Listening Sessions.  Westside Alders Matt Phair, District 20, and Maurice Cheeks, District 10, will host joint public listening sessions in anticipation of the upcoming annual city budget process. Residents are encouraged to come and share their thoughts and suggestions  regarding the city’s capital and operating budgets. There will be a presentation on the existing budget. The sessions will be: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay and Wed., Sept. 14,  6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond.
Monthly Update from the West District Police.  Each month the West District publishes an update of incidents (calls for service) in the district.  To see when and how many incidents occur, go to:
Volunteers Needed.  RSVP of Dane County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has many opportunities for seniors to volunteer.  Dane County schools need tutors and other classroom helpers.  Volunteer drivers for seniors and veterans, especially to deliver meals to seniors in Dane County outside of Madison  Many other Dane County nonprofits turn to RSVP to help find volunteers for specific positions in their organizations.
Senior Lunches back to noon start time. Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. Participants must arrive on-time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.
THANKS.  To Kim Bruning, Jim Zanke, Ron Wittenbach, Joan Brooks, and Jan and Bill Minardi for their help with the Pilgrim Park Ice Cream Social.  Thanks from the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center for Prairie Hills help with their Back 2 School Party.
Mon., Sept. 5 Labor Day 12-5:00pm  Labor Fest at the Madison Labor Temple.  Annual South Central Federation of Labor celebration with kids’ activities, music by People Brothers Band & Red Hot Horn Dawgs, food, info tables. Free admission; bring donations of personal care items for MMSD Transition Education program.
Tues., Sept. 6  4:00-6:00pm   Kids Chess Club at the Sequoya Library.  School age kids who know the basics of chess (i.e. how the pieces move)are welcome. Come on in for a friendly game.  All ages Chess Club follows until 8:45.
Wed., Sept. 7  4:30-5:30 pm  Read to A Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  This popular program is run on a first-come, first-served schedule.  It’s fun and educational to read to a furry friends who’s all ears.
Thurs., Sept 8  6:00-7:30pm  One City Early Learning Center will have a volunteer rally where you can learn about volunteer opportunities at the center.  The rally will be at the center at 2012 Fischer St.  For more info, contact  To learn more about the Early Learning Center, go to:
Fri., Sept. 9 7:30-9:30 pm  Moon Over Monona Terrace.  Young and old alike are invited to view celestial objects through a variety of different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Activities include short kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes!  FREE tickets available on Eventbrite subject to venue capacity. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 7pm. In case of inclement weather, call 261.4000 after 5pm the day of the event for cancellation information.
Fri, Sept. 9 7:00-9:00pm  Under The Gun film screening.  What is keeping America from finding common ground on preventing gun violence? Through the lens of families affected by shootings in Chicago, Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista, Tucson, the film examines why many politicians are refusing to act and what a growing movement of Americans are doing to change that. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric join forces to create a documentary that is scrupulously comprehensive and decidedly fair to both sides. At the Alicia Ashman Library.
Sat., Sept. 10 5:30-7:30pm  Dinner and Entertainment at the West Madison Senior Center.  The Best of Broadway–Lerner and Loewe from the talented singers of the Four Seasons Theatre.  Dinner is $7.50.  Anyone over 60 may pay with a donation–minimum $4.  RSVP by noon on Sept. 9 to 238-0196.