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Brush collection.  On Monday, April 2, the Streets Division will begin curbside brush collection which should last from April through the end September. . Brush is woody material trimmed from trees, shrubs, and bushes that measure over 18 inches in length. For more information, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/Brush/
 
Yard Waste collection. Yard waste collection also begins on April 2.  There are only two yard waste collections in the Spring.  For more info, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/leaf/
 
City Hiring Fleet Service Technicians.   Applications are now being accepted for these full-time jobs with strong pay, great benefits, and overtime, training, and advancement opportunities.  Qualified applicants of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  For more info go to: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/madisonwi/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=2022284
 
Music & Memory.  Madison libraries are providing a free Music & Memory program for residents with dementia.  Contact the Meadowridge Library at 288-6160 for more info.
 
EVENTS
Tues., April 3  7am-8pm  ELECTION DAY.  The Senior Meal at the Meadowridge Center will be held in the gym. 
 
Tues. April 3 Election Day Bake Sale at Falk School.  During polling hours.
 
Tues., April 3 6:00pm  Madison Police Chief Koval will hold a community meeting at Our Redeemer Church (1701 McKenna).Hear an update on police related issues and ask questions.  Representatives from the Violent Crime, Burglary, and Gang units and West District staff will also be present.
 
Wed., April 4  1:30-3:30pm Free movies for seniors–“LBJ” at the Alicia Ashman library.
 
Wed., April  4  4:30-5:30pm.  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  A win-win for all. Read your favorite book to a ready listener.  For families of all ages and kids K-5.
 
Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm  Minecraft Club at the Meadowridge Library.  Bring your own device, or play with friends on our server. No account necessary, ages 17 and under. Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.
 
Sat., April 7 10am-noon Fruit Carving with Artesan Fruit.  Learn how to carve fruit. Kids under 7 need an adult helper.  At the Meadowridge Library.  Everyone must register. Registration began March 24.  Call now.  288-6160.
 
Sat., April 7 2:30-4:30pm  Making Momo Dumpiings with Little Tibet. Learn to make Tibet’s most popular food.  Teens.  At the Meadowridge Library.  Registration started March 24.  You must register. Call 288-8160.
 
Tues., April 10, 12-1:00pm. Meet the Author: Sagashus Levingston, author of Infamous Mothers.  About mothers she met growing up on the South Side of Chicago.  At Madison Senior Center (330 W. Mifflin) Free.  All welcome.
 
COMING UP
Wed., April 11 10:00-4:00pm  Medication Review for adults age 65+.  Meadowridge Library.  A pharmacist will be on hand to identify potential problems. Please schedule before April 10.  Call Sheray at 622-2355 or email sheray@yahoo.com.
 
Fri., April 13  6-8pm Spring Rolls with Madame Chu at the Meadowridge Library.  Call now to register. 288-6160.
 
Mon., April 16  6-8pm Breakfast for Dinner with Ugly Apple at the Meadowridge Library.  Call 288-6160 to register.
 
Tues, April 17 and Wed. April 18 Jobs for Teens Application Meeting. Ages 14-17 years old, Apply for Common Wealth’s Youth-Business Mentoring Program at Memorial High School. In this program, you will complete a 3-week training and receive mentoring support, You are guaranteed a part-time job! To apply, you must attend an application meeting Tuesday 4/17 at 3:45 and Wednesday 4/18 at 3:45 or 5:15 in the LIT Center at Memorial High School. Questions? Contact Sydney McConnell-Durkin at sydney@cwd.org or 608-256-3527 x20.
 
Sunday, May 6 Learn 2 Ride  Learn easy, innovative techniques to get kids riding solo on two wheels! Ages 4-12 at Memorial High School. 90 minute sessions at 8:30am9:00am10:15am10:45am Pre-registration required at MSCR.org or 204-3000. MMSD Res $10/child. Non-Res $15/child
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NEWS

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In Person Absentee Voting is now available, through the Friday before the election (April 3).  Sample Ballot:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/  .  Absentee voting information can be found at:
https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/elections-voting/voting/vote-absentee/in-person-absentee-voting-hours-and-locations 

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Madison Schools Spring Break starts Monday, 3/26.  School begins again Monday, April 2.   Several of the evening Storytime or Preschool Storytime sessions at the Sequoya library will not take place due to Spring Break.

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Read about the Madison Addiction Recovery initiative, a pre-arrest diversion program for low level property crime or possession type of charges.   at http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/blotter.cfm?Id=14299

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BRUSH FIRE SEASON.  The ground is bare and dry, with “dead” grass everywhere.  Time to be extra careful with smoking materials, grills, etc.

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A construction update for County M, PD etc. is available at http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district1/blog/?Id=14323

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Tue., Mar. 27 3:30pm-5:00pm

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Basic Cupcake Decorating.  Learn the basics of using piping bags and pastry tips with Kristina Stanley, owner of Abasso Foods. Create fun designs that can be used on cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Practice your new skills on parchment paper, and when you are ready each attendee will decorate their own cupcake to take with them.  Kids younger than 7 years will need an adult helper.  Meadowridge Library Community Room B, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Mar. 27 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Basic Layer Cakes.  Learn to make a rich smooth buttercream frosting and assemble a layer cake with Kristina Stanley of Abasso Foods. Includes an introduction to utilizing piping bags and pastry tips to decorate your cake with simple yet elegant borders and designs. There will be an opportunity for attendees to participate in some hands on practice creating simple borders.  Meadowridge Library Community Room B.

Tue., Mar. 27 6:30pm-7:30pm

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Information Session. 
Join Carrie Sedlak of the FairShare CSA Coalition to learn if Community Supported Agriculture is right for your family.  CSA provides Farm-fresh delivery of local produce.  This is a no-obligation information session to learn about dozens of different CSA farms in the area.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.   Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=72328&ID=72328_

Thr., Mar. 29 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Minecraft Club.  Bring your own device, or play with friends on our server. No account necessary, ages 17 and under.Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.

Thr., Mar. 29 6:30pm-8:30pm

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Heart Health, Know Your Numbers.  Join the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation for a FREE health session. Presented by a registered nurse, this one-hour session is all about the leading cause of death in women: heart disease. Participants, you will learn ways to protect your heart health by knowing your numbers and identifying your personal risk.  Registration required:  Call Nora at 608-251-1675 ext. 103, or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grapevine-heart-health-education-tickets-42437536815 .  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Fri., Mar. 30 6:30pm-8:30pm

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Fifth Fridays – Poetry Improv. featuring Guy Thorvalsen.  April is National Poetry Month. Start the celebration with an evening of poetry hosted by local poet Guy Thorvaldsen. Guy teaches writing at Madison College and in 2017 published a book of poetry, “Going to Miss Myself When I’m Gone.”  Alicia Ashman Library.

Sunday, Apr. 1  EASTER SUNDAY

COMING UP

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Tuesday, Apr. 3  ELECTION DAY

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Adult Softball LeaguesMen’s and Women’s Slow Pitch, Coed Slow Pitch and Men’s and Women’s Fast Pitch divisions are available. Check out the new 50+ League for Men. Play begins May 4. Register at http://mscrsportsleagues.org/sites/mscr/home.

New Shingles Vaccine.  The old vaccine prevented 50 percent,  This one, Shingrix, prevents more than 90 percent.  Talk with your doctor.

Election on April 3.  For information, read the Dane County League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Answers at https://www.lwvdanecounty.org/candidates-answers-spring-election-2018 or found in last week’s Isthmus. You can also view interviews with the candidates at https://www.cityofmadison.com/citychannel/ShowDetails.cfm?Id=15. 

 Madison Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10am – 5pm at Monona Terrace.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 kids. A free to the public area will be offered on MLK Jr. Boulevard, leading up to the facility. Madison’s call for makers is now open. Makers not selling products can participate at no charge, and makers who choose to sell their products are charged $100 to participate. We encourage under-served audiences to attend through free ticket giveaways at select community centers and local youth organizations.

EVENTS
Tues., March 20, 12:15-12:45 pm UW Extension Nutrition Education
 with Lytonia Floyd.  Colorful and Classic Favorites. Meadowood Neighborhood Center.

Tues,, March 20 6:30-7:30pm The Spice Box: How to Use Spices in Everyday Cooking.  Huma Siddiqui is an author, chef, cooking instructor, and host of White Jasmine: http://www.whitejasmine.com, and its companion cooking show focusing on healthy eating based on multi-cultural traditions.Call 608-824-1780 to reserve your seat. Alicia Ashman Library.

Wed., March 21 11:00-1:00pm. Free Blood Pressure check at the Meadowridge Library.

Wed., March 21  1:30-3:30 West Madison Senior Center moviesWonder.  Free.  Snacks will be served.  At the Alicia Ashman Library (733 N. High Point Rd)

Thurs., March 22 1:00pm  Podcast 101.  Podcasts are a great resource and super popular. If you are interested in listening to current events, books or general information on thousands of topics—this class is for you.  Fitchburg Senior Center. You must call to reserve your spot. 270-4290.

Thurs., March 22 1:00 pm. Thursday Book Group discusses Exit West by Mohsin Hami.  Sequoya Library.

Fri., March 23  6:30-7:30 pm  Dunkirk (2017) PG-13,  Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.  Alicia Ashman Library.

Sat., March 24 1:30-4:30 pm.  Westside Community Garden Registration Day.  For both current gardeners and new folks who would like to have a garden plot here on the Southwest Side.  Meadowood Neighborhood Center.

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Mon., March 26 12:00 pm. 
Cooking with Chef Lily (ages 5-8)-Green Foods at the Meadowridge Library.

Mon., March 26 2:00 pm  Cooking with the Kids Chef Lily (Ages 9-12)-Flavors of the Rainbow.  Meadowridge Librarly.

Tues., March 27 9-4pm Spring Break Gaming and Coding Day.  For Middle and High School students.  Learn about computer coding, video gaming and careers in these fields.  Free. Central Library.  Call 729-1208 to register.

EVENTS

Mon., Mar. 12 10:30am-11:15am

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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.

Tue., Mar. 13 12:00pm-1:00pm

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Author Ann Garvin:  “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around”.  Have you ever pondered the unfairness of life, needed someone to call and weigh-in on the imbalances in life or feel like you do more than your fair share? You will want to read this book and meet character Tig Monohan, a frazzled therapist who is working very hard to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s. Tig finds, however, that even saying ‘no more’ can create more issues.  Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street.

Wed., Mar. 14 3:30pm-5:00pm

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Chess Club.  Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Meadowridge Library, Study Room A (Blue)

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Wed., Mar. 14 6:30pm-8:00pm

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Setting Boundaries.  Setting boundaries is a hard skill often accompanied by shame, guilt, and fear. Learn how to set and maintain boundaries that work for you and allow you to break free from the pressures pushed upon you.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=71902&ID=71902_

Thr., Mar. 15 6:30pm-8:00pm

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Dyslexia Information and Q&A Session with Madison Neuropsychological Services
Are my child’s reading skills developmentally appropriate?  Should I be concerned that my child is reversing letters/numbers?  My child’s teacher is concerned that his reading skills are falling below grade-level, should I be worried? Everyone seems to be talking about dyslexia, but what does it really mean?  Conducted by Drs. Sarah Porter and Cortney Bindrich of Madison Neuropsychological Services.  No registration required.  Sequoya Library Meeting Rooms A & B Combined, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Fri., Mar. 16 – No School – Staff Day.

Fri., Mar. 16 10:00am-2:00pm

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Urban League Teen Summer Job Fair.  Visit with representatives from 7 different employers looking to hire teens this summer, and 7 different youth employment programs that can help teens prepare for and find summer jobs. MMSD staff will also be on hand with information about how some of these programs can students fulfill  academic and career planning (ACP) goals while also earning school credit. ?For more info, visit http://ulgm.org/event/teen-summer-job-fair-2/

Fri., Mar. 16 10:30am-11:15am

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Storytime for the Very Young.  Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required.(For children ages 0-30 months.).  Meadowridge Library, Community Room B.

Sun., Mar. 18 8:00am-12:00pm

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Fitchburg Senior Center Pancake Breakfast.  Support the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Adults $7, Children up to 10 years old $4.  Scrambled eggs, sausages, pancakes.  Call 270-4290 with questions.  5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.

Sun., Mar. 18 11:00am-3:00pm  

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Community Supported Agriculture Open House.  Attendees can learn more about FairShare and Community Supported Agriculture.  Approximately 20 CSA farms will have information, smiles and 2018 sign-up information. Meet local farmers, ask about their operations, find pick-up locations, learn about on-farm events, and choose your share. Veggies, Meat, Eggs and more.   Free to the public.  Monona Terrace, level four.

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Wanda Fullmore Summer Internship (For high school students)  The City of Madison, with Common Wealth Development, offers paid summer internships for 40-50 high school students. To be eligible, youth must reside in the City of Madison and provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Preference will be given to those entering 11th or 12th grade and who face barriers to employment. Interested youth and their parents/guardians must complete the application packet and submit it at any of our open interview meetings. For more info contact: Common Wealth Development, 608.256.3527.
 
Free Energy Efficient Products from Focus on Energy.  Get LED light bulbs, showers heads, faucet aerators, power strips.  Just go to: focusonenergy.com/simple or call 800-230-4701.  Pick your pack and it will be delivered to your door in 4-6 weeks.
 
EVENTS
Mon., March 5  10:45-11:15 am Wonder Works at the Sequoya Library.  

Explore science, technology, engineering and math through play (and books). For children ages 3-5 years old. Register beginning 2/19 for the four-week session (Mar 5 – Mar 26) by phone at 266-6385 or online at www.madisonpubliclibrary.org.

 
Tues., March 6​  10-11 am Victorian’s Secrets: The Revealing History of Women’s Underwear.  

The huge skirts! The small waists! How did Victorian women manage to create these fashionable looks? With underwear, of course. Join Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, takes a peak under the dresses of fashionable Victorian ladies, looks at the layers of underwear, and explores how these undergarments reflected societal values.

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Tues., March 6  Briarpatch Youth Job Center @ PEPR
The Briarpatch Youth Employment Program is coming to the Park Edge/Park Ridge Employer Center beginning on March 6. Learn and practice the skills to find, get, and keep a job. This 3-week, 6-session program is followed by one-on-one employment counseling.

​ For more info, contact Sean.hubbard@briaripatch.org or call 245-2550 ex. 1108​
 
 
Wed., March 7  4:30-5:30pm  Read to a Dog.  Bring your favorite book to delight a special, furry friend.  Meadowridge Library.  First come, first served.
 
Wed., March 7  6-8pm  The Literacy Network at the Meadowridge Library.  

Improve reading, writing and computer skills! Call Ezi at 244-3991 Ext 10 to register, space is limited.

 
Thurs., March 8 6:30-8:00 pm  Ink Drop Art.​  

Join instructor Theresa Kim in this relaxing art experience. This workshop is all about discovering the magic in letting go when dropping alcohol ink on yupo paper. Allowing ourselves to be surprised and curious without expectations. The stress goes away, the worries disappear, and you are fully in the moment.​ At the Alicia Ashman Library.

 
Fri., March 10  6:30-8:30pm  International Films;  Illegal.  

Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-yer old son, Ivan, is constantly on her guard to avoid deportation. For those who seek an international experience (with subtitles)!

​  At the Alicia Ashman Library.
 
COMING UP
Tues., March 13  7:00pm  Food + Farms Film Festival

join Fair Share CSA Coalition and presenting sponsors, for an entertaining evening featuring beautiful films and inspiring speakers at the Food + Farms Film Festival. The second annual event will screen a series of short to medium-length films highlighting a future of healthy and just food systems. At the High Noon Saloon​.​

 
​Thurs., March 15  10:30am  Memory Cafe.  This program is designed for people with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other dementias.  It is a place where individuals with memory loss and their care partners can get together with others and with facilitators from the Alzheimer’s Association.  At the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Questions?  call David at 270-4292.​
 
March 16,  10-2 pm  

Teen Summer Job Fair @ULGM

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Visit with representatives from 7 different employers looking to hire teens this summer, and 7 different youth employment programs that can help teens prepare for and find summer jobs. MMSD staff will also be on hand with information about how some of these programs can students fulfill  academic and career planning (ACP) goals while also earning school credit. Free shuttle buses from the Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment Center. 

  For more info, call 571-2692.
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NEWS

Don’t leave valuables in plain sight – even in a locked car!
The Madison PD is seeing a number of theft from auto cases in which windows were broken out of cars, and purses or bags that were left in plain view were stolen.  Now, not only are these victims potentially the subject of other victimization by criminals using their credit cards or ID’s, they also have hundreds of dollars of damage to their vehicles.   Again, a reminder to keep your purses/bags/valuables out of sight.  Take it with you or lock it in the trunk!

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Cross Country Skiing:  All Madison Parks ski trailes are closed again.   http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/facilities/skitrails.cfm

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Mon., Feb. 26 6:30pm-7:30pm

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Evening Family Storytime.  Bring your dinner or snack and join us for stories, puppets, and songs to appeal to all ages. Includes built in time for you to read together as a family.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Tue., Feb. 27  10:00am-2:30pm; Repeats Wed., Feb. 28 1:00pm-4:30pm

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Tax Assistance.  Please Call 266-6385 to schedule an appointment.  Sequoya Library.

Tue., Feb. 27 12:00PM; Repeats Wed. 2/28 and Thr. 3/1

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West Madison Senior Lunches.  Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. (Younger folks may participate for $10.23).  The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford.  Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding business day by calling 238-7368 ext. 8  Meadowridge Library Community Rooms A & B, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Feb. 27 1:00pm

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Jessica Michna Presents: Golda Meir, The Journey Home.  How does a girl born in the Ukraine, raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, travel a path that would lead her to become Prime Minister of Israel? This informative, entertaining program, developed by Jessica Michna, explores that rather circuitous route. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Tue., Feb. 27

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Madison Memorial HS:  ACT Testing for Grade 11 – no school for grades 9, 10 and 12.

Thr., Mar. 1 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Minecraft Club.  Bring your own device, or play with friends on our server. No account necessary, ages 17 and under.Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.  Meadowridge Library Study Room A (Blue)

Thr., Mar. 1 7:30-8:30

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Madison Memorial Orchestra Concert.

Fri., Mar. 2 6:30pm-8:30pm

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First Friday Coloring and Crafts Meet Up.  Appeal to the artist in you!  All ages.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Sat., Mar. 3 9:00am-4:00pm

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Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  442 Westgate Mall, Whitney Way, next to TJMaxx.

Sun., Mar 4 1:30pm-3:30pm

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Sunday Jazz at Sequoya – Chance Allies.  David Allen and Lucas Koehler, pianist and bassist for the philanthropic Chance Allies group, are pleased to return to Sequoya Library Sunday Jazz Series for a duet performance featuring improvisational interpretations of familiar ballads and classic tunes from the American songbook.  Sequoya Library.

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A new day-camp on the UW-Madison campus this summer will focus on the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans (July 23 to August 3). Students entering sixth through twelfth grades are eligible for this pre-college summer immersion experience in classical antiquity. Details and registration information can be found at:
https://canes.wisc.edu/classicscamp

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