City Life

Melissa Finkelstein chills on her stand-up paddleboard

Melissa Finkelstein always loved being on the water, but it wasn’t until cabin fever set in months into the pandemic that she bought her own inflatable stand-up paddleboard, or SUP.

Melissa Finkelstein always loved being on the water, but it wasn’t until cabin fever set in months into the pandemic that she bought her own inflatable stand-up paddleboard, or SUP.

5 local rivers to run

Recommendations from Timothy Bauer, author of “Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin: 60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison,” as told to Maggie Ginsberg.

Recommendations from Timothy Bauer, author of “Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin: 60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison,” as told to Maggie Ginsberg.

Float into summer with the Yid Vicious Paddle Party

Bring your own boat and join the band as they play klezmer tunes from a pontoon for Make Music Madison day on June 21.

Bring your own boat and join the band as they play klezmer tunes from a pontoon for Make Music Madison day on June 21.

The Madison Mallards undergo a Ruthian rebrand

The Duck Pond went dark in 2020, but with an updated look and the 2021 season underway, the Madison Mallards are signaling a new start.

The Duck Pond went dark in 2020, but with an updated look and the 2021 season underway, the Madison Mallards are signaling a new start.

100 years of summer camp

YMCA of Dane County celebrates a milestone at a time when kids may need camp more than ever.

As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, YMCA of Dane County believes summer camp will be even more important this year — its 100th summer.

Parenting in the pandemic

A mother of a child with autism says all kids benefit from support staff in schools.

From the moment my husband and I learned that our son was autistic, we leaned into the idea of building a team.

Satya Rhodes-Conway stays the course

Challenges over the past 15 months — maybe greater than any others a Madison mayor has faced — have stalled progress on her ambitious list of goals for the community. But Rhodes-Conway, who fell in love with Madison “almost” at first sight, is no stranger to tough times.

Challenges over the past 15 months — maybe greater than any others a Madison mayor has faced — have stalled progress on her ambitious list of goals for the community. But Satya Rhodes-Conway, who fell in love with Madison “almost” at first sight, is no stranger to tough times.

Faces of pride

Meet 11 Madisonians in the LGBTQ community who celebrate their authentic selves not just in June during Pride Month.

Meet 11 Madisonians in the LGBTQ community who celebrate their authentic selves not just in June during Pride Month.

Madison Magazine wins top honor on national stage

City Regional Magazine Association names local publication winner of general excellence award in its circulation category

City Regional Magazine Association names local publication winner of general excellence award in its circulation category.

Joel DeSpain signs off and hits the road

Joel DeSpain’s career took him from TV journalist to law enforcement public information officer.

Joel DeSpain’s career took him from TV journalist to law enforcement public information officer. Now the recent retiree is hitting the road.

Catrina Sparkman shares the power of voice

This ‘born speaker’ reflects on free speech and January’s insurrection at the Capitol.

This ‘born speaker’ reflects on free speech and January’s insurrection at the Capitol.

Creando Explorertorium opens Hilldale location

The Spanish immersion program offers playful childcare and learning on a drop-in and membership basis.

Zumba, crafts, mini concerts and cookie baking doesn’t sound like a half-bad way to learn Espanol, now does it?

Compete in upcoming virtual running races from anywhere

Mark your calendars for these 10 virtual running events, some featuring a few in-person options

Events that are being held virtually give runners the freedom to run their race distance over any course – a loop or two around the neighborhood, a favorite Madison park, etc. – to reduce the risk of large gatherings.

Take a shot at disc golf

Glide Disc Golf pro shop owner shares the 'simple joy of throwing a disc and watching it take flight.'

“The cool thing is that it's one of the few sports where I will see three generations of people come into our shop,” says Glide Disc Golf shop owner Mike Bakta.

Fete de Marquette canceled for second year due to the coronavirus

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Willy Street Co-op decided to cancel the event out of caution for attendees and staff members who work the event.

The Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and Willy Street Co-op decided to cancel the event out of caution for attendees and staff members who work the event.