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$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from Parisi’s office.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Kids, families invited to Downtown Holiday Open House

Downtown businesses will be hosting a free Downtown Holiday Open House for kids and families this weekend.

The Downtown Holiday Open House includes free holiday fun, special offers and refreshments at participating businesses downtown, organizers said.

Events include ice sculpting demonstrations in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, holiday trolley rides, welcome bags, ‘Kids in the Rotunda’ performances at the Overture Center and family activities at the new Central Library.

Downtown businesses will be open for families to start their holiday shopping, and families can join the businesses and the United Way of Dane County in providing holiday gifts for teens in need, according to a release.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on State Street and the Capitol Square. For more information call 608-512-1342 or go online.

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

Circus arts show to raise funds for troupe, space

The Mad Circus Gala is a circus arts variety show Saturday held to benefit the local performing arts group.

Organizers said the show will highlight aerial work, the German wheel, juggling, comedy, stilt-dancing, unicycling and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. A special VIP ticket includes extra perks. Find ticket information online at www.barrymorelive.com/_circus.htm.

The Madison Circus Space at 2100 Winnebago St. opened in June to serve as practice space for circus arts performers and hobbyists.

Marathon to close John Nolen Drive

Marathon to close John Nolen Drive

The Madison Marathon will close all lanes of John Nolen Drive Sunday, according to a release.

The closure is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be between Olin Avenue and Williamson Street.

Inbound John Nolen Drive traffic will be detoured onto Olin Avenue to Park Street, according to the release.

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

Author to share road to publishing at book reading

A Madison-based author said she'll discuss the process of how she got her first book published at an author event downtown Wednesday.

Kelly Harms, author of "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," will read from her novel at the Wisconsin Book Festival event and talk about the road to getting published. 

"I'm going to be discussing the publishing industry a little bit more in detail and talking about how I got from one side of the desk to the other," Harms said.

Harms said she used to live in New York City and worked for a publishing company as a literary agent.

She made the cross to author after moving to the Midwest to raise her family, she said. "The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane," is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who were very different but brought together through a dream home sweepstakes, Harms explained.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. in meeting room 301 at the Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin St.

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Real Food Week takes over Madison's campus to promote better food sourcing

Foodies rejoice, Food Day 2013 is here. On Thursday, Americans across the country united to celebrate the grassroots movement for sustainable food and education. UW-Madison embraced the national celebration by hosting the first Real Food Week from Oct. 21-25 with the ultimate goal of improving the sourcing of food on campus, according to Slow Food UW.

The week consisted of on-campus lectures, panel discussions and other food-related events to discuss the benefits of eating real food and raise community awareness. As defined by Slow Food UW, the four criteria for real food are local and community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane.

The first Real Food Week event took place on Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The Crossing where Slow Food UW hosted a special Family Dinner Night, designed by Executive Chef of Weary Traveler Free House Joey Dunscombe, and panel discussion.