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Friendship Circle holds gala auction

The Friendship Circle of Wisconsin is sponsoring a city-wide gala auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Road, Bayside.

The goal of the event is to raise funds for Friendship Circle of Wisconsin, which is a division of Chabad Lubavitch of Wisconsin that provides assistance and support to individuals with special needs by organizing events, social outings and home visits with teen volunteers.

At the gala, guests will view artwork created by individuals with special needs and will have the opportunity to bid on those pieces of artwork through a silent auction. Guests will also be treated to a buffet of appetizers, cocktails and a performance by professional singer Cantor Hurwitz. Following the silent auction, guests will hear from a parent of a child with special needs, a volunteer with Friendship Circle of Wisconsin. A live auction and an inspirational video presentation will also take place.

Senior center teaches fraud prevention

The Shorewood Senior Resource Center in collaboration with the Shorewood Library will present a program to learn tips and tools to evaluate your financial planner’s performance.

Presenter Stephanie Melnick has practiced law in the Milwaukee area for the past 22 years and has extensive experience in litigating fraud and investment-related cases. She will discuss how to avoid investment-related schemes, rather than litigate after the fact. The program will cover how to find a financial planner with your interests at heart, understanding investment options and what’s right for you, monitoring your financial planner, and detecting fraud and investments too good to be true. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions.

The program, free and open to the public, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Shorewood Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave. For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth Price at 414-847-2727 or email src@villageofshorewood.org.

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.

Fireside Conversations: Fire for the Second Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 13 – Feb. 17. Join SANC for lively conversations on mystics and evolution, stories and deep listening while learning how you can prepare to experience this emerging way of being for yourself. Discussion is led by Ann Winschel and Tom Galten. Registration is required. Pricing is per session. Cost: members, $12; non-members, $17

Spiritual World of Nature: Chez Monet, Spring: 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Dottie Diggs presents her photographs from Giverny in France, where she photographed the Gardens of Claude Monet, the French impressionist painter. This assemblage of pictures is from her 2015 and 2016 trips, and is accompanied by French impressionist music. This is a reprise of Dottie’s August program. Registration is required. Cost: members, $10; nonmembers, $15

Church presents Bach concert choir

Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Hampton Road, will host the Bach Chamber Choir and Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17. The group will present Bach’s “Magnificat.” Other pieces on the program are seasonal selections by Dan Forrest, Morten Lauridsen, Brian McLinden, Jake Runestad, Tomas Luis de Victoria and Peter Warlock, as well as an arrangement of the Enniscorthy (Wexford) Carol.

Tickets are $17 in advance; $18 at the door; $10 for full-time students; there will be a $1 discount for seniors. Pay by either cash or check. For tickets and more information, contact David Wihowski at 414-427-7160.

BloodCenter hosting January blood drives

The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Fox Point Lutheran Church, 7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd. The new year brings new opportunities to save lives through blood donation. January is National Blood Donor Month. Winter often sees a decline in blood donations, while the need for blood remains. Donors of all blood types are needed, but especially O-negative blood donors who carry the universal blood type given to people in emergency situations.

Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

During January, all attempting blood donors will receive a $10 coupon redeemable at all Noodles and Company locations. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 877-232-4376, or visiting bcw.edu.

Family Fun event to be held in Brown Deer

The Education Foundation of Brown Deer is again sponsoring Family Fun in the Fieldhouse from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Novak Family Fieldhouse, 8060 N. 60th St., Brown Deer.

The event is open to the general public with an emphasis on families.  Children in grades 6 and under will be able to use up a bit of their energy riding their trikes on the indoor track, using the climbing wall, enjoying a bouncy house, running and dancing, and enjoying some food for purchase.  The cost is $1 per person or $5 for a family.  Proceeds support the work of the Education Foundation of Brown Deer.

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