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1. Milwaukee Trolley Loop returns to Downtown on June 2
Downtown Milwaukee's summer trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop presented by VISIT Milwaukee, returns this season, connecting passengers to Downtown's favorite hotspots beginning Thursday, June 2. It runs through Sept. 3.
2. Bolstered city workforce development measure pushes forward
A Common Council ordinance has been drafted that would significantly reinforce the city's ability to put unemployed or underemployed people to work, while also better ensuring economic opportunities for small and locally-owned businesses.
3. Milwaukee Riverkeeper challenges DNR on Estabrook Dam repair
On Monday, Milwaukee Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit challenging the Wisconsin DNR's final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released on April 21, which evaluated Milwaukee County's proposed repair of the Estabrook Dam and several proposed dam operational scenarios.
4. Milwaukee hosts premier downtown revitalization conference
This week, the annual conference for Main Street America brings to Milwaukee a coast-to-coast network of city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials working to sustain the future of America's historic downtowns.
5. Step up to the plate and attend the Sojourner Tailgate for Peace
The Brewers may not win the game on Thursday, June 9, but the night will be a victory well before the first pitch as the Sojourner Family Peace Center hosts its 2016 Tailgate for Peace before and during the game.
6. Shorewood honors famous grads
Some very talented and influential people have graduated from Shorewood High School (writes the author of this blog who also graduated from Shorewood High School), and in their honor the district will confer on a few former Greyhounds a Tradition of Excellence Award.
7. Hamilton to launch effort to raze blighted central city properties
Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton will host a news conference Wednesday morning May 4 at 10 a.m. to launch his new effort to eliminate severely blighted properties in Milwaukee's central city.
8. Colorful dancing condoms prevent cat overpopulation
To further the point that Mittens isn't able to cloak his joker, representatives of PETA will be in Downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 4, dressed up in large pink and blue condom costumes.
9. Springing into mind
It may not seem like it with the smattering of snow we received today, but spring is but around the corner. With the season in the air, Victor DeLorenzo wrote a collection of thoughts - almost a poetic list, if you will - on the upcoming time of year. Enjoy!
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10. Bottoms up: TV show drinking games
Grab a drink and catch up or re-watch some great shows and make it a little fun with adding these amusing drinking games.
11. Trials and tribulations of a substitute teacher
It's 5 a.m. when the alarm clock announces the start of another day in the substitute teacher trenches. My eyelids don't want to open, but that's on me; I was up half the night watching "Marvel's Jessica Jones" on Netflix.
12. Users are embracing revamped Tippecanoe Library
Over the past year or so, we've kept you updated on the work to renovate Milwaukee Public Library's South Side Tippecanoe branch, which reopened in December after work that began the previous January. The new library is bright, airy and welcoming and according to MPL Foundation's Valerie Lorenz, library users are responding.
13. Fund for Lake Michigan awards almost $1.4 million toward Wisconsin waters
Continuing its vital work to protect and improve water quality, the Fund for Lake Michigan has just awarded nearly $1.4 million in private grants aimed at improving beaches, reducing polluted runoff and restoring critical habitat in Wisconsin.
14. Parks director offers Domes update
The staff of the Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation, & Culture (Parks Department) wanted to update you on an important Parks asset recently in the news: The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, also known as The Domes.
15. Volunteers to remove tons of trash from miles of Milwaukee area rivers
On Saturday, April 23, thousands of volunteers will join Milwaukee Riverkeeper for the 21st annual Spring River Cleanup. The volunteers will clean riverbanks at more than 50 locations throughout the Milwaukee River Basin.
16. A carbon monoxide detector is not optional
Recently, my family awoke to the squeal of our carbon monoxide detector. After a thorough investigation, the fire department determined that there was no leak in our house and we went back in feeling reassured. Not everyone is that lucky.
17. Do you have a view where you poo?
If you have a toilet view worth celebrating there's a new Reddit community made just for you. Instead of partaking in some toilet texting you could be making others jealous of your throne's location.
18. Bublr Bikes network proposed to grow in 2016
The City of Milwaukee is encouraging and accepting public comment on station sites proposed for the expansion of the Bublr Bikes sharing program through March 4.
19. Be a big wig, donate to help end breast cancer
To help in the fight for a cure for breast cancer, I'm sporting a pink wig and fashioning myself as a "Big Wig." Sure, I shaved my head many moons ago and have no need hair. Yet, my Emo Philips-inspired wig is means serious business and I'm asking that you help me raise important funds.
20. Wangard and Catalyst partner on CADRE Yo Pros program at Bradley Tech
Wangard Partners and Catalyst Construction have partnered on an awareness program, CADRE Yo Pros, in collaboration with Bradley Tech High School, aiming to inspire future growth and bring awareness to career opportunities within the built environment.
21. Friday made: #Uberpuppies are coming!
For one day only you can get your puppy love on - from Uber! Want to learn more about how to get your own delivery? Read on.
22. MCTS announces free bus pass program to help people register to vote
MCTS, in conjunction with Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, are announcing a program that will provide free smart card bus passes for people who need a ride to register to vote or to receive identification documents necessary to vote.
23. My son's passion for the Rubik's Cube and why most of us have never solved it
I was hoping that my son would love the things that I am passionate about. But this is not how it works. I signed him up for many lessons over the years, but he never completely attached.
24. Don't read this!
Just kidding. Do read this. But we're not kidding about Unplugged Week. Sometimes you need to turn off that the phone, computer, tablet or TV for a little while. It's OK, and it's healthy.
25. What I learned from working at the YMCA
While working at the Downtown Y for a decade, senior writer Molly Snyder learned a few valuable lessons. She shares seven of them here, including, "the whirlpool is for arms and legs and backs only."