The Madison Senior Center will be holding An Artful Affair again this year. Dane County artists 55+ can display their works and win prizes. The work must be hangable and dropped off at the Center by April 27. For more info, call 266-6581 or go to:

Goodman Pool Swim Lessons and Scholarships. Online registration is open for swimming lessons! Scholarship applications available for youth lessons, swim team or admissions. Go to:

Research Volunteers Wanted. During the week of April 10 or April 17 at the UW-Madison School of Nursing (701 Highland Ave.) The UW-Madison School of Nursing is developing a website application to provide information and guidance to family caregivers of older adults. They need folks to spend an hour giving feedback on an app-in-progress. You will receive $15 for your time. Please respond to with a few days and times that would work for you.

More research. Researchers at UW-Madison are testing a workshop designed to give women tools for dealing with bladder or bowel control. Volunteers will be asked to attend three workshops and fill out questionnaires. You must be 50 or older. You can receive up to $50 for participating. Contact Jill at 270-4291.

Mon., April 3 noon-12:45pm Meditation at Monona Terrace. Mindfulness meditation will be led by Sarah Moore M.D., a mind-body practitioner, therapist, and physician. Sarah has been practicing meditation for 14 years and teaching meditation to groups and individuals for the past six years. Chairs will be available. Walk-ins are welcome.

Tues., April 4 7:00 am-8:00 pm. Spring Non-partisan election. Includes school board, State Superintendent of Schools, some alders and judges. For info, see the voters’ guide: or pick up a hard copy at the library.

Tues., April 4 No Senior Lunches at Meadowridge.

Tues., April 4 6:00-8:00 pm Table Top Game Night at the Meadowridge Library. For the whole family. Enjoy a variety of board games.

Wed., April 5 4:30 pm. Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library. Bring your favorite book or pick one at the library and enjoy it with a furry friend.

Thurs., April 6 noon-1:00 pm Senior Lunches at the Meadowood Community Room. Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can. 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.

Fri., April 7 6:30-8:30 pm. Coloring for Grown-Ups at the Alicia Ashman Library. What’s this coloring-for-grownups craze all about? Coloring for adults can be a stress-reliever, and a low-pressure way to get your creative juices flowing. Break out your crayons, colored pencils, or markers. (We’ll provide these, but feel free to bring your own).There’s a variety of coloring sheets to choose from. If you notice at any point that you are forgetting your worries, daydreaming freely, or feeling more creative, take a deep breath and enjoy it. When you don’t feel like coloring anymore, stop.

Sat., April 8 9:00am-4:00pm WI Gourd Festival at the Olbrich Gardens. See amazing and artistic gourds. Sponsored by the WI Gourd Society. Visit for more information.

Sat., April 8 10:30 am – 11:45 am Join Chef Instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for ages 5-8. At the Meadowridge Library. Theme: Bountiful Breakfast. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register.

Sat., April 8 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm. Hands-on cooking class for ages 9-12. Theme: Oodles of Noodles. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register. At the Meadowridge Library.

Sat., April 8 2:00-3:15pm Hands-on cooking class for families. All participants must register (including adults). Theme: Calzones. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register. At the Meadowridge Library.

Sat., April 22 9:00-10:00am Pilgrim Park Clean-Up. Join your neighbors in picking up trash and helping to clean up Pilgrim Park. Gloves and trash bags provided. And a treat for your help. Sponsored by Prairie Hills NA.

Sat., April 22 10:00-noon Earth Day Challenge. At Elver Park and other parks in Madison. Join this community-wide volunteer effort to make a difference. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We will supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. To sign up, go to: