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2013 Edible Book Festival visits Madison


Madisonians interested in getting their fill of literature and food are invited to the 2013 Edible Book Festival April 16.

The event, free to the public, pits food created with a book theme against each other for prizes. Those interested in creating their own edible literary entry can sign up until April 15.

The event is one of many celebrating National Library Week.

The event will take place at Memorial Library Commons at 4 – 6 p.m. For more information, including an application to enter the competition, people can visit memorial.library.wisc.edu/edible-book.  

Kids to put on Easter parade in crafty hats

Kids to put on Easter parade in crafty hats

Activities at Capitol Kids Saturday to include baby animals  

Children and playful adult companions are welcome to participate in a kids parade downtown, pet baby animals and take their pictures with Peter Rabbit.

The 12th Annual Easter Hat Parade will be held Saturday and offer family friendly activities in the spirit of Easter.

Parade organizer and Capitol Kids store owner Peg Scholtes said participants can bring hats or make their own at Capitol Kids, 8 S. Carroll on the Capitol Square or the Madison Children’s Museum starting at 10 a.m.

Stilt-walking kids will lead the parade, which will include a band, organizers said.

An hour before the parade begins, Hinchley’s Dairy Farm will bring baby animals to Capitol Kids from, beginning at 11 a.m.

Dane County Sheriff's Office announces online protection event

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office will offer an internet safety presentation on protecting children to interested parents March 20.

According to a statement, the free event will focus on issues surrounding Facebook, cyber bulling and online predators.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows one in three teens have experienced online harassment, one of several statistics the statement highlighted.

The presentation will take place at the Westport Meeting Room at 5387 Mary Lake Rd. at 6 p.m.

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.