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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Trivia night to raise money for Dane County libraries

Trivia night at Madison’s Central Library will help raise money for Dane County libraries, according to a release.

The 4th annual Team Trivia Night Fundraiser is Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at the central library at 201 W. Mifflin St. open at 5:30 p.m.

Entrance fees for teams are $250 ahead of time or $300 at the door, organizers said. Teams can be up to 10 people.

Teams should register online.

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

A free event at an east Madison park next week will offer information on star gazing.

The city of Madison said a Learn to Star Gaze workshop will be held at Reindahl Park from 7-8 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will be led by a UW Space Place specialist and will give all participants the chance to search the skies using powerful telescopes.

 

East side shop is haven for DIY fans

The next time you are looking to redecorate and have a need for salvaged material, you might want to check out a well-kept secret on Madison's east side.

Until recently, Deconstruction Inc. has only been accessible to a few people. 

"It's unique. There's always just one piece that isn't going to be like anything that your friends have," said shopper Becca Sandlin when asked about what drew her to upcycling material.

Sandlin discovered the store thanks to a recommendation from a client.

"I watch HGTV and so I'm definitely inspired by reusing old material," said Sandlin as she browsed for inspiration to decorate her new home. She had a wood-paneled ceiling and architectural pieces for her garden in mind.

Deconstruction Inc. sells materials in a more seasoned state.

Mark Raszewski is a self-proclaimed collector of everything.

"Over time, kind of honed in more on industrial things and anything vintage," said Raszewski.

WATCH: Cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day

WATCH as News 3's Mary Jo Ola visits Brocach Irish Pub in Madison Tuesday morning to learn from one of the chefs about cooking an Irish feast for St. Patrick’s Day.

Brocach has two Madison locations, one on the Capitol Square and another on Monroe Street. 

WATCH: Studio offers an outlet for expression following Robinson shooting

Wheelhouse Studios on the UW campus is letting people use art to react to the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

It's community that's helping people cope with a death that's left an imprint with many. 

Wheelhouse Studios is in the Memorial Union. Anyone is welcome to stop by and make a reaction print through Friday at 6:29 p.m., when there will be a closing reflection. 

WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.