This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach.
Thursday, November 24
It's appropriate that citizens take pains to share the Thanksgiving holiday, rooted in the bounty of the harvest, with those less fortunate. On the day devoted to turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry relish, there are folks all over town ladling up the gravy over a free meal. These include:
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at the Pancake Cafe in Fitchburg, serving a traditional holiday menu. Pancake Cafe, 6220 Nesbitt Rd., Fitchburg, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Call 204-7040 for more info.
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, serving a traditional holiday menu. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free. Call 271-6633 for more info.
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at Lakeview Lutheran Church, serving a traditional holiday menu to guests making a reservation. Lakeview Lutheran Church, 4001 Mandrake Rd., noon, free. Call 244-6181 for more info.
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, working with the South Madison Coalition of the Elderly to serve a traditional holiday menu. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., noon-1 p.m., free. Call 251-8405 for more info.
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at First United Methodist Church, serving over 300 people a traditional holiday menu. First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., noon-2 p.m., free. Call 256-4357 for more info.
- Free Thanksgiving Meal at First Congregational United Church of Christ, serving over 400 people a traditional holiday menu. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave., noon-3 p.m., free. Call 233-9751 for more info.
Friday, November 25
The holiday shopping season goes into hyperdrive today with Black Friday madness at malls and big boxes throughout the land. The scene will be a bit slower-paced, though, at the Christkindlmarkt, an annual "Old World Holiday Market" at the Turner Hall of Monroe. The all-day market features local artisan products like crafts, soaps, and Swiss folk art (from Scherenschnitte to Kerbschnitte to Holzschnitte), along with Swiss baked goods, spiced wine, a European-style café at the Ratskeller Restaurant, and visits with Santa. Turner Hall of Monroe, 1217 17th Ave., Monroe, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission. Call 608-325-3461 for more info.
Saturday, November 26
Wollersheim Winery hosts another seasonal celebration this weekend with its A Vintage Christmas. Set to a soundtrack provided by Christmas carolers, the celebration includes wine tastings, food pairings, and tours. Wollersheim Winery, 7876 Hwy. 188 , Prairie du Sac, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Call 608-643-6515 for more info.
More events this week
Tuesday, November 22
Holiday Pie Sale, an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Meadowridge Branch Library, featuring different varieties of pies. Meadowridge Library, 5740 Raymond Rd., 10 a.m.-sold out, $10 per pie. Call 288-6160 for more info.
Wednesday, November 23
Wil-Mar Holiday Pie Sale, the 24th annual fundraiser for the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, featuring selections of deep-dish Louisiana sweet potato pecan and sour cream apple pies. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., pick-up from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22-Wednesday, November 23, delivery to any location in Madison from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22-Wednesday, November 23, $17 single pie, $32 two pies, or three or more for $15 per pie. Call 257-4576 for more info.
Thursday, November 24
Madison on the Cheap has compiled its annual list of places to dine out for Thanksgiving dinner, with information about meals that are free, under $20, between $20-$30, and over $40 per person. The list notes that there are fewer options in 2011 than in previous years. "One community dinner could not find sufficient volunteers to continue," it notes. "Some restaurants are no longer in business; and several are not serving this year because of the schedule conflict created by the 11:30 a.m. kickoff time for the Packers vs. the Lions football game."
Dorf Haus Thanksgiving Buffet, a holiday dinner and fundraiser for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, with 15% of proceeds going to support the group. Dorf Haus, 8931 Hwy. Y, Roxbury, 11 a.m-2 p.m., $16.25. Call 643-3980 for more info.
Friday, November 25
Hmong New Year Celebration, an annual two-day festival hosted by the Southern Wisconsin Hmong Association, featuring food vendors, a flea market, speakers, traditional dances and music, and more. Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall, 1919 Alliant Energy Way, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Call 212-3538 for more info.
Saturday, November 26
Norwegian Frokost, a semi-annual fundraiser brunch and bake sale hosted by the Sons of Norway, featuring a traditional smorgasbord with a menu of smoked salmon, herring, sausage, cheeses, crackers and breads, boiled eggs, lefse and other baked goods, fruit soup, and more, as well as a bake sale offering traditional Norwegian cookies (rosettes, krumkake, sandbakkels), lefse, and coffee cake (julekake). Sons of Norwary Idun Lodge, 2262 Winnebago St., 9 a.m.-noon, $10 adults and $5 kids 6-12. Call 277-8190 for more info.
Sunday, November 27
Arboretum Local Products Expo, the third annual "Close to Home" exposition hosted by the UW-Madison Arboretum that celebrates sustainability and locally-produced gifts, featuring edibles and arts vendors. UW Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Hwy., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 890-2555 for more info.
Savory Sunday, with volunteers need to prepare and serve a fresh, hot meal for the hungry, now serving once again in the Wisconsin Capitol cafeteria. Lutheran Campus Center, 5 N. Mills St., 11 a.m. Call 233-6967 for more info.
Monday, November 28
Slow Food for Bhopal, a special fundraiser dinner hosted by UWSMPH Student Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin, and Slow Food UW-Madison, featuring locally sourced Indian cuisine and a performance by UW School of Bhangra, with proceeds going to benefit communities impacted by the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984. The Crossing, 1127 University Ave., 6:30 p.m., $5. Call 232-9945 for more info.
Nutrient-dense foods discussion at the Madison chapter meeting of the Weston A. Price Foundation, with a focus on networking and farm sales. Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., 7 p.m. Call 221-8696 for more info.