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Today is the start of the Wisconsin Union's annual Winter Carnival.

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Happy Monday, friends!

Today is the start of the Wisconsin Union’s annual Winter Carnival.

The long-standing tradition features a full week of events from mindful snowshoeing and taffy making to live music, and of course, the Madison version of Lady Liberty.

There’s still more fun to be had this winter! If you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

— Hayley


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🤎 Celebrating Black History Month in Madison.

President Biden gives a speech in Springfield, Virginia in late January. Photo via White House House

🇺🇸 The president is coming to town.

  • President Joe Biden announced he'll be making a stop "in the Madison area of Wisconsin" following his State of the Union address this week.
  • The White House says he’ll use the visit on Wednesday to promote his economic plan and how he hopes to continue “delivering results for the American people.”
  • Related: Here's how you can watch the State of the Union address tomorrow.
Photo via Olbrich Gardens

🌸 Orchid Escape is back at Olbrich.

  • Looking for a tropical getaway without a plane ticket? Through the end of the month, the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Gardens is home to Orchid Escape, a show of biodiversity featuring the orchid family.
  • This year’s theme is “Under the Glass Top.” Organizers say to be "prepared to see some of the biggest, weirdest, most beautiful flowers the world has ever seen, straight from Olbrich’s mind-boggling orchid collection."

😷 Three years of Covid-19.

  • Yesterday was the third anniversary of the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Dane County.
  • “The first case of COVID in Dane County was confirmed on February 5, 2020,” Public Health Madison and Dane County wrote. “3 years later, there have been more than 3M tests given and more than 1.4M doses of vaccine administered in Dane County.”
  • Related: You can request free Covid-19 tests from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services here.
  • Need to get vaxxed or boosted? PHMDC can help.

📚 Your lunchtime read: Madison-based author puts Black history in perspective.

  • Via Wisconsin Life (from 2022): "Joyce Salter Johnson has loved history her entire life. But as a descendant of people who were enslaved, the Madison author’s family history — like the history of many Black families across the country — was largely struck from the historical record. Johnson had to take it upon herself to uncover her family’s roots."
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🎙️ Today on the pod

Dr. Sami Schalk (photo by Paulius Musteikis)

Embracing ‘Pleasure Activism’ this Valentine’s Day

It’s happening. The onslaught of pink and red. The chocolate sales and candy hearts. The pressure. Valentine’s Day is coming and whether you love it or want to run screaming, we’ve got you.

This week, we’re honoring love in its many forms. We’ll offer you things to do, places to go, and advice on how to care for friends, lovers… and yourself.

Today, we’re talking about how taking time for your own pleasure can be an act of love.We talk to Sami Schalk, UW Madison professor and columnist for Tone Madison, about why celebrating joy in daily life is essential for our well-being and how finding your ‘enthusiastic yes’ can help you set better boundaries in love and life.

🏦 Finances 101

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