It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as you get ready for your weekend.
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1. Milwaukee Health Department 20th annual Back-to-School Health Fair: Friday, July 30 and Friday, July 6
The Milwaukee Health Department is hosting its annual Back-to-School Health Fair. Children can receive immunizations, school supplies, water filters and more. The COVID-19 vaccine will be available for eligible children, parents and guardians. The first fair will take place at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education, 5075 N. Sherman Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 30. A second fair will take place at Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.
2. Ma’ruf Center community barbeque: Friday, July 30
The Ma’ruf Center for Youth Innovation, 2110 W. Hampton Ave., is hosting a community barbecue to “stop the violence.” The barbeque is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 30. A community forum will take place at 5 p.m. The barbeque is free and open to the public. There will be food, games, prizes, a bounce house, giveaways and more.
3. Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative: Mural reveal and celebration: Saturday, July 31
The Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is hosting a mural reveal and celebration. The mural is a depiction of Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association. The event will take place at the UScellular store, 1247 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.
4. Puerto Rican Family Festival: Sunday, Aug. 1
The eighth annual Puerto Rican Family Festival is happening this weekend. The festival will take place at Wilson Park, 1601 W. Howard Ave., starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. There will be entertainment, contests, a job, health and education fair and more. For more information, call 414-383-1000.
5. Virtual card writing and pen pal matching: Sunday, Aug. 1
Black and Pink: Milwaukee is looking for people interested in becoming pen pals with people in prison who identify as LGBTQ+. On the first Sunday of every month, the group is hosting a card writing and pen pal matching program. Participants will learn about the program, decorate birthday cards, get matched with a pen pal and more. This week, the event will take place on Zoom from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1.