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. MLK Library Apartments project groundbreaking ceremony: Friday, May 19
The new MLK Library Branch, which will include apartment buildings, is set to open in late 2024. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new building starts at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 at 310 W. Locust Ave. More information here.
2. Youth summer resource fair at South Division: Saturday, May 20
Families and young people living on the South Side are invited to this youth resource fair full of music, food, performances and information about summer programs, internships and paid opportunities from more than 20 organizations across Milwaukee. The fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at South Division High School, located at 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. More information here.
3. Writing and healing workshop: Saturday, May 20
Bring a journal or something to write in “and an open heart” to this writing workshop facilitated by Darlin Nikki Janzen, Lexi Trenee and Alisha Vales. Light refreshments are provided. The workshop takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at 6040 W. Lisbon Ave. Pre-register here.
4. “Bloom and Groom” community plant sale: Saturday, May 20 and other dates
“Bloom and Groom” is an annual plant sale happening across the city, typically facilitated by neighborhood organizations, such as VIA CDC, Kinnickinnic River Neighbors in Action and Metcalfe Park Community Bridges. Many participating neighborhoods are holding their sales on Saturday, May 20 or sometime in the upcoming week, but there are other sales throughout May. Find more information by searching the phrase “bloom and groom” on social media or a search engine like Google.
5. Washington Park native plant sale: Sunday, May 21
Urban Ecology Center is hosting a sale for plants native to the region at its Washington Park location, 1859 N. 40th St. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. More information here.
BONUS: “Zero Youth Corrections” listening session: Friday, May 19
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services is looking for community input on how to reduce youth incarceration. The virtual session takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19. More information and register here.
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