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Festival celebrates people of all abilities

Madison’s Disability Pride Festival will be July 26 at Brittingham Park. The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Disability Pride Festival will celebrate the talents, skills, arts and energy of people with and without disabilities. The event brings families, friends and neighbors together to forward the possibility of every life, according to a press release.

It will showcase artists, performers, food, exhibitors and fun for all ages and abilities.

The 2014 festival features: Hip Hop with the Figureheads, Wheelchair Wash, Yoga, Massage,  Healthy Living Exhibits, VSA Choir and more.

Brittingham Park is at 829 W. Washington Ave. Visit disabilitypridemadison.org for more information.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

Mounted police horses featured at park meet-and-greets

Mounted police horses featured at park meet-and-greets

The city's equestrian police team is scheduled to make appearances at three parks this month to meet with the community.

The Madison Police Department said its mounted patrol unit will hold "Community Corral" stops on the south, west and northeast sides of the city.

The Community Corral is an informal meet-and-greet event, organizers said.

Police said the park events are "a great way to 'corral' up area neighbors to say hello to the largest four-legged members of the police department."

The mounted patrol is scheduled to stop by from 4-5 p.m. at:

  • SOUTH: Henry Vilas Park, 1602 Vilas Park Drive, near the playground on Monday, July 21
  • WEST: Bordner Park, 5610 Elder Place, on Monday, July 28
  • NORTHEAST: Reindahl Park, 1818 Portage Road, near the shelter on Wednesday, July 30

Humane society's pet event offers free adoptions

Humane society's pet event offers free adoptions

Lots of furry friends are looking for good homes during a free pet adoption event underway in Madison this weekend.

Dane County Humane Society spokeswoman Gayle Viney said most dogs had already been adopted by Saturday afternoon but there were still plenty of cats available to good homes at no cost. 

The adoption fees are being waived as part of a two-day event sponsored by Maddie's Fund. 

DCHS is one of five area rescues including DC Friends of Ferals, Angels Wish, the Humane Society of Southern WI and Friends of Noah who are participating in the nationwide event.

People are invited to visit the animals at the DCHS main shelter, 5132 Voges Road, or the Adoption Center West, 7474 Mineral Point Road.

Viney said doors opened Saturday at 10 a.m. and will continue through 8 p.m. Sunday event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Potential families will still be screened so pets go to qualified homes, organizers said. 

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Red Dragon TV founder creates paradise for independent voices

Walking into the Red Dragon TV clubhouse, you may feel as if you have entered the Garden of Eden. Except instead of a tree of knowledge, there is a soundboard of reverberations. Instead of beautiful gardens, there is a spot lit stage. And instead of a serpent, there is a red dragon.

You are not in the Garden of Eden, but rather a part of "Inna Godda Davida," Red Dragon TV’s live Friday night music show named after rock and roll band Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album. And perhaps this title is more fitting, as it is rumored that Iron Butterfly got its album name from a drunken attempt at saying the lyrics “In the Garden of Eden.”

Red Dragon TV founder and executive producer Ari-John White-Wolf, who goes by his first name primarily, said he thinks the name encompasses the human condition.

Brat Fest church service draws hundreds

Brat Fest church service draws hundreds

Brat Fest introduced a new element to this year's festival, allowing the first-ever worship service to take place on a stage designated especially for Christian music.

"It was a lifetime event for me. I've been at a lot of events but never at a food festival with a church service, " said Pastor Harvey Carey, the speaker at the service.

Carey traveled from Detroit to lead the morning service and share a message he hopes will reach beyond the religious community.

"Beyond the church community being here, the idea that others that are not in the Christian community who might be curious (and) might want to find out what it's all about," Carey said. "To me it was a perfect opportunity for those individuals who may never hear Jesus or the scriptures to hear it."

Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13: