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Boys & Girls Club teams up with MadisonScuba

Boys & Girls Club teams up with MadisonScuba

The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will be teaming up with MadisonScuba for the Discover Scuba Diving Program.

The program gives club members an opportunity to learn how to scbua dive. Certified instructors will teach children how to use scuba equipment and allow them to spend most of class in and under water.

“Boys & Girls Clubs is exciting to be partnering with MadisonScuba.  The kids in our community will get a once in a lifetime experience that they might not otherwise have.  We at BGCDC are committed to exposing our kids to enriching programs such as this.  We believe that through these encounters they will be better equipped to realize their full potential,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of BGCDC, in a statement.

The program starts Thursday at Sun Prairie High School. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and then will be offered twice a month during July and August.

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

Local children to play in front of thousands at Lifest

A group of aspiring musicians from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will soon be playing on the main stage at one of the biggest summer musical festivals in the state.

The Black Star Drum Line has been asked to perform at Lifest, a Christian music festival in Oshkosh that attracts up to 80,000.  The group, led by Grammy nominee Joey B. Banks, will play on the Grand Stage on Saturday, July 14.

In addition to the band, 50 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County will also be attending several days of the festival.  The trip gives the kids a chance to leave the pressures of the city and enjoy a few days out at camp with their friends.

Last year a group of 60 kids attended Lifest, several of whom were homeless at the time.  Another 26 had to be turned away because there simply was not room for them.

Block Party comes to Cannery Square Saturday


People will have more than one reason to come to Sun Prairie this Saturday.

Downtown Sun Prairie will sponsor a block party downtown at the Cannery Square Saturday between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. The eighth annual event will have a variety of activities, ranging from a dunk tank and a goldfish pond to a variety of musical acts.

Children's musician David Landau, Flip City Live, Johnny Chimes and Hometown Sweethearts will all take the main stage throughout the day.

In addition, the annual Strawberry Fest will take place at the Colonial Club on Saturday as well. 

A free shuttle will be provided to get people from the block party to the Strawberry Fest.

County's e-waste recycling event collects 400,000 pounds of electronics

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county's fourth annual free e-waste recycling event this past weekend was a huge success, preventing an estimated 400,000 pounds of broken or unwanted electronics from cluttering area homes and clogging the county's landfill.

"We not only recycled hundreds of thousands of pounds of e-waste and helped families with some housecleaning, but we also kept a lot of toxic materials out of our landfill," Parisi said. "This free event is convenient for our residents and good for our lands and lakes."

People who attended Saturday's event at the Alliant Energy Center dropped off 100,000 more pounds of computers, printers, scanners, television sets, cellphones and other electronics than last year -- enough to fill 16 semi trucks.  The items were sorted quickly and efficiently by more than 100 volunteers and there were few problems with lines or waiting, according to country officials.

Sun Prairie softball team falls short in WIAA D1 final


The Sun Prairie softball team was looking for its first-ever WIAA state championship in the Division 1 finals against Chippewa Falls.

Sun Prairie made a valiant comeback but ultimately lost 4-3 in the title game.

Craft Beer Week Is Under Way In Dane County


Madison Craft Beer Week is under way.

The 10-day countywide festival promotes Dane County's craft beer culture and beer appreciation.

Craft beer lovers can take part in beer dinners, beer walks and even brewery parties.

Staff at the Great Dane in downtown Madison spoke with WISC-TV about the festival.

"We get people coming in from out of town saying, 'You know, we heard this place is really great. Madison's having Craft Beer Week and we really just want to check it out.' So we get to enlighten a lot of outsiders about the coolness of Madison's beer scene," said Reese Railling, a manager at the Great Dane.

Craft Beer Week runs through May 13.

For more information on Craft Beer Week events, go to: http://www.madbeerweek.com/event-guide2

DCHS host Cinco de Meow event

The Cinco de Meow event will be held Friday through Sunday at the Dane County Humane Society's main shelter and each of its satellite adoption centers.

Felines at DCHS are getting into the fiesta spirit. Families will enjoy significantly reduced adoption fees for all adult cats.  All cats 6 months and older are only $5, a savings of almost 85 percent.

May 4-6 (Fri-Sun) Friday, 12-7pm, Sat-Sun, 12-5pm

You can visit the main shelter at 5132 Voges Road, Adoption Center West at 7475 Mineral Point Road or a Mounds Satellite Adoption Center in Fitchburg, Middleton, or Sun Prairie to meet your new best friend and take advantage of these special prices.