Community briefs: Bernie’s bobble, mapping injustice, serving up volleyball

Lisa Neff and Louis Weisberg, Staff writers

Bernie’s bobble?

The Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a line of presidential candidate bobbleheads. The museum seeks to raise $10,000 through Feb. 29 for the campaign, which offers Kickstarter voters a chance to back their favorite bobble candidate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, et al. For more, go to bobbleheadhall.com.

Mapping racial injustice

Elsa Noterman and Anders Zanichkowsky are a geographer and printmaker who created a series of large-scale, mixed-media “artist” maps responding to racial justice issues in Madison. “Free the 350” Decarceration Map is a woodcut that deals with the disproportionate rate of incarceration for people of color in Dane County jails. The artists’ work is supported by a Madison Arts Commission BLINK! Grant and is on display throughout February at the Central Library in Madison. For more, go to anderszanichkowsky.com.

Serve, set, spike

The Milwaukee Gay Volleyball Association is registering players for the 11-week season that begins in March. Games are played at Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St. Registration can be completed online at milwaukeegayvolleyball.com.

Winter in Washington Park

The day’s high of 32 degrees meant perfect weather for Urban Ecology Center’s eighth annual Winterfest, held on Jan. 23 in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. More than 800 people cross-country skied, snowshoed and engaged in other wintertime activities. UEC is “committed to fostering ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.” For more, go to urbanecologycenter.org.

Milwaukee meetup on Black Lives Matter

Alverno College hosts a forum on racial disparity and the criminal justice system at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. Panelists include Martha Barry of the YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin, the Rev. Willie E. Brisco of the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregation Allied for Hope, retired assistant Milwaukee Police Chief Edith Hudson and Reggie Jackson of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation. For more, go to alverno.edu.

Wayfinding for 2-wheelers

Dane County Parks is collaborating with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board to create a countywide Bicycle Wayfinding Manual to design and implement a uniform system. The county also is moving forward with plans to build the longest bicycle bridge in the state — the 2.5-mile Lower Yahara River Trail connecting Lake Farm County Park with McDaniel Park. For more, go to countyofdane.com.

Diverse & Resilient leaders

Diverse & Resilient named its 2016 LGBT leadership award winners. They include Brenda Coley, Bayard Rustin Award; Shannon Romero, Be YOU Youth Leadership Award; Broderick Pearson, Gary Hollander Adult Leadership Award; Irmine Reitl, LGBT Ally Award and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Community Partner Award. The honors will be presented at an April 7 gala at the Marriott Downtown Milwaukee. For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.

September screenings

Save the dates: Sept. 22–Oct. 6. The Milwaukee Film Festival has set its calendar for the 2016 series of feature films, short programs, education screenings, post-film conversations and panel discussions. For more, go to mkefilm.org.

Corporate education

Some politicians and educators in Wisconsin recently celebrated National School Choice Week, but they may not have been schooled on the origins of the observance. It’s promoted by the State Policy Network and the American Legislative Exchange Council and fueled by right-wing funders such as David and Charles Koch, according to the progressive watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy. For more, go to prwatch.org.

Fair’s February gala

The Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference, presented by Fair Wisconsin and Diverse & Resilient, takes place Feb. 19–21 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The keynote speaker for this year’s gala dinner, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, is Aisha Moodie-Mills. She’s president and CEO at the Victory Fund and Institute, host of the political-pop culture radio show Politini and a political commentator on MSNBC. For more, go to fairwisconsin.com.

GSAFE seeks executive director

GSAFE is looking for an executive director to start in July. The right person would implement the group’s next stage of organizational transformation around racial, trans and gender justice. The executive director would oversee statewide expansion and should have skill in resource development and facilitating organizational culture shift. To apply, send an application, resume and cover letter to EDHiring@gsafewi.org  Preference will be given to applications received by March 30. For more, go to gsafewi.org.

Party for good

Meet and support Milwaukee’s coolest nonprofits at the Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee Winter Social at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at The Wicked Hop’s Jackalope Lounj, 343 N. Broadway. For more, contact Jorna Taylor at 414-342-0883 or jornat@communitysharesmke.org.

Extra haul from expo

The seventh annual Well Expo at the Monona Terrace in Madison in mid-January brought 1,400 people together to talk about health and wellness. The event also resulted in the collection of more than 1,000 pounds of groceries for the River Food Pantry in Dane County. For more, go to wellexpomadison.com.

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