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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. 

Middleton construction co. gets $20M county project

Middleton construction co. gets $20M county project

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from ane County Executive Joe Parisi’s office.

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Middleton businesses set to light town

Downtown Middleton businesses are sponsoring an open house and tree lighting to bring in the holiday season November 30.

The Downtown Middleton Business Association will host the open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses will be serving hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, horse and wagon rides, and special holiday deals, according to a release. 

Customers and residents are also invited to attend  tree lighting at City Hall on Hubbard Avenue starting at 4:30. According to the release, the lighting will be accompanied by carolers and hot beverages.

Families are also being asked to bring in canned foods to donate to the Middleton Outreach Ministry. The first 200 kids will also be given a bag filled with treats and items from downtown businesses.