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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.

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.

Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

The City of Middleton will be hosting a neighborhood information meeting on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a new trail area and a proposed bike and pedestrian plan.

The path would go from Pheasant Branch Conservancy to Graber Pond Trail. IOn the agenda for discussion are water resources, the trail corridor and trail planning. 

The hour-long event will take place at the Middleton City Hall Council Room, 4726 Hubbard Ave.

The meeting will be hosted by the Public Lands, Recreation, and Forestry Department. 

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. 

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Dates, locations set for Sauk Trail students' art shows

Dates, locations set for Sauk Trail students' art shows

Dates have been set for three of the four locations where art developed by Sauk Trail fourth-graders will be displayed.

The students' work will be on display at Middleton Glen, 6720 Century Ave., from July 21-28 with a reception on July 22. The work will be on display at Heritage Senior Living, 6206 Maywood Ave. from Aug. 4-15 and at the Middleton Senior Citizen Center, 7448 Hubbard Ave., from Aug. 18-29. 

Dates have yet to be finalized for a display at Rosmary Garfoot Public Library in Cross Plains.

There is no fee to view any of the displays.

The art project -- Students' Inter-generational Art to Preserve Nature -- was funded by an $8,000 grant from the American Girl Fund for Children. More than 60 fourth-graders were involved in the project.

Women's football team hosts playoff game Saturday

The Madison Blaze, the city's women's football team, has been plowing through a very successful season. They're getting ready to host a playoff game this weekend.

News 3 This Morning reporter Mary Jo Ola met up with Blaze players at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Thursday to learn more about the team in advance of Saturday's game at 5 p.m. at Middleton High School's Breitenbach Stadium, 2100 Bristol St. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.

The Madison Blaze is a member of the Independent Women's Football League. Visit madisonblazefootball.com for more information.