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Celebrate in the 608: Hispanic Heritage Month
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Enjoy free admission during the Children’s Museum’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. | Photo by MCM
The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month started Friday, Sept. 15, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15 — spotlighting the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

Sept. 15 coincides with the date when five Latin American countries declared independence from Spain in 1821 — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, while Chile’s is today, Sept. 18.

DanzTrad Hispanic Heritage Month

Keep tabs on DanzTrad’s Facebook page to catch a traditional Mexican dance performance. | Video by 608today

Here’s a sampling of some free celebrations and events coming up in the 608:

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | Candles and Culture
Red Gym, 716 Langdon St. | 5:30 p.m.
Geared toward Latine UW-Madison students, this hands-on event will highlight the historical significance of candlemaking in Latin culture. Attendees will get to create, decorate, and take home their own candle and cazuela.

Thursday, Sept. 28 | Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St. | 4-8 p.m.
Museum admission is free during this family-friendly celebration which includes a sugar skull crafting lesson with the Mariposa Learning Center. Live performances by Waritas de Bolivia, Ballet Folklórico de Maria Diaz, and Angela Puerta will run from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sugar skulls for Hispanic Heritage Month

Mariposa Learning Center will walk kids through the art of sugar skull making. | Photo by Mariposa Learning Center

Thursday, Oct. 5 | Queer Brown Vegan
Play Circle Theater at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. | 7 p,m.
Climate educator, researcher, and activist Isaias Hernandez will speak about intersectionality and how it relates to climate conversations.

Saturday, Oct. 7 | LOUD Celebration
Rotunda Stage at Overture Center, 201 State St. | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Join Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD) for an exhibition of local Hispanic artists crafting portraits of local Latino leaders. Catch live music performances indoors and outdoors during the event.
My favorite way to explore other cultures is through...

A. Food
B. Literature
C. Music
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Magic: The Gathering | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie | Free | Learn the ins and outs of the popular trading card game.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Calling all history buffs. Sign up as an individual or a team for three rounds of trivia.
  • ZZ Ward | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Majestic Madison, 115 King St., Madison | $25-$50 | Tickets to see this blues-rock performance are currently BOGO.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Project Projection | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Arts + Lit Lab, 111. S. Livingston St., Madison | Free | View experimental films, poetic documentaries, music videos, and animations produced by local filmmakers.
  • Give and Takeaway Comedy Show | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gib’s, 1380 Williamson St., Madison | $10 | Get silly while enjoying sets by Madison and Milwaukee comedians.
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Blues Jam | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 8-11 p.m. | Red Rooster Madison, 2513 Seiferth Rd., Madison | Free | Sign up by 7 p.m. to join the jam sesh roster.
  • September Yappy Hour | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Hilldale Shopping Center, 726 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison | Free | Treat your pup to an evening of treats, playtime and more tail-wagging fun — and don’t forget to dress your four-legged MVP in their best team colors for September’s Yappy Hour TAILgate.*
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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee adds 17 sports betting kiosks
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Fun fact: From 1992 to 2018, Nevada, Oregon, Montana + Delaware were the only states legally allowed to wager on sports besides horse racing, greyhound + jai alai.|Photo by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
You asked. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino answered.

Due to popular demand, the casino has added 17 self-service sports betting kiosks to their floor, meaning that Milwaukee’s first sportsbook is officially open for business.

How does a sportsbook work?

ICYMI, a sportsbook is when person or company accepts bets from individuals wagering on sports-related Q’s — anything from how many points a team will score to the performance of individual players.

  • Will the Buffalo Bills go to the Super Bowl?
  • How many goals will Messi score in his next game?
  • What are the odds that Devin Booker stays with the Phoenix Suns?
The new kiosks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which means that whenever you get the itch to plan your next great weekend trip to Potawatomi, they’ll be there waiting for you.
News Notes
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce invites the public to vote for the “Coolest Thing in Wisconsin.” With over 100 nominees, the top 16 products will proceed to Manufacturing Madness,” a tournament-style bracket. Voting runs from 8 a.m. this morning through Monday, Sept. 25 with one vote allowed per day. (Channel 3000)
  • Truman Lowe’s sculpture, “Effigy: Bird Form,” which was displayed at the White House nearly 30 years ago, now lives permanently on the UW-Madison campus. The aluminum artwork, created by the former art professor and alum of the university, is just north of Van Hise Hall on Observatory Hill. It pays homage to Lowe’s Ho-Chunk heritage. (Cap Times)
  • Forward Madison FC is offering a limited-edition baseball jersey in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Pre-order yours by Sunday, Oct. 15, or pick one up at the home game on Saturday, Oct. 14. 25% of profits will benefit the Amigos en Azul Southside Soccer Program. (Madison 365)
  • Madison’s buses are actively recruiting and training new drivers to address overcrowding issues. Currently, they have 288 drivers with 21 vacancies and 16 in training. No CDL? No problem. The job posting offers $25.94 per hour with no experience required. For now, extra buses are being inserted into busy routes. (
Feel Good
  • Iris and Miguel, marmosets at the Henry Vilas Zoo, recently welcomed a baby. This makes Iris the oldest marmoset to successfully breed in the US. Visitors may be able to spot the new addition clinging to the back of either parent. (NBC 15)
Try This
  • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
  • How many credit cards are in your wallet? Make your answer “one.” The Ascent’s credit card experts personally signed up for this card because of its perfect mix of benefits: up to 5% cash back, a big bonus, no annual fee, the list goes on. Learn more.*
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🗳️ Register your way
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This week’s Urban Design meeting will be held at the Municipal Building. | Photo by 608today
National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 19. As of the beginning of this month, there are currently 3,469,637 active registered voters in Wisconsin. Are you one of them?

If not, you can register...

📫 By mail | Download and print a voter registration application form. Once filled out, mail it over to the Clerk’s Office at the Madison Municipal Building:

City Clerk’s Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 103
Madison, WI 53703

📍 At the City Clerk’s Office | Stop by the Municipal Building any weekday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 1-2 p.m.) with a Proof of Residence.

💻 Online | As long as the DMV is up to date on your current address, you can check your status and register to vote online.

Note: We’re on the tail end of moving season here in Madison — if you’ve recently relocated, keep in mind that Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address before registering to vote.
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I hit up Leopold’s this weekend to get my espresso martini fix. Now that the weather is getting colder, I’m transitioning from my spicy marg era (shout out to The Mason) to my spiked coffee era.

Let me know your favorite coffee drink with a kick — Irish coffee, espresso martini, carajillo — in town, and I’ll share your picks in an upcoming newsletter.
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