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Author will discuss novel, sign books Thursday

Author will discuss novel, sign books Thursday

Dale Kushner will read from and discuss her novelm "The Conditions of Love," at an event at the Middleton Public Library Thursday.

The event will end with a question and answer session and a book signing, organizers said.

Copies of "The Conditions of Love" will be available for sale at the event.

The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Archer Room.

Women's football team hosts playoff game Saturday

The Madison Blaze, the city's women's football team, has been plowing through a very successful season. They're getting ready to host a playoff game this weekend.

News 3 This Morning reporter Mary Jo Ola met up with Blaze players at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Thursday to learn more about the team in advance of Saturday's game at 5 p.m. at Middleton High School's Breitenbach Stadium, 2100 Bristol St. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.

The Madison Blaze is a member of the Independent Women's Football League. Visit madisonblazefootball.com for more information. 

Area author to discuss civil rights book

Next week, an area author and professor will discuss his nonfiction work about civil rights at the library.

The Middleton Public Library said Michael Edmonds, deputy director of the library archives at the Wisconsin Historical Society and former University of Wisconsin-Madison instructor, will host the book talk session Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Edmonds' book, "Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader" was published in June. According to the historical society, the book documents "the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, when ... workers and volunteers arrived in the Deep South to register voters and teach nonviolence."

The discussion will take place in the library's Archer Room.

World Cup amps up excitement, popularity of soccer

World Cup amps up excitement, popularity of soccer

As the United States went further in the World Cup games fans gathering and getting caught up in the excitement became the norm, but to find out the real impact you have to see where the game is growing.

With the World Cup serving as a backdrop, kids learning the sport at the Keva Sports Center represent the next generation of the game, and as they grow the game will grow with it.

"The kids get more excited. They see themselves in these players that are playing now because, who knows, we have some kids who are 10 years old, 8 years old. In two or three World Cups they could be representing the United States, and that's what's really exciting for them, and that's what is really exciting for us," said Joel Ondercin, youth director at Keva Sports Center.

Ondercin said he knows what soccer's growing popularity represents.

Theater group's production of 'Rent' opens Friday

A community theater group will present the first production of its summer season Friday with the musical "Rent."

The Middleton Players Theatre's production kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the first of six performances of the popular rock musical at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street.

The Saturday 7:30 p.m. show will offer an American Sign Language interpreter for the hearing impaired.

According to MPT, "Rent," set in the East Village of New York City, is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. The play has won a Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The final performance is scheduled just before midnight on Independence Day.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

After its run of "Rent" wraps, MPT will put on "A Chorus Line" in the second week of August.

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Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.