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Ask 7-year-old Trey Hernandez what he wants for Christmas this year and he’ll say a skateboard. Neveah Stanford, age 6, wants an American Girl doll. Seven-year-old Blare Woods and his sister Tessah, 4, want jet packs. But these children are going above their parents, to the ultimate Christmas wish-giver: Santa.

“Santa” Glenn Unzicker, from Sun Prairie, Wis., has been playing the role since 2001. He was initially approached during his family vacation by a hotel employee asking if he would be willing to play Santa. Unzicker initially declined, but later changed his mind.

In 2003, Unzicker graduated from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. There he learned how to care for his hair and beard, how to sit a child on Santa’s knee, and how to talk with older and younger children, as well as those with special needs.

Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball

An exciting end to the Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball game.


Northside Elementary kids win award in charity coat drive



Northside Elementary in Sun Prairie was one of three schools to receive a top award in a contest to collect coats for charity.

Students worked hard collecting a total of 280 coats.

For its part in the Koats for Kids collection, the school's adopted the theme of "Float For Koats" and built a float for the city's annual Homecoming parade. The float was loaded with the coats Northside Elementary had collected; staff and families were invited to walk alongside the float. The school also held a contest between grades. The winning class within Northside received extra recess.

News 3's Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte visited the school in November to deliver the award.

Royal Oaks kids donate 60 care packages for troops

Royal Oaks kids donate 60 care packages for troops

In a ceremony Friday morning, third graders at Royal Oaks Elementary School donated care packages for U.S. troops serving overseas to a group of volunteer military supporters. Nearly 60 third graders contributed to the project, and along with a local company’s volunteer crew, they were able to create 60 care packages for soldiers.

Royal Oaks Principal James Ackley said the care package project taught kids to express gratitude to the troops overseas for the sacrifices they make as U.S. soldiers.

“I am very proud of our third graders for enthusiastically stepping forward and embracing this project to help our troops serving so far away from their families,” Ackley said in a news release.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Beer and wine event benefits local non-profit organization

Beer and wine event benefits local non-profit organization

A beer and wine tasting event will benefit the Colonial Club.

The second annual event, called the ColoniALE Fest, will be held on Nov. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 301 Blankenheim Lane.

"We anticipate having 26 breweries and two different beer selections from each brewery,"said Bob Power, Colonial Club's Executive Director.  An additional 14 wine samples, food for purchase and raffles will be available, said a press release.

Tickets are available online here, by calling the Colonial Club at 837-4611, or in person at Fuzzy’s Liquors and at Cannery Wine & Spirits.  Tickets cost $25.

The Colonial Club is a non-profit senior center serving older adults and their families in Dane County, said a press release.

Sun Prairie merchants celebrate fall with goodies & games

Sun Prairie merchants celebrate fall with goodies & games

Sun Prairie will hold its annual fall celebration festival in the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Fall Fest encompasses a variety of events hosted at more than 16 area businesses and organizations with free carriage rides headquartered in Cannery Square Plaza. Fest-goers are invited to enjoy a range of family-friendly activities like cupcake decorating, face painting, pumpkin-seed spitting and more.  

Events are offered throughout downtown Sun Prairie including: