Madison Bacon Festival

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Organized and promoted in partnership between the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival and the Madison community, the Madison Bacon Festival will provide participants with Wisconsin’s largest bacon showcase, bacon lectures, bacon-inspired dishes, bacon competitions, an annual bacon queen contest, live entertainment and bacon fellowship. The inaugural event will take place at Alliant Energy Center on Saturday, November 1st offering bacon-lovers an opportunity to explore their sizzling obsessions in a creative and celebratory environment.

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Broadwing Clay Studio – 4th Annual Evening with Friends

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80925 180927 Broadwing Clay Studio   4th Annual Evening with FriendsCome, relax and enjoy the 4th annual evening with friends with Broadwing Clay studio on Saturday, October 27th at7pm.The evening will be full with food, drink and entertainment. Chili will be served until gone and the music will be provided by the Rowdy Prairie Dogs. For more information, contact (608) 884.8099 •

Wisconsin Book Festival

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The 2014 festival will incorporate literature, spoken word, art, and performance. We will feature local literary talents alongside national voices to create a unique event full of free community programs in keeping with our library’s mission to learn, share and create. Festival activities will be hosted at library facilities, particularly the new Central Library, and select other venues. With an anticipated audience of 10,000 people, the Library and Foundation, along with a growing list of collaborative partners, are poised for the next chapter.

Event Date Detail

Oct 16, 2014 – Oct 19, 2014, various locations

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Run for Literacy.

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Enjoy a scenic route down State St. and through UW-Madison campus. Choose from a 10k/5k run, or 5k walk – all for a good cause! Money raised will support Literacy Network’ programs and help keep classes and tutors free for low-literate adults in Dane County. 315 W. Gorham St..

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Tunes at Monona Terrace

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Wednesdays, 5:30-7PM
Exhibition Hall, 1 John Nolen Dr, Madison, WI 53703

Slip on your dance shoes and enjoy familiar tunes from the heyday of live dance music. Tunes’ concerts feature the talents of local and regional musicians showcasing a wide variety of musical genres including polka, big band, swing, 50s & 60s, Blues, and tribute bands. A cash bar and light fare are available for purchase at 5pm. Ample seating available. A wooden dance floor will be available at all in door concerts.

05 – John Ludy & the Rodrigo Villanueva Jazz Trio
19-  Line Dancing with instruction by Nancy Wrensch


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Halloween at the Zoo

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Halloween at the Zoo : October 26, 2014

Dress up as your favorite goblin, ghoul or witch and head to the Zoo for a safe alternative to trick or treating. Halloween at the Zoo is a celebration for the entire community that includes free trick-or-treating, a fun activity tent, and much more!

UW Homecoming Week

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homecoming badge UW Homecoming WeekReconnect with all things UW during Homecoming Weekend, October 24–26, 2014. From football and friends to favorite campus places, remember your Badger glory days and be part of a tradition 103 years in the making. – See more at:


Clean Lakes Alliance—Join to save lakes around!

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renew the blue spectrum intern volunteer day 600x400 300x200 Clean Lakes Alliance   Join to save lakes around!The Clean Lakes Alliance was founded in 2009 to administer the business end of the annual Clean Lakes Festival. The Festival, which began in 2007, was organized by the Mad-City Water Ski Team in an effort to raise money to help clean up the lakes.  In 2010, under the leadership of Don Heilman and James Tye, the Clean Lakes Alliance changed from a volunteer entity into a staffed organization.

Our management team consists of an executive board of directors that works closely with the CLA executive staff to devise community-engagement strategies, increase participation in lake activities and events, and create additional opportunities for outreach and education. A Community Board made up of stakeholders and partnering organizations provides us with additional direction in reaching our objectives and strengthening key relationships.

Today, CLA is working to build community support and the financial resources necessary to reach our goal. The Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan — a plan commissioned by CLA to reduce phosphorus by 50% — will reduce algal blooms and improve water clarity as it gets implemented. CLA and its partners are also working with farmers to learn about and improve the way fertilizers and manure are handled. This includes planting cover crops and experimenting with new technologies and farming practices to reduce polluting runoff. Throughout the year, CLA is organizing family-friendly activities to encourage residents to get invested in their lakes, and is supporting research and monitoring to help guide the actions we take to clean up our waterways.


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Aaron’s House–substance use recovery housing

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JD friends web 300x200 Aarons House  substance use recovery housingWe believe young men taken off track by substance use stay alive with sobriety supported by peers, mentors, and healthy lifestyles.  Living interdependently in a healthy home, near colleges and education, Aaron’s House Student-Residents are guided by a live-in House Mentor to do the next right thing.

Evidence supports our plan of continuing education, healthy employment, 12 step work, and building relationships. The peer to peer support of guys who know your life is the bonding ingredient that keeps you committed on your journey.

Aaron’s House is a safe place to come home to from the time you begin turning your sober days into sober months until you can say “I’ve been sober 2 years. I have a degree worth having, a job I care about, and relationships I’m proud of.”

Aaron’s House is a substance use recovery housing option for young men ready for higher education, meaningful employment, improving relationships, and healthy living. Aaron’s house is one block from the shores of Lake Mendota, near downtown Madison, Wisconsin, close to UW Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison College.

This project is ran by Aaron J. Meyer Foundation. Inc

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African American Black Business Association—-Culture Business Support

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Madison, WI 53701


The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce promotes the economic and social development of the African American/Black community by facilitating access to capital and empowering African American and Black business owners to build, expand and assist entrepreneurs and businesses in the community.