12th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival presented by Community Action on Latin America

Saturday, December 6th, 9:00am –4:00pm. NEW LOCATION: Monona Terrace. Find the perfect unique gift while you support fair trade producers around the world. Fair trade seeks to shorten the path between you and the artist who makes your gift, so the artist can make a living wage and you can know they receive the largest possible portion of the purchase price. Shop a wide selection of art, crafts, clothing, home decorations, pottery, weavings, food gifts, and more. International fair trade products will be available from Mexico and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. New for 2008: Domestic Fair Trade products made in Wisconsin and throughout the country, with the goal of supporting sustainable small businesses and family farms. Domestic fair trade products will include cheese, maple syrup, honey, sausage, granola, wool products and more. For more information visit www.calamadison.org or email Festival@calamadison.org.

Got Peace?

Saturday December 6th, 10:00am-12:30pm, Room 150, Quarry Arts Building, 715 Hill St. Are you ready to quiet your inner critic and claim more peace and fulfillment? Sharon Barbour, MPH, ACC of Namaste Coaching, and Jo Morgan of Joywise Heart-to-Heart invite you to examine your thoughts and quiet the voice of what a friend calls “the Big-Ass Critic in my head.” Combining the powerful simplicity of Byron Katie’s “The Work” with coaching techniques, guided meditation and intuitive insights, Sharon and Jo provide a heart-centered, safe and welcoming place to investigate and start unraveling old belief and thought patterns. Leave with tools and concrete steps to continue the process on your own. Investment: $30. This session is limited to the first 12 registrants. Please register by December 3rd, contacting either Jo at 661-9688, jo@joywiseheart-to-heart.com or Sharon at 608-225-0404, namastecoaching@tds.net.

Uni Workshops

Saturday, December 6th, 10:00am–12:00pm or Tuesday December 9th, 6:30pm–8:30pm. At the Madison Tao Sangha Center, 2330 Willard Ave. Come learn about UNI currency and experience how using UNI and participating in the Holiday UNI Market (below) enriches and unites the lives of people all around the globe. The unique thing about UNI currency is that it has a built-in 10% donation, which goes to international and local projects to support people in need. Please pre-register by contacting the Madison Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 or usa@taoshiatsu.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com. A fee of $6/person will go to support the non-profit organization NPO UNI. Those wishing to have a table at the December 14th Holiday Uni Market need to attend a UNI workshop.

Yahara River Grocery Cooperative’s Dickens of a Run & Walk

Sunday, December 7th. The Yahara River Grocery Cooperative in Stoughton is sponsoring the Dickens of a Run & Walk. Part of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce’s Victorian Holiday Weekend, the 5K run and the 2K fun run/walk begins at 10:00am.

Participants will walk or run a course through the streets of historic Stoughton and are encouraged to dress up in holiday gear as part of the festivities. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers in the 5K and for Best Dressed. Participants are also encouraged to raise pledges for some great causes. Proceeds will benefit both the Yahara River Grocery Co-op and the Victorian Holiday Weekend Fund. Race Time and Location: 10:00am at the Evergreen State Bank parking lot in Stoughton, located across the street from the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative, 229 East Main Street.

Registration: Entry and pledge forms available at the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative (229 E. Main Street) and area businesses throughout Stoughton. Online forms are available at www.yaharagrocery.coop or register online at www.active.com. Please make checks payable to “YRGC.” Mail or drop off the entry form and fee at Yahara River Grocery Co-op, 229 East Main Street, Stoughton. Sorry, no refunds.

Race-day registration is available until 9:30am on December 7th, inside the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative. 5K run/walk: $15; 2K fun run/walk: $12. Packet pickup: Pre-registered participants can pick up packets at Yahara River Grocery Co-op between December 1st and 6th. Packet pickup for entries received after November 24th will take place inside the Co-op the morning of the race, beginning at 9:00am.Questions? Email info@yaharagrocery.coop for more information or check the YRGC website (www.yaharagrocery.coop).

Holiday UNI Market

Sunday, December 14th, 10:00am–3:00pm in the Evjue Room, Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Come enjoy the UNI Holiday market where you can shop more “green” and spend your funds more wisely by purchasing festive recycled items, hand-made/home-grown goods as well as rejuvenating shiatsu treatments. All goods and services will be bought and sold in UNI currency. Everyone is welcome! For more information please contact the Tao Sangha Center at 257-4663 or usa@taoshiatsu.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

Buddhist Chanting Circle

Every Sunday from 5:00pm–6:30pm at the Madison Tao Sangha Center, 2330 Willard Ave. For people who would like to experience chanting meditation and pray for the benefit of all beings. No experience necessary. Everyone welcome! Donations accepted. For more information please contact the Tao Sangha Center at (608) 257-4663 or usa@taosangha.com and visit http://na.taosangha.com.

Calling All Gardeners

Although most gardens have been snuggled in for the winter by now, the dedicated volunteers who care for the Willy Street Park are already dreaming of next summer’s breezes and blossoms. They are planning a neighborhood garden tour to raise much needed funds to maintain the Park. A garden tour needs gardens. If you support our community oasis at the corner of Brearly and Willy Streets, please consider adding your garden to the tour. The tour is scheduled for Sunday July 19th from noon-4:00pm. Participating gardeners would need to be present during the tour to welcome ticket-holders and answer questions. If you have one of the many lovely gardens between Blair St. and the Yahara, please consider participating. You can contact Marge at madflynn@gmail.com or call Bill at 242-0712 if you are interested.