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Donations, registrations accepted for Thanksgiving Basket Drive

Donations, registrations accepted for Thanksgiving Basket Drive


It might be two months away, but Thanksgiving preparations have already begun at the Goodman Community Center.

The center’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive has become a fall tradition in the Shenk-Atwood neighborhood, said a press release.  The event has been going for a decade.

Every year, groceries are collected to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, for about 1,000 families in need.  The baskets are distributed to families at the Goodman Community Center from Nov. 17 to 20.

Those interested in donating food and money can call 608-241-1574 x249.

Registration is open for Thanksgiving Baskets until Oct. 15.  To register, call the Goodman Community Center at 608-241-1574 x249.  Families may also register at the center or through the Fritz Food Pantry.

Need is expected to exceed supply, so families are encouraged to register soon.

Riverfest features free activities, games, food

Riverfest features free activities, games, food

The third annual Riverfest will take place in DeForest this weekend.

The event will take place on Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  It will begin at the Conservancy Commons Park located at 6822 Yellowwood Drive.

The Upper Yahara River Trail will have games and activities for all ages.  Activities include rubber duck races, musical children's storytelling with Reid Miller, disc golf, fishing, pumpkin painting, crafts and more.  The event will end with a bonfire and free s'mores, said a press release.

A 5K Riverfest Trail Tromp is new to the event this year, along with a local beer, wine and cheese tasting for attendees 21 and older.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.yaharariverfest.com or call the Village of DeForest at 608-846-6751.

Fall festival features family fun


Sacred Hearts will hold their Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The event begins at 11 a.m.  Over 20 vendors will be selling their wares from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  A bingo tent will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The festival will feature kids’ games and prizes as well as a bounce house and Doodlebug the Clown.  For adults, a farmer’s market, craft and raffle booths, food and beer will be available.

Food served includes brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, walking tacos, barbecue beef, hot beef and chicken sandwiches.  Sassy Cow Creamery will also provide ice cream, and root beer floats and hot apple pie sundaes will be sold.

Live entertainment will begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature Rachelle and the Red Hot Rattlers.  They group will perform contemporary country and some original music until 11:30 p.m.

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Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

Backpacks and school supplies provided to Dane County children

The first day of school will be a little brighter for some Madison families.

The annual Ready, Set, Go: Back to School event will take place on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, the Madison Metropolitan School District, Latino Chamber of Commerce, and the Latino Support Network.  It will take place at both Boys & Girls Club sites- Taft Street and the Allied Family Center, and Leopold Elementary School.

MMSD Superintendent Jane Belmore and Boys & Girls Club CEO, Michael Johnson will meet at the Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club to deliver backpacks to neighborhood families, said a press release.

“Thanks to Walgreens, Michaels, Shopko, Staples, the Fitchburg Police Department and many other community partners we are able to get our local kids off to school with a great start,” said Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.

Pizza festival coming to Sun Prairie

A new kind of festival is coming to Sun Prairie for pizza enthusiasts.

The Slice of Sun Prairie Pizza Competition and Festival will feature a head-to-head battle between ten local pizza restaurants.

Pizzerias will be judged on nine categories: best crust, best sauce, best cheese, best toppings, best use of Wisconsin ingredients, best non-traditional or specialty pizza, grand champion, people's choice, and kid's favorite.

Voting for the people's choice pizza will be on Facebook and on Twitter using hashtag #slicesp. Visitors to the Slice of Sun Prairie can also vote at the Frontier Communications tent.  Votes must include the vendor name and a description of the pizza slice.

Pizza restaurants participating in the competition are Domino's Pizza, Glass Nickel Pizza, Pizza Pit, Buck & Honey's, Salvatore’s Tomato Pies, Day One Pizza, JB’s Italian Grille, Papa Murphy’s, Little Ceasar’s, and Pizza Hut.