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Open house scheduled on $1.1M brick replacement project

Leaders on a city project to replace bricks in downtown Middleton will host an open house next week.

The city of Middleton said anyone interested in learning more about the nearly $1.1 million brick terrace and crosswalks project can stop by city hall on Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

According to the city, staff determined in July that the project should be moved from late fall 2013 to early spring 2014 for more time to coordinate details.

For example, the city said it needed to investigate uniform sidewalk widths and determine street light wiring locations. The extra time could also allow for lower bids with more competition between crews at the beginning of construction season, the city said on its website.

Middleton City Hall is at 7426 Hubbard Ave.

Businesses invite kids to trick or treat

Businesses invite kids to trick or treat

Nearly 50 downtown businesses will hand out goodies to trick-or-treaters the Friday before Halloween.

The Downtown Middleton Business Association will host its fourth Halloween trick-or-treating event on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers said kids are encouraged to don their costumes while visiting the retailers and restaurants.

The 49 participating businesses will have orange pumpkin faces posted on the front door to indicate kids should stop in for a treat.

City trick-or-treating hours from 5-8

City trick-or-treating hours from 5-8

The city of Middleton said trick-or-treating hours are scheduled Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For a listing of other area trick-or-treating hours, visit www.channel3000.com/trick-or-treat.

Downtown Middleton Business Association daytime trick-or-treating at local businesses is Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the group.

Car winterization event scheduled for senior citizens

Car winterization event scheduled for senior citizens

The Middleton Police Department, Middleton Ford and the Middleton Senior Center will be holding a car winterization program for senior citizens Saturday, according to a release.

The free event is designed for adults age 60 and older, but no one will be turned away if they are in need of service, organizers said. It will be held at Middleton Ford at 7520 Century Avenue in Middleton from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Officers will check the exterior of vehicles to make sure the horn, turn signals, headlights, brake lights, tail lights and back-up lights are working properly, according to the release. Participants will be given a list of potential problems found during the inspection and the owner can take their vehicle to a local repair shop of their choice.

Anyone interested in attending should contact the Middleton Senior Center at 608-831-2373 to make an appointment. 

Community Orchestra’s fall concert opens 4th season

Community Orchestra’s fall concert opens 4th season

The Middleton Performing Arts Center will be hosting the Middleton Community Orchestra’s fall concert Wednesday night at 2100 Bristol Street.

The fall show will be the opening of the Middleton Community Orchestra’s fourth season.

Organizers said the orchestra will perform Roman Carnival Overture by Berlioz, Symphony No. 4 and the Italian Symphony by Mendelssohn and The Meistersinger Overture by Wagner.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available at Willy St. Co-op West and at the door, according to a release. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.

General admission is $10 and students are free, according to the release. Students can get their free tickets at the door on the night of the show.

Company hosts 6th art show, auction for charity

Company hosts 6th art show, auction for charity

A local food-service company will host its sixth annual art show and sale to benefit a local food pantry.

Food Concepts Inc. will hold its sixth annual FCI Art Show and Auction to benefit the Middleton Outreach Ministry on Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at FCI, 2551 Parmenter St., Middleton.

Brad Duesler, CEO of Food Concepts, said the event will showcase more than 300 pieces of art ranging from paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass and more.

Each year FCI selects an artist to feature at the event. The 2013 artist is Mike Bass, who specializes in block-style prints with local themes such as a series of Madison-area lake prints with historical text and graphic images as well as a colorful series of farmer’s market posters with excellent use of typography. You can view Mike’s work at Zip-Dang.com.

School to host book fair in October

School to host book fair in October

The Westside Christian School in Middleton will be hosting a book fair Oct. 7-11 and Oct. 13, according to a release.

The book fair gives parents, teachers, children and the community an opportunity to promote reading through a fundraising event, according to the release.

The Usborne Reading is a Gift book fair will be open each weekday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Books on a range of topics will be available including science, seasons, crafts, calligraphy, animals and art, organizers said.

In addition to promoting reading, the fundraising event gives a percentage of all sales towards free books to the Westside Christian School, according to the release. Each teacher creates a wish list letting parents and visitors give back to the school with book donations.