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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. 

Jam 4 Cans Event To Benefit Area Food Pantries

Jam 4 Cans Event To Benefit Area Food Pantries

The 16th annual Jam 4 Cans event will be sceduled at the VFW Post 7591 at 301 Cottage Grove Rd. on Saturday, Nov. 5

Admission is three non-perishable food itmes or a $3 donation

Doors open at 11 a.m. Posting of the United States of America Colors will be at 12:15 p.m.

Band Schedule:

  • 12:30pm   Tracks Outta Town
  • 1:45pm  Buddy Lee n Friends
  • 3pm   The Greenfield Brothers
  • 4:15pm   The Silverdollar Band
  • 5:30pm   The Country Renegades
  • 6:45pm  The Dang-it trio
  • 8pm   5th Gear
  • 9:15pm   Country Strom (Band may be subject to change)

Raffles are held in between each band. Raffle items have been donated by local merchants.

Check out the event website for all updates at jam4canscb.googlepages.com.

Haunted Trail Event To Be Held At DCHS

Haunted Trail Event To Be Held At DCHS

The Haunted Woods Trail at Dane County Humane Society will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Trail times after 6 p.m. are not recommended for children under 12. Kid-friendly matinees will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on both Saturdays.


  • Adults $8
  • Kids under 12 $5
  • Tickets available online and at the door.

Visit www.giveshelter.org for more information.

To purchase tickets online, visit https://www.giveshelter.org/index.php?option=com_dtregister&Itemid=117

Habitat ReStore Salvage Art Show Being Held In Dane County Galleries

Habitat ReStore Salvage Art Show Being Held In Dane County Galleries


Instead of being tossed into a landfill, a group of local artists have turned salvaged materials into works of art. Several galleries on the Eastside will display and sell the artwork from 34 artists during the annual Habitat ReStore Salvage Art Show.

Artwork will be on display Oct. 1-29 at Absolutely Art, Hatch Art House, Pinney Branch Library, Overture Center for the Arts, Olbrich Gardens, Janus Galleries, Studio Paran, Milward Farrell Gallery, Douglas Art and Frame, Hyart Gallery, Grace Chosy Gallery, The Fanny Garver Gallery, Gary’s Art and Frame Ltd, Artisan Gallery, Iconi Interiors, Bindley Collection Gallery, Pilates Spa and U Frame It.

Art pieces are available to view online at www.restoredane.org.

The year's art show is being funded in part by the Madison Arts Commission and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission/Wisconsin Arts Board.

Injured Owl Admitted To Local Wildlife Rehab Center

Injured Owl Admitted To Local Wildlife Rehab Center

This week an injured great horned owl, found in Belleville, became the 1,800th animal Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center rehabilitation program has admitted. 

The owl had been found caught in a mass netting and was picked up by a DCHS volunteer. 

After initial x-rays and an exam, it was determined that the owl only had a soft tissue injury to his leg that had been caught in the netting. The injury is already healing well and the owl will hopefully be ready to be returned to its original location soon, officials said.

In 2010, DCHS's wildlife rehab program helped 1,757 which was a 30 percent increase over the previous year.  

"Reaching the 1,800th animal before the current season is even close to being over, shows the incredible need for this rehab center and the important role it plays in the community," said Gayle Viney, Public Relations Coordinator at Dane County Humane Society.

Shelter From The Storm Fundraiser Scheduled

The Shelter From the Storm's fundraiser "Bark, Scoot and Boogie" will take place on Oct. 8 from 3 to 9 p.m.

Live music, BBQ, horse rides, square dancing, a live auction and a drawing will be some of the activities at the event.

Shelter From the Storm is a nonprofit all breed dog and cat rescue operating at a low-cost, high volume, high quality spay/neuter clinic in the Madison area.

The event will be held at 5927 Adams Road in Fitchburg.

Tickets are available at: www.barkscootboogie.com or call 608-284-7447.


Local Rescue To Host Annual English Springer Spaniel Picnic

Local Rescue To Host Annual English Springer Spaniel Picnic

The sixth annual English Springer Spaniel Picnic will be held on Sunday, Oct. 9 at Token Creen Park, located on Highway 51 just north of Madison.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The large fenced in dog exercise area is all the way to the end of the park and the group will have the pavilion nearest to that area reserved.

Folks should look for the English Springer Rescue America sign.

Cost for the event is $4 for each dog and all breeds are welcome. Dogs will need to have a leash on them at all times. No flexi-leads are allowed.

There will be a fall-themed photo area to grab the perfect picture of your family, various games with prizes and much more.

There will be barbecue, but folks are asked to bring a dish to pass and to bring their own beverages and dinnerware.