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Irish Fest gears up

for week of classes

Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School will celebrate its 30th year in 2016 with a lineup of new and returning classes led by local and international experts.

The weeklong program, which runs Aug. 15-19 at the CelticMKE Center, 15323. N.Wauwatosa Ave., provides a hands-on Irish cultural experience for all ages, with classes in music, dance, history, crafts, language and more.

'Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School never fails to have something for everyone at any skill level,' said Jane Walrath, director of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. 'We are thrilled to welcome back workshops that are student favorites while also introducing new classes and instructors.'

For a complete schedule, instructor bios, class descriptions, updates and to register, visit irishfestsummerschool.com.

Senior club to see 'The Velveteen Rabbit' at Civic Center

The Wauwatosa Senior Club is hosting a performance of 'The Velveteen Rabbit' by the Wauwatosa Summer Children's Theatre at 12:45 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7725 W. North Ave.

The performance is free and open to all ages.

For information, call the Senior Club at 414-479-8900 ext. 5789 or the Wauwatosa Recreation Department at 414-773-2900.

Library presents programs on science and electricity

The Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., hosts Short Circuit, a hands-on presentation about electricity for kids in third grade or older from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14.

There is no need to register; just drop in.

For information, go to the library's website at wauwatosalibrary.org or call 414-471-8486.

Golf event benefits Milwaukee County Zoo

Spend a day on the links with Milwaukee-area business leaders on Monday, July 25, at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee's 27th annual golfing fundraiser, Birdies & Eagles golf tournament. This tournament includes course events, auctions, a buffet lunch and a gourmet dinner at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon.

Event proceeds go toward the Zoological Society's mission to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo.

A few foursomes are still open.

The event includes18 holes of golf with cart (scramble format), lunch and dinner, an auction, refreshments on the course and a participant's gift.

Registration fees are $3,000 for a hole sponsorship (includes a foursome), $350 for an individual; and $1,400 for a foursome.

For information, the event schedule and to register, go to zoosociety.org/Events/GolfOuting.

Backgammon club holding tournament

The Milwaukee Backgammon Club will host its next tournament at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road.

The tournament format includes a main flight and a consolation flight, guaranteeing at least two 5-point matches for everyone who enters. Entry fee is $6, with $5 returned in prize money and $1 retained for club expenses.

The club plays at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Rounding Third, with tournaments the first, third and fifth week, open play (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.

Luther Manor hosts Stars

& Stripes art show

Luther Manor, 4545 N. 92nd St,, is hosting the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight traveling art show now through Saturday, July 16. The display is in the Welcome Center of Luther Manor and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is no charge. For information, call at (414) 464-3880 or visit luthermanor.org.

Tosa Tonight concert series continues

The Tosa Tonight concert series continues from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Aug. 31. Each opening act starts at 6 p.m. and main acts begin at 7:30 p.m. Concerts are held at the Rotary Performance Pavilion at the southwest corner of 68th and State streets.

The free concerts happen rain or shine but shows may be canceled due to severe weather.

Food and beverages are available through vendor booths during the concerts.

The upcoming performances include: Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, with the Zach Pietrini Band July 27, Skerryvore with Jigjam Aug. 17, and The Crane Wives with Trapper Schoepp Aug. 31.

For information, visit tosatonight.com.

Tosa, Elm Grove clubs cohost Tour Le Jardin

The Elm Grove and Mayfair Park garden clubs are co-hosting the Tour Le Jardin garden tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18. The tour features seven gardens to tour in a compact Elm Grove and Wauwatosa area.

The garden tour is also featuring plein air artists at several homes.

New this year, at a home to be announced later, will be craftsman Carl Muenzmaier discussing and displaying barn quilts and discussing various barn locations.

A contingent of garden-oriented vendors will be stationed at the Sunset Playhouse grounds, 500 Elm Grove Road, with items including nursery plants for purchase. For ticket information and advance sale tickets, email TourLeJardin@gmail.com or call Nancy Peterson at (414) 257-2583. Advance sale tickets are $8; tickets on the day of the tour are $10 and are available at the Sunset Playhouse.

Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool host youth triathlon

The Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool is hosting its first-ever youth triathlon for children ages 9 to 13 at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park, 1800 N. Swan Blvd.

Participants can choose from two categories: Fun, which includes a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and a .6-mile run; or Challenge, which is a 200-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride and a 1.2-mile run.

Participation costs $35 before Saturday, Aug. 6, and $45 on or after that date. Each participant receives a T-shirt, goody bag, and refreshments, and the top three boys and girls participating in the Challenge category will win awards.

Heritage Garden Club seeks new members

The Heritage Garden Club, established in 1969, is looking for new members. The club meets the first Monday of the month, September through May, at The Congregational Church, 1511 Church St., at 12:30 p.m.

The club hosts a variety of speakers on various garden topics from native plants of Wisconsin to growing dahlias to living with orchids. Plus, there is great comraderie of fellow gardeners.

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