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. MKE Virtual Collaborative Urban Investment Town Hall meeting: Monday, May 17
Milwaukee residents are invited to attend the MKE Virtual Collaborative Urban Investment Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17. The City of Milwaukee is set to receive funding through the American Rescue Plan. The money could go toward investments in the central city and other projects. To give your input during the meeting, click here.
2. Asian American restaurant week: Monday, May 17 through Saturday, May 22
In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, ElevAsian is hosting Asian Restaurant Week. The week began on Sunday, May 16 and will continue through Saturday, May 22. During this week, Milwaukeeans are encouraged to support local Asian restaurants. For the full list of participating restaurants, click here. Read: NNS Spotlight: ‘We want to be part of the conversation’: Group aims to elevate fellow Asian Pacific Americans.
3. Community food giveaway: Monday, May 17
Ald. Russell Stamper and Mike Taylor of the Taylor-Made Foundation MKE are partnering to present the “Essential Needs Assist” at the Unity Gospel House of Prayer, 1747 N. 12th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 17. During the event, Stamper and Taylor will distribute over 2,000 boxes filled with fresh food and mental health awareness materials.
4. Sign up for the VIBEZ Kids Club: Ongoing
Vibez Creative Arts Space, 3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., is offering a summer arts and crafts program this summer. The program, VIBEZ Kids Club, will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday starting Wednesday, June 16 until Wednesday, Aug. 25. The program is designed for children 6 years and older. Space is limited. The program costs $100 a month. Sign up by Monday, May 31 to get a discount. To register, click here.
5. Milwaukee Urban League high school laptop awards: Friday, May 21
The Milwaukee Urban League is helping high school graduates prepare for college with its high school laptop awards. Milwaukee students who are graduating and enrolled in college for fall 2021 are eligible to win a laptop. Interested students can apply in one of three categories: academic excellence, community service/leadership or character/academic turnaround. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 21. The application can be found here.
Bonus: A conversation on postpartum care: Monday, May 17
The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University is inviting the public to learn more about postpartum care. The event will begin with a screening of the film, “Partum,” followed by a roundtable discussion featuring filmmaker Ade Osinubi along with local doulas and midwives. The theme for the evening is “Postpartum: Perspectives on nurturing families during the ‘fourth trimester.’” The event will take place virtually from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 17. Registration is required.
Bonus 2: Vaccine clinics at 5 MPS locations: Monday, May 17
The Milwaukee Health Department is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics in five Milwaukee Public Schools locations starting Monday, May 17. The clinics will be open to anyone 12 and older. Click here for specific details.
Bonus 3: Volunteers needed for planting project: Wednesday, May 19
Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail seeks volunteers to remove buckthorn, grapevines and more as well as plant new trees and seeding. Participants will meet at the Park and Ride just off of South 76th Street (just north of the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park). Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19. To sign up, click here.
Bonus 4: SaintA hosts virtual event: Thursday, May 20
SaintA is celebrating 170 years of service to Milwaukee from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20 during a one-hour, free virtual event hosted by TMJ4 television anchor Katie Crowther, with special guests Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry, a psychiatrist and mental health expert. To RSVP, click here.