Record Cold Weather on Tap

Record cold weather is forecast to descend on our area this week, with highs on Wednesday topping out below ten below zero (actual temperature, not just windchill).   Pets should be kept indoors, and it would not hurt to check up on people you know to be vulnerable this week.

Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center Volunteer Opportunities

The DHCS at 5132 Voges Road is looking for volunteers to serve in Wildlife Assistant and Wildlife Receptionist roles.  Wildlife Assistants provide care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.  Receptionists assist with phone calls and community members bringing in wild patients.  Must be at least 18 years old, and commit to one regular 2 to 4 hour shift each week through October 15th.  Apply at .  For general inquiries, contact Jackie Sandburg at

Community Development Funds Survey

The City of Madison and Dane County are seeking input on where to focus the housing and community development funds our local government will receive during the next five years (2020-2024). The city and county are starting a process called the Consolidated Plan, which will determine how the funds will be spent.  Funding is focused on four general areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic/Business Development
  • Neighborhoods
  • Access to Resources

Activities must generally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Citizen participation is a vital step in determining community needs, and your input will assist in determining where we should focus our efforts.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on one of these links to participate in the survey:


Preschool Storytime

Mon., Jan. 28 10:30am-11:15am, Meadowridge Library Community room B, Raymond Rd.

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.

Knitting Groups

Tue., Jan. 29 1:00pm-4:00pm, Sequoya Library Meeting Room A, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!

Wed., Jan. 31 3:00pm-4:30pm, Meadowridge Library

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present.

Rich Bauman Folk Songs and Old Classics

Tue., Jan. 29 1:00pm-2:00pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Singer, musician and storyteller Rich Baumann returns to entertain us with folk songs and old classics that you know and love.  Sing along or just sit back and listen.

Chess Club

Wed., Jan. 30 5:30pm-7:00pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Reading

Thr., Jan. 31 4:00pm-6:00pm Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Enjoy reading with community volunteers! Intended for school aged children who would like to practice their reading skills.

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Feb. 1 3:30pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Come play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

DaneNet Computer / Mobile Device Fix It Clinic

Sat., Feb 2 1:00pm-4:00pm, Meadowridge Library Community Room A

Device Fix IT clinics are to repair and support computers and hardware owned by households without the means to fix them. Adults can bring in their devices (smart phone, desktop, tower, laptop, etc.) and DANEnet staff and volunteers will fix and clean the devices.  If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!  Volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.  First come, first served. Labor is FREE. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores.  Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with computers, smartphones and tablets.


Madison Winter Festival at Elver Park

Sat., Feb 2 – Sun., Feb. 3, Elver Park

Several events for kids, families and even competitive events are scheduled.

Frozen Assets Winter Festival

Fri., Feb. 1 – Sun., Feb. 3, The Edgewater Hotel and nearby venues.

The Frozen Assets Festival is a free, family-friendly event held at The Edgewater Hotel on the North end of Wisconsin Ave.  There are several FREE family-friendly activities all weekend long. Try a new winter skill, or sit back and watch the fun!

UW Alumni Park Winter Carnival Family Fun

Sat., Feb. 2  Alumni Park, 724 Langon St.

Join Badgers of all ages for an afternoon of family-friendly, winter-themed activities. This is a great chance to get out and experience Alumni Park in winter as you enjoy a mini-hockey shootout and snowsuit-friendly outdoor yoga. Then, head inside One Alumni Place to warm up with winter-themed storytelling, art activities, and refreshments.  For more information, see

Wisconsin Union’s Winter Carnival

Thr., Jan. 31 – Sun., Feb. 3, Wisconsin Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

The Wisconsin Union Directorate, Wisconsin Hoofers and other campus partners challenge you to embrace the cold and go play outside!  When you need to warm up a bit, head inside for hot chocolate and food specials!  (Some events require tickets.  Please see individual event pages for more information).


Madison Public Library Wizards in Wonderland

Sun., Feb 24 10:00am, Madison Public Library 201 W. Mifflin St.

New this year, Madison Public Library Foundation invites you to attend our first annual Wizards in Wonderland — a whimsical and family-friendly celebration of wizards and magic — at Central Library on Sunday, February 24!

Grab your broomstick and join us for activities, including:

  •     Wizard-themed crafts and games for kids — slime, wands, bookmarks and more!
  •     Live Quidditch demonstration by the UW Quidditch team
  •     Enchanting animals from the Dane County Humane Society
  •     Face painting with Monroe Street Arts Center
  •     Unique raffle items for the whole family to enjoy

This winter celebration benefits Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which is dedicated to keeping kids reading and learning all summer long.

Badger Cafe with Chris Borland

Thursday, Feb. 21  6:00pm-8:00pm  One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St.

Join the conversation with Chris Borland ’13 and Chad McGehee from UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, who were featured in the Winter 2018 issue of On Wisconsin magazine. Borland, once a Badger and San Francisco 49ers football star player, left the game because of concerns for his brain health. Learn more about Borland’s journey, along with his and McGehee’s work with the Center for Healthy Minds. The conversation will be moderated by film producer John Roach ’77.