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Tidy up the neighborhood as the Big Clean MKE returns Saturday

This weekend, all manner of ghosts and goblins and things kids actually dress up as will tromp around our neighborhoods in search of sugar. So let’s do a little tidying and make sure things look nice before they get there.

The Big Clean MKE is one of many things making its return after a multi-year COVID absence, providing an opportunity for us to gather and get our neighborhoods looking spiffy. It starts at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 29, and wraps up at 3 p.m., with clean-up events happening all around the city. Here’s where people are meeting to start the day:

  • Butterfly Park, 37th and Meinecke
  • Running Rebels, 1300 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
  • Safe and Sound, 24th and Vine
  • Near West Side Partners, 29th and Clybourn
  • Riverworks Development Corporation, SE corner of Booth and Locust
  • Westcare, 4th and Wright
  • Southside Organizing Center, 1300 S. Layton Blvd.

You don’t need to bring a single thing. Organizers supply all the clean-up stuff you’ll need, plus you get a free Big Clean MKE t-shirt. Then, when everything looks neat and tidy, everyone who helped is invited to the Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum for a volunteer appreciation luncheon at 3 p.m.
The Big Clean MKE is dedicated to the memory of Special Enforcement Inspector Greg “Ziggy” Zyszkiewicz, who was killed in an attempted carjacking while working on the North Side.

For more information on the event, you can head over to the Big Clean MKE webpage.