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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1. Movie night in Johnsons Park: “Moana”: Friday, July 16
Friends of Johnsons Park and Neu-Life Community Development are screening a showing of Disney’s “Moana” at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16 in Johnsons Park, 1919 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
2. Heal the Hood: Annual block party: Saturday, July 17
Heal the Hood MKE is back. The annual block party will take place on North Ninth and West Ring Streets from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. There will be food, live music, entertainment, giveaways and more. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Milwaukee and 414Life Violence Prevention team.
3. Garden Homes 100th anniversary celebration: Saturday, July 17
The 30th Street Corridor is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Garden Homes. During the celebration, the group will also be kicking off the renovation of 11 historic homes in Garden Homes Park. The celebration will take place at Garden Homes Park, 2600 W. Atkinson Ave., starting at noon on Saturday, July 17. For inquiries and to RSVP call 414-509-5115.
4. Nelson Mandela International Day Milwaukee Public Museum celebration: Sunday, July 18
Every year, Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on his birthday. This year, the celebration will take place on Sunday, July 18. The Milwaukee Public Museum and America’s Black Holocaust Museum are encouraging people to take the “My Mandela Pledge.” Those who take the pledge are asked to serve their community for 67 minutes in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years of service. “Mandela: The Official Exhibition” will be on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells St., until Sunday, Aug. 1.
5. Story time at Pete’s Pops with the Niche Book Bar: Sunday, July 18
Earlier this summer, Pete’s Pops and the Niche Book Bar launched an outdoor story time series. Each month, Cetonia Weston-Roy chooses three books that explore a different theme. This week, story time will take place at Pete’s Pops, 3809 W. Vliet St., from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 18. This event is free and family friendly.
Bonus: Cultural plant walks with Angela Kingsawan: Saturday, July 17
Local herbalist Angela Kingsawan will be leading a cultural plant walk in Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. The walks are a part of the garden’s “HOME” series. Participants will learn about the cultural significance various plants have and how they can be used as food and medicine. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Read: NNS Spotlight: Clarke Square herbalist connects community with nature.