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Disney musical takes Cardinal Heights group under the sea

Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School students will perform a Disney musical next week.

Performances of "The Little Mermaid, Jr." will begin April 25 and continue through April 27 with a total of four shows.

Tickets are available online or at the door at $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors... Read More

Westside students share hopes, dreams

During the month of March, third grade students at Westside Elementary School researched the stories, struggles and successes of some of the greatest Americans of all time... Read More

Sun Prairie will celebrate its 66th annual Groundhog Day

Sun Prairie will celebrate Groundhog Day this Sunday, Feb. 2 in downtown’s Cannery Square.

It is the 66th annual Groundhog Day event. The celebration begins when Jimmy the Groundhog arrives with his traditional fire truck escort just before 7 a.m. and the official Groundhog Day prognostication will take place at sunrise, approximately 7:12 a.m.

As legend has it, the mayor of Sun Prairie, the only human with knowledge of "groundhogese," will speak with Jimmy and learn of his prediction of six more weeks of winter, or an early spring.

The celebration will continue after Jimmy makes his prediction

Market Street Diner, located just off Cannery Square at 110 Market St., hosts an annual Groundhog Day buffet.

Children’s activities will be provided by the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department in the community room at the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main just after the prognostication through 10 a.m. on Sunday.

New festival to focus on meat, beer

New festival to focus on meat, beer

A new summer festival is set to debut at Angell Park next summer.

The Sun Prairie Committee of the Whole on Dec. 10 approved the Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest, according to the Sun Prairie Star.

At the festival, open to attendees 21 and over, people will taste unlimited samples of beer, bacon-themed foods and BBQ treats for a flat fee, according to the event website, bbbfest.com.

Organizers said planning is underway for the event highlighting meat and beer to be held on July 12, 2014. ... Read More

Santa, parade, tree lighting kick off holidays downtown

Santa, parade, tree lighting kick off holidays downtown

The City of Sun Prairie will kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting, parade and visits with Santa this weekend.

The Historical Library and Museum will host activities Friday at 5:30 p.m., offering free cookies, hot apple cider, live music and a dance performance by Fusion Dance Academy, according to a Sun Prairie business association.

The Sun Prairie Business Improvement District said a fire truck parade is also scheduled Friday at 6 p.m. on Main Street between Kroncke Drive and Market Street.

Santa Claus will arrive on a fire truck to light the holiday tree at the museum at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday will also offer a chance for families to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Crosse House, 133 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun Prairie BID said children will get free treats from St. Nick and his wife.

Sun Prairie welcomes locally owned music store

The city of Sun Prairie music community welcomed a new music store owned by a Sun Prairie native.

The Piano Gal Shop opened Nov. 1 on the 300 block of East Main Street. The owner Marta Hansen is a graduate of Sun Prairie High School and the Unuversity of Wisconsin-Madison.

According to a release, the shop offers sheet music, instruments on consignment and hand made music themed gifts. Hansen also offers piano tuning and repairs .

The store itself is decorated with repurposed piano art which is also readily availible for pucharsing.

Hansen said, "Sun Prairie has long needed a music store roviding convenience and quality service for local and neighboring muscians, teachers, students and enthusiasts."

She added she hopes to provide a cozy and comfortable atmosphere for Sun Prairie's music community.

Taste of Sun Prairie to support Dream Park

The Taste of Sun Prairie returns Saturday with a pizza competition plus more than a dozen restaurants with low-cost victuals.

The event, scheduled 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cannery Square Plaza, will include at least 15 area restaurants offering samples of their best dishes for $5 or less, the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District said.

The pizza taste test that began last year is back, but the fest-goers will be the judges.

Organizers said there will also be live music, special sales from local vendors, kids' activities, games and beer.

Part of the proceeds from the Taste of Sun Prairie will go toward the city's Dream Park project, BID said on its website.