Buckthorn weed-out in Brown Deer Park

Friends of Brown Deer Park will hold a weed-out in the park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12. The group will meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts on the west side of the park near the boat house. Staff from the Park People of Milwaukee County will be there to provide tools and gloves, as well as short training. The weed-out efforts will focus on the buckthorn trees that choke off native vegetation. Long pants are recommended.

United Methodist to hold holiday bazaar

The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay’s Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the church, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive. Admission is free for the event, which includes live music; unique gifts, including American Girl doll clothes and crafts; homemade food items; a silent auction; and a cookie walk. Lunch is also available.



Buckthorn weed-out at Doctor's Park

Doctors Park Friends, in conjunction with The Park People of Milwaukee County, have scheduled a buckthorn weed-out at Doctor’s Park from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Park People will provide equipment such as saws and loppers. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and a bottle of water.  Doctor’s Park is located at 1870 East Fox Lane, Fox Point. For more information visit


"Jewish 100" discusses influential Jews

Rabbi Ron Shapiro will lead a class every Wednesday discussing the 100 most influential Jews throughout history. Based on the book, The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time, the class will discuss the contributions by outstanding Jewish people and the dynamics of life and history which elevated them to the notoriety they attained. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 7. For details, contact Laurie Herman at 414-967-8212.

Explore the outdoors with activities at SANC

The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, has activities for all ages. For information, call 414-352-2880.

SPARK! : 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8

Schlitz Audubon will partner with Milwaukee Public Museum and the Alzheimer’s Association as the newest Spark! host site. This special program is designed for people going through cognitive changes, such as memory loss, to participate in alongside their caregivers. Each session is devoted to learning about the simple beauty found in nature and how it enriches lives. Programs take place indoors, but may include a brief outdoor component close to the building. Each month features a topic that focuses on the season. Registration is required. Cost: Free to participants and caregivers.

Photo Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in monthly hikes. Center SANC naturalist Cassie Rincon guides participants to locations that offer unique photographic opportunities. Everyone works together to further their art, share photography ideas and capture memories. Cameras are not provided. Participants 16 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Cost: Free with membership or admission.

Bird Club: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9

November is the annual holiday party; all levels of birder are welcome to join, even if you have never been to Bird Club. There is no Bird Club in December. Registration is required. Cost: Free to all.


Railway society meeting features Overland Route presentation

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society is holding its November meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the North Shore Congregational Church, 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The public is invited to all chapter meetings, which are free.

Railroad historian (and professional firefighter) Dan Grudzielanek presents “Union Pacific's Overland Route between Chicago and Salt Lake City,” illustrated with photos he’s taken over the last 20 years. The Overland Route is part of the transcontinental railroad authorized by President Abraham Lincoln and completed in 1869. Grudzielanek has been able to visit and photograph trains at many locations along this famous and historic route. The presentation  provides a look at modern-day train operations along this busy corridor, as the Overland Route hosts a variety of traffic, from Metra commuter trains in the Chicago area, to coal, manifest, intermodal and grain trains.

Church hosting spaghetti dinner for veterans

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7877 N. Port Washington Road, is hosting its sixth annual To Whom Honor is Due veteran dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5. Veterans/guests and families are invited. Veterans are provided dinner at no cost; nonveterans pay only $8 for a full spaghetti dinner, beverages and dessert.

Church doors open at 4:30 p.m. with guests invited to tour the traveling Blue Star Banner exhibit as well as several collections of military items displayed by private collectors. The keynote address of the evening is a one-act play “The Wisconsin Angel,” presented by the Kenosha Civil War Museum. The play presents the true story of challenges facing Milwaukee and Wisconsin in 1866 to care for Civil War veterans and the efforts of the governor’s wife, Cordella Harvey, to work with President Lincoln to obtain support for the Milwaukee Soldier’s Home.

Call the church office for reservations at 414-352-4150.

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