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Middleton first responders team up to battle childhood cancer

On Thursday July 31, Middleton Fire Chief  Aaron Harris and Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke will flip  a special Middleton Police Department coin to decide who will be the home team at the second annual Battle of the Badges on August 9.

The charity softball game between the two departments will raise awareness and funds to help families affected by childhood cancer.  This year they will play for four-year-old Blake Rickert, who was diagnosed with Burkitt Leukemia in January. The fire department won Tuesday’s toss and will be the home team at the softball game. A 5K run will happen prior to the game.

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. 

Non-profit seeks school supply donations

Non-profit seeks school supply donations

A non-profit group is seeking school supplies for families unable to to afford the goods required on back-to-school lists.

The Middleton Outreach Ministry's School Supply Program provides school-aged children and teens with the items they'll need to be successful in the upcoming year, according to the group website.

MOM said it assembled back-to-school bags for more than 700 children in 2013.

"The program also supplies relief to families worried about the extra expense, and joy to children as they prepare for a great year ahead," MOM said in a release online.

The program collects items now through the third week in August. MOM said there are multiple ways to help:

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.

Lakeview Park Splash Pad open for season

 Lakeview Park Splash Pad open for season

Middleton's free public splash park opens for the season this weekend, according to the city. 

The Lakeview Park Splash Pad, at 6300 Mendota Ave., features multiple safe-for-all-ages water installations that spray, squirt and mist water. The park is open every year beginning on Memorial Day and closing Labor Day.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.