Greenfield-Greendale-West Allis-Hales Corners Get-Out Guide: A car show and a film festival

This week you can get out in the evening as China Lights continues, stay inside with a film festival or attend a unique car show.

West Allis Car Show 

Check out more than 500 cars from throughout the area that will be parked on display lining Greenfield Avenue, from 70th to 76th streets.

The 27th annual Downtown West Allis Car Show returns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1.

“It’s a blast from the past as rumbling engines roll into our area,” said Emily E. Eineichner, promotions coordinator for the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District . “Family fun, classic cars, music, food, refreshments and a community gathering spot is what this car show is all about.”

Awards will be presented to Best in Class, import and specialty categories as well as 3 sponsor’s trophies, kid’s choice trophy, people’s choice trophy and “Best of Show” trophy.  

The first 500 registered participants will receive a bag with goodies from local businesses, a dash plaque and a commemorative t-shirt. Registration costs $ 20.

This year’s activities include a basket raffle organized by the West Allis crime stoppers, Hot Wheels Races, run by the West Allis Auto Club, and a motorcycle simulator provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

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China Lights

The celebration of Asian culture continues at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr. in Hales Corners, through Oct. 22 from 5:30-10 p.m. (Closed Mondays).

The centerpiece of the celebration is a tower built from 60,000 porcelain cups, bowls, bottles, and spoons knotted and wired together to create the nearly 50-foot tall Chinese pagoda.

“China Lights: The Magic Returns is a celebration of Asian culture featuring nearly 50 larger-than-life sculptural lantern displays and Chinese folk-culture entertainment,” said Marie Kerznar from the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Kerznar said that in 2016 the festival attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Visit chinalights.org/tickets/ or call 414-525-5601 to purchase tickets.

Tickets are good for any night and cost $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for seniors (60+) and children ages 5-17. Children under 5 get in free.

A Celebration of Cinema

Are you a film buff? Inspiration Studios,1500 S. 73rd St. in West Allis has put together a day of movies for you.

The organizers of this 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 event say it was designed to feature the works put together by filmmakers from here and all across the country.

In addition, they say they seek to bring together, writers, directors and technical types to network in the hopes of helping to create future colorful cinematic productions.

They will show 22 films and hosting two industry panels. There will be two directors on hand to conducting a question-and-answer session.

The films shown will offer a variety of genres: horror, youth, drama, comedy and sci-fi.

Panels which will discuss the ups and downs of directing independent film, the challenges of funding films, and also how the magic made on paper becomes an on-screen sensation.

Advanced tickets may be purchased at cin4251.wixsite.com or by calling (414) 587-3474. Each screening block is $ 5, or a day pass is $ 20 and each panel event is $ 10.

Get-Out guide submissions

Submissions should be emailed to christopher.barlow@jrn.com.

Please include dates, times; address, website, phone number; a short description of the event, pictures, parking information and costs of the event

Events must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Listings cannot be accepted by telephone. Ongoing events must be submitted weekly. Submissions are not guaranteed for inclusion as space is limited.

 

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