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Celebrate Swiss Independence Day at Volksfest Video included

NEW GLARUS (WKOW) – If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend you may want to head over to New Glarus to celebrate Swiss Independence Day.The celebration is held at the Tell Shooting Park, 1/2 mile north of New Glarus on County Hwy O. In the event of rain, the Volksfest program will be presented at the New Glarus High School.Entertainment includes choral folklore music, yodeling, flag throwing, thalerschwingen, alphorn playing, and accordion music. The Volksfest program runs from... More>>

Therapeutic dogs help calm dental patients Video included

EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) – For those of you who hate the dentist there’s an office in Eau Claire that might just get your tail wagging.Doctors are using therapy dogs to keep their patients calm.Doctor Christopher Poss says a woman came into his office several months ago that was nervous about getting work done, so he brought in his dog and the patient relaxed immediately.In order to be put to work, the dogs need to be certified through an organization like Therapy Dogs International.The dogs go thro... More>>

Bike enthusiasts take to the streets for Act 12 Ride Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison bike enthusiasts hit the road Thursday for a 300 mile, four day ride to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and funds for the AIDS Network.The Act 12 Ride is July 31 - August 3 around the Madison area. It's for riders of all levels and started at Olbrich Park.The closing ceremony will be at the Capitol Square. There is also an optional Century Day only ride Saturday August 2nd. Those riders only have to raise $400 to participate.Wake Up Wisconsin anchor Dani Maxwell part... More>>

Walk to End Alzheimer’s gears up for September walk Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – Event organizers are starting to prepare for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The two mile walk starts at 10am Sunday, September 21 at Monona Terrace. The Kick-Off Party and walk will take place September 21 at the Monona Terrace. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care,... More>>

Local woman on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" Video included

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin woman was featured on the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss" Tuesday night.Cassie Kramer was physically fit growing up, but that all changed when she became pregnant at 20.Last year, Cassie hit her breaking point and wrote a letter to trainer Chris Powell asking for help.She says being on national television was never her intentions.“Going through this process saved my marriage, it saved everything. I didn’t want to be alive a year ago,” said Cassie.She says her de... More>>

Middleton Players Theatre to put on "A Chorus Line" Video included

The Middleton Players Theatre is rehearsing for its upcoming show A Chorus Line. More>>

Boy Scout helps people discard American flags Video included

PLOVER (WKOW) -- A central Wisconsin Boy Scout wants people to know what they should do with unwanted American flags. At the Celebrate Plover festival Saturday, the Plover teen displayed a flag deposit box he built after a flag was found in a garbage dump last summer. Dozens of vendors and food stands were set up at the festival for the thousands in attendance, but one patriotic booth in particular had a mission in mind. "A lot of people don't know how to retire flags, so they'll throw th... More>>

Clean Lakes Festival kicks off today at Law Park Video included

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The Clean Lakes Festival kicks off Saturday morning to celebrate the Madison area's wonderful lakes.

Amazon Publishing has tips for aspiring authors Video included

Terry Goodman with Amazon Publishing gives Madison-area writers tips on getting your works noticed.

Angie's List: Common washer & dryer mistakes Video included

We use our home appliances every day and chances are we're doing something to at least one of them that could lead to an emergency repair call.

13th Annual Opera in the Park kicks off Saturday Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – It’s a Madison summer tradition that is returning this weekend as Madison Opera presents the 13th Annual Opera in the Park.The event will be held on Saturday, July 26th at 8 p.m. in Garner Park, on Madison's West Side.If you're planning to attend, the program will feature highlights from Madison Opera's upcoming season at the Overture Center, along with popular Opera and Broadway hits.As always, this is a free community event, and families are encouraged to attend.Garner Park... More>>

Madison’s Disability Pride Festival Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Disability Pride Festival organizers are gearing up for Madison’s Disability Pride Festival which will be held Saturday, July 26 at Brittingham Park.The free festival showcases the arts, energy and pride of people with and without disabilities.All ability yoga classes, a wheelchair wash, complimentary massage station and healthy living exhibits will be featured. The event will also include live performances, food and exhibitors.The festival is sponsored by the Wisconsin Boar... More>>

Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Chef Russell Hackworthy Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – Our good friend, Chef Russell Hackworthy with Metro Market stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin Thursday morning, with some great grilling tips.Chef Russell made Grilled Asparagus, Baked Potatoes and showed us how to grill the perfect steak filet with blue cheese in it.You can catch Chef Russell Hackworthy every Thursday on Wake Up Wisconsin.Don’t forget to enter our latest online contest. Enter your best photo of you grilling out on our Facebook page, and you could win a $50 gift ca... More>>

Greek Fest gets ready to take on Madison Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – Greek Fest “Plus” is this weekend in Madison. Thursday morning, event organizers Georgia Marsh and Kristi Papadopoulous stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event.During the late summer and early autumn months the villages of Greece begin stirring with celebration.In Madison, Greek Fest is the city's oldest ethnic festival and is sponsored by Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Madison.Entertainment includes Greek Dancing, Greek Agora (Marketplace), Children's Games... More>>

Melinda's Garden Moment: Eco-friendly Aphid Control Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- If the leaves in your garden are looking yellow and have begun to curl, it's a sign you might have a problem with aphids. More>>

WI Dairy News: Oldest 4-H Chapter Turns 100 Video included

WALWORTH COUNTY (WKOW) -- Wisconsin will spend this year celebrating 100 years of hands-on learning and leadership for young people through 4-H youth development programs. More>>

3rd Annual Cuttin’ Up For Love Video included

EDGERTON (WKOW) – The 3rd Annual “Cuttin’ Up For Love” will be held this Sunday, July 27th.The fundraiser will be held at Eleven on Swift Street and will begin at 11am.The event will be hosted by Deanna Feist, a local Edgerton woman, who is a passionate supporter for Locks of Love Charity.The event will benefit both Locks of Love and Edgerton Community Outreach.To learn more about the event or for more information contact Deanna Feist at (608) 302-0713.? More>>

Wisconsin State Fair kicks off soon Video included

WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin tradition known for great music, incredible animals and the best fried food you can dream up, is about to begin.The Wisconsin State Fair kicks off July 31 and runs through August 10th. Visitors can enjoy 30 free stages of entertainment, shopping and more than 200 food and beverage vendors.Each year vendors introduce many new foods and hundreds are available on-a-stick.This year is no different, with NEW items ranging from Deep Fried Maple Bacon Cookie Dough an... More>>

WaunaFest gears up in Waunakee Video included

WAUNAKEE (WKOW)—WaunaFest is getting ready to kick off in Waunakee July 24-27, 2014. One of the event coordinators, Sheila Weihert stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin on Monday to talk about the event.Activities include face painting, balloon twisting, karaoke, acapella groups, folk singers and much more.The festivities kick off Thursday with a few changes.Due to construction on Main Street this year, the WaunaFest Parade has been postponed until next summer.Other events include WaunaFest Run, Wauna... More>>

Evansville Community Theatre puts on "Little Shop of Horrors" Video included

Little Shop of Horrors invades Evansville as the Evansville Community Theatre is putting on the comedy musical this week.

Angie's List: Permits for home improvement projects Video included

If you want to use the summer for a home improvement project, but don't know whether you need a permit, it's always best to check into it and not ignore it. More>>

Melinda's Garden Moment: It's not too late to keep growing Video included

Don’t let the calendar stop you from gardening. There is still time to plant vegetables for you and your family to enjoy. More>>

WI Dairy News: New location means new business Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Since making her first batch of cheese in 2006 Marieke Penterman has been dazzling consumers with her award-winning gouda cheese. More>>

Deschutes Brewery & Great Dane salute home brewing with upcoming event Video included

Living in Wisconsin we have a lot of great breweries, but many of us want to try out hand at brewing at home too.

Tri4Schools hosts Summer Shindig to thank volunteers and supporters

To celebrate, Tri4Schools is hosting its first ever Summer Shindig Tuesday, July 15th from 6-9 p.m. at the Madison Children's Museum.

Paddle & Portage coming up this weekend Video included

It's just about time for a quirky canoe trip on Madison's beautiful lakes. More>>

Faux potato salad and lettuce wraps for your next picnic Video included

A lot of us have been putting together picnic baskets this summer, but if you want to make them healthier, we have a few ideas for you.

July Jamboree intended to help parents become more self-sufficient Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – There is a local program to help unemployed or underemployed people with children become more self-sufficient.Forward Service Corporation in Dane County is the agency responsible for the Wisconsin Works program which is located in 41 counties throughout the state.The Dane County office organizes quarterly events including one July 18th. They’re calling it the July Jamboree.The event will be located at Reindahl Park at 1818 Portage Road from 10:00am-2:00pm.Event organizers are... More>>

Angie's List: Summer pet health Video included

Summertime can put pets at risk for fleas and other parasites, so we have some tips to keep them healthy this year!

Art Fair on the Square returns this weekend Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – One of the Midwest’s most popular outdoor celebrations of the arts will return to the Capital Square this weekend as MMoCA presents the 56th Annual Art Fair on the Square.On Thursday, organizers with Art Fair on the Square joined the Wake Up team to talk about the upcoming event.The event is a mix of music, entertainment and outdoor dining. More than 450 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing and accessories.The fair is expect... More>>

Locally owned, operated anaplastology office making prostheses for patients in Dane Co. Video included

There is a locally owned and operated anaplastology office in Dane County that makes prostheses for people who need fingers, hands, ears, toes and noses.

Melinda's Garden Moment: Caring for drought stressed lawns Video included

Drought and extremely high temperatures can leave your lawn looking brown. More>>

WI Dairy News: Hottest Cold Treat Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gelato, known as Italian ice cream, is a summer treat that is a favorite amongst many people in Wisconsin, which makes it one of the hottest trends in frozen desserts. More>>

Wake Up anchors Dani & Brandon learn how to SUP ahead of world record try Video included

Madison is number one in a lot of things. This weekend, it's going for a Guinness World Record for Largest Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga Class. More>>

Bike enthusiasts gear up for Act 12 Ride for AIDS Network Video included

Madison bike enthusiasts gear up for a 300 mile, four day ride to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and funds for the AIDS Network.



11th Annual Ron Boylan Motorcycle Ride Video included

Madison (WKOW) – The 11th Annual Ron Boylan Motorcycle Ride to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center will take place Saturday, July 12, 2014.This mission of Safe Harbor is to reduce the trauma to children who are victims of abuse or neglect or witnesses to crimes, by promoting the coordination of multi-disciplinary investigations, conducting forensic interviews in a child-friendly environment and providing ongoing advocacy to affected children and families.More than 200 riders gather each... More>>

Big beards, big hearts: Madison Beard Wearer's Union raises money for Porchlight Video included

The Madison Beard Wearer's Union is hosting a competition this weekend to raise money for charity. More>>

Wing-Ding 2014 takes on Madison Video included

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison welcomed back a big motorcycle rally this weekend.Wing-Ding 36 is being held at the Alliant Energy Center. It's the annual convention for the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.This is the fifth time that Madison has hosted the event and officials say it provides a nice boost to the local economy.If you would like a list of the events scheduled this weekend click here. More>>

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