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Author will discuss novel, sign books Thursday

Author will discuss novel, sign books Thursday

Dale Kushner will read from and discuss her novelm "The Conditions of Love," at an event at the Middleton Public Library Thursday.

The event will end with a question and answer session and a book signing, organizers said.

Copies of "The Conditions of Love" will be available for sale at the event.

The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Archer Room.

Mustard Day returns with tastings, free hot dogs, Mustard Custard

Mustard Day returns with tastings, free hot dogs, Mustard Custard

The National Mustard Museum has food, music and family events planned for its annual celebration next month.

The museum will host the 24th annual National Mustard Day on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The intersection of Parmenter and Hubbard streets in downtown Middleton will be closed for the festivities. Live entertainment will include the Funky Chunky Band, the Red Hot Horn Dawgs and an interactive kids show. 

Free hot dogs will be served, though donations will be welcomed, organizers said. The annual event helps support the non-profit Mustard Museum. 

Culver's Frozen Mustard Custard with caramel ribbon and chocolate flakes, Mustard Day cookies from the Hubbard Avenue Diner and hot soft pretzels will be available. 

The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile will also be at the event. A variety of mustard-themed games will be played, plus there will be face painting, temporary tattoos, mustard tastings and a bounce house on site this year. 

Area author to discuss civil rights book

Next week, an area author and professor will discuss his nonfiction work about civil rights at the library.

The Middleton Public Library said Michael Edmonds, deputy director of the library archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society and former University of Wisconsin-Madison instructor, will host the book talk session Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Edmonds' book, "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader" was published in June. According to the historical society, the book documents "the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when ... workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach nonviolence."

The discussion will take place in the library's Archer Room.

Library features 2 free film events, ice cream

Library features 2 free film events, ice cream

Area kids are invited to take in two upcoming movie events at the Middleton Library in the next week.

On Saturday, children ages 12 and up are welcome to join in a movie matinee and ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. The library said attendees will vote for which film they'd like to watch, choosing from a few new releases. Ice cream and toppings will be served.

The event will take place in the downstairs Archer Room.

On Tuesday, all ages are invited to watch Disney and Pixar's "A Bug's Life" beginning at 2 p.m. in the Archer Room. The 1998 animated movie is rated G and stars Kevin Spacey, Dave Foley and Julia Louis-Drefus.

World Cup amps up excitement, popularity of soccer

World Cup amps up excitement, popularity of soccer

As the United States went further in the World Cup games fans gathering and getting caught up in the excitement became the norm, but to find out the real impact you have to see where the game is growing.

With the World Cup serving as a backdrop, kids learning the sport at the Keva Sports Center represent the next generation of the game, and as they grow the game will grow with it.

"The kids get more excited. They see themselves in these players that are playing now because, who knows, we have some kids who are 10 years old, 8 years old. In two or three World Cups they could be representing the United States, and that's what's really exciting for them, and that's what is really exciting for us," said Joel Ondercin, youth director at Keva Sports Center.

Ondercin said he knows what soccer's growing popularity represents.

Theater group's production of 'Rent' opens Friday

A community theater group will present the first production of its summer season Friday with the musical "Rent."

The Middleton Players Theatre's production kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the first of six performances of the popular rock musical at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street.

The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will offer an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired.

According to MPT, "Rent," set in the East Village of New York City, is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The play has won a Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The final performance is scheduled just before midnight on Independence Day.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

After its run of "Rent" wraps, MPT will put on "A Chorus Line" in the second week of August.

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Middleton Public Library hosts poetry reading

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Middleton Public Library welcomes Wisconsin’s 2013-2014 Poet.

Max Garland is a former rural letter carrier and the author of The Postal Confession and Hunger Wide as Heaven, both poetry collections have won national prizes.

The event is on April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Middleton Public Library.