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AMKE: The List 9-16-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

It’s estimated that Wisconsin lost 800 private-sector jobs last month and the unemployment rate went up to 7.9 %. Job losses were also seen in the local government sector, including schools, city halls and county agencies across the state. They lost roughly 1,800 jobs. If you’re looking for work at the moment, you can always visit the Job Center of Wisconsin – they have a large list of open positions.

Some of the empty space in Grand Avenue Mall is going to be leased out to an arts-oriented school and the Janus College Prep and Arts Academies will become the newest addition. Janus is a new group that is looking to create Milwaukee’s first independent – arts focused college prep school. The mall has an ongoing effort to fill those spaces with nonprofit community groups

Today is (Park)ing day!  Better yet it’s a project called (Park)ing day…it’s where parking spaces throughout Shorewood will be transformed into parks and public art work by UWM students. From 12 to 6 p.m, students will be on site demonstrating the need to explore new approaches of our city’s urban landscape. They will design, construct and dismantle the one-day art installation on roughly seven parking spaces. If you’re out and about, you can see the art near Capitol Drive and Oakland Avenue.

Today is the last day you can vote for you’re favorite teacher…it’s called the “Great American Teach-Off” and the “good community” wants the public to nominate an inspiring teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade. The teacher with the most votes when the contest ends in October will win a $10,000 classroom grant. Here’s the link to GOOD IS and the “Great American Teach-Off.

Wisconsin Democratic Congressman Ron Kind says he won’t be making a run for the U.S. Senate seat. He plans to stay in the House of Representatives and focus on the growing economy. Right now Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is the only official Democratic candidate to enter the race.

Today is a groundbreaking day for the Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics. It’s marking the collaboration of Longfellow School and the Journey House, where the two institutions will provide a new cafeteria, kitchen, gym, and computer labs and classrooms. Both schools are focused on the ideal of a public-private partnership for educating the youth. And the new facility will help meet growing demand for services and activities in the Clarke Square neighborhood. The ceremony starts at 10 this morning.

As you can tell from the weather, summer is winding down…but there’s still a lot happening. Here’s a little weekend preview. Rock the Green – you can do that on Sunday. It’s Milwaukee’s first near-zero waste music festival…acts include Evan Christian, Fitz and the Tantrums and Ben Folds to name a few. Dog fanatics, there’s Washington Bark Day in Washington Park all day tomorrow. There’s also a launch party for MKE123.org… they’re calling non profits and non profit members to join them today for a fish fry.  

2) Kallao is back & Happy Friday to you all.