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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.

Middleton man named state AARP president

Middleton man named state AARP president

A Middelton man has been appointed as the state's new AARP president, according to a release from the senior citizen organization.

David A. Stella, 65, was appointed Friday by Midwest Volunteer is set to take his position immediately. Stella's time in office will last two years.

According to the release, Stella will work with AARP members, volunteers and legislators to lobby for more than 820,000 members statewide.

Stella was formerly the state's Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Under his supervision, D.E.T.F. was responsible for providing pensions, health insurance and other employee benefits to more than 570,000 current and retired public employees.

According to the release, Stella is also a University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Stella said his goal is to work on public policy issues focusing on consumer protections, particularly those elderly living in local areas.

MHS to perform 'The Crucible' this weekend

MHS to perform 'The Crucible' this weekend

The MHS Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible" on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

This Tony-Award winning play invites the audience to Salem, Mass., in 1692 as the fear of witchcraft is being spread throughout the area. As panic builds and more people are accused, neighbors and friends turn on each other, faith is shaken, and lives are ended. Miller’s theatrical version of historical events, a thinly-veiled allegory paralleling McCarthyism of the 1950s, raises important questions about truth, power, and the marginalization of "the other" as fear takes over.

The MHS production includes a cast of 22 performers, while more than 100 high school students will be involved as set builders and painters, costumers, lighting and sound designers and operators, stage managers, ushers and actors.

Police hold Halloween photo contest

Police hold Halloween photo contest

The Middleton Police Department is hosting a photo contest for area school-agers.

The "Trick or Tweet" contest is a Halloween photo challenge that offers a ride to school in a police car and lunch with an officer as the prize.

To enter, parents of Middleton school-aged kids can submit a photo of their trick-or-treater online before midnight Thursday. Pictures will be posted on the Middleton Police Department’s Facebook page and the child with the most likes will win the car ride and lunch, police said.

Organizers said only one entry per child is allowed. Winners will be chosen on Monday, according to the website.

Submit a photo online to Middleton PD at http://www.middletonpd.com/trickortweet.htm.