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May 2017  |  www.westown.org
2017 River Rhythms Line-Up Announced
Join Us Every Wednesday! 
Pere Marquette Park
June 14 - August 30
6:30 - 9PM

Each year we are excited to share the River Rhythms Lineup and this year is no exception! The season kicks off on June 14th and showcases some of Milwaukee's favorite bands while also bringing in national talent

Check out the 2017 Lineup
Presenting Sponsor: 
The Westown Farmers' Market is Right Around the Corner

Zeidler Union Square 
June 7 - October 25
10AM - 2PM

New vendors for this year's market include: 
  • Chillwaukee (handcrafted ice pops)
  • Honeypie (ready to eat mini sweet and savory pies, salted caramel brownies)
  • Kettle Range Meats (summer sausage, snack sticks, jerky and frozen meats)
  • C. Adams Bakery (cookies, bars, and morning baked goods)
  • Funky Fresh Spring Rolls (grilled non-traditional spring rolls made with fresh & local ingredients: buffalo chicken with kale, chicken club, sweet potato and more)
  • Whatever Comes Naturally (natural herbs, heirloom garden plants, micro greens, wheat grass, all natural hand crafted soap, essential oils, body products, wool dryer balls, crochet soap dishes and washcloths)
  • Encanto/The Cozy Zone (jewelry, switch plates, artwork, felted items)
Check out our entire to date vendor list, here.

For more information on the Westown Farmers' Market and this season's entertainment schedule, click here 

Presenting Sponsor: 

Mark Your Calendar
Historic Milwaukee Riverwalk Tours
May 17- October 25

Learn about the Riverwalk and Milwaukee's history on a guided your presented by Historic Milwaukee, Inc. 

Tickets are available here
Dining Week
June 1 - 8

Sponsored by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21

Eight days of restaurant deals from 43 of Milwaukee's finest restaurants at a fraction of the cost. 

For a complete list of participating restaurants, click here.
Newaukee's Night Markets
Wisconsin Ave
between 2nd and 4th 
5 - 10PM

June 14
July 12
August 16
September 13

Come enjoy arts, crafts, food, live music and experience Milwaukee culture at night.  

For more information, click here.
New Art Coming to Wisconsin Avenue 
Mark your calendars - Sculpture Milwaukee will be on view from June 1 - October 22, 2017. Twenty-two sculptures from 21 artists will be placed along Wisconsin Avenue from 6th Street to O'Donnell Park. These free to the public installations will include work from Santiago Calatrava, Tony Cragg, Alison Saar, Joel Shapiro and Jessica Stockholder, as well as three Milwaukee-based artists - Michelle Grabner, Paul Druecke and Jason S. Yi. 

To learn more about Sculpture Milwaukee,  click here.
Milwaukee's utility boxes are about to receive a big upgrade. Visual artist Mauricio Ramirez will be turning the utility boxes into 3-dimensional murals. He will begin painting mid-May and is expected to be finished in late June. In total, he will be painting 10 utility boxes along Wisconsin Ave, from Cass to 9th Street. 

Join us this Friday, May 19th from 11AM - 1PM for a Pop-Up Party with DJ Shawna near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Plankinton (near Mo's Irish Pub) to see Ramirez begin updating one of the utility boxes.
Milwaukee Police Department News
Westown would like to welcome Captain Diana Rowe, who became the new First District commander in February after the retirement of Captain Eric Moore.  We would also like to wish long-time District 1 Community Liaison Officer Jose Alba well on his May retirement from MPD after 26 years of service. Tom Kline will continue to serve as CLO for the downtown area and can be contacted at tkline@milwaukee.gov.
Streetcar Construction Updates
The Milwaukee streetcar construction project is in full swing throughout downtown Milwaukee. To mitigate the construction impacts and answer questions, the City of Milwaukee will communicate regularly with those who have homes, businesses, jobs and property along the route.  These project updates, delivered via email, will be used throughout construction and system testing to:
  • Provide construction timelines and updates
  • Inform businesses and residents about community meetings
  • Communicate City "Support for Business" programs and activities
  • Solicit input and questions from stakeholders on the route
To be included on The Milwaukee Streetcar Construction News email updates, please complete the form on project website

For the latest streetcar construction updates, click here.
Summerfest 50 Exhibit Opens at the Milwaukee County Historical Society
In honor of Summerfest's 50th edition, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and the Milwaukee County Historical Society are partnering to present a series of historic exhibits that illustrate decades of festival highlights. This exhibit digs deep into Summerfest's history, from its founding fathers to the world-class musicians that make it the festival it is today.  The Summerfest 50th exhibit opens on Thursday, May 18th. 

Bus Rapid Transit
The planning for Milwaukee County's Bus Rapid Transit continues to move forward. This modern transit service will stretch 9-miles and connect major employment, education, and recreation destinations between downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. As Milwaukee County continues to move forward with the design and planning of the BRT project, which includes lane configuration and station location and design, we want to ensure that Westown stakeholders are informed about the benefits and potential impacts of the project.  As a part of their stakeholder outreach, Milwaukee County Transit is willing to meet with businesses and property owners.  Please contact Dan Basile at MCTS for more information - dbasile@mcts.org.

For more information on the BRT project, click here
Help Stop Hunger in Milwaukee One Person at a Time, One Day at a Time
What better way to start your day than to lend a hand on a meaningful project? The Gathering on State (formerly located at St. James Church on Wisconsin Ave.) needs volunteers for its Breakfast Program - preparing and serving hot, nutritious meals between  7 - 10AM, Monday through Friday to 150-220 hungry and/or homeless guests. Help set up, prepare, serve and clean up after the meal. Bring a smile, a willingness to serve and your energy. The Gathering on State is located at 924 W. State Street (St. Ben's). Parking is available on site. Individuals are welcome to come on any day. For groups of 4-20, call The Gathering office (414-272-4122) to sign up for a date(s)! 

For more information check out the website at 
Take the MKE United Survey and Share your Voice
Milwaukee is experiencing once-in-a-generation development in the downtown area. This development is creating incredible new opportunities for the city. Due to these new opportunities, MKE United is working on developing an Action Agenda and they want to make sure it represents all voices from Milwaukee's different neighborhoods. The MKE United survey allows Milwaukee residents to share their priorities, ideas, and perceptions regarding key issues to help make Downtown Milwaukee a better place for everyone.

Westown Association 4th Annual Golf Outing
Join the Westown Association as we host our 4th Annual Westown Golf Open at Western Lakes Golf Club on Monday, September 11, 2017. We look forward to another great event and hope that it will foster new networking opportunities and relationships with fellow Westown enthusiasts.
*Take advantage of our Early Bird Specials until July 14th*

Click here to learn how you can sign up  to golf at the outing and see all of the  great sponsorship opportunities available!    

Presenting Sponsor:

Westown Association  |  www.westown.org
633 West Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 409
Milwaukee, WI 53203