A network of volunteers at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin help package and ship nutritious food from the organization's 42,000-square-foot warehouse to 315 partners in local communities, including food pantries, shelters, and other meal-distribution sites. Each year, Second Harvest Foodbank distributes more than 8 million pounds of food to 140,000 local residents in 16 Wisconsin counties, and 43% of the people it serves are children.
A former private detective and bodyguard, Tim draws upon his firsthand experience to teach self-defense skills and safety procedures at Wisconsin Concealed Carry Training Academy. In courses with or without a shooting component, the NRA-certified instructor creates an interactive, comfortable environment for students to learn about safe weapon handling and storage, the parts of a firearm, and state gun laws. Though he trains pupils in shooting fundamentals at a local outdoor range, Tim also stresses self-protection alternatives such as pepper spray. Once classes wrap up, he happily answers any lingering questions.
Girls Night: The Musical places five friends center stage as they fondly remember their past and celebrate the present during one comedic night of karaoke. After sold-out runs in Las Vegas and Fort Lauderdale and plugs on NBC and the Lifetime network, the acclaimed musical returns to the 14th Street Theatre for a limited engagement. As actresses harmonize to suffragette anthems such as “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men," and "I Will Survive" amid vibrant set pieces, audiences laugh and cry as the theater transforms into a besties convention. The intimate table seating harks back to cabarets of yore, when every audience member was waited on by a wax figure of Dean Martin.
In addition to helping support the Union, a completely self-supporting, non-profit organization, a community membership to the Wisconsin Union grants card-carriers access to grand opening events, hotel discounts, specialty classes, and more. During summer, the Terrace on the shores of Lake Mendota hosts live music five nights a week, and the Lakeside Cinema screens films on Monday nights. Throughout the year, members can take advantage of renting rooms for events, purchasing food from the Union’s 21 eateries, campus-wide WiFi access, and a connection to the heart, soul, and sweaty date-night palms of the University of Wisconsin student body.
M&M Gymnastics & Dance's world champion gymnast and instructor, Chellsie Memmel, draws on Olympic training and myriad competitions as she guides tykes toward healthy lifestyles. Gymnastics classes focus on building coordination, strength, the ability to tightrope between skyscrapers, and self-confidence in boys and girls of all ages, starting in infancy. Dance classes elucidate varying motifs from ballet to hip hop in wee ones age 2 and older. M&M's staff encourages talented students to join their competitive gymnastics, dance, and thumb-wrestling teams to further foster an athletic lifestyle. The ample studio space hosts balance bars and floor space for practice, as well as an inflatable playground, two in-ground trampolines, and obstacle courses for fun.
Walking a mile in someone else's shoes can be very educational, especially if the shoes belong to Mandy Carlisle, a professional dancer. As a competitive American Rhythm Style ballroom dancer, Mandy has toured the country and racked up awards—she's been ranked among the top 13 dancers in the United States, placed second in the United States Professional Rising Star Rhythm Championship, and conducted an undefeated run as the Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion. In her spare time, she has earned teaching certifications in more than 13 styles of dance (among them, classic ballet, hip-hop, and jazz) and opened her own studio, Aspire Dance.
Mandy and her staff of 12 instructors hone the skills of young dancers, providing a reception area for parents to wait and witness progress. For adults, the teachers conduct fitness-focused classes. Latin-inspired Zumba classes boost cardiovascular endurance, whereas yoga sessions cultivate flexibility and balance so that you can finally touch your toes while standing on stilts.
Tyranena Brewing Company produces 6 year-round beers and a number of seasonal and specialty brews. Beer is available in bottles and select draft accounts throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and the Chicago area. Visit our beautiful Tasting Room and Beer Garden; exact available online. Free tours Saturdays at 3:30 pm.