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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. 

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

WATCH: Studio offers an outlet for expression following Robinson shooting

Wheelhouse Studios on the UW campus is letting people use art to react to the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

It's community that's helping people cope with a death that's left an imprint with many. 

Wheelhouse Studios is in the Memorial Union. Anyone is welcome to stop by and make a reaction print through Friday at 6:29 p.m., when there will be a closing reflection. 

WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

Outside of the Marcus Point Theater on Madison's west side, Mary Jo Walters unloaded a piece of red poster board out of her trunk.

"The main thing is to show up at all. I think it's really important for us to go out into public and speak about women and violence," Walters said.

One hour before the first showing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Walters set up with her sign.

"A ban of the movie would be great," Walters said.

Based on a sexually charged book, Walters said the plot of the erotic novel is more like a horror story than anything romantic. She said the violence and abuse portrayed in it doesn't empower women or portray an accurate depiction of love.

"I don't think it should be promoted as a love story that's seen as a gift basket for Valentine's Day," Walters said.

On the other side of town, Ellen Barnard runs a small shop filled with lingerie and other items meant to add to someone's sex life. She also lectures on the touchy topic.

WATCH: Madison natives discuss current state of civil rights

As the nation celebrates Black History Month and honor those who fought for civil rights, the current fight for racial justice is also on many people's minds.

WATCH as News 3 Reporter Velena Jones sat down with lifelong residents of the Madison community to get their take on how we have improved in Madison and where the community needs to go next.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.