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PLATO Classes Return

Capitol Lakes residents are welcome to participate in PLATO classes on our campus at no charge. These programs are excellent, so give them a try. Check the daily listings for times & locations.

Library Request

Books you have borrowed from the Madison Public Library must be returned to the public library. Please do not leave them in the Capital Lakes Library.

Label It!

Items such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, canes and walkers are frequently found and turned in to the front desk. Please label these types of items so that we can return them to you promptly when they are found.

Carmen Rumbaut Buddhist Presentation

Explore the Buddhist Way: specific methods to cope with loss, pain and suffering, with Carmen Rumbaut on Friday February 22 in the Heights Chapel on Capitol Level.

New Class "Searching for a God Worth Worshipping"

On Saturdays at 10 AM in the Premier Room, Brian McCarthy will lead a new class with three inter-connected themes:

  • "The God Beyond God" or, perhaps better, "Searching for a God Worth Worshipping"
  • Faith as a "working hypothesis to live by"
  • 'Those who say, "I love God" and are indifferent to the wellbeing of their neighbors are delusional; for those who do not love a neighbor whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen!' (Note: In the Bible 'loving a neighbor' means, having concern for their wellbeing, not necessarily being very fond of them!)

Charter Cable

Capitol Lakes is in discussions with Charter Cable regarding their recent changes to available cable channels. Additional information will be posted in the Scoop when it becomes available.

Flu Season Continues

Wash your hands frequently. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.

Avoid close contact with sick people. If you get sick, stay home. Call to order meal delivery. Flu shots are still available. Call Natasha, 283-2088 to schedule a flu shot.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

If you have a problem and don't quite know what to do, push your Vigil emergency pendant button. That will bring a first responder (any time of the day or night), who can help you decide whether to call your family, 911 or seek other help. Don't hesitate, push your button. That's what it is for.

Adventure Trips

All trips will depart from the MainGate entrance while the remodeling of the Henry St. entrance is under way. Sign up for vans at the MainGate desk on the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

Feb. 26 - Aldo Leopold Nature Center Tour the new addition to this fascinating nature center. $5.00 admission fee for a self guided tour, which offers you the opportunity to see several short films on nature related topics. For more details, see the daily listing or check their website: We will eat lunch out. Sign up now.

March 5 - Chazen Art Museum A docent guided tour of the exhibit "1934: A New Deal for Artists". You'll have the option of eating lunch out or returning to Capitol Lakes following the tour. Sign up starts on March 1.

March 12 - UW Ebling Library– A guided tour of the exhibit "Fallout: The Mixed Blessing of Radiation & the Public Health". "Fallout" examines the early use of x-rays in diagnosis and treatment, occupational hazards of working with radiation, the military use of x-rays, the history of tanning, a UW connection with Marie Curie, bomb shelters in the 1960's, shoe fitting fluoroscopes and more. The exhibit includes artifacts, journals, books, and was created in conjunction with UW's Go Big Read program, which featured the book "Radioactive" by Lauren Redniss. Eat lunch out or return to Capitol Lakes following the tour. Sign up starts March 8.

CSA Baskets

Just a reminder that if you are interested in receiving CSA food baskets from Matt Becker, that the deadline for signing up is March 1st, or whenever the last four slots are filled. Flyers with full details were delivered to apartments a few weeks ago. Forms are at the MainGate desk. Contact Noah at 283-2108 with questions.

Opera Committee

The CLRA Opera Committee presents opera films for all residents @ 7 p.m. on the 4th and 5th Monday of each month. (The occasional 5th Monday is used in conjunction with the preceding 4th Monday to schedule overly-long operas.) The 2013 schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 25: "Adriana Lecouvreur" by Cilea (150 minutes)
  • March 25: Movie "Topsy-Turvy," the 1999 musical drama directed by Mike Leigh and based upon the historic collaboration of William S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan (160 minutes)
  • April 22 & April 29: "Der Rosenkavalier" by R. Strauss (total: 197 minutes)
  • May 27: "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill (135 minutes)
  • June 24: "Elixir of Love" by Donizetti (130 minutes)
  • July 22 & July 29: "Pinocchio" by Jonathan Dove (total: 213 minutes)
  • August: no opera film

(John Kruse, Chair of the CLRA Opera Committee)

UW Voice and Opera Program

February 24
Expect a delightful program on Sunday, February 24 at 2 PM in the Grand Hall, when several UW Voice and Opera students will perform a carefully chosen repertoire in honor of resident Margaret Winston, a music lover. Composers include Grieg, Mozart, Schumann, Puccini, Ives, Bernstein, and more. Please be seated before 2:00 PM so you don't miss a single note!

Adriana Lecouvreur Opera

February 25
The opera selection for Monday, February 25 will be this 19th century opera by Francesco Cilea, one of Italian heirs of Verdi along with Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, and others. Although it was initially successful and popular, it has not been performed recently. We will hear a performance by the Royal Opera chorus and opera, featuring soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. The plot is complicated, but involves love, jealousy, poisoning, and a play within a play as the heroine is a singer-performer with the Comedie Francaise. We will provide a synopsis for attendees on Monday night.

Shakespeare and History

March 3 - April 27
Now that King Richard has been "found," it's time to brush up your Shakespeare once again. We continue our survey of the Bard's history plays with the second sequence of four plays: Henry VI Part One; Henry VI Part Two; Henry VI Part Three; and Richard III. We shall view the classic black and white BBC productions from the 1970s, all of which have large sub-titles. We meet in the Premier Room at 6:30 PM on Sunday evenings starting on March 3 and continuing through April 27. Don Snyder will be the facilitator. No class will be held on March 30 in observance of Passover and Easter.

Alzheimer's Advocacy Day

March 5
The Alzheimer's Association will host Advocacy Day on Tuesday, March 5. A presentation about Wisconsin's priorities for Alzheimer's Disease will start at 9:30 AM in the Grand Hall. It will be followed by lunch and legislative visits in the afternoon. Contact Paul Golueke of the Alzheimer's Association, (414) 479-8800 or by February 28 to register for this event. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 AM only to previously registered participants.

Weight Watchers at Capitol Lakes

Wellness instructor Joan Jung is organizing a Weight Watchers group meeting which would be held right here at Capitol Lakes. The meetings would take place on Wednesdays around the noon hour, and would be open to residents, staff members, and the general public. 11 staff members have already expressed interest in this program, but we must have a minimum of 15-20 interested parties in order to get started. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Joan at 283-2045, or to email Joan at

Library Update

Good News! The Madison Public Library Loan Books are on the shelves. The newest purchased and donated books are on the cart to the left of the library windows. Enjoy!

Family Swim Time

Lately we've been receiving several complaints regarding inappropriate behavior during the family swim time on the weekends. This time is intended to be a fun time for everyone. Please remember that running, jumping, diving anywhere other than into the deep end of the lap pool, and using the pool equipment in ways other than what they are intended for is not only disrespectful to the center, residents, members, and other guests, it is also extremely dangerous. Please remember that Capitol Lakes Aquatic and Wellness Center is an unguarded facility. There is no Lifeguard on duty at any time.

Children are not allowed without an adult present and members and residents are to accompany their guests at all times. If you bring a child to the center, please monitor their behavior. Running and jumping is not acceptable anywhere within in the Aquatic center, much less when other swimmers are nearby.

As a final reminder, children under the age of 18 are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:00pm only. Guest waivers must be signed and guest fees paid at the W. Main Street entrance reception desk.

We want this time to be a fun, safe time for everyone! Please abide by these and all other posted rules. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Courtney Crombie, Wellness Director, at (608) 283-2036.

Thank you for your cooperation!

One Call Now

Capitol Lakes uses an electronic notification system called One Call Now to communicate with residents and employees. It is an easy and immediate way for Capitol Lakes to send emergency as well as everyday messages to residents and staff. Residents will receive these messages by telephone. Please be aware that there will be a short pause on your phone before the alert tone and message are heard. The introduction to all messages will be: "The following is an important message from Capitol Lakes Retirement Community." We ask that residents listen for the message following this introduction to receive important information.

Successful Aging Programs at Madison Senior Center

Zach Tilson, our Administrator in Training, has been collaborating with the Downtown Madison Senior Center on a series of presentations on Successful Aging, which will be held in the 2nd floor meeting room at the Senior Center on Mifflin Street. You are welcome to attend. The meetings are open to the public. Transportation is on your own.

Saturday, March 2nd 9:00-9:45 a.m. – Christine Beatty, Madison Senior Center Director, will explain those aging myths and provide you with strategies to enhance your health and vitality.

Saturday, March 9th 9:00-9:45 a.m. – Courtney Crombie, Capitol Lakes Wellness Director, will demonstrate simple resistance training exercises for a stronger, leaner you.

Saturday, March 16th 9:00-9:45 a.m. – Tim Otis, President of PLATO, will introduce the Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization, which meets at Capitol Lakes, the Senior Center, & other sites.

Message from the President

President's Letter

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Grand Hall Highlights

The Nefrons
Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 PM

Trinity Irish Dancers
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 PM

UW Voice & Opera Program
Sunday, February 24 at 2 PM

Wisconsin Youth Symphony
Honors Recital

Friday, March 1 at 7 PM

Irma Hamilton 100th
Birthday Party!

Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM

Ben Seeger Violin Recital
Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM

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