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. Friedens al Fresco summer block party: Saturday, Aug. 27
Friedens Community Ministries, which runs four food pantries across the city, is hosting a block party at its pantry in the Muskego Way neighborhood. The party takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Despensa de la Paz, located at 1615 S. 22nd St.
2. T-shirt printing with Rachaad Howard: Saturday, Aug. 27
Cream City Print Lounge owner Rachaad Howard teaches you the basics of printing T-shirts. The class runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Arts @ Large, located at 1100 S. 5th St. Register here.
3. History of Mitchell Park: Saturday, Aug. 27
Learn about Mitchell Park’s indigenous origins, settlement as Milwaukee’s first trading post, development as a private park and acquisition in the 1890s as a public park. This paid talk starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets are $5 for Milwaukee Preservation Alliance members, $10 for non-members.
4. “The New Black Wall Street” block party: Saturday, Aug. 27
This free family-friendly celebration of the Center Street business corridor features vendors and a “kid zone” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 on North Center Street between North 34th and North 35th streets.
5. Senior Sundays at Mystic Phoenix: Sunday, Aug. 28
Staff members at Mystic Phoenix Art Studio lead this class on creative art activities that sharpen short and long-term memory and cognitive skills. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 in The Table Vocational Center, located at 5305 W. Capitol Drive.
BONUS: School supply giveaways: all month
Several businesses and organizations are giving away free backpacks and school supplies all month. See a full list of events here.