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Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

 A new tool meant to get kids going arrives on four wheels.

The Madison School & Community Recreation department’s FIT2GO Van carries with it activities like hula hoops, a large-scale building block set, ball-tunneling game and more. MSCR, a branch under the Madison Metropolitan School District, offers many recreation programs for all ages.

The van was out Friday afternoon at Leopold Elementary, getting kids moving and having fun.

Kids jumped through hula hoops, built with large-scale blocks and made a ball tunnel course at the launch celebration from 1:30 p.m. on the Leopold playground on Post Road.

MSCR Executive Director Lucy Chaffin said the FIT2GO van takes fitness and movement to neighborhoods in Madison that need a more active approach to youth programming.

“MSCR sees the FIT2GO van as an excellent tool in fighting the national obesity crisis and getting kids in Madison more active”, Chaffin said.

Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison-area musicians are applauding one of their own this summer for a lifetime of musical achievement.

Michael Leckrone, University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award June 23. The Madison Area Music Association will present the award to Leckrone at the Capital Theater at 6 p.m.

Leckrone, in his 44th directing year at UW-Madison, is known as an arranger, composer and performer across the nation, and has been named one of 10 Madison musical legends by Madison Magazine.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Overture Center Box Office or online at http://bit.ly/14d0SQK.

Madison fire department announces Safety Saturday event

The Madison Fire Department is holding its annual Safety Saturday event aimed at preventing deaths and injuries through education.  

The cooperative event is being sponsored by MFD and more than 25 other organizations from dane County. According to the release, preventing deaths and injuries is more effective than dealing with the results of unsafe actions and accidents. 

The organizations involved will use interactive displayss, games, activities and demonstrations icluding the use of seat belts, bike helmets and smoke alarms, to teach participants of all ages how they can make safe decisions.

The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 8 at the Capitol Square.

Education fund to focus on traditional subjects, plus arts

The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools will focus its efforts for the foreseeable future on the achievement gap and STEAM education, according to Executive Director Stephanie Hayden.

"We just felt that it was true to our mission and our vision for all schools to be successful, and so we knew the achievement gap had to be part of our focus moving forward," she said.

STEAM refers to the traditional STEM education -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- but  includes the arts.

PTO presidents consider education challenges

PTO presidents consider education challenges

Although the school board elections are over, education-related issues still weigh on parents’ minds.

For Suzanne Swift, the president of Franklin-Randall Elementary School’s parent-teacher organization, the issues are the same as they have always been, despite certain ones being used by candidates to "hang their hats on.”