Adult Programs

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

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

Here's your chance to watch live antique appraisals in person, as well as get heady advice on downsizing, or "right-sizing," from trusted experts in their fields.

This unique event features antique valuations by Cheri Riehle, 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 offering tips on downsizing, including what to keep, what to re-home, and de-cluttering. This program aims to help families make informed decisions on what to do with their cherished items…with the exciting element of antique appraisals!

NOTE: Registration for getting an antique appraised is full. However, anyone is welcome to attend this free program to watch the appraisals and learn about downsizing. Registration to attend is not required.

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. NOTE: Registration for this event is full.

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.

Three Generations of Migrants: A Family History

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

A former teacher and scholar, Jesus Salas shares stories of his upbringing, the migrant legacy in Wisconsin, and the value of work amidst the changing nature of agriculture. This is a free ShopTalk presentation sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, as part of The Working Lives Project, which examines what is means to make a living and a life in Wisconsin. No registration required.

Mexican immigrants and Mexican American migrants, like other 19th century European immigrants, settled in both rural and urban Wisconsin communities. Jesus Salas’s grandparents were sharecroppers in Texas. They lost their ties to the land during the Great Depression. The Mexican Revolution caused further turmoil and the Salas family, along with other migrants, traveled to the Great Lakes region. His family followed the seasons and resulting opportunity. As the frost receded, the asparagus harvest began. Then came the hoeing of sugar beets west of the Kettle Moraine, followed by the cucumber harvest in the Central Sands until early September. As the cold returned, the family moved south to harvest tomatoes and pick cotton. Jesus will share stories of working alongside his siblings and parents, of being part of the migrant community, and of the changes he experienced. His parents first came to Wisconsin in early 1940s; by 1959, over 10,000 migrants were coming to the state yearly. During this time, agriculture changed in Wisconsin from a household industry to big business. Jesus and his family were on the ground creating the wealth, as well as fighting for their fair share.

About the speaker: Jesus Salas is the descendent of a Mexican American family who first came to Wisconsin during the 1940s. He worked throughout his early years as a migrant farmworker. Salas led protests, marches, and organizing efforts to secure rights and improve conditions for himself, his family, and the migrant community during the 1960s and 1970s. He has worked as teacher and scholar at MATC, UW-Madison, and UW-Milwaukee. Salas served as a member of the UW-System Board of Regents from 2003-07.

Memory Screening Day (Presented by the Waukesha County ADRC)

Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Library Study Room

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It's free and it only takes 15 minutes! You'll receive immediate results as well as information about Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, you'll be able to talk with a Dementia Care Specialist about available resources, and about brain health and ways to stimulate your brain. These free memory screens are offered by the Waukesha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and presented by Randy Kohl, a Dementia Care Specialist for Waukesha County.

Call Randy Kohl at the Waukesha ADRC to schedule your memory screening appointment, 262-548-7848.

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.”