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Mallards Now Selling Local Foods

Mallards Now Selling Local Foods

Warner Park, home of the Madison Mallards, is no stranger to Wisconsin-themed food. On game days, fans can grab everything  from cheese curds to hand-scooped ice cream, and wash it all down with an icy local brew.

But the ballpark will soon be including even more locally sourced foods. Wednesday’s Opening Day game against the Battle Creek Bombers will introduce The Farmer’s Market Sandwich Stand, which boasts the slogan, “100% Local. 100% Ballpark.”

"We challenge ourselves each year to bring something new to the park and we felt like one of the things everyone in Madison connects with in the summer is the farmers' markets," said Director of Food and Beverage, Brian Sather.

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Brat Fest 2012 - The World’s Largest Brat Festival Starts this Friday!

Nothing like kicking off your long weekend with a grilled brat for breakfast!

Fans of Madison’s World’s Largest Brat Fest can begin “cele-BRAT-ting” at 6 a.m. on Friday, when “Take Your Brat to Work Day” begins at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center.

Many Madison business offices gather orders from employees early in the week and designate a “Brat Runner” to swing by Willow Island on their way into work.

Last year, nearly 15,500 brats were sold between 6am and 9 a.m. at the Take Your Brat to Work Day “drive-through” at Willow Island.

“We look forward to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend every year so we can eat brats at the office at 8am — it’s fun!” said Sharon Zelanka of Hammes Sports Development. ”It’s our breakfast, lunch and snack, too!”

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

The city's plan to improve and increase biking and walking opportunities will be discussed at an upcoming Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission public hearing.

The meeting is designed to gather comments on potential pedestrian and bicycle projects the city should consider undertaking in the 2013-2015 Capital Budget.

The intent of the public hearing is to hear suggestions for new projects.

Please note that concerns about routine maintenance and operational issues can be directed to the appropriate agency or the city’s Report-a-Problem website www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

Public hearing to be held on biking, walking plans, projects

The city's plan to improve and increase biking and walking opportunities will be discussed at an upcoming Madison Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commission public hearing.

The meeting is designed to gather comments on potential pedestrian and bicycle projects the city should consider undertaking in the 2013-2015 Capital Budget.

The intent of the public hearing is to hear suggestions for new projects.

Please note that concerns about routine maintenance and operational issues can be directed to the appropriate agency or the city’s Report-a-Problem website www.cityofmadison.com/reportaproblem.

The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Mallards release 2012 promotions schedule

Mallards release 2012 promotions schedule

The Madison Mallards have released their full promotional schedule for the 2012 season. 

The schedule is jam-packed with plenty of bobblehead giveaways, Saturday night fireworks, several famous celebrities and hilarious entertainment acts.  In 2012, fans will see the most aggressive, action-packed, fun-paced, thrilling and daring promotional schedule from the Mallards yet, officials said.

The 2012 season is upon us!  Single-game tickets go on-sale April 28 for all Mallards home games.

The Mallards will host their season opener against the Battle Creek Bombers on May 30 at 7:05 p.m. at the “Duck Pond.”  7-Game Packs, season, and group tickets are on sale now! 

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

Goodman Pool Waves to host informational meeting

The Goodman Pool Waves invite all prospective swim team members to an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Dr. 

The meeting is designed to be a Q&A for parents and swim team members. Families will learn about scholarship opportunities, meet the coach and see what being a part of the Waves is all about.

The Waves Swim Team is open to youth ages 6-18.   

For more information, go to www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/swimTeam.cfm.

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

Wellness Expo to raise funds for eye research

On Saturday, April 14, the Wisconsin Wellness Expo is hosting a three-hour Zumba marathon, walkathon and fitness challenge to raise money for the UW Eye Research Institute, known as ERI.

Jimmy Tormey, a longtime employee of the Division of Recreational Sports, recently went on medical retirement due to retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that causes blindness.

"Jimmy is now preparing for a life transition without his sight by taking courses to develop new skills, and the decision to identify ERI as the beneficiary of the fundraising this year was easy," said Lori Devine, fitness director for the Division of Recreational Sports.

The expo, open to the public, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Recreational Facility, commonly known as SERF. Free parking is available in lot 91 during the event, and free handouts include T-shirts and reusable shopping bags.