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Parks dept. plans party for papas, daughters

2nd annual dance will feature music, munchies

Madison Parks will host its second annual daddy-daughter Valentine’s dance, on Feb. 9.

Parks Department coordinator Ann Whisner said the first dance, held last year, went off well. Now the department is planning a similar event just before Valentine’s Day from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.

Superintendent of the Madison Parks Division, Kevin Briski said the dance gives fathers (or adult loved ones) and their daughters a chance to spend quality time together.

“This event is a fun for both dads and daughters and will be something that both will look back at fondly in the future,” Briski said.

Daddy-daughter duos will have the opportunity to show off their dance moves to music played by a live DJ, play games and enjoy cake and punch.

Party-goers can have their picture taken together to take as a memento of the night, too.

Zoo to host winter carousel benefit for Vilas, bears

Zoo to host winter carousel benefit for Vilas, bears

Fundraisers will support polar bears and zoo project    

Henry Vilas Zoo said it will host two winter carousel ride fundraiser events in early 2013 to benefit the Animal Health Center and Polar Bears International.

The zoo carousel will be open Jan. 19 and Feb. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for carousel rides, refreshments, kids’ craft activities and photos with Vilas mascot Henry the Lion.

Rides will cost $2 and organizers will ask attendees make a donation for refreshments and craft activities.

Downtown shoppers treated to trolley rides, performances

Downtown shoppers treated to trolley rides, performances

Holiday series takes place Saturdays in December

The Madison Central Business Improvement District’s red trolley will be on duty Saturday inviting downtown patrons aboard for a free ride to area businesses from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Last Saturday the trolley logged 438 riders over the 6-hour tour of service according to the Business Improvement District that was its second highest rider count in Shopping Trolley history.

BID Executive Director Mary Carbine attributed the crowd to the community’s recognition of the annual event and possibly the unseasonably good weather, too.

“The holiday trolley has become an annual family tradition,” Carbine said. "It’s something we know area families and kids look forward to.

"But I do think the nice weather does help bring people out for an activity."

John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

Grammy Award winner and education advocate John Legend will be part of a two-day Madison event focused on the future of education in the Madison area.

The Educate to Elevate education forum and innovation summit is organized by the Urban League of Greater Madison.

The organization said events scheduled Thursday and Friday "will provide opportunities for inspiration and action in better serving the children of our community with world-class schools."

The event starts with a VIP luncheon and education forum at the Alliant Energy Center and features John Legend and Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone.

Jewish group celebrates Hannukah with social outings, parade

Jewish group celebrates Hannukah with social outings, parade

The Young Jewish Professionals of Madison will host several Hanukkah events in early December including a social event for families, an evening of wine and art and a parade of Menorahs.

"[Hanukkah] is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," Rabbi Yona Matusof, director of the Chabad House of Madison, said in a news release. 

On Sunday, families are invited to celebrate with YJP by participating in a hands-on olive press demonstration, crafts and a game show. There will also be a bounce house at the “Chanukah Wonderland” event, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. at 422 Commerce Dr. in Madison.

Attendance is $5 at the door.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

St. Mary's staff members are giving back this Thanksgiving by donating baskets that will be distributed to Lincoln School families who may otherwise not be able to celebrate a traditional holiday.

A total of 50 baskets were assembled by departments across the hospital. St. Mary's staff members purchased items that combined into baskets to provide all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the goods in the box, a gift card is included for recipients to purchase a fresh turkey.