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13th Annual Appleton Juneteenth

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Jones Park, 301 W Lawrence St, Appleton

Be sure to stop by the ESTHER booth when you come!

African Heritage, Inc., Presents 13th Annual Appleton Juneteenth. Free Admission. Boost your digital skills.<br />
Covid 19 shots. $$$. Black health & wealth is dope! Destiny Child Experience. MC Keith L. Brown Mr. I'm Possible.<br />
Poet 22. Milwaukee African Drum and Dance. Afro Pop Music with Mimi. Comedian Kelly Kelly. 2023 Black Excellence Graduation.<br />
Children's Activies. Food. Music. Community Organizations, Retail Vendors, Black Greek-Letter Organizations. Stone of Hope.<br />
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark, United Way, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sargento, Walmart, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region,<br />
Get Boosted, Community First Credit Union.

You Belong Block Party

Saturday, June 17, 2023 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Dr, Menasha

Celebrating Volunteers & Diversity in Our Community

A community event by Volunteer Fox Cities & Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities

  • Live Entertainment
  • On-Site Volunteering
  • Food Trucks
  • Carnival Games
  • Communty Cookout
  • Family-Friendly Fun!


Outdoor Movie Night: Wakanda Forever

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 7:45pm
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Join People of Progression, STAR, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Fox City Flix and the Appleton Public Library to celebrate the end of the school year.

Free Event

  • Friday, June 9, Houdini Plaza, Appleton
  • 7:45-8:30 pm - Community Activities
    • Fox Cities PAC Listening Session
    • Public Library Summer Programs
  • 8:45 pm - Outdoor Movie: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever


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Sunday, May 21, 2023 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
The Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida Street, Appleton





Madison Action Day 2023

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Thursday, April 27, 2023 (All day)
State Capitol, Madison

Latest news for Madison Action Day 2023

BREAKING NEWS!!  This is the link to the booklet that outlines our values and recommendations for the state budget.  It is called Building the Beloved Community:   WISDOM Priorities for 2023-25. We will use this to prepare for our visits and leave a copy with each of our legislators.  Review the information and share with others.  And if you haven't already, be sure to register for Madison Action Day! 

Ride and Rally for Reform!

Ride . . . . .     the bus to Madison
Rally . . . . .    on the Capitol Steps
Relay . . . . .   your views and values to your legislators
Reignite . . .   your fire for justice!

Register Now: MAD2023 Registration cost is $25, + optional t-shirt order is $10.  Your bus ride is free!

We will gather at the Wisconsin Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison at 9:00 am and then make our way together to the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Event in Madison ends at 3 pm.

We still need more participants from the Fox Valley.  We have yet to fill our bus which can seat 48 people.

Let's come together, show up in Madison to share our values and budget priorities with our legislators.  We will be making recommendations regarding more funding for TAD, Driver's Licenses for undocumented residents, funding for lead abatement and expanding Badger Care. The morning plenary includes speakers to renew our energy and focus as we hear about costly reconciliation, radical inclusion, living for the seventh generation, and Brothertown. 

ESTHER is planning a zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 to help organize our district meetings. Zoom link is here This meeting will help us identify speaking roles in each legislative district and explain our budget recommendations that we will share with legislators. 

Questions:  Call the ESTHER office at 920-843-8083  or email at

Free Holiday Movie

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Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton West High School Gym, 610 N Badger Ave, Appleton

Free Holiday Movie

The Grinch

Appleton West High School Gymnasium
610 N. Badger Ave, Appleton

Blanket Drive/Donation – To be donated to the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter, Oshkosh
(Purchase blankets from a local store and bring them to the movie)

Pre-movie entertainment and raffle

Aaron’s Heart of Gold Fundraiser will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn & candy for purchase

Sponsored by ESTHER • Aaron’s Heart of Gold • U.S. Venture • Appleton Area School District •
Appleton West BIPOC

Presented by Fox City Flix








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Saturday, October 22, Pierce Park Pavilion, 1035 W. Prospect, Appleton WI
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Because we need all our voices, all our votes to protect the earth.

Join with local organizations to make climate the hot topic this election by celebrating Earth Day in October.  The Earth deserves more than one day a year!  See event flyer in the attachment.

  • Informational booths
  • Music from Christopher Gold
  • Keynote speaker, Ligia Rivera "The League of Women Voters of Appleton Fox Cities' two-year study on local climate impacts and adaptations for our communities' climate resilience."
  • A march across the Memorial Drive Bridge and back to Pierce Park.
This event is co-sponsored by the following nonpartisan local organizations: Citizens' Climate Lobby-Appleton/Fox Cities, ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force, League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities, and PopEarth.
Let's make climate the hot topic this election!   EARTH DAY Event page is here 

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online:

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 


Help Send Postcards to Voters

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Let’s get out the vote.

Help complete postcards to voters: Oct 13th

…because democracy needs all our voices.

Please note that Oct. 11 event has been canceled due to the hard work of people at Oshkosh ESTHER meeting on Oct.4.  You're welcome to register for Oct. 13.  We will easily meet our goal of 1,000 postcards.

You are invited to join us in non-partisan voter outreach as we write postcards to encourage Wisconsin citizens to vote in the upcoming election. We know how important it is for voters in this election to take the time to get informed about candidates and vote for officials who will protect both democracy and the issues which are at the heart of ESTHER’s work. We want to remind Wisconsin citizens that their voice and vote are vital to the future of Wisconsin, and this is a proven method of increasing turnout.

Here are the details. Please register and share the invite!


  • Thursday, Oct. 13th:  First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton WI  54915, 6-7:30, Includes pizza and beverage. RSVP at

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

Enjoy food, entertainment, children's games, conversations, and more as we celebrate the broad spectrum of diversity in our communities.

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