Stories and Photos from St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus on Milwaukee’s near north side, 2450 W. North Avenue.
People who have lost loved ones to violence are invited to share a meal and their stories at a brunch on Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave. The free program, set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mothers and fathers who have lost children and youth coping with the death of a parent, other relative or friend are asked to explore the topic, “Where do we go from here?” The event is sponsored by Stop the Violence 53206, a Milwaukee youth program founded by Trinika Walker, who lost her 17-year-old son to gun violence last August.
Families are often the “hidden victims” behind the newspaper headlines, police investigations and court trials, Walker said, left to face the trauma of what has happened. “The aim of our event is to get these people talking and sharing their emotions,” she added. “They need to realize they’re not alone.”
The brunch will be hosted by Woosie Tidwell, who lost three family members during one violent chain of events. Guest speakers include Shonta Anderson, a nurse and women’s advocate who will discuss grieving and how to move beyond it. Akesha Burks, founder of Motivating All Youth, will share motivational messages for parents, and Lashandra Simmons will lead a youth discussion.
Kid-friendly activities are planned for young children. For more information about the event, contact Trinika Walker at 414-501-6477.
When Michelle Woodard’s sons complained about the same-old meals, she knew where to go for inspiration. “St. Ann Center is filled with excellent cooks,” said Michelle, a volunteer at the Bucyrus Campus. “I asked clients for their favorite recipes, and before I knew it, I had enough for a cookbook.”
With help from fellow volunteers Nancy McCray and Martha Kelly, Michelle put together “Old Fashioned Recipes from Famous St. Ann Center Cooks.” She explained, Read more
’Twas the week before Christmas, and the Bucyrus Campus was ringing with the sounds of the season. The annual holiday concert began with a hand-clapping, toe-tapping version of “Joy to the World,” performed by the adult choir—made up of clients and volunteers.
Next, the four-year-olds from the Giraffe Room joined the adults for “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The kids dressed the part, wearing construction-paper antlers and shaking jingling noisemakers in time to the music.
Several soloists shared their talent and holiday spirit, too. Donald Fry from the Akachi Unit, sang “Oh Holy Night,” accompanying himself on piano. Other selections ranged from “Up on the House-Top” to a rendition of “Blue Christmas” that had Elvis fans of all ages singing and dancing. The concert concluded with some merry karaoke, featuring Joyce Davis, Vice President of Adult Day Services, belting out “Santa Baby.”
It will begin to sound a lot like Christmas on Milwaukee’s north side on Friday, Dec. 14, during the Second Annual Christmas Caroling & Holiday Market on North Avenue. The public is welcome to lend their voices to the seasonal event, sponsored by Business Improvement District (BID) 32.
Carolers will meet at St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave., at 10:15 a.m. and take to the street at 11:15 a.m. The Holiday Market will follow from 1 to 3 p.m., and is also open to the public.
Ald. Russell W. Stamper II, BID Chairperson Sharon Adams and Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, invite adults and children from throughout the neighborhood to join in the fun family outing.
“The event was a great success last year, so we decided to turn it into an annual tradition,” said Lonergan, a BID 32 board member and president of St. Ann Center. “Caroling brings people together in a spirit of hope and joy. And that’s what is happening along the North Avenue business corridor—it’s full of new life and growing.”
Carolers will meet at the Bucyrus Campus for hot chocolate and cookies. Song sheets and jingle bells will be provided. Singers will walk east on North Avenue past Fond du Lac Ave. to 17th Street, stopping to carol at businesses along the way and then return.
Afterward, they can check out a new addition: a Holiday Market in the Bucyrus Campus’ spacious atrium and featuring items ideal for gift-giving. Vendors interested in participating should contact Monica Yarn at 414-210-2432 or email email@example.com.