Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.
Rummage through locally sourced items new and old in the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood on the East Side this weekend. The Salvation Army is hosting an open-air farmers and flea market from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in its parking lot, 3030 Darbo Drive. In partnership with the Eastside Planning Council, the Salvation Army will host up to 30 tables with farm-raised goods, specialty foods, thrift items and handmade crafts. For information, visit facebook.com/darboworthingtonfarmerandfleamarket.
Pick up pickleball
Learn to combine badminton, ping pong and tennis into a single sport. Madison Parks Division is hosting a free class on pickleball from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Garner Park, 333 S. Rosa Road. Pickleball keeps the body moving the whole game through, and can be played with two players in a singles match or four players in a doubles match. The event is free, but prior registration is requested. For information, call Madison Parks at 266-4711.
Featuring carnival games, a food truck and a bouncy house, the Fall Festival at Christ Presbyterian Church will offer fun for every member of the family. The event is free to the public and runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the church, 944 E. Gorham St. For information, contact Natalie Handley at 257-4845 or email@example.com.
Monona Terrace, designed in concept by Frank Lloyd Wright, will present “Wright On! for Families.” The event is free and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive. Youngsters can play with Froebel blocks, which Wright used as an inspiration when he was a child, as well as create faux stained glass and a geometric ornament, participate in a scavenger hunt involving the building’s unique architecture and build with Lego bricks at a station sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Wisconsin. For information, visit mononaterrace.com.
Allied Park to open
A new park on Madison’s Southwest Side will open Friday afternoon. Allied Park, 2370 Revival Ridge, will feature a full-size basketball court, Wi-Fi hotspot, picnic shelter and a playground. City and community officials will kick off a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. followed by a community meal at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, 4619 Jenewein Road, Fitchburg.
Madison’s poet laureate will recite poems and a children’s book Friday evening. Oscar Mireles will read from his book “Why did you name me Javier, Dad?” at the city’s Goodman South Madison Library, 2222 S. Park St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The poems are appropriate for children and younger teenagers. Mireles, who began writing in a college English course, writes about things that he has experienced and things he has observed, including the Latino experience.
Comic book fans have the chance to peruse stacks of comics and meet artists on Sunday at the Madison Comic Con. The event is being held from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive. More than 100 vendors and artists will have tables set up. Admission is $5 per person; free for children age 12 and younger. For more information, visit geekinccomics.com.