Adult Programs

Itchy Pens: How to Get Started Writing Practically Anything

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 p.m. Court Room

Ever get stuck when you are trying to write? Most of us do. Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio and author of the award winning guide, Shut Up & Write!” offers encouragement and tips you can use to figure out where to begin and say what you want to say. Experienced in fiction, nonfiction, plays and writing for business, Judy makes all forms of writing accessible and fun. Bring a notebook and your favorite pen — you won’t want to miss a word.

Important Note: Please come fragrance free. Judy is seriously allergic to scents in shampoos, body lotions, and perfumes. Registration begins August 20, and will be strictly limited to 50 attendees.

What's It Worth? Antique Appraisals and Tips on Downsizing

Tuesday, September 25, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Wondering if that old keepsake has any value? Trying to decide what to keep and not as you prepare to downsize? Certified appraiser and antique dealer Cheri Riehle and downsizing specialist Kathy Schultz are here to help!

This unique event will feature antique valuations by Cheri Riehle (limited to the first 20 registrants), where you’ll “find out what it’s worth” from a CAGA Certified Appraiser. Kathy Schultz from Caring Transitions of Waukesha County will also be on hand with tips on downsizing, or “rightsizing,” including what to keep, what to re-home, and how to de-clutter. This program aims to help families make informed decisions on what to do with their cherished items and reduce the stress of life transition…with the exciting element of antique appraisals!   

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. If you would like to have an antique appraised, you must register your appraisal in advance. One appraisal per person. Only 20 appraisals total will be conducted. Registration for appraisals begins September 10.

An Evening of Flamenco Guitar & Dance with Peter Baime and Augusta Brulla

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 p.m. Court Room

The majesty of flamenco comes to Elm Grove. Legendary musician Peter Baime, “Milwaukee’s father of flamenco,” and dancer Augusta Brulla bring the passion and energy of this colorful Spanish style of guitar and dance to the Court Room for a unique concert experience. Reserve your seat beginning September 17. The show is free, but space is limited. Sponsored by the Elm Grove Public Library.

About the artists: Peter Baime studied flamenco guitar in Spain with the legendary guitarists Diego and Paco del Gastor, and has performed extensively in the U.S., and Puerto Rico, with additional concerts in Spain, Canada, Italy, and Mexico. He has been a faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Cardinal Stritch University. Peter has also transcribed an extensive collection of flamenco music and commissioned several new works for classical guitar. His work has been widely recognized in both artistic and academic circles.

Augusta Brulla lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She began dancing Flamenco 14 years ago under the instruction of Tania Tandias in Madison. She is passionate about sharing Flamenco dance with the local community and has performed at numerous festivals and schools, while creating a following in professional concert and club appearances. Augusta has worked with Peter Baime since 2012.

Welcome to Medicare

Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

Get ready for the fall open enrollment period, and learn more about your Medicare options. This presentation will provide an overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as well as supplemental insurance and an explanation of how they all fit together. It will also include an explanation of how to use and understand the plan comparison tool on the Medicare website at

Important information will also be shared about special programs for beneficiaries with limited income that may help them pay their Medicare costs (Medicare Savings Plans) and help pay for their Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (“Extra Help”). Presented by Tracy Lipinski, SHIP Outreach Specialist for Waukesha County and the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.

Milwaukee: A City Built on Water (Presented by John Gurda)

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Lake Michigan and the rivers that feed it have been Milwaukee's dominant natural resources since the days of the Potawatomi. Join historian John Gurda for a lively illustrated look at the lake and its adjacent watersheds. See how they served the community as transportation routes, recreational resources, and industrial corridors, and how they have weathered a cycle of heavy use and flagrant abuse to emerge as focal points of both celebration and concern in the twenty-first century. Free to attend. Registration begins October 22. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.  

About the speaker: John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-two books, including The Making of Milwaukee, the first full-length history of the community published since 1948, and Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. In addition to his work as an author, he is a frequent speaker on Milwaukee topics, local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the bike-riding historian on Milwaukee PBS’s popular series Around the Corner with John McGivern. The common thread in all of Gurda’s work is an understanding of history as “why things are the way they are.”