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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Every Wednesday evening the Brotherhood group, founded about four years ago, meets to give teens in the Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood a safe, positive environment where they can connect with peers. It grew from a safety and security report conducted by the neighborhood association.

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Madison's comedy group Atlas Improv Co. will present the Endurance Improv Fest at their theater April 16-19, according to a release.

The event began Thursday night with a sketch comedy show, and will continue Friday with special shows at 8 and 10 p.m. The festival will conclude with an 11-hour improv marathon beginning 4 p.m. Saturday.

According to Atlas, all the events are free and take place at their custom-built theater at 609 E. Washington Avenue. The festival coincides with the company's 11th anniversary.

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

A reception Sunday will celebrate the Young at Art exhibition, which features works of art by Madison public school students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

The reception will take place at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and East High School's East Jazz Orchestra will perform in the library.

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

A free event at an east Madison park next week will offer information on star gazing.

The city of Madison said a Learn to Star Gaze workshop will be held at Reindahl Park from 7-8 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will be led by a UW Space Place specialist and will give all participants the chance to search the skies using powerful telescopes.

 

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. 

WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street.