It’s Monday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Don’t forget about the census
Back in March, the U.S. Census Bureau mailed invitations to households throughout the country to participate in the census. Over 50% of households have responded, with Wisconsin being among the top five states for responses. The bureau is sending a postcard reminder to households to respond online or via the mail. Those who do not respond will be visited by an in-person census taker in the summer. Learn more about the census and why it should matter to you.
2. Zócalo food park is open for business
Zócalo food park, 636 S. 6th St., is open for business. While the picnic area remains closed, customers can enjoy food from some of their favorite food trucks, including Anytime Arepa, Mazorca, Foxfire Food Truck and several more. Zócalo’s current hours of operations are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Orders must be placed ahead of time. For additional information, visit the park’s Facebook page. Speaking of good food, don’t forget our list of restaurants offering curbside service and delivery.
3. This is Milwaukee Talking: an online conversation: Monday, May 4
This is Milwaukee Project is hosting an online conversation featuring Joey Zocher, Pardeep Kaleka and Cree Myles (facilitated by NNS’s Adam Carr) from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 4. Space is limited and viewers can reserve their spot using the “Find tickets” tab on the event’s official page. The conversation will touch on the health crisis, the heroic work being done in our communities and what it means to be a Milwaukeean.
4. Walnut Way accepting applications for youth internship program
Walnut Way is accepting applications for Growing Youth Leadership, a summer teen internship program that engages Lindsay Heights teens in intensive urban agriculture education, leadership development and job training. Teens grow chemical-free vegetables and fruits in production gardens on Walnut Way’s environmental campus and sell their harvest at local farmers markets. They also participate in weekly learning labs and community service projects. Applications will be accepted until May 26. For more information, click here. For other job opportunities, read Damia Causey’s latest Causey’s Career Corner.
Voces de la Frontera is planning to purchase a new building that doubles as a sanctuary space and an office. The new building will allow for classroom and meeting spaces as well as a kitchen, storage space and a place for groups such as Youth Empowered in the Struggle. To learn more about the new building, click here. To donate, individuals can go online or send a check with “Building Fund” in the memo line to 1027 S. 5th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204.
Bonus: The latest coronavirus coverage from NNS
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