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a.MKE The List: MMSD to Hold Medicine Collection at Miller Park & Milwaukee's Amazing Race: Today's Top Stories

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Hundreds of homes that are for sale in Southeastern Wisconsin will be open to the public as part of the Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend. The event offers buyers the chance to visit some of the many homes in their local area while also learning more about responsible homeownership. Open houses are an opportunity for realtors to connect with consumers in their communities about housing issues that matter most to them. Local real estate companies taking part include Shorewest, Coldwell Banker and First Weber. Shorewest alone expects to host more than 800 open houses this weekend.

Tomorrow Milwaukee’s Metropolitan Sewerage District is hosting a medicine collection at Miller Park. The first 1,000 people at tomorrow’s collection day will receive a free pound bag of milorganite. The collection will accept prescription, over the counter drugs and pet medications. Names and addresses can be crossed off of medicine bottles, but the name of the medication should remain legible. Illegal drugs and household hazardous waste will not be accepted. MMSD says that more than 14 tons of unused medication has been collected since 06. The collection day will run from 9 to 1 at the Sausage Haus in the Miller Park lot.

Most of us are familiar with the show “The Amazing Race”, but don’t be surprised if you see similar aspects of the show tomorrow…because it’s the “Amazing Milwaukee Race” happening from 11 to 5.  The race event provides a unique one-day experience that utilizes the city landscape as its racecourse. The race is basically a scavenger hunt, stacked full of challenges and activities that must be completed to make it to the finish line. It’s a way for teams to get to know Milwaukee, local businesses and our community. Tomorrow’s race will start at Next Act Theatre on Water Street.

Governor Walker’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment met for the very first time earlier this week. Roughly 20 members got together on Milwaukee’s north side, talking about how manufacturers need skilled workers, while plenty of people need jobs. The task force includes employers and leaders of workforce preparedness agencies. Gerald Randall is the Director of the Milwaukee Partnership Academy and he said, “When we identify those folks that are having challenges, we can flip them out, give them resources they need in order to make themselves more presentable to employers and get them back into those specific pools.”

Tomorrow is Healthy Kids Day. The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is hosting a free community event to help parents start thinking about ways to keep their kids both physically and intellectually active this summer. Families will have the chance to learn games they can take with them and other activity topics such as wellness, group exercise, youth development, and the passport to play program. The event will take place at several Milwaukee y locations, including North Milwaukee, Tosa, Menomonee Falls, South Milwaukee, Brown Deer and more. The event runs from 11 to 1.

Historic Milwaukee is looking for volunteers for this year’s “Spaces and Traces.” it’s a program that explores Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, and it will be delving into the historic Concordia Neighborhood. Volunteers will be responsible for leading guided tours of Concordia’s rich architecture and historically significant areas, including churches, schools, factories, taverns, parks, homes, and much more. Historic Milwaukee is devoted to our city’s history, architecture and built environment. The nonprofit will host an informational volunteer meeting tomorrow morning at 9.