The Marquette Neighborhood Association's annual Chili Dinner is back. On the menu is meat and vegetarian chili donated by the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Lazy Jane's, Eldorado Grill, Batch Bakehouse, Madison Sourdough, Smokin' Cantina, Jenifer Street Market, Star Liquor and Ground Zero Coffeehouse. Proceeds fund the MNA/Peat-Piper scholarships, four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students with significant ties to the Marquette neighborhood, going on to post-secondary education. 5-9 pm, March 7, at the Wil-Mar Center, 9953 Jenifer St. $10/$6 preteens.
Madison SOUP, the microgranting/dinner event that has diners vote on a favorite of several community-centered projects presented during the course of the meal, is back for spring. Three presenters are on the docket, and two homemade vegan soups: apple parsnip and ginger carrot, with salad, bread and beverage also included. 4-6 pm, March 8, at Sector67, 2100 Winnebago St. $10; tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance through madisonsoup.org.
Invest in a farm
FairShare CSA Coalition's CSA Open House offers a one-stop info stop for those looking to buy into a community-supported agriculture share. Thirty-five farmers will be available to answer questions about what they'll offer this season; sample products will be on hand from Sitka Salmon Shares, Creme de la Coulee cheese, Madison Sourdough, Honey Bee Bakery, Madison Chocolate Company, Mad Urban Bees and 608 Community Kitchen. Complete schedule at csacoalition.org. 1-4 pm, March 8, at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr. Free.