Upcoming WORT in the Community Events

July 8, 2014

Engineering Committee

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

June 28, 2014

Middleton Hills Creating for Causes Art Fair

Saturday, June 28, 9-3 (rain date Sunday June 29) 6720 Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue off Century near Copps in Middleton
Come Shop for a Cause!
Local Dane Co. artists are creating, donating and collecting for local non-profits.
Find wonderful handcrafted items: Pottery, all styles of jewelry, glass art, fiber arts, wooden items, & garden art. This year we are featuring young artists and a chance for kids to create. Have breakfast or have lunch at one of our local restaurants. Bring a friend, fun fair for the whole family.

Lake Kegonsa State Park Walk

The Dairyland Walkers are sponsoring this noncompetitive 5K/10K walk. Walkers may register and start walking anytime between 8 am and noon, must finish by 3 pm. Registration is at the upper picnic area shelter. The routes loop through the park on numerous trails and by the lake.

June 24, 2014

Celebrate Independence! Luncheon

DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) will be hosting its seventh annual Celebrate Independence! Luncheon on June 24, 2014. This luncheon is an awareness event to benefit domestic violence survivors as well as the community. This year’s speaker is Dr. Jill Murray, the nation’s leading expert on the subject of teen dating violence. Abusive dating relationships are occurring at an epidemic rate with far-reaching implications for further violence both in personal relationships and in society at large. Dr. Murray has appeared on more than 350 television shows – including Oprah, 20/20, and Good Morning America. She has also authored the best-selling books: But I Love Him, Destructive Relationships, and But He Never Hit Me.
For more information on how to become an event sponsor or a Table Captain, please visit

June 21, 2014


Back for it’s 27th year, StrawberryFest will be June 21st. Benefits go to older adults in Northeast Dane County, but this day is fun for all ages. Entertainment, breakfast, lunch, Strawberry Shortcake, STRAWBERRIES, wine tasting, craft fair, bounce house, 5k/10k walk/run, raffle, and more.

June 16, 2014

Fourth Annual Bloomsday

  • 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • The Brink Lounge
  • 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison
  • 608-661-8599

Bloomsday is a celebration of the literary genius of James Joyce and a fundraiser to support the work of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired. The evening includes staged readings from Joyce’s masterpiece novel, Ulysses, live instrumental Irish music by Alan Ng and Josh Perkins and an Irish sing-along featuring the mother/son duo of Katy and Miles Morkri. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and prizes.

June 14, 2014

WORT Benefit: Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby Bout

Mad Rollin' Dolls June 14 bout benefiting WORT The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are well known for raising money for great causes, and proceeds from the 6/14 bout will benefit WORT community radio! If you haven’t seen a Roller Derby bout this year [or ever!] you can beat the heat and support the station at the same time by attending this unique, fun-for-all-ages event.

June 10, 2014

Engineering Committee

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

June 9, 2014

WORT Finance Committee Meeting

  • 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

June 8, 2014

Madison Music Makers

Madison Music Makers provides low-cost or free music lessons to low-income students to learn an instrument at a high level.
This concert will be performed by our talented students
Selections will include
African songs
Folk music
Jazzy tunes

June 5, 2014

Long Range Planning Committee Meeting

  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

May 31, 2014

Rattletrap Barn Dance

Rattletrap Community BARN DANCE
Saturday, May 31 7:00 – 10:00
Deerfield Rod & Gun Club
Hwy. BB & 73, Deerfield, WI
(Rain location: Dance Studio 3-D, 1 S. Main St., Deerfield)
Live music and calling by Rattletrap String Band – all dances
taught. Family fun for all ages!
Suggested Donation: $5 or $20 family of 5 or more
Refreshments and beverages served.
Proceeds support First Wing Family Theatre’s “HONK! Jr.” June 20-21.
For more info, contact Ann @ 608-764-5267 or

May 17, 2014

Aldo Leopold Family Day

Every spring, we kick off our visitation season with our annual Family Day event at the Leopold Center! This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring hands-on activities for kids and families. The day has included hikes, live reptiles, hayrides, watercolor painting, and more! Your family can visit the Leopold Shack and explore the woods, prairies, and river just like the Leopold family did 75 years ago. Food is available for purchase on-site. Come on out and bring the kids for an afternoon of fun! If you would you would like to volunteer during this event please contact Anna Hawley at or 608-355-0279.

May 15, 2014

Planet Bike’s 8th Annual Bacon on the Bike Path

  • 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Nothing smells like Bike to Work Week quite like the legendary Bacon on the Bike Path! Planet Bike has been sizzlin’ it up for cyclists since 2007 and their 8th annual celebration of cycling is not to be missed.

On Thursday morning May 15 from 7-10am, the smells of frying bacon and fresh-brewed coffee will be wafting along the shores of Lake Monona on the bike path between the Monona Terrace and Broom Street. All cyclists are invited to stop and fuel up on their morning commute.

Planet Bike will be serving up breakfast treats (fruit, donuts, juice, Just Coffee and Nueske’s bacon). There will also be bike tech support provided by Budget Bike and Machinery Row.

This is a free event and is a part of the Wisconsin Bike Federation’s week-long Bike to Work Week festivities.

For more information:!

When: May 15, 2013, 7:00-10:00am

Where: The bike path along the shores of Lake Monona between the Monona Terrace and Broom Street.



May 13, 2014

Engineering Committee

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

May 12, 2014

WORT Finance Committee Meeting

  • 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

May 7, 2014

Programming Committee Meeting

  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

May 3, 2014

GROW! The 3rd Annual Celebration of the Edgewood College Sustainability Leadership Program

Please join us for food, fun, friends, prizes, and live music by Teddy Davenport on May 4, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. in the Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall at the Monroe Street Campus of Edgewood College. Entrance is free. Raffle tickets are available for purchase: 1 ticket $10 / 3 tickets $25 / 5 tickets $40. Bring your gently used books, LPs, CDs, or DVDs to exchange in the Sustainability Swap. All proceeds from GROW! support the Sustainability Leadership Program Scholarship Fund. The Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program prepares working professionals, career seekers, and career changers to drive transformational change for healthy, resilient organizations and communities.

May 2, 2014

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Annual Meeting

  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Barrymore
  • 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison

Special guest speaker: Professor Lawrence Lessig
• Author of the acclaimed book “Republic, Lost”
• Founder of the national reform group Rootstrikers
• Driving Force behind the New Hampshire Rebellion

5:30 PM Registration
6:00-6:15 Business Meeting
6:30-7:30 Program
7:30-8:00 Social

$15 suggested donation for non-WDC members

May 1, 2014

Long Range Planning Committee Meeting

  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

April 27, 2014

PurpleStride Madison

  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Warner Park
  • 2930 North Sherman Avenue, Madison
  • $25

PurpleStride Madison is a family-friendly 5K run and 2-mile walk around the picturesque Warner Park. It is an event that unites the community by raising awareness and support for the fight against pancreatic cancer. The run/walk will take participants on a journey filled with hope and inspiration starting and ending at the Duck Pond. There will be children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments and more. There is something for everyone. PurpleStride Madison is sponsored in part by First Weber Group.

April 26, 2014

Upper Yahara River Trail Walk

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Conservancy Commons Park
  • 6822 Yellowwood Lane, DeForest
  • $3 for volkssporting credit or $2 for youths or noncredit adults

April 25, 2014

5th Annual Evansville Art Crawl

  • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • free

Downtown Evansville is proud to be hosting the upcoming 5th Annual Art Crawl. The Art Crawl will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25, where 25 local artists will showcase their work at more than 20 downtown Evansville businesses.

The event will end with an after-party at the Night Owl, with live music from John Masino/Brian Bebe Duo.

April 19, 2014

John Muir’s Birthday, Earth Day, and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Celebrate Muir’s Birthday, Earth Day, and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Join the WI Friends of John Muir, the Sierra Club, and others to celebrate John Muir’s Birthday, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and Earth Day on Saturday April 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at John Muir Memorial Park, located at N1383 CR-F in Montello.

This multi-location event includes a morning litter clean-up, hike, John Muir exhibit, children’s concert with the Prairie Sands band, birthday cake, and more!

April 17, 2014

The Movement and Its Legacy: A Panel Discussion with Civil Rights Veterans

Six staff who worked for CORE, SNCC and other civil rights organizations in the 1960s will discuss their experiences on the movement’s front lines. Their work spanned the entire 1960s, from early Freedom Rides to Black Power. They participated in desegregation struggles in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, and gathered much of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s nationally known research collection on civil rights. The traveling exhibit, “Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students,” will be on display at the museum that evening as well.

Michael Mann Lecture: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Professor Michael Mann, the climate scientist who created the well-known “hockey stick graph” that depicts Earth’s temperature from 1000AD to the present, will give a public lecture on Thursday, April 17th on the UW-Madison campus. The “hockey stick” was featured in the high-profile “Summary for Policy-Makers” of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and it quickly became an icon – and a lightning rod – in the politically charged debate over human-caused (“anthropogenic”) climate change.

Professor Mann will tell the story behind the hockey stick, using it as a vehicle for exploring broader issues regarding the role of skepticism in science, the uneasy relationship between science and politics, and the dangers that arise when the defenders of special economic interests attempt to skew the discourse over policy-relevant areas of science.

Mann’s visit and public lecture has been organized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences for the 5th annual Len Robock Lecture. The Center for Climatic Research in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is a co-sponsor of Mann’s public lecture.

April 14, 2014

WORT Finance Committee Meeting

  • 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

April 12, 2014

American Cancer Society Walk/Run

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Warner Park
  • 2930 North Sherman Avenue, Madison
  • $30 Adult / $20 youth

The American Cancer Society’s 33rd Annual Madison Walk/Run presented by American Family Insurance, will take place Saturday, April 12, at Warner Park.
The Madison Walk/Run is a 5k or 10k course that allows participants to walk or run while following a designated course through the streets and paths of Warner Park and Lake Mendota. Runners can sign up for a timed 5k or 10k course and walkers can sign up for the 5K walk.
Event registration opens at 8:00 a.m., followed by opening ceremony at 9:30a.m., with the Run/Walk starting at 10:00a.m., at the Madison Mallard’s Stadium. Day of event cost is $30 per adult 13 and older, and $20 per youth under 12 years old.
For more information about the American Cancer Society’s 33rd Annual Madison 5k/10k Run Walk visit the web site at

Spring Gift Fair Benefits the Dane County Humane Society

Spring Gift Fair Benefits the Dane County Humane Society
(For Easter & Mother’s Day)
Shop Local photographer, artists, crafters, and direct selling vendors
Bring can pet food, in exchange for door prize tickets!
“walking tacos”, beverages, and desserts sold 10-2
Nice variety, something for everyone!

Norwegian Brunch & Bake Sale

Sons of Norway’s Idun Lodge will once again hold its annual Spring Frokost and Bake Sale. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Included on the expansive smorgasbord-style buffet will be smoked salmon, ham, sausages, herring, boiled eggs, a variety of cheeses and breads, other home-baked goodies (lefse, fried cakes, heart-shaped waffles, almond cake), sweet fruit soup, and beverages (coffee, juice, milk). Adults $12, ages 6-12 $6.

A separate Bake Sale will offer traditional Norwegian coffee cakes, breads & rolls, cookies and potato lefse ($6 for 3 large rounds). Come early for the best selection!

If you want to know more about our group and what we do, see, or Idun Lodge on Facebook, or call Mary at 277-8190.

April 9, 2014

Free Community Resource Fair

The public is invited to a very exciting free event focused on helping people of all ages live life to the fullest. This event is sponsored by:
• The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Madison College
• WisTech Assistive Technology
• The Wisconsin Rehabilitation Association.
Individuals with disabilities, healthcare workers, caregivers, and students will be especially interested in presentations, adaptive equipment and services that can make life easier despite health challenges.
Free presentations on Yoga, Therapeutic Gardening and Assistive Technology will encompass a holistic approach to wellness.
Come meet with vendors from various community agencies to discuss resources that can help to promote the highest quality of life
Free CarFit assessments are available from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. CarFit helps drivers and their vehicles work safely together. The 12 point assessment takes only 20 minutes and can improve the fit of the seat, seat belt, steering wheel and mirrors to maximize driver safety. Appointments for CarFit are appreciated. Call 608 258-2313 or email for appointments.
FREE Continuing Education Credit available for many health care providers
For more information contact Darcie Olson or Deb McKernan-Ace at 608 258-2313,

April 8, 2014

Engineering Committee

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

April 3, 2014

Long Range Planning Committee Meeting

  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

April 2, 2014

Programming Committee Meeting

  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

March 28, 2014

The Slam Up Tour

Slam Up is an innovative mix of comedy and poetry through music and spoken word featuring Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger. They’ll rap, sing, spit (poetry), & grab you by the heartstrings with their tales of the many shades of love– requited, unrequited, gay, straight, queer, or, well, just “creative.”

Free Senior Housing Information

  • 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Free

Free senior housing information and information for seniors via call-in. Topics such as Medicare, Medicaid, senior housing alternatives, and quality of care are just example topics that can be discussed. Telephone number for the call-in is 262-352-9035262-352-9035

March 27, 2014

Love Will Win

  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Hotel Red
  • 1501 Monroe Street, Madison
  • $75

Benefit to support ACLU of Wisconsin and marriage equality. Meet lawyers and plaintiffs in the Wisconsin marriage lawsuit. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music by Indigo Skye Duo.

March 23, 2014

Pachyderm Parade at the National Parenting Expo

March 19, 2014

Zen and Psychology Presentation

Free Lecture from noted Zen instructor and psychotherapist Flint Sparks who is in Madison to teach mindfulness to mental health professionals at a UW Continuing Studies seminar. This public presentation focuses more on how the mix of Zen practice and psychology can eliminate unnecessary suffering and lead to a life filled with kindness and generosity. Dr. Sparks was a speaker at Ted TalksX in Austin and leads retreats around the US, including frequently in Madison.

March 15, 2014

Blades Against AIDS

MADISON, WIS., March 5, 2014– Madison Gay Hockey Association (MGHA), an adult developmental ice hockey league for people of all sexualities and gender identifications, is hosting an open skate fundraiser.
Blades Against AIDS will be held Saturday March 15th, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena located at 1834 Commercial Avenue in Madison. The goal of this event is to raise HIV awareness and its effects on the LGBTQ community. Proceeds from this event will benefit the AIDS Network.
“The 6th Annual Blades Against AIDS fundraiser is the place to be on March 15th and is a great fundraiser for the AIDS Network.” said David Hafner, Blades Against AIDS Chairperson for MGHA.
Blades Against AIDS is open to the public. Admission is $5 for ages 11- 17, $10 for ages 18 and up, children under 10 years of age are free. Admission includes food, drinks, skate rentals, and on ice performances. There will be raffle prizes, games, and more at this event.
For more information about attending or making a donation to Blades Against AIDS, contact David Hafner at 608-620-5233 or

March 11, 2014

Engineering Committee

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

March 10, 2014

WORT Finance Committee Meeting

  • 4:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

March 6, 2014

Long Range Planning Committee Meeting

  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

Friends of the Madison Public Library Book Sale

The sale begins on Thursday, March 6, with a member-only sale from noon until 5 p.m. (memberships are available at the door for $5). The sale continues Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., then again on Sunday, March 9, from 1-5 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m. that day is a bag sale, during which books will be sold for $5 per bag.

The Sale will take place on the first floor of the Central library, 201 West Mifflin St., in the three glass study rooms near the Fairchild Street entrance and in the Friends Book Store. There will be a good selection of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults, and shoppers can also peruse a selection of history and art books. Most items will be priced at $2 or less, but there will be some specially priced items.

The Friends of the Madison Public Library is an organization constituted to promote and improve library services, materials and facilities for the Madison community; to stimulate gifts and bequests to the library; to provide volunteer support for the library’s programs; to raise funds for immediate and long-range projects; and to encourage the broadest possible use of its facilities, materials and services.
The Friends of the Madison Public Library have made a pledge of $100,000 to the Library Foundation toward the building and furnishing of the new downtown library and will be focusing attention on that goal for the next two years.

For more information, or to volunteer at the book sale, contact Kathi Kemp at (608) 295-6425 or More information about Friends of Madison Public Library is available at

March 5, 2014

Programming Committee Meeting

  • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • WORT Studio
  • 118 S. Bedford St, Madison

March 4, 2014

Cajun/Creole Cookoff Contest & Benefit

Come join WORT on Fat Tuesday (March 4th) for Cajun/Creole Cookoff Contest and All-Louisiana Record Spin! Bring your best Cajun/Creole dish to compete for prizes from the Knuckle Down and WORT – and the acclaim of Madison’s best cooks! If you bring a dish you can get a free plate and ballot to try other dishes. Vegetarian options are encouraged.
Not cooking? Enjoy any 3 dishes for a $5 suggested donation and vote on your favorite! Come back as many times as you want – additional donations means additional dishes and ballots. Groove to the “Scratchy but Catchy” vinyl from WORT’s “Roadmaster” Dave Leucinger – playing nothing but Louisiana records all evening!
Most importantly, come support Community Radio, enjoy some great food, and celebrate the wrap-up of our Winter Pledge Drive!

March 1, 2014

Ritz Crafters 2014

  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Art In
  • 1444 E. Washington Ave., Madison

“Ritz Crafters is celebrating it’s 3rd year on Madison’s craft scene, showcasing classy crafters bringing the best in handmade. Leave the glue at home, and put away those stamps. Paint, print, sculpt, knit, sew, paper-make – choose your weapon, we are masters of our domain. Ritz Crafters is setting out to celebrate good design and unique concepts. Over 50 vendors from Madison and beyond will be in house with handmade accessories, apparel, paper goods and much more.

Our 2014 show will be hosted at Art In, a gallery and studio space on Madison’s east side. Come hang out with friends, shop, grab a drink, sample the local food scene, and support local and handmade businesses. First 50 buying shoppers get a swanky RC tote bag! “

February 22, 2014

Beekeeping for Beginners

You are invited to attend one of our ‘Beekeeping for Beginners’ classes to be held at the Dane Co. Extension Building, 5201 Fen Oak Dr, Madison, WI 53718. Saturday classes will repeat on Jan 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 12 and May 10, 2014, running from 9am – 4pm. This class is for those with no experience at all in beekeeping. We will touch on everything you need to know for your first year. The fee of $50 covers a full day of classes, handouts, free sample journals and catalogues, and props galore for you to handle. To register, contact Jeanne Hansen at 608-244-5094 or

February 20, 2014

Independent Media Benefit Concert

Independent Media for the 21st Century to support Madison Infoshop, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative and Lakeside Printing Cooperative, featuring Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars, Un Seule Frere, Daiquiri, Worthless Righteous and Thistle & Thorns

Independent Media for the 21st Century Benefit

Bands: Un Seule Frere; Daiquiri; Worthless Righteous; Thistle & Thorns; Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars.

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