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Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed a new lion to its pride at an event Thursday morning. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Pelo (pronounced PEA-low) is a 16-month-old male African lion who joins the zoo from Seattle. 

The zoo's other lion, female Shakura, will exhibit with Pelo as a pair after they get to know each other and the weather warms, according to the zoo. Pelo arrived at the zoo months ago but was announced Thursday to the media during an event at the zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave.

“We really look forward to a number of years with Pelo and Shakura, and look forward to the day when they can get together and start producing their own cubs to continue to help our species preservation,” Parisi said.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Groups collect winter clothing at area parks

Madison Parks and the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin are hosting a winter clothing drive. Organizers are asking for used winter coats, jackets, snow-pants, boots and gloves.

The donations can be dropped off at any of the following parks:

  • John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive
  • Elver Park, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road
  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

This is the fourth annual drive. Donations are being collected through Feb. 23. Organizers said the clothes will be distributed throughout the rest of the winter; any extras will be saved for next year.

 

 

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

An official announced Friday afternoon that Madison Metropolitan School District Schools would be closed Monday. 

MMSD spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said just before 5 p.m. that all school buildings would be closed Monday due extreme weather conditions.

The Madison School and Community Recreation department activities, athletics and other extra-curriculars scheduled Monday were also canceled.

The district said said a decision about school Tuesday had not yet been made, and families with children attending MMSD schools should monitor local media and email for Tuesday's status. 

For additional area announcements, visit the cold weather announcements page on Channel3000.com.

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Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Snowy weather doesn't stop UW-Madison graduates

Snowy weather doesn't stop UW-Madison graduates

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Slippery conditions and long, slow drives were all too common stories at this year's University of Wisconsin - Madison winter graduation ceremony.

"We actually drove up today. It was pretty slushy and slippery, we had to take our time," one graduate said.

With Madison getting over a half foot of snow, staff said they weren't expecting such a large turnout for the usually smaller ceremony. But it was something graduate Devin Schlapbach said no student or family would have missed.

"After you go to school for four or five years, you put a lot of time and effort into it," Schlapbach said. "Nothing is really going to stop anyone from seeing their kids graduate."

Another graduate concurred, acknowledging how important the day was for family.

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.