Parents, start your engines, because Big Truck Day is rolling into Red Arrow Park and is sure to delight kids ages 2-10. OK, OK, so maybe it'll be fun for anyone who, at any age, loves honking big yellow vehicles ... and some red ones courtesy of Milwaukee Fire Department, too.
The City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works and MFD will bring out their big municipal and fire trucks of all kinds on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., to offer a close-up look at a variety of equipment and the jobs that go along with them.
Vehicle operators will also be on hand to talk to families and offer demonstrations in honor of National Public Works Week.
There will also be food trucks, activities for children – including face painting, bubble art, coloring books and a free-throw contest – and a Milwaukee Public Library book sale.
“We have great workers and great opportunities for careers within public works," said Mayor Cavalier Johnson. "This event will give curious young minds a chance to learn about the service these workers provide while learning about the tools and equipment these dedicated professionals use."
The event is free and open to all.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.