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WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

Madison West stays undefeated in Big Eight girls soccer

Madison West stays undefeated in Big Eight girls soccer

Simo Bambi had a goal and an assist to lead Madison West to a 2-1 win over Middleton in a Big Eight girls soccer game at Mansfield Stadium Thursday night.

Bambi set up Claire Mooney for the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute as West took a 1-0 lead at halftime.

The Regents made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute as Anali Osori assisted on Bambi's goal.

Middleton scored in the 88th minute as Megan Sullivan broke up the shutout, but West held on to go to 5-0 in the Big Eight conference.

Middleton suffered its first conference defeat to drop to 4-1.

New early childhood center hopes to take on education disparities

New early childhood center hopes to take on education disparities

The Playing Field, a unique childcare center seeking to bring kids ages 0-3 from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds together in one classroom, will open next fall in the lower level of Bethany United Methodist Church.

The program's founder, Abbi Kruse, said she wants to know the effects of placing dissimilar children together at an early age, and hopes it will help close education disparities between white and minority students that have become a focus in Madison.

“It's my hope that at least if our children are playing together, that that's a start,” Kruse said. “And from there who knows what can happen?” Monica Host, the city of Madison's Child Care Program Coordinator, said she applauds Kruse's initiative to purposefully combine children from different backgrounds. “It's better for everyone. It's better for families, it's better for children,” she said.

Edgewood's Davis will fit right in at UW

Edgewood's Davis will fit right in at UW

Edgewood High School senior Amy Davis has quite a running resume.

She won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet last June.

In November, she won the State Division Two Individual Cross Country Championship.

This week, she broke a 34-year old record in the 3200 at the Madison City Championships - and next year she'll run at the University of Wisconsin.

Davis' mom, Nan Doak-Davis was an NCAA Champion and nine-time All-American runner at the University of Iowa.

Her dad, Barry is the head wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin.

"I'm super excited!", Amy says. "Having Dad at the office is super nice because I'll go down there and be like 'I'm gonna be here soon."

WATCH: Free kick goal lifts Memorial over Sun Prairie

Madison Memorial hits a free kick from 35 yards to defeat Sun Prairie Thursday.

Home team Memorial beat Sun Prairie 2-1.

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

Try powerful telescopes, see the stars at free star-gazing workshop

A free event at an east Madison park next week will offer information on star gazing.

The city of Madison said a Learn to Star Gaze workshop will be held at Reindahl Park from 7-8 p.m. Monday.

The workshop will be led by a UW Space Place specialist and will give all participants the chance to search the skies using powerful telescopes.