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Please excuse our dust. We're currently working to bring you an even better newsletter. Over the next couple weeks, you may see some things that are still in the works. We're excited for you to see what we've been up to.
 
 
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We’re sharing exciting news with our 608today family. We’ve launched a new shoutout section in our newsletter just for you.

We’re offering our most passionate and loyal readers (yep, that’s you) the opportunity to support local journalism through our 608today membership program, where you’ll gain exclusive access to have your voice included in the newsletter.

Your voice is valuable, and so are the special moments in your life. Shoutouts allow us to celebrate job promotions, anniversaries, and exciting experiences right here in Madison. All you have to do is submit your shoutout, and we will take it from there. Already a 608today member? Go ahead and send an email to secure your shoutout now.

Other membership perks include exclusive birthday deals, shoutouts + discounts in our online shop (Six & Main).

In addition to offering membership benefits, we genuinely just love giving you the scoop on the newest restaurants, the coolest events, detailing the city’s history, digging into the latest real estate deals, and keeping you up-to-date on developments around town.

Your membership fee of only $50 will go towards keeping our newsletter hyper-local and supporting our local editors. We’re also donating 10% of memberships annually to a local philanthropic cause.

We can’t thank you enough for your continued readership and support. Ready to take your love for 608today to the next level? There’s a shoutout with your name on it waiting for you…
 
Shoutout
 
Congrats to my son for securing a new job! Does that mean you’ll start paying your own cell phone bill now? Love, dad.
- Mike E.

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Events
 
Today, March 17
  • St. Patrick’s Day at K4 | Friday, Mar. 17 | 12 p.m. | Karben4, 3698 Kinsman Blvd., Madison | Free entry | Paddy’s Patties food truck will be serving up a special menu, and a new Dry Irish Stout will be put on tap.
  • The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Collective | Friday, Mar. 17 | 8 p.m. | North Street Cabaret, 610 North St., Madison | $15 | This band embraces traditional Puerto Rican and Cuban sounds while incorporating modern jazz harmony.
Saturday, March 18
  • Saturday Morning Prem at the Forward Club | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 6 a.m.-1 p.m. | Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St., Madison | Free | Calling all soccer fans: Pull up a seat and enjoy the beautiful game at Madison’s premier pitch, Breese Stevens Field.*
  • Irish Genealogy Workshop | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Memorial Library, 728 State St., Madison | $40 | Join the WI Historical Society and the Ulster Historical Foundation in exploring the best strategies to discover your Irish ancestors.
Sunday, March 19
  • Documentary Film: “The Girls In the Band” | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Cafe CODA, 1224 Williamson St., Madison | Free | Learn the stories of female jazz instrumentalists and their journeys from the 1930s to present day.
  • Starry Nights: Painting with Dance | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 3 p.m. | Overture Center, 201 State St., Madison | $40 | Enjoy modern techniques and classical Bharatanatyam Indian dance in choreography inspired by Van Gogh.
Monday, March 20
  • Spring Equinox | Monday, Mar. 20 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UW Arboretum, 1207 Seminole Hwy., Madison | Free | Let your eyes adjust to the moonlight, listen to the night sounds, and experience the darkness on this naturalist-led walk.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive | Monday, Mar. 20 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie | Free | Give blood and get a $10 Visa Prepaid Card by email. Appointments preferred, walk-ins welcome.

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.

Click here to have your event featured.
 
 
News Notes
 
Weather
  • 30º | Cloudy | 5% chance of rain
Community
  • This summer, the 400 to 600 section of State Street could be transformed into a pedestrian mall. This pilot program will test the waters of how a permanent mall could promote the city’s downtown area and assist local businesses in recovering from the pandemic. (Madison.com)
  • The Dane CORE 2.0 rental assistance program, which provides aid to those affected by the pandemic, will stop accepting applications on Wednesday, May 31. The program aims to assist with rental payments among low-income households in Dane County.
Sports
  • Get ready to let the Love in. With Aaron Rodgers dead set on the Jets, Packers fans can look forward to Jordan Love taking the reins as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. (NBC 15)
  • The WIAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament is taking place this weekend at the Kohl Center. The semifinals wrap up today, and all championship games will be played tomorrow. Expect the isthmus to be busy in terms of parking + dining.
Drink
  • Karben4 Brewing has acquired Ale Asylum’s brands + recipes from its former owners. This will allow Ale Asylum’s beers, including Hopalicious, to be brewed and distributed locally as early as the end of March. (Isthmus)
Closing
  • Burrito Drive will be closing at the end of the month. The pandemic thinned out its usual evening crowds and the Tex-Mex spot has struggled to regain momentum. Madisonians have until Sunday, March 26 to grab one last late-night burrito.
Today Is
  • St. Patrick’s Day. Observed to honor the death of St. Patrick, the annual holiday is celebrated globally and often features Irish dishes, parades, and dancing. Join in locally at a 608 celebration.
Finance
  • A cash back card so good, even the experts had to have it. (Hint: Features include up to 5% cash back, a big sign-up bonus, and no annual fee.) See what it is.*
Number
  • $241. That’s the real price of a roundtrip ticket from Boston to Barcelona sold this year via Going — a travel membership that alerts you when flight prices drop. Sign up for a free membership or try an Elite membership for free if you’re interested in business and first class tickets, too.
 
Arts
 
The kids are all write ✏️
kids writing
Time to get the lead (pencils) out. | © Syda Productions via Canva.com
Get your pencils out — it’s time for the third annual We Read Youth Voices contest.

What is it?

This writing contest is put on by Forward Madison FC + the Wisconsin Book Festival with support from the Madison Public Library Foundation.

This year’s theme, “Moving Forward - Together,” encourages kids to write stories of empathy, understanding differences, and new perspectives.

Kids have from Monday, April 3-Friday, June 30 to submit.

Age | Word count limit:
  • < 8 | 250 words
  • 8-12 | 750 words
  • 13-18 | 1,000 words
Supplemental writing workshops:

Prizes

The top three winners will be recognized on the field at a Madison Forward game and featured at the Wisconsin Book Festival fall celebration.

First place will receive $500 and a writing camp scholarship, while the two runner-ups will walk away with $250 each.
 
The Wrap
 
Ally Geiger.jpg Today’s Edition By:
Ally
From the Editor
Umm... does anyone else already treat the 400-600 blocks of State as a pedestrian mall? It’s like a game of Frogger — Metro Transit Madison vs. local jaywalkers pedestrians. Either way, I’m all for more of the street being sans vehicles.
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