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 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 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 Warner Park, 2930 North Sherman Avenue, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free.
The 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, 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 Madtown Brain Drain pub lurch. Hosted by 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 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).