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Celebrate Monona Terrace's 15th Anniversary

Monona Terrace will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on July 19 with a beach party-themed event.

The Beach Boys tribute band, Catch A Wave, will be performing on the building's rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m.

The performance is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend, with games, treats and prizes available.

Monona Terrace is located at 1 John Nolen Drive. Parking is available after 5 p.m. for $5.

Donation provides meals to Madison school district

Donation provides meals to Madison school district


A $30,000 donation will help the Madison Metropolitan School District serve more than 100,000 meals to students next year.

The Nimick Forbesway Foundation gave the $30,000 grant to the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. FMPS provides free, healthy breakfasts to students in need.

Last year, FMPS gave more than 50,000 meals to economically disadvantaged students.

Children who qualify for reduced-cost lunch are eligible for these free breakfasts.

The $30,000 grant will help FMPS provide more than 110,000 breakfasts in the upcoming school year, as well as the 2013-2014 school year.

To find out more information on the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, call 608-232-7820 or online at fmps.org.

Cooling centers to be open for heat relief Monday night

The city of Madison is opening some cooling centers for Monday night to help people struggling with the heat.

Mayor Paul Soglin announced that beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (main level ballroom) and Warner Park Recreation Center will remain open overnight to those in need of relief from the high temperatures.

The Red Cross is providing staff, water and cots. People should bring any necessary medication and medical equipment. Pets will not be allowed.

These facilities are only scheduled to be open tonight, Monday.

On Tuesday, the city of Madison will review weather conditions and make decisions as to which buildings to use if necessary for the rest of the week.

Children's Museum gives military personnel free admission

Madison Children's Museum is honoring military families this summer.

The museum is part of the Blue Star Program and will give all active duty military personnel and up to five of their family members free admission to the museum through Labor Day.

Madison beaches opening for hot weekend

The heat and sunshine are causing Madison beaches to have some pre-season open hours this weekend.

Regional beaches

  • BB Clarke Beach, 835 Spaight St.
  • Olbrich Park Beach, 3527 Atwood Ave
  • Tenney Park Beach, 1414 E. Johnson St.
  • Vilas Park Beach, 702 S. Randall St.

Neighborhood beaches

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Nothing like kicking off your long weekend with a grilled brat for breakfast!

Fans of Madison’s World’s Largest Brat Fest can begin “cele-BRAT-ting” at 6 a.m. on Friday, when “Take Your Brat to Work Day” begins at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center.

Many Madison business offices gather orders from employees early in the week and designate a “Brat Runner” to swing by Willow Island on their way into work.

Last year, nearly 15,500 brats were sold between 6am and 9 a.m. at the Take Your Brat to Work Day “drive-through” at Willow Island.

“We look forward to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend every year so we can eat brats at the office at 8am — it’s fun!” said Sharon Zelanka of Hammes Sports Development. ”It’s our breakfast, lunch and snack, too!”

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Over the past several months, whooping cough, or pertussis, has been on the rise in Dane County, according to Public Health Department officials.

Since March 1, more than 90 cases have been reported in Dane County and more cases are expected, officials said.

Most of the reported cases are school aged children -- and within the age group, the hardest hit is 10 to 14 year old people, officials said. More than 160 total cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. 

While cases of pertussis have been found in quite a few areas of the county, clusters of cases have been reported in Sun Prairie, Monona and Cottage Grove. 

Other counties in Wisconsin have also seen an increase in pertussis.