It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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1. ‘Thriller’ workshop with Dancworks: Friday, Oct. 30
Danceworks, 1661 N. Water St., is hosting a “Thriller” workshop from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. Gabi Sustache will teach participants the iconic dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The class is being offered in person and virtually. Tickets cost $16, registration is required, and dancers must be 14 years and older.
2. Día de los Muertos altar making workshop: Saturday, Oct. 31
The Urban Ecology Center is hosting a Día de los Muertos altar making workshop. The workshop will take place at the Menomonee Valley location, 3700 W. Pierce St., from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 31. Click here for tickets. Participants are asked to bring photocopied photos of loved ones.
3. MKESingalong: Halloween edition: Saturday, Oct. 31
88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Imagine MKE, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music are hosting a Halloween-themed singalong. The groups will sing “Ghostbusters” and everyone is encouraged to join in. The singalong will take place virtually at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The groups also are asking for $5 donations to purchase musical recorder instruments for children living in Metcalfe Park. To donate, click here.
4. Sickle cell-abration blood drive: Sunday, Nov. 1
Good City Brewing is hosting a blood drive to raise awareness about sickle cell disease. The Versiti Mobile Bus will be parked at Century City, 3945 N. 31st St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. The clinic will be performing the COVID-19 antibody test on all blood donations. To schedule your appointment, click here.
5. Amor eterno: Celebración de Día de lxs Muertxs: Sunday, Nov. 1
Ayuda Mutua MKE is celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with “Amor Eterno.” The event will take place at the Ayuda Mutua offices, 2801 S. 5th St., from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. There will be youth activities, a candlelit walk, musical performances, a communal ofrenda, food and more.
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