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Woman's club hosts preview of new 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.

Group hosts movie on minimalism movement

Minimalists.org Milwaukee Meetup Group presents a new film, 'Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,' at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Rosebud Cinema, 6823 W. North Ave. Minimalism is a way of life for a growing number of people who seek to clear away the clutter and find out what's most meaningful to them.

In order for the screenings to show, enough tickets must be purchased in advance.

To reserve tickets for the May 24, go to bit.ly/1VvCEwX.

Senior center offers variety of activities during April

The Hart Park Senior Center, 7300 Chestnut St., offers a variety of activities during the month of April, including:

· 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 11: Jazz & Such; free to members or a $1 donation.

· 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19: Birthday party for all members born in April. Call (414) 471-8495 to register, and bring a friend.

· 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20: Herbal Medications presented by Hayat Pharmacy. Learn what herbal medications are and whether prescriptions are needed and how they work. This program is free, but please register by calling (414) 471-8495.

Volunteers needed for spring river clean-up

The Milwaukee Riverkeeper annual clean-up of the Menomonee River is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23. Participants meet at Hoyt Park, 1800 N Swan Blvd., by the playground at Picnic Area 1.

This annual event is sponsored by Milwaukee Riverkeeper and is a great way to get outdoors, earn teen volunteer hours and maintain the beauty of our waterways.

Riverkeeper provides the bags, gloves, and free T-shirts and volunteers provide the hands and energy to pick up trash, litter and the interesting and sometimes bizarre pieces of garbage that find their way into our beautiful river system.

Please take a moment and register online at milwaukeeriverkeeper.org so Milwaukee Riverkeeper will know how many people to expect.

Spend some time cleaning up the river and celebrate the success of the cleanup at the Riverkeeper's Trash Bash in the Grand Hall at Hoyt Park Pool from noon to 2 p.m.

For information, contact Michael Kreuser at michael.kreuser@tosapool.com.

Celebrate the Distinguished Citizens of the year

The public is invited to recognize Mike and Judy Doyle as the Wauwatosa 2015 Distinguished Citizens at a banquet and awards ceremony to be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, 10122 W. North Ave.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with a cash bar, and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are due Monday, April 18, and cost $45 per person.

Reservations may be made in person at the Wauwatosa City Clerk's Office, 7725 W. North Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Payment must be made by check. Reservations also can be made by mail by sending a check and the names of those attending to: Wauwatosa Distinguished Citizen Award Council, care of Kay Lorenzen, 1517 N. 60th St., Wauwatosa, WI 53208.

For information, call Kay Lorenze at (414) 254-4507.

Attend the next Citizen Academy

Get a better understanding of how Wauwatosa works, from Public Works and Public Safety to the city's history and future development, during the Citizen Academy being held from Thursday, April 7 through Thursday, May 5.

The five weekly sessions are being offered through the Wauwatosa Recreation Department. Interested participants can sign up for one or all five sessions. Each session is $5.

For information or to register, go to the Wauwatosa Recreation Department's website at www.tosarec.com.

Backgammon club holding open play

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 13, 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 info@mkebackgammon.org or visit mkebackgammon.org.

First Congregational continues 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 firstchurchtosa.org.

CPR classes offered at Tosa 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.

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.

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 state's largest neighborhood improvement program,, 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.

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.

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