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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.

Label It!

Eyeglasses, sunglasses, canes and walkers are often 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.

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.

March Religious Services

  • Sunday Worship Services-Every Sunday at 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Catholic Mass – Every Tuesday at 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Palm Sunday – March 24 at 7pm (Health Center Auditorium) with Madison Diocese Choir
  • Holy Monday – March 25 – 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Catholic Mass – March 26- Tuesday at 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Holy Wednesday – March 27 – 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Maundy Thursday – March 28 at 10:30am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Good Friday – March 29 – 10:30 am (Health Center Auditorium)
  • Seder Pessah (Passover) March 29 -11:30 am (Seasons Restaurant) See more details below.
  • Easter Sunday – March 31 –10:30 am (Health Center Auditorium)

Seder (Passover) Celebration

Seder (Passover) will be celebrated with Jewish Social Services and led by Les Goldsmith on Friday, March 29, at 11:30 AM in the Seasons Restaurant. Seating begins at 11:00 AM, at a cost of $16.00 per person. Family members are welcome. Space is limited -don't wait to make your reservation! RSVP to Kim, 283-2146 by March 85. Your account will be billed. Scholarships are available for Capitol Lakes residents, see Chaplain Guta Cvetkovic.

Successful Aging Programs at Madison Senior Center

Administrator in Training Zach Tilson has been collaborating with the Downtown Madison Senior Center on a series of free presentations on Successful Aging. 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 86th 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.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

When using walkers, wheelchairs, and power chairs, please be mindful of others around you, and allow plenty of space as you pass by. It is easy to catch the wheel of a walker on a chair, leg, foot, or the wheel.

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.

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 now at the MainGate desk.

March 82 - 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.

"Overture EngAGES"

Transportation will be provided to residents who are interested in attending a series of free Visual Art classes which will be starting soon at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street. The class, part of the new Overture EngAGES program, will meet from 1:30-3:30 PM on Mondays from April 1 - May 6. Local Madison artist Teresa Getty, a 2007 UW-Madison MFA graduate, will guide participants through an exploration of collage and a variety of drawing and painting materials as they respond to work in the current Chazen Exhibition, "1934: A New Deal for Artists". Storytelling and personal history will aid in the creation of individual works. One-on-one teaching and guidance will be available as you explore materials and participate in drawing exercises. During week three, participants will visit the Chazen exhibition as a group and then create their own original works of art, which may be a collage, altered photographic image, direct painting, or a three-dimensional work of art. No previous art experience is required. Materials will be provided. On Thursday, May 23, there will be an exhibition reception at the Overture Center to celebrate all participants and their work. Limited spaces are available. To register, call Pat Guttenberg at the Madison Senior Center, 267-8650, or email her at to sign up today!

Academy Award Films Will be Shown

We have ordered all of the many fine films that received awards at the Academy Awards. Many of these films have not yet been released, so there may be a short wait. We will show these films as they become available.

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

Massage and Acupuncture St. Patrick's Special

Our massage therapist, Laura, and Acupuncturist, Michael, would like to invite you to test the luck of the Irish! During the week of March 81-16 put your name in the pot of gold for a chance to win a free 30 minute massage or acupuncture treatment.

SPECIAL 20% OFF Appointments scheduled March 81 – March 86

Regular Massage Rates:


20% off

½ hour session



1 hour session



90 minute session



Specialty Services (Hot Stone, Facials) are $5 extra per half hour, and $10 extra per 1 hr or 90 minute sessions. Call the Aquatic and Wellness Center at
283-2006 to schedule an appointment with Laura or Michael.

CLRA Resident Hot Line

Functioning as a Capitol Lakes HOTLINE, a listserve has been initiated by the computer committee. Residents can send email queries about a specific restaurant when guests visit; a recommendation of a retail store for furniture; or announce an event not listed in The Scoop but deemed of interest to residents. A listserve draws on the knowledge of all those on it and can be very helpful. Recent questions involved a local charity, a lawyer recommendation, available printer ink, and help in figuring out a new coffee pot. It may well be most useful in having long term residents share their knowledge and experience with newcomers.

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. It is not an appropriate forum for personal comments or attacks, political items, advocacy for a particular viewpoint or religion, or complaints of any kind.

Once you become a member of the listserve, a message is addressed to all members of the listserve ( and only members receive it. Anyone may reply and that reply goes only to the questioner unless you specify "reply to all".

To join, an invitation is extended by the moderator (person in administrative charge) 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. To join or to get help with signing up, send an email to: Paul Gohdes, , or call 285-5809. Looking forward to having you join us.

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!

Voting in the April Election

This is the Spring Election for Judicial Offices, State Superintendent of Schools, Madison School board and other local offices.

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 the times listed below.

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

  • 3:00-3:30 PM Wednesday, March 6
  • 11:00-11:30 AM, Thursday, March 7

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 is our polling place. To vote, you will have to be registered at your current address, including . 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, the League of Women Voters' Candidates' Answers and information from newspapers will be placed in the Dunham Library on Floor C when the material is available.

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

Yesterday at the New Residents' Reception it was a pleasure to see so many nametags being worn.…
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Grand Hall Highlights

Wisconsin Youth Symphony
Honors Recital

Friday, March 8 at 7 PM

Irma Hamilton
100th Birthday Party!

Saturday, March 2 at 2 PM

Ben Seeger Violin Recital
Saturday, March 2 at 7 PM

Audiologist Veronica Heide
"Improving Communication With
Hard of Hearing Friends"

Monday, March 4, 1:30 PM

"Every Picture Tells a Story"
Art Film

Monday March 4, 7 PM

League of Women Voters
Wednesday, March 6, 7 PM

Tim McNurlen, Guitarist/Vocalist
Friday, March 8, 7 PM

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