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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- “Rise and Thrive: A Lives in Landscape” exhibit: Friday, April 16
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Poetry Month. In honor of these two events, the work of 12 creative writers and three community artists is being displayed at the “Rise and Thrive: A Lives of Landscape” exhibit. The social justice project is on display at the Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University, 6801 N. Yates Rd., from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16. The event is limited to 14 visitors at a time, masks and social distancing required. The project is a part of the LOTUS Legal Clinic’s survivor empowerment program.
- Neighborhood cleanup with community partners: Saturday, April 17
Near West Side Partners, the United Methodist Children’s Services and Pete’s Pops are inviting you to a neighborhood cleanup. Supplies will be provided. The group will meet at Tiefenthaler Park, 2480 W. Cherry St., to pick up trash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Registration is required. Volunteers will receive a free pop in exchange for their hard work.
- Take Root Milwaukee virtual housing workshops: Saturday, April 17
Take Root Milwaukee and the Sherman Park Community Association are hosting free virtual housing workshops. The first will focus on the home buying process from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; the second will focus on the home rehab process from 11 a.m. to noon; and the third on renter resources from noon to 1 p.m. The workshops will all take place on Zoom on Saturday, April 17. Advanced registration is required.
- Drug take back drive-thru with Safe & Sound: Saturday, April 17
Safe & Sound and its community partners are hosting a drug take back drive-thru event. Community members are invited to safely dispose of old and expired prescription medications and syringes. The drive-thru event will take place at the parking lot on South 22nd Street and West Greenfield Avenue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.
- In-person FAFSA support: Saturday, April 17
MPS College and Career Center is offering in-person FAFSA support. All MPS students and families are eligible to receive help in filling out the FAFSA form, which is the best way to access money for college. Students and families should bring their Social Security card, their Green Card (if they are not a U.S. citizen), their 2019 federal income tax returns, bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) and records of untaxed income (if applicable). The support session will take place at Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust St., from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Click here for virtual support.
Bonus: Dino Safari at Wisconsin State Fair: Sunday, April 18
Dino Safari will be at the Wisconsin State Fair, 640 S. 84th St., from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. Families are invited to drive through the exhibition and explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. Tickets can be found here.