It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as you prepare for the weekend.
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1. Unveiling of Moody Park basketball court art design: Friday, July 9
Hip-hop education nonprofit TRUE Skool is collaborating with Activate MKE and artist Art Fu Yung to redesign the basketball courts at Moody Park, 2201 W. Auer Ave. The project is inspired by the life of Quanita “Tay” Jackson, who was killed in 2019, a day after she helped organize a basketball tournament in Moody Park. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 9 at TRUE Skool, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Unit #1000. RSVP to the event here.
2. Clarke Square Basura Bash: Saturday, July 10
The Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative and Safe & Sound are hosting a cleanup in Clarke Square starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 10. Buckets, pickers and masks will be provided. Social distancing is encouraged. For more information, contact Arielle Mayer at 414-308-4772.
3. Listening session for school emergency relief funding: Saturday, July 10
MPS is hosting a listening session to gather community feedback on how it should spend money it recently received from the federal government. This listening session will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at North Division High School, 1011 W. Center St. Registration is not required. The dates and times for other listening sessions can be found here.
4. Child tax credit information session: Saturday, July 10
Check out the Advanced Child Tax Credit Event hosted by the Internal Revenue Service and the Milwaukee Stakeholder Partnerships Education and Communication branch from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10 at the Milwaukee walk-in Taxpayer Assistance Center, 211 W. Wisconsin Ave. Eligible families can receive advance payments of up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child 6 and older. READ: UPDATE: Make sure you file early to get expanded child tax credit.
5. Next Door prepares to launch book drive: Through July 23
As part of the 30th birthday celebration of its Book for Kids program, Next Door is hosting its largest ever book drive from July 12 through July 23. The agency’s goal is to provide three books a month per child for more than 1,300 children across Next Door’s early childhood education programs in the upcoming school year. The celebration will culminate in a virtual event on July 28 celebrating the program’s history and announcing the results. Click here for more information.
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