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Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Teams from 16 Wisconsin high schools will compete in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Semifinals at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by State Bar members. In teams, students argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions.

The two finalists will compete for the state title on Monday. The state winner will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will also be held in Madison this May.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the semifinals:

Free health talk focuses on prescription drugs

This month, Jim Rybacki, director of pharmacy for Dean & St. Mary's starts a series of free events focused on prescription drugs.

The first in the series will kick off on Feb. 27. It will be an opportunity to learn about the 12 key medicines you and your family should know.

Rybacki said the health education session will teach attendees about aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medicines that you can get people on a path toward a healthy heart.

Rybacki is the author of "The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs, Medicines and Your Family," national treatment guidelines and more than 30 books and eBooks. Rybacki has been active with the American Heart Association Patient and Professional Education committees and sits on the National Advisory Council for Mended Hearts International.

The free informational series is offered by Dean Clinic Pharmacy.

Community orchestra show free to students

Community orchestra show free to students

The Middleton Community Orchestra will hold its winter performance Feb. 26, organizers said. 

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St. Students may attend for free and general admission is $10, MCO said. 

On its website, MCO said it is an amateur orchestra of musicians from the Madison who are dedicated to the playing and performance of classical instrumental music. 

The concert features three guest artists, including guest conductor Kevin McMahon, violinist Eleanor Bartsch and violist Danny Kim.

Works included in the performances are Wolfgang Mozart's "Sinfonia concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra;" Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol;" and Johannes Brahms' "Symphony No. 2."

Visit middletoncommunityorchestra.org for more information. 


Runners to dash on New Year’s Day for charity

The 9th annual New Year’s Day Dash will have runners traversing snowy fields to raise money to battle Huntington’s Disease.

The one, two or five mile race will take runners across Middleton’s snowy streets and paved bike paths, according to a release.

The event will feature over 350 runners, a racing mascot and a log roller who all want to help battle the disease, organizers said.

During the last three years, the event has raised over $5,000 to battle Huntington’s Disease, according to the release.

The race will be held no matter what type of weather Mother Nature throws out on New Year's Day, according to the release.

Runners will start registering Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Quaker Steak and Lube at 2259 Deming Way in Middleton. The race starts at 11 a.m.

Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill

Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill

Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund hosted its fourth consecutive A-Maizing Charity Corn Maze this fall to help keep the heat and power on in households all over the state.

 As a nonprofit statewide organization, KWWCF has worked since 1996 to help struggling households meet basic needs like energy costs. The charity corn maze has turned into an annual event that helps raise community awareness, and to tame the energy crisis affecting many Wisconsin households.

Library hosts cookie-themed craft-for-kids event

The Middleton Public Library said it will host a gingerbread-themed crafting event Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The hour-long session will offer kids older than 5 to create cookie-themed crafts to take home. 

The library said pre-registration was not necessary to participate.

Another family-friendly event is scheduled Monday at 6 p.m. Families are invited to wear pajamas to a story time gathering with songs, movement activities, film and a craft. All ages are welcome and pre-registration is not needed, organizers said.

Find more information online about the cookie craft or storytime at www.midlibrary.org.

Roast marshmallows, see tree lighting downtown

Roast marshmallows, see tree lighting downtown

A holiday open house is planned Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Middleton.

A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave.

The Downtown Middleton Business Association organized the open house, which will offer hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, horse and wagon rides, according to a release.