NOTES
Planning for the 2018 Monroe Street Reconstruction Project has begun. Bus Route 58 will be affected. The City of Madison Engineering department is soliciting feedback regarding this project.  Please  take this brief survey by August 7 to ensure that adequate transit access and service is maintained throughout the construction. At https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/monroestreetsurvey
 
Call for West Madison Crafters & Artists at West Fest
There are still a few spots open for an outdoor craft & gift market happening August 27th from 10-4 at Elver Park. Booth spaces are $35 and the only requirement is to have a connection to the westside of Madison (live, work, go to church, play, etc). For more information contact Sarah Kirk at pogcraftmarket@gmail.com 
 
Help test election equipment. The City’s election equipment was destroyed in the July 21 storm.  Next week the clerk’s office will receive a shipment of election equipment that will immediately need to be installed and tested for accuracy.  If you are free next Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and would be willing to help test election equipment to ensure the integrity of the August 9 Primary, please sign up here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/isevents/event_detail.cfm?eid=1790.
 
EVENTS
Mon, August 1  8:00 am -7:00 pm.  Absentee Voting in City Clerk’s office begins.  At 210  MLK Blvd. Voters are now required to show ID before being issued a ballot.  Please note that the address on your ID doesn’t matter for proving your identity.  
 
Mon., August 1 6:30-7:30 pm  Mindful Mondays at the Meadowridge Library Please join us for a mindfulness and meditation training program. Traditional mindfulness techniques, meditation practices, and cognitive exercises will be studied. We’ll learn how to calm our minds, relieve stress, and pay attention in the moment. Beginners welcome! Open to adults and teens.
 
Tues., August 2  8:30-12:30 pm (and every Tuesday)
Pickle ball at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Advanced play 8:30-10:30, Beginners 10:30-12:30. Learn more about places to play and meet others at www.madcitypickleball.com.
 
Wed., August 3 various times  Foot Care Clinic at the Madison Senior Center.  First Wednesday of the month.  Provided by the visiting nurse service of Home Health United.  For appointment, call 266-6581.
 
Wed., August 3 10:00-12:30 pm.  Maker Corps at the Meadowridge Library.  Hands-on making activities for children and families. Will you be screen printing? Sewing terrifying (or adorable!) sock monsters? Homemade computer controllers? Tinkering with circuits? Or Diving into a Mystery Engineering box to invent something new? You never know what adventure awaits! Drop-in for 15 minutes or stay an hour with your grown up.  For school-age children.

Wed., August 3  4:30-5:30 pm Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  Share your book with a friendly dog.  Time slots are first come-first served.

Thurs., August 4  1:00 pm.  Mahjong at the Madison Senior Center.  Play either the American or Chinese version.  All welcome.
 
Thurs., August 4  2:00-6:30 pm.  Super Smash Bros. Tournament Qualifying Round. The first, second, and third place winners of this qualifying round will be invited to compete with teens from across the city at the Central Library Championship on August 10th. Registration is first come first served and limited to the first 20 players. For teens grade 6-12. Registration begins at 2:30 PM with tournament promptly starting at 3PM. See more details at madisonpubliclibrary.org/teens.
 
Fri, August 5  1:00-2:30 pm.  Eat Like An Astronaut.  Find out how engineers at NASA have made specially designed food systems to package astronaut food and then see how you do making your own ‘food containment lunch tray.’ Registration begins 7/22. Call 288-6160 or go to http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=55103&ID=55103_
Fri., August 5  5:30-9:30 pm  Dane Dances. On the rooftop of Monona Terrace. Free. The Lake Vista Café will be open with Ethnic food and cocktails available for purchase at 5 p.m. Picnic baskets welcome. No carry in alcohol. In the case of rain, call 608.261.4000 after 2PM for concert location. Concerts will be moved inside unless otherwise indicated.This week DJ Pain 1/BBI/Shining Star.
 
Sat. August 6  9:00 am-4:00 pm.  Sequoya Library Book Sale.  Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawls also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm.
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