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Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music will welcome a three-time Grammy award-winning composer on Nov. 30, when the university premieres two of the artist's new pieces.

The UW Wind Ensemble will perform two of Michael Daugherty’s new works: “Bells for Stowkowski” and “Motown Metal.”

The free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall at 455 N. Park St. A pre-concert discussion with Daughterty begins at 7:15 p.m.

Daugherty is collaborating with the university in a special program that brings in accomplished contemporary composers to work directly with the musicians of the UW Wind Ensemble and student composers.

The Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble will join the UW group for the evening with a performance conducted by Steve Sveum.

Sun Prairie parade-goers get free wagon rides, visit with Santa

Sun Prairie parade-goers get free wagon rides, visit with Santa

City business district hosts parade and tree lighting Friday

A holiday tree lighting and parade will start the holiday season in Sun Prairie Friday.

The annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting and Fire Truck Parade -- supported by the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District -- will begin in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Museum at 115 E. Main St. at 5 p.m.

Prior to the parade, the Sun Prairie Historical Museum will be hosting a Christmas walk and free horse-drawn wagon rides from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Riders will board in front of the museum.

Museum volunteers will serve cookies and hot apple cider leading up to the tree lighting ceremony, which will include an appearance from Santa Claus.

Activities include holiday music from the Sun Prairie City Band, carols from the Sun Prairie City Choir, a Fusion Dance Company performance, the Fire Truck Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa.

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.

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.

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.

Domino's Pizza promotes fire safety

 

Sun Prairie residents ordering pizza Friday might be in for a surprise.

Sun Prairie Dominos' Pizza and the National Fire Protection Association are teaming up with the Sun Prairie Fire Department to promote fire prevention.

Residents who order Domino's pizza between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. could be randomly selected to have their pizza delivered by fire engine.  If all of the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free, said a press release.  If the smoke alarms are not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries.  Domino's will also give these customers a coupon for a free medium one-topping handmade pan pizza.

Pocan visits local businesses

 

Two government officials will meet with local small business owners Thursday.

State Representative Mark Pocan and State Representative Gary Hebl will visit Sun Prairie and Cottage Grove in an effort to understand the needs of these communities, said a press release.

Pocan will begin at Buck & Honey's, a Sun Prairie restaurant, at 1:30 p.m.  He will visit other businesses in the area before travelling to Ace Hardware in Cottage Grove at 3 p.m.

Pocan, a Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District, is also a small business owner.