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Friends of Center Street Park host barbecue July 3

A new barbecue event will be coming to Center Street Park in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

From 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, The Friends of Center Street Park will host its inaugural Q & Brew event at the park, between Center and Clarke streets, with a main entrance at 6420 W. Clarke St.

The event will feature a 14-cook competition and live music at 6 p.m. by local modern folk and indie rock band The Belle Weather. Beer from Big Head Brewing Company will be available from 4 to 9 p.m.

The idea for the event came from the East Tosa BBQ Appreciation Society, an informal group of neighborhood residents that gather monthly at community parks to share their latest barbecue recipes. As the group has grown, they've looked for ways to spread their love of barbecue, according to a news release.

Tickets for sampling the barbecue competition, including sides by Tall Guy and a Grill, can be purchased in advance at qandbrew.org. Tickets are limited and the public tasting will begin at 5 p.m.

Tosa Skateboarders United hosts first event since opening of new park

Tosa Skateboarders United will host its first official event at the city's new skatepark since it opened in November.

The organization will host professional skater Grey Lutzka from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Tosa Skatepark at Hart Park. Lutzka, who grew up in the Midwest and moved to California at age 18, is known for his technical skills and the distinction of being the only skater to win the Tampa Pro three times, according to a news release.

Lutzka will be available for a meet and greet from noon to 2 p.m. that day.

Bel Air Cantina will be on site, reviving its skater-inspired TSU360 taco. The event, sponsored by Phase II Skateshop and Crime Lab Skateboarding, will also feature prizes, contests, music, food and open skating.

Irish Fest Summer School gears up for week of classes at Wauwatosa's CelticMKE Center

Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School will celebrate its 30th year in 2016 with a lineup of new and returning classes led by local and international experts.

The weeklong program, which runs Aug. 15-19, at the CelticMKE Center, 15323. N.Wauwatosa Ave., provides a hands-on Irish cultural experience for all ages, with classes in music, dance, history, crafts, language and more.

'Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School never fails to have something for everyone at any skill level,' said Jane Walrath, director of the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. 'We are thrilled to welcome back workshops that are student favorites while also introducing new classes and instructors.'

For a complete schedule, instructor bios, class descriptions, updates and to register, visit irishfestsummerschool.com.

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