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Local Nonprofit To Host Open House At New Location

Local Nonprofit To Host Open House At New Location

Access to Independence, a nonprofit agency serving people of all types of disabilities and all ages, will host an Open House at its new and expanded location.

The open house will be on Friday, Sept. 30 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and remarks at 3:30 p.m.

Speakers will include County Executive Joe Parisi

The new location is at 3810 Milwaukee St.

Access to Independence has been serving people with disabilities, their families and friends, businesses and communities for more than 30 years in Dane, Dodge, Columbia and Green counties, officials said.

By moving to this new and improved space, ATI said it is excited to showcase an expanded Assistive Technology closet, new computer lab, fully accessible kitchen and expanded conference space.

Dogtoberfest Barks Once Again In Middleton

Dogtoberfest Barks Once Again In Middleton

Families and their four-legged friends are invited to Dogtoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 2 at the Capital Brewery in Middleton. Proceeds from the event go to the Dane County Humane Society.

Folks will enjoy live music from The SoapBox Project from 12 to 2 p.m. and Mighty Short Bus from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be food and the Green Bay Packers game will be televised.

There will be a tail wagging contest at 11:30 a.m., a hot dog eating contest at 1 p.m., a costume contest at 2 p.m. and musical squares at 3:30 p.m.

Social, leashed dogs are welcome. No flexi-leads are allowed. Suggested admission is a donation of $5 per person.

Online Auction Supporting Local Businesses Is Under Way

Organizers said that an online auction selling local goods to benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local is off to a successful start.

Dane Buy Local said the hyper-local project uses technology and social media to support the common message of buying and supporting local business.

DANE Exclusive Deals is using Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, which is happening now and will end on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Bid-A-Thon can be accessed at http://deals.auctionanything.com/

Participants can bid on over 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 phones. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

Madison Firefighters To Take Part In Fill The Boot Fundraiser

Madison Firefighters To Take Part In Fill The Boot Fundraiser

Madison firefighters expect to be more visible than usual this week as they take up posts around the city to Fill the Boot with donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

DCHS Offers Discounted Cat Adoption Fees, Seeks Donations Of Specific Items

DCHS Offers Discounted Cat Adoption Fees, Seeks Donations Of Specific Items

On Thursday, Sept. 15, a playful and affectionate nine year old cat named Marley was the 1,000th animal to find its new forever home from Dane County Humane Society’s Adoption Center West.

In honor of AC-West reaching this remarkable milestone, for the next 10 days, all adult DCHS cats will have an adoption fee of only $10.

DCHS is very fortunate to have six adoption locations around the Madison area (Main Shelter, AC-West, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse – Sun Prairie, Fitchburg, Middleton and Stoughton Road) The special is available at all locations.

DCHS is also asking the public for some held in specific areas. Laundry detergent and empty baby food jars are in need.

The Dane County Humane Society washes about 30 to 35 loads of laundry per day, from bedding to toys. Officials said they are desperately low on laundry detergent. Any brand will do.

Charity Fashion Show To Be Held At Greenway Station

Charity Fashion Show To Be Held At Greenway Station

The Rescues and Runways Fashion Show will be held at Greenway Station on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.

Maurices, at 1621 Deming Way, will host the exclusive fashion show in partnership with a local animal shelter.

Runway will be located between Chicos and Ann Taylor Loft.

Donations will benefit Shelter from the Storm, an all-breed dog and cat rescue that's mission is to reduce euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals and to provide affordable veterinary care. 

Shelter from the Storm is located at 1602 Blossom Lane on Madison's far east side.

Local Restaurants To Compete In Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

Local Restaurants To Compete In Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off

The Alliance for Animals invites the public to attend and participate in its 8th annual Vegan Chili Cook-off at the Goodman Community Center at 149 Waubesa St., on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

"With vegan choices becoming more and more popular in Madison," said Executive Director Lynn Pauly, "and with the participation of six popular Madison restaurants, this is set to be the most popular cook off in AFA history."

Restaurants participating are Bunky’s Café, Dandelion Cart, Green Owl Café, Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, Tex Tubbs Taco Palace and The Weary Traveler.

Awards will be presented for Best Chili and People's Choice Award.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and children under 5 get into the event for free.

Vegan cornbread, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages will be included.