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Middleton hosts spring wine walk

The City of Middleton is hosting its annual spring wine walk in downtown Middleton.

Guests will start the evening at BMO Harris Bank and receive a wine glass.

Guests may then plan their walking route to visit participating downtown businesses.

The wine walk is scheduled for May 2, 5-8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Marilyn's Salon at 183 Parmenter St. Organizers said 250 tickets will be sold.

Cross Plains plans annual Trout Days festival

Cross Plains is celebrating its annual Trout Days weekend with food, fun and more this May.

The festival will take play May 2-4 with activities including a trout fishing contest, garage sales and a flea market planned throughout the weekend.

The Cross Plains Lions will host a parade Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Beer Parade, put on by Esser's Cross Plains Brewery. The brewery is also celebrating 150 years in the business this year.

Donations raised during Trout Days will benefit the Lions charities and other community organizations.

Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton is helping its residents get started on spring cleaning with a drop-off site for donations and recycling this Saturday.

The city’s Sustainability Committee is hosting its biannual clean-up event on Nursery Drive in the Airport Road Business Park on Saturday.

Volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist those interested in dropping off clothing, household goods, furniture, tools and other items to be donated or recycled.

Assistant Director of Community Development Abby Attoun-Tucker said the twice-yearly event has blossomed in recent years.

"It's one of our most popular events. It's really ballooned into a huge event that we have in April and October of each year," she said.

The committee collected 30,000 pounds of electronics and two trailers full of items for donation during 2012's two clean-up events.  

'Conservancy' excursions to discuss frogs, fireflies, fish

Community programs to guide residents through wildlife areas   

A local preservation group plans to share wonders of Middleton nature in upcoming free educational events.

The not-for-profit Friends of Pheasant Branch has sessions planned in May, June and July that teach attendees about creatures indigenous to the Pheasant Branch area.

Local baseball competition visits Middleton


A local competition is giving kids the chance to swing for the fence this spring.

Pitch, Hit and Run, a local subdivision of a Major League Baseball competition, will pit boys and girls against each other to advance through rounds involving core baseball skills. Four age groups – 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14 – will be available for kids to enroll in. Age group winners will advance to a sectional level of competition.

The Pitch, Hit and Run Competition will take place May 11 at 12 p.m. in Middleton’s CIBA Sport Center. Participants are asked to bring along a copy of their birth certificate. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver before the competition begins.

Those with questions about the competition can call Luis at 608-203-8836.  

Spring supper features Italian eats, unique auction items

Spring supper features Italian eats, unique auction items

Saturday event to benefit MHS music programs  

The annual high school music program fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday and includes an auction with plenty of unique items for grabs.

The "A Little Taste of Italy" dinner event that features non-stop music performances by the Middleton High School bands and orchestras will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. in the MHS Student Center and courtyard areas of the school.

The event includes a silent auction featuring items like a bi-plane ride, a portrait session, gift cards to area restaurants, a sailboat ride and picnic, a ride to school on a fire truck and more.

For the Italian dinner, diners can choose lasagna or spaghetti (meat or vegetarian), and also receive salad, a dinner roll, a beverage and dessert.

Organizers said tickets are $13 for adults in advance, $6 for children under 12 and $10 for seniors. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Film festival doubles viewing days for 2013

Film festival doubles viewing days for 2013

25,000 tickets already sold, rep says   

In its 15th year, the Wisconsin Film Festival will present 158 films between five area theaters from April 11-18.

The festival -- programmed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute and the UW Department of Communication Arts' film studies program -- will offer four extra days of films, doubling its viewing schedule over years past.