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Polish food, crafts features of group's spring festival

A Polish group in Monona will celebrate spring this weekend with its annual food and craft fair. The Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin-Madison and are participating in the annual PHC Spring Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 4913 Schofield St. in Monona. 

According to the Herald-Independent, the festival attendees can buy Polish baked goods, amber jewelry, imported crafts and pottery, books and toys. There will also be displays of Polish history and genealogy, a children’s activity table and live music... Read More

Village Board trustee candidates, residents invited to event

The eight candidates for Village Board trustee have been invited to a pair of events this week where residents can meet and speak with the candidates.

The events are Wednesday and Thursday. Visit The Herald-Independent for details... Read More

Monona event involving candles, snowshoes

On Jan. 8, the City of Monona Parks & Recreation will be hosting the Candlelit Snowshoe Hike from 4-7 p.m.

Enjoy the soft glow of over 1,000 candles as you meander through the trails of Aldo Leopold Nature Center Edna Taylor Conservation Park and Woodland Park.

This event is free for people of all ages.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes. There will be a limited amount of snowshoes provided. 

If there is no snow, there will still be a walking hike.

The city asks participants to not bring pets, skis or sleds.

After the hike, there will be a bonfire, hot chocolate and popcorn.

Monona transit will be providing free shuttle buses from the Meriter Monona parking lot to Woodland Park, 330 Femrite Dr., that will be running continuously from 3:30-7 p.m.

No parking will be available at Aldo Leopold Nature Center. You will need to use a shuttle for this event.

Custom firetruck bed raffled for charity

Center for Families, a Madison-based nonprofit organization, is hosting a fundraising raffle.

The raffle will feature a custom-made, twin-size fire truck bed constructed by Cottage Grove artist Joe Doughty.

The $5 raffle tickets can be purchased before and during the NARI Remodeling Expo that will held Jan. 23 through Jan. 25, when the winner will be chosen at the Madison Marriott Convention Center.

Contact Julie Sheldon at Center for Families at 608-729-1142, email julies@centerforfamilies.org or visit www.centerforfamilies.org... Read More

Monona History Club to host local tavern book author

Monona History Club to host local tavern book author

According to a release, the Monona Public Library and the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society have partnered for the second installment of the Monona History Club Series.

The event will be held at the Monona Library on Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. and will feature special guest Jim Draeger, author of "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries."

Draeger will share some of the history and tales of local taverns and breweries. This free event will include draft root beer, compliments of Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub.

Jim Draeger is a Wisconsin Historical Society member and was featured in a documentary by Wisconsin Public Television about his book in 2012.

To register for this program, visit www.mononalibrary.org.

Monona Public Library to hold cookie building event

The Monona Public Library will be hosting a special event for crafters on Dec. 6.

To recognize the library's 50 year anniversary, they are inviting the community to design and decorate mini libraries out of graham crackers and lots of candy fixings.

This event is for adults and teens only. There is limited space due to supplies. Organizers suggest to come ten minutes early to ensure a spot.

You must be registered to enjoy this fun and free activity. To register, click here.

Archaeologist to discuss effigy mounds at history club event

Archaeologist to discuss effigy mounds at history club event

As part of a new series on history, the library will offer a speaker event Sunday focused on Native American history. 

The Monona Public Library said it is partnering with the Dean House and the Blooming Grove Historical Society to launch the Monona History Club. The first meeting will be held Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the library.

Organizers said Wisconsin Historical Society Archaeologist Dr. Amy Rosebrough will discuss pre-historic and historic Native Americans and their effigy mounds in Southern Wisconsin. The event is in recognition of Native American History Month. Rosebrough's presentation will add an emphasis on the Dane County and Monona areas. 

There will be historical Native American artifacts and maps available for viewing at the presentation, event organizers said. The items are also on display at the library.