December is Prime Time for Scam Shipping Emails
Online gift shopping during the holiday season opens up the market to scammers using fake shipping emails to spread malware or gather personal or banking information.  DATCP warns consumers to be on the lookout for these fake emails and to avoid clicking links or opening attachments in these messages.  A list of “Email Red Flags” is at the bottom of this newsletter.


Winter Golf

Odana Hills Golf Course made City of Madison history by opening in December.  It will be open daily from 9AM – 4PM as long as weather allows.



Tue. Dec. 15 3:30pm-4:30pm 

4-H Club meets in the Art Room at Huegel Elementary.

Tue. Dec 15 6:00pm-8:00pm

Snuggle Up and Read Literacy Night at Falk Elementary

Tue. Dec 15 5:30pm-6:30pm

Parent Lecture: Understanding IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) and Advocating For Your Child’s Needs.  Huegel Elementary.


Wed. Dec 16 3:00pm-5:00pm
Meadowridge Minecraft Club  Grab your friends and come to library for multiplayer Minecraft action. Bring your own computer, or use one of ours. No account necessary. Teens (grades 6-12).  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Thur. Dec. 17 – Fri. Dec. 18 8am-6pm, Sat. Dec. 19 9am-3pm

MSCR Pottery Sale  100% of the proceeds go to the Madison School Community Recreation Pottery Program. Cash or local check only.  3802 Regent Street.

Thur. Dec 17 6:00pm-7:30pm

Cupcake and Cookie Decorating  Learn how to decorate beautiful cookies and cupcakes, just in time for the holidays with local cake artist Poonam Rao. All materials provided. For ages 12 and up.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.  Register at:
Fri. Dec 18 12:40pm
Christmas with The Middleton Jazz  This energetic group is made up of mostly “senior” musicians performing Dixieland-style with a variety of standards, blues, and other flavors thrown in. No reservation required, but if you would like lunch at 12:00PM, call 270-4290 by noon the day before.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.
Sat. Dec 19 9:00am-4:00pm
Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale Books, along with some CD and DVD selections.  Westgate Mall, next to TJMaxx.

Sat. Dec 19 1:30pm-3:00pm

Tales of Russia in Winter  Enjoy Folklore, music by the White Birch Ensemble, and Russian Zakuski treats.  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.




School Winter Break, Mon. Dec. 21 – Fri. Jan 1.  Return to school Monday, Jan. 4.

EMAIL “Red Flags”


•  Messages claiming that there is a “problem” with a shipment or your account. These emails will ask you to provide personal or banking information or to complete a form on a linked page in order to fix the supposed problem. Do not reply or click any links in the email!

•  Poor grammar and spelling errors in emails that claim to come from major organizations. If the message is sloppy, it likely did not come from a legitimate business.

•  Sender addresses that don’t match the URL for the company that supposedly sent the email. For example, the “From:” line in a fake FedEx email read:
“From: FedEx Express Saver

•  Shipment emails that lack specifics about the sender or the package’s supposed contents.

•  Emails asking you to open an attachment in order to review an order. Never open an attachment in an unsolicited or questionable email.

•  Emails containing threats that a package will be returned to the sender and you will be charged a fee for not responding to the message.