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Computer Committee Meeting

The Computer Committee will meet Thurs., Jan. 17th at 1:00 pm in the Premier Room. We will discuss and evaluate the recently initiated Capitol Lakes HOT-LINE. All residents are welcome for Q & A, comments, and concerns about the HOT LINE.

Flu Season Precautions

Flu symptoms include: Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. You can help stop the spread of the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Discard the tissue in the trash immediately after use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as this is how germs spread. Avoid close contact with sick people.

If you do get the flu:

  • Remain at home and limit contact with others as much as possible. Call to order meal delivery.
  • Stay in your apartment for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (Your fever should be gone without using a fever reducing medicine.)
  • Notify Natasha, our social worker, at 283-2088. Seek medical attention if needed!

Flu Shots Still Available Here!

You've heard the news – this year's flu is particularly dangerous! If you have not already had a flu shot, it's not too late. Protect yourself, family, friends, residents, & staff - get a flu shot NOW! Call Natasha Peterson at 283-2088 to schedule a flu shot.

Read Aloud Group Meets Mondays 4-5 PM

In this group we read aloud an interesting current magazine aricle or other short selection, with lots of fertile discussion time during and after the reading. We encourage anyone who enjoys sharing thoughts on contemporary subjects. Residents with visual impairment who find solitary reading fatiguing might especially appreciate this opportunity.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

All used batteries, including hearing aid batteries, should be disposed of by dropping them in the box outside Rich Weiland's office on the PL level. They should not be placed in the regular trash. Take the elevator to the Plaza Level (PL) and turn right. The dead battery box is on the left on the floor, near the entrance to Rich's office.

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 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 Guided Tour of 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 plan to tour other Frank Lloyd Wright structures this summer, including Taliesin in Spring Green and Wingspread in Racine.

Podiatrist Here

Tuesday Jan. 22
The podiatrist will be seeing independent living residents of Capitol Lakes on January 22nd between 9am and 12:30pm. Because of scheduling conflicts with Aggeus, this visit will be on a Tuesday instead of the usual Fridays. We apologize if this is inconvenient for anyone. Call Natasha for an appointment at 283-2088.

End of Life Discussion Group/Health Services Committee Meeting

The regularly scheduled meeting of the End-of-Life Discussion Group scheduled for Thursday, January 24th at 1 PM in the Heights Chapel has been changed and consolidated with a program sponsored by the Health Services Committee on that date and time in the Grand Hall.

The program sponsored by CLRA's Health Services Committee will consist of an informal presentation by Bonnie Banker, Director of Capitol Lakes Terraces. It will take place in the Grand Hall on Thursday, January 24, beginning at 1 PM. Ms. Banker will provide her insights into such questions as when a move to assisted living is appropriate for an independent living resident and what options are available to an independent living resident to maximize their time spent living independently.

Resident Hotline Coming Soon

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

Notice of Fire Alarm System Testing

We will be conducting a fire alarm test on Friday 1-18-13 between Noon and 2pm. The test will be in all of the Heights and Main Gate. Alarms will sound during this time. Residents are not required to respond to these alarms. Turn to channel 4 for updates. We are sorry for any inconvenience this test may cause. We will attempt to make the test as short as possible. If you have any questions or comments please contact Rich Weiland at 283-2009.

Resident Forum Jan. 24

A Resident Forum with Capitol Lakes Executive Director Tim Conroy will be held in the Heights Chapel on Thursday, January 24th at 10am.

Martin Luther King Celebration at State Capitol

Wisconsin's 33rd Annual Tribute, Ceremony and Celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be presented in the State Capitol Rotunda (second level) in words and music on Monday, Jan. 21, from noon - 1:30pm. This event will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public TV and Wisconsin Public Radio. It's free and open to all. A van will depart the MainGate entrance at 11:30 AM for this event.

Voting in the February 19 Primary Election

This is the Spring Primary Election for Judicial Offices and School board.

Absentee Ballots. To vote by absentee ballot, you must be registered at your current address. If you have done this before, remember that you must renew your request for each calendar year unless you are on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List. If you are unsure of your status, call the Madison City Clerk's office, 266-4601. To request an Absentee Ballot, come to the Atrium at one of he times listed below.

If you need to register, come to the Atrium at one of the following times:

  • 2:30-3:00 PM, Wednesday, Jan. 23
  • 10:00-10:30 AM, Thursday, Jan. 24

Bring your Wisconsin Driver's License or State ID if one has been issued to you. Otherwise, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Voting on Election Day. Capitol Lakes Grand Hall is our polling place. To vote, you will have to be registered at your current address, including Apartment Number. You will NOT need a Voter ID.

You can register at the polls on Election Day. To do this, you must present acceptable written evidence of residence address. In addition, be prepared to provide the number on your Wisconsin Driver's License or Wisconsin ID card if one has been issued or, otherwise, the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Unsure of Your Voter Registration Status? Call the City Clerk's Office (266-4601) or go to

An Election Information Notebook with sample ballot and the League of Women Voters' Candidate's Answers will be placed in the Library on Floor C. Brochures from the Madison City Clerk's Office are available for pickup at the Free Speech Bulletin Board on Floor C.

QUESTIONS? Call Dan Cornwell, 233-4990; Sally Drew, 251-3406; June Blanchard, 238-7337; Wanda Williamson, 658-1228; or the City Clerk's Office, 266-4601.

Message from the President

President's Letter

The Dining Room redo appears to be about on target for reopening in February…
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Grand Hall Highlights

Madison Area Opera Workshop
Shane Magargal, Erin Sura
Jessica Timman, and George Abbott
Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 PM

Craig Wilson Gallery Talk
Wed. Jan. 23, 7 PM

VFW Band
Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 PM

Keisuke Yamamoto, Violin
Friday, Jan. 25, 7 PM

Isthmus Chamber Orchestra
"L'Histoire du Soldat"

Sat. Jan. 26, 7 PM

Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
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