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Back-to-School Festival at King Center

In its 15th year and going strong, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Back-to-School Festival returns to King Park on Saturday, Aug. 8th from 11:30 am to 6pm.  The park is located at 1531 W. Vliet Street.  Children ages 5-18 are welcome to attend and will receive a free book bag, three theme books, a pack of pencils, ink pens, three folders, glue, erasers and more.  Children interested in obtaining a book bag need to preregister as soon as they arrive.  Additional activities include large inflatable amusement games, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, carnival games, a youth talent show and raffle prizes.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  For more information call (414) 278-4265.

"Family Day" is Tops for Kids at Bradford Beach

Who may I ask loves the beach more than a child?  You've got more sand than any sandbox, plus plenty of water and most wonderfully the sand and water can be mixed in an infinite number of ways to make sandy wet mud.  If water isn't your thing, then play in the sand, if sand loses your interest then jump in the water or get your toes wet or both.  As a dad the best fun for my kids has been the beach because everybody wins and my cell phone can no longer come along since the last time it did and got wet, it started ringing and never stopped again.  

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Golf & Save $ in Milwaukee County Parks

Golf at the following Milwaukee County courses - Dretzka, Oakwood, Whitnall, Currie, Grant, Greenfield and Lincoln -  and play at the following special rates: Mon.-Fri. after 1pm, weekends & holidays after 2pm,  18-holes with a cart for $100......

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Free High Energy Blues Concert this Friday at Whitnall Park

A free music concert featuring "Katz Sass Blues," known for its Texas-styled Blues, will play this Friday, August 14th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Whitnall Park golf clubhouse, 6751 S. 92nd Street.  If you are hungry and would like to savor their fish fry (baked or fried cod) as well, that is available anytime between 4-8pm.  Reservations may be made at (414) 425-1810 though they are not required.

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"Doggie Dips" at 3 Parks Aug. 16th

This Sunday, August 16th from 5:30-7pm take your beloved dog, hound, protector, companion, and four-legged friend to Jackson Park pool - 3500 W. Forest Home Ave., or Sheridan Park Pool - 4800 S. Lake Drive, or Washington Park pool - 1859 N. 40th Steet, for the annual "Doggie Dips" where rover can cool off in the water, once the pools have been closed for the summer season. 

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"Brewcity Bruisers" Thank You Night at Washington Park

Hhhmmmm......Let's see if I read this right.  August 26 at Washington Park.  Free roller skating with a Brewcity Bruiser member (if you didn't know they represent Milwaukee's only all women's roller derby league) from 4-6pm with skates for kids provided by the MPS skate van, plus fishing in the Washington Park pond with a bruiser with poles provided by the Urban Ecology Center, plus free food and soda from 5:30-6:30 while supplies last, plus free live music concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 pm featuring the Addy Janes, the Barrettes, the Lillies and the BCB Beerleaders bands.  This celebration/party is the way the Brewcity Bruisers wish to thank their sponsors, volunteers and the community for all their loyal support.  Hey, ya they are tough no doubt and have big hearts, too.

"Rock N' Rollin" Skate Fest at Red Arrow Park

Once again the Milwaukee County Parks System has partnered, this time, with OnMilwaukee.com to turn Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water Steet, into a outdoor roller skating rink for three nights only this fall - the first being this Saturday, August 22 from 6-10pm.  On site skate rental is only $2.  There will be DJs, break dancers, art exhibits, appearances from the Brewcity Bruisers and IFL (Ironman Football League).  Future skate fests will take place on Sept. 19 & Oct. 10 from 6-10pm.  Great for the kids or a nice date idea too.  O yeah, I almost forgot a variety of food and beverages will be available.

Recycle your Plastic Pots at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Here's a great way to get rid of your plastic junk like planter pots, hanging baskets, black plastic edging and empty fertilizer and mulch bags.  Take them to Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, on September 24-26 and drop them off on the SE corner of the parking lot between 9am-3pm.  It they have dirt on them, please clean that off and please sort the plastic pots according to the number #2, #5, or #6 on the bottom of the pot.  It's that simple.  Last year over 21.5 tons of the stuff was collected by Boerner and UW-Extension.  Mother Earth says "thank you," along with all future generations of life.

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