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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."

Greenway Station promotes shop for charity


Greenway Station will hold a shopping event Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chico’s and Soma will donate 10 percent of purchases to the Junior League of Madison. The Junior League of Madison is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through leadership, said their website.

The free, public shopping event will include a raffle for a necklace donated by Chico’s as well as refreshments at both stores.

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

Willy Street West Hosts Camp Kenwood Fundraiser

As part of the Good Nieghbor Celebration, Willy Stree Co-op is hosting the Good Nieghbor Griller with proceeds benefitting Camp Kenwood.

Enjoy a delicious burger, sweet potato salad and home-made lemonade for only $5.

Camp Kenwood's programs focus on cooperatives, family farms, sustainable leadership, conservation, rural communities, social justice and active citizenship.

Goodwill holds free computer collection drives


Goodwill is holding free computer collection drives from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.

The drives will be held at the following Goodwill donation centers:

  • Madison East -- 2127 East Springs Drive
  • Madison West -- 4530 Verona Road
  • Middleton -- 6661 University Ave.
  • Monona -- 2501 Royal Ave.

Goodwill accepts working and nonworking computers, hard drives, monitors, keyboards and mice and just about anything that can be attached to a computer (e.g., printers, speakers, cords), regardless of brand. It also accepts Microsoft Xbox and Zune systems and peripherals.

Donors are asked to:

Spot summer savings at sidewalk sale

This weekend is the 9th annual Summer Sidewalk Sale at Greenway Station Shopping Center and it's bigger than ever.

The sale begins on July 21 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and continues on July 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Over 20 stores will participate in special discounts on merchandise inside and outside their stores.

Early birds visiting the information booth located between Bath & Body Works and Francesca's Collections will receive a free gift bag including a $10 Greenway Station gift card, says the event website.  Other prize giveaways and complimentary Starbucks iced coffee will be available all weekend.

For more information about the event, visit the Greenway Station website here.

Food Pantry teaches clients how to grow their own food, seeks donations


Believing that ending the cycle of poverty comes in part with empowerment and education, Middleton Outreach Ministry, which has one of the largest Food Pantries in Dane County, is for the second year, running an innovative program to teach and give the opportunity to people in need to grow their own food.

The MOM Food Pantry Garden, which itself is in its third year, is larger than ever.  The garden, which is located across the street from the pantry on donated land, grew over 6,500 pounds of food in 2012. 

"This year, the garden has so many client gardeners with their own plots, that we are using every inch of space on the land, and have even started a melon garden on a different plot of loaned land to increase the amount of produce available at the pantry," said Cheri Farha, manager of the MOM Distribution Center, in a news release.