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. Boswell Book Company presents Kiese Laymon and Christine Kendall: Monday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 19
Boswell Book Company is talking with two well-known Black authors this week. The first talk is with Kiese Laymon who will be discussing his collection of essays in “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.” The conversation will take place virtually from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. Click here to register.
Later this week, Boswell Book is speaking with Christine Kendall, the author of “The True Definition of Neva Beane.” The discussion will take place virtually from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. Click here to register.
2. Pinto con Tinto: Sugar skulls: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St., is hosting Pinto con Tinto from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Participants will make papier mache sugar skulls, which are associated with Day of the Dead. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required. Tickets cost $25. Guests must be 21 and older to attend.
3. Rent for Success program: Thursday, Nov. 19
The City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services is hosting a Rent for Success event. Rent for Success is a free program designed to educate and empower Milwaukee tenants. The class will take place at the Department of Neighborhood Services, 841 N. Broadway, Room 105, beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. For more information, contact Herlyn Roberson at 414-286-8122 or email email@example.com.
4. Milwaukee Health Services annual Thanksgiving dinner: Friday, Nov. 20
Milwaukee Health Services is hosting its ninth annual Thanksgiving dinner giveaway while supplies last. Early registration is required by Wednesday, Nov. 18. To register, click here. Someone will call you to confirm a dinner is available and if you prefer to pick it up via drive-thru or have it delivered. The dinners will be available to pick up at the MLK Heritage Health Center, 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.
5. WeGiveMKE food distribution: Saturday, Nov. 21
The Christian Faith Fellowship is hosting a WeGiveMKE food distribution at the Destiny Plaza, 7220 N. 76th St., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Registration is required to receive a box. To register, click here. Boxes are limited. The group is asking that people bring a printed copy of their ticket or show the ticket on their phone to confirm they registered.
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