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Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

Dane County Food Pantries In Need Of Venison Donations

Dane County Food Pantries In Need Of Venison Donations

As white-tailed deer gun season kicked off Nov. 19, hunters in Dane County continued the tradition of harvesting deer for those in need of food. For years, hunters around the state have supplied local food banks with venison, contributing extra meat from the hunt. In the past few years, however, state-sanctioned donations have been down, leaving pantries wondering just how much venison they will have to share with families seeking assistance through 2012.

As Food and Garden Division Manager at Dane County’s Community Action Coalition, Chris Brockel knows about the need for support in Wisconsin food pantries. He works with a number of facilities that provide nourishment and education about food to families in the county, and explained that while canned and boxed foods are a common donation in food pantries, fresh meat is more expensive and challenging to obtain.

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.