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Supporting Local for the Holiday Season!

woman holding chalk sign that says shop local We know many of you are busy buying Holiday gifts. And some of you haven’t even started yet.  We have some terrific local options to help ease your gift buying experience. This list is created for people in and around Dane County, WI. If you’re reading this and you’re not in this area, we hope that you do a little Google search and find some great local options for you. 

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Jack O’Lantern Season

jack o'lanterns on the ground covered in fall orange leaves Halloween  is almost here!  As we approach the end of October, we wanted to list some trick-or-treat times, other related events, and some resources for good safety tips. Trick-or-Treat Trick-or-treat times around Dane County are around 4pm – 7pm (dark). Thankfully, Haunted Wisconsin has done most of the leg work for us. Many communities still haven’t listed their times yet but this link will provide the majority of villages, towns, and cities trick-or-treat dates for the entire state. 

Summer’s not over! Get to Carts at the Park!

Summer’s not over! Get to Carts at the Park! From now until September 9, the Latino Chamber of Commerce and the City of Madison are hosting Carts at the Park: The LCC Plaza Community Market. The market happens every Sunday from 10am - 3pm and every other Thursday beginning at 4pm. Thursday nights the market ends at 7pm.  You can find all of the fun at Penn Park (2101 Fisher St.)  What will be there you ask? For starters, delicious food from some of your favorite food carts in Madison. Of course no event is complete without music. 95.5FM La Sabrosa Show will be there to keep our feet moving. Additional forms of entertainment will be at each Sunday event. Lastly, you’ll be able to buy some locally made products at different vendor stations. 

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Challenging Our ‘One of the Best Places to Live’ Status

Recently, U.S. News highlighted Madison as the number 16 best place to live in the United States. That is fantastic. However, the article should be taken at face value. Madison often gets put on these lists. We can celebrate this AND we need to question what metrics are being used to get us on this list. Additionally, if it is based on responses from people being interviewed, who are they interviewing?

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Lots of people sitting outside on the grass The constant 80° + days means that summer is finally here! As Dane County continues to open up, there are more and more outdoor events offered around us. It's time to get outside and experience the beautiful area we live in again. Check out these events happening in the greater Madison area this June! Dine in the Dream Park Streets of Sun Prairie - Thurs. June 17 Local Downtown Sun Prairie restaurants and retail pop-ups will be at the Dream Park to kick-off the Streets of Sun Prairie event series! Music and other family activities will also be offered. Shades of Black. A Black Cultural Festival - Thurs. June 17 Celebrate the 2nd Annual Shades of Black Culture Festival! Watch live performances by local artists while you enjoy free food and fun activities for the whole family, support local Black-owned businesses, and see how we can come together to encourage and support one another. Dane County Farmers Market returns to the square - Sat. June 19 Welcome the Dane County Famers Market....

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