NEWS

Eclipse Safety.  With the eclipse coming soon on August 21, it is important to understand eclipse safety.  Do NOT look directly at the sun – even for an instant.  Either make a “pinhole viewer” or purchase a pair of (preferably certified) “eclipse glasses”.  More on eclipse glasses can be found at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters , and the Washington Post published an article recently on the topic at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/08/04/vendors-may-be-selling-fake-solar-eclipse-glasses-heres-how-to-make-sure-yours-are-real/

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Asbestos Safety.  It is surprising how many homes in our area may still have asbestos, despite being constructed in the 1970’s and beyond.  Even during that era, asbestos was used in middle layers of vinyl flooring, ceiling tiles, “popcorn” ceiling, acoustic tiles, drywall patch compounds, vermiculite insulation (usually only in older homes) and the like, even if it is not being used in insulating heating ducts and near furnaces and fireplaces in your home.  

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Asbestos is generally not a hazard unless disturbed, but if you are planning a remodeling project, it pays to have anything that might be disturbed tested.  There are a number of asbestos remediation firms in town, or, if you want to coordinate the testing yourself, the University of Wisconsin Occupational Health Laboratory / State Hygiene Laboratory offers affordable asbestos testing for homeowners.  General information can be found at 


A fee schedule and fillable submission forms can be found at 
http://www.slh.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-WOHL-Fee-Schedule.pdf

EVENTS

Mon., Aug. 14 10:30am-11:00am

Fri., Aug. 18 10:00am-11:00am (Special Sun & Moon Eclipse Edition on Friday)

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Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.  Only on Friday, there will be a special Eclipse Edition of preschool storytime, complete with a free eclipse glasses give away for the big event!

Tue., Aug. 15 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Tuesdays at 2:00ish: LEGO Master Builder Challenge.  Stretch those Lego building brains kids! Show your Lego skills in our Master Builder design challenge. Legos will be provided by the library and constructions will be put on display and judged before our showing of the Lego Batman (Sequoya showing August 16th at 6pm) for a prize. No registration necessary.  Preschool, School age (K-5).  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Tue., Aug. 15 3:30pm-5:00pm

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Crafting with Amy Meitzel: Sew an Emoji.  Younger children may need help from an adult. Registration begins 2 weeks before each event. Call 288-6160 or register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=62844&ID=62844_ .  Meadowridge Library.

Tue., Aug. 15 6:00pm-8:30pm  

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Community Forum.  Alder MicKinney is sponsoring a community forum on creating healthy and safe environments.  There will be a Panel, some group action tables, and next steps will be discussed.  More information can be found at http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district1/blog/?Id=12531 .  Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (Across from the West District Police Station on McKenna Rd.)

Wed., Aug. 16 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Family Movie Night: LEGO Batman.  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ​LEGO Batman! Join us for an evening showing of the Lego Batman movie. Bring your blanket and pillow to get comfy on the floor and grab some popcorn supplied by the Friends of the Library. Vote on the best Master Builder design from our Tuesday (August 15th) Lego challenge before the movie. Winner announced at the end.  Sequoya Library.

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Thr., Aug 17 3:00pm-4:30pm

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Kitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.  Meadowridge Library.

Fri., Aug. 18 5:00pm-7:30pm

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Tween Pizza Baking & Movie.  Learn how easy it can be to make healthy pizza. Then enjoy munching on your pizza while watching the movie Being Bucky, all about UW-Madison’s own Bucky Badger. The pizza making is open to 15 people, ages 10-14. The movie is open to all and is offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Film Festival.  Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=66095&ID=66095_   Meadowridge Library.

COMING UP

Thr., Aug 24 4:30pm-6:30pm

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Third Annual Back 2 School Block Party at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  BBQ, games, face-painting, sports. Free.

Sat., Aug 26 8:00pm-4:00pm

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2nd Annual West Fest.  Backpack giveaway, community meal, basketball contest sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club.  Also, fun and games for kids–duck pond, face-painting, making fun stuff sponsored by various organizations.  Elver Park.

Sun., Aug 27 1:00pm-5:00pm

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9th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic.  The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities. Open to all communities, 100% free and 100% family friendly with free food and kids activities, featuring  dances from Maria Diaz Ballet, DJ Latino Fresh, Spoken Word by Damion, life  performances by local artists like  Henry, Monis and others.  Will take place at the Labor Temple, 1602 Park St.