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Waxwing owner Steph Davies wanted to do "something" to help. And so she did. (PHOTO: Royal Brevvaxling)

Walk in to Waxwing for a free event in support of school safety

On Wednesday, March 14, thousands of students and teachers will leave their classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed in the Florida massacre last month, as well as to raise awareness for school safety.

In support of National Walk Out Day, The Waxwing, 1800 E. North Ave., is providing a community open house from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The free event will feature live music, local inspirational speakers and open workshops.

All workshops are free and open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Fifteen percent of anything purchased in the store during the event will be donated to REDgen.

"As a local business owner, I didn't go into this shop because I love working retail. I was looking for community. The community that I've found has inspired me, helped support my family and shown up time and time again when we've faced challenges. So when something happens in our world and our community is hurting, it's my responsibility to show up for them," says Waxwing owner, Steph Davies. "This event is open to everyone, all ages. We hope people bring their good vibes and leave inspired, energized and hopeful."

Here are the events scheduled for tomorrow. All of the events are free:

On The Waxwing Stage:

9 a.m. – Sarah Kirkham & Anna Warren from the local brand Tactile Craftworks will be talking about their experiences as local makers

10 a.m. – 17 minutes of reflection for each of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Coloring pages available from Milwaukee's The Tarot Lady's Tarot coloring book will be available to color during reflection

11 a.m. – Yoga with local maker and yoga instructor, Heidi Parkes

12 p.m. – Folk songs with Eston Bennett

1 p.m. – Courage MKE speaks about their mission in Milwaukee advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and homeless youth

1:30 p.m. – Shay Fike will discuss ways to prevent bullying

2 p.m. – Live music by John Hayward Williams

3 p.m. – Renowned Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor of Baylor Productions will speak about arts in education

4 p.m. – Local makers Artery Ink will share their experiences as artists and business owners

4:30 p.m. – Brooke Talbot from REDgen will talk about mental health and the well-being of all youth

5 p.m. – Live music with Matthew Davies

6 p.m. – Local illustrator Tim Demeter will talk about his experience growing up in Waukesha and finding his voice

6:30 p.m. – Local maker Rachaad Howard will talk about his business Rep Wisconsin Apparel and Gifts

7 to 9 p.m. – Open Stage, open to all for songs, music, poetry and more. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m.

Open workshops in the "back room":

9 a.m. – Leather scrap craft with Jess Goehner of Directive Made

10 a.m. – Shrinky Dinks with Jenna Miller of Mostly Owls by Jenna

11 a.m. – Jewelry making with CIVAL Collective

12 p.m. –- Patch / mending workshop with local maker Heidi Parkes

1 to 3 p.m. – Flower to painting and flower planting with Camille Mays

3 p.m. – Rubik's Cube Clinic with Levi Edler

4 p.m. – Tarot card readings and Numerology with Molly Snyder from OnMilwaukee

5 p.m. – The art collage with Jess Hoffman

6 p.m. – Open Coloring featuring coloring pages from local artists

7 p.m. – Screenprinting with Rachaad Howard of Rep Wisconsin Apparel and Gifts

7:30-9 p.m. – Henna with Renee Bebeau


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