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89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

89 area restaurants to offer fare at Taste of Madison

Madison’s annual event that gathers area eateries on the Capitol Square to offer their unique flavors to hordes of tasters is geared up for its 31st year.

Nineteen of the 89 restaurants scheduled to participate are new this year, according to the event’s website. Debuting at its first Taste of Madison affair Saturday and Sunday is Soho Gourmet Cuisines, a Madison food truck that serves a variety of authentic and fusion-style Chinese dumplings and fusion dumplings. Owner Rocky So said he joined this year because his food truck was new to Madison and the food festival is tradition.

“I grew up in Madison and I’ve always attended the Taste,” So said. “This year is my first year vending, so I have some products I want people to try. It’s hectic but exciting.”

World Music Festival to celebrate decade

An annual Madison cultural event celebrating music revels in a decade of the jubilee this year.

Madison World Music Festival organizers said the three-day event, scheduled Sept. 19-21 at the Memorial Union and Willy Street Fair, is in its 10th year. The festival is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee in collaboration with the Willy Street Fair.

Organizers said the festival will include music from many parts of the world, workshops, and opportunities to dance, all for free.

Of special note this year is the number of women performing and leading bands -- of the 11 bands presented, only two are all-male, according to the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee.

The tentative 2013 Madison World Music Festival schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 19, Memorial Union Terrace:

Children's museum celebrates 3rd year at Hamilton Street location

Children's museum celebrates 3rd year at Hamilton Street location

The Madison Children's Museum will be celebrating its third birthday in its Hamilton Street location, according to a release.

Community members and families are invited to stop by the museum Wednesday to help mark another year for the museum at its 100 N. Hamilton St. location, according to the release. There will be activities throughout the day, including a Lego-building jamboree, birthday-themed art activities and cake.

The museum will also be opening its newest addition to the second floor Wayback Machine exhibit, the Oscillaser!, according to the release. The Oscillaser! uses lasers, sound and custom software to show off the wave patterns produced by various sound frequencies as well as volumes. Visitors can use their voices and hidden microphones to produce their own wave forms or attempt to match the patterns produced by pre-recorded music and sound effects.

Jason An leads Madison City Golf

Jason An leads Madison City Golf

Jason An shot a four under par 68 Friday in the second round of the Madison Men's City Golf Championship to take a seven shot lead at the halfway point.

An shot 70 in the first round at Meadows of Six Mile Creek Thursday and had five birdies and a bogey in his round at Blackhawk Country Club Friday to stand at six under park for the tournament.

First round co-leader Zach Gaugert lost ground after shooting a 75 at Blackhawk, but is still in second place.

Peter Webb's 72 has him in third while Mitch Johnson fired a 71 at Blackhawk to jump to fourth place.

The field is now cut to the top 40 and ties as it heads to Odana Hills for the third round Saturday and Maple Bluff for the final round Sunday.


Second Round

1. Jason An -6

2. Zach Gaugert +1

3. Peter Webb +2

4. Mitch Johnson +3

T5. Tim McCormick +4

T5. P.J. Noelke +4

7. Blake Jens +6

T8. Steffen Lake +7

Festival organizers say event invites community to enjoy Madison waters

The Clean Lakes Alliance is holding "Loop the Lake" this weekend as part of its annual festival.

Clean Lakes Alliance group President Don Heilman said the event is a great way to delight in Madison’s water.

“The whole idea of the event … is to get people back to enjoying the lakes,” Heilman said.

New this year to the festival is a bike ride called Loop the Lake, a 13.5-mile jaunt around the Lake Monona.

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

The 7th annual Clean Lakes Festival will be held at a new location Saturday to raise money devoted to improving the water quality of the Yahara lakes and watershed, according to a release.

The Clean Lakes Alliance and Mad City Ski Team are hosting the annual event at a new location at Law Park on Lake Monona, according to the release.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the first annual Loop the Lake scenic bike ride around Lake Monona.

CLA, a Madison-based non-profit organization, created the ride as a fundraiser and community-building event that kicks off the annual festival, according to the release.

Organizers said the festival is a true one-stop-shop, providing individuals and families with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities both in and along the lake all day.

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

Verdict in Trayvon Martin case spurs community conversation

The room at the Urban League of Greater Madison wasn't large enough to fit the crowd. People of diverse backgrounds filled the chairs and spilled out of the double doors, many watching from outside the room's glass wall.

They had all come to the forum Tuesday evening to discuss the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, in which a Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The dialogue was led by a panel including UW Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, Madison Urban League President & CEO Kaleem Caire, Pastor Everett Mitchell of Christ the Rock Church and a former prosecutor and 100 Black Men of Madison President Floyd Rose.