Alvarado News

Baby, It's Cold Outside! Time to winterize your home

Whether you love winter in Wisconsin or wish you could head south, you’ll soon be grabbing that shovel and building snow people. Avoid costly repairs, stay safe and be ready to get warm and cozy with these tips.  

 

  • Test, replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices.

  • Seal leaks around doors and windows.

  • Check roof for missing, damaged or loose shingles. (Be careful up there!)

  • Insulate your attic

  • (especially in those beautiful old homes).

  • Drain outdoor faucets and hoses, shut off water to outside spigots.

  • Inspect and clean chimneys and fireplaces.

  • Clean and repair gutters.

  • Clean leaf, yard waste. Check City of Madison yard waste pick-up schedules.

  • Reverse ceiling fans.

  • Service snow blower, find your shovels, clean out and reorganize your garage.

  • Add salt to a bucket for slippery spots, walkways and steps.

  • Sharpen skis and ice skates and dust off boots!

  • Tune up heating system and winterize air conditioner.

 

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Fall in Madison 2016

 

Fall is a fantastic time of the year here in Madison!  Enjoy what is going on around town and we'll see you out and about!

 

 

 

OCTOBER

October 4-8 - World Dairy Expo - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

October 7 - Harvest Moon Festival - Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

October 7 - Latino Art Fair - Overture Center for the Arts, Madison

October 8 - Downtown Baraboo Fair on the Square - Baraboo

October 13 - Dane Arts Buy Local - 1 S Pinckney St, Madison

October 14-15 - Fall Festival Weekend - Wisconsin Dells

October 20-23 - Wisconsin Book Festival - Madison

October 21 - Harry Potter Festival 2016 - Edgerton

October 21-23 - Wisconsin Science Festival - Madison/statewide

October 22 - Halloween Mystery Hike - Baraboo

October 27 - HOLLOWeen at Cave of the Mounds - Blue Mounds

October 29 - UFO Days - Belleville

October 29 - Freakfest - State Street, Madison

October 30 - Halloween at the Zoo - Vilas Zoo, Madison

 

NOVEMBER

November 3-December 22 - A Fireside Christmas - Fort Atkinson

November 5-12 - Homecoming at UW-Madison - Madison

November 6 - Swissfest - Monroe

November 12 - Holiday Craft Bonanza - Mount Horeb

November 13 - Madison Marathon - Madison

November 19 - Madison Women’s Expo - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

November 19-20 - Winter Art Fair Off the Square - Capitol Square, Madison

November 19-January 2 - Holiday Fantasy in Lights - Olin Park, Madison

November 24 - Madison Turkey Trot - Madison

November 25 - Black Business Expo on Black Friday - Villager Mall, Madison

 

DECEMBER

December 10-11 - Madison Holiday Market - Alliant Energy Center, Madison

December 3-31 - Olbrich’s Holiday Express - Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison

 

 

Madison Businesses Stepping Up for Diversity and Inclusion

Co-Owner of Alvarado Real Estate Group, Sara Alvarado, shares the work being done in the business community with Malik Anderson at The Madison Times.  

Local Businesses Learn to 'Step Up,' Prioritize Diversity & Inclusion

The Madison Times, July 31, 2015
Step-Up core planners and co-creators (left to right): Amy Kesling, Haywood Simmons, Tania Ibarra, Sara Alvarado. Photo credit: Step Up: Equity Matters
Step-Up core planners and co-creators (left to right): Amy Kesling, Haywood Simmons, Tania Ibarra, Sara Alvarado. Photo credit: Step Up: Equity Matters
"Oftentimes, assumed differences inhibit people from realizing their similarities with other people, especially across social borders. These workshops allow people to safely explore, communicate, and unlearn their inner biases." 

Local organization 'Step Up: Equity Matters' aims to create safe spaces for the community to learn how to talk about race. Sara Alvarado, co-creator of Step Up, explained that oftentimes workplaces forget to bring people of color into the conversation of lack of inclusivity in those environments. Alvarado, alongside co-creators Amy Kesling (Sustain Dane), Haywood Simmons (Motivational Expert, Phitness Plus), and Tania Ibarra (Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison) make up their core planning team.Step Up, which partners with the YWCA and receives support and training from their Racial Justice platform, encourages people of all backgrounds to begin conversations about race among their own communities. allowing them to move beyond the initial discomfort of talking about a contentious issue. Alvarado hopes that more businesses will start and continue to consider these conversations as valuable and necessary in working towards equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Alvarado contends that diversity in the workplace is more than just checking off boxes, it's about "bring[ing in] people who have something to add to the company." For example, Alvarado, Kesling, Simmons and Ibarra each bring unique skill sets to the organization to convey to others the importance and benefits of creating an environment that's comfortable for all people. Each core-planner's personal and professional experience informs their contribution to the discussion of how to talk about race and how to combat racial biases.

Part of why these conversations don't naturally happen is due to a common misconception. "Often people [of color] feel they are unvalued, but on the other side, white people feel they [people of color] don't want to be involved in that environment," Simmons said. Oftentimes, assumed differences inhibit people from realizing their similarities with other people, especially across social borders. These workshops allow people to safely explore, communicate, and unlearn their inner biases.

Simmons added that ignorance and blame allows people to make excuses for themselves, avoiding important conversations on race and losing opportunities to grow and connect with others: "Our workshops are about making people uncomfortable, but making them uncomfortable using vulnerability as a place for growth." James Phetteplace, Director of Information Technology at the Willy Street Coop, had only positive things to say about his experience with Step Up: "[The] facilitators are highly skilled at presenting and discussing difficult subject matter, and creating an environment that values courage, action, and commitment."

For Alvarado, the ideal situation in any business or place of work would be transparency about its own shortcomings with equity in the workplace, and also about its efforts to make diversity and inclusion a priority. The ideal is that a business "Walks it, talks it, and breathes it. It realizes it's not perfect," said Alvarado.

Simmons views the work the core planning team does as important and empowering for people, and feels optimistic about the influence it will have on the individuals and organizations involved. "We have the tools to get these conversations going. There is hope," he said.

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Do you want to get involved in the Step Up Movement? Join the email list here: sign up! [youtube]https://youtu.be/Id-4VgrDxhw[/youtube]
It is a safe place to learn and grow and we invite you to be a part of the solution at www.stepupforequity.com.

JUST SOLD! 4310 Maher Ave., in Madison, WI

4310 Maher Ave

Photo Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty

JUST SOLD! 4310 Maher Ave., in Madison, WI  sold on May 29, 2015 for $206,000.

- 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms - 1,791 square feet - Deck & Fenced Yard

Sold by Kate Weis of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.

- See more at: Recent Sales

Summer in Madison 2015

 

 

Sunny, warm days in Madison are our favorites! Enjoy what is going on around town and we'll see you out and about!

 

 

JUNE EVENTS

June 4 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm Rabid Aardvarks

June 4-5 - Verona Hometown Days

June 6 - Cars on State Street

June 6 - Cows on the Concourse

June 7 - Ride the Drive

June 13 - Summerpalooza at the Children's museum 

June 13-14 - The Waterfront Festival in Yahara Place Park

June 16 - Lunchtime Live, a free outdoor lunchtime concert on the square for 8 consecutive Tuesday's. All dates and bands are on the link.

June 19 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm, The Boogie Men

June 20 - Jazz in the Park, Wingra Park

June 20-21 - Isthmus Jazz Festival

June 24 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

June 26 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm, The Jimmys

June 26 - Live on King Street

June 27 - Shake the Lake

June 25-28 - Bhakti Fest

JULY

July 1 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

July 2-5 - National Women's Music Festival

July 8 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

July 9 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm, Madison County

July 9-12 - La Fête de Marquette, Central Park

July 11-12 - Art Fair on the Square

July 15 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

July 15-19 - Dane County Fair 

July 16 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm, Start Making Sense (Talking Heads Tribute)

July 17 - Live on King Street

July 17-19 - Maxwell Street Days

July 17-18 - Paddle & Portage

July 22 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

July 23 - Concerts on the Monona Terrace Rooftop 7-9pm, ABBA Salute

July 25 - Opera in the Park, Garner Park at 8pm

July 25-26 - Atwood Fest

July 29 - Concerts on the Square, a Madison favorite starting at 7pm.

July 31 - Live on King Street

AUGUST

Aug 7 - Dane Dances, Monona Rooftop Terrace, 5:30 - 9:30, see link for bands

Aug 7 - Live on King Street

Aug 8 - Great Taste of the Midwest

Aug 14 - Dane Dances, Monona Rooftop Terrace, 5:30 - 9:30, see link for bands

Aug 20-23 - Sun Prairie's Sweet Corn Festival 

Aug 21 - Dane Dances, Monona Rooftop Terrace, 5:30 - 9:30, see link for bands

Aug 21 - Live on King Street

Aug 22 - Madison Mini Marathon

Aug 27-30 - Orton Park Festival

Aug 28 - Dane Dances, Monona Rooftop Terrace, 5:30 - 9:30, see link for bands

Aug 28-30 - Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 

SEPTEMBER

Sept 5-6 - Taste of Madison

Sept 18 - Live on King Street

Sept 19-20 - Willy St Fair 

Sept 20 - Bike the Barns ride

 

JUST SOLD! 2809 Century Harbor Rd #1 in Middleton, WI

JUST SOLD! 2809 Century Harbor Rd. #1 in Middleton, WI sold on March 6, 2015 for $89,200.

- 1 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms - 875 square feet - Lake access

Sold by Julie Campbell of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.

- See more at: Recent Sales

JUST SOLD 5218 Ridge Oak Dr., in Madison, WI

JUST SOLD! 5218 Ridge Oak Dr. in Madison, WI sold on January 29th, 2015 for $174,500.  Located in Ridgewood!

- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms - 1,080 square feet - Tri-Level on cul-de-sac

Sold by Carlos Alvarado of the Alvarado Real Estate Group.

For more information about selling or buying a home, feel free to contact us.

- See more at: Recent Sales

JUST LISTED! 115 E. Broadway Unit 206 - Monona - Condo For Sale

 

Spacious, light-filled 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in Monona! Enjoy high-end condo living at a great price. Meticulously maintained unit boasts gas fireplace, beautiful hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, solid surface counter tops, in-unit laundry, ample storage, and includes heated underground parking. Enjoy morning sunrises on your east-facing patio and entertaining in open living/dining combo. Accessible access to Beltline for easy commute anywhere in Madison and just minutes to the interstate. Security system, Close to busline, Elevator.

 

115 E. Broadway Unit 206 - Features & Updates

  • Convenient in-unit laundry
  • Fireplace
  • Large sliding door in living room leads to spacious, private outdoor patio
  • Abundant in-unit storage and storage
  • Patio/Balcony
  • Underground heated parking included

Kate Weis

 

This home is marketed by Kate Weis, Real Estate Consultant - The Alvarado Real Estate Group. For a showing of this home or to discuss selling your home, please contact Kate at 608.213.4203 or Kate@TheAlvaradoGroup.com.