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'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

'Frankenfood' event participants could win spot on TV show

Madison-area folks are invited to take part in a funky food event next Friday with the chance to be part of a cooking reality TV show. 

Madison Area Technical College's Truax campus on Wright Street will host the "Frankenfood" event from noon to 4 p.m. in the gourmet dining room. Frankenfood is a new buzzword for a dish made up of many contrasting parts that would not normally be paired together but stitched together as one, makes sense and tastes good (or at least tastes good to you).

Firefighters to perform live training on S. Mills, Mound streets

Firefighters to perform live training on S. Mills, Mound streets

Firefighters will be training on South Mills and Mound streets in Madison Thursday. 

The City of Madison Fire Department said crews will be participating in live training in four houses donated by the Gallina Corp. 

The homes are on the 100 block of South Mills Street and the 1000 block of Mound Street, the department said. Firefighters will practice a variety of skills including advancing hose lines, breaching walls, cutting holes in roofs as well as search and rescue. 

Fire department's spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said firefighters will be challenged to perform duties in the elements during the exercise. 

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.  

Crews won’t collect garbage, recycling Monday

Madison Streets Division crews will not be collecting garbage or recycling on Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, according to a release.

Residents who normally have their garbage and recycling collected on Monday will have their material collected on Tuesday, officials said. On Tuesday, crews will collect garbage from residents in both the Monday and Tuesday garbage collection districts.

The Streets Division’s offices and self-help drop off sites will also be closed on Monday, according to the release. The final round of Christmas tree collection will also start back up on Tuesday.

Residents should have their trees, storm-damaged wood debris and garbage and recycling out at the curb for collection by 7 a.m. on Tuesday to ensure collection.

Library Mall, State Street reconstruction to be discussed at meeting

A public information meeting will be held Thursday on the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall, according to a release.

Design plans for the project are being developed by the city of Madison and the university, officials said. The design will focus on creating a special place at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall.

The meeting will start with a short presentation on the final design, followed by an opportunity for participants to provide comments and feedback, according to the release.

It is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. in Conference Rooms B-1A and B1-B in the Lowell Center at 610 Langdon Street.

For more information or to submit written comments, contact Jason DiPiazza at 608-242-7779 or jdipiazza@msa-ps.com.

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Award-winning authors to visit UW campus

Two award-winning authors will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus next week.

The first is Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. According to a release from UW, Pamuk is the winner of the 2006 of the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the second youngest person to ever receive the award. He is a freedom of speech advocate and his novels have been translated into more than 46 different languages.

Pamuk will speak Monday at Varsity Hall in Union South at 7:30 p.m.

The author of the celebrated post-apocalyptic, zombie author Max Brooks will speak Tuesday night.

Brooks' latest novel "World War Z" was recently adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt. According to a release, Brooks also wrote "The Zombie Survival Guide." His lecture is in Varsity Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The lectures are free to attend.

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

Carver crafts ice sculpture in Peace Park

A professional ice sculptor demonstrated his skill for onlookers on State Street Friday morning.

Maurie Pearson of Black River Ice Sculptures in La Crosse said he's not very good with a pencil and paper, but when he's carving a 300-pound block of ice, it just seems to come easily from his brain to his hands.

Pearson sculpted a sleigh our of ice in front of a crowd outside 452 State St. His demo was planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A local business group, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District, sponsored the event as part of a series of holiday events Friday and Saturday.