Trouble viewing? Click here

Capitol Lakes Scoop Newsletter
Download a PDF of this Issue PDF File

Library Note

There are 2 working enlargers (reading machines) in the library for residents with limited vision. There is one on the left near the windows and another in the computer room. Please let me know if you use one, or if you are interested in using one. Thank you, Marcia Langston 250-2346.

Alerts from the Computer Committee for Computer Users

Classes at the Madison Senior Center:

Introduction to the world of YouTube
Monday, April 15th 9:30-11:30 a.m. $12. Call
266-6581 to register. Transportation can be arranged for this class only. Sign up at the Main Gate Desk.
Open Computer Lab
Every Friday 1-3 p.m. Transportation on your own.

Classes at the Madison Area Technical College- Downtown campus (No transportation):

by phone-246-6210- need Social Security Number Register on line:

Basic Computer Skills
Fri. 4/5-5/3; 6-9 p.m. $69
IPads/IPhones & Mobile Apps
Wed. 5/8-5/15 6-8:30 p.m. $50

And don't forget to Join the CLRA Listserve. Send an email to Paul Gohdes at and an invitation will be sent to you. Simply follow the directions and you will be able to communicate with 28+ other residents on a very timely basis on items of interest to you.

Alzheimer's Advocacy Day

April 16
The Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Day is Tuesday, April 16. Contact Paul Golueke of the Alzheimer's Association, (414) 479-8800 or to register for this event. Registered guests will hear a presentation on Wisconsin's priorities for Alzheimer's Disease at 9:30 AM in the Grand Hall, followed by lunch and legislative visits in the afternoon.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

Tips for those with hearing difficulties:

  1. Wear your hearing aids.
  2. Sit up front.
  3. Ask about assistive devices.
  4. Learn about the topic.
  5. Pay attention to the speaker.
  6. Ask for a written outline of the talk.
  7. Use the Tele-coil in the Grand Hall if your hearing aid has that function.

Adventure Trips

All trips will depart from the Henry St. Circle entrance, which has been re-opened following the completion of the remodeling project. Sign up at the MainGate desk starting the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

April 7, 1:00 & 1:40 PM - Van to Madison Symphony Orchestra The van will depart for the Overture Center at 1 PM and 1:40 PM, to allow time for residents to attend the pre-symphony lecture or tour the galleries prior to the start of the concert. Those who go on the 1 PM bus will be the first group to return after the concert. Please wait for the bus driver to load the bus according to the order people originally signed up. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. We will make as many trips as necessary, but obviously many residents will need to wait for the second or third pickup. Sign up now.

April 9, 10 AM - John Becker Mystery Tour John Becker is at the wheel with another Mystery Tour. Hop on board and enjoy a drive to ??? and lunch at ???? John has been driving for years and you can bet he will choose interesting destinations for your enjoyment. Sign up now.

April 13, 10:40 AM - Van to Aging & Disability Resource Center Open House The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) will hold an open house on Saturday, April 13th from 11am-1pm. The ADRC provides free, unbiased information about resources and services for older adults and adults with disabilities. The ADRC opened in November 2012 and is operated by Dane County Department of Human Services. It is located in the Northside Town Center (Sherman Plaza) at 2865 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison. Come learn about the ADRC's services, tour the facility, and enjoy refreshments and fun. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi will offer welcoming comments at noon. Sign up now.

April 16 & 23 Tours will be announced next week.

April 30, 8:30 AM - Wisconsin Historic Site: Villa Louis Tour, Prairie Du Chien, "Breakfast in the Kitchen" with Susan R. Caya-Slusser, Curator of Interpretation & Collections. This will be a more in-depth tour, and if the weather is nice we will eat on the veranda! They will not yet be open to the public so our group will get a very pleasant experience without any other visitors intruding and really have the whole site to ourselves! The cost for fruit, coffee, scones, and a tour is $15 per person. Sign up begins on April 19. We will take two buses if necessary.

UW Student Recital Season

Capitol Lakes is the site of 39 UW student recitals this spring. The Grand Hall will be filled with weeks of beautiful music, and residents are welcome to attend the recitals. Please welcome these young musicians and let them know how much we appreciate their selection of Capitol Lakes for their recital. Let's be conscientious guests, and make every effort to be on time and seated before the stated start time. Refrain from conversation with your neighbors after the start of the performance, and as always, turn off your cell phones so that everyone can enjoy these fine programs without the disturbance of an ill-timed phone ringing. Thanks!


"Le Corsaire" ballet by The Kirov Ballet on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall. As a continuing part of the Monday night art series at Capitol Lakes, the second Monday of the month dance video presentation will be a performance of "Le Corsaire" by The Kirov Ballet of Russia. The video has magnificent scenic effects and dramatic choreography. This is a story of pirates and shipwreck, set on the Ionian coast. The libretto is based on the poem "The Corsair" by Lord Byron. Corsairs are pirates. They are caught at sea in a fierce storm and their great ship sinks. The friends are washed ashore and found by beautiful young Greek women who hide the corsairs from a patrol of Turkish traders who are hunting for the young women to sell as slaves. Some of the pirates fall in love with the young women. But alas, the young women are captured and taken to a slave market. What is the outcome? Join us at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hall to see this fascinating ballet and "the rest of the story". The ballet performance is one hour and twenty-five minutes long. It is part of a series of ballet videos by KULTUR International Films. The ballet was first presented in Paris on 23 January 1856.

Mini Van Transportation Guidelines

  • 3 business days prior to your appointment, contact the MainGate front desk with your mini-van transportation request. (Saturdays & Sundays do not count as business days.) Mini van transportation is available Monday through Friday.
  • The earliest departure time is 7:30am.
  • The mini-van must return to Capitol Lakes before 4:30pm. Requests will be granted on a first come - first served basis.
  • Departure and pick-up times may fluctuate due to scheduling issues. (The driver will contact you directly either before or on the day of your trip with specific details) Wheelchairs can be accommodated by requesting our ADA bus.
  • Capitol Lakes has the right to adjust/cancel requests due to:
    • Scheduling conflicts
    • Last minute requests
    • Driver availability

Volunteer Requests

The Spiritual Life Committee is seeking a volunteer piano player for our sing along at the Health Center on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:15am, and on Mondays in Terraces (on Ivy) from 10:45 - 11:30 am. Please contact Guta at 283-2004 if you are interested.

Volunteers are needed for the CLRA Nominating Committee, to develop a slate of officers for the coming year. Contact Margaret Andreasen at 256-9312 if interested.

Volunteer are needed to start the DVD's for our Netflix films, and especially, to ensure that the DVD is put in the mail when the film is over so that the next one will arrive without delay. Training will be provided - it's easier than you think! Call Mary at 283-2003 if interested.

Message from the President

President's Letter

Today, I am told April 5th, is a five year birthday of sorts for Capitol Lakes and the CL Foundation…
Read More (PDF).



This Week's Events

Truly Remarkable Loon
Fri. Apr.5, 7 PM
Grand Hall

Ted Hamerow
Celebration of Life

Sat. Apr. 6, 2 PM
Grand Hall

Hunt Quartet
Sat. Apr. 6, 4 PM
Grand Hall

Paula Scarr
Memorial Service

Sun. Apr. 7 11:30 AM
Premier Rm.

UW Spencer Schumann
Vocal Recital

Sun. Apr. 7, 1:30 PM
Grand Hall

Madison Opera's
Kathryn Smith
Don Giovanni Preview

Tues. Apr. 9, 3:00 PM
Grand Hall

Neighborhood Meeting

Wed. April 10, 7 PM
Grand Hall

Madison Area
Opera Workshop

Fri. April 12, 7 PM
Grand Hall

UW Monica Chou Recital
Sat. April 13, 1 PM
Grand Hall

Robert Murphy Gallery Talk
Sat. April 13, 7 PM
Grand Hall

Capitol Lakes, 333 W. Main Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Click here to unsubscribe.