Many of us were told and learned that earthworms were good for the soil. Turns out that isn’t really true – and there were no worms in Wisconsin prior to settlement by Europeans. Whats more, the newest worms, Amynthas or “jumping worms” are much worse than those we have grown up with.  For more information on this latest pest, see .

Store your canoe or kayak lakeside

Exploring Madison’s beautiful lakes, rivers and creeks by paddle is enjoyed by many. Most, however, don’t have the luxury of living on a waterway. That’s okay! The City of Madison offers watercraft storage racks at locations throughout the city. For just $110 (Madison resident) annually, you can store your canoe or kayak lakeside.   While there is typically a waitlist, often space is available by April.  For more information, see

Lake Level Task Force

In response to the flooding, the Dane County Board created a lake levels task force last year charged with running models and finding solutions.  The task force issued a report February 1. You can find a link to it on the Lakes and Watershed Commission website at

In addition, County Engineer John Reimer and other members of the technical work group have done a series of presentations detailing the findings and explaining the various mitigation scenarios.  The presentations were recorded.  You can find them and all of the public comment at the same website.

Uptick in underground garage burglaries

MPD crime analysts are noticing an uptick in burglaries where underground parking garages are being targeted. Once inside, criminals are breaking vehicle windows and stealing items.  For more information, see


Q & A with County Executive Joe Parisi

Mon., Mar. 11 10:45am, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

County Executive Parisi will be visiting the Fitchburg Senior Center to have a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and how it benefits county taxpayers. Joe will talk for roughly 30 minutes, then allow for questions.

Mindful Movement

Tue., Mar. 12 10:00am-10:45am, Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd.

Join fitness and mindfulness coach Venus Washington on second and fourth Tuesdays to explore the mind/body connection. Especially designed for seniors, but open to any adult interested, Venus will help you start wherever you are on your fitness journey (even if you haven’t begun it yet!). Perfect for beginners and anyone interested in getting moving and learning that how you think affects the way you move; and how you move affects the way you think. Be prepared for movement, but at a level that’s right and safe for you. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot: 824-1780, or at

Financial Perspective, Sponsored by Associated Bank

Wed., Mar. 13 10:00am-11:00am, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Finances are personal for most of us, but it’s also often difficult to navigate the terrain without help. A local financial adviser will be available to share current events and trends in the market. This workshop is appropriate whether you have currently have investments or not. Find out what you should know, or ask, before investing. Call 266-6581 to register.

Meadowridge Library Anime Club /Anime Game Night

Wed., Mar. 13 5:30pm-7:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A, Raymond Rd.

Play some anime inspired video games and discuss your favorites.

Memorial HS Concert Band II & Symphonic Band

Wed., Mar. 13 7:30 PM, Memorial HS

Avoiding Scams

Thr., Mar. 14 12:30pm-1:00pm, Meadowridge Commons, 5734 Raymond Rd.

Winter Reading Fun

Thr., Mar. 14 4:00pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Come and practice your reading with our friendly volunteers!

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Mar. 15 3:30pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

Screen Printing for Kids – A Very Bubbler Saturday

Sat., Mar. 16 1:00pm-2:00pm, Sequoya Library rooms A & B, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Learn about screen-printing and create your own screen-print of an inclusive “Libraries are for Everyone” image, with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Bring your own t-shirt/tote/material to print on, or create a print on paper. One print per person, please.


March 18 — Regular School Day

Monday, March 18 had originally been scheduled as a staff only day.  However, with all of the bad weather, time missed must now be made up.

Dane County Lake Level Task Force Meeting

Monday, March 18, 5:00pm, City County Building Room 351, 210 Martin Luther King Blvd.

See the News section, above, for additional information.

Neighborhood Center & Child and Youth Funding Process Discussion: Vision and Community needs.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.

Madison’s Community Development Division is seeking input on how to support the 15 currently funded Neighborhood Centers & Child and Youth Out-of-School Time programming.  The majority of time at this event will be a facilitated discussion as opposed to a formal presentation. This session may be more interesting for community members who are interested in the topic of neighborhood centers and child and youth programming.

Elder Domestic Abuse

Wed., Mar. 27 10:00am, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.

Join speaker Sara Flugum in a discussion.

Discussion with Joe Parisi

Wed., Mar. 27 10:00am-10:45 AM, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

County Executive Parisi will lead a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and benefit county taxpayers.   Please sign up for this program at 266-6581.

News resources

Much of the material for our newsletters is located in resources that are regularly available online, but our editors may not focus on items that you care about.  Here are some resources that you can look at on your own: