Good morning, Madison!

The first significant winter storm of the season is coming to Wisconsin this weekend. I get into the details below, but the brunt of the storm will probably be to our north. How are we feeling about it, folks?

🗳️ Poll: Are you excited about the possibility of snow?

Yes, I am pumped to get to see some snow!

No, I am not excited. I am the opposite of excited. I wish this would not happen.

I am indifferent.

Nature doesn't really care what you think about winter weather, but I do.

- Sam


🌨️ "Winter weather advisory" vs. "winter storm warning" vs. blizzard warning

📺  Hours of interviews with the only police monitor finalist have been released.

🛍️ You can support Black-owned small businesses at the Ujamaa Business Network's holiday markets.

  • This weekend, the market will be at the Urban League’s Southwest Madison Employment Center. Next weekend, you can find the market at  the UW South Madison Partnership Space.
  • “You are supporting folks who are here in our community and the money is being put back into their households and back into our community,” Tara Wilhelmi, co-founder of the UJAMAA Business Network told Madison365.
  • Related: ConnectBlack: Madison’s Black Business Directory (Madison365)

💉 "Roughly half" of 5- to 11-year-olds in Dane County have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, PHMDC says.

  • That data is still preliminary "pending more info from DHS and quality assurance clean-ups," PHMDC says.
  • It's been difficult to report on this particular trend because the state hasn't updated its data dashboards to show the percentage of vaccinated 5- to 11-year-olds, despite this age range being eligible for vaccines for several weeks.
  • Just FYI: Dane County continues to be mentioned in the national press for being one of the most vaccinated counties in America, including this recent analysis piece from the Washington Post.

🖊️ UW campuses won't be using ACT or SAT scores in the admissions process for the next few years.

  • Many colleges — including UW campuses — shed the requirement as the pandemic began due to issues with accessing testing opportunities. A UW system vote extends this policy through the 2024-2025 school year, the Badger Herald reports.
  • “As far as the COVID pandemic and the accessibility of this test to a lot of kids, I think that the temporary extension is warranted,” Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jill Underly said.

🍹 We've got another holiday popup bar!

  • Young Blood has decorated their space to be The Office-themed and Lucille is transforming their restaurant into the "ultimate Christmas Cocktail Bar."
  • Robin Room is going a totally different direction with their tropical holiday-themed popup.
  • More details from the bar's Instagram: "After a two year hiatus we are bringing back our tropical themed pop-up bar 🌴 one week from tomorrow, 12/16, the RR is going to transform into the Tipsy Toucan and serve a specialty cocktail menu featuring @plantation.rum and other libations. And to make up for lost time, we are going to keep it going up until New Year’s Day!"

📚 Your lunchtime read: Forge peace: Retired Madison pastor hammers guns into garden tools (Cap Times)


🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56.3%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.9%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.


📅 The weekend

Friday, Dec. 10

Saturday, Dec. 11

  • Holiday Hoopla organized by Madison Vintage Pop Up Collective at Monona Terrace. Vendors and shopping. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Exhibition Celebration/Reception + Artist Talk for “Santiago Cucullu: you still make me tremble” at MMoCA. 6 p.m. Free.
  • STARSET with The Word Alive and All The Good Things at The Sylvee. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29.50.
  • Bad Philosopher at Café Coda. Two shows (7 & 9 p.m.). $20. 🟠
  • Puff and Paint III at Quality CBD. 7 p.m. $35 a person includes a CBD joint and drink.
  • Magnolia (1999) at UW Cinematheque. From IMDb: “An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.” Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
  • Violinist Gil Shaham at Memorial Union. 7:30 p.m. Full price tickets start at $35, with discounts for UW students and staff. Virtual streaming option.
  • Tone Madison Fundraiser Concert with Solid Freex, L.E.X., DJ Hanna, and DJ Tara at Garver Feed Mill. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $12. 🟠
  • An Evening with David Sedaris at the Overture Center. "David Sedaris returns to the road following the release of his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso." 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45.50.

Sunday, Dec. 12

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