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play in the spotlight 2 Light the Lakes Boat Parade Captain a boat or simply savor the spectacle from the shore as Madisonians light Lake Mendota with a dazzling boat parade in support of community efforts to keep local waterways clean. Sunday, 7:45 p.m. Lake Mendota, Madison; drakeandcompany. com/lights_on_the_lake.html. Monroe Street Festival A perfect way to get the family out of the house and into the fresh fall air, this annual neighborhood celebration features a street sale with dozens of local vendors, live entertainment for all ages, and activities for children to enjoy. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monroe St., Madison; 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Local farmers will open their barn doors once again for the annual Bike the Barns! Cycle your way along the 60-mile route, taste homegrown treats, and enjoy good company. Sunday, 8 a.m. Verona; 29 Pipers in the Prairie Enjoy a day of rustic outdoor fun at Aldo Leopold Nature Center with the family at this time-honored gathering. Harvest hors d'oeuvres will be served amidst exciting entertainment, nature-inspired activities and more! Saturday, 4:30-8 p.m. Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona; 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 septemberevents Domestic Abuse Intervention Services 35th Anniversary Bust those platforms out of storage for this disco-themed event, celebrating how far we've come—and where we need to go. Hit the dance floor, enter a costume contest and celebrate 35 years of DAIS offering support to survivors of domestic abuse. Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Plan B, Madison; Grab your cowbell and start cheering as 29,000 participants return to Madison for Ironman Wisconsin, one of the most challenging—and inspiring— races around. Sunday, 7 a.m. Madison; 6 REAP Food for Thought Festival This tasty festival has a tantalizing mission: To create more informed food citizens. Learn where your food comes from, how to make healthy choices, and how the food you buy affects the environment and local economy. (And did we mention the delicious food?) Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Capitol Square, Madison; Science lovers of all ages can explore the wonders of the natural world first-hand at the Wisconsin Science Festival. Kicks off Thursday, 11 a.m. Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Madison; September 2012 69 Photos courtesy of Orange Tree Imports–Monroe Street Festival and REAP Food Group

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