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People's Books closes on Aug. 31.
People's Books closes on Aug. 31.

People's Books reaches last chapter

After 42 years in business in three different locations, People's Books Cooperative, 804 E. Center St., will close on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

According to Facebook and a note on the door of the building, the bookshop's lease was not extended.

Chris Chiu opened the shop in 1974 primarily for UWM students and readers from around the city looking for radical, alternative literature.

People's moved from its former location, 2122 E. Locust St., to its Riverwest home in 2012. Before Locust Street, the shop had been located at 1808 N. Farwell Ave.

Melinda Meyers will provide green inspiration at this year's garden tour event.
Melinda Meyers will provide green inspiration at this year's garden tour event.

Shorewood Garden Tour blooms this Saturday

Ready to stop and smell the roses? And the lilies and the poppies and the peonies and the violets? Good, because the 2016 Shorewood Garden Tour takes place Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s tour will feature seven private gardens and special guest Melinda Meyers, a nationally-known horticultural expert. Myers will answer gardening questions and sign her books at the Eastwood Condominiums, 3942 N. Oakland Ave., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written 20 gardening books. She hosts the nationally-syndicated show, "Melinda’s Garden."

Tickets are $10 in advance and available at SHOP, Nehrings Sendik’s and Shorewood Village Hall. Tickets are also available the day of at any garden location. All proceeds go toward the beautification of the Village of Shorewood.

The gardens are located at 4322 N. Wildwood Ave., 4399 N. Alpine Ave., 4022 N. Larkin St., 3942 N. Oakland Ave., 1822 E. Edgewood Ave., 2413 E. Shorewood Blvd. and 4138 N. Downer Ave.

"We look forward to Melinda’s presence at this inspiring event. Her horticultural expertise, particularly her knowledge of our region, will be a strong draw to the event," says Bradley Blaeser, president of The Green Team Wisconsin and the Shorewood Garden Tour’s presenting sponsor.

Las vaqueras de la pimienta!
Las vaqueras de la pimienta!

Where is the mechanical La Perla pepper now?

Recently, La Perla was sold to new owners (who will soon be announced on OnMilwaukee) and on Saturday, July 16 the restaurant bid its customers adios with a party. 

Many people share the same burning (ahem) question: where is the mechanical pepper?

"Right now, it's in storage," says La Perla co-owner, JoAnne Anton. "But we're thinking ..."

Where would you like to see the La Perla pepper someday? I'm hoping for my living room but have doubts about that actually happening.

Cool down with a pi√Īa colada at Bradford Beach.
Cool down with a pi√Īa colada at Bradford Beach.

10 ways to beat the heat when you don't have AC

Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISIT Milwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us! 

  1. The classic: Take cold shower, sit in front of fan.
  2. Eat a Pete's Pop popsicle; rub popsicle on especially sweltering body parts.
  3. Get friend or spouse to drive on freeway; hang head out passenger's window like dog; pant if you must.
  4. Go to a neighborhood bar or beer garden and drink cold ones until you're too tanked to notice heat, humidity or to comprehend the concept of weather in general. (And then call an Uber.)
  5. Make accordion fan out of cheaper-than-it-would-be-if-you-had-air-conditioning electric bill.
  6. Listen to Christmas music and imagine winter wonderlands, Jack Frost or anything other than chestnuts roasting on open fire.
  7. Take a dip in any one of the Milwaukee County Pools. 
  8. Pile on winter clothing until you sense the onset of heat stroke, then remove clothing to feel remarkably cooler.
  9. Go to a movie. Oh, but don't forget your sweater because you'll be cold before the film starts. 
  10. Down a pi√Īa colada¬†at Bradford Beach.