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. Neighborhood visioning session: Friday, Oct. 11
Residents from Halyard Park, Harambee and Brewers Hill are invited to join the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for a visioning session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. During the meeting, residents will be asked to offer their input regarding the restoration and redevelopment of a historic building on North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The session will be held at On The Bayou, 2053 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
2. Black male appreciation dinner: Friday, Oct. 11
The Marquette University Women’s Innovation Network will be discussing “what it means to navigate blackness in predominantly white spaces” on Friday, Oct. 11. The theme was inspired by James Baldwin’s essay “My Dungeon Shook – Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation.” The dinner will be held at the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free, click here for tickets.
3. HBCU college fair: Saturday, Oct. 12
Students and parents can learn more about historical black colleges during the HBCU College Fair on Saturday, Oct. 12. During the fair there will be free FAFSA help, on-site admissions and free workshops. The fair will be held at Harold Vincent High School, 7501 N. Granville Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Soft opening of LUNA: Saturday, Oct. 12
Latinas Unidas En Las Artes, better known as LUNA, 1037 S. Cesar Chavez Drive, is hosting its soft opening on Saturday, Oct. 12. Community members are invited to not only view the art but buy pieces along with prints, jewelry, apparel and more. The opening starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m.
5. Autumn celebration at Washington Park: Saturday, Oct. 12
The Washington Park Urban Ecology Center, 1859 N. 40th St., is celebrating autumn on Saturday, Oct. 12. Neighbors, families and friends are invited to take a nature bike ride, do crafts, make cider, carve a pumpkin and more. The event is free and open to the public. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and go until 2 p.m.