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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

2014 Halloween event at zoo features costume contest

A free costume contest is just one event at a Halloween celebration at Henry Vilas Zoo next weekend.

Halloween at the Zoo is a free event to the public with a suggested donation of $2, and features free trick-or-treating and an activity tent, according to a release.

There will be five categories for the costume contest and the top three contestants will win prizes. The contest will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the center of the zoo. To enter the costume contest, participants will need to go to the costume contest stage across from the seals and fill out an entry form.

Organizers said the contest will end promptly at noon, but they will accept as many entries as they can. Participants will be judged on creativity, originality and authenticity.

The winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at the costume contest stage.

Costume contest prizes:

Walnut Grove dog park to open

Starting Monday, Walnut Grove Park, 202 N. Westfield Road, joins seven other parks in the city of Madison as locations for a fenced dog exercise area.

Everyone and their dogs are invited to join Mayor Paul Soglin, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp and the west side neighbors and dog owners for a special unveiling.

There will be an official 'ball toss' opening at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the park.

"Madison Parks in committed to providing safe places for dogs and their owners to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The city of Madison is proud to be ranked number 6 in the nation for off-leash dog parks by the Trust for Public Lands," said Knepp.

Click here to find out the dog park rules.

The cost of the Annual Permit is $30 and the daily permit is $5.

Annual fire trucks parade this Sunday

The annual Dane County Fire Chiefs Association Fire Truck Parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 5.

This popular event is held each year to mark the beginning of Fire Prevention Week in Dane County. The parade includes more than 30 fire trucks from many of the fire departments serving communities in Dane County.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at the end of State St. near the Library Mall. The trucks, adorned with plenty of chrome and flashing red lights, will travel up State St. to the Capitol Square.

Once at the square, the fire trucks will be on display until 3 p.m. for children of all ages to see up close. Firefighters will be available to answer questions about fire safety. This year, the fire trucks on the square will be joined by the newly-rebuilt Fire Safety House, which has been visiting area schools as part of Fire Prevention Month activities.

Free document shredding offered to protect against ID theft

A consumer protection group is offering a free document shredding event Saturday to help residents protect themselves against identity theft.

The Better Business Bureau serving Wisconsin, Summit Credit Union and Pellitteri have teamed for Shredfest, a document shredding event from 8:30-11 a.m. at the south Madison Summit, 2424 Rimrock Road.

Anyone is invited to bring up to three boxes of personal documents to be shredded.

The BBB suggested people shred documents they don't need, such as canceled checks, ATM, credit card receipts, bank statements, paycheck stubs, or any paperwork including a Social Security number, birth date, PIN or passwords.

Visit bbb.org for more information.

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Free workshop offers wealth of parenting support

Area families are invited to take part in workshops on topics from puberty to online safety this week at a free event presented by medical providers, local educators and community leaders.

Dean Clinic Oregon is joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at Rome Corners Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University, for families with kids of all ages, will begin with a light supper and will include workshops and lectures on:

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

 Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park Street will be participating in an emergency evacuation drill Friday.

The drill, being held from 9-11:30 a.m., will focus on hospital evacuation procedures in the event of a power outage or other major emergency, according to a release. Staff members will practice patient evacuation procedures with volunteers acting as patients.

Area EMS and fire department crews will also be participating in the drill, organizers said.

“We’re always looking at ways to practice so that we’re prepared for the real thing,” said Jonathan Lewis, St. Mary’s vice president of operations. “This gives us an opportunity to see how our process works and where we can improve.”