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Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

A benefit event will be held for an area man who continues his fight with cancer.

Chris' Cause -- A benefit for Chris Thompson will be held at the Cross Plains Legion Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Thompson, 35, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2004. He has been in remission, but continues to be bothered by a series of medical issues connected to medicines he's taking.

The latest issue is a bleeding ulcer that has resulted in numerous surgeries.

Thompson has also struggled with a divorce, loss of insurance and other issues that have also lead to the need for Sunday's event.

Donations can also be made by sending check to the Chris Thompson Benefit c/o State Bank of Cross Plains, 2535 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528.

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

For the third season in a row, "Sober Saturday Nights" will kick off its 2011-2012 series of events at KEVA Sports Center at 8312 Forsythia St. in Middleton on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

With generous underwriting from KEVA and the Ballweg Family of Dealerships and with the ongoing theme, “KICK IT AT KEVA,” the free event series is open to all area 7th through 12th graders (including Dane county and surrounding counties) offering a sober alternative for teens looking for some good, clean fun.

St. Mary's To Spread Seeds Of Wellness

St. Mary's To Spread Seeds Of Wellness

The cornerstone of St. Mary's Hospital was laid 100 years ago on Oct. 8, 1911. The hospital opened its doors in September 1912.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the hospital will celebrate the laying of that cornerstone by handing out free apples -- a cornerstone of good health -- throughout Dane County. 

There are 12 locations in total in Madison, Middleton, DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Oregon and McFarland. People can stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to receive their free fruit. And in the spirit of good food safety practice, we'll also be handing out free fruit wipes along with the apples.

For more information on where the apples will be handed out and when, visit www.stmarysmadison.com/apples

Middleton To Host Family Safety Day

Middleton To Host Family Safety Day

It's an event designed to help Middleton families find all the information they need to keep their family safe.

Middleton Fire, Police & EMS are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance, the Dean Foundation and other local organizations for the fifth annual Family Safety Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station at 7600 University Ave.

Parents can help their children stay safe by:

  • Signing up for Safe Assured ID kits with the Middleton Police Department
  • Learning what to look for when choosing a nanny or babysitter
  • Understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies

More than 20 local organizations will be on-hand with valuable information for parents as well as fun, educational activities for kids. 

IronKids Triathlon Swims, Bikes, Runs into Middleton

IronKids Triathlon Swims, Bikes, Runs into Middleton

The first edition of IronKids Triathlon Madison took place in Middleton on Saturday, a day ahead of it's "parent" event.

Athletes from age 6 to 15 swam, rode and ran for a cheering crowd of parents and siblings (two and four legged)

The athletes compete in three age divisions, Junior (ages6-8), Intermediate (ages 9-11) and Senior (ages 12-15)

This event marks the debut of the IronKids Triathlon in the Madison area and organizers were very pleased with the participation.  

The event is presented by Hy-Vee and Dole and this year's event was sponsored locally by the Madison Visitor and Convention Bureau and Edgewood College.


THE REF To Focus On Safety At Good Neighbor Festival

THE REF To Focus On Safety At Good Neighbor Festival

To reach out to motorcyclists around the state and encourage them to enroll in rider training, The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Motorcycle Safety Program will bring its new mobile training facility, THE REF or Transportable High-End Rider Education Facility, to Middleton's Good Neighborh Festival.

Built with federal funding, the 40-foot-long REF trailer is more than just a classroom; it is an interactive learning environment for both riders and non-riders to learn more about sharing the road, crash avoidance and awareness of traffic and road hazards, according to DOT officials.

To see THE REF, visit the Web at http://www.zeroinwisconsin.gov/TheREF/Default.asp.

THE REF will be on display Friday from about 4 to 9 p.m., on Saturday from about 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from about 9 a.m to 4 p.m.

Middleton Triathlon Promotes Active Lifestyle For Children

Dozens of schools in the Madison area took part in the "Tri 4 Schools" race Saturday in Middleton. Children, some as young as 3, participated in the triathlon, which included swimming, biking and running.

Organizers said the event, which aims to encourage children to live a healthy and active lifestyle, is much more than a competition. "It's definitely not about winning. It's about a sense of accomplishment. It's about getting out. It's about being active. It's about doing something new for the first time," said Tri 4 Schools volunteer Kaylan Pesature.

Parents said they were proud of their children finishing the race. "I think this is a great event to promote fitness, fitness for kids," said parents Ron Verhelst.

"It's definitely something very beneficial for them, and it shows a lot of dedication to be able to do three different things in one day." Around 400 children participated in the event.