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Badgers fans invited to send-off event at Kohl Center

Badgers fans are invited to a pep rally at the Kohl Center Wednesday to send the team off to the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The men’s basketball team will depart for the Final Four after the send-off event at 5:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center, according to a release.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with a brief program featuring head coach Bo Ryan and the team starting at 5:30 p.m., organizers said. Admission is free.

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Christ Presbyterian Church invites public to international cooking and game night

Christ Presbyterian Church invites public to international cooking and game night

Christ Presbyterian Church is hosting their monthly international cooking and game night Saturday.

According to the church, the free event invites people from all over the world to use the church's kitchen for cooking, sharing recipes and eating together.

Cooking will begin at 3 p.m., and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. 

Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

Operating hours, access to CCB to change in April

Next month, operating hours and access to the City-County Building in Madison will change.

The City-County Liaison Committee decided that starting April 18, the building will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Wilson Street entrance, previously open 24 hours, seven days a week, will only be open to people with access cards by the end of April.

“It’s going to be a secured building, so the employees will have security access, and we’re told ‘Don’t let people in who aren’t supposed to be in,’ and I think it will cut down on a lot of the problems we’re having,” City-County Building employee Kelly McConnell said. “We still have problems during the day that need to be addressed, but this is a good start.”

The changes were not in response to any specific event, officials said. The changes are part of an ongoing security review.

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City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

Madison considers future restrictions of tobacco, vaping businesses

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would restrict the future locations of stores that primarily sell tobacco products and vaping supplies and paraphernalia.

The ordinance is currently being looked at by the city planning commission, and as it is currently written would apply to businesses where 20 percent or more of its display area is for the sale of tobacco products, vaping supplies or paraphernalia.

Businesses falling into that category would be restricted from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, health care facilities or residences. They would also be restricted from opening within 500 feet of other tobacco retailers.

Businesses falling into that category that are currently operating would be allowed to stay open and would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance. Those businesses could be sold to a new owner and continue to operate as long as there is not a 12-month gap in which they cease to do business.

Part of Union Terrace to close for renovation

A part of Union Terrace at the UW Student Union will be closed for renovations starting in September.

Anna Johnson, marketing and communications coordinator for the Memorial Union reinvestment project, told News 3 that the west end of the terrace adjacent to the remodeled theater will remain open during the project, and the new terrace area will open early in the summer of 2016.

Johnson said officials arranged the project to have as little impact on users as possible. Most of the work will be done next winter.

“We wish we didn’t have to close the terrace, but in order to make it better for generations and decades to come, this is just unfortunately a growing pain we have to go through,” Johnson said.

The improvements include fixing pavement, improving accessibility, improvements to the stage and the addition of another concession area.

Johnson said that compared to previous renovations, this isn’t going to be a big change.