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Trivia competition to raise funds for literacy group

A local nonprofit literacy group will host a trivia competition later this month to raise funds for the program. 

The Literacy Connection's 10th annual Trivia For Literacy contest will be held March 25 at UW-Rock County, 2909 Kellogg Ave., in the Hyatt Smith Commons area. 

This year’s event will be begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. The contest follows at 6:15 p.m.

Teams of up to six people cost $180, or it's $40 to join a team, according to the organization website. Participants should register by March 20.

Visit theliteracyconnection.com or call 608-352-0854 for more information.

Soul Food Luncheon to bring in money for multi-ethnic students

Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) will host its annual Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday to raise scholarship money for multi-ethnic students.

Attendees will be able to sample a menu featuring baked and fried chicken, fried catfish and barbecue ribs. Various sides like candied yams, plus corn bread and desserts will be offered as well.

Filmmakers and movies take over Beloit for international film festival

The Beloit International Film Festival will transform restaurants and cafes into movie houses starting Friday.

For 10 days, close to 200 films will be screened and more than 200 filmmakers from as far as Europe and Asia will be in Beloit.

Co-founder and executive director Rod Beaudoin describes the atmosphere as "vibrant and diverse."

"Through the years we've gotten to be friends with some of the larger film festivals around the world, and those that are extremely hard to get films into they recommend people sending films to us," Beaudoin said.

"Bus Ride" is a three-minute film by Stephen and Cameron Pickering of Janesville. The drama centers on immigration, politics aside.

"Shot it over two days and edited over two days and it turned out to be our neat little piece with no dialogue," said Stephen Pickering.

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

YA author to discuss sci-fi book next week

A local author will discuss his new novel Tuesday at the library. 

Hedberg Public Library said Chris Ramos, a sci-fi fan and author of the young adult novel "Time to Expire" will discuss character creation and the science in his book about nanotechnology and rebellion.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library's program room. Organizers said a book sale and signing will follow.

The event is targeted toward teens and adults, and it's not necessary to register, according to the library website.

The library is at 316 S. Main St. in Janesville. Visit hedbergpubliclibrary.org for more information.

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Edgerton Hospital, along with Women with Heart support group, is planning a program next month to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men, but it is preventable and controllable.

During a luncheon at the hospital on Feb. 6, Edgerton Hospital will offer an educational session and an American Heart Association guest speaker to highlight the national "Go Red for Women" campaign, a social initiative to raise women's heart health awareness.

Organizers said the presenter will educate and answer questions while participants enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch, goodie bags and a chance to win door prizes.

Tree lighting event to benefit hospital scholarships

A Janesville hospital will host a remembrance tree lighting ceremony to benefit its employees education. 

St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital's second annual Lights of Love Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in the hospital's gardens.

The event allows people to purchase an LED light in honor of a special person. Red lights serve as a living tribute and white lights honor the memory of a loved one. Community members are invited to attend the lighting ceremony.

This year 700 lights will brighten the Gardens of St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, sending a message of love and caring to patients, staff and visitors. 

Organizers said proceeds from the Lights of Love program help to provide scholarships for St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital and Janesville Dean Clinic employees who are returning to school.

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.