NEWS

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From the Madison Police West District Blotter:  Just a reminder for you Craigslisters or other on-line shoppers. Instead of meeting people in your homes when selling something, feel free to offer to meet in the parking lot of the West District Police Station.  I can’t imagine anyone with suspicious motives, agreeing to meet you at a police station!  https://www.cityofmadison.com/Police/west/

EVENTS

Mon., May 14 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Knife Skills and Safety Demo.  Learn how to properly handle knives and improve coordination between your hands. This demo will cover all the basic cuts such as: dice, julienne and slice. It will also include how to sharpen knives. A simple crudités and dipping sauce will be shared at the end. Registration began 4/30. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74192&ID=74192_ or call 288-6160.  Meadowridge Library Meadowridge Library Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen, Raymond Rd.

Tue., May 15 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Ballroom Basics for Balance (TM).  Learn the basic moves of ballroom and other dances and why they can hep you improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. Physical therapist and dance instructor Susan Frikken will provide a balance evaluation to help you understand your risk and track your progress. No experience and no partner required–come and dance the afternoon away! Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=72671&ID=72671_ by calling 608-824-1780 .  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd.

Wed., May 16 9:30am-10:30am

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Venus Inspires Movement!  Personal trainer Venus Washington inspires a fun, healthful attitude with a total-body fitness class including warm up and active movement set to lively 60s and 70s music selections. All adult abilities and ages encouraged to join in the action!  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Thr., May 17 1:00pm

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Downsizing: Hints and Helpful Tips.  Come to the “Downsizing the Easy Way” seminar. Learn about downsizing tips on what sells and how to sell it, and the ups and downs of reducing stuff and relieving stress. Marianne Gariti, owner of Moving Forward, will offer advice, answer questions and help guide your concerns to acceptable solutions. Ruth Domack, First Weber, Inc, will explain the current real estate market, how to prepare your home for sale and address the newest concept of “staging”.  Call 270-4290 to register.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

Thr., May 17 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.

Fri., May 18 5:30pm-7:30pm
Sat., May 19 9:00am-1:00pm

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Friends of Meadowridge Library Mothers Day Book Sale.  Meadowridge Library.

Sunday, May 20 1:00pm-4:00pm

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Huegel Elementary School Service Day & Silent Auction.  Huegel Elementary students and families will be organized into community service/clean-up projects that serve the school district community. The event coincides with a silent auction to raise funds for Huegel Elementary School.  Huegel school, 2601 Prairie Rd.

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Learn to Disc Golf.  
Hiestand and Elver disc golf courses are now open! Learn to Disc Golf presented by Madison Parks Foundation at Hiestand Park on Saturday, May 26. Register online in advance.   (Disc Golf is also free on May 26).  More information: https://my.cityofmadison.com/emaillists/redirect.cfm?ID=166183&MID=42646&LID=23

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NEWS

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Free Training! 
Free training through a partnership between the Urban League of Greater Madison (“ULGM”) and Exact Sciences.  No cost to participate.  Training begins June 4, through July 12.  Topics covered include Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, Time Management, Healthcare Privacy, Call Center Concepts, Laboratory Operating Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment Procedures.  Apply by May 11.  For more info, see www.ulgm.org, email mherriges@ulgm.org or call 608 729-1232

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A Voice in City Government.
Committees, commissions, and boards play a significant role in helping city staff, the Common Council and the Mayor in making decisions that affect the lives of Madison residents. The City of Madison values broad participation in these bodies and highly encourages people of color, persons with disabilities and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. Committee positions are open to City of Madison residents.  See http://www.cityofmadison.com/CityHall/legislativeInformation/apply.cfm

EVENTS

Monday, May 7 6:00pm-6:45pm, 6:45pm-8:00pm

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Chess Instruction.  Lessons for both beginners and more advanced players begin promptly at 6:00 PM and lasts 45 minutes.  The regular chess club session then begins at 6:45PM.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Wed., May 9 1:30pm-4:00pm

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WMSC Movie Program:  The Shape of Water.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the West Madison Senior Center at the Alicia Ashman Public Library. Refreshments will be served.

Wed., May 9 10:00am-11:00am

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Edward Jones Perspective with Andrew Drane.  With market and economic uncertainty, it can be difficult to stay focused on your long-term goals. We will discuss timely market topics and potential solutions to help you stay on track toward your financial goals. Seating is limited. Call today (266-6581) to reserve space for yourself and a guest.    Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin Street.

Wed., May 9 7:30pm-9:00pm

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Memorial Concert Band & Symphonic Band Concert.  Madison Memorial High School.

Thr., May 10 3:00pm-4:30pm

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Knitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

Thr., May 10 6:30pm-8:30pm

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April Showers Bring Paper Flowers!  Learn simple techniques to create fantastic paper flowers.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=72824&ID=72824_

Fri., May 11, Sat., May 12, Thr., May 17 through Sat., May 19 7:30pm-9:30pm

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Madison Memorial High School spring play.  “12 Angry Jurors”.  Tickets available at the door.

Friday May 11, 10:00am-2:00pm

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Blood Pressure Awareness Day.  Free resources, information and blood pressure checks provided by the Meadowood Health Partnership.

Sat., May 12 2:30pm-4:30pm

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Tacos Acorazados con Alfredo Alemán.  Learn how to make tacos acorazados, a native dish of Cuernavaca, Morelos, MX. The class will be in Spanish with English interpretation.  Meadowridge Library, Community Rooms A and B.  Registration began 4/28. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=71884&ID=71884_ or call 288-6160.

Sat., May 12 2:30pm-4:45pm

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Ragtime Jack Radcliffe: Country Blues, Old Time, and Americana Music Concert.  Sequoya Library meeting rooms A & B.

Sat., May 12 9:30-11:00am  

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Free Community Breakfast at Good Shepherd Church 

Sat., May 12 

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Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale See http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm  for more information.

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Newsletter Deliverers Needed Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association  needs people to deliver the once-a-year hard copy newsletters. You will be contacting between 10 and 15 people in your neighborhood who are current members or have been members during the past three years.  This is a good opportunity to meet your neighbors or say, “hello,” to those you already know.  If interested, please reply to this email or send a separate email to prairiehillsneighborhoodassn@gmail.com.  Thank You.
 
Final Yard Waste collection is coming up soon.  Place your yard waste on your terrace either loose or in paper bags ASAP.
 
Classics Camp.  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 at:  https://canes.wisc.edu/classicscamp 
 
EVENTS
Tues. May 1 Last day for $10 Savings on Compost Bins and Rain Barrels.  On Sat. Sat., May 10, 10-2 at the Alliant Energy Center, there will be a compost bin and Rain barrel truckload sale.  PRE-ORDER ONLINE BEFORE MAY 1 AND SAVE AN ADDITIONAL $10. (Use the promo code MAD18) Pick-up at the Alliant Energy Center, North lot. Enter via Olin Ave. Any questions, go to:  Rain Reserve
 
Wed., May 2 10-2pm and 4-6pm Oakwood Job Fair.  Hiring , resident assistants, servers, dietary aides, cooks, RN/LPNs, CNAs and more. East and West Side Campus.  More info, call 230-4530 or go to oakwoodvillage.net.
 
Wed., May 2 4:30-5:30pm  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  A furry friend will be there, waiting to hear a story.  Grades K-5.  First-come, first-served.

 

May 3 6-8pm  City of Madison Listening session about street use events. The City of Madison is engaged in an analysis of special events in the downtown area and your feedback is requested. City staff will give an overview of concerns about events reaching a “maximum capacity” and facilitate a discussion to learn your concerns and ideas for the future of events downtown. This includes festivals, races, parades, marches, and demonstrations that close down a City street  in the downtown area.
 
Fri, May 4 9:30-7pm and Sat, May 5 9:30-3pm  Alicia Ashman Book Sale at the Alicia Ashman Library.  Bag sale 1-3pm Sat.  $5 a bag
 
Sat., May 5 All Day.  Free Comic Book Day.  Celebrate the fun of reading comic books and graphic novels at all nine Madison Public Libraries and get a free kid-friendly comic book, while supplies last. 
 
Sat., May 5  3-5pm  Daal with Yakub Kazi.  Learn about different types of lentils and spices used in this classic Indian dish. Tastings of daal at the end of the class. Registration begins 4/21. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
Sun., May 6, Learn 2Ride  90 minute sessions from 8:30-10:45am At Memorial High School.  For ages 4-12 years.  Pre-registration required.  MMSD residents $10 per child.  Non resident $15.  For info and to register, go to MSCR.org
 
COMING UP
Sat., May 12 9:30-11am  Free Community Breakfast at Good Shepherd Church 

NEWS

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Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Board Meeting:  Tue., Apr. 24 6:30 PM, Blue Room, Meadowridge Library.

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Softball/KickBall/Soccer Rain-outs 
Is your field open or closed?  To check, call the rain-out Line.  (608) 267-8787.  Also, fields and courts may now be reserved ONLINE.  See http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/reserve/FieldReservations.cfm

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Free Training! 
Free training through a partnership between the Urban League of Greater Madison (“ULGM”) and Exact Sciences.  No cost to participate.  Training begins June 4, through July 12.  Topics covered include Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook, Time Management, Healthcare Privacy, Call Center Concepts, Laboratory Operating Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment Procedures.  Apply by May 11.  For more info, see www.ulgm.org, email mherriges@ulgm.org or call 608 729-1232

EVENTS

Mon., Apr. 23 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 Community Room B, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Apr. 24 4:00pm-5:30pm

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Pokemon Club (TCG).   Do you love Pokemon? Learn to play the trading card game, during the first 15 minutes, and then compete against other kids! Bring your own deck or borrow one of ours!  School age, K-12.

Tue., Apr. 24 6:30pm

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Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Board Meeting.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm

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West Madison Senior Center Lunches.  Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. 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 and B.

Wed., Apr. 25 5:30pm-8:00pm

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Community Supper, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.  (Note: Alice Oakley is “retiring” – come and wish her well.). The meal is free, but donations are graciously accepted.  Contact S. Wallace at sherayw@yahoo.com / 608-622-2355 if you are interested in helping out.

Wed., Apr. 25 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Madison Memorial Super Showcase.  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.  Madison Memorial High School, Gammon Rd. at Mineral Point Rd.

Fri., Apr. 27 3:00pm-5:00pm

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Día De Los Niños: Película /Movie.  Join us at the library to watch Coco. We’ll provide the popcorn!
Ven a ver la película, Coco, en la biblioteca. ¡Proporcionaremos las palomitas! ¡Gratis!
Meadowridge Library Community Room B.

Sat. Apr. 28 1:30pm-3:30pm

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LEGO Club.  Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation! All ages. No registration.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

COMING UP

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Make Music Madison.  Registration is now open.  

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Sign up my May 13, Performances on June 21, 8:00am-9:00pm.  Make Music Madison is a celebration of music on the summer solstice that is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone.  Register at https://matchmadison.makemusicday.org/users/welcome to reserve a park in your neighborhood for your performance.  As soon as you register your “venue”, you can start encouraging performers to sign up for your venue.  For more info contact: info@makemusicmadison.org .

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Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale,  May 12.  See http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm  for more information.

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 .