New Career Programs at Madison College. The college’s Construction and Remodeling program trains students for careers as carpenters, remodelers, apprentices, master carpenters, etc. The next session starts Jan. 30. A part-time evening Construction Bridge Program which teaches basic technical skills to get started in the industry starts Jan. 30. Contact Jose A. Luna, 608-258-2378

Winter Clothing Drive at Elver Park from Jan. 4-15.  Bring coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and gloves to the Shelter during business hours.

Free Indoor Walking at Break Away Sports, 5964 Executive Drive in Fitchburg.  Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-noon.

There’s still time to sign up for group ice skating lessons at Elver Park. Deadline is Mon., Jan 9.  Late fee of $5 after Monday.  For more info and to sign up, go to:

Alaska Expeditions. Expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors are selected to spend 12 days exploring and learning about glaciers and the alpine or marine environment. Through field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers, the girls build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. Free. You must be16 or 17 by June 1. For more information, go to



Mon., Jan. 10  10:45-11:30am   Wonder Works at the  Sequoya Library.  Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!) For children ages 3 – 5. Registration began 12/27. Call 266-6385  Same program Wed. 4:00-4:45.

Tues., Jan. 10 6:30-7:30pm   Winter is Coming at the Meadowridge Library.  A gathering for fans of Game of Thrones to discuss the Game of Thrones books and TV seasons, one installment at a time. This month focuses on A Game of Thrones and season one, sharing thoughts and theories. Books and DVDs available for checkout now.  For adults.

Tuesday, Jan. 10  1:30-3:30 pm.  Crafters Corner at the Segoe Terrace Activity Room.  No experience necessary. Craft supplies furnished for $1. Sponsored by West Madison Senior Center.

Thurs., Jan 12  3:00-4:30p.m. Knitting at the Meadowridge Library. Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.  For families or all ages.

Fri, Jan. 13  6:45-8:45pm  THE AUTOMATIC HATE : Films from the International Film Movement Series.  At the Alicia Ashman Public Library on the second Friday of the month for thought provoking international films from the Film Movement Series.  Adults.

Sat., Jan. 14  9:00am – 1:00pm   eRecycling in West Madison.  Bring your TVs. monitors, computers, copiers, cell phones and other electronic for recycling to 805 Forward Drive.  More info, go to:

Mon., Jan 16  11 am-9 pm.  No school skating at Elver Park.

Mon., Jan 16  6:30 pm   Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (second driveway off Whitney, south of Raymond)  All welcome. Will discuss winter events, potential Farmers’ Market in SW side, various grant possibilities.



Sat., Jan 21 8:30-11:30 am  Byrne Grant Presentation/Brealfast Meeting on neighborhood input.  Good Shepherd Church.

Over the past several months residents and stakeholders from the Raymond Road corridor have been meeting  to identify strategies to address issues around our safety and well-being for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant.  Information gathered from the sessions will be reviewed during this meeting.

Thurs., Jan. 26 1:30 pm.  Mystery Book Club at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  This month’s book is Crocodile on the Sand Bank by Elizabeth Peters.