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What's Happening: November 3 to November 10

El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) Celebration

To Mexicans the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) represents something more than just remembering their loved ones no longer with them.  It is also an opportunity to poke fun at the ever gloomy "Grim Reaper."  It is an opportunity to visit the family plot and to display beautiful and very creative pieces of popular art with very specific accouterments that fill markets and popular shops all over Mexico.    In the meaning the Day of the Dead is a celebration that in may regards may be considered very close to Memorial Day in the US or Remembrance Day up north in Canada.  It is a day set aside to honor the departed, although in the Day of the Day the memorial is dedicated to honor any and all dead nor just those fallen during military service La Casa Community Center—

"World of Wines & Beer" Tasting Event

Sip over 150 wines, 30 beers, delectable hors d'oeuvres & desserts, souvenir wine glass, commemorative tasting notebook, live entertainment. $40 per person/$75 for two Davians Banquet & Conference Center - 16300 W. Silver Spring, Menomonee Falls-- 7:00 pm -10:00 pm -- -- 262-542-4249

Fall Gallery Night

Visit Oconomowoc merchants and enjoy exciting exhibits and mixed media by prominent artists and designers, many of whom will be on hand to greet their guests.  Enjoy refreshments and the ambience of our specialty shops. Downtown Oconomowoc-- 5:00-9:00pm -- -- 262-567-2666

11/07/2008- 11/09/2008
Waukesha Gives Thanks

Enjoy art activities and make a food donation for Waukesha's local food pantry -- Historic Downtown Waukesha.

11/07/2008- 11/08/2008
"Christmas in the Grove"

Handmade gifts, collectibles, wearable art, jewelry & decorations along with food options, raffle, and musical entertainment. 13885 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove-- 4pm- 9pm (Fri); 9am- 4pm (Sat) -- -- 262-782-5930

11/07/2008- 11/09/2008
Bridal Show

Waukesha County EXPO--  -- -- 262-896-8490

Spargo Salon & Day Spa Holiday Open House

Event features 10% off all product and gift package purchases, a free gift with purchase of a $125.00 gift card, complimentary mini-services, raffle drawings, hors d'oeuvres and wine. Spargo Salon & Day Spa-- 4:30p.m.-8:00 p.m. -- -- 262-695-7400

If you haven't been here since they moved...

The Planetarium is a MUST- SEE!
Charles Horwitz Planetarium (inside Retzer Nature Center) offers a variety of programs that are inexpensive and open to the public.  Friday, November 7th at 7pm and at 8pm featuring "The Legends of Rock and Roll"- Experience spectacular laser light visuals featuring the classic music of AC/DC, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Van Halen, Queen, Aerosmith, Kiss, Boston, Journey and Pink Floyd!  Don't miss it!  Admission: $4.00.

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Don't Forget to Vote!

The 2008 Presidental Elections are tomorrow! Don't forget to vote!

 There are three voting locations for Brown Deer residents:

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Shelter News Bites

I hope everyone is out voting! Please go vote if you have not done so already!

I feel especially rested after getting back the hour I lost in the spring due to daylight savings time. I have gotten through the mountain of paperwork on my desk, and I am feeling chatty today! So let's share!

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South Milwaukee Library wellness programs

Potisk Chiropratic and Wellness Center and the South Milwaukee Public Library will be presenting a series of wellness programs.

Monday, November 17 at 12 noon Dr. Scheuing will give a talk on preventing and relief from carpel tunnel syndrome/neck pain & computer related conditions.

Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 pm Dr. Neville will give a talk on conquering colds and flu.

Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm Dr. Scheuing will talk on treating and managing chronic pain.

Monday, January 19 at 12 noon Dr. Neville will give a talk on weight loss:  making your health a priority.

The programs run abour 45 minutes and are free.  They will be held in the second floor meeting room 1.

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November is Diabetes Month

Diabetes, Healthy Lifestyles

The number of Americans (including children) developing type 2 diabetes is staggering and the toll is enormous.  In addition to high medical costs, the years of illness, disability, and life lost affect millions of families.  This is a disheartening situation because diabetes can often be prevented with minimal effort.  As with all chronic disease, it is so much better to prevent if possible then it is to treat after diagnosis.

It is never too late to choose a lifestyle that will protect and enhance your health and well-being.  At the top of the list is increasing physical activity.  This should not be too hard to do, even if you don't like to "exercise".  You simply need to make it a priority in your life to be more active and choose something that you like.  Be sure to start slowly with the goal of increasing to thirty minutes of activity on most days of the week.  A brief walk after dinner would be a great place to start.  Once a more active lifestyle becomes a habit, you will probably want to do even more because you will notice the overall benefits.

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Next Teen Book Club - Speak

Join us for the next Teen Book Club meeting on November 20th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. We will be reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Interested in discussing this book? Just register for the Teen Book Club at the reference desk, and check out a copy of the book at the circulation desk. A number of copies of the book have been set aside just for the Teen Book Club. Then read the book by November 20th, and come ready to have a fun and lively discussion. Some refreshments will be provided.

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What's Happening: November 10 to November 17

Spargo Salon & Day Spa Holiday Open House

Event features 10% off all product and gift package purchases, a free gift with purchase of a $125.00 gift card, complimentary mini-services, raffle drawings, hors d'oeuvres and wine. Spargo Salon & Day Spa-- 4:30p.m.-8:00 p.m. -- -- 262-695-7400

Waukesha Area Symphonic Band Fall Concert entitled Tributes

With compositions ranging from Eric Whitacre to Richard Wagner, the band will present a stirring concert filled with liveliness and contemplation, triumph and tragedy, sostenuto and moto perpetuo. Featured on this concert will be the moving Homage to a Friend  composed by Rick Kirby.  Carroll University, Shattuck Auditorium-- 7:30 p.m. – – 414-427-6348

Wine Tasting at River's End Gallery

River's End Gallery is hosting a wine tasting client appreciation night. A special wine expert, Dave Breen, is coming with wonderful wines to sample.  Featuring fine wines, art, gift items and more! Rivers End Gallery-- 6:00pm- 9:00pm – -- 262-896-8875

11/14/2008- 11/16/2008
Southwest Treasures Show

Waukesha County EXPO--  -- -- 262-896-8490

11/14/2008- 11/16/2008
Holiday Inspirations

Plan to be inspired by the many holiday workshop offerings and in-store demonstrations throughout the weekend.  Topics may include holiday decorating and entertaining ideas, holiday apparel and accessory options, holiday hairstyles, unique holiday gifts, etc Downtown Waukesha--  -- -- 262-549-6154

11/14/2008- 12/31/2008
Jean Crane and Friends "Watercolor Expressions IV"

Lake Country Gallery--  --  -- 262-691-3800

Russians in Rome

Russian composers and their historic love for the sunny climes of Italy set the stage for another pair of intimage concerts at our second home at  the glorious Chapel at St. John's Northwestern. St. John's Military-- 3:00 -- -- 262-547-1858

Spend a little quality time...

Waukesha's Spring House Tea Room, located in Historic Downtown Waukesha, is the perfect venue for enjoying others company.  Make a reservation for a 2 hour afternoon tea which includes a full tea presentation and finger food in true tearoom style making a great [holiday, birthday, shower, engagement, good bye, anniversary or 'just because'] party truly memorable.

What is an 'afternoon tea'? (according to:
An afternoon tea should combine both sweets, savories and desserts. Tea sandwiches and/or quiche are the perfect accompaniments for a beautiful presentation of small sweets such as shortbreads, dipped fruits, cookies, muffins or finger foods. Of course, you must have fresh scones accompanied by cream and preserves. Cakes should be not heavily frosted. Cake portions should be small if other foods are served. It is much better to serve several small beautiful foods rather than large portions. After all, the purpose of afternoon tea is to satisfy the soul rather than the stomach!  But that has not stopped us from making sure that all participants leave fully satisfied!

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Tosa East spikers have tough road ahead...and other random thoughts


The Wauwatosa East Red Raiders will have their hands full at the WIAA Boys State Volleyball Championships this weekend at the new venue - Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Coach John Simons' team will open at 5 p.m. Friday against Middleton, the state's second-ranked team, and if the Red Raiders can rise up and beat the Cardinals, they would probably face Marquette on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Hilltoppers are the top-ranked team in the state and they beat out Tosa East for the Greater Metro Conference title in the regular season.

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Auction Tomorrow Night!

Come one! Come all! The Friends of the Brown Deer Library present their annual auction this Thursday night!

There are lots of new and exciting items this year, including paintings by Owen Gromme. One of the best known and well-loved artists to come out of Wisconsin, Owen Gromme was born in Fond du Lac on July 5th 1896 and grew up along the shores of Lake Winnebago. One of Mr. Gromme's finest accomplishments is his book "Birds of Wisconsin", which is beautifully illustrated by many of his paintings. 

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Theft From Vehicles

Auto, Crime Prevention, Theft

Recently there was a series of thefts from vehicles on the east side of Wauwatosa. In each case the cars were left unlocked with some desriable items inside, mostly that loose change often left in the car.

Please review the following tips in an effort to reduce the opportunity for crime:

  • Never leave anything of value in your vehicle
  • Remove not only your portable electronic devices but everything related to those items as well
  • Never keep anything of value in plain sight if you must leave it your vehicle for a period of time
  • Get out of the habit of leaving loose change in your car
  • Always park in a well lit area, if you park in the driveway at home install sufficient exterior lighting
  • Always lock your car

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Curing crutches

Muskego, New Berlin

Photographers have these things we like to call "crutches."

Similar to the actual medical tools, a trusty old crutch can be our best friend and worst enemy. It simply depends how often we need to use it.

A "crutch" is something we might fall back on to make an otherwise dull photo a bit more interesting.

For example, several years back, a mentor and friend of mine told me repeatedly, "You tilt your camera too much." By tilting the horizon, I was trying to make the photo something it most definitely wasn't: Interesting. I even remember I got a NastyGram e-mail from a local resident, saying it made her feel queasy every morning to look at my tilted photographs. People can be brutal. :)

Another crutch I'm 100 percent guilty of, brought to my attention by a former photo editor: "Get your camera off the ground." I was, am still am, too dependent on a low angle photograph.

Editors sometimes cringe at crutches, such as motion blur or fish eye lenses, because more often than not, we should instead be finding real moments, or expanding our horizons and attempting new photographic techniques.

When I was shooting down in Florida, my good friend Chris McGonigal (now a picture editor at AOL) told me one of his biggest pet peeves is when photographers use a flag as the crutch of their photo. Flags can be cliche, but flags are patriotic. There's a time to get the American flag in a photo and there's a time to leave the flag alone. Veterans Day: Appropriate. Wedding photos: Not-so-appropriate. (My brother was married a few weeks back, and needless to say, he and his new wife were a bit confused when the photographer took their photo standing by a flagpole on the golf course.)

As I shot these photos for Veterans Day, the American in me was grateful for all the sacrifices made by veterans of past and present, for without them, the First Amendment would not exist. And the photographer in me kept thinking, "What would Chris say?"

Nikon D3, 200 mm, 4000 ISO, f2.8, 1/800, Manual
John Hopkins, of the New Berlin Veterans Memorial Committee, prepares to accept a gift from New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West middle school students Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at the community-wide Veterans Day program, held at New Berlin Eisenhower High School. Veterans and active duty service members were recognized through songs and speeches presented by students, faculty members and community leaders. Next year's Veterans Day program will be held in the fieldhouse at New Berlin West High School.

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Wrap It Up! - Family Storytime December 3rd

Wrap It Up! 

Family Storytime


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What's Happening: November 17 to November 24

Russians in Rome

Russian composers and their historic love for the sunny climes of Italy set the stage for another pair of intimage concerts at our second home at  the glorious Chapel at St. John's Northwestern. St. John's Military-- 7:30 -- -- 262-547-1858

"A Dickens Holiday"

Visit Waukesha County Technical College for their 36th Annual Craft Fair located in the "S" building.  Over 100 booths to see from 9:00am to 4:30pm!  Admission is 3:50 (under 12 free).

Holiday Stroll

Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the eateries and shops that are open in this pre-parade event! Radio Disney will put on a Road Show in Main Street Plaze beginning at 2pm.  Stop by the Clarke Hotel, 314 W. Main St. for a tour and Clarke Caramel Apple Cider.  Waukesha letter carriers will be at the star of the parade to pick up your letters and get them to Santa himself!  Be sure to include your name and address so he can write back to you! Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 12:00pm- 4:00pm --

Waukesha Christmas Parade

Waukesha’s 46th Annual Christmas Parade will commence at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 23.   More than 100 units will travel down the streets of Historic Downtown Waukesha to delight the child in everyone! Downtown Waukesha-- 4 pm -- -- 262-549-6154

Spend a little quality time...

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Coming Soon: Win a Ticket to Disney on Ice!

Disney on Ice and the Brown Deer Public Library are partnering to encourage reading among pre-school and elementary age children.

This year, Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Year of Magic! Over 65 unforgettable characters from 18 beloved Disney stories will come to life with Disney on Ice, and the Brown Deer Public Library wants you to win a ticket to see them!

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Annual Christmas Shopping Safety Tips

Holiday Safety, Internet Safety, Safety

The so called "Black Friday" is a week away and even with the down turn in the economy lots of you will be Christmas shopping. With that in mind here is my annual blog with some tips to help you keep safe while shopping.

  • Always park in a well lit area
  • Write down where you parked
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times
  • Walk with authority and always make eye contact with those around you
  • Be alert to the surrounding envrionment outside and in
  • Shop with friends
  • Dress casually and comfortably
  • Leave your expensive and even expensive appearing jewelry at home
  • Avoid carrying a purse or handbag if possible
  • Take only the cash, credit cards and identification you absolutely need
  • Carry important items including your cash in your front pockets
  • Do not flash your cash
  • Always double check your change
  • Make sure you get your credit card back after every transaction
  • Never allow your credit card to leave your sight
  • Do not overload yourself with packages, make several trips to your vehicle
  • Never leave packages or anything of value visible in your vehicle
  • If using an ATM use one in a busy, well lit area and have a friend along

And from the Better Business Buereau regarding online shopping:

  • Shop only at trusted internet merchants; if in doubt visit
  • Remember if it sounds to go to be true, it most likely is
  • Check merchant's refund policies before purchasing
  • Make sure the merchant is using a secure server
  • Refrain from using a debit card, it exposes your checking account to fraud
  • Always print and retain any confirmations or order forms
  • Frequently check your accounts online; there is no need to wait for a paper statement

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Shorewood/Messmer's Davies knows what finalists Keel and Taraska are going through

Homestead football, Shorewood football

Veteran football coach Ron Davies belongs to an elite fraternity that Homestead's Dave Keel and Arrowhead's Tom Taraska will gain entry to Friday at 4 p.m. in Camp Randall when the pair send their teams out to do battle for the WIAA State Division I championship for the third consecutive year.

Davies knows where the pair are going and what they're going through. He's been working hard these past seven years trying to bring the troubled Shorewood/Messmer program back to respectability, a task that reached a pinnacle this season at 6-3, but long before that, he led the juggernaut that was Kenosha Tremper to three state Division I finals from 1990-1992. His squads lost to Superior in 1990, defeated Appleton West in 1991 and lost to West in a rematch in 1992. Paul Engen's West team would gain entrance to the elite group of three-time finalists the following fall, where ironically enough, it lost to Taraska and Arrowhead in what would be the first of four titles for the vaunted Warhawk program.

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Great American Smokeout

November 20th is the 33rd Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  Smokers are encouraged to stop smoking for at least one day, but, of course, the hope is that they will quit for good.  By now, everyone must be aware that smoking is a very dangerous habit with devastating health consequences.  Even the tobacco companies admit this. 

Among current U.S. adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit completely.  In addition, more than 54% of current high school smokers in the U.S. have tried to quit smoking within the preceeding year.  If you are among either of these groups, please choose a quit date (the 20th would be a good choice) and join the ranks of former smokers.  Perhaps thinking of your loved ones will help motivate you or if nothing else, think of the money you are literally burning up.  Cigarettes cost an average of $5.86 in Wisconsin and it adds up fast.  Who couldn't use a few extra dollars in these economic times?  Whatever the motivation, please take the steps to quit whether it's for one day or a lifetime.  In all likelihood, you will appreciate the benefits of being a former smoker and want to continue on this path. 

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South Milwaukee Public Library events

Potisk Chiropractic and Wellness Center and the South Milwaukee Public Library will be presenting a series of wellness programs.
Tuesday, December 9 at 6:30 pm Dr. Neville will give a talk on conquering colds and flu.
Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm Dr. Scheuing will talk on treating and managing chronic pain.
Monday, January 19 at 12 noon Dr. Neville will give a talk on weight loss:  making your health a priority.
The programs run about 45 minutes and are free.  They will be held in the second floor meeting room 1. Call the reference desk at 768-8195, ext 2 to register.

The Friends are having their fall book sale on Saturday, November 22 from 9:30-3.  Their next book sale will be on Monday, December 1 from 9:30-11.  Great bargains! 
Hey kids!  On Wednesday, January 14 Mad Science will be back to do a science program on the “wacky winter”.  The program will be at 4 pm at the library.    Program is free, but limited to 30 children.  Call 768-8195, ext 3 to register.

The Library will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 27 and Friday, November 28.  The Library will be open on Saturday, November 29 from 9 am to 4 pm.
 The Christmas family story night will be held on Tuesday, December 2 from 6:30-7:45.  There will be stories and a visit with Santa. The South Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees and Staff would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.   

What Happening: November 24 to December 1

11/26/2008- 12/31/2008
Country Christmas

Wisconsin’s largest and most spectacular drive-through holiday lights event.  Country Springs Hotel-- 5:00pm- 9:00pm -- -- 800-247-6640

World's Greatest Cookie Sale

The day after Thanksgiving is more than just a shopping day. It's also the best day of the year for Christmas cookies! Plan to join us in supporting more than 30 local non-profit organizations who will be here at the Country Springs Hotel selling their beautifully decorated, absolutely delicious cookies. Country Springs Hotel-- 12:00pm- 4:00pm -- 262-547-0201

11/28/2008- 11/30/2008
A Christmas Carol Dinner Theater

Begin the evening with a holiday feast and then travel with Ebenezer Scrooge through the Crossroads Village. A Sunday matinee performance is also available. Reservations required. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle-- 6:00pm-9:00pm -- -- 262-594-6300

11/28/2008- 11/30/2008
After Thanksgiving Sale

Get your Holiday shopping done early in this weekend long sale Historic Downtown Waukesha--  -- -- 262-547-1060

In light of the snow falling:
Be the first to enjoy the snow season by visiting any one of Waukesha County Parks. Nothing can quite compare to the rush of sledding, skiing or snowshoeing for the first snowfall.

Sledding Hills:
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Mukwonago Park
Nashotah Park

Snowshoe Trails:

Fox River Park
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Mukwonago Park
Muskego Park
Nashotah Park
Retzer Nature Center (snowshoe rentals available)

Cross Country Skiing Trails:
Fox River Park
Menomonee Park
Minooka Park
Muskego Park
Nashotah Park
Retzer Nature Center

For more information:

Area girls tip off season

Area girls basketball

This morning's snowfall, on top of the non-stop Christmas music now playing on several local radio stations, indicates we are heading into winter.

That means the start of the high school basketball season, one of my favorite times of the year.

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