) 771-6472 to make a reservation.

Wauwatosa Library Foundation holding annual luncheon

The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation is holding its Leadership Luncheon to honor area high school students and an adult whose leadership has had a positive impact on the community. This year's luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10499 Innovation Drive.

New York Times best-selling author Jordan Ellenberg presents the keynote address. Ellenberg's book, 'How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking,' shows how math touches everything we do, in the same way that 'Freakonomics' brought economics into the popular discourse.

For information, go to the foundation's website at

Backgammon club holding open play evening

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club is holding an evening of heads-up games, multiplayer chouettes and beginner lessons for all players, from novice to advanced, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road.

The club plays there at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday — tournaments the first, third and fifth week, and open play the second and fourth week of each month.

For information, email or visit

Absentee voting set for weeks of March 21, 28

In-person absentee voting will continue through this week and extend into the week of March 28 for the April 5 presidential preference vote and spring election.

The Wauwatosa clerk's office at city hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for in-person absentee voting during those two weeks, and until 5 p.m. April 1.

City hall, 7725 W. North Ave., will be closed March 25, but the clerk's office will remain open for absentee voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Voters must show photo identification prior to receiving a ballot and will be allowed to vote for candidates in one party only.

For information on forms of identification that are acceptable, visit

Registered voters can also request absentee ballots via mail or email.

CPR classes offered at Wauwatosa Fire Department

Public CPR classes will be held at the Wauwatosa Fire Department, 1601 Underwood Ave., this spring.

Classes will be held on the following dates:

· 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16

· 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 18

· 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18

The cost to participate is $20 and registration must be completed ahead of time.

To register, contact Lori Murphy at (414) 471-8457.

Woman's Club fashion show spotlights Wauwatosa shops

The Wauwatosa Woman's Club, 1626 N. Wauwatosa Ave., presents its annual spring fashion show featuring stores and boutiques in Wauwatosa at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21. The show presents the latest trends from Salamander, Urban Laundry, Refined Boutique, Lucci and Hyde Park.

This is the club's major fundraiser of the year.

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

Florentine Opera presents 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

The Florentine Opera Company presents 'Jack And The Beanstalk' for children in kindergarten through eighth grade from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Civic Center Auditorium, 7725 W. North Ave.

Adapted and written by renowned arts educator John Davies and set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, 'Jack & the Beanstalk' tells the classic tale of a young boy who sells the family cow to a mysterious stranger for a handful of magic beans.

First Congregational Church continues free concert series

The First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa, 1511 Church St., continues its 4 O' Clock free concert series with the Carroll University Chamber Singers and Women's Ensemble on Sunday, April 24.

The Carroll University Chamber Singers and Women's Ensemble presents an eclectic program of choral music.

The concert is free, but donations are welcomed.

For information, contact the church office at (414) 258-7375 or online at

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