That Madison Chief of Police Mike Koval is a Madison native, attended Madison West, is a UW graduate, has a law degree, and served as the “Bucky Badger” Mascot?
Sand is a available for use by city residents.  The locations (the nearest one for our neighborhood is at Elver Park) are published on the city web site at

Madison Parks offers group ice skating lessons for beginners at two outdoor skating rinks: Elver and Tenney parks.   The registration deadline is December 18.  The registration fee for the 6 week series is $55.00

Lessons will be offered at Odana Hills Golf Course and registration is through the Madison School Community Recreation Department, MSCR. Cross Country ski lessons are available for youth, teen/adult groups and families, as well as private lessons. For more information contact MSCR, (608) 204-3000 to register.

Monday, Nov. 30, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Folkloric Russia.   Come experience Russian folk culture with the White Birch Ensemble! Hear traditional Russian and Eastern Europe music on authentic Russian folk instruments, learn about Russian history through vivid costumes, stories, and show-and-tell.   Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Meadowridge 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, Raymond Rd.  
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Go Big Read Book Discussion.  Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.  Bryan Stevenson’s story of an early legal client who was on death row for a murder he didn’t commit.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Thursday, Dec 3, 5:45pm-8:00pm
Computer literacy class for adults.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Friday, Dec. 4, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Holiday Origami for Adults.   Make holiday themed cards, ornaments, and more. Master origami artist Ruthanne Bessman will be at the Sequoya Library.  Call 608-266-6385 to register.

Saturday, Dec. 5 9:00am-4:00pm
Sequoya Library Book Sale.  Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month.  Bag sale starts at 2:00pm.
Saturday, Dec. 5, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cookie Fun.  Catch stories, games and more at this fast-paced family program. Participants will get to take home their own decorated (sugar) cookie. Children age 6 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online at .
Dec. 5 – 31, 10:00am-4:00pm daily
Olbrich’s Holiday Express.  Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreens and exciting LEGO® displays in Olbrich’s Holiday Express: Flower and Model Train Show.  $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, children under 2 are free. ​ Olbrich Gardens, Atwood Avenue.​


Sunday, Dec. 6
Happy Hanukkah!
Monday, Dec. 7
HOUR OF CODE.   Get a feel for how programmers do their jobs!  Get a taste of coding by solving puzzles and working to design a Star Wars themed game. The 1-hour workshop will provide opportunities to try block coding and javascript.  Sessions for K-5 and for Teens from 3:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm  (Four separate registrations).  Registration information available at  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11:00am-12:00pm
Fitchburg Senior Center Spanish Classes.  Classes start December 8, and will meet Tuesdays for eight weeks, at a  cost of $50.  Register by calling 270-4290.  Payment due upon sign-up.  Fitchburg Senior Center.