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1. Milwaukee County Parks announce final summer pool dates
The final days of the Milwaukee County outdoor pool season are quickly approaching, but family aquatic parks at Greenfield and Lincoln parks will remain open through Labor Day.
2. LEGO KidsFest returns to Milwaukee for the first time in four years
The award-winning LEGO KidsFest returns to Milwaukee, for the first time in four years. The largest and longest-running official LEGO touring extravaganza will run Friday, October 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Wisconsin Center.
3. Beat the heat at the Milwaukee Public Museum for just $10
We already gave you 10 ideas to find relief from the heat wave that's overtaken the Milwaukee area. Now the Milwaukee Public Museum adds another way to keep cool and have fun during the scorching weekend ahead.
4. North Point Lighthouse hosts Graef book signing
On Sunday, June 12, from noon to 2 p.m., award-winning children's book illustrator Renee Graef will be at the North Point Lighthouse Museum at 2650 N. Wahl Ave., for a book signing of her latest book titled "B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet."
5. Kick-off party and classes planned for Clarke Square Community Garden
The Clarke Square Community Garden is celebrating the launch of gardening season with a garden kick-off event, garden plots and two free gardening classes for those who'd like to learn more about gardening.
6. Safe & Sound announces new hires
In April, Safe & Sound welcomed William Coleman to the organization as Program Director. Coleman will direct Safe & Sound's teams dedicated to neighborhoods within four Milwaukee (police) districts and each made up of a youth organizer, a community organizer and a CPU coordinator.
7. Kohl's Wild Theater for kids set to open sixth season at the Zoo
Kohl's Wild Theater performing arts group at the Milwaukee County Zoo is set to start its sixth season with entertaining and educational theater pieces geared toward children.
8. MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant
The MKE Plays program has received a prestigious "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, said Ald. Michael J. Murphy, who helped launch MKE Plays last year.
9. UPDATE: Garfield School redevelopment gets WHEDA funding
Last year, the city approved a plan by Maures Development Group to redevelop a set of buildings, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School, into mixed-income housing, a new America's Black Holocaust Museum and more. What's up?
10. Marcus DeBack Playground renovation plans revealed
The MKE Plays program, which is helping to transform 12 of the city's most deteriorated playgrounds, will unveil plans for Marcus DeBack Playground during a news event Friday, April 29 hosted by the program's founder, Ald. Michael J. Murphy.
11. German Language and School Society of Wisconsin celebrates its 60th anniversary
The German Language and School Society of Wisconsin (DSSV) will celebrate its 60th anniversary this weekend with its annual awards ceremony held on Sunday, May 1 at Marquette University High School.
12. Bringing home an older dog
My family recently adopted a new dog. His name is Beauregard, and he is a rescue from HAWS in Waukesha. We weren't looking to adopt another dog but sometimes fate just intervenes. We lost our Shadow a couple of years ago and after a period of adjustment Sydney was comfortable at home with her feline companions.
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13. Uno Throwdown: New rules in the house
The creation of the game happened one night probably a decade ago. My younger brother, my then-girlfriend and I, drunk on coffee, began stuffing the rule book with variations. Since then I've never played an "official" game of Uno.
14. Growing up in the golden age of action figures
Not everything sucked when we were kids. I know this because my daughter plays with a bunch of the toys my parents saved from my childhood. As the new "Star Wars" opens this weekend, I'm reminded that we grew up in the golden age of action figures. Before video games and technology turned them into something else.
15. Who was Betty Brinn?
Here's the scoop on the amazing Betty Brinn, namesake of the Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Downtown Milwaukee.
16. Bingo raises big bucks for kids
Since 1994, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino has raised millions of dollars for dozens of children's organizations. For the past few years, OnMilwaukee staff members have called a bingo game in support of the program, and senior writer Molly Snyder seems to have a calling for bingo calling.
17. MYSO receives award from Michelle Obama at the White House
Today, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra announced that it is one of 12 programs that have been selected to receive an award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
18. Sprecher Soda with Santa offers sweet sips and charming photo gifts
Santa is gearing up for three special sessions at Sprecher Brewing Company, where he'll be on hand to pose for charming photos with you and your family that can be printed on Sprecher root beer bottles.
19. 6 dope ducks on the Riverwalk
Every now and then, I like to get out of our Downtown office and stroll around to clear my head. I've always been vaguely aware of Gertie the Duck and her statue, but I never really stopped to look.
20. Maker Faire concocts geek-chic DIY fun
Maker Faire rolled into Milwaukee this weekend with a stop at Wisconsin State Fair Park. Running along Harvest Fair, kids of all ages were treated to all sorts of science projects, maker projects and DIY culture. Some 175 vendors participated, and organizers said more than 45,000 attendees visited the show.
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21. 9 cat questions my 7-year-old asked our vet
My 7-year-old daughter is a big fan of cats, and not coincidentally, she's a big fan of our veterinarian, Dr. Becky Banks, from the Small Animal Hospital. In honor of OnMeowaukee Cat Week - and Becky and Mara's friendship - my daughter prepared nine questions about cats for Dr. Banks, which I shared with Becky over coffee. Here they are, in Mara's own words.
22. Free, family-friendly Maker Faire comes to State Fair Park
More than 150 makers will showcase their work, knowledge and skills during the 2015 Maker Faire Milwaukee - a free, family-friendly event, Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.
23. "Innovation in Education" showcases teachers, students making difference
Educators Credit Union, My24 and CW18 will team up for "Innovation in Education," an initiative focused on showcasing teachers and students throughout Southeastern Wisconsin schools making a difference in their classrooms and communities.
24. Dog and caregiver reunited after a month-long search
Last month, OnMilwaukee.com reported on Alana Wooldrige's missing dog, Fenrir, a pitbull she adopted in New Orleans who disappeared from her yard on July 21. After weeks of searching, social media posts and daily interactions with various animal organizations, Alana and Fen were reunited tonight.
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25. $5 million committed to Milwaukee Succeeds
Milwaukee Succeeds, the cradle-to-career community education collaborative that launched nearly four years ago, today announced that five prominent funders have joined together to commit $5 million over the next four years to help sustain and accelerate its efforts.