Call for Candidates:Riverwest Co-op Board of Directors!

The Riverwest Co-op isn’t just a grocery store-it’s a community. It feels like a general store: you probably know the cashier or the volunteer washing dishes. You’ve sat on the Philosopher’s Bench in the summer, danced with the kids at our Spaghetti Dinner,  or cheered on our softball team, the Seitan Phillies.

The Riverwest Co-op isn’t just a community-it’s part of a movement, a community of communities working towards shared goals: healthy food access in the neighborhood, local food production in Wisconsin, and a vision of social justice incorporated into a business owned and operated by the neighborhood.

And we need you to help make that vision real.

You’ve got ideas for how the Co-op could better serve the community. You own the business, you’ve got a voice, maybe you’ve volunteered, and you’re ready to build upon your own capacity.

You’re ready to step up and lead this Co-op!

We’re taking nominations for the upcoming Board of Director elections.  We need organizers and activists, folks that are good with nuts and bolts and folks that see the big picture. We need finance folks and HR people. We need the community to lift up leaders and leaders to direct the co-op.

There are five open seats for the new 2015 board. Want to know more? Keen to serve on our Board of Directors? Email Nick at

Candidate applications are due by 5:00PM on May 1st, 2015.

Our Water at Avalon Theater

2473 S Kinnickinnic Ave

Save the date!

The Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge will host Our Water, a Saturday morning special event on April 25 featuring films about our relationship to our most precious natural resource.

Our Water begins with “Life in Our Lake,” an eight-minute film by Michael Timm that dramatizes the quagga mussel invasion of Lake Michigan. “Inland Seas,” a 49-minute documentary by scientist Rebecca Klaper and Matthew Radcliff, details the issues surrounding diversion requests to the Great Lakes. “Milwaukee: A City Built on Water,” a 57-minute documentary by Claudia Looze and historian John Gurda, shares our city’s water history.

The program is rounded out by shorts produced by Jenny Plevin and the Milwaukee Water Commons. Immediately following the films, the conversation expands to involve the audience, who can ask questions in a 15-minute talkback featuring historian Gurda, Klaper of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and other water leaders including Rich Meeusen of the Water Council and Plevin of the Milwaukee Water Commons.

Timm, a Milwaukee writer with a master’s degree from UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, is organizing the event. He has also created a board game, Mussel Madness, where kids cooperate to save the Great Lakes from mussel invasion. Audience members will be treated to a sneak peek of Mussel Madness on April 25.

“We all love the Great Lakes, but how much of their story do we really understand? This event is a chance to join the community to learn more about these remarkable life-giving systems,” Timm says. “I am grateful to theater owner Lee Barczak for the opportunity to share these films beneath the Avalon’s starlit ceiling. Our Water is a great way to conclude Earth Week 2015.”

The newly renovated Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge, reopened in December 2014, is located in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood at 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Tickets to Our Water are $11 ($10 plus a $1 online processing fee).


Advance tickets are recommended. The films are suitable for all ages.

Saturday, April 25, 2015  10AM to 12:30PM  Doors open at 9AM

Street parking is available.


More info: 

Facebook: events/1574364792850041
Contact: Michael Timm


Hello From Rust Magazine

This is an open invitation to all Milwaukee writers, readers, editors, and publishers.

We will be exploring the forever-unanswered question of print’s role in the digital age. We invite you to join the discussion as a panelist to share your thoughts and experiences.

People’s Books is a part of the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance and a staple, not only to the Riverwest neighborhood, but also to the print community. Like many bookstores, they are facing financial hardship and may have to close their doors in the coming months.          

(More information available at

As people who have an investment in information dissemination, diverse neighborhood culture, open dialogue and of course, print, we want to do what we can. It only seems fitting to discuss the the paradox, the perils, and the successes of print in a digital age.

In an effort to support local bookstores in their time of need. Rust Magazine will be hosting its first forum at People’s Books

Tuesday, April 21 at 7PM

Please join us.  RSVP to
We look forward to hearing from you


March 24 marks 1-month countdown to register for a garden

Victory Garden Initiative builds communities that grow their own food, creating a community-based, socially just, environmentally sustainable, nutritious food system for all.

For more information about Victory Garden Initiative, visit

To sign up to receive your own garden, volunteer or sponsor a garden, please visit Deadline to register for a garden is April 24.

In the months leading up to the BLITZ, community members are able to request a garden at the bulk rate of only $160, which is fully installed by volunteers and filled with new soil from VGI’s local compost partners. “We look to partner with people doing great things, so buying gardens from VGI was a no-brainer…We purchased 6 gardens, donating all to families who had never before grown their own. As a result, people began to get excited about great food and That Salsa Lady reaped the benefits of tomato plants which grew over 6’ tall,” said TSL’s Angela Moragne about the BLITZ.

During the BLITZ, volunteers will meet at Habitat for Humanity,3726 N. Booth St., to gather supplies and head out to neighborhoods to start building gardens.  Anyone can purchase a garden for their yard or business, but each year at least half of the BLITZ gardens go to low-income recipients. If you would like to sponsor a garden for someone in need, please follow the link below and look for ‘Sponsor a Garden.’

Saturday, May 9 through May 23

Hundreds of volunteers will join Victory Garden Initiative for the Victory Garden BLITZ.  Over these two weeks, volunteers will build 500 4×8’ raised-bed gardens filled with healthy organic soil in locations throughout Milwaukee.

Contact: Ellie Jackson  Program and Operations Manager  (414) 431-0888

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     Here’s a new Scrabble word for you – and it can be useful if you want to talk about rivers, their courses, and the effects of time, erosion and other changes including human interventions (like dams).

In hydrology, the thalweg is a line drawn to join the lowest points along the entire length of a valley or stream bed along its downward slope. This line defines the deepest channel of a river, marking the natural direction of a watercourse.

Thalweg is an English “loanword” from German. Like many German words, it is a compound noun built from the words “thal” meaning valley and “weg” meaning way.