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Monona police host national night out event

On August 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Monona Police Department and the Monona Parks and Recreation Department will be holding National Crime Night Out at Fireman’s Park, 920 Progressive Lane, in Monona.

This year, the event will include food carts selling a variety of items, bouncy houses, kids’ games, a UW Med Flight (weather and call dependent), K-9 officer Miya showing off her skills, fire trucks and more.

To finish off the evening, a movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m.

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Spirited duo to perform in Monona

In a national tour, taking them from coast to coast, author and composer Jonathan Richard Cring and his musical partner of eighteen years, Janet Clazzy, a duo known as Spirited, will perform on Aug. 2... Read More

Brush collection begins Aug. 4

The city of Monona reminded residents that brush collection is scheduled in August for four districts.

In a notice sent Thursday, the city said brush district 1 will have the collection on Aug. 4, district 2 on Aug. 11, district 3 on Aug. 18 and district 4 on Aug. 25.

Johnson Tree Service is contracted through the city and picks up brush collection four times per year at no cost to residents.

Residents should place all brush at the curb by 7 a.m. to ensure pick up, the city said. 

Visit the city website for a list of districts by street and map. More information on brush collection is available at mymonona.com/255/Brush-Leaves-Yard-Waste.

Renewed contract to help retain WPS workers

WPS received an important contract renewal from the federal government to continue administering military health insurance benefits. 

The six-year deal will mean the company can retain employees who work with the military health insurance benefits, according to a Herald-Independent report. ... Read More

Community invited to free concert series

This summer, East Madison/Monona Coalition for the Aging in Monona is hosting Concerts at the Coalition.

On July 30, Tony Hozeny & Northern Comfort will perform and on Aug. 20 Steve Doiel will wrap up the summer concert series. The Herald-Independent said the concert series kicked off on June 25 with Bahama Bob. The live performances run from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The concerts take place in in EMMCA's backyard and are free to the public. Light refreshments are provided and the concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show... Read More

Studio offers yoga with a twist

A Cottage Grove yoga studio offers an aerial twist on the mat-based exercise program. 

Kula Yoga and Wellness, 445 W. Cottage Grove Road, teaches yoga classes using a silk cloth as a prop that helps students achieve poses that are difficult in other forms of yoga practice. 

Owner Becky Petersen said a variety of poses can help with spinal decompression and open the chest and hip flexors, for example. 

"It just supports your body in a way that you just can't do in a floor class," Petersen said. 

Watch Petersen and aerial yoga practitioners demonstrate several poses at the studio Wednesday morning in the above video. 

Kula plans to open another studio in Madison on Monroe Street this fall.

Kula Yoga and Wellness offers several fitness classes including aerial, chair and yoga fusion sessions. Visit flywithkula.com for more information.

Man struck by car during parking lot fight

A Madison man was behind the wheel when he struck a pedestrian and two vehicles before fleeing the scene of a fight involving 60-70 people early Sunday morning, according to a release from Monona police.

Officers were called to the parking lot of Tully?s II at 6401 Monona Drive at 1:35 a.m. for a report of 60-70 people fighting in the parking lot. When police arrived they found a 39-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle and two other vehicles had been struck, one occupied and the other unoccupied.

The man who was struck was taken to a hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said and officer saw a suspect vehicle leave the scene and stopped it on the Beltline.

Quinton L. Selvy, 33, was arrested on suspicion of second-offense operating while intoxicated causing injury and operating after revocation. Police said more charges are pending.