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Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13:

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

Dietitian to offer recipe ideas at free food event

An event later this month will focus on healthy, tasty food for kids. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health is hosting Super Foods for Super Kids at the American Family Insurance DreamBank on May 31.

The event will offer interactive demonstrations, food tastings and a chance for parents to ask questions. A pediatrician and dietitian will talk about tasty foods that pack a nutritious punch. 

The free Super Foods event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. 

Free events to bring positive focus for kids with allergies

Two free events this month are planned to bring a more positive focus on living with allergies. 

It’s estimated one in every 13 children has food allergies, or about two in each classroom. That's why it's so important for everyone to understand the basic food safety concerning allergens. Amy Recob, local author of the book series The BugaBees, and Meriter-UnityPoint Health allergists are teaming up to teach the public how to stay safe.

"I know firsthand that living with a child who has a food allergy can be stressful and overwhelming at times," Recob said. "Having the ability to attend fun and educational events like this one is important. Not only is it a chance for my child to see she's not alone, it's also an opportunity for her friends and family to gain valuable information that will ultimately keep her safe and healthy."

Free comic book Day May 3

Free Comic Book Day will be celebrated throughout the area this Saturday.

Westfield Comics will host and event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public

Local artist will be on hand to do sketches for attendees. The event will be at Westfield Comics two area locations.

Drop by the Stoughton Library and Middleton Library on May 3 to celebrate free comic book day. The library will hand out free comics from Westfield Comics in Madison to children and teens from starting at 10:00 a.m.

Attendees can also practice drawing their own comics with free comic paper or contribute to the library’s own comic book story, according to the press release.

'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

'Healthy Habits Week' comes to Children's Museum

Numerous educational activities will be part of Healthy Habits Week at the Madison Children’s Museum next week. 

Beginning Monday, visitors to the Madison Children’s Museum will have the chance to learn about various healthy habits through active play and displays hosted by Dean Clinic, Dean Health Plan, Dean Foundation and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Healthy Habits Week will continue through April 18.

Organizers said the week’s activities are scheduled to include:

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.