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6 Tuesday

Free first Tuesday at Boerner Botanical Gardens: Milwaukee County residents receive free admission. Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. boernerbotanicalgardens.org

Ballet Story Time: Dancers will read the story of "The Nutcracker" and show costumes from the ballet. Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. mpl.org

Monster High: Celebrate the start of the school year at Washington Park Library with a Monster High back-to-school party. Monster High characters will be present, and the party will feature snacks, crafts and games. Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., Milwaukee. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. mpl.org

7 Wednesday

Hike for Health: Why walk the mall when you can be enjoying the great outdoors? Hike along with this group of nature lovers who walk Wehr's trails each week for exercise and fun. Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., Franklin. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, $3 for parking. friendsofwehr.org

EcoArt Wednesdays: Try your hand at nature-inspired recycled arts and crafts. Take home your very own creation every week. Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce, Milwaukee. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free/children ages 0-12. urbanecologycenter.org

9 Friday

Indian Summer Festival: Indian Summer Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year with traditional and contemporary Native culture shared throughout the weekend. See dance performances, attend cultural craft workshops and enjoy great food. Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. 4 p.m. to midnight. $15/adults, $12/ages 60 and older, Free/ages 0-12. indiansummer.org

"Star Wars -- The Force Awakens": See the movie as part of Discovery World's Point Fish Fry & a Flick series. The free outdoor event allows patrons to purchase Point beer and a Bartolotta's fish fry -- no carry-ins are allowed aside from blankets and chairs. Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. Event starts at 5 p.m., movie starts at dusk. Free. pointfishfryandaflick.com

"The Lives of Others": "The Lives of Others: Portraits from the Photography Collection" opens at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee. mam.org

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