Tax season is coming.  If you want help with your taxes from AARP, contact the Fitchburg Senior Center at 270-4290 for 30-minute slots in March. Or, contact the Madison Senior Center at 266-6581 for slots beginning February 13.
Olbrich Gardens Holiday Express.  Annual flower and model train show.  10:00 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Through Dec. 31.  Call 246-4550.
Holiday Fantasy in Lights.  Drive-through display with animated light sculptures, dusk to down through Jan. 1.  Olin-Turville Park.  Donations appreciated.  Go to or call 255-2989.
Monday, Dec. 29  2:30-7:00 p.m.
Madden 15 Teen Tournament.  Think you can be the Madison Public Library’s Madden champion.  Try your luck at the Winter Break Tournament.  Meadowridge Library.  For grades 6-12.  On-site registration begins at 2:30 p.m. with the kickoff at 3.  For tournament rules, go to
Tuesday, Dec. 30  11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Pre-News Year’s Eve Party at the Meadowridge Library with movement and dance with Misty Swift. Learn and take part in New Years traditions around the world.  Registration recommended but not required.  For families of all ages.
Tuesday, Dec. 30 2:00-3:00 p.m.
The Art of Spinning Fibers and Needle Felting.  Learn how a spinning wheel works and create a needle felting craft with Misty Swift.  Children under age 9 will need an adult to assist.  To register, call Meadowridge Library at 288-6160.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 4:00 p.m. +
U.S. bank Eve.  Annual family-oriented celebration.  For more info, go to U.S. Bank Online Banking – Personal Banking | Loans and Credit | Investing and Wealth or call 414-765-6015.
Wednesday, Dec. 31  8:00 p.m.
One Night, One Community New Year’s Eve.  Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals fundraiser.  East Side Club with D.J. Chill and more.  $40.  RSVP or call 729-1200.
Saturday, Jan. 3  10 a.m.-noon
“Robots Among Us” exploration stations and activites. UW Discovery Building. Free.  Call 316-4382.
Saturday, Jan. 3 1:00-4:50 p.m.
“Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music” at the Overture Center.  Tickets $19-$25.  Not appropriate for children under 6.  For more information, go to
Sunday, Jan. 4 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Downton Abbey Premiere and Reception at Monona Terrace Lecture Hall, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio. Reception before viewing features classic English tea (tickets $15).  Premiere is free with priority seating going to reception attendees.  Go to to reserve.  Ticket sales close on Dec. 30.