NEWS
​​Wisconsin now requires an ID to vote.  More information is included at the end of the newsletter.
​​February is Black History Month. 
In February we honor and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. The origins of Black History Month can be traced back to a man named Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). In 1912, Woodson became only the second African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. Woodson was a teacher and knew that most textbooks at the time omitted the history and achievements of blacks. He wanted to find a way to encourage interest and study of black history. In 1926, Woodson promoted the idea of a “Negro History Week,” which was held in February. In 1976, the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Negro History Week and the bicentennial of the United States’ independence, Black History Week was expanded to Black History Month.
​​Emerald Ash Borer Update
An update on the Emerald Ash Borer action plan can be found at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/blog/?Id=9152
​​EVENTS
​​Mon., Feb 8 10:45am-11:30am
​​Toddler Art Class.  Smocks or “messy clothes” recommended. For ages 18 months and up. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please pick up a nametag 15 minutes before class begins. When nametags are gone, the class is full.  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.
​​Mon., Feb 8  1:37pm
​​Toki Middle School early release.
​​Tue., Feb. 9 12:30pm-4:00pm 
​​Tax Assistance at Sequoya.   By appointment only. Free assistance from AARP volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Sequoya library.
​​Tue., Feb 9 4:00pm-5:00pm
​​Library LEGO Club.  ​J​oin other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. We’ll provide books and pictures to inspire the imagination!  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.
​​Wed. Feb. 10 3:00pm-5:00pm
​​Meadowridge Minecraft Club.  Grab your friends and join us for some multiplayer Minecraft fun on our local servers. Bring your own device or use one of ours. No equipment or account necessary.  Grades 6-12.
​​Thr. Feb. 11 3:00pm-5:00pm
​​Nail Art Club.  earn the tricks of the trade from an occasional local nail artist! Dream up your own designs, or use one of our books. All materials provided. All ages and experience levels welcome!  All ages.  Meadowridge Library.
​​Fri., Feb 12 12:00 or 12:40​ – ​
​​The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz (1910) & The Scarecrow (1920) Silent Films.​  ​Laurie Riss and Jeanne Felix, both of Oregon, will be performing cello/ piano music to two short silent films. Laurie is a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is an independent cello teacher. Jeanne is an independent piano teacher and Director of Music Ministry. For the lunch at 12:00 call 270-4290 one day ahead.  The films start at 12:40.   Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.
​​Fri., Feb 12, 3pm-9pm
​​MSCR Skip Club visit to Tyrol Basin, 3487 Bohn Rd, Mt Horeb.  Contact:  Mo Porter, 204-4763
​​Sat. Feb. 13 10:00am-
​​All City Spelling Bee.  Madison College (MATC) – Mitby Theater.
​​Sat. Feb. 13 1:00pm-2:30pm
​​Paper Bag ​P​ets with Bird Ross.  Create your own paper pet to take home with paper bags, recycled materials, and bright paper. Instructor Bird Ross offers inspiration for creating a lovable (not quite furry) friend! Register by phone at 288-6160 or online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=50657&ID=50657_  beginning 1/30.  Meadowridge Library.
​​Sun. Feb 14 3:00pm-6:00pm
​​Jimmy Buffet Party featuring Chuck Bayuk & the Drunken Sailors.  Proceeds benefit the Madison Parks Foundation.  Even is at the Harmony Bar and Grill.   More information is available at https://my.cityofmadison.com/emaillists/redirect.cfm?ID=117710&MID=28824&LID=23 .
​​COMING UP
Li Chiao-Ping, internationally known Artistic Director of Li Chiao-Ping Dance, choreographer, performer, and Professor of Dance at UW-Madison, will lead an 8-week movement class at the Madison Senior Center on Thursdays from 2:15-3:15 PM beginning March 31. Focus on warmup techniques, stretch and strengthening exercises, core work, breathing and energy flow. No prior dance experience needed. Minimum of 10 students. $70 fee. Scholarships available for those with a limited income. Advance registration is necessary: call (608) 266-6581.
​​VOTER ID
​​Wisconsin Now Requires a Photo ID to Vote
As you probably know, the photo ID law will be enforced for the upcoming election. Therefore, we wanted to make you aware of the requirements and options for getting further information about this requirement.
According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, these are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:
. A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
. A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
. A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
. Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
. A U.S. passport
. An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)
These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:
. A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
. A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
. An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
. A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or technical college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an  expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance.  Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
. A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
YOU CAN ALSO GET A WISCONSIN STATE ID CARD FOR FREE.
To get a free ID card, you will need to take a few documents to your Division of Motor Vehicles Office.
There’s a long list of documents you can use below, but most people will be fine with a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card and a utility bill or cell phone bill.  You’ll notice that some records, like a certified birth certificate, satisfy more than one category.
Just be sure to bring originals — photocopies don’t work — and check the box that says “ID for Free” on your application. Once it’s complete, you’ll get a receipt (valid for 45 days) that you can use at the polls until your state ID arrives by mail.
If you do not have a copy of your birth certificate, the Wisconsin DMV has a new process for people who need to get an ID.
If you need a ride to the DMV or other assistance to obtain an ID, please contact SAIL at 230-4321.  Thank you to Attorney John Mitby and SAIL member Sue Goldstein for bringing this information to our attention.
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