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. “The Big Idea IX: Visual Voices” Opening Reception: Friday, June 24
Latino Arts’ new exhibition “The Big Idea IX: Visual Voices” is a celebration of the tenacity of developing artists throughout southeastern Wisconsin since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. The exhibition is open from June 24 through Aug. 19. The opening reception runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 at Latino Arts, 1028 S. 9th St.
2. Maranta Flea Market: Saturday, June 25
Maranta Plant Shop is hosting a weekly flea market with local vendors every Saturday through Sept. 24 at its location in the Harambee neighborhood. The market runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at 1739 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. More information here. Vendor sign up here.
3. Brown Bosses Brunch: Sunday, June 26
Creatives, community leaders or business owners of color are invited to this periodic brunch with resources related to a theme. This Sunday’s theme is fashion, and the brunch will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at 900 S. 5th St. More information here.
4. Homer Blow birthday party for the kids: Saturday, June 25
This birthday party for the kids includes free food, cake and ice cream as well as gift cards for those who get the COVID-19 vaccination. The party takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at the Oasis Lounge, 3120 W. Villard Ave.
5. Lincoln Creek Greenway Summit: Saturday, June 25
Join a discussion on the current state and the future of the Lincoln Creek Greenway. The event will take place at Havenswood State Forest, 6141 N Hopkins St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25. You can register here. Find the latest information here. Nearby Nature Milwaukee is organizing the event.
BONUS: Rain garden demonstration: Saturday, June 25
Join Northwest Side CDC, Clean Wisconsin and community volunteers as they dig a rain garden and plant native flowers to help capture stormwater at Green Tech Station, 4101 N. 31st St. Participants will be eligible for a free rain barrel or rain garden to be installed at their homes, though some restrictions apply. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 25. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by calling or emailing Sarah Bregant at 414-444-8200, x.8104, or email@example.com