Happy Friday, Y'all.

We've made it to the end of the week so here's a little treat.

Your friend and mine, Sam, caught up with the fine folks at the Cap Times about why he's a supporting member of their work. Spoiler alert: It's because we love local journalism. Shocking, I know.

Now let's dive into today's stories.

β€” Hayley


Image via Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Facebook

πŸ§‘πŸΎβ€πŸ³ Mark your calendars for Black Restaurant Week.

  • The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th annual Black Restaurant Week Aug. 14-21 featuring 33 Black-owned food businesses.
  • This year, the chamber is asking the community to vote for their favorites in three categories: restaurant, food cart, and caterer or dessert vendor.
  • The Food Tasting Jamboree will also return this year Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the FEED Kitchens parking lot at 1219 N. Sherman Ave.
  • Want to get involved? Sign up to volunteer here.

πŸ—³ β€œThis is clearly an attempt to suppress the vote.”

  • A vandal stole voting signs from a Black men’s health clinic serving as in-person absentee voting site.
  • Madison365 reports that last week, while hosting a dual in-person absentee voting and vaccine clinic at the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association Men’s Health & Education Center on the west side, a white man deliberately stole a large sign in front of the building that identified it as a polling location as well as several vaccine clinic signs.
  • Aaron Perry, the clinic's owner and a former police officer, told the news outlet the case has been referred to the city attorney and a report was filed with the FBI for voter tampering. The signs were returned earlier this week.
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Returning your absentee ballot.

Because of new rules, voters are only permitted to drop off their own absentee ballot. If you need a disability-related accommodation, contact your clerk to ask for one. Disability Rights Wisconsin has great guidance regarding ballot return assistance and how to ask for an accommodation.
Photo by Element5 Digital / Unsplash

πŸŽ’ Have any extra school items to spare?

  • The Goodman Community Center is collecting school supplies to distribute to kids in need. The community center is hosting two special drop-off days this weekend and asking community members for help completing their shopping list.
  • Goodman Center provides kids with a backpack filled with all the supplies they'll need for school. Normally, the center provides supplies for 100 kids and teens but with an increased need this year, Goodman wants to collect enough supplies for 200 kids. Β 
  • Want to help? You can drop off supplies this Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Goodman Center Ironworks parking lot at 149 Waubesa St. If you can't make it then, you can drop off items at the Goodman Center during its regular hours. If you don't have extra school supplies, you can shop the Goodman Center's Amazon wishlist or make monetary donations and the Goodman Center will do the shopping for you.

πŸ₯— A couple of restaurant closures.

Photo by Caroline LM / Unsplash

🦷 Four Lakes Family Dental will offer free services for one day next month.

  • No insurance required. Visitors will be able to have professional cleanings, dental fillings, and tooth extractions done free of charge, Channel3000 reports.
  • Schedule your appointment for the Sept. 10 event here.

🎨 Save the date for Dane Arts Buy Local Market

  • The annual Dane Arts Buy Local Market is officially coming back for its eighth year Sept. 16 and 17. More than 35 visual artists will exhibit and sell their work.
  • The event is put on in partnership between the Arts + Literature Laboratory, Willy Street Fair, and Dane Arts. The two-day market will be held at the 200 South Brearly Street Lot on Madison’s near east side.

πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ€ Just for fun: Check out this kid's mullet.

  • An 8-year-old from Menomonie is looking to take the title of best mullet in the nation. According to WKOW, Emmitt Bailey has made it to the top 25 in the USA Mullet Championships and the next round of competition will narrow the field down the three. Voting for best mullet opens Aug. 15. In the meantime, you can keep up with all the latest in mullet news here.
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βš–οΈ Has the fall of Roe v. Wade impacted your decisions about family planning? Tell us.

We've partnered with Tone Madison to produce a survey that will help us better understand and offer our readers a fuller picture of how the ruling is affecting people across the Madison area. Learn more and take the survey here.


🐢 Friday Floof

Happy Friday, y'all. Look at this cutie. Charlie is a 7 year old Shepherd-Pittie-Husky mix rescued from Dallas but is clearly adapting well to life in Madison. She's a regular at Madison Night Market, Mallards games, and hiking around the state parks. Charlie is living proof you can really do it all and still look good doing it. You go, girl.

Do you have a floof you want to share with the Minutes family? Send me an email at contact@madisonminutes and we might just make your dreams come true.


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