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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.

Enjoy family fun at the Downtown Madison Family Halloween party

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, the city of Madison will be hosting a Halloween party for families to enjoy.

The party goes from 3-6 p.m. at the corner of State St. and the Capitol Square.

There are many free and low cost activities for families and kids 12 and under to get involved with. Some include magic shows, hayrides, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, festive Halloween photos, kids' musical theater, trick or treat at participating businesses and more!

You can pick up a full list of activities and trick or treating locations on Oct. 29 at the Downtown Visitor Center, 452 State St.

Don't forget to show off your spooky costumes at the party as well!

Downtown Halloween fun continues through that week with additional programs at the Wisconsin Historical Museum and Madison Children's Museum. Visit the downtown Madison website for links and information.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

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:

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.