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. League of Women Voters presents forum on lead poisoning: Friday, March 6
The League of Women Voters is presenting a forum on lead poisoning at the Johnson Controls Volunteer Center, 200 W. Pleasant St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The forum, titled “Lead Issues in Milwaukee – Spotlight on the North Side,” will focus on the history of lead poisoning in Milwaukee and the resources available.
2. African Diaspora dialogue session: Friday, March 6
The Africa Business Coalition and the Greater Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce is hosting African Diaspora Dialogues at the King Commerce Center, 2745 N. Martin Luther King Drive, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6. Dr. Melida Harris Barrow will be the keynote speaker. This is the inaugural event for the groups’ dialogue sessions. Registration is required and free.
3. Fourth annual special education family forum: Saturday, March 7
Milwaukee Public Schools is hosting its fourth annual “Celebrating abilities” special education family forum at Marshall High School, 4141 N. 64th St., from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7. This is an opportunity to learn about special education services, programs and summer opportunities offered through Milwaukee Public Schools. All are welcome to join. There will be breakfast and lunch, a resource fair and workshops. To learn more, click here.
4. Milwaukee Public Library’s book bash: Saturday, March 7
The Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., is celebrating the city’s love of reading with Browser’s Book Bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Browser the Library Lion will be joined by Curious George and the Cat in the Hat. This family friendly event includes face painting, a dance party, silly stories and more. Here is the full schedule.
5. Bembé Drum & Dance Brazilian carnaval: Sunday, March 8
Bembé Drum & Dance is hosting a Brazilian carnaval at No Studios, 1037 W. McKinley Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The event will feature samba drummers and dancers, the Bembé Youth Batucada and Samba Da Vida. There will also be art, food, music, dance and film screenings. Tickets cost $15 for an individual and $35 for a family. To learn more about Bembé Drum & Dance, click here.
Bonus: Adult game night at Sherman Phoenix: Saturday, March 7
Sauce & Spice is hosting adult game night at the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP, which include pizza and a drink. There will be a variety of games to play including, UNO, Dominos, Jenga, Spades and more.