Downtown Dining Week is Almost Here!

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There’s just one week left until Downtown Dining Week begins! From June 1-8, over 40 downtown Milwaukee restaurants will be participating in this food festival, created by Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21.

If you’ve been dying to check out a new place in town, this gives you the perfect opportunity to do so! All of the participating restaurants will have menus available with flat rates of  $12.50 for lunch and $25/$35 for dinner. Each meal will consist of three courses, all hand-selected by the chef. To check out each restaurants’ Downtown Dining Week menu, click here. Continue reading

VMP Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

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Have you been celebrating National Nursing Home Week (NNHW)? Well, VMP Healthcare & Living Community and many other care facilities across the country have been celebrating it all week! This week is dedicated to recognizing the important role nursing homes play in the care of the seniors in our lives.

According to the American Health Care Association (AHCA), this celebration week began in 1967 and begins on Mother’s Day each year. To make this week even more of a celebration, there is a theme that goes along with it. This year, “skilled nursing care centers will unite under the theme, ‘The Spirit of America‘” to “capture the American spirit.”

At VMP, we have been celebrating National Nursing Home Week with several America-themed events on our campus. Some of our residents’ favorite activities include a performance by Tom Stanfield and a presentation by Steve Schaffer.


Tom Stanfield has always had a passion for music, which is why he turned it into his career at a young age. On Tuesday, May 16, he shared his passion with our residents by performing classic American tunes, such as “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”. VMP’s residents loved getting to sing along to their favorites in honor of NNHW!


Another crowd favorite was a presentation by Steve Schaffer from the Milwaukee County Historical Society on Wednesday, May 17. This wonderful presentation was all about the history of manufacturing in Milwaukee, which our residents enjoyed getting to learn about!

Our week of celebration continues today, May 18, with a grand tour of America with a slideshow presentation by Dave Krubsack. We will also be hosting a presentation of “That Patriotic Music Thing” on Friday, May 19, and showing the movie, “Honor Flight” on Saturday, May 20 to end our celebration of National Nursing Home Week.

Happy Fred Usinger Day!

MILWAUKEE — On Thursday, February 23rd, Fred Usinger Day, there will be FREE Usinger sausage for ALL at Milwaukee’s Old German Beer Hall. According to a news release from Usinger’s officials, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele have proclaimed February 23rd Fred Usinger Day in recognition of Usinger’s legacy in the community.…

via FREE Usinger sausage for ALL on Thursday, February 23rd: Fred Usinger Day! —

Upcoming Milwaukee Festivals and Events

Check out these great upcoming events thanks to our friends at Visit Milwaukee. You can find more information by visitig their website.


Don’t miss out on any of Milwaukee’s great events!

You’ll find info on some of the city’s biggest and best events in one convenient place – our Major Events Calendar. From exciting summer festivals to holiday celebrations, make time to explore Milwaukee’s favorite events while you’re in town.

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Jan. 1 Polar Bear Plunge Bradford Beach
Jan. 20–21 Gallery Night and Day Downtown Milwaukee
Feb. 4 Burnhearts Mitten Fest Bay View
Feb. 17–19 Mama Tried Motorcycle Show Harley-Davidson Museum
Feb. 18 Food and Froth Fest Milwaukee Public Museum
Feb. 18–19 Cedarburg Winter Festival Historic Downtown Cedarburg
Feb. 25–Mar. 5 Greater Milwaukee Auto Show Wisconsin Center
March 11 Shamrock Club of WI’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Milwaukee
April 21–22 Gallery Night and Day Downtown Milwaukee
June 4–11 Bead & Button Show 2017 Wisconsin Center
June 2–Aug. 31 Jazz in the Park (Thursdays) Cathedral Square Park
June 1–8 Downtown Dining Week Downtown Milwaukee
June 3 Scottish Fest/Milwaukee Highland Games Hart Park, Wauwatosa
June 4 UPAF Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite Downtown Milwaukee
June 9–11 Pridefest Henry W. Maier Festival Park
June 14–Aug. 30 River Rhythms (Wednesdays) Pere Marquette Park
June 10 Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run Henry W. Maier Festival Park
June 11 Locust Street Festival & Beer Run Riverwest
June 16–18 Polish Fest Henry W. Maier Festival Park
June–Aug. Tosa Tonight (Select Wednesdays) Hart Park, Wauwatosa
June 19 Juneteenth Day Martin Luther King Drive
June 16–18 Lakefront Festival of Art Milwaukee Art Museum
June 24–25 Cedarburg Strawberry Festival Downtown Historic Cedarburg
TBD Garlic Fest Walker’s Point
June 28–July 2, July 4‑9 Summerfest Henry W. Maier Festival Park
July 3 Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks Milwaukee Lakefront
July 13–16 Bastille Days East Town
July 15–16 Milwaukee Air & Water Show Lakefront
TBD Garfield Avenue Blues, Jazz, Gospel & Arts Festival Garfield Ave to King Drive
July 21–22 Gallery Night & Day Downtown Milwaukee
July 21–23 Festa Italiana Henry W. Maier Festival Park
July 22 Firkin Fest East Town
July 24–30 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI
July 28–30 German Fest Henry W. Maier Festival Park
July 28–29 Riverwest 24 Riverwest
July 29 Brady Street Festival Farwell to Van Buren Streets
July 29 Milwaukee Brewfest McKinley Park
TBD Milwaukee Comedy Festival Downtown Milwaukee
August 3–13 Wisconsin State Fair Wisconsin State Fair Park
August 17–20 Irish Fest Henry W. Maier Festival Park
TBD Milwaukee A La Carte Milwaukee County Zoo
TBD India Fest Humboldt Park
August 25–27 Mexican Fiesta Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Aug. 31–Sept. 4 Milwaukee Rally Dealerships in Milwaukee
Sept.–Oct Oktoberfest Various Venues
Sept. 2-3 Third Ward Art Festival Historic Third Ward
Sept. 8–10 Indian Summer Festival Henry W. Maier Festival Park
Sept. 11–20 10 Days in Tosa Wauwatosa
TBD Milwaukee River Challenge Schlitz Park
Sept. 16-17 Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival Historic Downtown Cedarburg
Sept. 16 Bay View Bash Bay View
Sept. 22–24 Harvest Fair/Maker Faire Wisconsin State Fair Park
Sept. 23–24 Doors Open Milwaukee Downtown Milwaukee
Sept. 28 – Oct. 12 Milwaukee Film Festival Varous venues
Oct. 20–21 Gallery Night and Day Downtown Milwaukee
TBD Hunting Moon Pow Wow UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
Nov. 4 Veterans Day Parade Downtown Milwaukee
TBD Savor Milwaukee Wisconsin Center
Nov. 17–Jan. 1 Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Milwaukee
Nov. 16–19 Christkindlmarkt Best Place at Pabst Brewery
TBD Holiday Folk Fair International Wisconsin State Fair Park
TBD Milwaukee Holiday Parade Downtown Milwaukee
TBD MillerCoors Holiday Lites (Fridays & Saturdays) Miller Valley

“New research, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, indicates that in early stages of dementia, musical activity can improve cognitive function.”

Dealing with Alzheimer’s can be rough on anyone but if it is caught in the early stages researches say music can help. Although There is no complete cure for Alzheimer’s yet, there are activities and treatments that can slow the worsening of symptoms. Check out the link below for information.

Alzheimer’s patients can sing their way to better mood, memory