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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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1. The Ice Bucket Challenge won't work for your non-profit
If you work at a non-profit, you are, no doubt, watching the #IceBucketChallenge with great interest. You may be wondering how you can make a similar initiative work for your organization. You can't.
2. Why I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week, and it went out over Facebook and Twitter, but I'm fortunate to have larger platform here at OnMilwaukee.com to explain why.
3. Snake button rattler is on the loose!
The Milwaukee Public Museum has just announced that the rattlesnake in its second floor bison hunt exhibition has fled the scene. According to the release, the snake has gone on vacation, and has apparently been in contact with museum officials.
4. Alex Runner's take on "Milwaukee's 14 Most Important People"
Dave Begel's latest list, of course, was well read, shared and discussed. It also led to others creating similar lists. One came from Alex Runner. Via Facebook, Runner, a former aid to Ald. Willie Hines, current blogger and civic leader, posted his take on MKE's most important people. I asked him if we could share it, so here it is.
5. Iron Horse Hotel hosts indoor bike events
The Iron Horse Hotel continues to hold its Thursday night "Bike Nights" where motorcycles of all makes and models can be seen out in front, but the hotel is going to take its connection to bikes up a notch this winter by introducing a Winter Moto Month in February.
6. Ev'ryday I'm Bubln': First look at Bublr Bike Share
Midwest BikeShare announced their second kiosk opening today and the city is abuzz about it (or maybe they're bubbling about it?), so I had to check it out.
7. A Downtown quiz
In honor of Downtown Employee Appreciation Week -- and the start of State Fair -- I offer up this little quiz. Be the first to post a talkback with correct answers to the questions accompanying all five images and you'll win a pair of State Fair tickets.
8. 6 photos of people taking photos of the Bronze Fonz
Partcularly on a sunny afternoon, it's pretty incredible how many people stop for a selfie or to snap a shot of their pal with America's favorite shark jumper.
Tagged with: Bronze Fonz photos selfie
9. #MEETMKE: Diane De La Santos
This week #MEETMKE introduces you to Diane De La Santos. After holding an executive level position for a local hospital system, Diane De La Santos stepped down and committed herself to serving City on a Hill, which helps bring transformation to individuals, families, and neighborhoods in Milwaukee's central city.
10. The swings are back!
At 11 a.m. today, Mayor Tom Barrett - along with a group of city officials, designers, organizers and citizens - cut the ribbon on the new swings at the Marsupial Bridge.
11. Arena needs public champions to get it done
The Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force invited business leaders from Oklahoma City, Denver and Cleveland to discuss a new arena, mass transit and other infrastructure projects in Milwaukee.
12. The inside scoop: Get your ice cream from Uber on July 18
No matter where you are in the world, nothing captures the sweetness of a sunny afternoon better than ice cream. Today, you can get yours via Uber.
Tagged with: uber #ubericecream
13. Do you remember the museum's Urban Habitat and junkpile?
The Urban Habitat exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum was a popular one -- and one that remains embossed in the minds of many Milwaukeeans -- but maybe folks didn't quite realize it at the time.
14. Don't blink or you could miss this Barkhausen gem
Every week I drive past this place on 21st and Highland and it catches my eye. Though I haven't stopped and knocked on the door yet, I've been doing a little digging to see what I can find about the church at 1102 N. 21st St.
15. Greater Together Challenge aims for greater segregation awareness
Today marked the kickoff of the Greater Together Challenge, a competition launched to create awareness, hope and ideas to dismantle segregation, as well as address racial and economic inequality in greater Milwaukee.
16. Should the County sell O'Donnell Park to NML?
Northwestern Mutual has proposed purchasing O'Donnell Park from Milwaukee County for $14 million, though according the the plan NML would receive a $1.3 million credit to pay for parking structure maintenance. The public would still have access to the park, pavilions and parking structure. Is this in the long-term best interest of Milwaukee?
17. #MEETMKE: Chasin' Mason's Billy O'Dwyer
This week's #MEETMKE features one of Milwaukee's rockin' stars of Chasin' Mason - Billy O'Dwyer.
18. SURG hosts Packers, Brewers charity event for Children's Hospital
SURG on the Water will host a charitable ping pong competition between Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and local media personalities the evening of Sunday, Sept. 7 to benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
19. What's the deal with all the salmon shorts?
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of my favorite television show of all-time - "Seinfeld" - and it has led me to wonder something: what is the deal with all these salmon shorts? If you've been at Summerfest at all this past week, you know what I'm talking about.
20. #MEETMKE: Wes Edens
OnMilwaukee.com is proud to partner with Refuge Smoothie Cafe and Milwaukee Downtown to bring you #MEETMKE, a new series of stories leading up to Downtown Employee Appreciation Week. What better way to start off the series than with Wes Edens, new owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.
21. 6 photos of disappeared Milwaukee
About a month ago, I posted some random photos of Milwaukee and the response was such that I decided to share a few more with you. This time, I realized as I looked through my previously un-mined selection of photos, there's a bent toward disappeared streets and ghost signs, with a dangerous hobby tossed in for good measure.
22. The Pfister renovations completed
The Pfister Hotel announced today that it has completed the renovation of its 176 tower guest rooms.The completed guest room renovations are part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar reinvestment in the property, which includes new club floors, a high-tech executive boardroom and a 23rd-floor lounge.
23. Kaufmann's poetic speech wowed audience
Last year, developer / green entrepreneur / sustainable Milwaukee advocate Juli Kaufmann was honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal's Women of Influence award. This year, she served as the keynote speaker and delivered a speech that people will be talking about for a long time. And not just because it rhymed.
24. Do you wear shorts?
Try even saying the word "shorts" without the corners of your lips curling downwards and nostrils flaring. Will the weather get hot enough for you to wear shorts?
25. Afraid of heights? This job's not for you
Since 2002, Thomas Ellis has run operations at Al's Window Cleaning, the company that routinely washes the windows of the US Bank Center, which - with 42 floors - is the tallest building in the state. Does he ever get vertigo?