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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

Brat Fest announces Lifest Stage lineup

According to a release, Brat Fest will partner with the Christian music festival Lifest for the second year.

The Lifest stage will feature Christian musical artists, including headliners Hawk Nelson, Rapture Ruckus, Family Force 5 and Sidewalk Prophets. Family acts from AJ the Animated Illusionist and Josh Jordan will also take the stage.

On other stages, Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis and over 70 other bands will perform.

Brat Fest takes place Memorial Day weekend and will offer brats and other food, a carnival, bands and other activities. The event has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1983 and is the world's largest festival featuring brats.

WATCH: Time-lapse shows demolition of Beltline bridge

Crews took down the foot bridge over the Beltline at Seminole Highway on Madison's west side overnight.

The Beltline between Verona Road and Fish Hatchery Road was closed for 7 hour from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday to allow workers to take the bridge out.

Traffic was detoured to Highway PD.

The city plans to build a new pedestrian bridge in that spot in the fall.

Work on the Beltline is expected to be complete in 2016. The Verona Road project is scheduled to finish in 2019.

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Madison's comedy group Atlas Improv Co. will present the Endurance Improv Fest at their theater April 16-19, according to a release.

The event began Thursday night with a sketch comedy show, and will continue Friday with special shows at 8 and 10 p.m. The festival will conclude with an 11-hour improv marathon beginning 4 p.m. Saturday.

According to Atlas, all the events are free and take place at their custom-built theater at 609 E. Washington Avenue. The festival coincides with the company's 11th anniversary.

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

Reception to celebrate local children's artwork

A reception Sunday will celebrate the Young at Art exhibition, which features works of art by Madison public school students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, according to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

The reception will take place at the museum from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and East High School's East Jazz Orchestra will perform in the library.

Christ Presbyterian Church invites public to international cooking and game night

Christ Presbyterian Church invites public to international cooking and game night

Christ Presbyterian Church is hosting their monthly international cooking and game night Saturday.

According to the church, the free event invites people from all over the world to use the church's kitchen for cooking, sharing recipes and eating together.

Cooking will begin at 3 p.m., and dinner will follow at 6 p.m.