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Summer opportunities

Registration for the Hamilton School District's popular Summer Opportunities Program runs from Wednesday, Feb. 22, through March 24.

The program is designed to provide enrichment, enjoyment, skill maintenance and development for students entering 4-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade. The program also provides middle school and high school enrichment opportunities, credit, make-up courses, strength and agility training and driver's education. Class descriptions, schedules, transportation and more will be available Monday, Feb. 20, on the district's website at under "Student Learning and Services."

Contact the Summer Opportunities office at 262-255-3654 for more information.

Library history

The friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library will present “The History of Public Libraries” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex.

When communities were building libraries for public use, Andrew Carnegie donated funds for the construction of 1,689 libraries across America, including 65 in Wisconsin. Tomi Fay Forbes, whose interest in history has taken her to many Carnegie libraries, will present details of architecture, historic backgrounds and show photos of some of the buildings. The parking lot entrance is at the stoplight at Piggly Wiggly.

Call the library during regular hours, at 262-246-5180, for more information.

Fat Wednesday

Sussex United Methodist Church, N63 W23523 Main St., Sussex, will hold Mercredi Gras or Fat Wednesday, celebrations Wednesday, March 1.

A Service of Ashes will be held at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner. Two recipes of gumbo and more will be offered.

Call the church at 262-246-3748 or email by Monday, Feb. 27, for reservations or for more information.

Pantry needs

The Sussex Outreach Service's Food Pantry, N64 W23760 Main St., is in need of the following items: pasta (such as bow tie, shells and spaghetti), pasta and rice sides, cereal, beef broth, pancake mix, syrup, canned chicken, Mandarin oranges, baked beans, Manwich, macaroni and cheese, beef ramen noodles, mixed vegetables and Jell-O.

Donations hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the side door (ring the doorbell during these hours). For after hours, use the donation shed provided by the side door, but be aware of extreme weather conditions — the shed is not heated or cooled.

Contact Tracy Wischnefski, at or 262-246-9860, for more information.


Jazzy Italian Dinner and concert, dinner 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, combined Templeton Middle School and Hamilton High School concert at 7 p.m., Hamilton High School cafeteria and Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. All-you-can-eat dinner cost: adults $10, senior citizens 60+ and students 6 to 12 years $9 and children 2 to 5 years $6. Add $1 for tickets at the door. Karen Spence, 262-617-6828 or email  information or reservations.

Shrimp and fish fry, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Peace Lutheran Church, W240 N6145 Maple Ave., Sussex. Fish dinner, $8 and $9, shrimp dinner $10 and hot dog meal $4. Church, 262-246-3200.

St. John's Lutheran School Movie Night, 5:30 p.m. dinners at $10 a family, 7 p.m. movie: "Finding Dory," free, Friday Feb. 17, school, 20813 Forest View Drive, Lannon. School office, 262-251-2940.

Maple Literary Society meets, 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Sussex Civic Center, Multipurpose A, N64 W23760 Main St. Discussing: "Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah. All books on hold at Pauline Haass Public Library. Center, 262-246-5200.

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