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Olbrich Hosts Quilts in Bloom, A Fall Quilt, Flower Show

Olbrich Hosts Quilts in Bloom, A Fall Quilt, Flower Show

Enjoy the fall season with creatively stitched botanical art quilts by dozens of local quilters at this year’s Quilts in Bloom: Fall Quilt and Flower Show at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. 

The show includes everything from traditional patchwork quilts to landscape quilts that look like paintings, to quilts that even look like photographs. Colorful fall plants such as mums, asters, cabbage, and kale complement the quilts while fall grasses sway as visitors walk by. Every plant is specially selected by Olbrich staff to coordinate with the decorative quilts. 

Quilts in Bloom is open Sept. 24 to Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There is a suggested $2 donation. 

Select quilts will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefits Olbrich Gardens.

Selected plants used in the show will be for sale on Monday, Oct. 17 starting at 12 p.m., while supplies last.

Habitat ReStore To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Habitat ReStore To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

The Habitat ReStore will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore at 208 Cottage Grove Rd.

Folks are invited to celebrate with birthday cake and musical entertainment by Round the Bend.

Also that day, the Habitat ReStore will host a tile mosaic workshop and a children's art table. Limited space available for the tile workshop. To register call Kathleen at the Habitat ReStore at 608-661-2813. Both are open to the public.

In its 10 years, the Habitat ReStore has diverted nearly 10,000 tons of building materials from Dane County landfills, which saves valuable landfill space for all county residents.

The Habitat ReStore supports Habitat for Humanity of Dane County by selling new and used building materials to the public at reduced prices. The celebration will honor customers, donors, volunteers and staff who have kept alive the dream and vision of the Habitat ReStore.

Second Harvest Hosts Special Anniversary Open House

Second Harvest Hosts Special Anniversary Open House

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods are commemorating the 25th anniversary of Second Harvest with an open house celebration for the community.

The day will include a special unveiling of Second Harvest's newly designed Foodbank truck containing the two winning designs out of all the children's submissions.

The winning children designers will be in attendance to see their work on the new truck for the first time.               

The open house will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Second Harvest Foodbank is located at 2802 Dairy Drive.

Habitat For Humanity To Hold First Ever Fall Plant Sale

Habitat For Humanity To Hold First Ever Fall Plant Sale

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will hold its first ever fall plant sale on Sept. 16-17 at the Habitat ReStore at 208 Cottage Grove Rd.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featured are many varieties of perennial grasses, day lillies from members of the day lilly society, autumn joy sedum, ferns, hostas and other perennials. 

Plant prices are $4 each or 3 for $10. 

Proceeds benefit the families of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.

Clinic Seeks Donations For Cat Rescued From Fire

Clinic Seeks Donations For Cat Rescued From Fire

Rescuers are asking for donations to help a cat that was severely burned a house fire.

Members of a local shelter rescued the cat named "Scooter" from a fire in Baraboo that left him without a home or a family on Sept. 3.

The cat suffered severe burns and needs to have his eye removed, which can cost thousands of dollars.

Countryside Animal Clinic is seeking donations to pay for the cat's surgery.

"I think Scooter demonstrated right away that he has the will and the spirit to live, and when you see that, you are willing to help him and get him fixed up," said Lynn Hasset, of the Feline, Canine Friends No Kill Shelter.

Scooter will be ready for adoption after his recovery.

To help cover his surgery costs, people can send donations to Countryside Animal Clinic on Madison's far East Side at:

Countryside Animal Clinic
5335 Wayne Terrace
Madison, WI  53718

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

An online auction is being held later this month in which all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local.

The mission of Dane Buy Local is to support local businesses within the community while raising awareness of the importance of buying locally.

DANE Exclusive Deals will use Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, Sept. 24-30.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses. Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phone. This can be done from any mobile phone with premium text message capabilities. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

For more information about the Bid-A-Thon, people can also visit http://www.facebook.com/DaneExclusiveDeals.