NOTES
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 www.medicare.gov or you can also talk to a social worker at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290.

EVENTS
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 www.cityofmadison.com/trafficEngineering/trafficSignals.cfm
 
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: www.tinyurl.com/thesupperclubmenu. 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 www.fairtrademadison.org or www.facebook.com/fairtradeholidayfestival.
 
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.
COMING UP
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.

 

NEWS

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.

EVENTS

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: http://www.gslcwi.com/content.cfm?id=486

Thr., Nov. 24  

THANKSGIVING!

COMING UP

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.

 

NOTES
The MGE workshops have concluded and the Workshop Report is available online at
https://www.mge.com/community-conversations/cew-report.htm. You also will find online all of the participants’ comments.  You can also find an article, “Many Voices, Shared Goals,” about the Workshop.  Report on MGE’s new www.energy2030together.com website.
 
West District Incident Reports. Every month, the West District provides a report of police calls in the district.  For the last few months, compared to last year, incidents are down.  In most instances an incident is a case where a citizen calls to request an officer, possibly a crime or non-criminal activities (traffic accidents, civil disputes, parking issues, etc.).  Also,  this includes traffic stops and foot patrol. To view the reports, go to:
 
Cutting the cable cord.  If you are thinking about getting rid of cable TV and going back to an antenna, contact David at the Fitchburg Senior Center and he will  make a home visit to show you how.  Call 270-4292
EVENTS
Mon, Nov. 14  10:45 am – 11:30 am  Wonder Works at the Sequoya Library.  Explore science, technology, engineering and math through play (and books!) For children ages 3 – 5. Call 266-6385.
Mon., Nov. 14 5:30pm 
Final discussions on the city’s operating and capital budgets will begin at Monona Terrace.  They may continue the next night.  If you want to support or oppose particular projects, including the MidTown police station, you can go and verbally voice your opinion or check “support” or “oppose” on a form that will be provided by the city.


Tues., Nov. 15 12-6:00 pm.  Careers in Construction Job Fair.  Labor 

Temple (1602 S. Park St).  Learn about careers in the skilled union construction trades, meet professionals, learn about free hands-on training opportunities.

 
Tues., Nov. 15 12:30-1:30pm  Special Program at Senior Meals, Meadowood Center. “Let’s Talk Medicine.” Free educational program to help people understand how to use medications safely and effectively. To reserve a place, call 238-0196 before 11/14. Freebies and a cash drawing.
 
Tues, Nov. 15  6:00-8:00 pm Learn to Bake Bread.  It’s a bread baking class with Brian from Stella’s Bakery. Learn how to make a couple of different types of bread through hands-on instruction and practice. At the Meadowridge Library. Registration required. Adults only please. Please call 288-6160 to register starting November 1st.
Wed., Nov. 16 7:30 pm.

James Madison Memorial High School Jazz & Percussion Concert.  
 
Thurs, Nov. 17  1:00 pm.  Books discussion of Evicted at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Read the book, join the discussion.  11 copies available from the center.  Call David at 270-4292.
 
Thurs, Nov. 17 12:30-1:30 pm.  Thanksgiving Dinner at Senior Meals.  More information or to make a reservation, call 238-0196.
 
Thurs, Nov. 17 1:00-3:00 pm Movie , “Mr. Church,” a heart-warming film.  At the Segoe Terrace activity room (602 Sawyer Terrace).  Free with popcorn. Sponsored by the West Side Senior Center.
 
Thurs, Nov. 17  6-8 pm Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at Elver Park Neighborhood Center, sponsored by Elver Park and Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Centers.  Join together for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and fun for the family.
 
Thurs, Nov. 17 6:30pm.  Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Board Meeting.  At 13 Jacob’s Court. Agenda available on our website.Open to all members.  www.prairiehillsna.org
 
Thurs, Nov. 17  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm  Meadowridge Book Club discusses THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picot.  An engrossing books with a great story line about love and grief. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.

Thurs., Nov.17-Sat., Nov. 19  Friends of Alicia Ashman Library Book Sale. Pre-sale Thursday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friends only, join at the door ($5.00/individual, $10.00/ family). Public sale Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bag sale – 1:00 to 3:00 Saturday – $5 a bag.

Fri, Nov. 18  6:30-9:45 pm.  Shorehawks Square Dance and Potluck.  Potluck at 6:45. Dancing at 7:45.  $7 and bring a dish to pass.  There will be a professional caller and all dances will be taught.  Bring a dish to pass and your own place setting and beverage.  West Madison Senior Center.  Contact Alice/JIm 271-6938 or Karen/Dan was 225-7910 with questions.
 
COMING UP
 
Tues., Nov .22 10:00 am  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.
 
Wed., Nov. 23  5:00-8:00 pm.  Meadowridge Community Supper.  Watch for more details.

Click here for a pdf of the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Meeting Agenda for 11-17-16

 

NEWS

NOVEMBER 8th.  ELECTION DAY!!!  Remember your photo ID!  Not sure where to vote?  Visit https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/where-do-i-vote/ .  Note that there is also a Madison Metropolitan School District Referendum which will be on the *back* of the ballot.

Fall Leaf Collection Continues.  Crews will begin the week of Nov. 7 collecting leaves and yard waste in the Monday refuse district. followed by the Tuesday and (possibly) Wednesday districts.  The city generally recommends having leaves placed on the terrace (NOT in the street!!) by Monday of given week, lest you miss a given round.    For more information, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/leaf/LeafWest.cfm .

EVENTS

Mon., Nov. 7 12:15pm-1:15 pm  

Basic Genealogy 1 & 2. A professional genealogist will be teaching a two-part basic genealogy class. No Charge.  West Madison Senior Center, 602 Sawyer Terrace.  RSVP 238-0196.

Mon., Nov. 7 4:30pm-5:30pm

Read With A Cop.  Read a story to a real police officer or have the officer read one of their favorite stories to you. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Keep an eye out for dates that a K9 officer will be there too.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tues., Nov. 8   7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

Election Day.
There will be *NO* senior lunch at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, as it will be in use as a polling place.

Tues., Nov. 8  4:00pm-5:00pm

Library LEGO Club.  Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. We’ll provide books and pictures to inspire the imagination!

  Meadowridge Library.

Wed., Nov. 9  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., Nov 10  5:45pm-8:00pm

Literacy Network SCALE Program – Improve Reading, Writing and Computer Skills! Call Ezi (608)244-3911 to register. Space is limited.  Meadowridge Library.   Learn more at http://www.litnetwork.org/about/staff.php?category_id=4466 .

Fri., Nov. 11 11:00 am.  Veterans Day.  
The Fitcburg Senior Center Veterans Day Recognition will pay tribute to our WWII veterans. Lunch will follow. Reservations are required.  Call 270-4290. Lunch for all veterans and a guest will be paid for by the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends.   Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road.

Fri., Nov 11  NO SCHOOL – Staff Only Day.

Sat., Nov. 12  11:00am-12:15pm

Cooking Class for Families.   Chef Instructor Lily will introduce you and your family to unfamiliar foods through delectable dishes and themes, all while having a hands-on fun time! For ages five and up. Adults and children attending must register. Register by phone at 288-6160 .  Meadowridge Library.

Sat., Nov. 12  2:00pm-4:00pm

That’s not fair! Or how to think positively in the real world.   Speaker & positivity expert Tina Hallis, PhD, will speak about shifting our perspective on issues we all face. “It’s easy to focus on all the things we don’t like about our work (and life). In fact, our brains are wired to notice the negative way more than the positive. But studies show we don’t have to be victims to this strong negative bias. We can use simple but powerful strategies to help us shift our thoughts and get better at noticing the good things. This not only makes work more enjoyable, it improves our motivation, our ability to think clearly, and makes us nicer to work with.   Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd.  at Midvale Blvd.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=57133&ID=57133_ .

Sat., Nov 12  5:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday Dinner & Entertainment.  West Madison Senior Center.  RSVP to 238-0196 by Noon on Nov. 11

COMING UP

Mon., Nov. 14 5:30pm 

Final discussions on the city’s operating and capital budgets will begin at Monona Terrace.  They may continue the next night.  If you want to support or oppose particular projects, including the MidTown police station, you can go and verbally voice your opinion or check “support” or “oppose” next to the item you are interested in on a form that will be provided by the city.

Wed., Nov. 16 7:30 PM


James Madison Memorial High School Jazz & Percussion Concert.  

 

NOTES
Halloween trick or treat hours in Madison are from 4:00-8:00 pm (suggested). See Halloween events below.
 
Nov. 4 is the last day for early voting.  You can register and vote at any Madison library.  Many open evenings. To register, bring proof of residence  (utility bill, bank statement, etc.) and bring your photo I D.
 
It’s flu vaccine time.  For those 60 +, the CDC recommends: seasonal flu vaccine; tetanus diphtheria and pertussis; and  Zoster vaccine which protects agains shingles.  For adults 65 and older, the CDC also recommends pneumococcal vaccines.
 
Host an Energy House Party.  Homeowners who host a house party will receive a FREE energy audit and audits will cost only $99 (usually $400) for all house party guests. For homeowners wanting Focus on Energy rebates, an Energy Audit is the first step. Offer good until Dec. 31. Email Jen Rubin at jen.rubin@greenmadison.org to learn more or schedule a house party or a reduced priced energy audit.
EVENTS
MONDAY, OCT. 31 HALLOWEEN  
9:30-11:00 am Baby’s First Halloween at the Madison Children’s Museum (100 N. Hamilton).  Live music.  Parade at 10:30.  
 

10:30-11:15 am  Costume Dance Party.  Break out the costumes early and dance to tunes new and familiar. Pretzels and apple juice provided. Meadowridge Library.

4:30-6:30 pm  Hilldale-O-Ween trick or treating at the Hilldale Shopping Center.  Laser Light Show, 4:30-6:30 at the west plaza.
 
1:30-3:00 pm.  Halloween Party at the Neighborhood House (29 So. Mills St.),  Crafts, movies, snacks .  
 
Tues., Nov. 1  6:00-7:30 pm  Open Schoolhouse at Falk Elementary.  6-7pm Zoo to you (featured activity), open gym, computer lab, parent cafe.  Children of all ages welcome. Community meal follows at 7:00, featuring pizza and breadsticks from Pizza Hut.  
Tues., Nov. 1  7:00-8:00pm   Go Big Read brings author Matthew Desmond to Madison to speak about his latest book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, chosen as the 2016-2017 Go Big Read title. Memorial Union. Or, come to the Meadowridge Library for a live stream of the event.
 
Wed., Nov. 2  11:00 am-noon.  Wellness Wednesday at the West Madison Senior Center.  Mining Your Brain: Intellectual Health. Free.  RSVP to 238-0196.
 
Wed., Nov. 2  4:30-5:30 pm  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library. First come-first served.
 
Thurs., Nov. 3  9:00–11:30 am  Health and Resource Fair at the Madison Senior Center (330 W. Mifflin).  Lots of exhibits, free screenings (memory, osteoporosis, hearing). Free. Giveaways, prizes and snacks.
 
Fri., Nov. 4  7:00 pm.  USA Sled Hockey Team Two Free exhibition games. Newly renovated Madison Ice Arena (725 Forward Drive).  This is the 2014 Gold Medal champion paralympic team.  Also Gold Medals at the 2015 World Sled Hockey Championship and the 2016 Pan-Pacific Championship.
 
Sat., Nov. 5   3:15 pm.   Second free Sled Hockey exhibition game. Fast and furious.
 
Sat., Nov. 5, 10:30–noon   MMSD Multicultural Parent Group.  For families speaking Spanish, Mandinka, Arabic, Hmong and Nepali. Learn how to partner with your child’s school.  Meet other MMSD parents.  At Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, 501 E. Badger Road.  For more info, www.mmsd.org/parent-academy
 
UPCOMING
Mon., Nov. 7 12:15-1:15 pm  Basic Genealogy 1 & 2. A professional genealogist will be teaching a two-part basic genealogy class. West Madison Senior Center. No charge. At the  RSVP 238-0196.
 
Tues., Nov. 8   7:00 am to 8:00 pm Election Day. No senior lunch at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. In use as a polling place.
 
Fri., Nov. 11 11:00 am.  Veterans Day Recognition.  This year we’ll pay tribute to our WWII veterans. Lunch will follow. Reservations are required.  Call 270-4290. Lunch for all veterans and a guest will be paid for by the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends. 

 

NEWS

Leaf Collection has begun.  This week the city will be collecting leaves from residences that get their refuse picked up on Tuesday (a portion of which were picked up last week),  Wednesday and maybe Thursday. For more information and the current status, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/leaf/LeafWest.cfm

EVENTS

Mon., Oct. 24 3:20pm-3:30pm

CRAFTERnoon: Comics!

 

 Join in for a hands-on workshop to explore what comics teach us about life and create your own comic. For ages 5 & up. Children under age 7 must have an adult helper. Registration begins 10/10.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Tue., Oct. 25 4:30pm

Meeting with Capt. Wahl of the West District about fireworks being set off in our neighborhoods around July 4.  In the West District Community Room.

Tue., Oct 25  5:30pm-7:30pm

Neighborhood Employment Center, Community Input Session Phase #2.  The Urban League will share designs for the new employment center to be built on McKenna where the Griff’s Restaurant now stands.  At the Crossing Apartment Clubhouse, 1132 Morraine View Drive.

Wed., Oct 26 10:30am

Apple iPad – What You Need to Learn. Jeremy Crosby and staff from the City F.A.C.T. Channel are back with some great new stuff to teach you about the Apple iPad. If you don’t have an iPad, this class is a perfect start to see if it’s worth your money.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.

Wed., Oct. 26  3:00pm-6:00pm

Halloween Hayrides.  Around the Capitol Square. Boarding at 8 S. Carroll St. (in front of Capitol Kids) Price: $3 per person, kids 2 and under are free.  Approximately 20 minutes around the Capitol Square.  Last Boarding: 5:40pm. To register: https://www.visitdowntownmadison.com/events/index.php?category_id=4572

Wed., Oct. 26 6:30pm-8:00pm

Budget Listening Session.  

Alders Phair and Cheeks will hold a listening session about the city budgets–operating and capital.  They want your input.  Toki Middle School.

Thur., Oct. 27 6:00pm-7:30pm

Community Dinner

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Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center, 1409 Theresa Terrace.  Chili dogs will be served.

Thur., Oct. 27 6:30pm

Listening Session 

regarding

 the Madison School District Referendum.  A presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, featuring a panel with Supt. Cheatham and board members.  Memorial High School.

Thur., Oct. 27 6:30pm-8:00pm

Concerned about city tree replacement?  If you are concerned about the city replacing canopy trees with smaller ones under power lines, you can attend a group strategy meeting on the issue at 2010 Eastwood Drive, Suite 300.

Sat., Oct 29 11:00am-8:00pm

Halloween Tricks and Treats Scramble

– Golf

.    Sign up your foursome if you dare. Anyone may enter. The Odana Hills ghoulish greens keeper will put together some of the trickiest holes paired with some treat holes to help along your tumultuous path.  $100.00 Entry per foursome ($25 per player) Includes Prizes, Greens Fee, Cart, and a banquet style dinner after the round.  Odana Hills Golf Course.  More info at https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/halloween-tricks-and-treats-scramble

Sat., Oct 29 1:00pm-2:15pm

Cooking Class for Families.  Chef Instructor Lily will introduce you and your family to unfamiliar foods through delectable dishes and themes, all while having a hands-on fun time! For ages five and up. Adults and children attending must register. Meadowridge Library.  Register by phone at 288-6160 beginning two weeks before event, or at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=55879&ID=55879_

COMING UP


Mon., Oct 31.  HALLOWEEN!!

Tue., Nov. 15  

Madison Parks Shelter Reservation Lottery Day.   For more information, see http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/shelterreservable .