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DJ, Bodie, and Dutchess are Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison recipients. Photo by Mariah Zahn.

Happy Friday, friends!

Every year, Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison refurbishes and distributes donated bikes to those who can't afford them. Since 2017, the organization has given away more than 8,275 bicycles (!!!).

Tomorrow, Nov. 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Free Bikes 4 Kidz Madison will be collecting  used bikes at various locations around the area. Bikes of all sizes and styles are accepted.

Dropoff sites include Delta Beer Lab, Monona Fire Department, Lexus of Madison in Middleton, Salem United Church of Christ in Verona, and Starion Bank in Sun Prairie, and Waunakee Neighborhood Connection.

— Hayley


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🚫 A small street closure of note.

😷 You're eligible for (more) free Covid-19 tests!

Image via Madison Public Market Foundation

🛍️ City Council said yes to the public market.

  • In their budget discussions Wednesday night, Madison's City Council approved the 2023 capital budget and with it, more funding for the long-awaited public market.
  • The council added $4.5 million to the budget for the project, which will come out of a Tax Incremental District 36 on the east side. That money, coupled with the $1.5 million the county board recently approved, closes the budget gap that left the project's fate in danger. The council voted in support of the additional funding in a 17-3 vote.
  • Raises for alders and city employees: The council also passed a proposal to increase alder pay from $14,904 to $20,604 annually starting in April 2023. Pay for council president and vice president will increase to $25,071 and $22,226, respectively, according to the State Journal. The budget also provided a 3% raise for roughly 1,400 city employees.
  • Other budget highlights: Expanding the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services program (CARES); Providing more services at Public Health Madison and Dane County's reproductive health clinic; Funding the "Imagination Center" at Reindahl Park; And raising the city's Affordable Housing Fund from $7 million to $10 million.


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Photo by Hayley Sperling

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🦌Wisconsin's gun deer hunting season kicks off Saturday.

🦩 Your lunchtime read: Madison artist brings painted, wooden flock to east side neighborhood.

  • Via Wisconsin Life: "There’s a street on Madison’s east side that’s dotted with large-than-life birds.

    A sandhill crane, a red-winged black bird, a pink flamingo. No two are alike — except for a couple of cardinals.

    Artist Jo Jensen is behind the eye-catching, wooden replicas. She says what started as a gift for one neighbor, exploded into a painted flock — transforming a stroll down the sidewalk into a birder’s paradise."
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🐶 Friday Floof

Time for your weekly dose of floof-ness! Meet Mylo. This big-eyed baby celebrated his first birthday back in August and, according to his owner Kristie, is known for his "spring-loaded" legs. Mylo loves to wrestle with other dogs at the local dog parks but above all is a love bug who who's always ready for snuggles and treats.

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