Virtual Academy

sets open houses

The Wauwatosa Virtual Academy, the district's online school — open to students statewide — will host a couple of open houses for families interested in learning about its online program and individualized approach to education.

Open houses will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 16, and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday June 22. The open houses will be held at the school's offices, 2323 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 130.

The school is for students in grades six to 12.

For more information, call (866) 925-7606 or visit

Zoological Society hosting Hollywood & Vine ball

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is hosting its Zoo Ball 2016: Hollywood & Vine from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the zoo, 10001 W Bluemound Road.

Zoo Ball is the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's largest annual fundraiser. Celebrating its 33rd anniversary, this black-tie event has raised almost $10 million for the nonprofit Zoological Society. The evening includes cocktails, gourmet dining, live music, dancing and a silent auction. The extensive auction features items such as dining experiences, travel packages, sporting event tickets, spa specials and much more. For an invitation or details on sponsorship opportunities and corporate tables, call Special Events, (414) 258-2333.

Backgammon club

hosting game night

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club will host an evening of heads-up games, multiplayer chouettes and beginner lessons for all players, from novice to advanced, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road.

For information, email or visit

Celebrate summer with food, music at Hart Fest

Summer doesn't officially start until Wauwatosa celebrates with Hart Fest from June 17 to 18 at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St.

Hart Fest features food and drink vendors, other great entertainment, a Baggo tournament, the Hart Fest Half Marathon and much more.

Hart Fest begins at 4 p.m. Friday, June 17, with vendors serving food and drinks and live music starting at 5 p.m. The band The Now performs at 8 p.m. with Up All Night opening at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, musician Pat McCurdy plays at 5 p.m. and The Love Monkeys perform at 8 p.m. There will be a martial arts demonstration at 11 a.m. and the Wauwatosa School of Music performs at noon and Nick Spitza plays at 3 p.m.

Other events on Saturday include: a half-marathon at 8:30 a.m.; a 'Bag MS' Baggo tournament at 10 a.m.; live entertainment starting at 11 a.m.; and dog-themed lure courses and other dog events starting at 11 a.m.

Free fair housing

training for landlords

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council is hosting a free landlord training seminar for landlords in the city of Wauwatosa from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the upper civic center at city hall. The council is funded through a Milwaukee County contract to provide the trainings, which are a way to enhance fair housing practices. Landlords will learn about local, state and federal laws; advertising; negotiation; reasonable accommodations and more.

No registration is required. For more information, contact Administrative Services Manager Megan Wanke at or (414) 278-1240.

Police department

hostiing open house

The Wauwatosa Police Department, 1700 N. 116th St., turned 100 on April 18 and, come summer, the organization is inviting the public to help honor the occasion.

The Police Department is holding an open house for the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18, in conjunction with the Windows Into Wauwatosa event. There will be station tours, equipment displays and birthday cake. The public is invited to check for further updates.

The department also is in the process of installing a Law Enforcement Tribute on the grounds of the main facility. Completion of the project is scheduled for this summer.

The Kids from Wisconsin present 'Sing!' at college

The Kids from Wisconsin present this year's tour theme, 'Sing!' at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 W. Bluemound Road. The concert is free and is part of the Arts Festival.

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