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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Earlier this week, the Milwaukee County Transit System announced that its buses are returning to full capacity. The passenger capacity limit ended on Thursday, July 1. Passengers and employees are still required to wear masks while riding the bus, whether they are vaccinated or not. Free masks and hand sanitizer are available on all buses.
2. “Declaration of Donations” blood drive: Friday, July 2
The Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin and Advocate Aurora Healthcare are hosting the 20th annual “Declaration of Donations Blood Drive.” The blood drive will take place at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 2. Donors will receive a free same-day zoo admission and parking pass and a complimentary ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair. Click here to make an appointment or call 1-877-232-4376.
3. Jamie Breiwick Quintet performance at Sam’s Place: Friday, July 2
The Jamie Breiwick Quintet will be performing at Sam’s Place, 3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, starting at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 2. The concert is free and open to the public. Breiwick will be on trumpet, with Carl Kennedy on piano; Tim Ipsen on bass; Sam Belton on drums; and Dumah Saafir on percussion.
4. Milwaukee Recreation: Happy Lil’ Campers: Friday, July 2
Milwaukee Recreation is hosting a camping adventure at Hawthorn Glen Outdoor Education Center, 1130 N. 60th St., for little campers ages 3 and older. The adventure will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 2. There will be a tent, sleeping bags, games, songs, s’mores and more. Happy Lil’ Campers costs $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Click here to register.
5. CirculateMKE: Creative Entrepreneurial Market: Saturday, July 3
CirculateMKE’s Creative Entrepreneurial Market series is back. The market will take place at Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. In addition to the local makers and artists, there will be musical performances and demonstrations by local professionals and artists. Danceworks and TRUE Skool will be performing “Motion in the Garden” this weekend. Interested vendors can click here. In case you missed it: NNS Spotlight: Popular mobile market to make a triumphant in-person return this weekend
Bonus: Anomaly Catering fish fry at Alice’s Garden: Friday, July 2
Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St., is hosting a fish fry from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 2. The food will be prepared by Anomaly Catering. The garden has eight picnic tables, but attendees are invited to bring chairs and blankets.
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