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Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week


In honor of National Dog Week, the Dane County Humane Society will reduce microchip fees for dogs.

National Dog Week began Monday and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 30.  This week, microchips will cost $15, 50 percent off its original price.

Dane County Humane Society emphasized the importance of having dogs wear collars with ID tags in addition to a microchip, said a press release.  This provides multiple formed of identification if owners and pets are separated.

"Pet owners don’t expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Spokeswoman.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal," said Viney.

Schumacher Farm Park Heritage Fest

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.

Competition combines road bikes with off-road biking

The Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross kicks off its 2012 season in Sun Prairie this weekend.

The bicycle racing series will be held at Angell Park Speedway Saturday and Sunday.  Hundreds of racers from across the United States will race at the free event, said a press release.

Cyclocross, known as ‘cross’ or ‘CX,’ was developed in Belgium and the Netherlands.  The sport places road bikes in rugged terrain.  Competitors sometimes must carry their bikes over the obstacles and remount while losing as little speed as possible, said a press release.

“What makes this format of racing so popular and keeps its growth strong is how fast-paced and spectator-friendly it is,” said USGP Event Director Joan Hanscom. “The Sun Prairie race is going to be a great event especially with Trek’s involvement and everything they have planned at the event.”

The race begins at 8:00 a.m. both days.  Elite races take place at 2:45 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. both days.

Heritage Fest celebrates old-fashioned fun

Heritage Fest celebrates old-fashioned fun

An old-fashioned event will take place at Schumacher Farm Park in Waunakee Sunday.

Heritage Fest 2012 will take place on Sept. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free, but donations are welcome.  Schumacher Farm Park is located at 5682 Hwy 19 in Waunakee.

The festival will feature music by the Soggy Prairie Boys Blue Grass Band, said a press release.  Horse drawn wagon rides, a 2 p.m. prairie walk, cooking demonstrations, antique quilts, live animals and more will fill the afternoon.  Concessions are available.

Author Katie Brenner will also be at Heritage Fest to sign her book, Images of America, Waunakee and Westport, which includes images of Schumacher Farm Park.

For more information, visit www.schumacherfarmpark.org.

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.

Art festival celebrates Sun Prairie


An art festival Saturday will celebrate downtown Sun Prairie.

The festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 8, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place on E. Main Street between the 100 and 200 blocks near City Hall.

A wide variety of art and entertainment will be available, said a press release.

Free parking will be available south of E. Main Street.