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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.

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Prep Mania: Stoughton at Monroe

Energy film screened at UW-Madison


A film discussing energy will be screened at the University of Wisconsin Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Switch, a film about controversial energy questions, explores fracking, nuclear energy, gasoline prices, coal and more, said a press release.  Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world to explore various energy sources and speak with leaders in government and industry.

The film will be screened by the Department of Geoscience as part of their Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program.

Switch was directed by Harry Lynch and created by Arcos Films.  It will launch at 40 universities across the United States.

The screening at UW will be free and open to the public.  For more information about the Switch Energy Project, visit the website here.

University Book Store welcomes author Kevin Maurer


The University Book Store will host a book signing Thursday.

Author Kevin Maurer will be at 711 State Street from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sign his book, Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces.

Maurer's book examines the Green Berets, their roots and how their role has changed with the War in Iraq.

For more information about the book, visit the Amazon site here.

Odyssey Project celebrates 10 years


The Chazen Museum of Art will celebrate 10 years of the UW Odyssey Project on Thursday.

The UW Odyssey Project is a journey in the humanities for adults facing economic barriers to higher education, said a press release.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature poetry and prose readings, theatrical and musical performances, a Odyssey video and refreshments.

More than 250 economically-challenged adults have benefitted from the Odyssey Project, said a press release.  The program includes studying the humanities and arts in a free UW-Madison class.

Students from the past ten classes, instructors, friends, family and community supporters are invited to attend the event.

Science and dance combine at UW-Madison


A Wisconsin Science Festival event will combine science and dance Friday.

The Dance Department will bring science to the stage with "PULSE: Intersections of Dance and Science" at 8 p.m. in the Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space in Lanthrop Hall at 1050 University Ave.

The concert will feature mathematician Karl Schaffer from De Anza College and dance professor Erik Stern from Weber State University, said a press release.

The performance will feature Li's "Hado," a dance inspired by the book "The Secret Life of Water" and will include video projections.  Another performance will explore the concept of repetition with the expectation of different results through the lens of religion.

Pre-concert activities include a dance demonstration on Friday entitled "Where Patterns Collide – Math & Dance" from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  A reception will follow the free performance.

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Search begins for Madison's top teacher

Nominations are being accepted for the top teacher or professor in Madison.

Panera Bread will accept nominations until Sunday for deserving educators ranging from preschool to graduate school.

Nominations can be sent to www.panerabread.com/topteacher.  The winner of the top teacher honor will receive breakfast for their classroom, a $200 Panera gift card and $100 in office supplies.

Panera will also donate $1 to the Kids Café Program at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin for each nomination received, said a press release.

The top teacher will be announced on Oct. 5, World Teachers' Day.  Madison bakeries and cafes will also celebrate local teachers on Oct. 5 with a free coffee for teachers from open to 11 a.m.