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Mothers, sons invited to warm up with winter luau

Mothers, sons invited to warm up with winter luau

DJ to spin at Friday parks dept. party   

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse: 'It all just sort of happened at once … it was pretty wild'  

When Amanda Van Gorden finished her shift at St. Mary's Hospital on the night of Feb. 16, she envisioned a pretty uneventful evening. But a text from her sister Ashley an hour later would change everything.

"She texted [me] to say her water had broken and wondered if I could take her to the hospital," Van Gorden said.

Ashley's husband had left just a few moments earlier to drop her son off at her parent's house. It was after he left that the contractions started every two to three minutes.

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' decision to restructure funding could put the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center's school programs on hold.

The Poynette facility plays host to thousands of students every year.

DNR officials acknowledge the value of MacKenzie's school-based environmental education, but the state is questioning whether the current curriculum can survive without addressing cost concerns.

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Experience helps kids feel more comfortable in medical setting    

St. Mary's Surgical Suites staff opened a teddy bear hospital at St. Mary's on Wednesday for Lincoln School students.

About 29 students brought stuffed animals, action figures and dolls to the teddy bear hospital for care. The toy companions were treated for a variety of injuries including broken arms and legs from falling off monkey bars, a pool stick in the eye and even a broken arm from falling off bunk bed. Following the event students left with comfort kits, coloring pages and a bookmark.

The teddy bear hospital is just one way that St. Mary's educates Lincoln School students about the types of treatments that happen at a hospital. It also helps make the hospital experience a less scary one in the future should a student or member of the student’s family require medical attention.

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."