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Annual Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Resale

 Annual Hoofer Ski & Snowboard Resale

Vendors and the public will bring in winter sports equipment for the annual Hoofer Ski Snowboard Resale. Prices are significantly lower than retail.

The event will be held at Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St., on Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9 am to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the sales help fund the Hoofer Alpine and Nordic competitive ski teams as well as the general Ski & Snowboard Club.

To drop off equipment, you can go to the Union South at a room on the second floor or third floor on Dec. 1 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. or on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Madison To Offer Holiday Lights Recycling

Madison To Offer Holiday Lights Recycling

The city of Madison is launching a program to recycling holiday lights at its drop off locations at 1501 W. Badger Rd. and 4602 Sycamore Ave. Madison residents will be able to recycling their light strings during the month of December at no charge.

"We know that many residents are changing to new energy efficient LED holiday lights and have lots of older light strings they would like to dispose of," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in a news release. "We are happy to provide them a recycling option for their old lights."

Madison will accept any light strings as well as old extension cords as part of the program. Residents who have older lights with large bulbs are asked to remove those bulbs. There is no need to remove bulbs from strings of mini lights.

Arboretum Local Products Expo Encourages Shopping Green, Local

Arboretum Local Products Expo Encourages Shopping Green, Local

Holiday shopping takes on a local, sustainable twist at the "Close to Home: Arboretum Local Products Expo" on Sunday, Nov. 27 at the UW Arboretum.

Forty vendors will celebrate recycling, sustainability and locally produced goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center at 1207 Seminole Highway, at the third annual expo.

The expo supports the Arboretum founder Aldo Leopold's land ethic and the Arboretum's mission to heal and sustain the land.

Last year's expo drew 1,000 people for a one-stop spot for holiday shopping -- especially shopping for art, edibles and "green" gifts.

This year's version adds to a long list of gift goodies, from locally produced chocolates, cheeses, honey, cookies and home canned goods to handmade mittens, scarves, purses, tote bags and jewelry-along with pottery, art, skin care products and much more.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Fresh Madison Market Launches Mobile Store

Jeff Maurer is on a mission to share fresh food. As the owner of Fresh Madison Market, a popular grocery store on University Avenue, Maurer's busy store is generally full of students and university employees.

But recently, Maurer has developed a plan to extend the market’s merchandise to other neighborhoods -- especially areas that normally would not have the same shopping opportunities.

In 2010, Maurer began working with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, and said he quickly took note of the startling lack of healthy food options near the Allied Drive area in South Madison.

"As I was working with the kids, it was really obvious that they were lacking in getting fresh produce, especially fruit," he said.

Maurer believes that part of the problem is limited options for buying food in the neighborhood.

Wisconsin Union Offers Thanksgiving-To-Go Dinners

Wisconsin Union Offers Thanksgiving-To-Go Dinners

Wisconsin Union Catering takes the work out of your holiday dinner with Thanksgiving-to-Go dinners.  Pre-cooked turkey, ham and vegetarian dinners with all the trimmings will be available to order from Nov. 7 through Nov. 18 using the order form posted on the web page listed below.

Pick up will be on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Memorial Union from 12 to 6 p.m.  

An individual dinner is just $9. Items will be sold a la carte as well. There will also be a family package available for $99.

To learn more about the menu or to print an order form, visit www.union.wisc.edu/thanksgiving.  You can also order by calling 608-263-7145, emailing Lisa Wadzinske at lwadzins@wisc.edu or drop your order form off at the Campus Events Services Office in Memorial Union, Room 2224.