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AMKE: The List 11-18-11

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The stretch of East College Avenue that expanded to four lanes is reopening today after a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. The $5.8 million project widened College Ave between South Howell and South Pennsylvania avenues, which run along the border between Milwaukee and Oak Creek. The expansion will improve accessibility to local development and gives a new entry into the Air Force Reserve Facility at the airport.

If you’re ever wanted to hear 8 to 11-year-olds throw it down in poetry, now’s your chance. Today, the 8th annual American Scores Poetry Slam will feature original writing from more than 160 students. The event celebrates the hard work and courage displayed by scores participants. Scores inspires urban youth to lead healthy lives and to make a difference in the world.

This Sunday is when Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force volunteers will take over a warehouse filling 800 bins with Thanksgiving dinners. After the bins are filled, they’re distributed to 800 families so they can have a Thanksgiving meal. Local food pantry coordinators and volunteers are determined to meet the need this holiday season.

The Occupy Movement celebrated two months yesterday and cities across the U.S. had mostly peaceful rallies. There were a lot of arrests both in LA and New York where occupiers were actually trying to shut down the financial districts. Here in Milwaukee, protesters hit the streets and closed down the North Avenue Bridge just near the I-43 on and off ramps for about two hours. The bridge was symbolic of public jobs that could be created to fix the nation’s infrastructure.

Milwaukee’s traditional holiday parade is celebrating 85 years and it’s set for 9:30 tomorrow morning. Besides finding floats, music and local celebrities, Johnson Control volunteers will be on hand collecting food to benefit the Hunger Task Force’s “Food for Families” campaign.  The parade starts on Kilbourn Avenue and Astor Street, and will head west to North Old World 3rd then ends on Wisconsin Ave.

UW-Milwaukee’s “Shutter” exhibit opens today at 5. The exhibit features work where journalists, who at some point, encountered a story with a more open ended narrative, which turned into a personal pursuit. Think the language of photography but from a variety of viewpoints. The show is at UWM’s Union Art Gallery and runs through December 16th.