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'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

'Night to Shine' gives teens with special needs the royal treatment

When it comes to prom, there's no such thing as too much sparkle for Clinton High School students Olivia Parry and Brandy Smith.

The two went shopping for prom dresses at Veils and Tails in Clinton to attend Night to Shine, a prom specifically for teenagers with special needs.

"I'm excited to go on the red carpet, get dressed up, get my hair and makeup done and just have fun," said Olivia.

Brandy said she was excited for the limo ride and red carpet.

Earlier this year, Central Christian Church in Beloit learned it would receive a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation to make the night happen. It was one of 46 churches chosen to participate. Another Wisconsin church, Brooklife Church in Mukwonago, will hold Night to Shine as well, according to the foundation's website.

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

The Brodhead Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival Dec. 5-6.

There will be many activities held throughout the two-day event, including photos with Santa, ice sculpting, arts and crafts vendors and carriage rides.

A list of events and their times can be found here.


Historical society to show entire films from civil rights lecture

The Rock County Historical Society will be showing films in their entirety from the civil rights lecture series Created Equal, according to a release.

"The Created Equal lecture series is a great opportunity to discuss important topics regarding civil rights in America," RCHS Executive Director Mike Reuter said in the release. "The Freedom Film series gives the public an opportunity to enjoy the entire narrative of each film."

The films will be shown in the lower gallery of the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center at 426 N. Jackson St. in Janesville. One film will be shown every Friday in March starting at 6:30 p.m. The showings are free to the public.

Freedom Film schedule:

  • The Abolitionists – March 7
  • Slavery by Another Name – March 14
  • The Loving Story – March 21
  • Freedom Riders – March 28

Festival features holiday events, activities

Festival features holiday events, activities

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival this weekend features many activities, including a tree lighting, photos with Santa, ice sculpting and food vendors.

During the month of December, there will be a Christmas-themed display at the Consigny Law Office sponsored by the Brodhead Historical Society, according to a release.

The festival starts Friday in downtown Broadhead at 2:30 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the square, organizers said. Stores downtown will be open until 7 p.m. offering Christmas specials.

Photos with Santa will be at the Java House from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Photos are free and sponsored by the Sugar River Bank-Brodhead.

Ice sculpting by Zoli Akacsos, an ice and wood carver from Monroe, will be on the north side of the square from 3-7 p.m.

Businesses, orgs join equality group to host picnic

A non-profit Rock County group will host a picnic with an anti-bullying message.

The Ruby Project will host the Out in October Picnic and Resource Fair at the Rock County Courthouse Amphitheater in downtown Janesville on Oct. 20. The group said this October will mark the first "Out" event, but it hopes to make the picnic an annual affair.

Organizers said the free, family friendly event will share resources for people who are victimized or bullied due to their identification as gay, bisexual or transgendered.

The Ruby Project said businesses from across the county will offer vendor booths and resource organizations will host info booths at the Out in October event.

The group founder Kelley Blair Ostermann said the Ruby Project works to support and serve everyone, regardless of sexual identity.

32 artists to showcase art during tour

32 artists to showcase art during tour

Thirty-two artists will showcase their work and greet folks during an art studio event that invites gallery-goers to stop into a variety of rural studios across several cities in southcentral Wisconsin.

The 10th Annual Fall Studio Art Tour, presented by an Oregon, Wis.-based group called 14 South Artists, is scheduled to take place on Sept. 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests will be invited in to fourteen working studios and galleries in throughout Brooklyn, Oregon, Evansville, Paoli, Verona and Stoughton.

Featured artists during the 2013 event include woodworkers, mixed media artists, potters, glass artists, photographers, jewelry artists, watercolor painters and more.

In a news release, the South Artists group said a goal of the tour is to "increase awareness of the caliber of talent hiding in our quiet little towns."

Janesville plans 1st-annual Irish festival

The Janesville Performing Arts Center is hosting the Janesville Irish Festival.

The festival is a first-annual event of its kind in the area planned for Oct. 3-6.

The four-day gathering will feature special events, children's activities, food and live music.

A featured event is the Janesville Irish Eat Around, in which participating restaurants will each serve a signature dish.

Planners expect the event will generate $323,600 in revenue at hotels, restaurants and shops. It expects to draw 7,000 visitors.

Organizers said the event is made possible in part by local business and organizations, which each sponsored an event or activity. It is also supported by a grant of nearly $40,000 from the state Department of Tourism.