Playworks arrived in Milwaukee in 2011 and has already worked with 25 schools locally.

High five: BelAir creates a taco to support to Playworks Wisconsin

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

Playworks, a 20-year-old national organization that arrived in Milwaukee in 2011, recently reported that via its commitment to bringing safe and healthy play to children, it has directly impacted 15,000 kids across 25 schools locally.

Most of those schools are in MPS and in the School District of Waukesha. Among them, in Milwaukee, are Hartford Avenue University, Brown Street Academy, Carver Academy of Math and Science, Elm Creative Arts, La Escuela Fratney, Hopkins Lloyd, Pierce, Siefert, Allen-Field, Rogers Street Academy, Neeskara, Curtin Leadership Academy, Milwaukee French Immersion, Hawthorne, Gwen T. Jackson and Story.

In Waukesha, schools include Bethesda, Blair, Hadfield and Hawthorne STEM Elementary Schools.

The goal for the nonprofit – which focuses on inclusion, respect, healthy play and healthy community – is to multiply that number by 10 over the next four years.

"Playworks for every kid has always been our vision. After 20 years of bringing safe and healthy play to hundreds of thousands of kids across the country, Playworks has attracted $26 million in funding to bring the power of play to 10% of the nation's elementary schools," reads the Playworks Wisconsin website.

"Play improves children’s social and emotional well-being and readiness to learn. When we make safe, healthy play a priority in 7,000 elementary schools, we can reach a tipping point of change in the education system."

Now, Playworks has a new partner in BelAir Cantina, which has been supporting local causes for three years via the Powered by Tacos program. Previous partners have included the Urban Ecology Center and the skate park in Wauwatosa's Hart Park.


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Malibu Moo's in Door County's Fish Creek knows a thing or two about custard flavors.
Malibu Moo's in Door County's Fish Creek knows a thing or two about custard flavors.

Custard flavors of our wildest dreams

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

With so many flavors of day out there in the Milwaukee frozen custard landscape – did I mention the frozen custard book I co-wrote with Kathleen McCann arrives in shops Monday? – it’s hard to believe there are any untapped ideas anymore.

Heck, just Kopp’s and Georgie Porgie’s alone dish up more daily flavors each month than the mind – much less the GI tract – can process.

But, in fact, it seems to be the case. I’ve had a flavor idea for a while that’s anything but radical and still it appears no one has done one like it.

I decided, in the spirit of OnMilwaukee’s annual dining month, and that book I linked to up top, to ask my co-workers for the custard flavors they’d like to try, but that they’ve never seen.

Disclaimer: there are and have been soooooo many daily flavors, that I can’t promise some of these (or something similar) haven’t already been offered, but I know you guys well enough to know that you’ll definitely tell me if you’ve seen them before.

And, hey, take a moment, once you’ve finished your cone, to share you dream flavors using the Talkback feature or Facebook comments below.

Chocolate hazelnut: Chocolate custard with ribbons of Nutella and crumbled hazelnuts. How can this not have happened yet? –Bobby Tanzilo

Wisconsin old fashioned: Vanilla ice cream with chopped maraschino cherries and orange zest. A riff on the Purple Door ice cream flavor, but with eggs and no booze. –Bobby Tanzilo

Arnold Palmer: Rishi Tea and real lemon juice. And, launch it as a tribute flavor to help promote next year’s U.S. Open that will be played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. And, of course, mix it up as a tribute to t…

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South Division High School is now displaying a complete set of 39 Milwaukee neighborhood posters, thanks to Historic Milwaukee Inc.
South Division High School is now displaying a complete set of 39 Milwaukee neighborhood posters, thanks to Historic Milwaukee Inc. (Photo: Robert Lang)

HMI donates the gift of neighborhoods to South Division High

Thanks to a donation from Historic Milwaukee Inc., students walking the halls on the third floor at Milwaukee Public Schools’ South Division High School now can take a mini-tour of Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Early last month, Robert Lang, social studies department chair at South, wrote to HMI director Stacy Swadish, asking for a set of the 15x22-inch neighborhood posters that have become so beloved in Milwaukee to be displayed to be displayed in the school’s 9th Grade Academy area.

"We have wonderful artwork and displays in most areas of the first and second floors," Lang wrote. "I'd love to be able to decorate the hallways (of the third floor) in a way that celebrates the culture and diversity of the neighborhoods of Milwaukee."

Lang also told Swadish that he always encourages students to attend HMI’s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event, which allows visitors inside a wide range of historic and interesting buildings and sites all across the city.

Swadish was quick to honor the request, donating a complete set of 39 posters to the school.

"I can't tell you just how much of a difference the posters have made for our building in the short time period they have been displayed," Lang says. "It is no secret that Milwaukee has faced some challenging events over the past few years. With the protests in Sherman Park this past summer and some of the crime that impacts our city, I felt that our students needed a reminder of just how great the City of Milwaukee is. Despite some of the challenges, our city offers a level of diversity that often goes unnoticed. Our neighborhoods have rich histories and each offer their unique story of Milwaukee history and culture."

Lang adds, "The posters that Historic Milwaukee Incorporated donated last month are now a daily reminder for our students that Milwaukee is a city that is truly great. Each neighborhood – from Sherman Park to Bay View – offers a unique culture and community. It is this sense of community that we hope to insti…

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Be sure to check out Disco and Shantytown when perusing this interesting new book.
Be sure to check out Disco and Shantytown when perusing this interesting new book.

Delicious Wisconsin place names

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your "Best of Dining 2016."

Last year I read Edward Callary’s super interesting book "Place Names of Wisconsin" (published by the University of Wisconsin Press) and I must've been really really hungry when I finished, because the names of some Wisconsin towns and villages just jumped right out at me.

Almond

This village in Portage County, was established in 1850 by Methodist Episcopal minister Sheldon Doolittle, who named it in honor not of the nut – at least not directly – but for his native New York town in Allegany County.

Altoona

Oh, wait, wrong spelling. Never mind.

Angus

In Baron County, Angus, was founded in 1906 when a post office was opened by postmaster Matthew B. Uren. One might argue that’s putting the steer before the cart.

Apple River

According to the book, "the town (in Polk County) took its name from Apple River, a translation with shortening of French pomme de terre, literally, ‘apple of the earth,’ itself a translation probably based on Menominee wapeshipen, the name of a white tuber also known as ‘arrowhead’ or ‘duck potato.’"

Berry

Sorry, folks, this town in Dane County, isn’t named for fruit, but rather for early settler Berry Haney.

Candy Corners

Mmmmmm, Eau Claire County is sweeeet...

Chili

... and Clark County is spicy. Probably named for Chile, the country, by someone whose spelling was a tad wanting.

Cooks Valley and Cooksville

One ought to expect to eat well in these towns in Chippewa and Rock Counties.

Eaton and Eaton

One’s in Brown and one’s in Clark County. You can decide which is which. I’m hungry.

Egg Harbor & Fish Creek

The famous Door County town of Egg Harbor has a number of good breakfast options, i…

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