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Growing Gift Shop Hosts Annual Sale At Olbrich Gardens

Growing Gift Shop Hosts Annual Sale At Olbrich Gardens

Find the perfect gift for the gardening enthusiast on your holiday list and shop locally at the Growing Gifts shop annual sale at Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

The two-day sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20. During this holiday kick-off sale, the general public receives 10 percent off all purchases, and Olbrich Botanical Society members receive 20 percent off purchases. Enjoy savory treats and complimentary coffee while you shop!

Shopping at Olbrich’s Growing Gifts shop is a great way to support a local business while helping to keep Madison’s public garden available for all to enjoy, sale organizers said.

All proceeds from Growing Gifts shop sales directly benefit Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

DCHS Sees Abundance Of Cats, Cuts Adoption Rates

DCHS Sees Abundance Of Cats, Cuts Adoption Rates

The Dane County Humane Society is overflowing with cats, including kittens, and shelter officials said they need help now.

There are currently hundreds of cats being cared for by DCHS that are available for adoption now or will be available very soon. 

Recently, DCHS has been contacted to help individuals in need and shelter staff and volunteers are anticipating a large number of cats in the coming weeks.

"We are already very full, but we want to be able to help all of the incoming cats that need us, too," said Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator for DCHS.

Due to this situation, adoption fees have been dramatically reduced to help these furry felines find the perfect families as soon as possible.

Reduced cat adoption fees will be $20, down from $125 from Thursday, Nov. 17 through Nov. 22.

Just Between Friends Toy, Holiday Consignment Sale

Just Between Friends Toy, Holiday Consignment Sale

Just Between Friends of Dane County East, part of the nation’s largest children’s consignment sales event franchise, is proud to offer Dane County area parents the opportunity to reduce some of their clutter and save tons on new and gently-used toys, baby equipment, holiday wear and gifts.

The event will start on Saturday, Nov. 12 and run through Monday, Nov. 14. It wil be held at the Madison East Side Club at 3735 Monona Drive during the following hours.

  • Saturday (11/12) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday (11/13) 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday (11/14) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (half price day)
  • Special Presale $3 admssion Friday (11/11) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Think Local Fest To Kick Off Holiday Campaign

Think Local Fest To Kick Off Holiday Campaign

Dane Buy Local will host the first annual Think Local Fest at Madison's Eastside Club on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Think Local Fest kicks off Dane Buy Local’s  2011 Think Local First Holiday Campaign, which will run until Dec. 31.

Dane Buy Local is a coalition of local independent businesses, organizations and citizens in and around Dane County acting in alliance to keep communities prosperous and sustainable. 

DCHS Presents 'Pins for Pets' Event

DCHS Presents 'Pins for Pets' Event

The Dane County Humane Society presents "Pins for Pets" event on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Tin Pin Alley in Fitchburg.

For a $25 per person participation fee or a minimum of $25 in pledges, participants will bowl three games, enjoy pizza and soft drinks and support DCHS. 

Prizes are awarded for the top pledge raiser in each age category. Age categories are 6 years and younger, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years and 19 years and older.

Pledges must be presented at event before you can bowl. 

East Madison Community Center To Hold Fundraiser

East Madison Community Center To Hold Fundraiser

On Saturday, Nov. 12., East Madison Community Center will host its 15th annual Bowlathon Fundraiser to support its food pantry and youth nutrition programs.

These programs serve more than 1,500 individuals each year and provide east side youth with 12,000 meals each year.

"Attendance at our monthly food pantry has steadily increased throughout 2011. As more of the burden for securing the food falls on us and other local food pantries, we need help in this area more than ever," Assistant Director Alison Ahlgrim said in a statement.

The event will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at Dream Lanes at 13 Atlas Court in Madison.

For more information, go to http://www.eastmadisoncc.org/pdf/15th-Bowl-A-Thon-Bowler-Packet.pdf.

REAP's Farm To School Program Provides Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

REAP's Farm To School Program Provides Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

As Research, Education, Action, and Policy (REAP)'s Farm to School Program Manager, Sarah Elliott wants to provide better food to students and give farmers access to institutional markets.

These two goals motivate Elliott, REAP's four AmeriCorps members, and many passionate volunteers to improve and expand the farm to school initiative in Madison, despite many challenges.