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Erica Krug

Dr. Carrie Donahue, owner of Full Circle Holistic Veterinary Care on Monroe Street, integrates Western and Eastern care. The clinic also sells a variety of holistic pet care products. more

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Mary Langenfeld

Today’s children have a life expectancy almost five years shorter than their parents. Tri 4 Schools, a program founded in 2011, aims to get children more active and healthy with events like a triathlons. more

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AMY STOCKLEIN

Starting May 7, 85 Bucky Badger statues — each uniquely decorated — will be displayed around Madison. One of them incorporates signatures from 4,511 community members. more

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Briana Raday never expected to be at the helm of a baby shoe business. But now she’s sold more than 800 pairs. more

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Brett Stepanik

The Blackhawk Ski Club was founded by ski jumpers in 1947. Every winter, it’s a breeding ground for Olympic hopefuls — including many young girls who until recently weren’t allowed to ski jump in Olympic Games. more

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Laura Zastrow

Ten teams are designing and making clothing out of paper for this year’s READ(y) to Wear competition to benefit the Madison Reading Project. Tim Gunn would be proud. more

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Jamie Forrest

1 OAK is a passion project for vintage bike restorer Eric Maves. The Trek employee opened the shop in the cycling hub of Paoli to share his love of vintage bikes. more

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Thomas DeVillers

Brutal cold is a necessity, not a hindrance, when Tim Browning installs his annual artwork on Lake Monona. more

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Madison’s Solace Apothecary makes carefully considered soap, salve, incense and bath salts. Founders Rachel Dolnick, Jenna Klink and John Painter joined forces to create healthy products with simple ingredients. more

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Scores of people showed up for the beginning ukulele workshop at Madison Central Library in November. An hour later, 130 people played “Johnny B. Goode” together. more

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Sharon Vanorny

Toddlers at the Goddard School in Verona this year participated in the school chain’s annual toy testing, trying out and rating dozens of educational toys. And the winners are (drum roll please)... more

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The artistically inclined will love art to wear, art to do, and the chance to support art locally. Inspiration can be found anywhere from a blank sketchbook to an empty teapot. more

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Alex Hohlstein hand crafts guitars and more. He’s even made a guitar from a local tree branch. more

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Brett Stepanik

The Real Life Library aims to foster human connection, empathy and interaction. Organizer Jennifer Smith says: “I am constantly blown away by the idea that every single person in the world has a story to tell, and has something they can teach me." more

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Danielle Stoddard

Madison Studio Share makes life easier for professional photographers. Milwaukee photographer Danielle Stoddard launched the concept in Milwaukee and has opened her first satellite here. more

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Chris Collins

The Bayview community has created a mural that represents its international and intergenerational community, which includes refugees. A pair of wings suggests transformation, migration and journey. more

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Take a walk on the Wag! side. There’s a new app that people are calling “the Uber of dog walking.” more

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Tim Fitch

The Crazy Daisy Flower Truck delivers bouquets in a VW van. Currently Michelle Hornung is selling at the new Prairie Lakes Farmers’ Market in Sun Prairie. more

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Beth Skogen

Beth Skogen’s bungalow is a cozy reason to throw a party. The Madison photographer brought sentiment and a touch of whimsy to decorating, right up to and including her alley garage. more

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Amy Lambright Murphy and Jill Schaefer dreamed up Reek Havoc as a way to cope with pet odors. But the business has also connected them to the community. more

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    Erica Krug

    Laila Borokhim, Jason Kierce and Gill Altschul were three chefs who were "chopped" before the evening's end.

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    Erica Krug

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    Erica Krug

    Gen Kelsang Gomlam: “We need hope.”