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. Activate MKE: Monday, Aug. 17 to Thursday, Aug. 20
The Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce and various community organizers are hosting “Activate MKE 2020.” Over the course of four days, residents can register to vote and receive information on food pantries and on COVID-19 testing. There will also be school supply giveaways, entertainment, food and more. “Activate MKE” will take place at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, 3020 W. Vliet St., from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 17 to Thursday, Aug. 20.
2. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges to discuss Milwaukee’s proposed budget: Monday, Aug. 17
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and partners are discussing the City of Milwaukee’s priority budget survey, which invites residents to give input. The discussion will take place virtually on the Metcalfe Park Community Bridges’ Facebook page from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. The group plans to break down the questions, explain how the budget should value residents and plan their demands for the budget.
3. Bilingual storytime at Alice’s Garden: Tuesday, Aug. 18
Alice’s Garden Urban Farm, 2136 N. 21st St., is hosting a bilingual storytime from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Linda Araceli will be read a picture book aloud. Guests can expect a visit from the Barby Book Fairy and a book giveaway. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair.
4. Expect bus service delays this week because of the Democratic National Convention: Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 20
The Milwaukee County Transit System is predicting service delays this week because of the Democratic National Convention, which takes place from Monday, Aug. 17 to Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Wisconsin Center. Affected routes include 12, 14, 19, 30, 57, 80, Blueline and Goldline. Temporary bus stop signs will be posted.
The following route changes will be in effect:
Wisconsin Ave East-West Routes: Rt 14 (Humboldt-16th-Forest Home), Rt 30 (UMW-Sherman Blvd), Goldline (UWM-Wisconsin Ave-Bluemound Rd) and Blueline (National Ave-Fond du Lac Ave) will detour via State Street between Water and 10th/11th Streets.
Route 12 (12th-Teutonia) and Route 31 (12th-Highland) will maintain service to stops on 12th and also near the 5th & St. Paul Intermodal Station (IMS). Stops on Wisconsin Ave between 10th and 6th will be temporarily suspended.
Route 57 (Water-Walnut) will see minor impacts, temporarily suspending stops on Michigan. Service to the IMS at 5th & St. Paul will be maintained.
Route 19 (3rd Street/King Drive) will detour via Water between the Third Ward and Juneau Ave, maintaining opportunities for transfer connections with east-west routes.
Route 80 (6th Street) will detour via 12th Street from Wisconsin Ave to Highland Ave, maintaining opportunities for transfer connections with east-west routes.
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5. COA’s “Beyond the Book Bag”: Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 21
COA Youth and Family Centers is hosting “Beyond the Book Bag,” which provides children with the school supplies and essential resources they need for the year ahead. Registration is required. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 18. When registering, parents will be asked to pick a time slot and how many children need supplies. Families will be able to pick up their bags at COA, 2320 W. Burleigh St., from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.
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