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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:

Fire Department hosts open house

Fire Department hosts open house


The Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located at 135 N. Bristol St., the open house features a free pancake breakfast, fire truck rides, ladder rides, fire hose bowling, a bouncy house, vehicle extrication demonstrations, a live fire sprinkler demonstration, a visit with Smokey the Bear and more.

Representatives from the Sun Prairie Police and EMS, Sun Prairie Utilities, Dane County Sheriff, Truax Airport Fire, Wisconsin State Patrol and Sun Prairie Emergency Center will also attend.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Sun Prairie Food Pantry.

Girl Scouts hold historic fashion show

Local Girl Scout troops will host a fashion show this Saturday.

Troops 2529 and 2703 will put on a historic Girl Scout uniform fashion show at the Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free event is being held during the Girl Scout centennial anniversary, said a press release.  The program was founded in 1912.  Today, there are three million Girl Scouts around the world.

The Sun Prairie Girl Scouts will also collect "memories" at the event, asking former Scouts to attend and write down their favorite memories from their own troop days.  The memories will be archived and donated to the museum.

Students walk to school for national initiative

Students walk to school for national initiative


Students at Westside Elementary will skip the bus Wednesday and walk to school instead.

The nationwide Walk to School Day will kick-off with "Walking School Buses" meeting at four different locations.

Local volunteers, parents, the Police Chief and Fire Chief and even Sun Prairie's Mayor will safely walk students to school as part of the initiative.  Bused students will be dropped off near school to walk as a group to school, said a press release.

Those interested in joining the walk can meet at 7:20 a.m. at Westside Elementary School located at 1320 Buena Vista Dr.

For more information visit the Sun Prairie Area School District website here.

Nominations accepted for financial literacy award

Nominations accepted for financial literacy award


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award until Nov. 30.

The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy announced that individuals or organizations may be nominated for the award, which hopes to promote the cause of personal financial literacy in Wisconsin.

Criteria for the nominations include innovative implementation, demonstrated measureable results, collaboration with partners and that the scope is statewide or has the potential to be statewide or is focused on need-based groups.

For more information or to make a nomination, visit the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions website here.

Community invited to help paint school mural

Community invited to help paint school mural

The community is invited to join students Saturday in Sun Prairie to paint a "We Rise Like the Phoenix" mural.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Prairie Phoenix Academy located at 106 South St.  A community mosaic will be painted.

For more information, call Sharon Kilfoy at 608-658-3736

Student fundraiser includes running, not products

Student fundraiser includes running, not products


Students are Royal Oaks Elementary won't be selling cookies or candy to fundraise this year.  They will be running.

Students will run laps to raise funds for the Royal Oaks School Community Organization.  With this fundraiser, all of the proceeds will go directly to school programming.

The fundraiser also reinforces the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles and complements the Sun Prairie Area School District's wellness policy, said a press release.

The fundraiser will take place Friday.  Students will run for 20 minutes and complete as many laps as they can.  Sponsors will donate based on the number of laps completed by each student, said a press release.

Event organizers expect to raise over $17,000 and students will run over 600 cumulative miles.