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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.”

Healthcare providers sponsor for allergy awareness

Dean and St.Mary's hopsital are sponsoring an event to raise awareness for food allergies in children. The free event will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison.

The event is designed to be an opportunity for parents and children to learn about what it means to have a food allergy. It will feature story time with "The Bugabees" and award winning children's author and food safety advocate Amy Recob.

There will also be an expert panel of certified Dean allergists so parents will be able to ask safety questions as well as arts and crafts for kids.

Participants are invited to enter the Park Street ramp off Erin Street for free parking that day.

Mother’s Day live show to feature local writers

‘Listen to Your Mother’ founded by Madison blogger, humorist  

A Mother’s Day-themed production will feature local writers discussing the "real experience" of motherhood in their own words.

Fourteen local women will take the stage at the Barrymore Theatre Sunday for a performance the "Listen to Your Mother" group calls "giving Mother’s Day a microphone."

Listen to Your Mother is a live show with Madison-area writers reading their words founded by Ann Imig, a Madison blogger who describes herself online as a "stay-at-home humorist."

Tickets are $15 with a portion of proceeds supporting the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, a Madison-based non-profit organization working against domestic violence.

German drinking hall hosts 3rd annual Maifest

The Essen Haus’s third annual Maifest will include a walk raising awareness for domestic abuse this weekend.

The family-friendly event, which takes place at Madison’s Essen Haus Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., will feature live music, face painting and food.

Also featured is the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes walk to draw attention to domestic abuse at 1 p.m.

Admission and parking are free, organizers said.