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What's Happening: December 1 to December 8

12/01/2008- 01/15/2008
"The Art of the Gift" Holiday Gift Show

Almont Gallery features its exhibition pieces in our vast gallery windows. Over 15 artists create a wide variety of fine art and fine crafts, including one-of-a-kind gift ideas and wearable art.  Almont Gallery, Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 10-6 M-Th 10-8 Fri, 10-4Sat, 12-4 Sun -- www.almontgallery.org -- 262-542-1522

12/01/2008- 12/31/2008
Country Christmas

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

12/02/2008
Christmas Pops - A Russian Christmas

The splendid choirs from Waukesha West, Waukesha North and University Lake School join the WSO in a sparkling evening of Russian Holiday classics: from Carol of the Bells to great moments from the Nutcracker, to the "other"great Russian Holiday ballet, Alexander Galzunov's wistfully beautiful "The Seasons" Our usual favorite carols, for audience and orchestra, complete the evening. Shattuck, Carroll University-- 7:30 - www.waukeshasymphony.org - 262-547-1858

12/06/2008
White Christmas

More than 30 artists show their holiday warming art to spice up your home or for gifts. River's End Gallery-- 4pm-10pm -- www.riversendgallery.com -- 262-896-8875

12/06/2008
Art Angel Art Crawl

Over 18 Artists Galleries and Studios open their doors and invite all to enjoy fine art and fine crafts, live music and refreshments.  Historic Downtown Waukesha-- 4-10pm -- www.redhotartspot.com -- 262-893-9227

12/06/2008
Holiday Festival

visit from Santa, trolley rides, games and snacks, live reindeer Clark House Museum, Pewaukee--  -- www.pewaukeechamber.org -- 262-691-8851

12/06/2008- 12/14/2008
The Spirit of Christmas Past

Discover the origins of our favorite holiday traditions. Join in storytelling, caroling, historic games and holiday treats while experiencing the romance of the season. Old World Wisconsin-- weekends- Noon-4:00pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org -- 262-594-6300

12/06/2008- 12/14/2008
Irish Holiday Dinner

Learn how Irish immigrants celebrated Christmas.  Begin your visit at the Crossroads Village, then gather at the festively decorated Clausing Barn for a traditional Irish celebration of dinner, music and dancing.  Reservations required. Old World Wisconsin-- weekends- 2:30pm-7:30pm -- www.oldworldwisconsin.org -- 262-594-2922

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:
www.waukeshacountyparks.com
262-548-7801

Person Impersonating a Fire Inspector

Crime Prevention, Identity Theft, Scam, Suspicious, Theft

Recently a person has taken cash from several businesses in the greater Milwaukee area by impersonating a Fire Inspector. He arrives at the door and verbally identifies himself as the Fire Inspector and states he needs to check fire extinguishers. He is allowed into the business and left unescorted and not long after he leaves the business discovers that he has taken cash that is left in an unlocked safe or otherwise unlocked and unattended.

The most recent reported incident took place in Brookfield where he was described as a black male, mid 30's - mid 40's, 6'2", 180lbs, wearing work style clothing and left in a late 1990's to early 2000's white Cadillac Deville after taking $600 in cash.

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Business Email Alerting System

Community Support, Crime Alert, Crime Prevention, Wauwatosa PD

Two years ago the Wauwatosa Police Department's Community Support Division instituted a business email alerting system in which we will send out an email alert containing important law enforecment information to the businesses in Wauwatosa. Just today I sent out an email alert containing information from my last blog about the Fire Inspector Imposter and to my disappointment I received over 100 "Undeliverables" in return. This means that over 100 businesses that signed up for this service did not receive this information. This system is great when the information needed to send the alerts out is current!

If you are already enrolled and did not receive this latest alert or if you would like to enroll please email me at dsemega@wauwatosa.net and in the subject line put "Business Alert - New" or "Business Alert - Change" and then in the body of the message all I need is a contact name and the proper email to send the messages to.

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Bradley decision announcement and other tidbits

Brook Central, Brook Central girls basketball, Brook East, Brook East girls basketball, Brookfield, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Prep wrestling, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball

The WIAA heard Wauwatosa East's appeal on sophomore transfer student Larry Bradley today and will make the announcement of their decision sometime next week.

To quickly summarize, Bradley, whose parents still live in Milwaukee, moved in with his uncle Marshall Williams, who lives in Wauwatosa. Bradley, a 6-3 guard, started for Milwaukee Vincent last season and averaged 7.3 points per game. He is considered one of the top sophomores in Wisconsin.

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What's Happening: December 8 to December 15

12/01/2008- 12/31/2008
Country Christmas

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

12/09/2008
Lessons & Carols Christmas Concert

Presented in the English Christmas tradition; includes classic and new and unique carols.  Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit! St. Catherine's, Oconomowoc-- 3:00pm -- www.choralunion.org -- 414-297-9310

12/12/2008- 12/14/2008
Christmas Traditions of the Globe &Secret Santa Shopping

Bring the kids and come to explore Christmas traditions from around the world. Santa's helpers will be on hand to help kids with their secret Santa purchases. Historic Downtown Waukesha--  -- www.downtownwaukesha.com -- 262-547-1060

12/13/2007- 12/14/2008
The Spirit of Christmas Past

Discover the origins of our favorite holiday traditions. Join in storytelling, caroling, historic games and holiday treats while experiencing the romance of the season. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle-- 2:00pm-8:00pm -- www.wisconsinhistory.org/oww -- 262-594-6300

12/13/2008
Waukesha Eagles Spaghetti Dinner
(benefiting cystic fibrosis)
709 N. Grandview Blvd.-- 5:00pm- 8:00pm --  -- 262-547-3911

12/13/2008- 12/14/2008
Irish Holiday Dinner

Learn how Irish immigrants celebrated Christmas.  Begin your visit at the Crossroads Village, then gather at the festively decorated Clausing Barn for a traditional Irish celebration of dinner, music and dancing.  Reservations required. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle-- 2:30pm-7:30pm -- www.wisconsinhistory.org/oww -- 262-594-2922

12/14/2008
Milwaukee Miniatures Motors Toy Show

Waukesha County EXPO--  -- www.waukeshacountyexpo.com -- 262-896-8490

Primp & Pamper


Spend time with loved ones or give a special gift this holiday season...

Anton's Salon & Spa
1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee 691-9888
www.antonssalon.com

Serentiy Day Spa

2120 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha 970-9750
www.serenityday-spa.com

Signature Salon & Spa

1424 Big Bend Rd., Waukesha 547-6600
www.signaturesalonandspa.com

Simply Relaxing Day Spa

2345 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee 896-0100

Spargo Salon & Day Spa Inc.

1001Cecelia Dr., Pewaukee 695-7400
www.spargosalon.com

National Flu Vaccination Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated the week of December 8-14 as National Influenza Vaccination Week.  In fact, the 9th of December is Children's Vaccination Day.  This announcement is designed to highlight the importance of flu vaccination.  It is not too late to protect yourself and your family.  While there has already been sporadic flu activity in Wisconsin, the peak incidence of flu typically occurs in January and February before tapering off in March. 

The flu is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract and it can be a serious illness.  The flu kills more Americans every year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined.  Symptoms can include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.  Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are also common symptoms in children.  Flu is often confused with a common cold but flu symptoms are usually more severe and complications can result in death.  Children have the highest chance of getting sick from the flu because their immune systems are less developed. 

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Healthy Holidays

Healthy Lifestyles

Everyone is so busy with preparations for the holidays -- so much to do, people to see, food to eat!  How to manage it all? 

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What's Happening: December 15 to December 22

12/01/2008- 12/31/2008
Country Christmas

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

12/19/2008- 12/21/2008
Rocco Memorial Gun Show

Waukesha County EXPO--  -- www.waukeshacountyexpo.com -- 262-896-8490

12/20/2008
NagaWaukee Park Ice Arena's Customer Appreciation Day

$2 per person or FREE with a non- perishable food item; $1 skate rental (limited availability) NagaWaukee Park Ice Arena-- 3pm- 5pm -- www.waukeshacountyparks.com --

Primp & Pamper

Spend time with loved ones or give a special gift this holiday season...

Anton's Salon & Spa
1231 George Towne Dr., Pewaukee 691-9888
www.antonssalon.com

Serentiy Day Spa

2120 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha 970-9750
www.serenityday-spa.com

Signature Salon & Spa

1424 Big Bend Rd., Waukesha 547-6600
www.signaturesalonandspa.com

Simply Relaxing Day Spa

2345 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee 896-0100

Spargo Salon & Day Spa Inc.

1001Cecelia Dr., Pewaukee 695-7400
www.spargosalon.com

Early winter season musings...

Brook Central, Brook Central girls basketball, Brook East, Brook East girls basketball, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball, Wauwatosa East boys basketball

Most of the Brookfield and Wauwatosa High School basketball teams will be playing their final conference games of the year this week before taking some time off for Christmas and then returning for some holiday tournaments or some individual non-conference games.

Here's some early thoughts on the teams I cover.

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Microsoft Word now available!

The Brown Deer Library is pleased to announce that Microsoft Word is now available on all 8 of our internet terminals. So the next time you need to write a letter, work on your resume, or write a paper, stop on in!

Let It Snow! Family Storytime Wednesday, January 7th

Family Storytime

Wednesday, January 7th

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"God gave us Gabe twice"

New Berlin

I had the opportunity to meet a lucky little boy several weeks back. As I drove to his parents' New Berlin home, all I knew was he suffered a brain injury back in September during a car-verse-bike accident. Walking into these types of situations with little to no details, you never know quite what to expect. 

As it turns out, Gabe is doing better than any of his doctors could have predicted. Surrounded by a loving family and several friends, he's made an almost complete recovery. One of his favorite things to do is play cello.

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"Disney on Ice" Reading Program Begins Today!

This year, Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic with a spectacular new ice show, and the Brown Deer Library wants you to win a ticket to see it! Our Fairytale Reading Program has officially begun, and will run through January 25th.

For every five age-appropriate books you read, you will earn an entry into a drawing for a ticket to Disney on Ice! So the more you read, the greater your chances! 25 lucky readers will win a ticket for the February 5th performance of Disney on Ice, playing at the U.S. Cellular Arena at 7 pm.

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Snow Day

Hales Corners

Dear Santa, 

No more snow. Please and thank you.

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What's Happening: December 22 to December 29

12/01/2008- 12/31/2008
Country Christmas

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

NOW- 01/19/09
Who Is At The Museum

People who love history, people who love mystery-- everyone is playing... 'who is at the museum'?  Collect weekly clues, guess the historic figure and... WIN $1,000 cash! Presented by Annex Wealth Management-- Visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.com or call 262-521-2859 for more information.

Be sure to frequent the local shops in Historic Downtown Waukesha for after Christmas Sales!  Support local!

The Snow Just Keep On Coming:
Enjoy this snowy season by visiting any one of Waukesha County Parks. Nothing can quite compare to the rush of sledding, skiing or snowshoeing!

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:
www.waukeshacountyparks.com
262-548-7801

Spring Storytimes Begin on January 26th!

Join us for stories and crafts! Our Spring Storytime session will be restarting in just a couple of weeks, and we hope to see you there!  
  • Mondays  10:30 – 11:30 AM,  January 26th – April 20th
    • For parents and children  
  • Wednesdays  10:30 – 11:30 AM,  January 28th – April 22nd
    • For parents/caregivers and children  
***There will be no storytimes on Monday March 23rd or Wednesday March 25th***  
  • Please register your child for story time the first week, so we can purchase enough craft supplies for future sessions. Children must be accompanied by a guardian or caregiver.

What's Happening: December 29 to January 5

NOW- 01/19/09
Who Is At The Museum

People who love history, people who love mystery-- everyone is playing... 'who is at the museum'?  Collect weekly clues, guess the historic figure and... WIN $1,000 cash! Presented by Annex Wealth Management-- Visit www.waukeshacountymuseum.com or call 262-521-2859 for more information.

01/01/09- 02/15/09
Almont Gallery "Parallel Universe" Exhibit

The Evolution of a Series. Featuring Albert Benedict and Mark Mueller.. 342 W Main St. Historic Downtown Waukesha; M-Thur 10am to 6pm Fri 10am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 4pm Sun 12 to 4pm; 262-542-1522; www.almontgallery.org

01/03/09
West Allis Ham Radio Fest

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

01/04/09
Motorcycle Swap Meet

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

01/04/09
Remote Control Toy Show

Waukesha County Expo Center; ; 262-896-8490; www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

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Enjoy this snowy season by visiting any one of Waukesha County Parks. Nothing can quite compare to the rush of sledding, skiing or snowshoeing!

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:
www.waukeshacountyparks.com
262-548-7801

The Bucks Library Reading Challenge!

Want to win a ticket to see the Milwaukee Bucks? Then take the Bucks Library Reading Challenge!

Beginning on January 2, 2009, children in third through tenth grade can read books, magazines, or newspapers in order to win a ticket to see the Milwaukee Bucks. The ticket won is good for either the game on Friday March 13th at 7:30 pm against New Orleans OR the game on Saturday March 21st at 7:30 pm against the Portland Trailblazers. You get to pick! In addition, all readers and their guests will have the opportunity to shoot a free throw on the Bucks Court after both games!!!

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North Shore hoops races to be harrowing this winter

north shore basketball

Between the heart-stopping North Shore Conference win the Germantown boys basketball team had over Whitefish Bay on Dec. 16, and the excitement-filled decision over nonconference border rival Menomonee Falls on Dec. 20, there was supposed to have been another game.

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Basketball thoughts into the New Year

Brook Central, Brook Central girls basketball, Brook East, Brook East girls basketball, Brookfield, Brookfield Central boys basketball, Prep Basketball, Tosa East, Tosa East Basketball Brook Central basketball

The Wauwatosa East boys went 1-1 in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Tournament and it is easier to figure out a Rubik's Cube than the Red Raiders rotation.

TE coach Tim Arndorfer has about an 11-man rotation right now and he needs to get his rotation down to eight or nine.  

"Yeah, it a perfect world that would be great," he said after the win over Pius XI on Saturday. "But we are still trying to find out who to start, who to play together. We have a lot of talent but no one is really stepping up."

The one player whose role has been defined is senior forward Eric Williams (13.6 PPG average), who scored 38 points in the WBY Tournament (20 and 18). Time after time, the Red Raiders gave him the ball and he went to the hoop, even against the giants (7 players 6-5 or taller) of Humble Christian Life of Texas last Friday. Williams is fearless and he is a great anchor for the Red Raiders, but they will need more to be successful.Arndorfer needs his team to find its 3-point shooting which has been missing or this season will not be as positive an experience as most people are looking for.One final note - Barret Powell played well over the weekend, giving Arndorfer a rare hard-nosed defender who can guard a point guard or a post. He also got more involved in the offense a little more.@@@Crosstown at Tosa West, second-year coach Mike Landisch as turned the offense loose and the result is a 3-2 record going into Monday's game against unbeaten Milwaukee Washington at the Luke Homan Memorial Tournament at Brookfield Central. More importantly, the Trojans are unbeaten in Woodland play and open the second half at Pewaukee (6-1, 3-0) on Jan. 6.Bendell Lee, Andy Minkley are Ray Sterling, Jr. are all averaging in double figures. But Sam Krenzien's floor play and Barry Ballinger's defense and rebounding are just as important to West's success.

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