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Return Madison Public Library Books by Jan. 16

Please return all Madison Public Library loan collection books which you have borrowed from the Capitol Lakes Library by January 16. A new shipment will be delivered around that time.

Minivan Reservations

When scheduling appointments for which you will be requesting a ride on the Capitol Lakes minivan, please remember to make your minivan reservation 3 full business days ahead of the appointment. For example, Thursday is the deadline for requesting a driver for a Tuesday appointment. (Saturday and Sunday are not business days.)

Computer Committee Meeting

The Computer Committee will be meeting Thursday, Jan. 17th at 1:00 pm in the Premier Room. Agenda will include discussion and evaluation of the recently initiated Cap Lakes HOT-LINE. All residents are welcome and will have the opportunity to ask questions, comment or discuss any concerns or problems with the HOT-LINE.

Got Questions?

Maybe you are new to Capitol Lakes, or maybe you have lived here a long time, but at some point you are sure to have a question about something. "Can I get a ride to the Madison Public Library on our bus?" (Yes – any time the bus is headed towards the Capitol Square.) "Where does the van stop when the trip is to the East Towne area?" (Any place along the route.) "Who is the chair of that committee?" (We've got a list at the front desk.) The best place to start your search for an answer to your question is at the MainGate front desk, 283-2000. Your remarkable receptionists often know just who to call, and are glad to help you out.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

When you see a stranger at Capitol Lakes, introduce yourself and welcome the stranger to Capitol Lakes. It may be the beginning of a great relationship.

Adventure Trips

All trips will depart from the Henry St. Circle Drive entrance, unless the remodeling in that area prevents it. Please check the VCTV to confirm the departure location. Sign up for vans at the MainGate desk on the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

January 13 Van to Madison Opera - 1:40 PM Departure

January 15 Eagle Watching at Sauk City - 10 AM Departure with lunch at the Blue Spoon Cafè. This is a repeat of last week's popular trip, where several eagles were spotted and a good time had by all.

January 20 Van to Madison Symphony Orchestra - 1:40 PM Departure

January 22 Guided Tour of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Note we will depart for this tour at 9:30 AM. There is no charge for this tour, which is fascinating for anyone interested in architecture, Wisconsin history, or politics. After the tour, we will travel to the Manna Cafè & Bakery, which offers both breakfast & lunch foods, including made-from-scratch soups & deep dish quiches.

January 29 Tour Monona Terrace - 10 AM Departure One hour docent-guided tour with a $3 per person fee. Monona Terrace was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Today's trip will be followed by lunch at nearby Paisan's, overlooking Lake Monona, for great Italian food.

Note to Frank Lloyd Wright fans: We will tour other Frank Lloyd Wright structures this summer, including Taliesin in Spring Green and Wingspread in Racine.

Guest Room Notice

Guest rooms are no longer available on site. There are several hotels in close proximity to Capitol Lakes that you may contact for reservations:

Hyatt Place
333 W. Washington Ave

Best Western Inn On The Park
22 S. Carroll St.

Double Tree by Hilton
525 W. Johnson St.

9 E. Wilson St.

Lowell Center
(for UW Alumni only)
610 Langdon St.


Where can I take a visitor for a
good Friday night fish fry?

We need a lawyer as we just moved in from out-of-state: does anyone have a recommendation?

My car is covered with salt
Where is a reliable car wash?

We have two tickets to the Symphony that we can't use - is anyone interested in buying them at half price?

There is a special movie at the Senior Center
Have you heard about it?

I'm worried about computer viruses
What program should I use?

Functioning as a Capitol Lakes hotline, a listserve is being established by the computer committee. It will allow anyone who joins to ask this type question. It is not for personal comments, discussions, or complaints. It may well be most useful in having longer term residents share their knowledge and experience with newcomers.

Once on the listserve, a message is addressed to all members of the listserve ( and all members receive it. Anyone may reply and that reply goes only to the questioner so there isn't a flood of emails.

The listserve is restricted to Capitol Lakes residents so it is very private with no spam. If you aren't interested in the question in an email, the delete button solves the problem quickly. There is never a requirement to respond.

Those having experience with a listserve find it very useful.

To join, an invitation is extended by the moderator (person in administrative charge of it) to each resident for whom an email address is available. Simply follow the directions to sign up and you will be on. If you have problems joining, someone will be dispatched to help you.

Computer Users: watch your email for an invitation to join!

Questions: Paul Gohdes

Message from the President

President's Letter

The January CLRA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 16th at 10:00 AM.…
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This Week's Highlights

Prairie Thunder Cloggers
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 AM

WI Youth Symphony Orch.
Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3 PM

"Carnaval" Musical Program
Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 PM

Madison Symphony League
Concert Preview

Thursday, Jan. 17 at 9 AM

Hancock Dance Therapy
Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 PM

Madison Area Opera Workshop
Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 PM

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