It's Your City August 2017
Settlers Weekend

Settlers Weekend Sets Up Camp August 26 - 27

The West Allis Historic Preservation Commission proudly presents the 12th annual Settlers Weekend on August 26 and 27 at Honey Creek Park, 84th and National Ave., from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both days.

Settlers Weekend offers a family-friendly, educational, and fun introduction to West Allis history and the history of the United States prior to West Allis becoming a city in 1906, including: 

• Historical re-enactments
• Military demonstrations
• Honey Creek Cemetery tours
• Ice cream social
• Crafters & artisans
• Refreshments and more!

Meet Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln as re-enactors Lance Mack and Jessica Michna bring the famous couple to life. Enjoy live performances by Three Pints Gone, Celtic harpist MaryAnn Miller, Narrow Road Bluegrass Band, and more. 

View the full schedule of performers or watch this short video to learn more. Admission is free and ample parking is available. For more information, contact the West Allis Historical Society on Facebook or at 
Food Truck Tour August

MKE Food Truck Tour is Back in August

If you have yet to experience the Traveling Food Truck Tour, you can still catch the trucks this summer. 

The first visit of the MKE Traveling Food Truck Tour on June 7 was a smash success, and their July visit was equally popular. Vendors included Lumpia City, Double B's Timber's BBQLittle Havana Express, and much more. In addition to a great variety of food trucks, the Tour offers music, craft beer, and more. See you at the Farmers Market when the Food Trucks return on August 23.

Wood & Wings Event Logo

New Event Carves Its Way Into Downtown West Allis Sept. 16th

Join the West Allis Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) for their first fundraising event, Wood & Wings! Visit West Allis Downtown from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 to watch artists embellish log chairs and taste some of the best wings in West Allis. All chairs will be auctioned off to support the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District’s beautification efforts.

Artists begin embellishing their pieces at 10 a.m., and tables are awarded to the highest bidder at 4:30 p.m.

The “Best Wings in West Allis” cook off starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for $10 online, or at the BID's office at 7231 W. Greenfield Ave. 

Housing Grants

Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Programs

Is your home in need of repairs or upgrades? Forgivable home improvement grants are available for qualifying single family home owner-occupants residing in select areas of West Allis. Income limits apply. If your income is higher than currently established limits, or if you are an owner-occupant of a duplex in West Allis, reduced rate loans may be an option for you to consider.

The City of West Allis is committed to providing fair and affordable housing for all residents. Part of that commitment includes offering housing rehabilitation assistance to those who qualify. These grants for West Allis residents are made possible through federal grants, and guidelines for administering the grants are set through a combination of federal and local regulations. Home improvement projects may be particularly challenging for low-income homeowners, and these grants provide those who qualify the opportunity to improve their homes and, in turn, boost the curb appeal of their neighborhoods and property values of surrounding homes as well.

For more information on forgivable grants or reduced rate loans, visit

Fire Safety Escape Plan

Back to School, Back to Basics: A Reminder from the West Allis Fire Department

It takes an average of 2.5 minutes to escape a house fire after the smoke alarm sounds. The West Allis Fire Department reminds residents to test your smoke detector batteries each month, and consider installing smoke-alarm activated lights to make exiting your house easier during a nighttime emergency. You should also establish and practice your family's escape route from your home or apartment in the event of fire. Make this life-saving practice part of your family's back-to-school routine to ensure your family's safety.

First Day of School

Start the School Year with Good Attendance Habits

The West Allis Health Department wishes all West Allis-West Milwaukee students a successful and healthy 2017 - 18 year school year. Here are some tips to help improve your child's attendance at school this year, which will boost her overall school success:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick.  Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Instilling these habits early on will help provide a good basis for a successful school experience. Have a great school year! 

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