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2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

A free costume contest is just one event at a Halloween celebration at Henry Vilas Zoo next weekend.

Halloween at the Zoo is a free event to the public with a suggested donation of $2, and features free trick-or-treating and an activity tent, according to a release.

There will be five categories for the costume contest and the top three contestants will win prizes. The contest will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the center of the zoo. To enter the costume contest, participants will need to go to the costume contest stage across from the seals and fill out an entry form.

Organizers said the contest will end promptly at noon, but they will accept as many entries as they can. Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and authenticity.

The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at the costume contest stage.

Costume contest prizes:

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

Group seeks to share Japanese art of Taiko drumming

The Madison group, Beni Daiko, is working to preserve the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming. 

The group meets at Neighborhood House Community Center on South Mills Street every Tuesday evening to practice, and is available for performances.

Festival celebrates people of all abilities

Madison’s Disability Pride Festival will be July 26 at Brittingham Park. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Disability Pride Festival will celebrate the talents, skills, arts and energy of people with and without disabilities. The event brings families, friends and neighbors together to forward the possibility of every life, according to a press release.

It will showcase artists, performers, food, exhibitors and fun for all ages and abilities.

The 2014 festival features: Hip Hop with the Figureheads, Wheelchair Wash, Yoga, Massage,  Healthy Living Exhibits, VSA Choir and more.

Brittingham Park is at 829 W. Washington Ave. Visit disabilitypridemadison.org for more information.

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Loved ones aren't letting the memory of Shari and Bram Dorresteijn fade.

The Sun Prairie couple that was killed in an interstate crash in April left behind a toddler and a newborn.

Wednesday night Bram's friends hosted a soccer match to raise money for those children.

Michael Scalia met Bram in high school. He said the match was the perfect way to pay tribute to Bram, a former University of Wisconsin soccer player. He also said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

"In terms of people coming out of the woodwork, how can we support you? How can we show our love and help a village raise these children? Under these circumstances, they've raised so much money and we're continuing to go along those lines to raise more for these kids' futures," Scalia said.

The couple's children, Wesley and Charlotte, are in the care of Shari's sister and her husband.

An online fund raised more than $220,000 for them.