Starting this fall, a new law will *require* the big three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) to let you freeze your credit report for free.  Credit freezes, also known as security freezes, restrict access to your credit report. Security freezes are often recommended for individuals who have been the victim of identity theft or whose personal information was released in a security breach. The new law limits security freezes to only impact businesses requesting consumer information for credit purposes. That means that parties requesting credit reports for employment background checks, tenant background checks, or insurance policies will still have access to credit information when a security freeze is in place. The law also does not apply to existing creditors or debt collection agencies who are reviewing accounts or collecting money that is owed to them.  [Source:  West Madison Senior Center newsletter.]

Wednesdays, 12:00pm-12:30pm.  Chair Exercise.  Join Jody Alexander for a new Chair exercise class at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. This class will focus on creating Core awareness, balance and flexibility, while building strength to support posture and range of movement. The class will run 50 minutes with a drop in rate of $10. Sliding scale is available. Bring an exercise mat if you have one, some will be provided.  Mount Olive Church, 110 N. Whitney Way.


Mon., Oct. 1 10:30am-11:15am
Bilingual Storytime.  A very special bilingual storytime celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for a celebration of children, families, and reading in two languages as we explore culture, family, and heritage.  Cuentos bilingües muy especiales para celebrar el mes de la herencia Hispana.? Únase a nosotros para una celebración de niños, familias, y lectura en dos idiomas a para celebrar la cultura, la familia y el patrimonio.   Meadowridge Library Community Room B, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Oct. 2 1:00pm-4:00pm – Sequoya (bring your own supplies)
Wed., Oct. 3 6:30pm-8:30pm – Alicia Ashman (bring your own supplies)
Thr., Oct. 4 3:00pm-4:30pm – Meadowridge (supplies provided).
Knitting Groups.  All skill levels welcome.  Children under 7 must have an adult present. Come on in & share tips or get advice!  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd (Tuesday), Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd. (Wednesday), and Meadowrdige Library (Thursday)

Wed., Oct. 3 4:30pm-5:30pm
Read to a Dog.  Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Meadowridge Library.

Thr., Oct. 4 6:30pm
Mindfulness for Women.  Local author and mindfulness expert Mare Chapman will describe the common cultural conditioning that adversely affects nearly all women – in body, mind and spirit – which leads to losing self in relationships, chronic self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. Then, based on years of study and validating science, she will describe how mindfulness is applied to transform these patterns to build a healthy, empowering relationship with authentic self.  Alicia Ashman Library.

Fri., Oct. 5 3:00pm-6:00pm
Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help.  Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing. Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available.   Please come in or call 266-6385 to reserve a 45-minute appointment.  Sequoya Library.

Fri., Oct. 5 6:30pm-8:30pm
Friday Night Mix Up  Coloring, Crafts, Games and Puzzles all on the same night!  Alicia Ashman Library.

Sat., Oct 6 10:00am-2:00pm
Caregiver Bootcamp – Dane County.  When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Wisconsin and the Aging and Disability Resource Center.  Check in begins at 9:30 am, program from 10 am – 2 pm. A light lunch will be provided.  To register, call Alzheimer’s Association at 608-203-8500.  Sequoya Library Meeting Rooms A & B.


Wed., Oct. 10 9:00am-3:00pm 
Triad-sponsored auto inspection for Seniors.  West Towne Firestone.

Sat., Oct. 13 9:00am-11:30am.
Welcome to Medicare Seminar.  Aging & Disability Resource Center of Dane County, 2865 N. Sherman Ave.  Call 608-261-9330 to register by October 3rd.  For more information, see

Mon., Oct 15 2:30pm-4:30pm
West Madison Senior Center Board Meeting.  Meadowridge Library.  Please call the Executive Director, (608) 238-7368 Ext. 9, at least 24 hours in advance to register your attendance.  Visitors will be asked to sign-in and state your comments, questions, and concerns at the start of the meeting. These issues will then be forwarded to the appropriate committee.