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WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

Madison Winter Festival to kick off

Madison Winter Festival to kick off

The annual Madison Winter Festival will kick off with sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, snow and ice carving and more in downtown Madison this weekend.

The festival will include the Frosty Kids’ Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. that's free to participate in.

The Movin' Shoes Frosty 1.5 Mile Dog Jog and Walk Saturday at 10 a.m. to benefit the Dane County Humane Society. There will also be a rooftop skating rink at the Madison Children's Museum. 

Also free is an ice sculpting exhibition Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and displayed all day Sunday at the top of State Street, according to the website. The sculpting is sponsored by Madison's Central Business Improvement District and the Greater State Street Business Association.  

There's no cost to be a spectator to the Madison Adaptive Winter Games Saturday and Sunday

Wizard World takes weekend residence in Madison

Wizard World Comic Con is in Madison this weekend offering a variety of pop culture-related entertainment.

The event takes place at the Alliant Energy Center Friday through Sunday.

Wizard World brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Madison show hours are from 3-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Lou Ferrigno of “The Incredible Hulk” and Jason David Frank of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” are among several celebrities expected to attend Wizard World.

For more information, visit www.wizardworld.com.

WATCH Ferrigno on News 3's Live at Five Thursday: channel3000.com/entertainment/31123558

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

Click here for complete details.