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*Friday, Dec. 27, the Milwaukee Ballet will wrap up its 2014 holiday productions of “The Nutcracker” at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, located at 929 N. Water St. in Milwaukee. The family-friendly performances of the famous ballet run two hours. Performances are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $31.68. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

*Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Domes. The family-friendly event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with live, interactive music as well as live theater, a magic show, hula hooping, storytelling, juggling, dancing , food catered by Zilli’s Hospitality and more. The evening will end with a balloon drop at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4 to 17. Kids age 3 and under will get into the event for free. Event proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Domes, a nonprofit group that supports the conservatory. The Domes are located at 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, click here.

*Thursday, Jan. 2, Target Free First Thursday will grant free admission to visitors at the Milwaukee Art Museum, located at 700 N. Art Museum Dr. in Milwaukee. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the first Thursday of each month, courtesy of Target. For more information, visit

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*Saturday, Jan. 4, the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee will offer free zoo admission, thanks to “Family Free Day” sponsored by North Shore Bank. The zoo holds six free days throughout the year for individuals and families. Parking and concession fees are still enforced on free admission days. The Milwaukee County Zoo is located at 10001 W. Blue Mound Rd. in Milwaukee. For more information, visit

*Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee and the Southeast Wisconsin Intergenerational-Interracial Community Connection will present the third session in its Racism & Generations Series. The session, titled “Exploring Race Relations in Milwaukee,” will feature a discussion among Milwaukee residents and community leaders about current race relations in the city and solutions to ongoing issues within race relations. The discussion will be guided by a panel with participation from Harriet McKinney Mandelman, formerly of the Milwaukee Jewish Council; Jeff Roman, of the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission; Emilio De Torres, of the ACLU of Wisconsin; and Amardeep Kaleka, a Sikh Temple member and the co-founder of Serve2Unite. The event will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross, located at 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Cost to attend is $15 for Nonprofit Center members and CDBG agencies and $20 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Jan. 16, the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee will host its inaugural Chili Cook-off as part of its January Family Fun Night. Along with the cook-off, the event will feature hands-on arts and crafts, roller skating, and open computer lab time. Activities will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood House Family Lounge, located at 2819 Richardson Pl. in Milwaukee. To register for the event or submit a chili, call 414-933-6161.

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