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Ride the Drive Madison wants you... to volunteer!

With only a few days to go until Ride the Drive, organizers continue to solicit volunteers for the inaugural event. Scheduled for this Sunday, the celebration will close about six miles of downtown streets to motor vehicles -- opening the route to bicyclists, pedestrians, in-line skaters and other non-motorized participants. >More
 Pontoon Porch makes for a party atop Lake Monona

Summer may be winding down, but the season is still young for enjoying a Pontoon Porch atop the waters of Lake Monona. This small but growing fleet of party barges, docked at the East Side Club on Monona Drive, offers a comfy way to enjoy some time out on the lake. >More
 Why do you ride the bike you ride? (video)

In explaining why they ride the bikes they ride, people tend to speak in more intimate, complex and affectionate terms -- extolling virtues like utility, comfort, responsiveness, fit, versatility and durability in ways that invoke a sense of enthusiasm and fun. >More
 Outside magazine tabs Devil's Lake as a bargain escape

Devil's Lake is among the destinations featured in Outside magazine's June cover feature, "25 Weekend Escapes (for Under $500)" -- putting the Wisconsin climbing mecca in the company of Class V whitewater rafting in Colorado, kiteboarding North Carolina's Outer Banks, climbing Mount Rainier, and circumnavigating Oregon's Mountain Hood on a hut-to-hut mountain biking tour. >More
 Trek-sponsored Ride the Drive to close Madison streets

"Trek is really excited to be a sponsor of this event," John Burke, president of the Waterloo, Wisconsin-based bicycle giant, said at Thursday's news conference announcing Ride the Drive. What's not to be excited about? Scheduled for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, the inaugural event will close down about six miles of downtown roads -- including parts of John Nolen Drive and East Washington Avenue -- to motor vehicle traffic, transforming the route into a public promenade. >More
 The Madison pinball crawl

In the age of massive online multiplayer zombie hunts and motion-controlled bowling on home gaming systems, one old favorite has yet to be duplicated: pinball. It's an exciting game, based on skill, where a small silver ball is bounced across a table by player-controlled flippers on either side. Players earn points for hitting various targets. >More
 Kayaking toward the Canoecopia 2009 expo

Figuring one for every vendor, speaker, product and pool demo, there must be thousands of good reasons to attend Canoecopia every year. Starting this Friday evening and continuing through the weekend in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center, Rutabaga's 2009 paddlesports expo shapes up as the most anticipated yet. >More
 Madison gets the squash courts it deserves

"It's been a longtime KBAM!" Damon Bourne says, "to open a proper KBAM! club here in KBAM!" The KBAM! of pneumatic hardwood flooring staplers echoes in this cavernous warehouse south of the Beltline off Fish Hatchery Road. The three obscured words are "dream," "squash" and "Madison" -- where contractors are bringing Bourne's squash-club dreams to life. >More
 Create a cool frame of mind for Madison Winter Festival 2009

There's no polite way to say this, so cover your ears if you're sensitive: Midwinter thaws suck. What, you prefer cold rain and snowbanks the color of black grit to a few inches of fresh powder a couple times per week? Right. >More
 Dogs and studs: Grillin' 4 Peace on Lake Wingra and ice bikes on Lake Monona

Unseasonably warm temperatures did their best to thaw snow and ice, but failed to melt plans for two distinctive events held atop two of Madison's lakes on Saturday. >More
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