Through December 31

Zoo Lights at the Henry Vilas Zoo

Head to the zoo on Thursdays through Sundays for a warm beverage and a stroll through a winter wonderland of lights and sounds. Zoo Lights is open from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. and is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Learn more online at


December 2 through December 31

Olbrich's Holiday Express

What a show! From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily (with restricted hours on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas day) you can view large-scale model trains in a holiday scene. And members of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society will be on hand, showing off their trains as well. See the website for details.


Through January 2

Holiday Fantasy in Lights

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Thanksgiving is creeping up on us and if you want to dine out, and hope to get a reservation, you’ll need to act quickly. And, we have a few places you may want to call for those reservations.


For some Madison families, Thanksgiving dinner at Essen Haus is a tradition. They serve a family-style dinner with all the usual favorites, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams and more. “All of the sides are bottomless,” they promise on their website, “and you take the leftover turkey home!”

Adults eat for $22.95 while dinners for kids between the ages of 6 and 10 are $8.95 and the wee ones, age 5 and younger eat for free. Get additional details online at

 Essen-Haus is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 11…

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A couple of years ago I read a news story about a woman from China who bought an apartment in New York City for $6.5 million. She bought it for her two-year old daughter and plans to hold on to it so that when the child grows up and attends an American university, she’ll have a place to call her own.

Must be nice, right? How many of those 8,200-plus students who pay $9,000 to more than $10,000 to double up in one of UW’s 19 residence halls would like a sweet deal like this?

Let’s take a look at what the experts say.

Fears of creating a financially-dependent monster

Many parents worry about fostering financial dependency when helping their adult children financially. How your child deals with your generosity, however, has to do with his or…

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November 1

The Porchlight 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner

If you’re looking for a way to give back to Madison, consider attending the annual Recognition Dinner. You’ll enjoy a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and touching stories from Porchlight clients. This event runs from 5;30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and you can learn more online at


November 1 through November 5

Wisconsin Science Festival

Science Festival events will be held in various locations across the state, but the kickoff party is happening November 1, right here in Madison at the Madison Children’s Museum. Kids can enjoy free science-related activities and more. The museum is located at 100 N Hamilton St. in Madison and you can find the full…

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