Nonprofit Calendar

*Now through Saturday, Oct. 20, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design will host a student and alumni art sale to benefit the artists and designers putting their work up for sale. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature thousands of pieces available for purchase. The sale will run Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and is part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend. For more information, visit
*Now through Sunday, Oct. 21, the Milwaukee Ballet will perform La Boheme, known as “the City of Love’s most famous love story.” The ballet production, directed by Michael Pink, is converted from an opera. Each ballet performance will be held at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Attendees can also take advantage of a special meal offering at Kil@wat, 139 E. Kilbourn Avenue #2 in Milwaukee, across the street from the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The three-course deal runs Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20. For more information, call 414-291-4787.
*Friday, Oct. 19, Teen Challenge of Wisconsin will host its annual Growing Hope banquet and auction at the Frontier Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. The auction will begin at 4 p.m. with the banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. Gov. Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker are honorary chairs of the event, and American Idol performer Danny Gokey will sing his original song, “Faith, Hope and Love.” The nonprofit, focused on helping individuals end drug use and establish coping skills, hopes to raise $175,000 to benefit some of its projects in progress. For more information, visit  
*Friday, Oct. 19, the Milwaukee Art Museum will host its annual MAM After Dark party from 5 p.m. to midnight. This month’s theme, British Invasion, will feature live cover music by The Ricochettes and recorded music by DJ Lemonie Fresh; a curator-guided tour of the Rembrandt; Van Dyck, Gainsborough exhibit; and a vintage fashion show. The event will be held at the museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. Admission is free for museum members and free for attendees who become members at the door. Nonmembers can purchase tickets for $13 at the door or $8 in advance. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit
*Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, Gallery Night and Day will open 70 locations throughout downtown Milwaukee and give art lovers an opportunity to see works by local talent. The 25-year-old event, presented four times a year by the Historic Third Ward Association, is free to community members and includes admission to galleries like the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University and Hotel Metro. Event hours run 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, but individual galleries establish their own hours. For more information, call the Historic Third Ward Association at 414-273-1173 or visit
*Saturday, Oct. 20, the 26th Annual Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum Gala, Pirates of the Museum, will be held at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street in Milwaukee. Gala guests will get an exclusive look at the new exhibit, Real Pirates, which does not officially open until December. All proceeds will benefit the museum. For more information about the gala, visit or call the museum at 414-278-2728.  
*Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast will host a community information session focused on why women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Kamla Modi, author of the Girl Scout Research Institute study, “Generation STEM: What Girls Say About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” Free and open to the public, the event is scheduled to run from noon to 1 p.m. at the Marion Chester Read Center, 131 S. 69th Street in Milwaukee. For more information, visit
*Friday, Oct. 26, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin will hold a Halloween Blood Drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee. Donors will be able to park for free and will receive a t-shirt for their support. To make an appointment, visit or call 1-877-232-4376. Walk-ins will also be accepted.

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