Yoga for Hunger Task Force
Tosa Yoga, located at 6428 W. North Ave., recently launched it’s “First Fridays at Tosa Yoga,” program which features yoga, art, music and more from 6 to 9 p.m. in exchange for donations of food or money to Hunger Task Force.
"At Tosa Yoga, we believe in providing an open, warm and welcoming environment for the practice of yoga through a balanced routine taught with compassion, dedication and a little laughter,” said Melanie Landgraf, owner of Tosa Yoga. “We’re excited to bring a fun event to the community, while also giving back through our food drive initiative.”
First Fridays at Tosa Yoga will be held on the first Friday of each month and each First Fridays event will include a donation-based yoga class from 6-7 p.m., benefitting Hunger Task Force. From 7 to 9 p.m., members of the community are invited to gather for an art show featuring different local artists and live music. The donation-based yoga class is open to all community members and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to arrive early. The first event will kick off on Friday, June 3.
“Through these events, we hope to not only help support a worthy cause, but to open our doors to the greater community around us,” she said. “Our studio has become a very positive, welcoming space, and we want other members of our community to experience that same warm and welcoming feeling that students experience in our daily yoga classes.
Concert to benefit Repairers of the Breach
Elizabeth D’Acquisto, owner of Salone Aveda in Milwaukee will host a combination concert, reception and informational program on Monday, May 16 at Turner Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit Repairers of the Breach, the only daytime resource for homelessness.
“I grew up in a housing project with my mother and my three sisters,” D’Acquisto said. “Now we have a small business and I feel like it’s our responsibility to give back. We should all do something to help out whether that be volunteering or donating money if we have the ability to do that we should.”
Last year, The Rebuilding Dreams concert and program raised more than $33,000 for the capital campaign to expand Repairers of the Breach resource center at 1335 W. Vliet Street. D’Aquisto is hoping to exceed that goal this year.
“It’s all about transformations,” she said. “Repairers performs them every day with their numerous programs. They have had a tremendous effect on the homeless and the Milwaukee community. That’s why we’re pleased to help them to continue to rebuild dreams,” she said.
The event will feature music by Five Card Stud, food, refreshments and a brief presentation by MacCanon Brown, executive director of Repairers of the Breach. The organization’s job counseling, GED classes, medical treatment and related services will be highlighted.
UPAF needs volunteers for annual ride
The United Performing Arts Center will host its annual Ride for the Arts on Sunday, June 5 and the organization is in need of more volunteers to help direct racers along the route.
Volunteers will be stationed at corners and key intersections along the routes of the ride to help keep riders on course and warn them of oncoming vehicle traffic. Shifts vary in length according to location, but generally require about a 4-hour morning commitment. Volunteers are needed along routes which extend from the downtown Summerfest grounds north along the lake to Port Washington, south to Grant Park, and west to Miller Park.
This is the first year, UPAF’s Ride for the Arts will travel over the Hoan Bridge.
Volunteers will receive a limited-edition Ride for the Arts volunteer t-shirt, an invitation to the volunteer party at Miller Inn, and free food and entertainment at the Ride’s finish line party at the Summerfest grounds on the day of the Ride.
Visit www.upafride.org and click on the “volunteer” button for specific details.