Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.



Alumni Park opening

Join in the celebration of Alumni Park’s opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. There will be a Library Mall mini-fest featuring music, food samples and Bucky Badger. The opening celebration is at 6 p.m., with exhibits, artisan demonstrations, UW Marching Band and park-featured alumni. Free. For information, call 888-947-2586.

Learn to stargaze

Madison Parks and UW Space Place will host a free Learn to Stargaze workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. The evening will include a short program on what is visible in the current sky, followed by a view of the constellations with telescopes provided. Advance registration is required and available https://webtrac.cityofmadison.com/wbwsc/parks.wsc/search.html/module=ar?interfaceparameter=3" target="_blank">online at https://webtrac.cityofmadison.com/wbwsc/parks.wsc/search.html/module=ar?interfaceparameter=3.

Outdoor painting demos

People of all ages are invited to experience plein air, or open air, painting demonstrations at Stewart Lake County Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Eight to 10 artists from the Dane County Plein Air Society will be painting in the park, with an oil painting demonstration at 9:30 a.m. and a pastel painting demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Art supplies will be provided for attendees to experiment with outdoor painting. For more information, visit friendsofstewartpark.com/events.

Day of soccer

MGE Día de Fútbol, a day for people of all ages to celebrate the sport of soccer, will take place Sunday at Breese Stevens Field, 917 E. Mifflin St. There will be a youth soccer clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by two youth tournaments featuring Dane County children from pre-selected teams. In addition to soccer, there will be music and food vendors. Free. For more information, visit breesestevensfield.com/mge-dia-de-futbol.

Gallery Night

The Madison Senior Center will host the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s bi-annual Gallery Night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, showcasing the city’s vibrant arts community. View the photo exhibit from this year’s “A Photo Affair,” while enjoying light refreshments and music. Event is free.

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