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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

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.

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.

Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Crane teardown to close traffic on W. Gilman St. 3 days

Removing a piece of construction equipment from a downtown Madison area will close West Gilman Street three days next week. 

The Madison Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said in a release Thursday that beginning Monday at 7 a.m. JH Findorff and its subcontractors will disassemble a tower crane for The Hub housing project.

Taking down the crane will require closing through traffic on the 400 block of West Gilman Street between University Avenue and State Street through Wednesday afternoon. 

During the closure on West Gilman Street, two-way traffic from North Broom Street to residences and businesses on the east end of the 400 block of West Gilman Street will be permitted, the city's traffic engineering division said.