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Monona Public Library Turns 50

Monona Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a week-long kickoff celebration. From Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 the library will hold a different 1960’s themed drawing each day.  

Prizes include a lunchbox filled with 60’s goodies, a DVD copy of  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” The Beatles and The Rolling Stones CDs.  The first fifty people to check out items on Friday will receive cupcakes.  The library will be featuring various displays of significant events from 1964 to 2014 throughout the year.  

Library Director Erick Plumb said in a release that when the library opened it was two months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and a few weeks before the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show.  

Campus unions to close for winter break

The University of Wisconsin Union announced Memorial Union and Union South will be for the school's winter break.

The facilities will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 23. It will reopen Jan. 6 for the start of spring semester.

According to a release there is one exception. Union South, located on the corner of Dayton St. and Randall Ave., will be open Jan. 1 so students can watch college football bowl games from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will showcase the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Capitol One bowl play the South Carolina Gamecocks, the release said.

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Vincent Washington took his place in line outside of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. It's certainly not his first time at St. Paul's. He and his wife used to volunteer there, until the temp jobs ran out, along with the food in his kitchen.

Now unemployed, Washington said coming to the pantry once a month is about survival.

"Without it, what are you going to do? Go out there and steal and rob, and then where would you be?" Washington said.

Teriann Strassi will also have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Bread of Life. She started coming in 2010 after her job was shipped overseas and her unemployment benefits ran out.

A mother of three, Strassi is working toward her paralegal degree. Since her husband works full time, the family doesn't qualify for food stamps or other government help when it comes to food.

"There have been plenty of tears. Plenty of days when I feel like I can't make it," Strassi said. "Tomorrow's always better."

Madison Parks to host Toys for Tots drop-off sites

Madison Parks to host Toys for Tots drop-off sites

Madison Parks will be joining the Toys for Tots Foundation by hosting collection sites at three locations starting Monday, according to a release.

Anyone can stop by one of the three drop sites to donate a new, unwrapped toy of any size, organizers said. Toys for kids of all ages are encouraged.

"Madison Parks is proud to be a part of a great program like Toys for Tots," Kevin Briski, Madison Parks Superintendent, said in the release. "By hosting three drop-off sites, we can play a part in providing the children of our community the opportunity to experience the joys of the holiday season."

The collection starts Monday and will continue through Dec. 8 at the locations during their regular operating hours.

Donation drop-off sites:

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

A health care facility is offering tips to reduce the sugar intake that accompanies the Halloween festivities.

Krista Kohls, a dietitian at the Meriter Clinic downtown on West Washington Avenue, said there are multiple ways parents can make Halloween healthy.

“I’m always a proponent of fruits and vegetables,” Kohls said. “Anytime you can include fruits or vegetables into the snacks or party favors, it’s going to be a good thing to add fiber and vitamins and minerals.”

Kohls said one way to make Halloween partiers  young or old more healthy is a new twist on a veggie tray. She suggested arranging veggies to resemble a Jack-o’-Lantern using baby carrots, cucumber and broccoli on a circular tray with three dipping cups of hummus.