Week-long event highlights community, young professionals
By Heather Graves
GREEN BAY – For the past year, the Current Young Professional Network’s volunteer community partnership committee has worked hard to create and execute a new community event: CurrentWeek.
CurrentWeek is a full week of events and activities celebrating young professionals.
“It’s really about bringing people together and connecting them both to young professionals and to the community at large,” said program director Mallory Nash.
Current, a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber since 2005, is dedicated to attracting, development, engaging and retaining young professionals in the community.
“CurrentWeek is an opportunity for young professionals to gain momentum in their professional development and for everyone in the community to discover new adventures in the community, learn more about businesses and organizations that are part of making Greater Green Bay a great place to live and contribute to meaningful conversations,” Nash said.
Though activities are geared toward young professionals, CurrentWeek events are open to people of all ages.
According to organizers, the week-long event provides an opportunity for all generations to have open dialogue, learn from one another and build community.
“(CurrentWeek) is an opportunity to highlight why young professionals are important to a vibrant community’s workforce development and economic development,” Nash said. “After all, young professionals are tomorrow’s leaders of the community.”
CurrentWeek events include:
Friday, May 3
The week kicks off with Murder Mystery Under the Big Top from 6-9 p.m. at the Bay Beach Pavilion in Green Bay.
Registration can be done online and includes admission and dinner. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
Character assignments will be sent out in advance and organizers encourage attendees to dress up according to their part.
Saturday, May 4
Next up is Insider’s Encounter: Family Day at the Zoo on at the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park.
This event offers a private, live encounter with several different animals.
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes admission and private animal encounter from 10 a.m. to noon.
Sunday, May 5
Come. Sit. Stay in downtown De Pere for Doggie Block Paw-ty.
A section of Wisconsin Street will be blocked off to make room for live music, dog agility and lawn games, pup treat
giveaways, doggie photo booth and food trucks.
The Doggie Block Paw-ty runs from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6
Join Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity for a DIY YP night at ReStore from 6-8:30 p.m.
This event will be a social class that will focus on a DIY project with materials from the ReStore.
Materials, refreshments and instruction will be provided. Cost is $20.
All the proceeds from these classes will go towards building more Habitat for Humanity homes in Brown County.
Tuesday, May 7
Stadium View Bar & Grill opens its doors for Greater Green Bay SOUP (Support Of Urban Projects).
The evening will feature soup and three to five grant proposals made by community members.
Proceeds from each meal become the grant that is awarded to the chosen project, which will be voted upon by attendees.
SOUP kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8
Up next, Technology, Innovation & Green Bay with Craig Dickman, founder of Breakthrough Fuel at Rockwood Terrace at Titletown. This informational luncheon includes an exclusive tour of the new TitletownTech space. It will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, May 9
Green Bay Distillery will host Discover Your Dance Floor from 6-8 p.m.
Instructors from Birder Studio will teach participants how to salsa, cha cha and line dance.
Registration includes group lesson and appetizers.
Friday, May 10
And the week wraps up at Badger State Brewing Beer Garden with CurrentWeek After 5 Celebration from 5-7:30 p.m.
The night will feature yard games, the local Wharf & Marrow food truck and raffle prizes.
Attendees can obtain a punch card for CurrentWeek.
Those who have four or more punches on their CurrentWeek punch card will be eligible for prizes including a Battle House package, tuxedo rental from DuBois Formal Wear and an individual, one-year membership to Current Young Professionals Network.
Sponsors of CurrentWeek events include Badger State Brewing, the City of Green Bay, Definitely De Pere, Green Bay Distillery, Green Bay Packers Give Back, NEW Zoo and Adventure Park and Stadium View Bar & Grill.