This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Tuesday, August 3
fundraiser today for the food pantry at the Goodman Community Center. On the first Tuesday of every month, this campaign donates 10% of total food sales at selected restaurants. Monty's Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Ave., and Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, 2009 Atwood Ave., all day. Call 244-8505 for more info.
A handful of restaurants around Dane County will Take a Bite Out of Cancer and donate 10% of their proceeds from the day to the , is teaching a garden walk this evening titled "Vegetable Cultivars: New and Heirlooms." The lesson will cover how to grow, harvest, and store a broad variety of edible garden products that can be grown in the region. UW West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd., Verona, 6:30 p.m., donation requested. Call 262-2257.
Thursday, August 5
Madison Nonprofit Day is described by its organizers as "a day of education and celebration to bring the people who work for nonprofit organizations, the public they serve and the greater community together to discover, connect, celebrate and raise awareness about their work." This inaugural edition of the and feature more than 30 workshops, seminars, and other activities. One highlight of the day is A Taste of Atwood, a free buffet luncheon, running from noon-1 p.m., that is open to conference participants and the general public. Nearly a dozen east side restaurants are providing food for the meal, including Bunky's Cafe, Daisy Cafe, Lao Laan-Xang, Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Milio's Subs, Tex Tubbs, Harmony Bar, Glass Nickel Pizza, and Mermaid Café; anybody interested in attending is asked to RSVP. Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., free. Call 241-3616 for more info
Molly Hatchet, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Madison County are among the national and Wisconsin-based acts that will be taking the stage this weekend at the 24th annual Watertown Riverfest music festival. Along with hours upon hours of live music, the fun at this Field to Family Project, a food drive organized by a trio of Edgewood High School students, is a new campaign seeking to provide another source of fresh, local, and nutritious foods for struggling families in the Madison area. Every Saturday this August at the and the Dane County Food Pantry Network. Organizers hope to build upon this month's drive and expand the campaign at future markets. Capitol Square, downtown Madison, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 206-5561 for more info.
Celebrated in Mount Horeb for nearly two decades, National Mustard Day is debuting this weekend in its new location, outside the relocated home of the has a singular focus on the pungent condiment, featuring free mustard-slathered hot dogs, frozen mustard custard from Culver's, and free mustard samples from Grey Poupon, Hawkwind, Robert Rothschild and The Mustard Girl. Other highlights of the celebration include two stages of live music and entertainment from the Poupon U Accordion Band and the Red Hot Horn Dawgs, magic performances, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a small army of sausage and mustard mascots, and the Mustard Games, which will raise money for the Restoring Hope Transplant House. National Mustard Museum, 7477 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Call 800-438-6878 for more info.
Africa Alive benefit. The program for this fifth annual festival includes African drumming and storytelling, spoken word , a children's costume contest, live and silent auctions, performances by WADOMA West African Dance and Tani Diakite with Tony Castaneda and Andy Ewen, and other family-friendly activities. African crafts, international cuisine, and brewery tours round out the program. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to benefit the non-profit's work in Africa. Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., 2-7 p.m., $10 donation adults and $5 kids under 16. Call 658-1772 for more info.
Sunday, August 8
Some 60 regional fine artists will be displaying their creations today at the 53rd annual Tallman Arts Festival in Janesville. Selected by a jury of artists and gallery owners, the exhibitors will be presenting work across many mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, textiles, glass, mixed media, 3D mixed media, jewelry, metalworks, and wood. There is plenty more to find at this , with proceeds going to benefit its restoration projects and educational programs. Lincoln-Tallman House, 440 N. Jackson St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $3 adults and kids under 12 free. Call 608-756-4509 for more info.
More than 150 classic sports and race cars will be on display today for the 15th annual Vintage Celebration at competitive car show, with a panel jury bestowing awards for the first through eighth place entries, along with a handful of special trophies. Partygoers will find live music by Primitive Culture, picnic food, outdoor wine service, along with shopping and tasting opportunities at the winery. The celebration is serving as a fundraiser for the Botham Vineyards, 8180 Langberry Rd., Barneveld, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $7 adults, kids under 12 free. Call 888-478-9463 for more info.
Monday, August 9
Outstanding in the Fields farm-to-table dinner today at The Dan Potacke Show, a free live comedy talk and show held on Monday evenings at , an on-stage and -screen alter-ego of comedian Alan Talaga, the guests at this show include editor Jeff Glazer. Appropriately enough, the title of this show is "The Beer Special." The Frequency, 121 W. Main St., 6:30 p.m., free. Call 819-8777 for more info.