It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some events that can enrich your weekend. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
1. Vida y Esperanza 2019: Triunfando con cancer: Saturday, Sept. 14
The Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting Vida y Experanza 2019: Triunfando con Cancer (Life and Hope: Conquering life with Cancer) on Saturday, Sept. 14. The event will be held at the St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, 2607 S. 5th St. The purpose of the event is to celebrate and empower those who have been affected by cancer in the Latinx community. The event is free and includes blood pressure screening, haircuts, giveaways and more. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.
2. Harvest Day at Walnut Way: Saturday, Sept. 14
For the past 19 years, Harvest Day has celebrated Lindsay Height’s talent, spirit and culture. This year, Walnut Way will be hosting Harvest Day in Fondy Park, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14. There will be live music and performances, local food and retail vendors and more. The event starts at noon and goes until 4 p.m.
3. Ciclovía MKE: Saturday, Sept. 14
Milwaukee residents are invited to ride their bikes along South Chavez Drive, West Greenfield Avenue and West Washington Street during Ciclovía MKE on Saturday, Sept. 14. The route is closed to automobiles during the duration of events. The event begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.
4. Youth Day: mental health talk at Ma’ruf: Saturday, Sept. 14
Young people, ages 12 to 25, are invited to participate in Youth Day at the Ma’ruf Center for Youth Innovation, 2110 W. Hampton Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 14. Participants will learn how to cope with stress. The event is free and starts at 3:30 p.m.
5. UMOS Mexican Independence parade & festival: Sunday, Sept. 15
UMOS is celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a parade and festival on Sunday, Sept. 15. The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at West Oklahoma Avenue and South 20th Street. The festival will begin at noon at the UMOS Center, 2701 S. Chase Ave. There will be entertainment, carnival rides and more.
Bonus: Grand reopening of Custer Playfield: Saturday, Sept. 14
Milwaukee Recreation recently upgraded Custer Playfield, 4001 W. Custer Ave. Residents are invited to join the grand reopening on Saturday, Sept. 14. The upgrades include new walking paths, basketball courts, play structures and more. The events start at 11:30 a.m.
Bonus 2: Ascension Wisconsin’s Medical Mission at Home: Saturday, Sept. 14
Ascension Wisconsin is hosting Medical Mission at Home at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St., on Saturday, Sept. 14. Free services will be provided to those in need and include medical exams, dental care, medicine, imaging/mammograms, podiatry screenings and more. Insurance is not required. Patients can begin registering at 8 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The event ends at 2 p.m.
About Ana Martinez-Ortiz
Ana serves as NNS’ newly created community engagement reporter and is responsible for writing stories that help our readers navigate their lives as well as making sure they know the fun things that are happening in their neighborhoods. You can email her here or call (414) 604-6397.