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Madison's winter clothes drive happening this month

Madison Parks is partnering with Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. on an outdoor winter clothes drive Jan. 5-16.

Winter coats, snowpants, boots, hats, scarves, and gloves may be dropped off during operating hours at the following locations:

  • Tenney Park Shelter, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park Shelter, 1400 Vilas Park Dr.
  • Elver Park Shelter, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road

Operating Hours:

Shelter hours are weekdays 3-9 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-9 p.m.Odana Hills hours are weekends 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Habitat for Humanity asking for volunteers

Habitat for Humanity is seeking families to build homes in Madison, Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, and Stoughton.

Over the last year, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County has purchased 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie, 24 lots in Fitchburg and eight lots in Madison.

For individuals and families interested in building with Habitat for Humanity, informational meetings will be held:

Jan. 11, 1-2:30 p.m., Clarion Suites, 2110 Rimrock Road

Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m., Clarion Suites, 2110 Rimrock Road

If interested in partnering with Habitat, attendance at one of these meetings is mandatory.

To learn about the program requirements, visit habitatdane.org.

Annual chili cookoff seeks chefs

On Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m., the Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., will host its second annual Mad City Chili Cookoff.

As many as 20 cooks may enter for the chance to win cash prizes. Organizers said smell, taste, heat balance, texture/mouthfeel and appearance are among this year's judging criteria.

Up to $200 will be awarded to both the judge's top pick and to the people's choice award.

A chili recipe and $20 are needed to enter the competition.

If you would like to enter the contest, email chili.essenhaus@gmail.com.

Entry fee to the event is $10 for adults and free for children ages 10 and under.

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Sun Prairie choir to perform in Madison theater

Choir members from Sun Prairie United Methodist Church will perform in Madison for a special holiday concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum.

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Tree lighting event to benefit hospital's nursing, newborn care programs

A hospital will host a remembrance tree lighting ceremony to benefit its nursing program and newborn care department. 

St. Mary’s Lights of Love Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Gardens of St. Mary's on Brooks Street. 

The program offers LED lights for purchase to honor a loved one. Red lights serve as a living tribute and white lights honor the memory of a lost loved one. A third color, blue, is added this year to honor or remember those who served in the military.

Proceeds from the Lights of Love program benefit St. Mary’s patients, their families and the hospital's nursing program. The funds raised help support items that are essential for tiny newborns such as Bilirubin Lights and the Hearing Screening device, as well as nursing scholarships for employees and volunteers.

East Johnson St. open Friday, ribbon cutting ceremony to take place

East Johnson St. open Friday, ribbon cutting ceremony to take place

Starting Friday at 3 p.m., all traffic lanes of E. Johnson St. will be open.

To celebrate the end of this construction, there will be an event called the Jam On Johnson. The street wide celebration will start at 4p.m. on Friday and end at 8 p.m.

Mayor Paul Soglin will attend for a ribbon cutting, to kick off the event.

There will be complimentary tastings and end-of-construction specials at 18 different locations along E. Johnson St. There will also be street musicians, a gift wrapping station and a raffle for an E. Johnson St. gift basket packed with prizes.

The event is free for anyone in Madison to attend.

To find out more information, visit this website.