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. City of Milwaukee annual Fourth of July celebrations: Monday, July 5
The City of Milwaukee is celebrating the Fourth of July. This year, the various parades, picnics and fireworks will take place on Monday, July 5. Daytime celebrations will take place at Enderis Park, 2978 N. 72nd St. from 9 a.m. to noon and at King Center, 1531 W. Vliet St. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fireworks will be set off in 10 Milwaukee County Parks including Alcott, Gordon, Humboldt, Jackson, Lake, Lincoln, Mitchell, Noyes, Washington and Wilson.
2. Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: Chess and art in the park: Wednesday, July 7
Metcalfe Park Community Bridges is inviting youth ages 8 and older to join “Chess & Art in the Park.” The program will take place at Metcalfe Park Rising Park, 3401 W. Center St., from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7. Master Quan Caston, a resident artist and chess instructor, will be leading the program. This is a weekly event and will continue through Wednesday, Sept. 12.
3. Washington Park Wheels: Naima and Adekola Adedapo performance: Wednesday, July 7
Washington Park Wednesday is back. This summer, the annual concert series is kicking off the season with Washington Park Wheels, the organization’s mobile concert series. The first concert will take place in the Martin Drive neighborhood from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7. Venus Rising, featuring Naima and Adekola Adedapo will host a pop-up concert at the Martin Drive Garden Park, 1313-1399 N. 46th St., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7.
4. Leaders Igniting Transformation: Internship applications: Deadline: Sunday, July 18
Leaders Igniting Transformation is hiring college interns for the fall semester. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 18. This is a paid internship and students can receive college credit. The internship will take place virtually and begin on Monday, Aug. 30. Click here to apply.
5. Community mural paint days with LUNA: Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11
Latinas Unidas En Las Artes also known as LUNA is painting a mural and inviting Walker Square residents and community members to help. Those interested in painting are invited to meet on West Washington and South 10th Streets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11. Whitney Salgado and Katie Avila Loughmiller will be leading the paint days.
Bonus: Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition anniversary celebration: Monday, July 5
The Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. For 15 weeks, the organization will be hosting various events starting the week of Monday, July 5 and concluding on Friday, Oct. 15. The events range from neighborhood cleanups to bike rides to yoga. All of the events are free and open to the public. For the full list of events, click here.