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Bonnie Banker Goodbye Party

Please join us to bid farewell to Terraces Director Bonnie Banker as she departs for a new opportunity. Bonnie has worked at Capitol Lakes for 11 years and will be missed. Join us for a celebration on May 9th from 10:00-12:00 in the Grand Hall.

Documents Checklist

"At the request of several residents, a one page, user friendly "Documents Checklist" has been developed. It lists important documents relating to property such as a will and a "living" or revocable trust and to non-property documents such as a power of attorney for health care. It suggests that you list the location of each listed original document. Copies of this checklist are now available, upon request, from our social worker, Natasha Peterson. A checklist may also be obtained and questions relating to the checklist will be answered at a special meeting of the End-of-Life Discussion Group on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 1 - 2 PM in the Heights Chapel. Copies of Wisconsin's more recent statutory document, "Authorization for Final Disposition Instructions," will also be available at this meeting. For residents ready to complete this Wisconsin form at the meeting, a notary public will be available to complete the required formalities. For questions before the May 9th meeting, please contact June Weisberger Blanchard (Heights #1402)

Resident Gallery Art

Capitol Lakes residents who have art work they would like displayed in the Residents Gallery should call
575-3154. The art work can be your own, a family member's, or art that you have collected. It does not need to be professional. Help will be given with hanging and taking down of the art.

Resident Speaker Series

The Program Committee is looking at developing a summer speaker series which would feature our residents, who would share an interesting story about a career highlight, a World War II story, a hobby, or an unusual experience that might be of interest to others. If you have a story to tell, please contact Mary Hanson at 283-2003.

Health Tips from the Health Services Committee

Falls can be simply a loss of one's dignity, or a major problem with broken bones or worse. Avoid them by:

  1. Using your walker or cane
  2. Removing throw rugs
  3. Always using railings when going up or down stairs
  4. Wearing well fitting solid footwear
  5. Being alert to what is in your path
  6. Taking balance classes.

Remember to always be alert!

Adventure Trips

All trips depart from the Henry St. Circle entrance. Sign up at the MainGate desk starting the Friday before the departure date, unless otherwise indicated.

May 7, 10 AM - Stoughton Historical Museum Come and learn about Stoughton's Norwegian Heritage and Syttende Mai celebration, see a 1925 Fire Engine and an exhibit on the Martin Luther Children's Home. We'll stop for lunch at Culver's. Sign up now.

May 17, 4:30 PM - Friday Night Fish Fry - Fitzgerald's, Middleton Now that the weather is warming up, we're going to add Friday Night Fish Fries to our van schedule on the third Friday of the month. We'll choose a different stop every time. Your suggestions are welcome! Sign up starts on May 10.

UW Student Recital Season

UW Music Student Recital Season continues with many fine performances this week. Please help to encourage future performances by arriving on time, turning off your cell phone, and refraining from conversation during the recital.

Flower Lovers Alert

If you are interested in helping to beautify the Capitol Lakes grounds by planting flowerpots this spring, please sign up at the front desk with your name & phone number. Christina Myers will contact you to arrange a convenient time.

St. Vincent De Paul Donation Drop

Monday May 6
Bring your donation of household goods and clean, gently used clothing to the Art Workshop on the Plaza Level (PL) on Monday May 6 between the hours of 8 AM – 4 PM. Small furniture items are also welcome, but please, no mattresses, medical equipment or computer equipment. Please limit your drop offs to this date only, as the room is in use for other purposes. Thank you.

World Religions Discussion

May 11
Brian McCarthy will be holding a discussion on Saturday May 11. Time and location are pending. Confirmation will be in the next week's Scoop. The topic is: "World Religions: Their Amazing durability". If people are interested this could be the first session of 5 or 6 on the theme: What do we know of their Origins and Founders?


Friday, May 3, is Gallery Night in Madison. Once again, Capitol Lakes will participate in this community emphasis on the arts. Between 5:00 and 9:00pm on May 3, visitors will come to Capitol Lakes to see Amy Arntson's watercolor paintings "Spirit of Place" in the Atrium and Henry St. Cafè Galleries. Learn more

Shopping Trip Stops

Madison East Destinations
Every Other Thursday, 12 noon
Aldi's, Barnes & Noble (books), Best Buy, East Towne, Goodwill, Hy–Vee, Jenifer St. Market, Jo Ann Fabrics, Kohl's, Menard's, Michael's Arts & Crafts, Office Depot, Office Max, St. Vincent de Paul, Shopko, Target, Wal-Mart, Willy St. Co-op, Wisconsin Council for the Blind, Woodman's, and smaller stores and restaurants nearby.

Madison West Destinations
Every Other Thursday, 12 noon
Aldi's, Barnes & Noble (books), Best Buy, Copp's Foods, Half Price Books, Jo Ann Fabrics, Kohl's, Land's End, Odana Road stores & destinations, Office Depot, Office Max, St. Vincent de Paul, Target, Wal–Mart, Westgate Mall, West Towne, Woodman's, and stores and restaurants nearby.

Hilldale Destinations
Monday & Wednesday 10 AM & 11 AM
Copps Food Store, Macy's, Metcalfe Market, Morgan's Shoes, Target, and other stops in the Hilldale area.

Capitol Square Near East/ Near West
Monday & Wednesday 1:45 PM
Square: Walgreens, Anchorbank, M & I, BMO, UW Credit Union, etc. Near East: Willy St. Co-op, St. Vincent de Paul, Jenifer St. Market (Jenifer St. Market offers assisted shopping for the vision impaired.) Near West: Trader Joe's, Orange Tree Imports, and Monroe St. Shops.

Call the MainGate desk at 283-2000 to reserve a spot on the bus. All shopping trips depart from the Henry St. Circle at the times & dates stated.

Summer Tours

You may want to mark your calendar for the following tours scheduled for later this spring and summer. Sign up dates will be announced in the Scoop.

  • May 28: Circus World Museum, Baraboo
  • June 11: International Crane Museum, Baraboo
  • June 25: Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), Milwaukee
  • July 9: Paine Art Center & Gardens, Oshkosh - Dale Chihuly Venetian Exhibit

Possible Tours

Are you interested in any of the following tours? They require 1 - 2 hours bus trip each way, plus a tour and lunch, so will take up the better part of a day (6 - 7 hours). Some involve a fair amount of walking, or a substantial admission fee. If interested, please call Mary at 283-2003. If at least 6-8 people show interest, she will add these to our list of summer tours.

Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot is the estate of theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. It is a world-class house museum and national resource for theatre, arts, and arts education. The cost of the tour is $35 per person, and includes the Main House, the rustic Studio, the Enchanting Cottage, the restored gardens, and the exteriors of the Poolhouse, Greenhouse, and Creamery.

Bergstrom Mahler Glass Museum in Neenah began when Ernst Mahler, a Neenah resident and inventor/founder of Kimberley Clark Corporation, purchased a collection of drinking glasses in Germany in 1931 as a gift for his wife. It has expanded to include an incredible collection of paperweights, Victorian Glass Baskets, and contemporary glass pieces, plus special exhibits. Free admission.

Taliesin Highlights, Spring Green This tour includes a guided tour of the highlights of Taliesin, Hillside, Assembly Hall, and the Drafting Studio of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The cost is $47 per person. This new walking & riding tour is 2 hours long, about half the time of the more extensive, $80 tour you may be familiar with.

House on the Rock The House on the Rock is a complex of architecturally unique rooms, streets, gardens, numerous collections, and shops designed by Alex Jordan, Jr. Extensive walking is required. Admissions tickets are $28.50 per person.

Message from the President

President's Letter

Finally, an 80 degree weather day -- it has been a long time coming around…
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Grand Hall Events

UW Steven Groth
Vocal Recital

Saturday, May 4, 11 AM

UW Tatiana Koike
Flute Recital

Saturday, May 4, 2 PM

Nora Liu
Violin Recital

Saturday, May 4, 7 PM

UW Eamonn Ferguson
French Horn Recital

Sunday, May 5, 3 PM

UW Fanqin Meng
Viola Recital

Monday, May 6, 2 PM

UW Alyssa Ladis
Clarinet Recital

Tuesday, May 7, 7 PM

League of Women Voters
Wed. May 8, 6:30 PM

UW Retirement Assn. - Travel
Thursday May 9, 2 PM

UW Cello & Violin Recital Thursday, May 9, 7 PM

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