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WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

Outside of the Marcus Point Theater on Madison's west side, Mary Jo Walters unloaded a piece of red poster board out of her trunk.

"The main thing is to show up at all. I think it's really important for us to go out into public and speak about women and violence," Walters said.

One hour before the first showing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Walters set up with her sign.

"A ban of the movie would be great," Walters said.

Based on a sexually charged book, Walters said the plot of the erotic novel is more like a horror story than anything romantic. She said the violence and abuse portrayed in it doesn't empower women or portray an accurate depiction of love.

"I don't think it should be promoted as a love story that's seen as a gift basket for Valentine's Day," Walters said.

On the other side of town, Ellen Barnard runs a small shop filled with lingerie and other items meant to add to someone's sex life. She also lectures on the touchy topic.

WATCH: Madison natives discuss current state of civil rights

As the nation celebrates Black History Month and honor those who fought for civil rights, the current fight for racial justice is also on many people's minds.

WATCH as News 3 Reporter Velena Jones sat down with lifelong residents of the Madison community to get their take on how we have improved in Madison and where the community needs to go next.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.

Wizard World takes weekend residence in Madison

Wizard World Comic Con is in Madison this weekend offering a variety of pop culture-related entertainment.

The event takes place at the Alliant Energy Center Friday through Sunday.

Wizard World brings together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Wizard World Comic Con Madison show hours are from 3-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Lou Ferrigno of “The Incredible Hulk” and Jason David Frank of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” are among several celebrities expected to attend Wizard World.

For more information, visit www.wizardworld.com.

WATCH Ferrigno on News 3's Live at Five Thursday: channel3000.com/entertainment/31123558

Madison's winter clothes drive happening this month

Madison Parks is partnering with Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. on an outdoor winter clothes drive Jan. 5-16.

Winter coats, snowpants, boots, hats, scarves, and gloves may be dropped off during operating hours at the following locations:

  • Tenney Park Shelter, 402 N. Thornton Ave.
  • Vilas Park Shelter, 1400 Vilas Park Dr.
  • Elver Park Shelter, 1250 McKenna Blvd.
  • Odana Hills Golf Course, 4635 Odana Road

Operating Hours:

Shelter hours are weekdays 3-9 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m.-9 p.m.Odana Hills hours are weekends 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Public information meeting to discuss new proposals for Tenney Park

On Jan. 13 the City of Madison Parks and Engineering Divisions will hold a public information meeting at the Tenney Park Apartments, 302 N. Baldwin St.

They will be discussing two separate projects that are proposed for Tenney Park in 2015.

The first topic will be about Tenney Park Beach Playground improvements. City parks will be seeking input regarding design options for the playground.

The second topic will be about the Tenney Lagoon Shoreline restoration and Tenney Park Bike Path reconstruction. They will discuss the proposed project to stabilize and restore all shorelines along Tenney Lagoon, and reconstruction on the park path that parallels Johnson Street.

For each topic, a brief presentation will be given, followed by a question and answer session.

This meeting is open to the public.