If  you have received an official-looking letter from HomeServe USA offering insurance for water service lateral lines (the pipe that runs from the water main under the street to a home), the company is not affiliated with the City of Madison or with Madison Water Utility. The letters are simply part of a widespread sales campaign.
Before you buy anything, check with your current homeowner’s insurance company to see if lateral damage is already covered by your current policy. Some homeowners may have recently purchased sewer line insurance through a company called Service Line Warranties. That company was selected by the City to sell optional coverage for sewer line service, repair or replacement.

Monday, July 7, Wednesday, July 9, Friday, July 11  11:00-11:30 a.m.
Functional Fitness for seniors at the Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Road) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The class is chair-based and focuses on strength, range of motion and balance.  $7 per month. 

Tuesday, July 8  1:30 p.m.

Mechanical Engineering Coasters 101.  Construct a roller coaster track in teams and learn about motion and forces.  Presented by Dane County Engineering for Kids.  At the Meadowridge Library. For school-age children.
Tuesday, July 8  6:00-9:00 p.m.
Concert in the Breese. Join the Madison Parks Foundation for a night of music, food and drink at Breese Stevens Field to celebrate 120 years of parks. The concert is free. You can buy a beer from the Great Dane and get great eats from Monty’s Blue Plate and The Avenue Bar. Gates open at 5 p.m., the Radicals (Madison’s Ultimate Frisbee Team) give a demonstration at 5:15, concert starts at 6.  For more information about this event and upcoming events, visit:

Wednesday, July 9  6:30 p.m.
Goodman South Madison Library hosts Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Discussions. This initiative brings four documentaries with riveting new footage to Madison to illustrate the historical struggle for civil rights in the United States. As part of the initiative, the Madison Public Library will pair excerpts from the documentaries with a discussion led by a local humanities scholar. This Wednesday, the film is Slavery by Another Name, with guest facilitator Fabu Carter, poet, author and educator

Thursday, July 10  11:00 a.m.
Gardening on Mars.  Ever wonder what astronauts eat?  If we send humans to Mars, how will they survive.  Explore these questions and build your own container garden. 
Meadowridge Library.  Sponsored by UW Geology Dept. and NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Thursday, July 10 6-10 p.m.
Ice Cream Social.  “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Join the Madison Parks Foundation for Chocolate Shoppe ice cream (only $1), live music, and kid’s activities on July 10 from 6-8 pm at our community ice cream social at Olin Park. For more information about this event and others, visit:

Thursday, July 10  5:00-7:30 p.m.

Friends of the Library Bake Sale at the Meet and Eat in the lot next to the Meadowood Shopping Center.  Volunteers are needed to work the sale shifts  Also needed are baked goods–cookies or bars individually wrapped.  If you can help bake, work the sale, or both, let Jacky ( know.  You can bring the items to the library until 4:30 that day or just drop them off at 4:30 at the sale.
Friday, July 11- Saturday, July 19
Summer Red Kettle Campaign.  The Salvation Army brings out the Red Kettles for one week each July when donations are especially needed. You can support their Summer Kettle Campaign beginning July 11. Even two hours of your time makes a difference to someone in need. Register for a shift now. Just go to the website to volunteer:
Monday, July 14  8:30 -9:30 p.m.
Stargazing in Garner Park (333 Rosa Road). UW Space Place will lead a session that begins just after sunset with a 20-30 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will set up one of the moderate aperture (8″-10″) telescopes and provide park visitors the opportunity to view whatever astronomical objects are available. All ages welcome.  Join us each season and learn about the night sky.