|JIG ON DOWN FOR ST. PAT'S
Don your green and raise a pint! St. Patrick's Day festivities begin this weekend, so kick up your heels and join us!
The Westown Association is bringing us three days of lunchtime amusement. It all begins with Celtic entertainment from 11:30am to 1pm, March 7 - 9, at The Shops of Grand Avenue. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Rince Nia on Wednesday, Michael Tinker Tierney on Thursday and Cashel Dennehy on Friday.
The celebration continues Friday night with the annual ShamROCK in Westown party from 5:30pm to 11:00pm at the Miller Time Pub, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., featuring great food, green beer, exciting giveaways, and live music by Ian Gould and The Sandcarvers. Admission is free.
On Saturday, March 10, Wisconsin's oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parade marches into town. Get down early for morning entertainment and prime parking! The Shops of Grand Avenue will offer $3 parking until 4pm along with music by Frogwater from 11:30am to 2:30pm in the Center Court.
The parade steps off at noon on Wisconsin Ave. at Old World Third St. and will feature over 125 units, including Irish dance groups, pipe and drum corps, and local celebrities and dignitaries. For more info, call the Westown Association at 414.276.6696 or visit www.saintpatricksparade.org.
Dozens of parties will take place following the parade, including the Post-Parade Party at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave, from 1pm to 6pm. More than a dozen bands and dance troupes will perform, plus there will be leprechaun stories for kids. Admission is $2.
Miller Lite Free Rides™
Remember to drink responsibly throughout St. Patrick's Day weekend. Thanks to Miller Lite, free rides will be offered on all Milwaukee County Transit System routes, starting at 6pm until the end of regular service on Saturday, March 17. Visit www.millerlitefreerides.com for info.
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NEWAUKEE PRESENTS YP WEEK
Next month, Milwaukee will roll out its first YP Week, April 14 - 21. Coordinated by NEWaukee, YP Week will celebrate the numerous opportunities and resources available to young professionals in Milwaukee.
Connecting the city's 50+ young professional groups, the week will feature coffee speakers, lunch and learn sessions, restaurant specials, and networking events. Some featured events will include a YP Week Awards Gala, where extraordinary YPs will be recognized for their contributions to the community; and a NEWaukee Spring River Cleanup that celebrates Earth Day by cleaning Bradford Beach.
To ensure a successful YP Week, we're asking businesses and organizations to help spread the word to their young professional affiliates. More info about YP Week can be found at www.newaukee.com. In addition, if you're interested in coordinating an event or supplying a discount offer, NEWaukee will welcome your spirit. Just contact Ian Abston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Support Your Downtown Retailers
Downtown's merchants offer an array of distinctive treasures. From epicurean delights and flirty fashions to handcrafted art and home goods, don't forget to support the specialty boutiques in our own backyard. Click here to view a categorical listing of shops within our neighborhood.
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VISITOR AND NEWCOMER INFO
CENTER OPENING MAY
Milwaukee Downtown along with the West Wisconsin Avenue Workgroup and The Marcus Corporation are making progress on the conversion of turning part of the former Grand Theatre into a Visitor and Newcomer Info Center.
A Public Service Ambassador will staff the ticket booth at least 40 hours a week. Much like our Traveling Information Kiosk (TIK) or Bicycle Information Kiosk (BIK), visitors and newcomers will be able to seek us out for all things Milwaukee in a year-round location. Watch for more details on the opening in May 2012.
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