Homecoming Week, Houdini, Von Maur Public Hearing, School Tax Vote

The week ahead also features acoustic guitar/storytelling and brass ensemble performances at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, an Elm Grove remodeled kitchen show and more.

Brookfield Patch offers a glimpse into news and events in the week ahead. For more events, be sure to check Patch's events listings and feel free to add your own.


Elmbrook annual, budget meeting: Come listen to details of Elmbrook's proposed 2012-13 district budget, offer an advisory vote on the proposed tax levy and learn about state and federal educational changes in progress. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday, at the district's administrative offices, 13780 Hope St. Agenda

Village Area development: City plan commissioners will discuss a redevelopment plan for the Village Area off Brookfield Road and whether to set a public hearing for proposed changes. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd. Agenda

Superintendent Chat: Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen will meet with the public from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Brookfield Central High School's black box theater, 16900 W. Gebhardt Rd. Hear about 2012-13 focuses and ask questions at the informal forum hosted by the Elmbrook Parent Network and Leadership Council.

Public hearing on Von Maur / The Corners financing: The Town Plan Commission will listen to public input on a proposed $37 million tax incremental financing district to spur a major redevelopment project off the I-94 / Barker Road exit. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, 645 Janacek Rd. Agenda


Homecoming Week: for Brookfield East and Brookfield Academy. East has events from a Powder Puff game and bonfire Monday to a chili dinner and game Friday and dance Saturday. Brookfield Academy's events include its game Friday, 5K run Satuday and inaugural induction into BA Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Houdini's life and legend: A free program with true stories on the master magician will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Rd.

KinderCares for Condella's Coats: Drop off donated children's coats for Condella's Coats for Kids (Fox6 News) at Brookfield KinderCare locations: 4080 N. Calhoun Rd. and 18205 W. Bluemound Rd. through Oct. 9.

'How Are You Smart?': Dr. Robert Pavlik from Marquette University will present a program on Multiple Intelligences at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Brookfield East, 3305 Lilly Rd. Discover your child's gifts and intelligences and learn how to build better life-long learners at this program from the Elmbrook Parent Network & Leadership Council.

New York Times bestselling author Lesley Kagen: Kagen, also a Milwaukee native, will conduct a talk and book-signing session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Brookfield Public Library.

Brookfield Farmers Market: From 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, the Brookfield Farmers Market is held in the parking lot and Civic Plaza next to City Hall, 2000 N. Calhoun Rd. 

'Kitchens for a Cause' kitchen walk: St. Mary’s Christian Women is sponsoring its second annual Kitchens for a Cause kitchen walk, featuring nine remodeled kitchens in Elm Grove homes, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Acoustic guitar and storytelling: Shawn Colvin and Leo Kottke will perform an "exciting acoustic evening of storytelling" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Dr.

'Tempest' brass concert: Tempest, a chamber ensemble comprised of Milwaukee's finest brass musicians, performs at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W. Capitol Dr.

Scott Berg September 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Town Hiding Von Maur Meeting? The Town of Brookfield is holding a meeting on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00pm to allow the public to learn about the proposed Von Maur project. See the note above. If you click on the "agenda" link on this article, you get sent to the Google Docs site that only a Patch reporter has the password to. So much for online only journalism! But that's OK. After all, it's an official government meeting, so the Town must have made the agenda available, right? WRONG! Check the Town of Brookfield web site at: http://www.townofbrookfield.com/Townmeet.htm You see agendas for lots of past meetings, but no future ones and nothing about Von Maur! You can click on that page's meeting calendar (upper right, in red) for Tuesday, September 25 and get a popup announcing a Plan Commission meeting, "Go to the Agendas/Minutes page for more information." Except, you just checked the agendas page and there WERE no details. Plus, is the Von Maur meeting on Tuesday the 25th (as per the Town's normal calender) or Wednesday the 26th (as above and the agenda we can't see)? Is the town intentionally trying to hide the meeting date and time? Sometime Thursday you'll see some lame excuse from the Town about "clerical error" followed by "all the attendees were supportive" without noting there were only 2 residents there. If the town can't get a meeting notice out competently on their own web site, why do you think they can handle a $51 million TIF?
Scott Berg September 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
OMG! I checked the Town's site (again) right after posting the above comment and saw a link "Public Hearing - September 26, 2012". Still no agenda and no entry in the calendar table. What more will they dribble out in the next few days? Anything else they must have been sitting on? I mean, Patch posted it already, so THEY had it and stored it on the Google page no one else can see! Ah, the wonders of technology...
Lisa Sink (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Sorry for the broken link, Scott. I'm uploading a PDF of the agenda instead. Yes, I agree, would be nice if the town's link was active. Thanks!
Scott Berg September 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Thank you for the effort, but your new "Agenda (see attached PDF)" isn't a link - just text. And the town's link still isn't active either. Oh, I LOVE the smell of conspiracy in the morning!
Randy1949 September 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
"Oh, I LOVE the smell of conspiracy in the morning!" Of course a City of Brookfield Alderman could have no possible bias on this issue.
Scott Berg September 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Randy1949 - Of COURSE I have a bias. I was elected to serve the interest of city residents. And you're a town resident, so you have a bias too. The real question is how YOUR elected officials feel. Are you sure they have your best interests at heart?
Randy1949 September 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM
That leads me to believe it would be in the best interest of the City of Brookfield to discourage the location of The Corners in the Town (possibly to have Von Maur locate in Brookfield Square) and ultimately to absorb the Town lands and tax base. That is certainly not in my best interest as a Town resident. I have my doubts about the TIF too, but snarking from City people, who frankly seem desperate to have this development for themselves, is making me wonder if it isn't worth taking the risk.


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