Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the start date for the ofrenda exhibit.
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 email@example.com and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
- Milwaukee Area Labor Council sock drive: Monday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Sept. 30
The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, 633 S. Hawley Rd., is hosting a sock drive from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Sept. 30. The group is asking for new sock donations in all sizes. The socks will be distributed to various homeless shelters and agencies.
- Event focuses on mental health issues, bullying: Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Wednesday, Sept. 30
The Social Development Commission, or SDC, and Light & United Red are hosting “Rise Above the Influence,” an event designed to raise awareness about bullying, alcohol, substance use, mental health and suicide prevention among middle and high school students. The event will take place at the Social Development Commission, 1730 W. North Ave., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and at the Chase Avenue SDC, 2968 S. Chase Ave., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Click here to register for day one and here for day two.
- “Neighborhood Gems: Behind the scenes”: Thursday, Oct. 1
Historic Milwaukee and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service have teamed up to present “Neighborhood Gems: Behind the Scenes,” a Doors Open virtual program. The presentation, moderated by NNS’ Adam Carr, will explore eight community-based projects throughout Milwaukee from the Peace Garden Project MKE to the Triciclo Peru. To join this virtual exploration, click here to register. The event will be streamed live on Zoom and on Facebook Live from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.
- Day of the Dead ofrendas exhibit at Latino Arts: Wednesday, Oct. 14
To celebrate Day of the Dead, Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St., has an ofrendas exhibit featuring altars made by the Mexican Consulate, local artists and several others. During this time, families make altars featuring photos of departed loved ones and place ofrendas or offerings such as pan de muertos, marigolds, candles and more. The ofrendas exhibit will be available to view from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Friday, Oct. 2. The exhibition will remain open until Friday, Nov. 20.
- Amani end-of-summer bash: Saturday, Oct. 3
The Dominican Center, Amani United, Northwestern Mutual and several others are coming together to celebrate the Amani neighborhood’s Pilot Block with an end-of-summer bash. There will be resources, food, a chance to see the pilot block, part of an initiative to transform the neighborhood, voter registration and more. The celebration will take place at the 2900 block of North 26th Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. There will be volunteer opportunities from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. To get involved, contact the Dominican Center at 414-444-9930.
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