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Brat Fest announces Lifest Stage lineup

According to a release, Brat Fest will partner with the Christian music festival Lifest for the second year.

The Lifest stage will feature Christian musical artists, including headliners Hawk Nelson, Rapture Ruckus, Family Force 5 and Sidewalk Prophets. Family acts from AJ the Animated Illusionist and Josh Jordan will also take the stage.

On other stages, Bret Michaels, The Charlie Daniels Band, Aaron Lewis and over 70 other bands will perform.

Brat Fest takes place Memorial Day weekend and will offer brats and other food, a carnival, bands and other activities. The event has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1983 and is the world's largest festival featuring brats.

Library's free cooking demo to feature risotto, chef's tips

The library's seasonal chef program will bring an east Madison eatery's leader to Monona next week. 

The Monona Public Library's may program will feature a chef from Crema Cafe at 4124 Monona Drive on May 16 at 6 p.m. 

Organizers said the free program for adults and teens will include live demonstrations, cooking tips, free samples and recipes. 

Crema Cafe will share its spring menu and recipes using local products. The May Seasonal Chef program, "Unraveling Risotto & Other Delights," will walk attendees through the steps to make wild mushroom and asparagus risotto and chili-roasted pork loin from Jordanal Farms, in Verona.

Pastry Chef Rachel DePalma will also create mini cupcakes, the library said.

Space is limited and anyone interested in the program is asked to register in advance at www.mononalibrary.org or call 608-222-6127. 

Trivia night to raise money for Dane County libraries

Trivia night at Madison’s Central Library will help raise money for Dane County libraries, according to a release.

The 4th annual Team Trivia Night Fundraiser is Saturday at 7 p.m. Doors at the central library at 201 W. Mifflin St. open at 5:30 p.m.

Entrance fees for teams are $250 ahead of time or $300 at the door, organizers said. Teams can be up to 10 people.

Teams should register online.

Elvehjem neighborhood calls community members to connect at meeting

The Elvehjem neighborhood is inviting residents to attend its annual meeting Saturday morning, according to its webpage.

The hourlong meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church on Cottage Grove Road. According to the Elvehjem Facebook page, the event is a chance for community members to connect, vote on the 2015 budget, get neighborhood updates and share ideas and concerns.

Members of the Madison Police Department will attend to answer questions and provide updates. Healthy snacks will also be available.

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

A free event at an east Madison park next week will offer information on star gazing.

The city of Madison said a Learn to Star Gaze workshop will be held at Reindahl Park from 7-8 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will be led by a UW Space Place specialist and will give all participants the chance to search the skies using powerful telescopes.

 

Large consignment sale offers children's, maternity items

Bargain hunters will find a variety of used maternity and children's clothes for sale at a consignment event at the Alliant Energy Center this weekend.

The Just Between Friends sale, which opens at 9 a.m.,began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

Items including clothes, books, toys, strollers, puzzles, games, shoes, nursing pillows, Diaper Genies, maternity wear and more can be found at the JBF sale.

Find more information online at danecounty.jbfsale.com.

High school players tip off versus officers to 'Play it Forward' Saturday

High school players tip off versus officers to 'Play it Forward' Saturday

A special fundraising event Saturday will have Madison police officers and area high school basketball players face off at West High School, the police department said Wednesday. 

Madison police said the Play it Forward game will raise money for the upcoming Black Student Union spring break college tour to the Washington, D.C. area. Tip off is at 1 p.m. at the West High School basketball court. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and will be available at the door or online

Basketball players from Memorial, West and LaFollette varsity teams will play against the PD team of 15 officers.