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.
In honor of Memorial Day, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is offering virtual events, including a tribute gallery. Americans are asked to remember those who died by taking a moment at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 25. During that minute, people are asked to sound the taps. Visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s website to see additional virtual events.
Speaking of Memorial Day, the Medical College of Wisconsin offers the following tips on how to stay safe:
- If you host or attend an event, make sure there are 10 or fewer people.
- Don’t gather indoors – stick with outdoor activities.
- Bring your own beverages/food (not to share).
- Space seating 6 feet apart.
- If you have vulnerable guests, wear face masks, keep distance and sanitize frequently.
- Don’t pass babies/small children from person to person.
- Don’t play contact sports.
- Avoid physical contact like hugs and handshakes.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, doorknobs, faucets, light switches.
- Have hand sanitizer at convenient locations.
- Ask guests who are not feeling well to stay home.
- Don’t forget sunscreen (apply first) and insect repellent (apply second). It is tick and mosquito season!
- Be kind, smile and enjoy yourself. Summer is almost here!
2. The Retreat’s “About That: Baby Daddy podcast”: Tuesday, May 26
The Retreat, 2215 N. Martin Luther King Dr., is hosting its conversation series, “About That,” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The podcast and live chat will take place on YouTube and Facebook Live. The series uses art to generate a public discussion. This week’s conversation is about baby daddies, with a focus on social stigma and bias associated with non-custodial parents.
The City of Milwaukee recently launched its Milwaukee Restart Grant Program. The program will help small local businesses as they prepare to reopen. Businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees and an annualized revenue of less than $2 million can apply for grants for up to $15,000. Applications are being accepted starting Thursday, May 28 until Friday, June 12. To learn more, click here.
4. Pick up seeds from Teens Grow Greens
Teens Grow Greens, a local organization that gives teenagers an opportunity to develop leadership skills, is busy at work at Webers Greenhouse, 4215 N. Green Bay Ave. Plants and hanging flower baskets are now available for pickup. Visit the Webers Greenhouse website to place a basket order.
Gov. Tony Evers recently launched the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program. Run by the Department of Administration, the program received $25 million from the CARES Act to help Wisconsinites struggling to pay rent. To be eligible, individuals must receive a household income at or below 80% of the county median income. If approved, individuals could receive up to $3,000 in assistance. For additional information on this and the “We’re All In” grant program, click here.
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