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Best-selling Middleton author to hold book event Tuesday

Jennifer Chiaverini will introduce new book on Lincoln's wife's seamstress    

New York Times bestselling author and Middleton resident Jennifer Chiaverini will speak at a west side book store Tuesday evening celebrating her new historical novel.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 7433 Mineral Point Road in Madison.

Chiaverini will introduce her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker,” which discusses the Civil War-era friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln -- Abraham Lincoln’s wife -- and her seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley.

A Barnes & Noble employee recommended attendees arrive around 6:45 p.m. to get a seat, as Chiaverini usually draws a sizeable crowd.

Bloom Bake Shop owner takes love of desserts to market

Middleton transplant grows bakery business over 2 years    

Annemarie Spitznagle’s idea for a cupcakery came from a childhood of cooking with her mother and a cookbook gift from a friend.

Spitznagle told the Middleton Times her recuperation of a historic building to host her locally sourced Bloom Bake Shop is symbolic of her desire to capture the community of her family’s Louisiana kitchen.

Read more at the Middleton Times

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Charity Christmas organization still seeking donors for 50 wish lists

Organization: Families from West Madison, Middleton, Cross Plains in need this season

An area non-profit working to match families in need with local givers said there are nearly 50 families registered in need of gifts this holiday season. 

Middleton Outreach Ministry said Tuesday it is still seeking donors to pair with individuals who have registered for the program from West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains.

MOM said it has families of varying sizes and will accommodate the size requested by a potential donor. The family completes a list of items written by a person in need and that is provided to donors who can choose items from the list or another gift.

MOM said it has already matched nearly 450 families and seniors with wish-list donors and helped provide more than $80,000 in gifts last year.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Women receive discounts, prizes at shopping event


A local shopping center will host its second annual Ladies' Night Out event Thursday.

Greenway Station Shopping Center will offer discounts at participating stores and restaurants from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for women.  Complimentary appetizers, drink specials, prizes, gift cards, a $100 shopping spree and a free night stay in an on-site hotel will also be featured at the event, said a press release.

The event costs $5 which will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of South Central Wisconsin.

"We're thrilled to be part of Ladies’ Night Out," said Laura Richards, Development Director at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "We are very appreciative for the support from Greenway Station. This truly fun and unique fundraising opportunity will help us create awareness for breast cancer along with raising money for local breast health education, screening, treatment, and support programs."