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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. 

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health of Madison and Dane County would like to remind residents of assistance programs that are available when signing up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Residents can ask questions or sign up for coverage by going to the website or calling 1-800-318-2596 and talking to a Marketplace representative, according to a release. Both options lead residents through a step-by-step process, but until the website is running more smoothly, calling a Marketplace representative is the best option.

Below is the information needed to sign up:

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

Clinic offers healthy alternatives to Halloween sugar rush

A health care facility is offering tips to reduce the sugar intake that accompanies the Halloween festivities.

Krista Kohls, a dietitian at the Meriter Clinic downtown on West Washington Avenue, said there are multiple ways parents can make Halloween healthy.

“I’m always a proponent of fruits and vegetables,” Kohls said. “Anytime you can include fruits or vegetables into the snacks or party favors, it’s going to be a good thing to add fiber and vitamins and minerals.”

Kohls said one way to make Halloween partiers  young or old more healthy is a new twist on a veggie tray. She suggested arranging veggies to resemble a Jack-o’-Lantern using baby carrots, cucumber and broccoli on a circular tray with three dipping cups of hummus.

Police expect calm Freakfest this year

Police expect calm Freakfest this year

Madison police said they expect a relatively calm Freakfest this year.

State Street will be filled with all sorts of characters this Saturday as the Halloween celebration continues in downtown Madison.

Police said the number of arrests at Freakfest have gone down, and they are projecting a cost savings this year.

Streets, mainly Gorhman and Johnson, will close at 4:45 p.m. Saturday and will reopen at 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

Documentary screening, discussion aimed at anti-bullying efforts

The public is invited to join a conversation about the impacts of bullying, and what's happening in the community at a special event Wednesday evening.

WISC-TV, Dean Clinic and Madison Public Library are hosting a free screening of the award-winning documentary, "Bully." There will be a discussion afterward with the audience and area experts. WISC-TV's Susan Siman will be moderating.

The screening is part of the Time for Kids: Buddy Project, a year-long initiative and series of reports dedicated to the topic of bullying and ways to stop it.

The screening is the third in a series and begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Central Library in downtown Madison. Attendees will also be given an opportunity to take the "Be A Buddy, Not A Bully" pledge and those who do so will be given orange, anti-bullying wristbands.