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West High School in Madison is dedicating a new mural

West High School in Madison is dedicating a new mural at the school on Thursday May 1. Students in the Students part of the SAIL  (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning)  staff, students, and principle Ed Holmes along with artist Sharon Kilfoy will dedicate the painting at 1:30 p.m. in the “cafenasium” at 130 Ash St, Madison.

$50k grant supports east, west Madison splash park projects

$50k grant supports east, west Madison splash park projects

Two Madison parks are set to get water-play installations after the city Parks Foundation received a $50,000 grant.

A splash park is planned for Reindahl Park, on Madison's east side, and Elver Park, on the city's west side. The city said construction on the additions, which feature interactive water attractions with spray toys and fountains, is scheduled to begin in late spring. The splash parks are expected to open in August.

The city said Monday that the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation Inc. gave $50,000 to the project. 

Funding for the $2 million project was contributed by the city of Madison, which is committed to 85 percent of the cost, plus $50,000 from the Evjue Foundation, $10,000 from American Family Insurance and $50,000 from the Madison Community Foundation.

For more information about the splash parks, visit www.madisonparksfoundation.org.

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Zoo welcomes 16-month-old lion Pelo

Madison's Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed a new lion to its pride at an event Thursday morning. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office said Pelo (pronounced PEA-low) is a 16-month-old male African lion who joins the zoo from Seattle. 

The zoo's other lion, female Shakura, will exhibit with Pelo as a pair after they get to know each other and the weather warms, according to the zoo. Pelo arrived at the zoo months ago but was announced Thursday to the media during an event at the zoo, 702 S. Randall Ave.

“We really look forward to a number of years with Pelo and Shakura, and look forward to the day when they can get together and start producing their own cubs to continue to help our species preservation,” Parisi said.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Girls basketball: Madison West shocks Verona with 1-point win

Girls basketball: Madison West shocks Verona with 1-point win

Madison West girls basketball played Verona in Division 1 Friday.

After a 70-minute delay because Madison West brought the wrong jerseys, the game tipped off.

Madison West's Shaquita Lee earned 19 points in the game.

With 13 seconds left and Verona down 2, Lexy Richardson made one of two foul shots.

Verona had a chance to score after a jump ball with a shot at 3 seconds left but Richardson missed.

Madison West shocked Verona with a 46-45 win.

Watch highlights from the game: www.channel3000.com/sports/-/1612/24877770/-/111t3exz/-/index.html

 

Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers

Gravity powers annual Pinewood Derby racers

An area car dealership will be handling vehicles on a smaller scale this weekend. 

Smart Motors will host the Annual Mohawk District Pinewood Derby Sunday for the second year in a row. More than 100 Madison-area boy scouts are expected to bring their pinewood creations to the dealership on Odana Road

Kids will learn about a different form of alternative energy -- gravity -- which will power the tiny cars over the 45-foot aluminum track and show how tweaks in aerodynamics or car weight can be the difference between a first place and a sixth place finish.

When not involved in a racing heat, the kids can take "pit stops" to learn about safety topics like why they should wear seat belts, how to escape from a trunk and the devastating effects of a rollover crash. Educational tables are hosted by Dean Care Health Clinic, Safe Kids Madison Area, Boy Scouts of America, Safelight Auto Glass, Dane County Sheriff's Department and the Madison Fire Department.

Construction on library, community center set to start

Construction on library, community center set to start

Construction to transform an old retail space into the new Meadowridge Library on Madison’s west side will start March 5.

Scherrer Construction Company will start breaking down walls at the former Ace Hardware space Wednesday, March 5 at 10 a.m., according to a release.

“The Greentree, Orchard Ridge, Meadowood and Prairie Hills neighborhoods needed an improved hub of community engagement and activity with a scope broader than the existing library,” Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. “We appreciate the partnership of the foundation in making this goal a reality.”