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Weekend Festival Preview: June 17-19

Festival season is really picking up in Metro Milwaukee! The city is alive this weekend with a handful of diverse, can’t-miss events. How could you possibly choose? We’ll highlight a few in this week’s festival guide:

POLISH FEST – Milwaukee, Friday-Sunday

Touted as “America’s largest Polish Festival,” this three-day event kicks off Friday at Henry Maier Festival Park. The festival, always a good time, is filled with folk dancing, a cultural village, folk art demos, Polish rock bands, the Chopin Youth Piano competition, an extensive marketplace and, of course, plenty of polka and loads of Polish food. Polskis and Polski-lovers alike, come on out!

Where: Henry Maier Festival Grounds

When: Friday & Saturday: noon-midnight, Sunday noon-10pm

How Much?: $12 for adults and $10 for seniors at the gate and free for kids 15 and younger.

More information: www.polishfest.org

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10 Easy Upgrades to Add Style & Value to Your Home

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in the value and appeal of your home. Whether you’re trying to sell your home of just spruce up the place, here are 10 easy ways to get started.

    1. Update hardware on cabinets and drawers
    2. Replace towels and rugs in the bathroom(s)
    3. Add overhead lighting or wall sconces to brighten rooms
    4. Declutter small spaces and closets with DIY storage kits
    5. Wash or power wash the exterior of your home (especially windows)
    6. Add area rugs to throw in a hint of color
    7. Hang a mirror in small rooms to give the illusion of more space
    8. A fresh coat of paint on walls and trim brighten any room
    9. Try a fresh new color on your front door for character
    10. Mow and mulch your lawn even in the cooler months

    And the best part is, you can make all of these upgrades at one time and still not break the bank! What are you waiting for?


    Metro-Milwaukee Living’s Weekend Festival Preview: June 10-12

    If the record-setting temperatures this week didn’t clue you in enough, summer has come with a vengeance! It seems we skipped over spring to get here, but Metro Milwaukee’s greatest season is finally upon us. And of course, with the coming of summer means it’s festival season!

    This weekend sees the first major festival of the season at Henry Maier Festival Park (aka Summerfest Grounds), as well as a celebration of our beautiful lakefront and one of the most eclectic street fests of the summer. Sit back and enjoy our first Weekend Festival Preview of the year!

    PrideFest –  Friday-Sunday, Milwaukee

    PrideFest may first and foremost celebrate the LGBT community, but it’s really about acceptance to all groups. The always-entertaining festival attracts thousands each year, both gay and straight, and has a lineup of big-name stars performing throughout the weekend. Slated this year are Oscar-winning comedienne Monique, ‘90s rappers Salt-N-Peppa and country star LeAnne Rimes. The festival is also hosting on-site commitment ceremonies for all who are interested. (more…)


    It’s Bike to Work Week!

    It’s Bike to Work Week in Milwaukee – Trade in four wheels for two this week to help the environment and your health! Sponsored by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, you can score free coffee, baked goods and a minor bike repair at three stations around the city if you’re biking to work this week. There are also plenty of other fun bike-commuting activities planned for the entire week – Click here and see how you can participate.

    And don’t feel silly about wearing a suit on your bike – everyone else will be doing the same! Just roll up your pants and start pedaling!


    Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    We may have skipped Spring to get here, but it looks like summertime has arrived! Along with summer’s rising temperatures comes the time to tend to some parts of the house you’ve been neglecting over the long winter months (or even throughout “WinterSpring”). So before we reach the peak of swimming pools, cookouts and festival fun, take some time to ensure your home is in good condition for the season.

    Here are some helpful summer home maintenance tips all homeowners should tackle: (more…)


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