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. SDC community giveaway: Monday, June 29
The Social Development Commission, 1730 W. North Ave., is hosting a community giveaway from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29. The bags will include toiletries, cleaning supplies and school supplies. There are only 200 available. Participants are asked to wear a mask.
2. New exhibit at Latino Arts: Tuesday, June 30
Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St., is presenting a new exhibit, “Hijos de la Tierra/Children of the Earth,” by Juan Flores. The times for the exhibit are 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. Those interested must register online and admission costs $3. A mask is required.
3. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges one stop shop: Tuesday, June 30
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges is hosting a block pop-up and mobile food pantry from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. The event will take place on the 2600 block of North 34th Street. Food and care packages will be distributed. Residents can also receive help with voter registration and the census. Social distancing will be implemented, and masks, globes and sanitizer will be provided. Read more about the group here.
4. Washington Heights artists host front-yard pop-up: Wednesday, July 1
Creatives from Washington Heights are doing pop-up events in front yards from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1. The event will take place in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the 1700 to 1800 blocks of North 52nd Street. For the list of makers and the guidelines, visit the Facebook event page.
5. “Independence” day protest and block party: Saturday, July 4
Youth organizers are hosting a Black Lives Matter protest and block party starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The protest will begin at Rufus King High School, 1801 W. Olive St., and continue to Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust St. A celebration will follow at Riverside University. There will be food and entertainment.
Bonus: Hunger Task Force summer food program
The Hunger Task Force has resumed its summer meal program in Milwaukee. The program provides meals to children and youth at various meal sites. To find the site closest to you, check out the interactive map, dial 2-1-1 or text your Zip code to 898-211.
Bonus: The latest coronavirus coverage from NNS
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