On Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Amaranth Bakery and Cafe will make it’s debut appearance at the Vliet Street Green Market, which will be held at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet Street. Amaranth Bakery and Cafe, located at 3327 W. Lisbon Ave., focuses on local, fair-trade and organic ingredients. Children will have the opportunity to make drums for the community drum circle.
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. are co-hosting a documentary film screening and event Wednesday marking International Nelson Mandela Day, in honor of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of South Africa.
The film Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony will be shown at Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St. starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18. Media coverage is invited, and refreshments will be served.
Alderman Hamilton said the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 declared July 18 as International Nelson Mandela Day across the globe – celebrated on Mr. Mandela’s birthday. “Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and he worked tirelessly to fight poverty, to reconcile bitter problems left in the wake of Apartheid and to unify his country,” he said.
Alderman Davis said his work as chair of the City of Milwaukee’s Sister Cities Committee and with the National League of Cities has exposed him to the “great depth of courage and honor” that Nelson Mandela possesses. “I have tremendous respect for President Mandela and believe the film has an uplifting message that will resonate with attendees,” he said.
An online description of the film is here: “Through a chronological history of the South African liberation struggle, this documentary cites examples of the way that music was used in the fight for freedom. Songs united those who were being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music consoled those incarcerated, and created an effective underground form of communication inside the prisons.”
U.S. Bank will host a spectacular holiday fireworks display on the Milwaukee Lakefront on Tuesday, July 3, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. The fireworks show will be launched from three barges on Lake Michigan, just off the shore of Veterans Park. The fireworks will not be rescheduled if there is severe weather.
“This year’s July 3 fireworks will be nothing short of magnificent,” said Bill Bertha, U.S. Bank Wisconsin president. “U.S. Bank is honored to sponsor this amazing show, which is known for being the biggest and the best in the Midwest. It’s a wonderful time for families, friends and neighbors to enjoy time together celebrating our nation’s birthday at this free event. Nearly one million people attend the U.S. Bank Fireworks along the lakefront. The local economy benefits too, as many of the spectators stay in Milwaukee over the holiday and enjoy spending time in our city.”
The U.S. Bank July Fireworks show will feature than 10,000 pounds of fireworks, with 5,000 igniters lighting more than 20,000 shells. A start-of-the-art electronic system will ensure proper timing of the colorful and noisy display. It will be connected by more than eight miles of wire.
This year’s fireworks show will feature three distinct sections each with its own finale, the first showcasing a synchronized firing of shells to highlight precision timing, followed by simultaneous mass effects. The third section will build up toward the finale. The grand finale will feature a barrage of both low-level and high-level effects. This year’s display will feature new shells not seen in last year’s show plus some old favorites. Be sure to watch for the bright colors and be ready for the big booms.
Best seats can be found in Veterans Park and Juneau Park. Handicap parking is available at the north end of Veterans Park. As parking is at a premium, going further out and catching a number of downtown buses to the lakefront, or taking the Summerfest shuttle along Wisconsin Avenue may be the best option. For details on the best bus route, please call the Milwaukee County Transit System at 414-344-6711.
Due to pedestrian congestion, drop offs are discouraged along Lincoln Memorial Drive as it will be closed to traffic. Restricted boating areas on Lake Michigan will also be enforced during the fireworks show.
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $341 billion in assets as of March 31, 2012, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states and 5,061 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp and its employees are dedicated to improving the communities they serve, for which the company earned the 2011 Spirit of America Award, the highest honor bestowed on a company by United Way. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
SOJOURNER FAMILY PEACE CENTER AND WATERSTONE BANK HOST ANNUAL TAILGATE AT MILLER PARK
MILWAUKEE, June 25, 2012 – Enjoy a Brewers baseball game and tailgate party while supporting a worthy cause at the annual Tailgate at Miller Park presented by WaterStone Bank to benefit Sojourner Family Peace Center. The Tailgate will be held on Friday, July 27, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Helfaer Field, the youth baseball facility next to Miller Park. All proceeds from the event support Sojourner Family Peace Center’s many programs to eliminate domestic violence in the Milwaukee area.
Former radio host Jim “Lips” LaBelle will emcee the event, which includes ballpark-style food and beverages and a silent auction featuring exclusive, autographed Brewers’ memorabilia. Raffle tickets can be purchased for the chance to win a Door County vacation and Kindle Fire, among other prizes. Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon making and an appearance by the Klement’s Racing Sausages. This year, adults and children will be allowed onto Helfaer Field to run the bases and play catch.
“This event not only offers an opportunity for the Milwaukee community to unite against domestic violence, it also helps us meet the increasing demand for our services,” said Angela Mancuso, co-executive director of Sojourner Family Peace Center. “We encourage the community to come out and celebrate the difference we are making in the lives of those affected by domestic violence.” Cost is $65 for adults and $25 for children (12 and under) to attend both the Tailgate and the Brewers vs. Washington Nationals game immediately following. Cost for the Tailgate only is $50. A Family Value Pack ticket package has been added this year: purchase two or more adult tickets at regular price and receive any number of children’s tickets for $20. Funds raised at the Tailgate directly assist in everything from food and childcare supplies to securing facilitators for group sessions and transportation to safety.
For more information, please contact Courtney Meyer at 414-276-1911 or [email protected]. To seek help from an abusive situation, call the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 414-933-2722.
Milwaukee, WI – June 19, 2012 – The Park People of Milwaukee County are proud to announce the 3rd Annual “Run for the Parks” 5k cross country fun run/2k walk to be held on July 24, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Humboldt Park Pavilion. Proceeds of the run/walk will be used to assist The Park People in their support of local parks including improvement at Humboldt Park in Bay View.
Discounted pre-registration is available online for $25 at http://runfortheparks.com or by calling 414- 273-7275. Children under 12 are free. Same day registration will also be available for an hour before the fun run begins. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate.
The cross country style course for the run encompasses every corner of Humboldt Park and various types of terrain including turf and asphalt. Runners and walkers will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag from our sponsors and refreshments after the race in a VIP area while enjoying the evening’s “Chill on the Hill” concert.
“The Park People are very excited for our 3rd year of the “Run for the Parks” at Humboldt Park.” said Dan Cody, Board President of the Park People. “As we celebrate the 105th anniversary of public parks in Milwaukee County, summer events like the Run for the Parks are a great way for residents to get fit and get healthy in their local parks. Over the past two years, we’ve raised nearly $10,000 for repairs in Humboldt Park and hope this year even more members of the community get involved in the run so we continue to contribute to projects that lead to improvements in neighborhood parks.”
Official sponsors of “Run for the Parks” include: The Park People of Milwaukee County; Barefoot Wine and Bubbly; Bay View Neighborhood Association; Milwaukee County Parks Department; Bay View Homes; Tenuta’s Italian Restaurant; Nowak and Lewis Chiropractic; Southern Lakes Physical Therapy and Starting Line Athletics.
The Park People of Milwaukee County, Inc., is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting citizen stewardship of Milwaukee County Parks and can be reached at [email protected] or http://ParkPeopleMKE.org/.
Milwaukee County Parks Brings Back a Milwaukee Tradition
The Milwaukee County Parks in partnership with Hans Weissgerber III, has announced the grand opening of the Estabrook Beer Garden, on Wednesday June 20 at 6 pm. The Garden is located between Hampton Ave. and Capital Dr. on Estabrook Parkway overlooking the Milwaukee River. To kick off the grand opening there will be a ceremonial beer taping and live music. Hours of operation are daily from noon to 8:30 pm.
You will be able to also purchase both beer and wine, with the beer being served in authentic German style glass mugs. There will be snacks available and the public is invited to bring their own picnic baskets. We encouraged you to make new friends with the shared table seating as you listen to the Milwaukee River flowing below. Cash is the only form of payment accepted at this time.
Hans Weissgerber III, Managing Director of Old German Beer Hall stated, “Beer gardens offer an opportunity for people from all walks of life to relax and enjoy a beer in a beautiful park setting with friends and family.”
Beer Gardens in Milwaukee have been a long standing tradition that brought both families and neighbors together in a social setting used to unite communities together. From the early arrival of German immigrants in Milwaukee, beer gardens began to spring up along the banks of the Milwaukee River. By the late 1800’s beer gardens were prolific throughout the city, they had become the center of summer social life and could be found in many city and county parks.
- Opening Ceremonies Start at 6 pm
- Free Samples – $5 Glass Deposit Required
- GPS Map: Address 4610 Estabrook Parkway
- Live Music-Brewhouse Polka Kings
- HB Sommer Beer Keg Tapping
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs helped dedicate Rays of Sunshine Community Garden at N. 24th Pl. and W. Keefe Ave. The event included neighborhood residents and groups, Milwaukee Police Department representatives, and Northwest Side Community Development Corp. officials.
Nuisance activity like drug dealing and loitering once plagued the location where the park is now located, and a few years ago it was the scene of a homicide. After that occurred, the neighbors stood up and decided “enough is enough.” Through the tireless efforts of concerned neighbors, MPD, and several community groups, the abandoned house and fortress of trees that once were a magnet for nuisance activity were demolished and transformed into a beautiful community park and garden. “From nuisance property to neighborhood jewel, this garden and park represents what is possible when people come together and take back their neighborhoods,” Alderwoman Coggs said.
Neighbor Clifford Ray, of Community Hands Neighborhood Block Watch, joined forces with then MPD Community Liaison Officer Ray Robakowski to organize efforts to convert the lot into a community park – hence the name “Rays of Sunshine Community Garden.”
Deep well pools are opening Saturday
Milwaukee County Parks’ Splash Pad and Wading Pool season will open on Saturday, June 16th. All six splash pads will open and eleven wading pools are scheduled to open on June 16th with the remaining wading pools opening on Saturday, June 23th. Our outdoor Deep Well Pools will be opening on Saturday, June 16th at 12:30pm as well.
Splash Pads opening on June 16th hours will be 11am-5pm:
Wading Pools opening on June 16th follow:
- Cannon Wader 12 – 4
- Columbus Wader 11 – 3
- Cooper Wader 11 – 3
- Pulaski-Cudahy Wader 1 – 5
- Rainbow Wader 10 – 2
- Rose Wader 12 – 4
- Smith Wader 12 – 4
- Tiefenthaler Wader 12 – 4
- Vogel Wader 12 – 3
- Walker Square Wader 1 – 5
- West Milwaukee Wader 10 – 2
Wading Pools Opening June 23rd follow:
- Alcott Wader 1 – 5
- Algonquin Wader 10 – 2
- Greene Wader 1 – 5
- Humboldt Wader 10 – 2
- Jacobus Wader 1 – 5
- Kops Wader 12 – 4
- LaFollette Wader 11 – 3
- Lindsay Wader 1 – 5
- Lyons Wader 12 – 4
- Mitchell Wader 12 – 4
- Saveland Wader 10 – 2
- Sherman Wader 1 – 5
- Tippecanoe Wader 11 – 3
- Wahl Wader 12 – 3
- Wedgewood Wader 10 – 2
Both outdoor pools and aquatic centers may be rented for events and private gatherings. Season pool passes may be obtained at all outdoor Milwaukee County pools, Community Centers, and the County Parks Administrative Office, 9480 Watertown Plank Rd. in Wauwatosa. For more information go to countyparks.com, call the Aquatics Office at (414) 257-8098 or call the 24-hour Pool Hotline at (414) 257-7230.
Roy & Georgia Evans celebrate their 45TH Anniversary on Sunday June 17th, 2012.
MILWAUKEE, WI – The Brady Street Business Improvement District, BID#11, is pleased to announce the Brady Street Festival 2012 on Saturday, July 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The festival takes place on Brady Street from Van Buren to Farwell Avenue and features a variety of vendors selling pottery, jewelry and an abundance of delicious fare from Brady Street restaurants, plus cheese tasting from Wisconsin cheesemakers.
The Division BMX stunt team, House of Harley’s Ride a Harley experience, and a Pro-Wrestling ring brought to you by Casablanca rounds out a great entertainment lineup. Three stages of live music include:
BUD LIGHT ISLAND MAIN STAGE sponsored by Knight Barry Title
12 pm Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Samba Unit
2 pm Well Informed Citizens
3 pm Boy Blue
4:30 Urban Empress & The Urbanites
6:30 Mucca Pazza
9 pm Boyz Will Be Girlz Drag Show
BRADY LOCALS STAGE sponsored by Gruber Law and Time Warner Cable
12 pm Luvahl
2 pm Thriftones
4 pm Misha Siegfried
6:30 pm Mathew Haeffel
8:30 pm Mississippi Cactus
NOMAD WORLD MUSIC STAGE with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
12-3 pm Sound Travels Live with 88Nine
3 pm RAS Movement (featuring Naima Adedapo)
5 pm The Delta Routine
6:30 pm Maritime
8 pm Fever Marlene
9:30 pm Herman Astro
Visit our Festival page at bradystreet.org for additional information.