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Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

The 7th annual Clean Lakes Festival will be held at a new location Saturday to raise money devoted to improving the water quality of the Yahara lakes and watershed, according to a release.

The Clean Lakes Alliance and Mad City Ski Team are hosting the annual event at a new location at Law Park on Lake Monona, according to the release.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the first annual Loop the Lake scenic bike ride around Lake Monona.

CLA, a Madison-based non-profit organization, created the ride as a fundraiser and community-building event that kicks off the annual festival, according to the release.

Organizers said the festival is a true one-stop-shop, providing individuals and families with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities both in and along the lake all day.

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

The room at the Urban League of Greater Madison wasn't large enough to fit the crowd. People of diverse backgrounds filled the chairs and spilled out of the double doors, many watching from outside the room's glass wall.

They had all come to the forum Tuesday evening to discuss the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, in which a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The dialogue was led by a panel including UW Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, Madison Urban League President & CEO Kaleem Caire, Pastor Everett Mitchell of Christ the Rock Church and a former prosecutor and 100 Black Men of Madison President Floyd Rose.

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

Rock and Roar zoo benefit shows attendees after-hours fun

The Rock and Roar benefit is one of the ways the Henry Vilas Zoo is able to stay free for the community and attendees of the upcoming party get to see the zoo after hours.

The Rock and Roar zoo benefit is Saturday from 7-11 p.m. and WISC-TV is a proud sponsor. The event is one of Henry Vilas Zoo?s two premier fundraising events each year.

With the purchase of a ticket you not only get into the fun but it also comes with food, music, dancing and even a free ride on the carousel.

?The cool thing about this event is that the zookeepers have the animals on exhibit longer. So people can come and still tour the zoo as they do during the day,? said Autumn Hayes, special events coordinator at Henry Vilas Zoo. ?What?s really neat is we have up-close animal encounters. Our education animals come out and people can go and interact and learn about different animals here.?

'Vinyl is king' in org's annual record sale

'Vinyl is king' in org's annual record sale

The 16th annual St. Vincent’s record sale kicked off Tuesday morning offering a couple thousand vinyl albums at the downtown store.

Reagan Rule is the store manager at the St. Vinny’s at 1309 Williamson St. He said the store sells a variety of records and this year’s sale is offering about 3,000.

“It’s mainly about the classic vinyl, you know, 78s, 45s, 12-inch singles and just regular old vinyl LPs,” Rule said. “Vinyl is king for this event.”

Rule said the records cover a variety of genres and tastes and there are even a few extra-special records in the mix.

Video shows bus driver's actions prevented deadly crash

Video shows bus driver's actions prevented deadly crash

A dramatic video shows what could have been a deadly crash involving a Madison metro bus and a bicyclist.

Police said Brenda Jensen's quick actions behind the wheel saved the life of a 23-year-old bicyclist.

Jensen, 49, slammed on the bus's brakes on her Regent Street route last month as the bicyclist rode right into her path.

Whitney Verdegan only suffered scrapes and bruises. She wasn't wearing a helmet and was ticketed for riding in front of the bus. Police said her mountain bike only had a bent brake.

Downtown business, neighbors excited about Rhythm and Booms' move

Downtown business, neighbors excited about Rhythm and Booms' move

John Nolen Drive will shut down, huge crowds will flood downtown, and loud blasts will explode in the same lake Leigh Meier lives near -- and Meier is excited.

"That'd be great," Meier said. "I mean, I'd love it if it was right here on the lake."

The Lakeside Court neighbor usually spends the Fourth of July scoping the lake for a good vantage point. This year, her pontoon can stay docked because Rhythm and Booms is moving to Lake Monona.

After the fireworks show became controversial among neighbors at its former home at Warner Park on the north side, city officials and event organizers decided to move it.

The 1.6-mile-long Independence Day celebration will block John Nolen Drive in both directions. Two lanes will be reserved for fireworks observers, while the other lanes will house food, drinks, and bathrooms, as well as easy access for police patrol.

Zookeepers week is time to thank caregivers

Zookeepers week is time to thank caregivers

It's National Zookeepers Appreciation Week, which runs from July 15-19, and Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo is participating with meet-and-greet sessions throughout the week.

Though it's going to be a hot few days, animal caregivers at Madison's zoo will be out taking care of the many creatures at the downtown facility.

On a warm day like Tuesday with temperatures in the low 90s and heat values in the upper 90s, Henry Vilas zookeeper Beth Peterson said an example of one job responsibility is making sure the animals, which come from a diversity of habitats throughout the world, are cared for and healthy.

"Part of being a zookeeper … is that you really get to know what's normal behavior for them," Petersen said. "Knowing what to pay attention to, to know if they are showing signs of stress, especially in warm weather like this, is a big part of your daily routine."