This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, April 27
to host a spring fundraiser dinner in support of the organization's work in support of children and families living with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental challenges. The four-course meal and wine pairings have been devised by Chef Karl Granberg. The menu includes: first course choices of pan-seared diver scallops with olive tapenade or citrus shrimp cocktail with remoulade, paired with Segura Viudas Brut from Spain; second course choices of Otto's tomato bisque or asparagus soup with lemon crème fraiche; third course choices of grilled flat iron steak with port demi-glace and gorgonzola crumbles, roasted red potatoes, and French green beans, paired with Twin Fin Shiraz 2006 from California, or, oven-roasted walnut-crusted salmon with saffron-citrus beurre blanc, garlic mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus, paired with Two Tone Farm Chardonnay 2007 from California; and, dessert choices of fresh strawberry cheesecake or an artisan cheese plate, paired with Osborne Ruby Port from Portugal. All proceeds go to support the Center's programs. Otto's, 6405 Mineral Point Rd., $60. Call 274-4044 for reservations.
Thursday, April 29
The informational meeting this evening about how to eat healthier food while living on a limited budget. The talk will focus on the Partner Shares Program and its fund providing financial assistance to low income households for purchasing CSA shares. Meadowridge Library, 5740 Raymond Rd., 7 p.m., free. Call 288-6160 for more info
Friday, April 30
Let's Retake Our Plates benefit film series in support of local environmental organizations. This final screening features reviewed in Isthmus last summer.All proceeds will go to support the Whole Foods Market, 3313 University Ave., 6:30 p.m., $3. Call 233-9566 to reserve a seat.
Cyndi Pisani, who is working to raise funds for program, has organized a bachelor auction this evening. Pre-arranged dates with eligible bachelors of all ages will be up for bid at this benefit, which will also feature hors d'oeuvres, beer, and a prize drawing. Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton, 6-9 p.m., $20 advance or $25 at the door. Call 516-5551 for more info.
Saturday, May 1
The Sun Prairie Farmers' Market starts a brand-new season this morning at its home in the parking lot of the city's municipal building at E. Main and Church streets. A mix of farm-grown and handcrafted goods, not to mention plenty of hot coffee, are available are available at the market, which runs on Saturday mornings through the growing season. Seasonal products available in April include bedding plants, asparagus, spinach, green onions, lettuce, rhubarb, radish, and chives, as well as year-round staples like baked goods, meats, milk, eggs, jams, jellies, honey, and maple syrup. Hilldale Farmers' Market likewise opens for the season today, located in the west parking lot of Hilldale, located at the at the Segoe Rd. entrance to the mall. Launched in 1974, the market brings together dozens of vendors offering a broad array of Wisconsin-grown and -raised products to local shoppers on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the growing season. Hilldale Shopping Center, 702 N. Midvale Blvd., 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 238-6353 for more info.
Today also marks the season opener of the Belleville Farmers' Market, which is located in Library Park, next to the Badger State Bike Trail and in the heart of this village straddling Dane and Green counties. The market is open on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings through the growing season. Belleville, Library Park, 8 a.m.-noon. Call 608-424-3336 for more info.
Orange Tree Imports Cooking School, will be at the stop this afternoon to sign copies of her cookbook A Cook's Journey to Japan: Fish Tales and Rice Paddies. To be published at the end of the month, the book features some 100 home recipes collected by Feldner over the course of her odyssey through Japanese kitchens. Orange Tree Imports, 1721 Monroe St., 1-3 p.m. Call 255-8211 for more info.
Recreating the sights, sounds, and smells of Wisconsin's pre-statehood Fur Trade Era of 1650-1850 is the mission of the 29th annual Bloody Lake Rendezvous, a two-day historical encampment organized by the Black Hawk Memorial Park, 2995 County Y, Woodford, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, $2. Call 815-633-1204 for more info.
Abundance Celebration benefit and charity silent auction this weekend. More than a dozen different class sessions on Saturday and Sunday will be offered for donations, with proceeds going to . The party tonight will feature live music, free massages, a Twister and limbo tournament, and a vegetarian Indian buffet. Inner Fire Yoga, 5003 University Ave., 5-8 p.m., $15 adults and $7.50 kids 9-17. Call 661-0167 for more info.
20th anniversary celebration this evening. The festivities include performances by Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, her choir, and The Recons klezmer band, with accompanying dancing fueled by desserts and coffee. First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Dr., 7 p.m., $10 or $18 for families. Call 257-2944 for more info.
The spring gala, complete with live music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and drinks. The Foundation will also announce this year's recipients of the Champions in Women's Health awards, which "ecognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in Wisconsin in the following women's health areas: cancer, cardiovascular disease, smoking & alcohol cessation, domestic abuse, mental illness, and osteoporosis." Proceeds will go to support the organization's educational and preventive health programs. Capitol Rotunda, 2 E. Main St., 8 p.m.-midnight, $90. Call 251-1675 for more info.
Sunday, May 2
The Northside Farmers' Market opens its sixth season this morning in the parking lot of the Northside TownCenter, located next to Warner Park. A growing host of vendors at the Northside TownCenter, intersection of Sherman Ave. and Northport Dr., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 217-9631 for more info
The Monona Farmers' Market starts its seventh season this morning, located in Ahuska Park just north of the Beltline. More than two dozen vendors are expected at the Ahuska Park, E. Broadway between Stoughton Rd. and Monona Dr., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 715-252-4014 for more info.