Brown Deer to host tree lighting

The Brown Deer tree lighting ceremony will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.8, at North Shore Fire Station #81, 4401 W. River Lane, Brown Deer.

The event will feature hot chocolate, cookies and a tour of the fire station. Attendees will also be able to take pictures with Santa and meet Vader, the Brown Deer Police Department's K-9 officer. Carols will be sung by the Brown Deer High School Choir, Fermata Nowhere and If Looks Could Trill. Roscoe the Milwaukee Admirals mascot will also make an appearance.

The tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. All activities are free.

Kiwanis Club hosts breakfast with Santa

The Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee will hold its annual Breakfast with Santa event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Monica Parish, 5900 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay.

Santa will be at the event to greet attendees and pose for pictures with children of all ages. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and face painting.

Tickets are available at the door, at Winkie’s or from a Kiwanis member. Tickets are $7 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $5 per child over the age of 2. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis charities. The event will be held in the parish hall, which can be accessed by entering Door #1 from the parking lot off of Lake View Avenue.

Rotary hosts breakfast with Santa

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee North Shore is hosting a breakfast with Santa event from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Novak Family Fieldhouse, 8060 N. 60th St.

The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes with toppings, coffee by Coffee With a Conscience, children’s activities, door prizes and music from North Shore area high school bands. Visits with Santa cost $5.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Tickets at the door cost $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. For advance tickets, call Brian Guerin at (414) 355-4700.

Wayne Larivee to sign books at Bayshore

Green Bay Packers play-by play broadcaster Wayne Larrivee will be signing copies of his new book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Barnes and Noble, 5755 N Bayshore Drive.

Larivee's book, titled "If These Walls Could Talk: Green Bay Packers," combines Larrivy's insider access and passion for Packers football to present a collection of behind-the-scenes stories. The book touches on early legends Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi, and focuses on the last three decades.

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.

Raptor Saturday: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

This Raptor Saturday is how raptors make the world better and the ecosystem services they provide to humans and other animals. Participants will also learn how to help raptors. The program is free with membership or admission.

Repamphibiantile Sunday: noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4

Participants can hold a snake and marvel at salamanders. Bring the whole family to gain a deeper understanding of these often misunderstood creatures. This is an interactive and educational program for all ages. The program is free with membership or admission.

SPARK! 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

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 are led by Director of Education Tom Finley, and 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. The program is free to participants and caregivers.

Spiritual World of Nature: Beyond Our Differences: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

Participants will view portions of the PBS documentary Beyond Our Differences, a program religious leaders, politicians and luminaries in their fields give voice to the potential for healing Earth by putting aside differences and embracing the universal teachings for well-being. The film also puts forward innovative strategies to translate that vision into action. Don Quintenz leads a discussion on how participants might do their part locally. Registration is required. Cost: members, $10; nonmembers, $15

Blues duo performing in Bay

The Dave Miller blues duo with Mike Benter is playing The Bay Restaurant, 342 E. Silver Spring Drive, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

Trains magazine editor to host railroad trivia night

How good are you at railroad history? How well do you know what makes a railroad work? Test your knowledge with a fun and informative trivia night at the December meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter, National Railway Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the North Shore Congregational Church, 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Trains Magazine editor Jim Wrinn hosts an evening of “train trivia” while talking about railroading's great past.

The public is invited to this and all chapter meetings, which are free.

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