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🦠 Local health officials say the Omicron variant has been detected in Dane County.
- In a short website post, PHMDC urged everyone to “pay attention, don’t panic.” Few case details were shared in the public health announcement, but WPR reports that three cases have been identified in Dane County.
- Health officials continue to stress that the best way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated or get a booster shot if you’re eligible.
- Some helpful resources:
- Schedule a vaccine through Public Health Madison & Dane County.
- Live outside of Dane County? Visit the state’s Department of Health Services to find an appointment.
- What do if you are sick or possibly exposed (PHMDC)
- How to get a ride to a vaccine appointment (DHS)
- If you have vaccine-related questions, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re definitely not medical professionals, but we can help you find answers and reliable, vetted sources of information.
💵 The CUNA Mutual Group Foundation is awarding more than $4 million in grants. The Urban League and the Center for Black Excellence and Culture will both receive $1 million.
- Twenty-eight organizations focused on economic security and education will receive grants of varying amounts, Madison365 reports.
- Related: 'This is our moment': $38 million Center for Black Excellence and Culture on track to open in 2023 (State Journal).
🔭 A telescope designed at the UW went to space. Now it’s headed to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
- WUPPE, which stands for Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment, was used aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in several missions in the 90s.
- Since 1996, the telescope has been a “prize exhibit” at UW Space Place, but it was recently sent to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. Eventually, it will head to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
- “I have mixed feelings about it, but I don’t have any hesitation,” UW Space Place director Jim Lattis said. “Once it belongs to the Smithsonian it will be in the hands of professional curators, and it will be seen by orders of magnitude more people.”
🗳️ State Rep. Dianne Hesselbein is running for State Senate.
- Currently, she represents the 79th Assembly District, which includes parts of Verona and Middleton.
- She's running for the 27th Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Erpenbach, who is not seeking reelection, the Cap Times reports.
💵 Grant applications are now open for the Willy Street Co-op's Community Reinvestment Fund.
- The co-op is prioritizing applications for projects related to food justice/access, developing cooperative businesses, sustainable agriculture, health, and social change.
- The total amount awarded will be $35,000.
- See past grantees and apply here. Cooperative organizations and 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible to apply.
🎄 Oooh pretty. The Capitol holiday tree is looking better than ever!
🍲 Cap Times food editor & arts reporter Lindsay Christians wrote a book about local chefs.
- Christians’ book “highlights nine local chefs who re-imagined what Wisconsin food could be, from New Jersey-influenced farm-focused pizza to Wisconsin-style bibimbap.”
- Yes, there are recipes! Twenty-eight recipes, to be exact.
- There will be a pre-launch event at Leopold’s Books Bar Caffé on December 21.
- You can read an excerpt on the Cap Times website. Leopold’s and A Room of One’s Own are both accepting pre-orders.
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 57.6%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 75.4%
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. 17
- Tani Diakite Band at Café Coda. Doors at 5 p.m., show at 7 p.m. $5.
- The Apartment screening at UW Cinematheque. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m. Free. 🟠
- Steely Dane "Holidane" Show at the Majestic. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $14.
- Outlaw Night: A Tribute to Willie, Waylon, Johnny and the Hanks at High Noon Saloon. Doors at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. $10.
- Opening night of The Nutcracker from Madison Ballet at the Overture Center. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16.
- BingBong and The German Art Students at Bos Meadery. Release show for their split 7″ vinyl recording. Show at 8 p.m. $10. 🟠
- Christopher Titus at the Barrymore. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $28.
- Bottoms Up Aerial Burlesque holiday show at The Crucible. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $10.
- The Immaculate Beings w/ The Lower 5th at Harmony Bar & Grill. 9 p.m.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Crucible featuring the cast of Madison's Velvet. Doors at 11:30 p.m., show at 12 a.m. $8.
Saturday, Dec. 18
- Holiday Market by Dane County Farmers’ Market at Monona Terrace. 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Photos with Santa at Madison Children's Museum. Organized by the Progress Center for Black Women. 11 a.m-2 p.m. Free with admission.
- UW Russian Folk Orchestra concert at Grace Episcopal Church. 12 p.m. Free.
- Full Moon Night Walk at UW arboretum. 4:30 p.m. Free.
- Mead and Metal Fest 2021 at Bos Meadery. Lineup: Lo-Fi Killers, Sabotage, Tubal Cain, Droids Attack. $10 advance, $15 at door. 7 p.m.
- Opening Night of Snow White and the Seven Superheroes. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10.
- Myspace Emo Prom ft. Taking Back Emo at the Bur Oak. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $16 advance, $20 at door.
- Tony Barba Trio at Audio for the Arts. Show at 8 p.m. $15. 🟠
- JAMS: Asher Grey, DJ UMI, Azza at Robinia Courtyard. Show at 10 p.m. $10. 🟠
Sunday, Dec. 19
- UW Winter Commencement for all degree types. Doors open at 8 a.m., ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Manu Raju, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, will be commencement speaker.
- Ugly Sweater Party at the Rigby. 12 p.m. Cheer on the Packers game in your ugly sweater, with proceeds benefiting Dane County Humane Society.
- Gerri DiMaggio at Olbrich Botanical Garden. Part of holiday concert series. 2 p.m. tickets not required, $3 Suggested Donation.
- The Bridge with Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Christine Wodraska, Didier Lasserre, Peter Orins at North Street Cabaret. Show at 7 p.m. 🟠
- The NYChillharmonic with Band Practice at the Bur Oak. Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at door.
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(Telescope image courtesy of NASA)