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A Madison Santarchy 2008 Christmas wish list

The traditional Christmastime bar crawl known as Santarchy or Santacon appropriately returned to Madison this year on Saint Nicholas' Day. I've put together a Christmas wish list for some of the most memorable participants among the Santas and elves who braved the cold and harsh December night for the pure sake of chaos. >More
 Firs fly at UW Forestry Christmas tree sale

The air inside the UW Stock Pavilion often has a nip to it by the time the UW Forestry Club throws open the doors for its annual Christmas-tree sale. Some years, there are flurries outside. Inside, all those trees fill the pavilion with the holiday scents of fir and pine. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is ready to charm

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra certainly knows how to pick charmers for its Masterworks season openers. Last season opened with Mozart's sunlit 39th symphony and the vibrant orchestration of Arensky and Ravel. This season opens on Oct. 3 with equally charming and witty selections including Scarlatti's/Tommasini's "The Good-Humored Ladies Suite," Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E Minor" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 2 in D Major." >More
 Costumes reign at Geek.Kon 2008: Homages to nerd culture everywhere

The geek elite was out in full-costumed force this weekend for the second annual Geek.Kon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which simultaneously drew amused smiles and bemused headshakes from casual passers-by and n00bs like me. The campus setting was a bit labyrinthine, with patrons wandering from room to room excitedly, but it was fitting. What better place for a total nerd fest than the decrepit windowless sweat sock that is the Humanities building and the equally dank Vilas Hall on Park Street? >More
 A Willy Street Fair rookie breathes it all in

Over the weekend, the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood banded together to host the 31st annual Willy Street Fair, a distinctly Madison tradition.  It came and went in a flurry of tie-dyed and tattooed family-friendly excitement that ensured this unique community is indeed flourishing in many ways.  The neighborhood retains its characteristic DIY mentality while remaining proudly globally informed and politically active. >More
 A preview tour of the Goodman Atwood Community Center

When the Goodman Atwood Community Center re-opens on Tuesday at the old Kupfer Iron Works Building on Waubesa Street, visitors can expect to find a work in progress. But what a piece of work it is. For the first time in memory, all of the center's programs -- including the Lussier Teen Center and the New Loft -- will be reunited under one roof. >More
 A virtual version of the 2008 Rhythm & Booms in Madison

Another June, and another Rhythm & Booms has come and gone. The massive fireworks display and festival held every year in anticipation of Independence Day was held with nary a hitch last Saturday. Despite soggy conditions leftover from the early spring deluge and a threat of swarming mosquitoes, some 150,000 to 175,000 people turned out for the show at Warner Park, with many thousands more watching from other vantage points throughout Madison. More than a few were armed with cameras. >More
 A farewell to Marshall Park Day Camp

For the past 50 years, Madison children have had the opportunity to participate in the day camp program run by Madison School & Community Recreation at Marshall Park. From the first or second week in June to the middle of August, dozens of happy children ranging in ages from 7 to 11 could be seen cooking hotdogs over an open fire, catching their first bluegill, hunting for hidden treasures in the woods, studying the forest wildlife, playing capture the flag, or swimming in Lake Mendota. It was an idealistic time for the hundreds, if not thousands, of Madison children that have had the opportunity and privilege to participate. >More
 Madison water levels continue to rise after latest storms

As local watersheds continue to drain the recent storm waters into the area's lakes and rivers, water levels appear to be reacting in dramatic fashion. During a walk along the Yahara River Parkway, levels were visibly higher than they were before the latest rains on Thursday. In some places, the water has come up over shoreline embankments. In others, it is threatening to do so. >More
 Changing Gears for sustainability

Andy Davis and Melissa Henige got on their bicycles in Bloomington, Indiana, a couple of weeks ago, embarking on an ambitious undertaking. They call their expedition Changing Gears, a ride that will take them all the way to the west coast in search of municipal, organizational and individual sustainability initiatives and practices they can take home to Bloomington and help to apply. >More
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