The 1st Installment of the 2019 Tax bill is due January 31, 2020. To view or print your tax bill, click here. You can pay taxes by E-Check, credit, or debit card through our service provider: Official Payments Corporation (a convenience fee will be charged.) See the Treasurer’s Office page for more information, or refer to the tax flyer you received with your bill.
And for more context on the city increase, and budget, click here.
Here is a full list, and here is what’s coming up, starting tomorrow …
And one important note: There are still some trees left to decorate for the Friday Festival! Email Karin Wierman at Wierman_Karin_A@cat.com to reserve one or three, and decorate them on Friday!
Friday, December 6
Festival of Trees. South Milwaukee Ace and Caterpillar bring back a bit of holiday magic to the site of the farmers’ market on 11th and Madison. The unveiling event is from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, and features Santa, hot cocoa and candy canes. And bring your hats, mittens and scarves to donate to Human Concerns. The trees will remain up for viewing through Christmas.
Saturday, December 7
South Milwaukee Christmas Market.More than 100 vendors and live music, and meet Santa. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Milwaukee High School, 801 15th Ave.
Craft & Vendor Event.9 a.m.-3 p.m., Zion Lutheran School, 3600 S. Chicago Ave.
Las Posadas Christmas Party. 2-4 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Celebrate Mary and Joseph’s journey with games, refreshments, and a piñata. Visit Storytime Corner and make cards and coloring books with the elves. Follow along a Los Posadas pageant.
Sunday, December 8
Milwaukee Circle Choir, “The Song Heard Round the World.” A free concert at Sts. Peter and Paul Polish National Catholic Church, 1308 15th Ave. 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 9
South Milwaukee Library Holiday Sweater Party.Bring your own sweater and make it ugly with our best/worst craft supplies! Anytime 4-7 p.m., while supplies last. Under 13 must have an adult assist. South Milwaukee Library.
Wednesday, December 11
Children’s Holiday Party. Treats, games, story time and crafts with a holiday theme for kids. 6-7 p.m., South Milwaukee Library.
Giving Tuesday is today, Dec. 3, and it reminds me that South Milwaukeeans always step up to help those in need — especially around Christmas.
Don’t know where to start? Here are opportunities to give back locally.
Of course, I always turn to South Milwaukee Human Concerns, and they are serving more people than ever. I’m told they can especially use personal hygiene products now, but please consider giving money, too. I know they can use it not only during the holiday season, but all year long. And why not give your time?
Also, take part in the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and DB Tax & Wealth Share the Gloves event, a very cool partnership that helps local businesses and residents at the same time. Details here.
Get behind the effort to start the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum. Details — and links to give — here.
“We serve.” That’s our motto as South Milwaukee Lions. They can use your support throughout the year, financial and in man and woman power, to in turn give back to local organizations in need. The impact they have is real.
The Rotary Club of Mitchell Field — serving five cities, including South Milwaukee, and Bay View — is also doing some great things, from serving Thanksgiving dinners to needy families to providing college scholarships to high school seniors, and much, much more (including leading our downtown food truck events).
Want to help the South Milwaukee Police Department? Support DARE. From Chief Jessup: “DARE is the largest, most recognized anti-drug and violence program in the world and is taught by specially trained police officers. Our officers go into the South Milwaukee elementary school classrooms to teach a series of one hour lessons designed to help young students cope with some serious risks. The topics include: learning the harmful effects of drugs, tobacco and alcohol, strategies for resisting peer pressure, and the damaging impact of bullying. Any donations to the program go toward classroom supplies and graduation certificates. If interested in donating, please contact Officer Jim McLean at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
You can also Stop the Bleed this holiday season. From Fire Chief Joseph Knitter: “The South Milwaukee Fire Department is accepting donations to support their Stop the Bleed Program, an initiative that will place bleeding control kits alongside the Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in all municipal buildings throughout the city. Donations can be made directly to the SMFD in person at the firehouse or by mail to South Milwaukee Fire Department, 929 Marshall Court, South Milwaukee, WI 53172.”
And how about the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network? They are the nonprofit leading the public information efforts for the ongoing Oak Creek watershed restoration study, and will play a major role in bringing that plan to life by securing funding for and leading various watershed restoration projects.
Did I miss any? I’m sure I did. Send your favorite local charities along!
Also, the station (SDS) at 1106 Blake Ave. has officially switched over to their winter collection hours until March 31st. SDS will be open Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
And don’t forget that SDS continues to accept bagged leaves free of charge.
Games for Christmas? Absolutely! Shop downtown at Pink Bunny Games for trading card games, board games, table top games, and more; they also have Black Friday specials happening this week. Also, check out the Board Game Barrister clearance center.
Get a beautiful stained glass piece from Studio One Art Glass. (We have one hanging in every first-floor window of our home.)
Staying with collectibles, check out South Milwaukee-based MEARS Online Auctions, which has one-of-a-kind vintage sports gear, toys, and military items up for bid as we speak. Wise Owl Auctions also operates from downtown South Milwaukee.
And don’t forget holiday beer, wine and spirits — I’ll put a plug in here for Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift Vanilla Porter, or a nice Miller Lite or Coors Light — from local liquor stores Chicago Avenue Liquor, Marquette Liquor, G&K Liquor or BJ’s Liquor.
And, finally, let’s not forget local chains, many of them owned by local franchisees — small business owners themselves. If you’re going to shop at a chain store this holiday season, please do so at places like South Milwaukee Ace, Planet Fitness, Pick ‘n Save, Aldi, Cousins, Dunkin’ Donuts, Pizza Hut, Toppers, Walmart, Napa, Speedway, Walgreens, Aurora Pharmacy, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and others that all call our city home.
What did I miss? Post your comments below … and shop local!
It’s Da Crusher, of course! Shot the night of Crusherfest, as we unveiled this statue to the world. Do you have a photo you’d like to share on the blog? Send it along.
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