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Acton Madison Children’s Business Fair

Could a ten-year-old create the next Uber? Find out at the Acton Madison Children’s Business Fair, showcasing children’s entrepreneurial genius!

On Saturday, March 18 from 9 am – 12 pm, the 1st annual Acton Madison Children’s Business Fair will host 24 young entrepreneurs ages 6-12 at 4100 Nakoma Rd, Madison, WI 53711. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Children from all over the greater Madison area will have the opportunity to create a product  or service, develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at this one-day marketplace. Each young entrepreneur is responsible for the setup, sales, and interaction with customers.

This event is sponsored by Acton Academy Madison West, Acton Academy, Next Great Adventure, local businesses within Madison, and the generous support of our donors and volunteers, who all believe that principled entrepreneurs are heroes and role models for the next generation.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s business innovators and leaders. The Children’s Business Fair gives students the opportunity to spread their entrepreneurial wings and get a head start on promising business careers,” said Jeff Sandefer, founder of the Acton School of Business, one of the sponsors of the fair.

Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the three age groups (6-7, 8-10, and 11-12) for “Most Business Potential,” “Most Creative Idea,” and “Most Impressive Presentation.”

Every important step in the business process is meant to be tackled by the budding entrepreneurs themselves.

“We are thrilled to host the Children’s Business Fair and bring this kind of community-wide event to Madison,” said Marisa Palmer, Co-Founder of Acton Academy Madison West, a new K-5 school situated in the Nakoma neighborhood. “The children who participate show real courage in taking this on, and being willing to bring their ideas to life. We celebrate that willingness to take a risk and make things happen in life.”

Both adult sponsors and entrepreneurs are available for interviews on camera or off. For more information, please contact Marisa Palmer, Co-Founder at Acton Academy Madison West at or Ellie Heiking, Director of Engagement at Acton Academy Madison West at

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ArtLitLab: 2023 Summer Youth Arts Registration Opens February 1

Once again, we’re planning an exciting schedule of full-day and half-day camps. Spaces are limited, so early registration is encouraged.

ArtLitLab offers 10 weeks of summer arts for youth ages 7-10 and 11-14 taught by professional artists. Explore two new themes each week, such as printmaking, drawing, sculpture, Indigenous arts, photography, fiber arts, writing, letterpress, and more.

Summer youth arts is taught by professional artists. Stay tuned for the 2023 teacher roster!

Thanks to a partnership with Goodman Community Center, a snack and lunch (for all youth staying during lunchtime) will be provided every day!

Camp Tuition Assistance:

ALL seeks to make summer arts enrichment accessible to all youth. Please contact Education & Outreach Director Ceara Yahn at to learn more about tuition assistance options prior to registering.


Summer Arts Camp will be held June 12 – August 18, 2023 at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Morning session will begin at 9:00am and end at 12:00pm. Youth can arrive no earlier than 8:40am and must be picked up promptly at 12:00pm unless the Lunchtime option is added.

During Lunchtime from 12:00-1:00pm, youth can enjoy lunch provided by the Goodman Commnity Center or a packed lunch from home, and teachers will lead campers on walks to nearby parks and playgrounds, or youth can relax and read, play games, or continue creative activities. If you register for a full day of camp, you must also register for Lunchtime Activities.

Afternoon session will begin at 1:00pm and end at 4:00pm. Youth should arrive at 1:00pm and must be picked up promptly at 4:00pm. Youth attending afternoon sessions are also wecome to add on Lunchtime for earlier arrival.

Camp participants will explore two different artforms each week – morning session 9:00am-12:00pm, and afternoon session 1:00pm-4:00pm. There may be some special camps that are only offered all day.

Campers are encouraged to bring water bottles clearly labled with their names each day. You may send your own snacks, or a snack provided by Goodman Community Center will be available. If your child has food allergies, please be sure to include this information in the registration form.

Registration Procedure & Policies:

Registration for individual weeks can be completed through our online registration platform on this page under Camps & Events.

TIP: Filter for the desired age group to simplify the options displayed!

Contact: Please email or call 608-556-7415 if you have questions or need assistance with registration.

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SBCP and Monona Bank host Crop Insurance Info Meetings Jan. 26 & Feb. 9-10

January 18, 2023, EVANSVILLE, Wisconsin— The deadline to purchase or make changes to crop insurance for the 2023 growing season is March 15. To help local farmers fully understand their options, State Bank of Cross Plains (SBCP) and Monona Bank – combining in February to become Lake Ridge Bank – invite farmers to attend one of three Crop Insurance Info Meetings held in late January and early February:

Thursday, January 26
Begins @ 10 AM
Rex’s Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Ave.

Thursday, February 9
Begins @ 10 AM
Johnson Tractor, 1110 US 14

Friday, February 10
Begins @ 10 AM
Koning event Center, N3051 WI 81

This is a FREE public event. You do not need to be a customer of State Bank of Cross Plains or Monona Bank to participate. A complimentary lunch will be served after each presentation, and all attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a Grain Moisture Tester, valued at $200.

Space is limited, so anyone interested should visit or call 608-835-1248 to reserve a spot.

The meetings will be hosted by crop insurance specialists Jessica Sarbacker, Heather Golz, Rachel McDonald, Emily DeLong, and Lisa Runnels. Topics covered at each meeting include:

  • FSA Updates: What is new in government programs?
  • 2023 Crop Insurance and Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) Updates: Tips for evaluating your coverage as the cost to grow a crop continues to rise.
  • What does the merger mean to you? As SBCP and Monona Bank become Lake Ridge Bank, learn about what changes, what stays the same, and what new benefits will be introduced.

In addition, each meeting will feature a local expert to discuss current ag industry topics: Yahara Pride Farms in Waunakee, Farmers on the Rock in Janesville, and Badger State Ethanol in Monroe.

“Like most business owners, farmers appreciate guidance on how to best tailor benefits to fit their unique needs,” says Sarbacker, who leads the bank’s crop insurance team. “The program options can be overwhelming, so we are here to answer questions, share insights, and help farmers determine the best path forward for their farm business.”

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In February 2023, State Bank of Cross Plains and Monona Bank will merge to form Lake Ridge Bank, offering a full range of business and personal financial services, including business, real estate, agricultural, and consumer lending; crop insurance; wealth management; and financial advisory services. For more information, visit

For additional information, please contact Mark Schellpfeffer at 608-223-5141.

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Wisconsin Union: Music Virtuosos Geneva Lewis, Evren Ozel Will Perform Program Spanning Centuries and Continents Jan. 27 at Memorial Union

Jan. 18, 2022

Contact Information:
Shauna Breneman, Communications Director
Phone: (608) 262-8862




MADISON – Pure, honest, remarkable and from the heart — these words have been used to describe the artistry of violinist Geneva Lewis. She will perform with pianist Evren Ozel on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST at Shannon Hall in Memorial Union as part of the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Concert Series.

Patrons can purchase virtual and in-person tickets online, by phone at (608) 265-2787 or in person at the Memorial Union Box Office. Wisconsin Union members, guests under the age of 18, and University of Wisconsin–Madison students, staff and faculty are eligible for discounted tickets.

The program will feature the following compositions:

  • Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 by Fazil Say
  • Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96 by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Violin Sonata by Douglas Lilburn
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Sz. 75 by Béla Bartók

Lewis has become known in part for the incorporation of contemporary and lesser-known artists in her performances, both of which are reflected in the Jan. 27 program. For instance, while Lilburn is an influential composer and famous music figure in New Zealand, musicians rarely perform Lilburn’s music outside of New Zealand. And the program spans centuries of compositions, ranging from 1812 to 1997.

Audience members will hear her perform the program on a c. 1770 Zosimo Bergonzi violin on loan from the Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton and Hersh Fine Violins.

This dynamic artist has captivated audiences since the age of 11 with a career that includes performing with ensembles around the world, such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

In an interview with the American Symphony Orchestra, Lewis said, “I just really want to make art that I believe in, and I want to connect with people and hopefully just share a lot of experiences through that music.”

Joining Lewis for this performance, Ozel began studying music at the age of 3, before most children even learn to read when his father discovered that the artist had perfect pitch. Hailing from the Midwest, this gifted, internationally renowned artist now performs with creativity and passion around the globe, earning praise for his smooth and engaging artistry and countless recognitions.

Ozel’s awards include scholarships from the Chopin Foundation of the United States and YoungArts Foundation, 1st prize at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and 2nd prize at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition.

Audience members will have the opportunity to experience his precise and passionate musical interpretations as he performs on the Wisconsin Union Theater’s historic Steinway Concert Grand Piano.

“The performance by Geneva Lewis and Evren Ozel promises to be nothing short of captivating with its bringing together of these two chamber music stars,” Wisconsin Union Theater Director Elizabeth Snodgrass said.

The Wisconsin Union Theater also invites the public to a free studio class featuring Geneva Lewis on Jan. 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. The team will provide additional details here.

Additional Wisconsin Union Theater 2022-23 season performances include PILOBOLUS Big Five-OH! on Feb. 1; Imani Winds on Feb. 5; Cécile McLorin Salvant on Feb. 7; Samara Joy on Feb. 16; Immanuel Wilkins on March 25; Anthony McGill with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra on April 4; and the Danish String Quartet on April 18.

The Wisconsin Union’s Wisconsin Union Theater co-presents its season with the UW–Madison student-led Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Performing Arts Committee in a continuation of a decades-long performing arts collaboration and student leadership effort.

Patrons can click here to learn more about the Jan. 27 performance by Lewis and Ozel.


About the Wisconsin Union Theater

For more than 80 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and has an extensive history of remarkable performances. The Wisconsin Union Theater is committed to social justice and works to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive place for all who engage with the Theater’s programming, events, and activities. The Wisconsin Union Theater is part of the Wisconsin Union, a membership organization that blends study and leisure to create unique out-of-classroom opportunities. Learn more:

About the Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee

The Wisconsin Union Directorate Performing Arts Committee is part of the Wisconsin Union’s leadership development program for UW–Madison students and supports the Wisconsin Union Theater’s mission of serving students through the performing arts. By helping to program the Theater’s annual season of performing arts presentations, the students learn about program curation, relationship-building, marketing, communications, budgeting, and production. Learn more:

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Agrace: January 2022 Update

Volunteers Needed for Agrace Adult Day Center

Volunteers are needed to provide companionship to clients at the Agrace Adult Day Center. Agrace will host orientation for new volunteers Thursday, February 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at its Madison campus. Pre-registration is required. To register, call (608) 327-7163 or visit and fill out an application.

Agrace Offers Grief Support Group Options in February

In February, Agrace is offering professionally led, in-person and virtual (accessible with a tablet, computer or smartphone) grief support options.

  • Spouse/Partner Loss Support is a grief support group series for adults whose spouse or partner has died. The six-week series meets Thursdays, February 2 to March 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Agrace Grief Support Center. The eight-week series meets Fridays, February 3 to March 24, from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required.
  • Bridges is for adults grieving the death of any loved one. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at the Agrace Grief Support Center. In February, meetings are February 1 and 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pre-registration is required for each session.
  • Bridges (virtual) is for adults grieving the death of any loved one. Meetings are held every other Wednesday. In February, meetings are February 8 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration is required for each session.

There is no fee for these programs if a participant’s family member was in hospice care in the past 12 months; fees for others can be lowered or waived, if needed. Pre-registration is required; call (608) 327-7118 with questions or to register.

Get Expert Customized Grief Support—by Text

Agrace now offers thoughtful, customized text messages from a service called Help Texts. It’s free and you can sign up even if you are also receiving grief support individually or in a group. To sign up or learn more, visit

Agrace Adult Day Center Offers Daytime Care

Do you care for or know an older adult who cannot—or chooses not to—stay alone all day? The new Agrace Adult Day Center in Madison gives seniors the reassurance and comfort of having others with them throughout the day. It’s especially helpful for people who have dementia or trouble with their memory. It’s a welcome break for family caregivers, too. Learn more at (608) 327-7303 or