New Career Programs at Madison College. The college’s Construction and Remodeling program trains students for careers as carpenters, remodelers, apprentices, master carpenters, etc. The next session starts Jan. 30. A part-time evening Construction Bridge Program which teaches basic technical skills to get started in the industry starts Jan. 30. Contact Jose A. Luna, 608-258-2378

Winter Clothing Drive at Elver Park from Jan. 4-15.  Bring coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and gloves to the Shelter during business hours.

Free Indoor Walking at Break Away Sports, 5964 Executive Drive in Fitchburg.  Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-noon.

There’s still time to sign up for group ice skating lessons at Elver Park. Deadline is Mon., Jan 9.  Late fee of $5 after Monday.  For more info and to sign up, go to:

Alaska Expeditions. Expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors are selected to spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine or marine environment. Through field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers, the girls build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. Free. You must be16 or 17 by June 1. For more information, go to



Mon., Jan. 10  10:45-11:30am   Wonder Works at the  Sequoya Library.  Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!) For children ages 3 – 5. Registration began 12/27. Call 266-6385  Same program Wed. 4:00-4:45.

Tues., Jan. 10 6:30-7:30pm   Winter is Coming at the Meadowridge Library.  A gathering for fans of Game of Thrones to discuss the Game of Thrones books and TV seasons, one installment at a time. This month focuses on A Game of Thrones and season one, sharing thoughts and theories. Books and DVDs available for checkout now.  For adults.

Tuesday, Jan. 10  1:30-3:30 pm.  Crafters Corner at the Segoe Terrace Activity Room.  No experience necessary. Craft supplies furnished for $1. Sponsored by West Madison Senior Center.

Thurs., Jan 12  3:00-4:30p.m. Knitting at the Meadowridge Library. Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.  For families or all ages.

Fri, Jan. 13  6:45-8:45pm  THE AUTOMATIC HATE : Films from the International Film Movement Series.  At the Alicia Ashman Public Library on the second Friday of the month for thought provoking international films from the Film Movement Series.  Adults.

Sat., Jan. 14  9:00am – 1:00pm   eRecycling in West Madison.  Bring your TVs. monitors, computers, copiers, cell phones and other electronic for recycling to 805 Forward Drive.  More info, go to:

Mon., Jan 16  11 am-9 pm.  No school skating at Elver Park.

Mon., Jan 16  6:30 pm   Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (second driveway off Whitney, south of Raymond)  All welcome. Will discuss winter events, potential Farmers’ Market in SW side, various grant possibilities.



Sat., Jan 21 8:30-11:30 am  Byrne Grant Presentation/Brealfast Meeting on neighborhood input.  Good Shepherd Church.

Over the past several months residents and stakeholders from the Raymond Road corridor have been meeting  to identify strategies to address issues around our safety and well-being for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant.  Information gathered from the sessions will be reviewed during this meeting.

Thurs., Jan. 26 1:30 pm.  Mystery Book Club at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  This month’s book is Crocodile on the Sand Bank by Elizabeth Peters.


The first round of Christmas Tree collection begins January 3rd.  For more details, visit


Mon., Jan. 2

New Year “Observed” – Madison Public Libraries and most other activity centers (e.g., Senior Centers) are closed.
Tue., Jan. 3 6:00pm-8:00pm Table Top Game Night.    The Meadowridge Library has a ton of tabletop games, just waiting to be played!  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Jan 3 1:00pm-3:45pm Watercolor Painting for All Levels.  Explore the many ways to mix color to improve your paintings and have fun doing it. Each class starts with a demonstration. Students may apply new techniques into their own project or work on the exercises. Class Fee $15 per class, please pay instructor directly. Call Candice to RSVP at 238-0196.   Madison West Senior Center, 602 Sawyer Terrace.

Wed., Jan. 4 3:30pm-5:00pm Chess Club.  Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Meadowridge Library.


Thr., Jan 5 1:00pm-3:00pm West Madison Senior Center Movies:  “Florence Foster Jenkins” – The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful.  Madison West Senior Center, 602 Sawyer Terrace.

Fri., Jan 6 6:00pm-7:00pm Forward Theater Play Club:  Outside Mullingar.  It’s fun and easy to take part: just register to attend, check out a script and study guide at the library, and then head to your library for the discussion. A conversation will be led by a Forward Theater Company artist, and scenes from the play will be read aloud by Forward Theater actors.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.  Register at .

AARP Tax Help.  For those who could benefit from FREE, simple tax return help,  The following dates run with 45-minute slots, so your taxes must be straightforward. Tax preparers will be using all new software this year, so you must bring all paperwork to this appointment! Feb. 17, Feb. 24, Mar. 24,  Mar. 31.  Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290 for an appointment.


The idea of having a Southwest side Farmers’ Market has been proposed.  Here is a brief survey to get some feed back on the idea.

1.  Would you shop at a  Farmers’ Market on the SW side?  Yes or No
2.  Which day would you like to have it?
3.  Would you prefer it at Elver Park or next to the Meadowood Shopping Center?
4.  Would you be willing to volunteer to help?   Yes  or no

Please reply to this email with your responses.  Just list the question number and your response.  Thank you.

Madison Parks Cross Country Skiing
Trails are now open and groomed in some parks (Elver, in particular).  You can check the latest status at

Sledding at Madison Parks
Visit for more information.

Winter Indoor Golf
Year-round golf is here! Golf Madison Parks now features two indoor golf simulators at Odana Hills Golf Course open for walk-in play Saturdays and Sunday 8:30am-4pm or by appointment. Call to reserve your tee time or indoor event! (608)266-4710.

Madison Senior Center Mandatory Sign-in begins January, 2017
Whether enjoying a program, listening to music, reading the paper, sitting down for a meal or using toilet facilities, each person entering the downtown Madison Senior Center will be required to sign in at the front desk starting in January.

West Madison Senior Center Holiday Hours
The West Madison Senior Center will be closed December 23, 26 and 30 2016 and January 2, 2017.

Tue., Dec. 20 6:00pm-8:45pm Sequoya All Ages Chess Club.  Come on in for a friendly game of chess with your neighbors. All ages welcome.

Wed., Dec 21 3:00pm-5:00pm Meadowridge Minecraft Club.  Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun at the library. No account necessary. Computers are provided. Turns will be taken based on the number of people attending.

Thr., Dec 22 3:00pm-4:30pm
Knitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.


Sat Dec 24 – Monday Dec 26  LIBRARIES CLOSED


Falk Elementary School has been chosen to participate in the Disney Musicals in Schools program.  Working with the Overture Center, the school will work to engage students in theater and the arts by producing school musicals.

Site Manager Wanted.  The West Side Senior Center is hiring a part-time site manager to supervise their three dining sites, Tuesday-Friday. One of these sites is the Meadowridge site.  The job announcement follows:

Want to warm your car.  Don’t leave it running with the keys in the ignition.  Too tempting for thieves.  There have already been incidents of theft of cars left running to warm


Tues., Dec. 13  6:30-7:30 pm.  West Side Warblers Sing Along.  At the West Madison Senior Center (602 Sawyer Terrace)  This is for everyone who enjoys singing.  Words and music provided.

Wed., Dec. 14 3:30-5:00 pm.  Mosaic Chess Boards and Upcycled Chess Pieces.

Create a glass mosaic square piece to go into a chess board or mosaic outside design. Or, create a chess piece.  Use materials, such as cork, paper, duct tape and more, to create your own unique pawns.  Meadow ridge Library.  No registration necessary.

Wed., Dec. 14 5:30-8:00 pm.  Resource Fair and Community Dinner at the Meadowridge Library.  Community dinner, blood pressure checks, dentistry info, diabetes advice, and more.  Sponsored by the Meadowood Health Partnership.  Free.

Thurs., Dec. 15 12:00-2:00 pm.  West Madison Senior Center Holiday Party.  Lunch at noon, entertainment and dessert until 1:45, Secret Santa gift exchange until  2:15.  RSVP to 238-0196.

Thurs., Dec. 15 & 16 8:00am-6:00pm and Sat. Dec. 17 9:00-3:00pm.  

MSCR Pottery Sale.  1000+ pieces made by MSCR pottery instructors and local artists.  Proceeds support the MSCR pottery program.  At MSCR-Hoyt, 3802 Regent St.

Thurs., Dec. 15  6:3-7:30pm.  Meadowridge Book Club.  Join us for our book club as we read THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Books available for check out.  Adults.

Dec. 16 10:30 am.  Apple iPad–Encore Presentation.  Learn more about using your Apple iPad.  Free session.  Fitchburg Senior Center, call 270-4290 to register.

Dec. 16, 5:50pm.  Holiday Lights Bus Tour.  Enjoy popcorn and hot cocoa while taking a scenic bus tour of the surrounding holiday lights.  Call Josh at 231-2343.  Starts at West Madison Senior Center (602 Segoe Road)

Sat., Dec. 17  10:00-noon. Pie making class with Jason from Hubbard Avenue Diner. We’ll learn how to make three different pies, including crust from scratch, through hands-on instruction and practice. Registration required. Adults only please. Please call 288-6160 to register starting December 1st.




Snow Emergency Rules

The City of Madison has declared a snow emergency. This means alternate side parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the entire City of Madison tonight, including the downtown/isthmus snow emergency zone.

Madison residents are asked to remove all vehicles from the street if possible.  All residents who must park on the street tonight (the evening of December 4 into early morning of December 5) need to have their vehicles on the ODD house numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am.  Vehicles parked on the tomorrow night (the evening of December 5 into early morning of December 6) should have their vehicles on the EVEN house-numbered side of the street between the hours of 1am and 7am. Violations of the alternate side parking rules are punishable by a fine of $60 throughout the entire City of Madison.  Violators could also be towed.

The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6.

Winter Disc Golf.  

Yahara Hills Golf Course will feature 18 holes of disc golf all winter long – began at 12:00pm on Monday, November 28! Elver and Hiestand (Disc Golf)  courses were closed as of Tuesday, November 29.


Possible insurance break – contact your agent.
The nation’s leading supplier of data and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry has named Madison “Wisconsin’s newest Class 1 fire protection community.”    Individuals can take advantage of this new classification by contacting their insurance agent and letting them know Madison was just upgraded to an “ISO Class 1” ranking. Because each insurer uses ISO rankings differently, actual savings may vary.




Mon., Dec 5 6:00pm-8:00pm

Learn to Bake Bread with Brian from Stella’s Bakery.  We’ll learn as a group through hands-on instruction and practice. Registration required. Adults only please. Please call 288-6160 to register or online at


Tue., Dec. 6  6:00pm-7:30pm  

Falk Elementary Open Schoolhouse.  Paint Night with Ms. Zenk.  Enjoy baked potato bar provided by Jason’s Deli.


Tue., Dec. 6

Saint Nicholas Day.


Wed., Dec 7 10:00am

“Return to Pearl” is a documentary that takes viewers on an emotional journey as 19 Wisconsin Pearl Harbor Survivors share their stories on a five-day whirlwind tour 6000 miles away from home.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street.


Wed., Dec 7 1:30pm

Wreath/Table Centerpiece Class.  Join staff from Fitchburg Farms as we enjoy a wonderful afternoon of creating one-of-a kind holiday decorations! Choose from an 18” wreath ($25) or table setting ($20). All supplies included. Class is December 7 at 1:30 p.m. Sign up by calling 270-4290.   Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.


Wed., Dec 7 7:30pm-8:30pm

James Madison Memorial Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble Concert


Thr., Dec 8 3:45pm-5:15pm

Hour of Code – National Computer Science Week.  The 1-hour workshop will provide opportunities to try block coding and javascript.   Children 7 an up (grades 2-5). This workshop requires quite a bit of reading, so younger children may need an adult helper. Register at   Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.


Fri., Dec 9 3:45pm-5:15pm

Hour of Code – as above, but at the Alicia Ashman Library.  Register at


Sat., Dec 10 10:00am-11:00am

Donuts with Dad.  Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.




Ice Skating Lessons.  Registration is now open for ice skating lessons at Elver and Tenney Parks. The 6-class series is scheduled to begin the week of January 16.  Register online at


Winter golf at Odana Hills.  Two golf simulators are now available at the clubhouse, perfect for your winter league or party.  The bar and grill will be open during your reserved tee time or have your event catered.  To reserve call 266-4710.
Olbrich’s Holiday Express starts Dec 3-31.  Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene with hundreds of poinsettias and more.   The show runs every day 10:00 am-4:00pm.  Olbrich Gardens.
Help with Medicare Part D.  Open enrollment ends Dec. 7.  If you have questions, you can contact or you can also talk to a social worker at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290.

Mon., Nov. 28 following Mondays.  9:30-11 AM.  TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)  Madison Senior Center.  Call 2662581 for more info.
Tues, Nov. 29  5:00 pm.  Traffic Signal Priorities. This is your opportunity to comment on specific intersections that may need traffic control for pedestrians and bikes.  It’s the meeting where the Pedestrian/Bicycle/Motor Vehicle Commissions develops the traffic signal priority list.  Room GR-22 City-County Building (210 Martin Luther King Blvd)  For more info, go to
Tues., Nov. 29  6:00-7:00 pm  The Supper Club.  Discover great apps for kids in this new evening digital storytime for families. Pack a picnic from home or order a box dinner from one of our partner restaurants (menus here: Alicia Ashman Library.  No pre-registration required.
Wed., Nov. 30 3:00-5:00 pm  Meadowridge Minecraft Club.  Computers provided.  Various levels.  School age.  Grades K-5.  
Wed., Nov. 30  5:30-7:00pm   Final Tunes at Monona Terrace.  Free and open to the public.  Ladies Must Swing.  Big Band group.  Were the first to open Tunes at Monona Terrace 19 years ago.  Food and bar available.
Thurs,, Dec. 1  3:00-4:30pm  Knitting at the Meadowridge Library.  Supplies provided.  Children under 8 must have adult.
 Fri., Dec. 2  2:00-4:00 pm.  Classic English Tea at the Madison Senior center.  Tickets on sale through Nov. 28.  Enjoy an afternoon of tea and delicacies (chicken salad sandwiches, mini scones and sweets) and the festival of wreaths.   Live music from the Yahara String Quartet.  (330 W. Mifflin).  Call 266-2581.
Sat., Dec. 3  9:00-am-4:00pm  Madison Fair Trade Holiday Festival.  Monica Terrace. For unique, socially responsible gifts .  Choose from thousands of Fair Trade Products.  Featuring this year a fashion show.  Free admission.  For more info go to or
Sat., Dec. 3  2:00-4:00  Music Theater of Madison’s performance of Striking 12, a musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl.    Sequoya Library. No registration required, call 608-266-6385 for information.
Tues., Dec. 6  6:00-7:30pm  Falk Elementary Open Schoolhouse.  Paint Night with Ms. Zenk.  Enjoy baked potato bar provided by Jason’s Deli.



All Madison Public Libraries, the Madison Senior Centers and the Fitchburg Senior Center will all be closed on Thanksgiving, November 24 AND FRIDAY, November 25.

There will apparently be NO community support on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Meadowridge Library/Community center.

Madison Public Schools are closed Wednesday, Nov. 22, through Friday, Nov. 25.


Mon., Nov 21 10:30am-11:00am

Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Nov. 22 10:00am

Meadowridge Annual Pie Sale.  Stock up for Thanksgiving at the Friends of the Meadowridge Library’s annual – and very popular – pie sale. The sale lasts until all pies have been purchased. There will be many different varieties and all pies will be $10.00. Proceeds benefit the Meadowridge Branch Library.

Thr., Nov 24 11am-1:00pm

Thanksgiving dinner at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.  All are welcome.  More information is available at:

Thr., Nov. 24  



Fitchburg Senior Center Tax Q&A.  There will be two sessions, one on 

December 5th, covering deductions, pensions, charitable donations, social security benefits, filing jointly verses separately and more. The second session is on 

December 7, and will cover gifts, trusts, estate taxes and more.   Led by William Ferguson, retired 

CPA and Attorney.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road.  Free, but
advanced registration is suggested – call 270-4290.