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School to host night of free fitness

A local school will host a night of free fitness classes September 23.

Northside Elementary School in Middleton is opening its doors to host two fitness classes. The classes will be held in the school's multipurpose room.

The first class is 20-20-20. According to a release from the city it focuses on total body strength and flexibility. Participants will get 40 minutes of upper and lower body strengthening and 20 minutes of pilates-yoga work.

The second class is a holiday boot camp. The class is one of six sessions to help participants burn unwanted calories that come from holiday eating through aerobic and strengthening exercise.

The hour-long classes start at 5:45 p.m. Residents can register online at http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us.

Hayrides and butterflies at annual prairie tour

Prairie Enthusiasts announced it will he holding the 2013 Prairie Tour Saturday form 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Prairie lovers can visit three restored prairie and oak savanna sites along county road F in Dane County.  There will be stops at Rettenmund Prairie and Pleasant Valley Conservancy where experts will be availiable to ask questions.

There will also be a stop at Mounds View Grassland featuring a hayride touring 570 acres. Riders will also be able to see exhibits on invasive species, burns, seed collection and scientific research.

A workshops for monarch butterfly tagging and nature photography.

Enthusiasts can start the tours bby pickign up a free tour guide package at the culvers in either Cross Plains or Mt. Horeb.

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

Fashion show to benefit cancer org

A west side fashion show next week will benefit a local charity.

The Hilldale Mall is hosting the Little Black Dress Affair Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Organizers said the main event is a fashion show scheduled at 6:30 p.m.

The show will feature fall fashions modeled by local folks and representatives from area businesses and Madison non-profits. Tickets to the fashion show are $15 and will benefit Gilda’s Club Madison, a local support organization for people with cancer and their families.

Stores, eateries and boutiques in the shopping center will offer a variety of promotions during the Little Black Dress Affair, which organizers called an “amped up ladies night out” to include giveaways, music by DJ Nick Nice, a photo booth, refreshments, demos, and one-night-only discounts for event ticket holders.

Youth hockey offers music, beer, turkey legs at Good Neighbor Festival

Youth hockey offers music, beer, turkey legs at Good Neighbor Festival

Middleton Youth Hockey will present a lineup of local, live entertainment, beer and food this weekend at the Good Neighbor Festival.

The live performances begin Friday evening and continue through Sunday afternoon. Middleton Youth Hockey is home to over 250 skaters who range in age from 4-18. The entertainment tent is part of the club's fundraising efforts so the club can keep its commitment to the community to make it financially feasible for any skater to join the club.

The Middleton Wings and Capitol Brewery tent will feature a variety of local bands on its stage all weekend. The tent is located on the north end of the festival area, next to the carnival.

The live music events on the Middleton Wings stage are:

See sunflowers in bloom at conservancy

See sunflowers in bloom at conservancy

A spectacular scene is in full bloom in the town of Middleton.

A 9-acre field of sunflowers at the Pope Farm Conservancy is the highlight at the educational preserve in its sixth year.

Mel Pope will host an annual free walking tour Wednesday evening from 6:30-8. Pope will discuss the history and features of the conservancy.

A 1,200-foot stone fence built in the 1840s-1850s that wraps around the field “really makes it special, that’s for sure,” Pope said.

The conservancy at 7440 W. Old Sauk Road is managed by the town of Middleton.



Bauman Aquatic Center to host kids' triathlon

Bauman Aquatic Center to host kids' triathlon

The Bauman Aquatic Center in Middleton will host its third triathlon for kids, sponsored by Tri 4 Schools, on Aug. 17.

According to a release, children ages 3-14 can enter to race. The event has three different distances, allowing kids to choose the right race for them. There is also an adaptive division for children with disabilities.

Kids can enter as individuals or as a two- to three-person team. The swimming portion will be held in the outdoor pool. The run will be on the Pheasant Branch trail and Middleton High School and the bike course will cover surrounding neighborhoods.

The triathlon costs $25 to $60 depending on the number of racers. All of the money raised helps fight childhood obesity by benefiting 48 local school health and fitness programs.

The event is expected to draw 500 kids and nearly $12,000 in funds.

'Night Out' returns with food, music, K-9s, cop cars

Residents will have the opportunity to check out police cars and ambulances at a community event geared toward neighborhood camaraderie.

The Middleton Police Department said the 2013 National Night Out in Middleton will take place at Lakeview Park on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj said National Night Out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships and take part in crime prevention.

Festivities will include free food, door prizes, music, children’s activities and a VIP dunk tank, organizers said.

Middleton firefighters, paramedics, officers and members of other local law enforcement agencies, including K-9 and mounted horse patrols, will also be at the park. Tutaj said citizens will be able to tour the squad cars, fire apparatus and ambulance and have a chance to meet and talk to officers, paramedics and firefighters.