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. MLK Day: Milwaukee food giveaway: Monday, Jan. 18
Several Milwaukee groups have partnered together for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event includes free COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 health information, T-shirts, food distribution and more. Those interested in volunteering can click here. The event will be held at the Quality of Life Center, 1530 W. Atkinson Ave., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18.
2. WORLD presents “Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising”: Monday, Jan. 18.
Last year, 371 Productions released its documentary, “Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising.” The story followed Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges as they worked to provide information and resources to the residents of Metcalfe Park. The WORLD Channel will be broadcasting the documentary at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. In case you missed it: Community Heroes: Metcalfe Park organizers go digital with mass-texting and mutual aid during COVID-19 crisis
3. Restaurant celebrates 20th annual King Fest: Monday, Jan. 18
Pass Da Peas soul food restaurant is hosting its 20th annual King Fest celebration. This year, the celebration will take place virtually on Facebook Live from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18. Janette Herrera will be hosting the event, which includes a scholarship writing contest.
4. Free mask distribution: Monday, Jan. 18
Northwest Side Community Development Corporation is handing out free masks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The masks will be distributed by drive-thru only at 4201 N. 27th St., in the front parking lot. A limited number of masks will be available.
5. Community survey on bicycle boulevard: Ongoing
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works is planning to develop a bicycle boulevard on West Washington and Scott streets on Milwaukee’s near South Side. Bicycle boulevards prioritize bicycling, walking and playing. Community members can express their opinion in an online community survey. The survey will remain open until mid-February. It is available in English and Spanish.
Bonus: Slide & Glide at Hawthorn Glen Education Center: Saturday, Jan. 23
Learn how to cross-country ski at Hawthorn Glen Education Center, 1130 N. 60th St., during Milwaukee Recreation’s Slide & Glide program. The class consists of two 2-hour sessions. There is a class from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. To register, click here or call 414-647-6050. The class costs $10 for Milwaukee residents and $15 for non-residents. Equipment is available to rent for $5.
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