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Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

The Mad Circus Gala is a circus arts variety show Saturday held to benefit the local performing arts group.

Organizers said the show will highlight aerial work, the German wheel, juggling, comedy, stilt-dancing, unicycling and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. A special VIP ticket includes extra perks. Find ticket information online at www.barrymorelive.com/_circus.htm.

The Madison Circus Space at 2100 Winnebago St. opened in June to serve as practice space for circus arts performers and hobbyists.

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Former Madison foodies get taste of Big Apple food scene

Ruthie Young walks the streets of New York with an appetite and a pen. The University of Wisconsin-Madison graduated in 2012 and moved to New York. She's out to get a taste of the Big Apple as a freelance food blogger.

"It really gives me an opportunity to explore the New York and the food scene on my own budget and my own time," Young explained.

New York City has its own little taste of Wisconsin within in the form of a group of restaurants borrowing Badger State influences, and transplants, like Adam Benedetto. He said incorporating the Midwest culture of being nice to people is part of the package in Little Wisco Restaurant Group eateries popping up in New York City. Little Wisco has opened four restaurants in the last two years, all staffed with Cheese State natives.

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

A Madison-based author said she'll discuss the process of how she got her first book published at an author event downtown Wednesday.

Kelly Harms, author of "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," will read from her novel at the Wisconsin Book Festival event and talk about the road to getting published. 

"I'm going to be discussing the publishing industry a little bit more in detail and talking about how I got from one side of the desk to the other," Harms said.

Harms said she used to live in New York City and worked for a publishing company as a literary agent.

She made the cross to author after moving to the Midwest to raise her family, she said. "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who were very different but brought together through a dream home sweepstakes, Harms explained.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. in meeting room 301 at the Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin St.

One last visit, last lasagna at Gino's

One last visit, last lasagna at Gino's

Gino Gargano first announced he was closing his long-time restaurant after 50 years of business on State Street in September.

Thursday is Gino's last day at the Italian eatery. News 3 made one last visit to 540 State St. to chat with the 73-year-old restauranteur on closing the doors of his business locally famous for its stuffed pizzas and lasagna.

Watch News 3 Traveler report on Gino's retirement:

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Foodies rejoice, Food Day 2013 is here. On Thursday, Americans across the country united to celebrate the grassroots movement for sustainable food and education. UW-Madison embraced the national celebration by hosting the first Real Food Week from Oct. 21-25 with the ultimate goal of improving the sourcing of food on campus, according to Slow Food UW.

The week consisted of on-campus lectures, panel discussions and other food-related events to discuss the benefits of eating real food and raise community awareness. As defined by Slow Food UW, the four criteria for real food are local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane.

The first Real Food Week event took place on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Crossing where Slow Food UW hosted a special Family Dinner Night, designed by Executive Chef of Weary Traveler Free House Joey Dunscombe, and panel discussion.