It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some events we think you shouldn’t miss. 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. “Black Business Card Bingo”: Monday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 22
“Black Business Card Bingo” is back for another year. Bingo cards can be picked up at The Bronzeville Collective, 339 W. North Ave. The store hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The card offers discounts at locally owned black-owned business. The three participating locations are Bronzeville Collective, the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., and businesses on Martin Luther King Drive.
2. Honoring African American environmental pioneers: Monday, Feb. 17
Several environmental groups in Milwaukee are honoring African American environmental pioneers as a part of Black History Month. The celebration will take place at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17. Drummers from the Ko-Thi African Dance Company will perform followed by the featured speaker and the award presentation. Ten awards will be presented to African American environmentalists based in Milwaukee.
3. Spring primary elections: Tuesday, Feb. 18
Election Day takes place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Several important races are on the ballot, including ones for the mayor, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and Milwaukee County executive. To learn more about what you need to know, click here.
4. Family, faith and justice creativity night: Wednesday, Feb. 19
Race and Faith is hosting a family, faith and justice creativity night at Tricklebee Cafe, 4424 W. North Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Rhonda Hill will lead participants through two activities. There will also be a conversation about discrimination, race relations in the city and racial justice.
5. Update on North Area Comprehensive Plan: Wednesday, Feb. 19
Back in August, the City of Milwaukee and its partners, the Dominican Center, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and Walnut Way announced their plan to update Fond du Lac and North Area with a comprehensive plan. The group is hosting an update meeting regarding housing, commercial corridors, parks and transportation. Two meetings will take place at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St. The first will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and later that same day the second will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A third meeting will take place at the St. Ann Center, 2450 W. North Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.