Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association has scheduled
 a park clean up:
 
Saturday, April 21  11:00am
 
at Pilgrim Park (at the shelter)
 
Bags, plastic gloves and treats provided
 
If the ground is too wet or muddy, the clean-up will be held 
Saturday, April 28
 
For the whole family.  All welcome.  
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The City of Madison Streets Division is hiring four entry-level vehicle operators. People hired as a Streets Machine Operator 1 are the folks you see out collecting the recycling, plowing the streets, filling potholes and many other Streets Division services.  Here’s a link to the job description and the necessary qualifications: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/madisonwi/job_bulletin.cfm?jobID=2035108&sharedWindow=0

Register now for adult Kickball leagues from MSCR.  The 7 week season begins May 29 followed by an end of season single elimination tournament. Games are played on Tuesdays and Fridays at Olbrich Park. Go to http://www.mscr.org.​

EVENTS

Mon., April 16 6-8pm Breakfast for Dinner with Ugly Apple.  Learn to cook a few different types of biscuits with locally sourced ingredients.  For adults and teens, grades 6-12. Registration began April 2.  Meadowridge Library.  Register at 288-6160.

Wed., April 18  6-8 pm Soul Food with Melly Mel’s Catering.  Learn how to make healthy soul food with Carmell Jackson of Melly Mel’s Catering.  For adults and teens grades 6-12.  Registration began April 4.  Call 288-6160 to register.

Wed., April 18  7-8pm  Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, a book by Tamara Draut.   A presentation of the Wisconsin Book Festival.  Central Library (330 W. Mifflin.).

Thurs., April 19  6:30pm  Meadowridge Book Club: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes.  Creator of Grey’s Anatomy and more, Shonda steps out of her comfort zone to enrich her life.  Informal writing style.  Copies available at the library.

Thurs.,April 19  6-7:30pm  Huegel School Science Night and Book Fair. Book Fair starts at 6:00, Science Night at 6:30.

Fri., April 20 and Sat., April 21, 10-3pm ShredFest 2018. Free confidential shredding up to 100 pounds.  Donations. All proceeds go to Second Harvest.  3700 Commerce Dr., Madison.  For more info, call  658-7413

Sat. April 21 10-2pm Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to clean up your local park! Earth Day Challenge Projects are held throughout the city. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We will supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. Go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm

Mon., April 23  6-7:30pm  Alternative Grains and Sweeteners. Discover simple alternatives to wheat and sugar, how to make them at home, and how to use them in craft baked goods that will support better health. Recipes provided by Kristina Stanley, owner of Abaaso Foods. For Adults and teens.  Meadowridge Library.  Registration began April 4. Call 288-6160.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed., April 25 1pm  Help with your Smart Phones–Apple and Android.  Come with questions and learn some new tips. Call 270-4290 to register.  Fitchburg Senior Center.

Wed., April 25  1-3pm  The Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free fair housing training for owners and managers of rental property. The seminar will discuss the protected classes and prohibited practices; reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities; advertising rental units in compliance with fair housing laws; and much more. Hawthorne Branch, 2707 E. Washington Ave.

​ A​ttendees ​should ​register ​by​ call​ing​ (608) 257-0853.

Fri., April 27  6-8pm  Super Showcase at Memorial High School.  A night of free family fun for all ages.  Free family dinner, rock climbing wall, face painting, photo booth and more.  ​Dinner served until 7pm.

NEWS

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City Weekly Meeting Schedule.
The Madison Common Council and boards, commissions, and committees meet regularly to discuss and take action on City business.  The City Weekly Meeting Schedule at http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule is a way to access an agenda, location, and time of a meeting. You can subscribe to receive meeting schedule and update emails.

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NEW MEDICARE CARDS.  

Starting in April, Medicare (CMS) will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number, so Social Security Numbers will be removed from all Medicare cards to make them
safer. Be on the lookout for your new card!

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EVENTS

Mon., Apr. 9 10:00am-11:30am

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Mystery in the Morning — Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach.  Dolan-Leach’s debut thriller takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country.  Join the Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group for a civilized discussion of murder and mayhem!  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd.

Tue., Apr. 10 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Sequoya Knitting Group.  Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Wed., Apr. 11 10:00am-11:00am

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Edward Jones Perspective with Andrew Drane.  Market commentary and group discussion on timely market topics and potential investment strategies. Questions are welcome! Andrew is a financial adviser with Edward Jones.  Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin St.

Wed., Apr. 11 10:00am-4:00pm  

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Medication Review for adults age 65+.  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.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Wed., Apr. 11 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 Room A (Blue).

Thr., Apr. 12 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Literacy Network.  Improve reading, writing and computer skills! Call Ezi at 244-3991 Ext 10 to register, space is limited.  Meadowridge Library Rooms A and B.

Fri., Apr. 13 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Spring Rolls with Madame Chu.  Learn how to make different Singapore-style spring rolls with Josey Chu of Madame Chu. Registration began 3/30. Register online or call 288-6160. Meadowridge Library Rooms A and B.

Sat., Apr. 14 10:00am-11:00am

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Saturday Morning Cartooning.  Calling all comic book lovers, graphic novel gurus, aspiring artists, and cartoon enthusiasts! Dive into the world of cartooning with guest artists and fun comic related activities on Saturday mornings, and enjoy some vintage cartoons while you’re at it!  Breakfast snacks provided by the friends of SEQUOYA library. Drop in any time, no registration required. Ages 6-12, younger supervised siblings also welcome.  Sequoya Library.

COMING UP

Wednesday, Apr. 18 7:30pm-9:00pm

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Madison Memorial Jazz Ensemble Concert, high school auditorium.

Sunday, Apr. 22 – EARTH DAY
In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Madison Parts are hosting 

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“Earth Day Challenges” at several parks, including Elver Park.  See https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm .

NOTES
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

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

EVENTS

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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

NOTES
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.

COMING UP
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.