It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please submit your news by clicking here at least two weeks in advance.
1. Marcus Mosiah Garvey Junior Garden Kickoff: Friday, May 20
The Marcus Mosiah Garvey Junior Garden, a garden rooted in history and youth empowerment, is looking for volunteers to haul dirt, plant beds and beautify the space. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at 3052 N. 27th St. More information here.
2. Malcolm X Bike Ride: Saturday, May 21
Honor the life and legacy of Malcolm X, who would have turned 97 years old this past Thursday, May 19, through communal biking around the Old North Milwaukee neighborhood and surrounding area. Bikers should meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the Uhuru Sasa (Freedom Now) Mural at 3120 W. Villard Ave. Route details here.
3. Grocery Giveaway and Cookout: Saturday, May 21
Dream Team United MKE, a coalition formed to respond to community needs related to COVID-19, will be hosting a grocery giveaway and cookout from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at 1313 W. Reservoir Ave.
4. “It Takes a Village” Cleanup: Saturday, May 21
Those in the Milwaukee College Prep 38th Street community or surrounding neighborhood are invited to help beautify the area around the school from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 21. Meet at the Milwaukee College Prep 38th Street campus at 2623 N. 38th St.
5. Spring Festival at the MMSD West Basin: Saturday, May 21
The Northwest Side Community Development Corporation invites neighbors to its spring festival, which will feature “activities, plant giveaways, games, snacks, music, prizes, & more!” The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at MMSD West Basin, located at 4350 N. 35th St.
BONUS: “On Site: Derrick Adams”: Block Party: Saturday, May 21
This lakefront block party builds on themes from the ongoing Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit about Derrick Adams, an artist who reframes historical Black narratives and examines the role of the media in shaping identity. Activities range from line dancing to gallery tours to spades tournaments. Food trucks will be present. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at 700 N. Art Museum Drive. This event will be held rain or shine.