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Thursday 1/5

Family Story Time: Children up to age 5 and their families can take part in a 30-minute program of stories, finger plays, movement, rhymes and music at 6:30 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Meet the Author: The Wauwatosa Woman’s Club, 1626 N Wauwatosa Ave., is hosting author Rochelle Pennington, who will speak about the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter that disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior in 1975. The program starts at noon. The event is open to the public, and the cost is $15. To register, call the club at 414-257-9935.

Cosmic Castaways: Explore the mysteries of galaxies through this program at the Gary E. Sampson Planetarium at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St., at 7 p.m. (also 7 p.m. Wednesday). The hourlong program is for people in grades 7 through adult. For reservations, call 414-773-3390 and leave a message with the date you would like to attend, the number of guests in your party, if anyone in your party will be in a wheelchair, and a phone number where you can be reached.

Monday 1/9

The Hidden History of Dickens’ "The Christmas Carol": The Suburban Woman's Club of Wauwatosa will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Civic Center, 7600 North Ave. Rochelle Pennington will unlock the hidden history behind the 1843 Christmas classic "The Christmas Carol" as she takes a close-up look at the literary genius of Charles Dickens. The meeting is open to public. Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. Reserve a seat by calling Nancy Schrap at 414-771-6472.

Children’s Theatre of Wauwatosa auditions: Children in grades 3 through 7 are invited to try out for the 2017 Children's Theatre of Wauwatosa "Little Theatres" troupe production of "Rumpelstiltskin." This play will be performed at all Wauwatosa public and parochial schools in March and April. Five casts will be selected. Try-outs are at 7 p.m. (also 7 p.m. Wednesday) in the Lois Weber Theatre at Longfellow Middle School, 7600 W. North Ave. For more details, call Barbara Forbes at 414-774-2322.

Tuesday 1/10

Story Time: Children 3 to 6 years of age can discover stories, prereading skills, songs, movement and crafts from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Wednesday 1/11

Story Time: Children 3 to 6 years of age can discover stories, prereading skills, songs, movement and crafts at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.

Karaoke: Take the stage and sing during Karaoke Night at the Chancery, 7615 W. State St., at 9 p.m. This event is held every Wednesday.

Backgammon play: The Milwaukee Backgammon Club invites all players, from novice to advanced, to its open play night of heads-up games, multiplayer chouettes, and beginner lessons at 6:30 p.m. at Rounding Third Sports Bar & Grill, 6317 W. Bluemound Road. Arrive any time up to 9 p.m. to be assured at least an hour of play. For information, visit mkebackgammon.org or email info@mkebackgammon.org.

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