Westown eWireJanuary 2013 Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Westown's new look!

The horizontal application of the new Westown Association logo. 
Westown Association is excited to present its new look!  Through a collaborative effort with board members and the Marketing, Events & Membership Committee participation, Westown rebranded itself with a fresh new look. 
The vertical application of the new Westown Farmers' Market logo.

The logo, which was designed by Lucia Lozano, features the Milwaukee River in the shape of a W. In the  

The vertical application of the new River Rhythms logo. 

next few months, you can expect to see our new Westown Association logo on street banners throughout the neighborhood, in a multi-use 

print piece and on a more modern update of our website, www.westown.org that is currently in the works! 


Along with the new Westown logo, the Westown Farmer's Market & River Rhythms also have fresh looks!

The logos capture the vibrancy of the events and compliment each other.

Parade Crowd
Save the Date
for the 47th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade!


On Saturday, March 9th this Milwaukee classic will once again wind its way through downtown Milwaukee. Festivities at local bars and restaurants along the parade route will celebrate with the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's 47th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which features Irish-themed floats, music, cultural entertainment and more.


The parade kicks off at noon, but the fun extends throust. pat's paradeghout the week. Lunchtime entertainment at the Shops of Grand Avenue will occur Wednesday, March 6th through Saturday, March 9th. Don't miss the ShamROCK party on Friday, March 8th at the Miller Time Pub from 5:30-11 pm! This party kicks off the parade weekend with live entertainment and a raffle full of great prizes from local businesses. Post-parade, the Shamrock Club hosts Milwaukee's largest family parade day party at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center.


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 Milwaukee Bike Share:
Coming Summer 2013? 


Picture from urbanmilwaukee.com


The St. Patrick's Day Parade isn't the only thing going green in Milwaukee. Midwest Bikeshare, Inc. is planning to bring a bike share system to Milwaukee as soon as summer, 2013.

Bike shares allow individuals to rent a bicycle for brief transportation needs, picking up and returning bikes to any rental kiosk throughout the city.  With a membership, most trips under 30 minutes are free. Midwest Bikeshare, a non-profit organization, hopes to install 25 bike rental kiosks and some 250 bike share bikes throughout Milwaukee. This relatively new mode of transportation is affordable, clean and simple, and it has blossomed in popularity throughout the US and the world, including in Madison.

The Bike Share initiative has widespread support throughout the Milwaukee community with public leaders and citizens alike and could have a huge impact on Milwaukee sustainability and tourism. The organization currently has 1/3 of the funds it needs to initiate the BikeShare program and is looking for additional sources of funding. If you are interested in learning more about or contributing to the Milwaukee BikeShare program visit www.midwestbikeshare.org!

Westown Welcomes New Board Members & Appoints New Officers

Westown Association is happy to welcome some new faces to the Westown Board of Directors. Ryan Hartman of Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery and Erica-Nicole Harris of WISPARK, LLC were added to the Board at the January 29, 2013 Board Meeting. Hartman is the General Manager of Rock Bottom and Harris is a Project Manager at WISPARK, LLC.


Westown would like to thank Steve Costello of the BMO Harris Bradley Center for serving as president of the Board of Directors for the past two years. Steve Magnuson from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center will now assume the duties as Westown president. Joan Johnson of the Milwaukee Public Library rotates to the vice president position while Jon Donahue of Johnson Bank remains treasurer. Mike Kleber of Zilber Property Group has been added to the Executive Committee as the Secretary.


Thanks to all of the Westown Board of Directors for their continued commitment to the neighborhood!

January is National Mentoring Month  

Sponsor-A-Scholar Milwaukee is an established part of the Downtown YMCA's educational programs with the mission to provide academic, personal and financial support to disadvantaged students who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The program links academically promising, motivated students from low-income families with volunteer mentors who can help make the difference in the student's chances for success.


Help celebrate January as National Mentoring Month! Sponsor-A-Scholar still needs 100 more mentors to ensure each student benefits from the guidance of a caring adult committed to their educational and emotional success. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit this website or email Nora Leinen at

Milwaukee Inspiration Project


Hampton Inn and Suites Milwaukee Downtown is asking "What Inspires You About Milwaukee?" At the hotel, guests are given a mini-canvas and art materials to create their own artistic vision. Local residents and community members are also invited to participate.  


All canvases will come together to form a large colorful mural for display inside the hotel. Stop by today to help contribute to this piece of Milwaukee art!

"The Making of Milwaukee"

Come to the Milwaukee Public Library-Centennial Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Feb. 9th for an informative and compelling program with John Gurda on "The Making of Milwaukee." Historian Gurda will chronicle the histories of Milwaukee neighborhoods, churches and industries, and his books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.


After lunch come back to see the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre for an excerpt from Underneath the Lintel and an in-depth discussion about their upcoming production at 2:00 p.m. in the Rare Books Room on the 2nd floor of the Central Library.

interACT by Art Milwaukee


7 Theater Companies, 7 Unique Spaces, 7 One Acts, 1 Play, 1 Night


InterACT, a unique, one-night event utilizing professional and independent theatre companies alike will take place Feb 8 at 7 pm in the Plankinton Arcade building of the Shops Of Grand Ave.


Audiences are invited to see, interact and immerse themselves as each theatre company performs a different one act play from ALL IN THE TIMING by David Ives.


$10 now/$15 at the door for a night of theatre, music and refreshments. Email any questions to jeremy@artmilwaukee.com 

New Businesses in Westown 


Turner Hall Restaurant

is now open across from the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 1048 N. 4th St! It is dedicated to serving delicious, high quality food featuring fresh, local products. The restaurant is open 11 am to close, Tuesday through Sunday.


Stone Creek Coffee has opened a new location at 422 N. 5th St! Part of the Stone Creek Factory, this store offers a unique and relaxing environment and offers public classes and tours. Free tours are offered Sundays at noon!