Earth Day 2018 Madison, WI Area Events

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day –  A day to celebrate the natural beauty of our planet and remind us of what we can do to help keep it healthy.  If you’re looking for events to honor our planet and get outside after our long winter, we have put together a list of some of our area’s Earth Day events.

 

 

 

Sunday, April 22nd

9 AM – 5 PMEarth Day Kid’s at Jada’s Garden & Greenhouse in Blue Mounds – For just $5 per child you can stop in at any time to plant veggies in peat pots and paint a garden rock.

12:30 – 3:30 PMEarth Day & Party for the Planet at Henry Vilas Zoo – Partnered with MG&E for tons of family-friendly activities.

1 PM – 3:30 PM – UW Arboretum’s Earth Day Among Woodland Wildflowers Walk and Earth Day Family Nature Program – Meet at the visitor center at 1 PM for the walk and indoor activities start at 2:30 PM

 

Saturday, April 21st

10 AM – 11:30 AMLand Steward Work Day at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center to help restore and maintain ALNC’s prairie, marsh, and woodlands

10 AM – 5 PM – Sustainable Stoughton’s 2nd Annual Earth Day Expo – A free, family friendly event that offers food, workshops, crafts, and more!

11 AM – 12 PMSeedballs at the Madison Children’s Museum -Kids will be able to make their own seedballs from clay, soil, and seeds to gain an understanding of the cycles and processes of plants.

12 PM – 4 PM – Habitat ReStore’s Spring Celebration – At their East location they will host a kid’s build & garden project plus a gardening workshop at 1 PM about worms.

2 PM – 5 PM – Quarry Hill Park’s Earth Day Event in Fitchburg – Help plant trees and enjoy delicious treats from area food carts.

 

This list just scratches the surface of our community’s events and we’d love to hear from you if we think we should add something to our list.  Feel free to email them to annanorth@realtyexecutives.com.

We hope you have a wonderful Earth Day and get out to enjoy the beautiful weather we will have this weekend!

7 Tips & Tricks for Starting Seeds Indoors

It’s April, which means that you can now start many of your produce seeds indoors to get a jump start on your veggie garden.  Growing produce from seeds isn’t just a great way to save money compared to buying ready-to-plant seedlings from a garden store, but it is also super rewarding!

Before you get your hands dirty, take time to review the planting schedule to see when you can start your seeds indoors and when they should be transplanted outside.  Once you have an ideal timeline planned out, it’s time for the fun part!  Below are 7 tips & tricks to help make your indoor seedlings a success.

  1. Use seed starting mix. Purchase a  quality seed starting mix that will help your seeds grow into healthy and strong seedlings. Pre-moisten before putting in seeds. Fill your containers about 3/4 full with seed starting mix.  You can also mix in a little cinnamon as it prevents fungus and helps prevent dampening off.
  2. Give them plenty of light. Place your seeds under grow lights or near a window to ensure they get plenty of sunshine. 12-16 hours of light is needed by seeds for the best growth.
  3. Keep soil well-watered. Keep soil moist but not drenched.  Overwatering can lead to mold growth.  To ensure that you aren’t drowning your new seeds, try using a misting spray bottle instead of watering can. Let your soil dry out just a bit between waterings.
  4. Repot in larger containers. When the seedlings get their second pair of leaves, they will need to be repotted into large contrainers.  Prepare the larger pots with a potting mix that includes plenty of compost. Move the seedlings carefully to the new containers and water well. Keep pots out of direct sun for a few days.
  5. Gradually introduce to outdoors. Hardening off will slowly adjust your seedlings to the outdoors and give them the best chance to flourish. About two weeks prior to replanting outside take your plants outdoors under cover- the shade of a tree is good spot. Leave them out for a couple hours and then bring them back inside. This will help them get used to the sun, wind, rain, and other conditions gradually.
  6. Plant extra seeds. Plant more than you think you will need to make up for the seeds that don’t sprout or mature. You can also start seeds every 6 weeks so you have a continual supply of seedlings ready to plant, this will keep your garden producing for much longer.
  7. Follow packet instructions- Certain seed types need specific care and instructions.  Some seeds may need to be soaked,scratched, or chilled before planting.  Some may need their container covered with a top or plastic wrap to create a greenhouse effect.  Read your seed packet before planting for best results

Love Oregon Part 9 – Headquarters Bar & Restaurant

Happy Monday! 🥤🌭 We would like to present you with our last, but definitely not least, featured business in our Love Oregon series….. Headquarters Bar and Restaurant​!

🏐 Jamie wanted to open a business where the community could come together & kick back and HQ does exactly that! They offer a ton of different activities and events for all ages year round and they really do care about our community. Listen in to hear what love means to Jamie, what he likes most about the Oregon community, and what project they are currently working on with the village to better our amazing town.

✅ Visit our FB page & find this video to find out how you can be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card to HQ which was kindly donated by Jamie himself!

Love Oregon Part 8 – The Chocolate Caper

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! If you haven’t already, we recommend stopping into our seventh featured business in our Love Oregon series, The Chocolate Caper, to get some sweet treats for your sweetheart!

Dan talks about some of the great things that the Oregon community has to offer and what love means to him. Tune in to hear more!

For any last minute Valentine’s Day gift shoppers, we will be giving away a $20 gift card to The Chocolate Caper. To enter, visit our FB page(www.facebook.com/theminterteam) and find this video with more information! #loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 7 – Oregon Bike and Skate

🌳 Even though there is snow on the ground we are thinking SPRING! And when we think of spring, we think of being outdoors and going on bike rides which is why our sixth feature business in our Love Oregon series is Oregon Bike and Skate!

🚴🏼‍♂️ When you visit Oregon Bike and Skate, you will be welcomed with a friendly smile and helpful, knowledgeable staff! Scott is a huge part of the Oregon Community and you can listen in now to see why he loves it so much and also what love means to him.

To be entered to win a FREE bike tune-up courtesy of Scott at OBS, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 6 – Ofroyo

Happy Friday! Today would be a good day to stop by our 5th featured business in our Love Oregon Series to get a sweet start on the weekend…. Ofroyo!

Tina & Randy are all about the Oregon community and wanted to have a place where family & friends can gather, enjoy a tasty but healthy treat, and spend quality time together. Listen in as they tell us what love means to them, why they love Oregon, and their special promotions for this month!

We will be giving away a$20 Ofroyo gift card to share with your loved one or family. To be entered into the drawing visit our FB page and find this video for further instructions! www.facebook.com/theminterteam

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 5 – The Zone

 With a strong emphasis on community, being your best possible self, and lifting others up, we thought it was fitting for Zone Training and Fitness to be a featured business in our Love Oregon series!

 We chatted with Megan, The Zone’s manager, about what she thinks love is, what she loves about the community, as well as programs that they have going on.

To be entered to win a 5-class pack AND a free admission to Girl Strong in the summer, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 4 – Be Adventurous

After this past weekend’s ❄️❄️ and the bitter cold weather we have been having this week, we can’t help but dream of somewhere warm and tropical🏝️,which leads us to introducing our third featured business in our Love Oregon series….

⛩️ Be Adventurous Travel! ⛩️ It will easy to see why we picked this wonderful company to help represent our love for Oregon once you visit their website and read the short post on their homepage about the importance of making a difference in our community, random acts of kindness, and helping make others’ dream a reality.

We will be giving away a $70 gift certificate to Be Adventurous Travel that can be used to go towards service fees when you book your next dream vacation with them!

👏🏼👏🏼 To qualify, visit our Facebook page, find this video along with the instructions on how to enter the drawing!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Part 3 – Charlie’s on Main

🤗 For our second featured Oregon business we bring you to Charlie’s On Main and we will be giving away a $50 gift card!

👨‍🍳 Listen in as Chef Dave tells us what love means to him, what he loves about our community, and a little bit about their Valentine’s Day specials!

Visit our FB page (The Minter Team) and find this video to learn how you can be entered to win a $50 gift card to Charlie’s on Main!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Love Oregon Contest Series Introduction

❄️ It’s February, the month of love, and to celebrate we will be launching our contest “Love Oregon” on our Facebook page! (https://www.facebook.com/TheMinterTeam) Love is all about connections, whether it’s with each other, the outdoors, or our community.

😘 We love Oregon and we are excited to share with you some of the reasons why. We are also looking forward to hearing what you love about it as well!

🏫 We will be stopping into a number of local businesses over the next two weeks that we love and believe to have made an impact on our community. We will be chatting with the owners & customers about what love means to them and the things they enjoy the most about our community. You will see these videos periodically on our Facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks and we will be giving away prizes from each of these businesses!

To participate and spread the love for Oregon, visit our Facebook page and find this video! https://www.facebook.com/theminterteam

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

Where Can Dane County’s Middle Class Afford to Live?

middle-classA few years ago I read the article “Where Even the Middle Class Can’t Live Anymore” by Emily Badger and grew curious about how local families were being affected by rising home prices.

I began to wonder, “Where Can Dane County’s Middle Class Afford to Live?”

Affordability takes into account a variety of factors so using the local median income of $83,900 with an online calculator to estimate home affordability I determined the maximum purchase price for the majority of Dane County residents to be around $375,000.

Keep in mind this is the maximum, not a recommendation, as this number was based around the assumptions of 20% down (not easy for many middle class families), 3.75% interest rate, $7500 annually in taxes, annual home insurance of $700, roughly $500 per month in additional debts, and no more than 30% of monthly income going towards housing costs. (more…)

Oregon Market Update: July 2015

Market StatsHere is your monthly market update for the Oregon area (53575 zipcode). For more information about market trends give us a call or sign up for monthly notification in your area HERE.

Oregon Market by Price Point

Under $200,000

12 active homes (View Homes), 4 sold last month, 3.9 months of inventory has quickly reversed trends and solidified this market segment as a sellers market. (more…)

Oregon Market Update: May 2015

Market StatsHere is your monthly market update for the Oregon area (53575 zipcode). For more information about market trends give us a call or sign up for monthly notification in your area HERE.

Oregon Market by Price Point

Under $200,000

18 active homes (View Homes), 4 sold last month, 6.8 months of inventory show that long term trends have moved towards favoring buyers. (more…)

Help Us Give Back This Holiday Season

Food Drive

With the holiday season upon us we ask you to join us in the drive to eliminate hunger. From now through December 3rd we will help collect donations to support the Second Harvest Foodbank as part of the NBC 15 Share Your Holidays to Eliminate Hunger Campaign. 

This year the campaign goal is to raise 2.7 million meals for families and individuals struggling with hunger.  The Minter Team, along with Stark agents Erin Garnett, Tiffany Tobias, and Melissa Wheeler, have teamed up to support a goal of contributing 1,000 items to this cause. (more…)

First Quarter Market Review: Oregon

housing-marketWith 2014 now in full swing it’s a good time to take a look at where the housing market is sitting heading into the peak season. Throughout the end of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013 we saw a frantic market starting to build for the spring and summer months. With interest rates still historically low, an extreme lack of active properties, and the onslaught of new construction I can’t help but think the next few months could mean great things for those looking to make a move. (more…)