The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, August 11
Families can taste a late summer treat at the Roundy's Day party at the Goodman Pool. The first 300 kids and their families at the pool today get free Roundy's ice cream treats and Roundy's reusable bags. This family fun day is part of a community service program for Roundy's employees at Madison-area Copps and Pick 'n Save stores, who have donated almost 100 hours to maintain the landscaping around the pool. Goodman Pool, 325 Olin. Ave, 12:30 p.m., free with admission.
Wednesday, August 12
Top off your lunch today with a 60 foot cake at the MyMenu Birthday Party on Capitol Square. This first anniversary celebration for the specialty grocery retailer also serves as a fundraiser for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Madison. 30 on the Square, corner of Carroll Street and Mifflin Street, noon-2 p.m.
Celebrate the local food movement at the REAP Summer Potluck, recognize the group's volunteers, and learn more about its upcoming activities. Please bring a dish to share; beverages and tableware will be provided. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1021 Spaight Street, 6-8 p.m., free.
Thursday, August 13
The new LGBT-friendly nightclub Plan B opens its doors today on Willy Street in the former home of Star Photo. Co-owners Cory Gresen and Rico Sabatini have been developing this $500,000 project for three years, its name inspired by their changing location options after initial plans for a location on Blount Street near the High Noon Saloon did not work out. The club offers themed entertainment nights, is planning to book local charity fundraisers, and will offer its parking lot for a stage during the Willy Street Fair. "We're very excited about our new club," says Gresen in a press release issued Monday. "To our knowledge this is the first dance club that has been built from the ground up. Every other place in the area has been remodeled to make room for dancing." The club at 924 Williamson Street is open Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. The party starts at 7 p.m.; more information on Facebook and Twitter.
Saturday, August 15
The ritual of a little workday joe is the inspiration for the Stoughton Coffee Break Festival, a celebration of the tradition's origins among Norwegian immigrant wives who found employment sorting tobacco in the Dane County community. A brew-off with coffee from five different brewers accompanies the car show, "java jog," and family fun at this historical commemoration. Mandt Park, 321 South Fourth Street, Stoughton, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The broad influence of the African Diaspora is the theme of this year's Africa Fest, a celebration of the continent's cultures put on by the African Association of Madison. This all-day party includes an African Village Tour, a main stage for music and a fashion show, a children's stage, and food vendors. Warner Park, 2930 North Sherman Avenue, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free.
The Permibus pulls into town as part of its summer tour. Hosted by the Madison Area Permaculture Association, the bus is stopping at five locations around the city to offer "permaculture primers" about the everything from sustainable energy and hydroponics to greywater recycling and humanure composting. A tutorial about the role of chickens in the Permibus system is also offered, and includes egg-decorating and seedball-making.
Learn more about the lives of urban Gallus Gallus domesticus via the Mad City Chicken Coop Tour. Organized by Mad City Chickens, this self-guided tour features flocks from around Madison and surrounding communities. The day ends with a screening of Mad City Chickens, the Tarazod Films documentary about the backyard fowl movement. The tour ranges around Dane County from noon-4 p.m. The film screens at Lucinda's Saloon, 1937 Vahlen Street, doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show starts at dusk. Free.
East-siders are getting together to share eats and talk greenspace at the Russell Street Block Party, where the Eastwood Park sustainable neighborhood initiative will be the focus of discussion. There will be music by Ken Lonnquist and friends, along with ice cream from Schoep's. Grills will be available, but please bring a dish to pass and tableware. The party is on the 300 block of Russell Street between Eastwood Drive and Helena Street, 5 p.m. Call 866-3379 for more information.
Beware the marauding hordes at the Madtown Brain Drain pub lurch. Hosted by Madison Horror, the bar crawl along Regent Street will be followed by a zombie dance with music by Human I.D, The Motherhive Syndicate and All The Pretty Horses. Participating undead will also partake in t-shirts, contests, and if possible, brains. Regent Street Retreat, 1206 Regent Street, registration begins at 5 p.m., party at 10 p.m.
Sunday, August 16
Celebrate the memories of a historic Madison neighborhood at the Triangle Ethnic Fest put on by the Bayview Foundation. This 25th annual festival will include ethnic foods alongside a broad array of music, dance performances, cultural exhibitions, crafts vendors, and more. The party is at the corner of Park and Regent streets, 301 Bayview, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free.
Monday, August 17
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Willy Street Co-op is offering a cooking class for persons who have vision loss. The curriculum includes basic technique and info about organic and local foods available through the co-op. The Community Room in the co-op, 1221 Williamson Street, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $10 (with scholarships available through the council).