Children invited to have breakfast with Santa Dec. 7








Old St. Nick, Santa Claus that jolly old elf with the bushy white beard, will lend his ear to Northside children and their parents at the Northside Business Association’s (NBA) 11th Annual Breakfast with Santa. Held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8-11 am at the Esquire Club, 1025 N. Sherman Ave., the event includes a pancake breakfast to benefit Northside food pantries.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee, all cooked and served by volunteer members of the NBA. Dining area hosts are from The River, Bread of Life and Lakeview Lutheran food pantries. A gift bag will be given to the first 300 children who attend.

Over the past 11 years the NBA Breakfast with Santa event has allowed the organization to donate $25,000 and more than 750 pounds of food to area food pantries. Guests at this year’s event may bring donations of non-perishable food items, paper or hygiene products for the food pantries. All donations are greatly appreciated.

“Together, the three food pantries serve over 1,000 families, 750 meals and distribute 30–40 thousand pounds each week. With this year’s food shortages, help from the Breakfast with Santa event is more important than ever,” said event committee chairman Steve Nelson from DuWayne’s Salon.

“This family event allows children and their parents to have fun while giving back to the community. Those smiles on the face are even bigger when everyone realizes how much their participation helps families have enough food,” he added.

Breakfast with Santa tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 3-10. Children under age three are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at AnchorBank, 2929 N. Sherman Ave., DuWayne’s Salon, 2114 N. Sherman Ave., The UPS Store, 1213 N. Sherman Ave. and The Esquire Club, 1025 N. Sherman Ave.

Sponsors for the event include Thrivent Financial and MG&E, but more sponsors are still needed, Nelson said. Breakfast sponsor levels are available at $500, $300 and $100 levels and help defray the cost of the breakfast so that more money can be donated to the food pantries. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Nelson at 241-0323.


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Green Madison – Get energy efficient

Did you know that on average, buildings use 30% of energy inefficiently or unnecessarily? Green Madison, an energy-efficiency program from the City of Madison, is excited to offer attractive financial incentives for your business.

 Small Business Financing

  • Energy-efficiency projects between $5,000 and $20,000
    Finance up to 100 percent of your energy-efficiency project costs through Summit Credit Union. Get low interest rates and flexible repayment terms. The money you save on your energy bills helps pay off your loan.

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    Provides up-front funds so that you can move forward with your energy-efficiency projects today. Work with the lender of your choice while Green Madison provides collateral to help guarantee your loan. No money down needed.

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11th Annual AppleFest Raffle

11th Annual AppleFest Rafflesponsored by North/Eastside Senior Coalition

(Proceeds will be used to enhance programs & services offered to senior adults living in Madison’s north/eastside & Dane County)

 20 prizes worth $100 or more… starting with:

1st Prize: Open Weave Gold & Diamond Pendant ($900 retail value)

Donated by Studio Jewelers

Down load the PDF for more information!

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Can you spare some time or money for a good cause?

Long-time northsider Dave Meyer has been organizing free events for residents in his Brentwood neighborhood for the past few months.  He’s hoping to spread the word to gain more financial support.

Here are the details from Dave:

We have a lot going for us in Brentwood but also many challenges that we are trying to overcome.  Our neighborhood simply has more apartment density and kids and families living in a small area than anywhere else.  Because our buildings are owned by 31 different property owners it’s hard to get them to work together … we are trying to use the church in the winter or Warner Park in the summer to gather and get the residents to gel together.  Two weeks ago we had over 35 kids and about 15 parents go on a nature walk in the part with some UW grad students. Many of the families live by the park but have never gone into it!

In a nutshell … our goals are to raise $12,000 in order to:

  1. Get families out of their homes or apartments
  2. Regularly gather neighbors in a safe, family-style environment that offers food and fun
  3. Gain their trust, develop leaders and build a sense of community.
  4. Connect them with northside and city wide social services, recreational and educational opportunities to help them improve their lives and create a better neighborhood – this will be done via face to face meetings with providers and on a new web site

We started last winter and have gotten together over 20 times.  I’ve received great support from Emerson Elementary School and Sherman Middle School staff as well as Madison Police, City/County Public Health Department, Tenant Resource Center and of course, St. Paul’s Church, who has an established Food Pantry and 501C3 called Living in Communities, Inc..

Again, our goals for the short term would be to raise about $12,000 to keep the Thursday night program going, build attendance and work to connect people with resources as we talked about and as is outlined above.  The funds would cover our food expenses, supplies for arts and recreational projects and the costs related to build the resource guide, both printed and on-line, to further help connect available services (social services, recreational and educational opportunities)  with our families.

Checks can be made out to: Living in Communities, Inc. (put Brentwood Village on the memo line) and send to:

David Meyer | 2302 Calypso Road | Madison, WI 53704

Contact Dave at 608-249-3665 or for more information


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Northside Business Round-up Event

Calling all Northside Businesses!

Come visit our 3rd annual trade show that introduces you and your business to others

Attend this free event or set up a booth, space is free and available on a first-come basis.

Monday, April 11  from 6-8pm at the Esquire Club (1025 Sherman Ave)

Contact Margo at 663-9090 for details.

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