MCJ Photographer Yvonne Kemp (seated second from right) recently accepted for her late brother and noted photographer Harry Kemp the plaque signifying his induction into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame. With Yvonne is her and Harry’s sister JoAnne (second from left), friends, fellow photographers, and representatives of the MCJ. The event is annually sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club and was held at the Potawatomi Casino’s Woodland Dreams Room.
Twenty-second Make a Difference Day volunteers prepare homes for winter
On Saturday, November 3, more than 1,000 volunteers will team up to help Milwaukee’s older adults prepare their homes for the winter months on Make a Difference Day, in collaboration between the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee, a service of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, and Interfaith Older Adult Programs.
A volunteer breakfast kick-off will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.at the Washington Park Senior Center, located at 4420 W. Vliet St. in Milwaukee.
Immediately following the breakfast, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., hundreds of community members, including students, local company employees, congregation members, families and student groups from UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University will go to the homes of 350 older adults to rake leaves, wash windows and clean up yards.
One third of all older adults live alone, and many cannot complete the outdoor tasks required during the transition into the winter months.
The focus of Make a Difference Day is to help older adults remain independent and in their own homes. Volunteers feel a great sense of reward and accomplishment; some have even developed ongoing relationships with the older adults and continue their service throughout the year. For others, this event is a great introduction into volunteerism, especially so close to the holiday season when helping others is on our minds.
Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs invites residents of all ages to a night of politically-charged poetry from some of Milwaukee’s well-known spoken word artists and politicians tomorrow night, November 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at City Hall.
The event is hosted by local poet Kwabena Antoine Nixon (IKAN), with music by Coredj Sherman and a special guest poet, U.S. Congressional Rep. Gwen Moore. Alderwoman Coggs, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton and Alderman Nik Kovac will also share poetry. Other poets will include Shelly, Jazzi, Joel Ramirez, Anita Bee, Fear & Fast Lane and more. Artwork will be on display from True Skool.
“The spoken word is a powerful force of self-expression and enlightenment,” Alderwoman Coggs said. “With the Politics & Poetry event at City Hall, we hope to do more than just entertain. We want to inspire participants to get involved and encourage their civic engagement, especially with this crucial election next week.”
In that vein, Alderwoman Coggs said attendees at the Politics & Poetry event can even cross the street to the Zeidler Municipal Building to participate in early voting, which continues until 7:00 p.m. every night this week.
Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to benefit Feeding America.
The event is sponsored by Alderwoman Coggs, the Milwaukee Youth Council, the NAACP Young Adult Committee and the League of Young Voters.
What: Politics and Poetry
When: November 1st 2012, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall rotunda, 200 E. Wells St.
Please join the amazing folks who live and serve in Lindsay Heights for dinner and a lively discussion to learn what progress has been accomplished in the past six months and what is on the horizon! We are all working hard to advance our work in stewardship and community engagement.
Share a meal and learn of the work happening in our community for the common good.
- There will be a “Learning Community” presentation focused on community engagement.
- Attendees will be invited to select one other strategy to discuss, during our “Table Talk” small group discussion.
A raffle will be offered for residents who attend the event. Two $20 gift certificates will be raffled at the end of the evening.
Agencies are encouraged to invite families to attend and learn about community resources.
Please call Kimberly with your questions at 414.264.2326 or e-mail: [email protected]
Dinner served at 5pm.
Hope to see you there!
Milwaukee’s annual Veterans Day memorial program will start at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 on MacArthur Square, south of the Safety Building, 821 W. State St.
Milwaukee Police Post 415 and Milwaukee Fire Fighters Post 426 of the American Legion will play host to the ceremony.
Wayne Jensen, commander of Wisconsin’s American Legion, will speak. The program, which will include a rifle salute and the playing of Taps, has been held in Milwaukee since 1939.
The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) recently held its first Women in Business luncheon series: Hands Touching Hands,” which is dedicated to supporting and advancing women entrepreneurs. The luncheon was held at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave. The guest speaker of the luncheon was Renee Amoore (pictured at far left standing with AACC President and CEO Eve Hall, who is standing to Amoore’s right), the founder and president of The Amoore Group, a conglomerate consisting of four thriving entities, Amoore has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneur, healthcare advocate and political advisor. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Johnson Controls, Inc. The AACC’s mission is to develop programs to strengthen and grow businesses owned by African Americans. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
Donated Trees to be accepted now until October 31
At Christmas, for many families it’s difficult to afford toys and gifts for children to put under the tree, let alone the Christmas tree. Requests to The Salvation Army for food, clothing and toys were up last Christmas, and 2012 promises to be another difficult year for many families.
Treetime Christmas Creations, a national premium artificial tree and decor company, is teaming up with The Salvation Army this year to help Milwaukee area families in need with its “Tree Trade-In” program for the month of October.
This is the first year the program will include the Milwaukee area, as it was unveiled in 2011 for the Chicago and suburban areas in Illinois.
Milwaukee area families are invited to donate their gently used artificial Christmas tree (3-feet and larger) to families in need by scheduling a pick-up at 1-800-SA-TRUCK or visiting milwaukee.satruck.org.
Area residents who donate a tree will receive an online coupon code for an extra 10 percent off any new online Treetime artificial Christmas tree purchase (which includes free shipping), to be redeemed by October 31. For more information, visit www.treetime.com.
The collected Christmas trees will be donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to area families in need, and in time for the holiday this year.
The first annual Tree Trade-In program in 2011 benefited nearly 200 families in the Chicagoland area. Last year, The Salvation Army in Milwaukee County distributed 100,000 toys to needy children of low income and unemployed families.
“With so many people wanting to celebrate the holiday season, it’s hard to imagine Christmas time without a decorated tree,” says Laurie Kane, Owner, Treetime Christmas Creations.
“We are thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army to help bring joy to families this holiday, while providing a ‘greener’ way for residents to pass on their Christmas trees for more years of enjoyment, rather than adding trees to landfills.”
“Many families simply can’t afford a Christmas tree, or could better spend the money on food and clothing,” said Captain Gerhard Scheler, The Salvation Army. “Plus, they can continue to use an artificial Christmas tree year after year. More than 56,000 families shop in our Milwaukee retail stores in the months leading up to the holiday season, and thousands more request toys and clothing through our Corps community centers. We are pleased to partner with Treetime Christmas Creations to bring the joy of Christmas into the homes of families in need.”
A fennec fox pewter ornament, sponsorship of a baby camel – these and other gifts help support animals. The Zoological Society of Milwaukee offers several holiday gifts for animal lovers, including a year-round Zoo Pass. Here’s a list. To purchase, see www.zoosociety.org, call (414) 258-2333 or stop in the Zoological Society’s office at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Gift proceeds go toward the Zoological Society’s mission to conserve animals, educate people about wildlife and support the Zoo.
1) Gift sponsorship of Addi Jean (A.J.), the Zoo’s baby Bactrian camel. A sponsorship gift for $30 includes a plush-toy baby Bactrian camel, a certificate of sponsorship, a Bactrian camel fact sheet, an invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors in August and more (shipping is $5).
2) A fennec fox mom and her two kits are this year’s pewter holiday ornament. Designed by Cedarburg artist Andy Schumann, this ornament is one of a series that he has created over 18 years for the Zoological Society. Fennec foxes are small, but their big ears make them adorable. You can purchase the fox ornament or past individual ornaments for $14 each, or the whole collection of 21 ornaments for $252 and save $42.
3) Zoological Society gift certificates allow the receivers to pick their own gifts.
Choose any dollar amount for your certificate, and apply it to Zoological Society 2013 events such as Wines & Beers of the World (Feb. 7), Beastly Bowl-a-Thon (Feb. 2), the Zootastic family evening (April 26), the August Zoo campout, and more.
You also can get certificates for a Zoological Society education class or summer camp for children ages 2-14.
4) Do you know a child who loves animals? If so, give the budding conservationist a membership in the Zoological Society’s Kids Conservation Club.
Membership is $20 per child and includes endangered-animal collector cards, an invitation to a behind-the-scenes event for animal sponsors at the Zoo, hands-on workshops for kids and parents, and more.
5) A Zoo Pass membership gives recipients free admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo 365 days a year. You can even include parking with the Zoo Pass Plus. Members receive great perks, including free or discounted admission to more than 150 zoos and aquariums nationwide and much more. Family memberships start at $71 (a variety of membership levels is available).
The Zoological Society will begin mailing gifts after the Thanksgiving holiday, unless otherwise requested. To guarantee holiday delivery via the mail, the Society needs to receive orders by Dec. 17, 2012. Express mail delivery is available after Dec. 17 for a fee; call (414) 258-2333 for details.
Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) will serve authentic thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizza and more, at Wauwatosa’s Pizzeria Piccola, 7606 W. State St., on Sunday, October 21, from 4 to 9 p.m.
A portion of the evening’s sales, including carry-out orders, as well as all tips, will benefit Friends of MADACC.
Pizzeria Piccola also offers free delivery to the area of Wauwatosa between the hours of 5 and 9 p.m. Carry-out pizzas can be partially- or completely pre-baked and finished or re-heated at home in the oven.
Please place your carry-out or delivery order via phone to 414-443-0800.
Friends of MADACC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of Milwaukee County’s homeless animals housed at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for over 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin.
Funds raised by Friends of MADACC support facility improvements, educational programs like Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD), and spay/neuter surgeries to increase adoption placement of the animals at MADACC and help reduce Milwaukee County’s pet overpopulation program. To learn more about Friends of MADACC, visit www.madaccfriends.org.
SDC Residential Services staff shows residents how to save energy costs for a water heater at an Energy Demonstration at Clarke Square Park in 2011.
Residents are invited to the free Energy Conservation and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Demonstrations Saturday, October 13 from noon until 4 pm at Journey House at 2110 W. Scott Street on Milwaukee’s Southside. The day will feature bi-lingual presentations on a new SDC program that helps detect and abate lead in homes with children present, energy savings tips, insulation, pest management, and the importance of property maintenance.