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35º | Cloudy | 15% chance of sleet | Sunrise 7:28 a.m. | Sunset 4:39 p.m.

 
Need plans? You’re in luck ☘️
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Don’t forget to wear green. | ©AnnaStills via Canva.com
If there’s one thing Madisonians love, it’s an excuse to drink beer. Here are a few local events where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the 608 this week.


St. Patrick’s Day Charcuterie | Thursday, March 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hidden Cave Cidery, 2500 Pleasant View Rd., Middleton | $20-$80
  • Get expert guidance on cutting and styling your own charcuterie board to wow your friends + family. You will leave the class with a fully packaged, ready-to-eat work of art that serves 4-6.
Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl | Friday, March 17 + Saturday, March 18 | Times vary | Check in at Red Rock Saloon, 222 W. Gorham St., Madison | $18+
  • Crawl down + around State Street for exclusive drink specials, professional photography photo ops, and complimentary shots.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Borough | Friday, March 17 | 11 a.m.-12 a.m. | 444 S Park St, Madison | Free entry
  • Wash down your bangers n’ mash with a drink from the brewery’s new Guinness Mixology menu. Live music from The Lilies of the Midwest and special appearances from bagpipe players throughout the day will set the Celtic mood.
The Kissers | Friday, March 17 | 5 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison | $15
  • Enjoy a fresh, original kick to Celtic music. These rock musicians maintain the roots of Irish music while infusing their own unique essence.
Stalzy’s | Friday, March 17 | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | 2701 Atwood Ave., Madison | Price varies
  • Celebrate with Stalzy’s by ordering off of the holiday menu. This year’s selection includes corned beef and cabbage, a family Rueben kit, and chocolate stout cakes.
Kiss Me, I’m Funny | Friday, March 17 | 8–9:30 p.m. | Forward Club at Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison | $10-$15
  • Milwaukee’s David Louis will headline this St. Paddy’s Day comedy show featuring some of the Midwest’s best.
St. Pawtrick’s Party | Saturday, March 18 | 11:00 a.m.-3 p.m. | 917 E. Main St., Stoughton | Free
  • Give your pup a pampered Paddy’s Day filled with doggy shamrock shakes and a themed photo shoot. Pet parents can wear green for 10% off any purchase.
 
 
Events
 

Today, March 15
  • Delta Beer Lab Vinyl Night | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Delta Beer Lab, 167 E. Badger Rd., Fitchburg | Free | Bring your favorite vinyl from home and add it to the queue.
  • Adult Creative Writing Group | Wednesday, Mar. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton | Free | Work through your writer’s block at this writing class geared towards adults. Registration required.
Thursday, March 16
  • Brews + Q’s Taproom Trivia | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Karben4 Brewing, 3698 Kinsman Blvd., Madison | Free | Compete for prizes and sip on delicious beer during these 50+ questions of original trivia.
  • Meditation at Monona Terrace | Thursday, Mar. 16 | 12-12:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Give yourself a sense of calm, peace, and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Registration required.
Friday, March 17
  • 50+ Meet + Greet | Friday, Mar. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Warner Park, 2920 N Sherman Ave., Madison | $10 | Make new friends at this casual social gathering for guests 50 and older featuring music, appetizers, drinks, and door prizes.
  • Cheshire Cat Comedy Presents: Kiss Me, I’m Funny | Friday, Mar. 17 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison | $10-$15 | Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a hilarious lineup of the Midwest’s funniest persons, including Milwaukee’s own David Louis.*
Saturday, March 18
  • Maple Syrup Fest | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Aldo Leopold Nature Center, 330 Femrite Dr., Monona | Free | Stations throughout ALNC grounds will lead visitors through the history and science of maple syruping and related activities.
  • Chili Cook-Off | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1-3 p.m. | VFW Post 1318, 2740 Ski Ln., Fitchburg | $10 | Admission tickets and funds raised from raffles will go towards helping local veterans.

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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News Notes
 

Weather
  • 47º | Mostly cloudy | 5% chance of rain
Civic
  • Sample ballots for the 2023 Spring Election are now available on the City of Madison’s website. Voters can review their specific ballot by location before the Tuesday, April 4th election.
Active
  • Winter is over, and BCycle is back. Today marks the return of the bike share program with the addition of new bike stations in Fitchburg. Grab your monthly pass for $25 — or opt for a $150 annual pass — to traverse the 608 on two wheels. (NBC 15)
  • Black Men Run, Black Men Cycle, and Black Men Hike are hosting a kick-off event in Madison on Saturday, March 25. The event aims to encourage Black men to participate in fitness activities and connect with other members of the community. (Madison365)
Development
  • The Madison Plan Commission approved the demolition of Filene House to make way for a 68-apartment development near Tenney Park. This decision was made despite opposition from community members concerned about the loss of the historical building. (Channel 3000)
Arts
  • 3rd-5th graders are encouraged to submit poems about air quality or climate change by Wednesday, April 5th. The “Air, Air Everywhere” poetry contest is sponsored by the WI DNR and the WI Academy of Sciences, Arts + Letters. Winners will be announced on Earth Day. (WKOW)
Wellness
  • AG1 by Athletic Greens is so much more than “greens.” With one scoop, AG1 empowers the gut for whole-body health. (And, ICYMI, we can’t achieve a healthier everything else without a healthy gut.) Try it and receive a free one year supply of vitamin D and 5 free travel packs.*
DYK
  • Did you know our online store Six & Main features Sourhouse, a company that creates simple tools for sourdough bakers to care for their starters? The Goldie by Sourhouse + Cooling Puck is one of the most popular items. Let’s start baking. 🍞
Watch
  • It’s time for biscuits with the boss. Season three of “Ted Lasso” premieres today only on Apple TV+, which means AFC Richmond is hitting the pitch and Jason Sudeikis will surely have some feel-good life advice for us. Bonus: Get your first week free when you sign up to stream.
Finance
  • This Princeton grad’s startup raised $161 million to help people plan for retirement — and its free tool can match you with up to three vetted financial advisors serving your area who can help you work towards a more comfortable retirement. Try it out for yourself.*
 
TRAVEL
 
Stress less with TSA PreCheck
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Cut down your travel time with TSA PreCheck. | Photo via Pexels
Planning a spring getaway? Don’t forget to add TSA PreCheck enrollment to your pre-vacay to-do list.

The government program provides an expedited security lane at 200+ airports for travelers that pass a security screening — which includes a short application and a 10-minute in-person enrollment appointment — and are given a Known Traveler Number. Bonus: The screening is good for five years and costs $78.

The main benefit of enrolling? Save time when traveling. Recent data found that 96% of TSA PreCheck passengers spent less than five minutes at airport security checkpoints.

To apply, find out if you are eligible, then fill out an application and schedule an appointment at a nearby enrollment center. Most people will know if their application has been approved within three to five days.

Psst — don’t forget to read our airport guide before heading to MSN, and grab these airport essentials: a memory foam travel pillow, this smart luggage carry-on set, and an AirFly wireless headphones transmitter.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Ally Geiger.jpg Today’s Edition By: Ally
From the Editor
I’ve had an eerie sense that things have been too quiet downtown, and then I realized it’s UW Madison’s spring break. If anyone’s been itching to go to the UU, KK, or Brats, now’s the time to go to avoid those lines.
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