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.
1. Zoom with State Rep. LaKeshia Myers: Monday, Feb. 1
State Rep. LaKeshia Myers is hosting virtual office hours on Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1. This is an opportunity for residents living in the 12th Assembly District to talk with their representative. The 12th District comprises voting wards 29, 30, 31, 32, 37 and 38. To register for the meeting, click here or dial 312-626-6799. The meeting ID is 841 9021 9768 and the passcode is 932425.
2. Phobruary 2021: Pho To Go: Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 28
Every year, VIA, formerly known as the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, celebrates “Phobruary,” and this year is no exception. The goal of Phobruary is to support locally owned restaurants through takeout, gift purchases or kind reviews. This year’s participating restaurants are Bamboo, 3427 W. National Ave.; Thai Bar-B-Que, 3417 W. National Ave.; and Vientiane Noodle Shop, 3422 W. National Ave. All orders will be made for carryout because of the pandemic. VIA will also be hosting a “Pho To Go” raffle. More information on the raffle and Phobruary can be found here.
3. “To Be Young, Gifted and Black: A Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry”: Monday, Feb. 1
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater is celebrating Black History Month with “We Rise: MKE’s Celebration of Black History Month.” As part of the celebration, the theater is hosting a virtual series. This week, the event is “To Be Young, Gifted and Black: A Celebration of Lorraine Hansberry.” The event will be streamed live on Facebook Live and YouTube Live and begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1.
4. Saving Our Sons Mentoring Movement shoe drive: Starting Wednesday, Feb. 3
Saving Our Sons Mentoring Movement is hosting a shoe drive in partnership with Angel Bins starting Wednesday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, May 1. The group is collecting new and gently worn shoes. Shoes can be dropped at the Saving Our Sons offices, 11414 W. Park Place Rd., Suite 202.
Read: NNS Spotlight: ‘We’re saving lives’: A mentorship program for young boys in Milwaukee
5. Mystic Phoenix Art pop-up: Saturday, Feb. 6
Mystic Phoenix Art is having a pop-up shop at the Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. There will be artisan crafted gifts, Valentine theme goods and Black history products available to purchase.
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