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The North Shore Now compiles a list of events happening throughout our communities every week. Here is a sampling of events coming in the week ahead.

Arts and crafts at synagogue

Creative Pastimes, an exhibit of local artisans and crafts people, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid Synagogue, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale. Some items will be sold, and a raffle will be held. Admission is free.


Woman’s Club Hosts Bazaar in the Bay

The Whitefish Bay Woman's Club will host Bazaar in the Bay, a vendor and makers event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the organization's clubhouse, 600 E. Henry Clay St.

The event will provide an opportunity to shop for gifts while also supporting local creative women entrepreneurs. In addition to the vendor booths, club members will showcase their own talents with their quality crafts and a bake sale. ​Admission is a $3 donation and includes three tickets for a chance to win door prizes donated by vendors.

Pancake breakfast with the bunny

The North Shore Kiwanis Club will host its "Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny" event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at the St. Monica Parish Hall, 5900 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Guests may enter at Door #1 from the parking lot on Lakeview Avenue. Enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny, raffles, face painting and a breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are available at the door, from Kiwanis members or at Winkie’s — just $7 per adult (ages 10 and above) and $5 per child (ages 2-9). All proceeds will benefit Kiwanis youth charities.

Author to speak at JCC

Novelist and award-winning short story writer Michelle Brafman will share thoughts on her second novel, "Bertrand Court," during her appearance at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

Brafman, a graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, published her debut novel, "Washing the Dead," in 2005.  Her award-winning short stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, Slate, Tablet, Lilith Magazine and the Minnesota Review. She is teaching fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing Program. The event is free, open to the public and hosted by Jody Hirsh, JCC Judaic education director.


Community PLAY Day in Shorewood 

Parents, grandparents, caregivers and their little ones are invited to come discover the many ways children play during a Community PLAY Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1, at Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

PLAY stands for play, literacy and learning activities for you and your young children. The event is targeted toward infants through kindergarten. The event will have examples of homemade learning toys to play, as well some fun make-and-take projects to play with at home. The North Shore Health Department, REDgen, and the North Shore Fire Department will be on hand with activities and resources for caregivers. The fire department will also offer non-certified infant/child CPR training for adults.

Bay Players present latest show

The Whitefish Bay Players will present "Don't Dress For Dinner" at 7:30 p.m. on March 30, 31 and April 1 in the Whitefish Bay High school Auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave., Whitefish Bay.

Art exhibit at JCC

"Rootedness: the paintings of Moshe Kassirer" will be on display April 2 through May 24 in the Surlow Promenade at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. An exhibit opening will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 with remarks by Debra Brehmer, director of Portrait Society Gallery, and an olive oil tasting by Oro di Oliva. In his artwork, Kassirer depicts the ancient scenery of the Galilee and the history of the land of Israel focusing on the olive tree as a dominant theme.  The event is free and open to the public.

Library hosts program on reptiles, amphibians

The Friends of the Brown Deer Public Library, 5600 W. Bradley Road, hosts the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center for its program on Reptiles and Amphibians, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Community Room.

Brown Deer to host Easter egg hunt

The village of Brown Deer’s Parks and Recreation Department is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at Village Park, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive. The hunt is for children 10 years and younger.

Men’s club hosts Easter egg hunt

The Shorewood Men's Club annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at Hubbard Park, 3565 N Morris Blvd.

More than 10,000 eggs will be stuffed and ready for the kids to find. Several hunting grounds will be set up for different age groups, so whether your child is a toddler or 10 years old, he or she will have a designated area. Bring your own basket, and remember that the whistle blows at 9 a.m., and not a moment later. Brunch will be served at Hubbard Park Lodge that morning — make your reservations early.

Schlitz Audubon activities

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

Raptor Saturday, Talk to the Trainer: 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1

In this encounter with SANC’s resident birds, participants explore their personal stories that led them to live at SANC. The trainers share how the birds are trained to do different things including: participating in their own healthcare; participating in educational programs; and showcasing natural behaviors such as flight. Free with membership or admission.

Winter Concert Series, David HB Drake WISCON-SING: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2

When Nicholas Burckel wrote his textbook, “Wisconsin: Yesterday and Today,” little did he know that the musical version was waiting in the wings. WISCON-SING is a program by Milwaukee singer/songwriter David HB Drake that uses folksongs, singalongs, slide projections and original music to teach people about Wisconsin. Free with membership or admission.

Lichen Hikin’:1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4

Nature has some special organisms that defy classification. There exists an organism that is also considered two organisms. It can live in places no other life form can and is uniquely independent of all other life forms. Unlike any terrestrial plant, it can exist independent of soil. It knows no slumbering season. Join senior ecologist Don Quintenz for an early spring hike to witness the unimaginable. Registration is required. Cost: members, $7; nonmembers, $12

Mezzanine Gallery Opening, Warblers: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6

This spring, SANC celebrate this season in SANC’s gallery with photographs of warblers taken by nine Milwaukee-area birders. These colorful pictures have been captured by birders who spend spring patiently listening, looking, recording data — and at the perfect moment — clicking the shutter. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be served. The event is free to all.

Citizen Science Spring Kick-off: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5

SANC is looking for eager community volunteers to help our conservation efforts. Discover SANC’s various areas of focus, such as ponds, insects and birds. Hear how you can participate in monitoring in the field, data collection, and data entry. This work will help educate volunteers on how to improve the local plant and animal community. Registration is required. Free to all.

(Sue Nord contributed to this report)

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