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Meadowood Community Suppers celebrates 6 years

Meadowood Community Suppers celebrates 6 years

“Everyone loves to eat!”

Alice Oakey said that is why the Meadowood Community Supper is still going strong on Madison’s southwest side after being conceived more than 6 years ago.

Oakey is the supervising librarian at the Meadowood Library, and helps organize the quarterly events. More than 100 people gathered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Tuesday night to participate in the latest event.

The idea was conceived by community nurses for the neighborhood back in 2009. “They were looking for a way to get people from different backgrounds to get together,” said Sherry Swartz, who helps coordinate the events now. “We needed to find something that would give people a reason to meet.”

“Food serves a common denominator,” said Oakey.

The neighborhood meals continue to thrive, even though the neighborhood continues to face dual challenges of crime and poverty.

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.

Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Brotherhood group emphasizes peer support

Every Wednesday evening the Brotherhood group, founded about four years ago, meets to give teens in the Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood a safe, positive environment where they can connect with peers. It grew from a safety and security report conducted by the neighborhood association.

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.


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. 


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.