More thefts from autos in the West District this summer.  Some simple steps can reduce your chances of being victimized: (1) Keep your vehicle locked with the windows rolled up, even if parked in your driveway; (2) Do not keep valuables in your vehicle; (3) To the extent it’s possible, keep your vehicle parked in a well-lit area. (4) Never keep keys (house or vehicle) or garage door openers in your vehicle.

Double Dollars started July 3 This program allows SNAP/FoodShare participants a dollar for dollar match up to $25 for food purchases at farmers’ markets. Markets include Hill Farms, the Labor Temple, Centro Hispano and the Dane County Market on the square (program starts there July 16)

This summer, the City’s MadiSUN program is offering a special Solar Group Buy program to help residents save money and install rooftop solar panels together. The group buy simplifies the installation process and lowers costs by working with a pre-qualified, vetted installer that offers a competitive group price. Plus, MadiSUN is offering a Solar Energy Loan with a low, fixed interest rate and flexible repayment terms on solar loans up to $20,000. Visit to learn more.

Swimming nearby.  There is a Goodman Aquatic Center at 7762 County Highway PD. The pool is open weekdays from 4:30 to 8:00p.m. and weekends and July 4 from 11:00 a.m to 8:00p.m.  Adults $5, youth 1-15 $4, infants under 1 free.  For more info go to


Mon., July 4th Looking for Fireworks? You can find them in Stoughton, Monona, DeForest, and Shorewood Hills, among others. For more information or to find more locations, go to:

Wed., July 6 10:00-12:30  Join the Bubbler at Meadowridge Library for hands-on making activities for children and families. Screen printing? Sewing terrifying sock monsters?  Making homemade computer controllers? Tinkering with circuits? Drop-in for 15 minutes or stay an hour with Maker Corps members to create something awesome.

Wed., July 6 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  Bring your favorite book or pick one from the stacks.  First come-first served.  For kids in grades K-5 and their families.

Wed., July 6 6:30-7:45 p.mEating Smart — Being Active offers research-based information about nutrition, food safety and spending your food dollars wisely. A FREE program from the UW Extension Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP). Lessons give participants a chance to apply new information through interactive activities. Requires households to have children/grandchildren 18 years of age and under.**Food will be made for sample tasting at each class** First of 8 sessions.

Thurs., July 7 1:00-3:00 p.m. “Hello, My Name is Doris,” a movie at the Segoe Terrace Activity Room (602 Sawyer Terrace).  Free with free popcorn.

Thurs., July 7  7:00-9:30 p.m. The Capital City Band begins its 48th season.  Free concert, bring a chair.  Renenbohm Park (115 Eau Claire Ave.

Sat., July 9  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm   eRecycling Event at 805 Forward Drive.  Bring your laptops, cell phones, LDC monitors and more.  This program employees people with disabilities. For a full list of items that can be eRecycled, go to