Eastside News March-April 2016

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Published by the Goodman Community Center


Volume 146, No. 2 March l April 2016

Madison area girls are getting strong, smart and bold

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Goodman Community Center’s broad vision for comprehensive girls-only programming Kathleen Ward, Eastside News

If you want to see Becky Steinhoff’s eyes light up, ask her to tell you about Girls Inc. As the executive director of Goodman told me about a trip to Memphis where she first saw a Girls Inc. program in action, she almost vibrated – her passion and aspirations for Madison were so evident. “Memphis had a huge community center with a pool and gym and classrooms — and it was all for girls. It was really pretty amazing. We could see the girls — they were just different. They carried themselves differently. They talked confidently. When we saw these girls, I knew (GCC) needed to be a part of Girls Inc.” Goodman has offered Girls Inc. to its middle and high school students since 2008, initially as part of a Madison affiliation run by the YWCA Madison. When the Y decided to no longer renew its relationship with Girls Inc., Goodman happily stepped in. The forerunner to Girls Incorporated was first formed in 1864 in Waterbury, Conn. At the time, it provided programs to daughters of mill and textile workers during the Industrial Revolution. Today, Girls Inc. is a national organization with 86 Girls Inc. affiliates in the U.S. and Canada, serving more than 138,000 girls annually in both rural communities and major metropolitan areas. Programming emphasizes research-based informal education that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Girls Inc. differentiates itself from other gender-specific programs in its comprehensiveness. Participants are not only exposed to a wide variety of curricula on economic and media literacy,


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Table Wine creates a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere This Kickstarterfunded shop welcomes wine sophisticates and neophytes with interesting varietals at affordable prices. Owner Molly Moran will even curate “wine boxes” for customers to take home based on individual preferences. Article on page 13.

Exciting potential for newly purchased Brass Works building

The Kennedy Heights Community Center Girls Inc. group celebrates at a fall Girls Inc. event: (l-r) high school participant Alexis, program coordinator and facilitator Jaimie Schlicher, high school participant Jaitaja, middle school participant Taleah and PASS AmeriCorps member Alyssia Sanchez. sports, leadership, and resisting peer pressure, but every Girls Inc. day is wrapped in positive youth development, homework assistance and identifiable Girls Inc. branded language. There’s no mistaking a Girls Inc. classroom or event for another program. Red, the dominant color, reflects the directness of their tagline, “Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.” Posters of female athletes and other female leaders line the walls and Girls Inc. logos are displayed prominently near the classroom’s entrance. This branded setting has a profound impact on the girls

who come for afterschool programming two or three times a week. “We have posters on the wall that say ‘everybody’s beautiful’ and it’s true — everybody is,” shares Hailey, a seventhgrade participant and self-proclaimed “Girls Inc. girl.” “It kind of just boosts your self-esteem and when you boost your self-esteem, you feel better about yourself. You actually want to go out and socialize with other people,” Hailey said. “I think Girls Inc. helps you be yourself and makes girls feel good about themselves.”

The Goodman Community Center recently purchased its “little sister” building, the Madison Brass Works. A variety of possible uses for the building are being discussed and evaluated. Community members are welcome to add their input during an open discussion March 13. Article on page 14.

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GCC strives for continuous improvement with recent innovations Goodman Community Center staff are training teens to conduct formal program evaluations, reorganizing afterschool teachers and students based on unique strengths and common topics, connecting high school students to our food pantry, and recognizing volunteers through inventive channels. Article on page 4

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Make a will. It takes just a little planning, and once you’ve provided for your loved-ones, leaving a gift to an organization that reflects your values is a great way to leave a lasting legacy. It doesn’t affect your everyday income, yet it could enable you to make an impact you could only dream of during your lifetime. Bequests don’t have to be large to be meaningful. Goodman would be so grateful to be included in your plans. Your gift could enhance our financial stability and ensure our ability to serve our community for generations to come. Is Goodman in your will? If we are in your will or

other estate plans, please let us know, even if you want your gift to remain anonymous. We’d love to thank you! Contact Jenny Pressman, Development Director, at (608) 204-8059 or jenny@goodmancenter.org.

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Beat the winter blahs … have a party! The Goodman Community Center has many rooms available for one-time or ongoing meetings or events. We make reserving rooms easy with an online system, quality AV equipment, modern rooms and helpful staff. We have room for every occasion, including family gatherings, baby showers, birthday parties or wedding receptions. Rooms can accommodate as few as 20 people to as many as 150 guests. During March, GCC is offering a special price break on our Evjue and/or Merrill Lynch rooms for Friday and Saturday nights. Mention the couple code “Winter20” to receive a 20 percent discount GCC has a room to suit any occasion. for your event if it is booked in the Evjue and/or Merrill Lynch GCC’s catering manager can provide rooms. bar service options for your event (sorry, Our in-house catering service, Work- discount code does not apply to bar sering Class Catering, is also offering a vices). winter special in March. Mention “Winter10” to receive 10 percent off your food For pricing, details and room availability, visit goodmancenter.org and click on service catering invoice for events here at GCC on Friday or Saturday evenings. “Reserving Rooms.” l

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Darius Champion, Romale Grant, Litrell Grant, JJ Hillliard, Dahrl Hill, Erick Jamison, James Johnson II, Autonea Jones, Isaac Petersen, Jamillya Steele, Jordan Tyler, Shelbi Watnem, Rayyaana Wells, Charles Wetzel, Derrick Wright Catering Chefs: Chris Stephens, Nick Ellis Food Pantry Coordinator: Jon Lica


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EASTSIDE NEWS VOLUNTEER STAFF Rick Dunn, Ed Jepsen, Letitia Johnson, Kate Katzban-Beren, Alesia Mayfield, Kathy Paul, Erin Presley, Jean Rawson, Kelly April Tyrrell, Sheila Voss, Pamela Wiesen, Charles Wetzel, Joanne Yanna

Executive Director: Becky Steinhoff HR Director: Lisa Jacob Finance Director: Mary Smith, CPA Assistant Finance Director: Dewayne Powell Director of Development: Jenny Pressman Communications and Community Giving Director: Kristin Groth Assistant Director of Communications: Kathleen Ward Development Associate: Anitra Hovelson Corporate and Events Associate: Jon Lica Grants Manager: Josset Gauley Volunteer Manager: Kate Katzban-Beren Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps Member: John Renaud

Operations and Facility Director of Facility Operations and Services: Derek Kruzicki Facility Use Manager: Margo Tiedt Office Manager: Tanya Martinez-Knauer Facility Use Assistant: Kristi Kading Receptionists: Erin Boris, Sara Butler, Harvey Marks, Alesia Mayfield, Clarice Sarnowski, Emily Sha, Joanne Yanna Custodians: Matt Marhoefer, Jamel Phillips, David Schmelzer Maintenance Manager: Bret Hagemeyer Working Class Catering Manager: David Fischer

Adults and Seniors Older Adult Program Director: Gayle Laszewski

Eastside News Editor: Becky Steinhoff Senior Editor: Kristin Groth Managing Editor: Kathleen Ward Advertising and Production: Dave Link

Food and Nutrition Kitchen Manager: Eric Gavins Program Cooks: Desmond Willingham, Felicia Williams Dishwashers: Matt Marhoefer, Fred Sanders Working Class Catering Staff: Deja Brown,

Community Organizer: Cliff Davis

Gym and Fitness Athletic Director: Tyrone Cratic Athletic Assistant: Terry Tiedt

Childcare Programs Director of Programs: Kshinté Brathwaite Assistant Programs Director-Childcare: Angela Tortorice Afterschool Coordinator: Ashley Rounds Childcare Services Coordinator: Tanya Walker Early Childhood Education Manager: Rob San Juan Academic Excellence Specialist: Monica Pembroke Early Childhood Education Teachers: Robert Bergeron, Kate Feitag, Caitlin Garton, Nick Howard, Betsy Ripple, Allie Sabin, Nate Schmolze, Jelissa Williams Elementary Afterschool Teachers: Sara Butler, Deborah Crabtree, Anthony Crawford-Ferrell, David Kelley, Antoine Love, Emily Ochitill, Miranda Starr, Alissa Swenson, Katie Venturini Drivers: LaToya Jackson, Nicole Wetzel

Youth Programs FYI Manager: Zach Watson FYI Lead Fitness Instructor: Stephanie Fox FYI Youth Leader: Roy Boone, Arthur Morgan FYI Nutrition Education Specialist: Kellie Schweich TEENworks Education Manager: Keith Pollock TEENworks Career Educator: Amy Mach TEENworks Career Organizer: Cliff Davis Seed to Table Culinary Teacher: Allison Dungan Youth Programs Manager: Becky Bauer Middle School Coordinator: Arthur Morgan High School Programs Coordinator: Darian Wilson Male Youth Programs Coordinator: Howard Hayes Youth Programs Leaders: Barry Davis LOFT PASS Americorps Members: Alice Bradley, Haley King, Martin Zaborac Girls Inc. Coordinator: Pahoua Vang Girls Inc. Outreach Coordinator: Ann Brickson Girls Inc Facilitator: Wanda McCann-Smith

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The program sees itself as an agent of change, and for that reason, mandates that every lesson, outing and experience be “girl only.” The educational philosophy behind it is to not only provide intentional programming, but to ensure each program compensates for the gender inequities girls face. Goodman Community Center Girls Inc. participant Mari The Girls Inc. web(left) and mentor Kabzuag Vaj exchange stories at a site explains, “Girls November speed mentoring event held at Goodman. Inc. programming is designed to compensate for both the overt and covert gender — and their starting safety. “A teacher discrimination girls and women encoun- asked me to come in to talk to her students so that they would see a girl could ter, enabling girls to overcome barriers play football. A girl can pretty much do to reaching their full potential.” Steinhoff stresses that Girls Inc. looks anything a guy can do,” Hailey said. Girls Inc. of Greater Madison curat helping girls realize their potential rently consists of elementary and/or through a lens of economic disparity. middle school programming at six sites “Though their mission is to inspire all — Black Hawk Middle School, Elver girls to be strong, smart and bold, they Park Neighborhood Center, Kennedy really do focus on lower-income youth Heights, Goodman, Lussier Community and really have a lot of curricula that does focus on, and pays attention to their Education Center, and Sennett Middle issues,” Steinhoff said. “It’s more cultur- School — with the goal of serving 800 girls at ten neighborhood organizations ally relevant in a lot of ways.” This compensatory approach encour- and schools by December 2016. Steinhoff envisions a citywide netages the program’s facilitators to queswork that has a large collective impact tion how and why they set expectations on female achievement in Madison. for each girl, how they can avoid rein“We’ll see (girls) having better successforcing stereotypes, and whether they would do or say the same things to a boy es, individually and collectively — and that more are choosing to go to college of the same age. Jaimie Schlicher, Girls Inc. facilitator and contemplate a broad range of career at Kennedy Heights Community Center, ideas and educational paths,” Steinhoff said. reaffirms some of the commonly held Girls Inc. facilitators like Schlicher beliefs about the effectiveness of single can easily recount examples of how Girls sex afterschool environments: “GenInc. programming recalibrated a parder-specific programming is important ticipant’s educational aspirations. When because there are certain activities and Schlicher took her Kennedy Heights discussions that bode better to a group group to the University of Wisconsin of only girls or only boys. In a group of campus, a participant asked Schlicher to their own gender in Girls Inc., girls are pose with her for a photo. The student more likely to be open and enter into told her she needed the picture to post on candid discussions about topics that are Facebook later because, “When I get into sensitive and/or important to them.” college, you’re the reason I’ll get in.” Participants like Hailey internalize the Girls Inc. philosophy of boldly conFor more information about Girls Inc. of fronting challenges and experimenting Greater Madison, visit goodmancenter.org/ with new activities. Last year, Hailey girlsinc/greater-madison or contact Ann joined Warner Park Community CenBrickson, Girls Inc. outreach coordinator, at ter’s youth football team as the only girl girlsincmadison@goodmancenter.org. l

Celebrate International Women’s Day Tuesday, March 8 5:30-7:15 p.m. Evjue Community Room in the Goodman Community Center

Please join Girls Inc. girls and staff and women leaders for an International Women’s Day event that celebrates the positive influence we have in our community and on each other. You are invited to learn about Girls Inc., meet girls and other women and exchange stories about important connections and role models who have shaped who you are today. Limited space is available. Please email anitra@goodmancenter.org to inquire about event attendance.

Women of Impact

GCC’s Women of Impact Giving Circle funds programs like Girls Inc. Throughout Madison, girls are waiting The Goodman Community Center has had a strong Girls Inc. program for many years. We’ve seen it work. Young girls do grow into strong, smart and bold young women. And we are proud that we were recently selected to become the Girls Inc. of Greater Madison affiliate. With this honor, we’ve made a commitment to grow the Girls Inc. program. The research-based curriculum and resources the national Girls Inc. organization provides for the girls creates a priceless partnership — but one that comes without direct financial support.

Show our women and girls you are in their corner Our Women of Impact Giving Circle is a new initiative. If you can imagine how powerful and rewarding it will be when women pool their resources for the good of our girls, the Women of Impact Giving Circle might be perfect for you. We need to raise an estimated $250,000 annually to reach our initial expansion goals, and to sustain the program as more girls and women participate.

Make a big impact To ensure the greatest impact, and to meet our ambitious timeline, we are looking for 100 women to make an initial investment of $1,000. Women who are able to take the lead and invest more will play an important role, too. Already, a committed group of women have made personal gifts of $5,000 to $50,000. It’s heartening to see how much women want to help young girls and other women have big, bright, secure futures.

Meet other women and girls •

You’ll meet the young women you are investing in

You’ll be invited to events and activities with the girls and giving circle members

You’ll get to know other Women of Impact, all pretty special philanthropists

You’ll change girls’ lives. And change those statistics.

Research shows that when you invest in a girl’s future, she will multiply the impact of your gift by extending benefits to the world around her as she becomes a mother, a worker, a neighbor and citizen. Can you imagine a better return on your investment?

If you are interested in joining the Women of Impact Giving Circle, please contact Jenny Pressman, GCC director of development, at jenny@goodmancenter.org or 608-204-8059.

Girls Inc. learns self-defense skills By Pahoua Vang, GCC Girls Inc. coordinator

Last fall, elementary, middle school and high school Girls Inc. participants began the Girls Inc. self-defense and identity curriculum: Living Safe and Strong. This 10-week program taught girls how to practice self-defense strategies, investigate different forms of violence that affect women, and to work as a group to celebrate our personal strengths. Head instructor Billie Buss from the Academy of Hwa Rang Do guided our

girls through multiple hands-on demonstrations, as well as discussions about how to de-escalate a potentially violent situation and physically protect oneself. The Academy of Hwa Rang Do will be offering scholarships to two Girls Inc. participants. The scholarship will allow the girls to continue training with Billie for two to three months free of charge. We are so fortunate to have this opportunity available to our girls! l



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We’re innovating every day, in every way On a daily basis, the Goodman Community Center is testing out new methods of delivering programming, teaching youth, recognizing volunteers and feeding our community. Specialized teachers increase engagement

Seed to Table preserves produce for our pantry

By Angela Tortorice, GCC assistant director of afterschool programs

By Kathleen Ward, GCC assistant director of communications

During the past summer and school year, our elementary school afterschool program unveiled a specialty teacher model. Under this model a number of our staff focus on developing and refining program groups to suit their areas of expertise and align with Goodman’s priorities for education, community engagement, and health and wellness. Our specialty teachers focus on all key areas of programming including science, technology, engineering and math, Girls Inc., Boys Group, arts and culture, and our Fit Youth Initiative. This format allows for these teachers to move through all four of our classroom groups

While our Seed to Table alternative high school students have been refining their culinary skills and connecting core subjects like math, science and reading to their hands-on lessons, they’ve also been improving our community’s food security. Students in our Seed to Table program have preserved and frozen hundreds of pounds of produce, salsa, pesto and sauces so that these items can be distributed through our Fritz Food Pantry. Providing neatly packaged ingredients in the winter months has increased the variety of healthy, low-sodium food we can provide to families and individuals who shop our pantry. This partnership between Seed to Table and our food pantry typifies the innovative connections we make between

The Fit Youth Initiative recently hired 10 high school students to train and serve as youth program evaluators. They will work on a youth-adult partnership project to evaluate the process and outcomes of the FYI program at each of our participating sites: East Madison Community Center, Kennedy Heights Community Center, Goodman Community Center and Vera Court Neighborhood Center. We anticipate this will bring a unique understanding of how the program is working for youth, as well as a new perspective that will be added to our overall evaluation process. Youth are working with GCC staff and external evaluators from the University of Wisconsin to design and conduct a program evaluation. They are working as a team to develop evaluation questions, collect and analyze data, and report and present findings and recommendations. This six-month project position requires between 12 and 20 hours of work per month for each participating

FYI student evaluators will look at how programs, like team sports, are run and administered.

student. As part of the training, youth will learn about all aspects of evaluation through a series of six afterschool workshops. Following each workshop, youth will conduct evaluation activities at their respective sites. We are extremely excited about the potential for this project and look forward to reporting about our progress. l

Seed to Table student Autonea poses with some freshly pickled vegetables.

programs — connections that happen so naturally in a community center like Goodman. Seed to Table, a partnership between the Goodman Community Center and the Madison Metropolitan School District, is a culinary and urban agriculture program focused on hands-on learning, literacy instruction and student-driven inquiry. l

Recognizing volunteers in creative ways By Kate Katzban-Beren, GCC volunteer manager

As part of our vision, Goodman places a high value on recognizing and supporting the extraordinary work of our volunteers. In our programs, staff and volunteers regularly work together as equal members of a team. At Goodman, volunteer recognition extends beyond just saying “thank you,” although we say that too — and mean it! For more than a year, we’ve been featuring volunteers on a recognition wall.

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weekly. Exposing children of all ages to new, hands-on experiences has far exceeded our expectations. Children want to participate because the specialty teacher is excited about what they are teaching. Lesson plans are more detailed, thoughtful and tailored to the ages of the children they are working with. Assumptions about ages and capabilities are removed because everyone in the program is getting a chance to engage. We continue to improve and refine this specialty teaching process in keeping with our model of continuous quality improvement. l

Our volunteer recognition wall celebrates new and long-serving volunteers. This not only allows us to publicly thank dedicated volunteers, but also provides an outlet for our volunteers to share their thoughts on service and our community. Because volunteers are part of our family, we are able to celebrate their milestones together: birthdays, new babies, new jobs, and of course their achievements at Goodman. Our volunteers feel welcome to innovate within their programs because we value and recognize their talents regularly. l

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Celebrate with a night out for Goodman

Partnerships increase access to healthy foods

Our third annual beer and chocolate tasting raises money to support our day-to day programming

By Kelly April Tyrrell, Eastside News

By Kathleen Ward, GCC assistant director of communications PHOTO: LAURA ZASTROW PHOTOGRAPHY

Nearly eight years ago, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin created the Farm Fresh Produce Program to improve the access low-income children in Madison have to healthy, fresh and local produce. The cooperative health plan provider teamed with Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin and its Kids Café program to help provide produce from Vermont Valley Community Farm in Bountiful organic produce from Vermont Valley Blue Mounds to children at comCommunity Farm provides quality fruits and munity centers like Goodman. vegetables to our program participants. “They make this place so program earn academic credits to help much healthier, it’s ridiculous,” says Jon get them back on track through handsLica, food pantry coordinator and coron culinary arts and urban agriculture porate and events associate at Goodman experience. Lica says these students are Community Center. often responsible for working with the The positivity is mutual. produce Vermont Valley provides. “We have been known to give the The weekly deliveries in the summer Goodman crew less than 24 hours to figalso allow community members and volure out what to do with 1,000-plus pounds unteers — including interns from U.W.of tomatoes. But they always manage to can, freeze, distribute, or cook everything Madison — to volunteer at times that are more convenient for them, like nights we deliver,” said Jonnah Perkins, office and weekends. They are often involved manager at Vermont Valley. “I feel that in preserving excess fresh food. it is our role as a community-supported “Last summer, we preserved over farm to put this fresh, locally grown pro3,000 pounds of fresh produce — a lot of duce back into the community.” it from Vermont Valley,” says Lica. From As a large Community Shared Agricanned tomatoes and salsa, dehydrated culture operation, Perkins says the farm apples and vacuum-sealed-and-frozen often has an abundance of produce. And squash, it allows Goodman to extend harwith part-time and full-time licensed vest season well into the winter months. preschool, plus afterschool programs for “We are coming into our eighth seaelementary, middle and high school stuson of produce deliveries to the Cendents, Goodman has plenty of children ter and our partnership is stronger than who can benefit from it. ever,” says Perkins, who takes pride in “We serve 114,000 meals a year and knowing the farm’s efforts are helpsome of their (Vermont Valley) produce ing provide fresh, high quality produce goes into it,” Lica says. to those who may not otherwise have In addition, the partnership helps proaccess to it. “That fact is incredibly revide educational and volunteer opporwarding to us.” l tunities to the community. High school students in Goodman’s Seed to Table

FYI makes healthy eating fun By Kellie Schweich, FYI nutrition educator

Receiving a “yuck” response to a new food can seem discouraging, but sometimes a child needs to taste a new food up to 10 times before deciding to like it. Consistent exposure to new foods and flavors means children have many opportunities to develop a “yum” response. Through the Vegetable of the Month initiative at Goodman, we are strengthening our kitchen-classroom connection by providing opportunities to try new foods. Each month, two new vegetables are highlighted throughout the Center. By collaborating with the kitchen staff, we incorporate the vegetable into meals and snacks at least once a week. We use new recipes and aim to present the vegetable in different forms throughout the month (sautéed, raw, baked, etc.) so that we can showcase the variety of flavors in the same vegetable. Goodman teachers find creative ways of incorporating vegetables into their program. During cooking club in Goodman’s Lussier LOFT, spinach pesto pizzas were a hit! Early childhood education teachers ask students about the color, texture, shape and taste of the foods they eat, turning meal time into learning time. Try this cauliflower tater tot recipe at

home — a healthy twist on a classic snack.

Cauliflower Tater Tots Ingredients 1 large cauliflower head, cut into florets ¼ cup small diced onion ¼ cup grated cheese (parmesan or cheddar work well) ¼ cup finely ground breadcrumbs 1 large egg

Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Steam cauliflower until tender — 5 to 10 minutes. Drain the florets and transfer them to a food processor or blender. Pulse the cauliflower for a few seconds, until it resembles rice-like pieces. 3. In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower, diced onion, cheese, breadcrumbs, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix thoroughly. Using your hands, scoop up 1 or 2 tablespoons of the mixture and mold it into a tater tot shape. Place on a nonstick baking sheet and space the tots about 1 inch apart. 4. Bake the tots for 20 minutes, then flip them and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes until crisped. Serve with ketchup, pesto or your preferred dipping sauce. l


Come enjoy a night out for a great cause with chocolate, brews, funky music and a warm space full of Goodman Community Center supporters. On Friday, June 3, Goodman will celebrate its third annual Beer and Chocolate Tasting, one of the Center’s fundraising events. This event brings community members together to celebrate the mission and vision of the Center while enjoying local artisanal chocolate and craft beer samples. In 2015, more than 390 people were welcomed to our gym and tented green space for a jubilant night of dancing, live music, a photo booth and elegant tastings from local chocolatiers and breweries — many from the SchenkAtwood neighborhood. Don’t drink? In addition to brews, Goodman will be providing a variety of nonalcoholic options from local vendors. Students from Goodman’s teen employment program, TEENworks, will again be crafting chocolates to draw attention to their culinary skills. Corporate and events associate Jon Lica shared, “This event offers our community a fun way to connect with the Center and support our innovative programming. Last year, we sold out a


Supporters of the Center danced the night away in our tented green space. month in advance, so I expect this year’s event to be even bigger and better!” The money raised from this event helps provide academic assistance to more than 600 children each year, feed our community with more than 112,000 meals, provide full and partial scholarships to 85 percent of childcare participants and help more than 500 older adults stay connected. We will be selling early bird tickets prior to April 1 for $40. Regular price tickets will be $50. For tickets and updated event information, visit our event page at goodmancenter.org/events/beerchocolate-tasting. l

Parkway Family Restaurant feels like home By D. Champion, D. Cooper, B. Edmond, C. Gassen, K. Green, E. Jamison, A. Jones, J. Pearson, J. Peeples, T. Perkins, MMSD Seed to Table students

Our instructors have a rule that when we review a restaurant, it cannot be a chain restaurant. The hope is to find a new and unique dining experience. A Seed to Table student suggested the Parkway Family Restaurant on Fish Hatchery Road near the Beltline. We were glad she did. The restaurant was on the small side and the television either wasn’t working or was kept off. The décor was described as “old school” by one student, but another remarked on how clean it was. Our waitress was friendly, smiled a lot and quickly brought us everything we asked for. The menu is large, with an almost overwhelming variety of meals to choose from. Sandwich prices range from $6$8, and breakfast items have to include steak to get any more expensive than $9. There are many daily specials written on the board, including a Friday fish fry and Saturday night prime rib dinner. While none of us took a trip to the salad bar, it looked well-stocked and fresh. Those of us who ordered breakfast entrees — served all day — were not disappointed. The portions of hash browns were large and well-prepared, the eggs cooked exactly as ordered and the sausage links were, in one diner’s words, “perfect.” The strawberry waffle

was crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. The strawberry sauce the waffle came with was a bit sweet, but it was presented well with a generous amount of whipped cream. Three of us ordered the BBQ bacon burger. It was big and juicy and the bacon was cooked to perfection. The fries were crispy and warm, but could have used a bit more salt and might have been sitting on the plates too long. The shrimp Alfredo was middle creamy for one diner, but another remarked that she’d enjoyed better versions at other restaurants. One diner enjoyed the open-faced beef sandwich, commenting that it was larger than expected and that while the bread was soft, it never fell apart under the weight of so much meat gravy. Unfortunately, everyone who ordered a shake thought they were thin and tasted a lot like TruMoo milk. This was the only clear disappointment of our otherwise fantastic meal. Before leaving, one of us ordered a chocolate mint pie to go and reported back later that it was great. It might be hard to find the Parkway Family Restaurant, since it’s hidden behind one PDQ and across the street from another, but if you are near Fish Hatchery and the Beltline, we recommend you stop by for a great meal. l

What is Seed to Table? Seed to Table, a partnership between the Goodman Community Center and the Madison Metropolitan School District, is a culinary and urban agriculture program focused on hands-on learning, literacy instruction and student-driven inquiry.



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Kathie Nichols plans for a loving surprise

Legacy gifts allow for once-in-a-lifetime philanthropy By Kristin Groth, GCC director of communications and community giving

Lisa Peyton-Caire (right), Summit Credit Union’s Assistant Vice President of Life, Learning and Events, speaks with Girls Inc. high school student Autonea at a Girls Inc. of Greater Madison speed mentoring event.

Summit Credit Union partners with Goodman Community Center

Collaboration supports Girls Inc. and financial literacy By Kristin Groth, GCC director of communications and community giving

Summit Credit Union is committed to helping people manage their money so it can be a resource to a richer life, and financial well-being is just the beginning. Under the leadership of CEO and President Kim Sponem, Summit seeks partnerships that enable them to help build a strong and thriving community. Their new three-year partnership with the Goodman Community Center is a good example of that: Their generous financial gifts will strengthen the Girls Inc. of Greater Madison program, and their staff will provide financial literacy education for our young women and families. Becky Steinhoff, executive director of Goodman, thinks it’s a perfect match:

“With so many women in leadership roles at Summit Credit Union, they are incredible role models for our girls in Girls Inc., because that program is all about helping young women become strong, smart and bold. Giving our young people and families the desire and know-how to take charge of their financial life gives them a huge step toward a more secure future. So, we can not only invite young people to imagine big, exciting lives, we will give them even more tools to reach them.” And, like all great partnerships, no doubt, the collective impact will be greater than either organization could make on its own. l

Girls Inc. collects winter clothes for families By Alice Bradley, GCC Girls Inc. PASS AmeriCorps member

In January, Goodman Community Center’s Girls Inc. program decided to organize a winter boots and clothing drive as their monthly service project. The girls set up barrels at Goodman and at Willy Street Co-op, and got the word out by creating fliers and posters. By the end of the January, they had collected more than 100 items of winter clothing! Many of the girls expressed their surprise as Girls Inc. participants (top to bottom) Valencia, they did inventory, counting piles Summer and Teresa show off a winter clothing of coats, boots, mittens and hats. drive collection bin. These items will be distributed winter clothing at the TEP office, one through the Transition Education of the girls commented, “It makes you Program to children experiencing homerealize that everyone needs a little help lessness in the Madison School District. once in a while.” l As we dropped off three boxes of

These days, Kathie Nichols lives in the heart of downtown Madison, but she has deep connections to the east side. Kathie and her then husband, Bill White, raised their sons Nick and Andy in the Atwood neighborhood, just blocks from the Center. According to Kathie, “To us, the Center was a symbol of how the whole neighborhood was committed to everyone. It’s a shining example of what a commitment to creating greater equity for people can do. Without it, people would fall through the cracks. And that’s the kind of community we wanted for our boys.” The boys are grown now, and Kathie oozes love and pride as she describes how they have each found meaningful work and created lives rich with family and friends. Kathie laughs easily, but is serious when she describes her role in life as a mom — and cheerleader. She plays those roles over and over again in her work life and as a volunteer. For 23 years she was the business administrator at First United Methodist Church downtown, but she also informally mentored youth, many of whom she keeps in touch with to this day. She has served on the boards of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools and Forward Theater Company, where she brought her business skills together with her lifelong passions — art, education and community. Kathie, an engaged and enthusiastic board member, becomes a champion and cheerleader when she commits to a cause.

Kathie’s life speaks volumes about what she holds most dear, and she recently set up her estate so it, too, will reflect her values. Kathie Nichols “I’ve chosen to give a percent of my estate to my favorite organizations. And I love Goodman. That’s one way I can give a more significant gift. When I worked at First United Methodist and the Foundation, I remember when we got notice of legacy gifts and they often came just when we most needed it. I love the idea of knowing I’ve planned a nice surprise that holds the possibility of making a difference in our community,” she said. Kathie talked about other hopes for her gift, “I also want Nick and Andy to know that to be generous is an important value of mine and I’ve been blessed with all I need and more. I want them to know what was important to me in my life. And it would be my hope that it would spark an idea – what’s important in their lives? How would they want to give back?” Kathie now works for the Sort Sol Group and continues to serve on boards, seizes every chance to see family and friends, and always finds time for her other passion — sports. l

GCC Executive Director Becky Steinhoff holds up the most recent batch of thank you receipts for gifts that came through the United Way of Dane County. We’ve noticed an increase in the number of donors who thought of Goodman when they were making their United Way contributions. Thank you for your generous donations!

Merrill Lynch celebrates 10 years with grand gala By Jon Lica, GCC corporate and events associate

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Madison has raised nearly $4 million for local charities since 2007 through their annual Merrill Lynch Grand Gala. The Goodman Community Center was the gala’s beneficiary in 2008, which helped fund the opening of our new building. This year’s 10th anniversary celebration will highlight and benefit each of the past nine Grand Gala partners: Agrace Hospice, Independent Living, Inc., Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Mary’s

Foundation, Operation Fresh Start, American Family Children’s Hospital, and the Henry Vilas Zoo. The Merrill Lynch Grand Gala will take place Friday, May 6, at the University of Wisconsin Gordon Event Center from 6-10 p.m. This spectacular event will include a progressive dinner and silent auction, and has an expected attendance of nearly 1,000 people. Tickets for this cornerstone community event are available for purchase online at mlgg16.gesture.com. l

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Seeking donor to help sponsor discounted ‘Lion King’ tickets for GCC families The Overture Center has offered the Goodman Community Center a fabulous discount for “Lion King” 4-pack tickets for the performance Sunday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. We are seeking a donor to sponsor the cost of sending 32 families to this wonderful performance. The Overture has set aside six 4-packs of mezzanine tickets (at $75 per pack), as well as 26 4-packs of balcony tickets (at

$50 per pack) for our low-income families. The cost of the tickets includes preshow pizza and light refreshments. In order to receive this discount, tickets would need to be purchased by April 3. If you are interested in sponsoring GCC families, please contact Kristin Groth at kristin@goodmancenter.org or 608-204-8024. We welcome sponsors for any number of ticket packs. l

Our generous donors fuel our progress By Becky Steinhoff, GCC executive director

Your gifts this past year have fed families, sent children to afterschool programs, provided academic assistance to teens, helped older adults stay engaged and so much more. In 2015, more than 90 percent of the children in our elementary afterschool program improved their academic performance, according to their day school teachers. That only happens because supporters like you continue to fund successful programs, so low-income families can receive the same afterschool support as their higher income peers. Our TEENworks program worked with 114 young adults, teaching employ-



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ment skills and hands-on lessons. Because of your help, students are reaching their science, math and literacy goals. This past Thanksgiving, we offered 3,000 Thanksgiving baskets to Dane County families. Generous donors and volunteers like you rallied to help us meet this growing community need. A moved recipient wrote, “Look at all these people outside, helping so many. They’re here all day and after dark and in the snow. How blessed you are.” We treasure your gifts because they make our community stronger at every level. Thank you for strengthening lives and securing futures. l

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Bread of Life Church stocks our food pantry Madison’s Bread of Life Anglican Church tallied their Goodman Community Center Fritz Food Pantry donations by “dressing turkeys” with feathers on a chart this holiday season. Children added a feather to the turkeys every time 10

food items were donated. Their food drive continued through to Christmas, providing 248 canned or boxed food items for our pantry! A huge thanks to the generous members of Bread of Life Anglican Church. l

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A BIG thanks to these community-minded businesses and organizations These organizations have donated time and/or resources to help keep our programs strong.

Thanks to these organizations who supported us in December and January A Fund for Women Alliant Energy Foundation American Endowment Foundation American Girl Fund for Children American Transmission Company America’s Best Flowers Amgen Foundation Assumption Greek Orthodox Church August Foundation Bank of America Charitable Foundation Beta Omicron of Epsilon Sigma Alpha BMO Private Bank - Chicago Bread of Life Anglican Church Briarpatch Youth Services Bullseye Burke Lutheran Church ELCA Child Care Tuition Assistance Program City of Madison CMI Management Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin Cummings Christensen Family Foundation CUNA Mutual Group Foundation Dane County Cultural Affairs David and Nancy Walsh Family Foundation Department of Health and Social Services Department of Health Services - Bureau of Strategic Sourcing Dexter’s Pub Di Renzo Monuments East Wind Acupuncture & Pain Clinic Epic Systems Corporation FIAC Services Fidelity Charitable First Weber Group Foundation Ford’s Gym Friends 4 Friends Meriter Volunteer Services Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier GCC Volunteers Girl Scout Troop 2532 Girls Inc. Good Family Foundation Grace Episcopal Church Women Hair Paradise Himal Chuli Restaurant Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing Co-op James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation Jenifer Street Market John Knox Presbytery Karen & Co. / Sassafras Lake Edge Lutheran Church Laura Zastrow Photography Louis Leibowitz Charitable Trust Love+Light Hairdressing Lussier Community Education Center Madison Area Technical College School of Health Education Madison Chiropractic - North Madison Community Foundation Madison Eagles Woman’s Auxilary Madison Gas & Electric Madison Kipp Corporation

Madison Metropolitan School District Madison Rotary Foundation Mead Witter Foundation Meriter Health Service and Meriter Hospital Michael Best & Friedrich Middleton Business Association Milwaukee Valve Moove and Groove North/Eastside Senior Coalition Northern Lights Condo Association Nourish Massage and Skin Care One Barrel Brewing Co. Orange County Community Foundation Players Sports Bar PricewaterhouseCoopers Reuter, Whitish & Evans, S.C. Reynold’s Transfer Rockin’ Jump Rose Cottage Rosie’s Coffee Bar & Bakery Salt and Light Foundation Schuster’s Playtime Farm Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Seversin’s Service Center Solidarity Realty St. Olaf’s Catholic Church St. Bernard Catholic Church St. Luke’s Episcopal Church State of Wisconsin Investment Board Summit Credit Union T F Pankratz TDS Custom Construction The Webcrafters-Frautschi Foundation Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation U.S. Charitable Gift Trust Unitarian Society Chalice Group United Way of Dane County United Way of Greater Milwaukee Unity Health Insurance University of Wisconsin School of Nursing Urban Land Interests US Dairy Forage Research Center USF Consultants UW Badger Volunteers UW DC Smith Greenhouse Vogel Foundation V-Soft Consulting West Bend Mutual Insurance Co WI-CCP Tuition Reimbursement Widen Enterprises Willy Street Co-op Wind Point Publishing Wipfli Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Reinsurance Corp. Wisconsin State Journal-Newspapers in Education Women of the Moose, Madison Chapter #291 Woodman’s Food Market Zimmer Zimmer Construction

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March l April 2016 Mondays

Eastside SENIORS

Practice mindfulness

Older Adult Programs at the Center For more information about any older adult programming at the Center, contact Gayle, Older Adult Program Manager at 608-204-8032 or gayle@goodmancenter.org. Gayle Laszewski

Join the FUN!

Mindfulness is about getting in touch with your inner nature and thoughts. It involves paying attention from moment to moment. While mindfulness is a very simple concept, its power lies in its practice! The free class is led by Bill Benedict, MSW, and will include discussion, instruction, group meditation and home assignments based upon the work of Jon Kabat Zinn. Persons who complete the classes can expect greater inner awareness, health, self-esteem and happiness. Meditation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a discussion at 10:30 a.m. and a drop-in orientation for new members at 11 a.m.

Our activities for older adults are designed to help folks stay connected to our community and maintain a strong social network. Seniors come for card games, bingo and gentle exercise classes. Many also gather for our home-style meals, which For more information, please contact Gayle. provide good nutrition and a great place to make friends — new and old. Everyone 60+ is welcome Mondays to join in. Meet us in Bolz Room A for some fun!

Healthy Aging Wellness support group

Join our healthy aging support group and discuss ways to enhance your motivation to be healthy, offer day before the meal day, and we First time joining us? support, and help break down your will cancel your ride. If you need to Please come a bit early and fill out wellness goals so they are achievcancel your ride after 2 p.m. or on two short registration forms. One able. Participants will experience weekends, call Transit Solutions at form is to help us help you in case different activities in all areas of 608-294-8747. of an emergency, and the other health, including physical, mental, form helps us with reporting to our social, emotional, financial, vocaMonday and Wednesday funders. tional and spiritual. Each session Nickel bingo after lunch takes place from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Affordable transportation Come for lunch and stay for the fun, and will include group discussions, or just come to play. Where else can Monday through Friday you can a wellness topic, goal setting and you have so much fun for a nickel? catch a ride to the Center for only check-ins regarding your goals. 50 cents each way. If you live in the Lunch — hours and details Advance registration is required. service area of the North/Eastside Doors open at 10 a.m. Please sign up with Gayle. Senior Coalition, or if you live north Salad served at 11:45 a.m. of Buckeye Road and this side of Lunch served following salad Second Tuesdays 12:45-1:30 p.m. the Interstate, you can catch a ride Bingo — hours and details Senior planning meeting with Transit Solutions for lunch at Mondays: 12:30-2 p.m. Do you have any ideas for future the Goodman Community Center Wednesdays: 12:45-2:30 p.m. older adult programs or suggestions Senior Program. Simply call to enhance our existing programs? the GCC front desk at 608-241-1574 Mondays Would you like to see something by noon the business day before the different offered to older adult Free blood pressure and day you wish to come for lunch. participants at the Goodman ComAsk to be put on the ride list for the blood sugar testing munity Center? Come and share following meal day and await your Do you know what your blood presyour ideas and thoughts at our older ride! sure and glucose levels are? We are adult program planning meeting offering free blood pressure checks Need to cancel a ride? while having lunch! 11:30 a.m. to noon Mondays in the Call the Center by noon the business For a meeting schedule or to share Bolz A room. ideas, please contact Gayle. High blood pressure makes your FRIENDS NEEDED heart work too hard and increases View our older adult schedule your risk of heart disease and ssist with a craft project, online at goodmancenter.org/ stroke. You can have high blood serve a meal or just engage in programs/older-adults conversation with the young at pressure and not know it. That is why it is called the silent killer. It is heart whose health is frail. Or also why it is so important to have be an escort on van trips into the community. your blood pressure and glucose levels checked. l Weekdays from 8 a.m to

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Philosophy discussions and DVD college lectures

Professor Joseph Lynch of Madison College continues his eighth season of leading biweekly sessions — currently on political philosophy On alternate Thursdays, we independently discuss short fiction. Attend either or both by showing up. Check topics and details at uproar21. us or call John at 608-515-9470. Tuesdays and Fridays


Older adults play euchre every Tuesday and Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. No need to register. Please pay $1 at the door to feed the kitty! Prizes go to the top three scorers. Various Saturdays


Euchre games are offered one or two Saturdays each month from 12:30-3 p.m. in Bolz Room A. Dessert is served from 12:30-1 p.m., and card playing goes from 1-3 p.m. No need to preregister; just pay $1 at the door to feed the kitty! These fees become the prize money. Upcoming euchre dates: March 12 & 19 | April 9 & 23 Wednesdays

Scrabble group Do you love to play Scrabble but don’t have a group together? Or perhaps you haven’t tried Scrabble but would like to learn? Join us on Wednesdays from 12:45-2:30 p.m. First, third and fourth Thursdays

Movie double feature

Join us for movies, documentaries, DVD lectures and/or music before, during and after our senior lunch on Thursdays. On occasion, we offer special speakers on timely topics. To see what’s happening or discuss a topic, visit uproar21.us or call John at 608-515-9470. Wednesdays and Fridays

Gentle Exercise and Tai Chi

This gentle mind/body exercise and relaxation program is designed especially for people with arthritis, joint pain or any kind of stiffness. These range-of-motion exercises are recommended by doctors and therapists to keep joints flexible and can be practiced both sitting and standing. Hours and details Gentle Exercise class meets on Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. The Friday Tai Chi Fundamental Form class meets from 1-2 p.m. No registration needed. There is a $1 suggested donation. Led by Sarah Watts, certified Range of Motion instructor. For more information, contact Sarah Watts at 608-244-9424. Continued on next page

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OLDER ADULT PROGRAMS at the Goodman Community Center Continued

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March menu

Thursdays 12:30-3 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

The GCC Senior Meal Program is part of the network of Dane County senior nutrition sites. Lunches are served five days a week, by donation.

Come play Ping-Pong. New players always welcome.

Need a ride?


Participating seniors can use the county transportation system for older adults. Bus reservations are required by noon the prior business day. Call the Center at 608-2048032 for details or see page 8.

Thursdays 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Senior bridge at GCC

Looking for a place on the east side to play bridge? Join your hosts at GCC on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Adult bridge players of all skill levels are welcome — you just need a working knowledge of the game.

Older adult participants rode a bus from the Goodman Community Center to the Overture Center to watch Forward Theater Company’s Daily menus production of “The Flick.” Tickets were sponsored by a generous donor. Every meal includes a tossed salad, fruit, vegetable, bread, Monday, March 14 At RSVP, there’s something milk and dessert. Birthday cake is Friday mornings Eat smart and spend less for everyone served on Wednesdays. VegetarLive jazz and blues Join nutrition educator Lytonia RSVP volunteers help about 90 ian options are available each day. Often on Friday mornings, Paris Flyod from Dane County UWnonprofit and public agencies Menu subject to change. Blues, with Jim Willett, Larry Livmaintain and extend their services. Extension from 11 a.m. to noon to ingston and Al Hough, play jazz 11:30 a.m. Suggested arrival time learn how to spend less money You can help older adults remain from about 10-11 a.m. It’s not a 11:40 a.m. Tossed salad followed independent and live in their own when buying fruits and vegformal performance — you can still by the main entrée homes, drive people to appointetables. read the paper or talk with your ments, join the Vets Helping Vets or Tuesday, March 1 friends while they play. intergenerational programs, or help Thursday, March 17 Breaded Chicken | Mixed Veggies Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day a group for folks who like to knit, Second Fridays 12:45-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 sew and quilt. Be Irish for a day and celebrate Fun Fridays Pork Chops | Green Beans Volunteers are interviewed and St. Paddy’s Day with the older University of Wisconsin medical matched with appropriate assignadult program from 11:30 a.m. to Thursday, March 3 students will join the senior proRoasted Chicken | Mashed Potatoes ments that meet their time, interest 2:30 p.m. Enjoy corned beef and gram to introduce new games. and lifestyle needs. Regular follow- cabbage, along with potatoes and Friday, March 4 up is provided so volunteers can Spaghetti | Garlic Bread carrots. Vegetarians will enjoy Answers to your stay connected with the agency. baked tofu. We’ll have a limerick Monday, March 7 everyday concerns contest, shamrock cookies, door For more information, visit rsvpHamburger | Baked Beans Do you need help getting your prizes and Irish music. l dane.org or call 238-7787. Tuesday, March 8 health benefits set up? Do you have Chicken Stir-Fry | Mixed Veggies questions about housing? Kate What keeps me coming back Shenker, MSW, from the North/ Wednesday, March 9 By Meghan Doran, GCC senior meal volunteer Eastside Senior Coalition is at the Baked Cod | Broccoli Medley Center Thursdays 11 a.m. to noon to Thursday, March 10 When I had the opportunity to be teering because I’m trying to help find answers and resources for you. a volunteer in the senior meal proothers. I’m volunteering because it Turkey Sandwiches | Tomato Soup gram, I was excited because I enjoy helps me to have these moments in Friday, March 11 Do you have a health goal being of service in my community. my week when people smile at me Pepperoni Pizza | Mixed Veggies for 2016? I know that the Goodman Comand laugh with me. Monday, March 14 With the start of a new year comes munity Center is a wonderful I am humbled and moved by what Sloppy Joes | Red Potatoes a fresh start toward a healthier place that offers programs and I’ve learned from the incredible Tuesday, March 15 lifestyle. Our older adult program services to many people. I had generosity of a woman who makes Barbecue Chicken | Roasted Veggies participants will have an opportusome expectations heading into birthday cakes for the older adults nity to explore all areas of health. this experience. I was well enough because she cares so much, and the Wednesday, March 16 Come meet with Gayle to create acquainted with Goodman to know staff who listen to every single per- Pasta with Meat Sauce | Veggies your own individual goal and Thursday, March 17 that it’s a beautiful building with son who walks through the doors. Corned Beef & Cabbage | Potatoes receive support in your wellness friendly employees and volunteers. It surprises me that the excited journey. I expected a pleasant experience shouts of “Bingo!” would be such Friday, March 18 that would make me feel good about a happy part of my week or that Grilled Cheese | Tomato Soup For more information, please call doing something helpful with my I would laugh so hard when the Gayle at 608-204-8032. Monday, March 21 spare time. What I didn’t anticipate seniors have to be told to keep their Beef Tacos | Roasted Veggies was how much fun I would have or rock music down. Tuesday, March 22 how much the other volunteers and This really is a wonderful place Enjoy the Swedish Meatballs | Green Beans the older adults would mean to me. and it’s clear to me that Goodman Eastside News? These people are so incredibly really cares about our community’s Wednesday, March 23 Help offset our costs by supporting Beef Lasagna | Veggies friendly and funny and unique. I older adults. l the Goodman Community Center. can’t say anymore that I’m volunThursday, March 24 www.goodmancenter.org Chicken Fajitas | Black Beans

OLDER ADULT PROGRAMS in the community

Friday, March 25 Pork Ribs | Sauteed Spinach

Theater Bus for adults 55 and over

Monday, March 28 Baked Chicken | Tomato Soup

Call 608-257-0003 or email theaterbus@tds.net.

Sunday, March 13

Wednesday, March 30

Sunday, April 10

This musical about a group of hippies searching for truth, peace and love is as vital and relevant today as it was when it opened in 1967. Lunch is at Kenosha Country Club. Cost is $69.

When wannabe diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a crime, cops hide her in the least likely of places — a convent! View this musical in Lincolnshire, Ill. Lunch is at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. Cost is $95.

Hear Paragon Ragtime Orchestra recreate the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema and vintage dance at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center. Lunch is at the Lake House Inn. Cost is $71. l


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Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Tuesday, March 29 Beef Chili | Corn Bread Wednesday, March 30 Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla | Corn Thursday, March 31 Pulled Pork | Baked Beans The April menu can be picked up at the Center by mid-March. l



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W!SH L!ST Please donate one of these new or gently used items to help enrich our programs and stretch our dollars. Please label your donations with the program staff person’s name listed. Thank you. Afterschool, Tanya Walker

Pokemon cards, used or new Dry-erase markers, new Socks (toddler and kid sizes) Kleenex Playing cards, new Mason jars (1-quart), new Large square pillows for sitting

Rulers and protractors 1-inch to 3-inch binders, new Gift cards (to Walmart, Walgreens, Target) as incentives Art supplies such as paint brushes, paint, markers Feminine products, tampons and pads

Older Adult Programs, Gayle Laszewski

A pickup truck with or without plow Gas-powered lawnmower

Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings (four each per flavor of cakes and frostings) Music CDs, especially 1920s - 1960s Nintendo Wii console; 2 Wii remotes and nunchucks DVD player Media cart with power strip

FYI-Fit Youth Initiative, Zach Watson

Preschool, Rob San Juan

Boys Group, Howard Hayes

Gift cards for academic achievement Board games for teens Tickets to sporting events

Facilities, Margo Tiedt

Sports equipment (all types of balls) Soccer shoes, indoor and outdoor Cooking utensils, new or gently used Cooking knives or cutting boards

Gym, Tyrone Cratic Tumbling mats Oversized yoga balls Dodge balls and Gator Skin Softi balls Basketballs, new or used

Live Soundz Program, Zach Watson Instruments (keyboard, percussion, guitar, saxophone, flute, trumpet or trombone), well-functioning

Lussier LOFT, Helyn-Luisi Mills

Color printer, like new Headphones Small sofa or couch, leather or faux leather only; no fabric Coffee table Youth bus two-ride passes

Girls Inc., Pahoua Vang Graphing calculators, TI-84 Plus preferred

Puzzles Matchbox cars Rubber animals/people Dress-up clothes Books on CD or tape Digital cameras Pants or tops, preschool size 4-5 years old

TEENworks, Keith Pollock Scientific calculators AudioHead headphones or earbuds Digital kitchen thermometer or timer Double boiler Candy thermometer Can openers Movie passes Youth bus two-ride passes

If you prefer to leave money instead of items, please make checks payable to the Goodman Community Center and include the wish list program in a note.


activities for everyone Find details for these activities online at goodmancenter.org

CLUE, Skateboard Club NESYB Youth Basketball, see nesyb.net

NA Traditions Ping-Pong SASY Neighborhood Association Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI), Sunday Gathering TangoBasico Lessons, Argentinian Tango Women of Worthington, contact latoya@goodmancenter.org Yoga, Fridays and Sunday morning/ afternoon Zumba

High School

Older Adults

Preschool Early Childhood Education programs

Elementary School Elementary Summer Camp NESYB Youth Basketball, see nesyb.org

Middle School

NESYB Youth Basketball, see nesyb.org Teen Alliance, NAMI Dane County, see namidanecounty.org

Adults Aerial Silks, see mazomac.com Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Women Balanced Flow Yoga Buddhist Philosophy Community Drum Circles Early morning drop-in open gym, Wednesday and Friday. Indoor Soccer La Leche League

Bingo After Lunch, Monday and Wednesday Bridge, Thursday Euchre, Tuesday Movies, Thursday Euchre Tournament, Friday and some Saturdays Gentle Exercise, Wednesday Lunch, a Dane County Nutrition Site, Monday through Friday Philosophy of the Wise, Alternate Thursdays Ping-Pong, Thursday and Sunday Tai Chi, Friday

GCC also offers many drop-in fitness activities: We have many drop-in fit-

ness options, including yoga, Zumba, soccer, basketball, volleyball and open gym. Check our activities calendar for the most up-to-date information.

To register for a class If registration is required, the contact person or organization listed online will handle fees and registration.

To report changes or errors Email: kathleen@goodmancenter.org

Public access to the online activities calendar If you are at the Center and need detailed information about a specific class, please ask our front desk staff. They will happily look something up for you on our online activities calendar.

Hours and closings Goodman Community Center The Center will remain open throughout March and


Building Hours and Lussier Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Fitness Center Hours Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fritz Food Pantry Hours

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Brunch-style meal Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Dinner-style meal Thursdays, 12:30-3 p.m., Brunch-style meal

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Understanding the ‘gig economy’ of Uber By Charles Wetzel, Eastside News

The difference between Uber and traditional taxis is that there is no need for a driver to buy an overpriced taxi medallion (license), which can go for $150,000 in Milwaukee or as much as $1 MILLION in New York City. All you need to drive for Uber is a car made after 2000 (or 2005, in some states) the cellphone app, and to pass a short background check. Uber handles the rest. I sat down with Tony, a local Madison Uber driver, and we talked about his experience with the service. Tony is a busy landscape architecture student at the University of Wisconsin and also drives for Green Cab. “One of the things I like about Uber is if I get home from school or work and I have an hour or two to blow, I can just turn it on and drive, and make 10 or 20 bucks,” Tony said. Tony also mentioned that the Uber app was set up in a way that made it fun (even a little addicting) to use. At one point, he pulled over and showed me a cute little line graph charting how much


The first of two major road construction projects that will affect traffic on the east side is slated to begin in April. Cottage Grove Road will be reconstructed from its intersection with Monona Drive to Claire Street, which runs past the East YMCA. The project involves replacing the roadway and public utilities, and will add bike lanes, turn lanes and pedestrian islands. A parking lane will be added on the north side of Cottage Grove Road from Dempsey Road to the future Roster Oaks Drive, across from Maher Avenue. In addition, Dempsey Street from Cottage Grove Road north to Anchor Drive will also undergo construction. Pavement, curbs, gutters and driveway aprons will be replaced along the old Royster Clark site, and curbs and gutters will be installed south of Cottage Grove — where none exist currently. A bike path also will be built along the west side of the sidewalk from Cottage Grove Road to the Capital City Path. North of the railroad tracks, Dempsey will be resurfaced.

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Jim Stickels passed away Jan. 3 at Agrace Hospice Care. Jim made a significant contribution to the Madison community, including four years as the director of the Atwood Community Center in the late ’80s. Jim taught English and math at Madison Area Technical College and served the community at Wisconsin Literacy, Eastside YMCA and Northeast Coalition of Older Adults. He volunteered for many organizations, including Blooming Grove Historical Society, East Madison Kiwanis Club, AARP and Waunona Neighborhood Center. Jim also served

Dempsey Road will be closed and one traffic lane in each direction will be maintained on Cottage Grove Road. The work is scheduled to be completed in August. This project is in addition to the ongoing reconstruction of the U.S. Highway 51 (Stoughton Road) interchange with Cottage Grove Road. Expect the southbound exit and entrance ramps to be closed into the fall. In May, construction begins on Jenifer Street from Spaight to Few streets; South Paterson Street from Williamson Street to Spaight; South Brearly Street from Williamson to Jenifer; and Few from Williamson to Spaight. The streets will be rebuilt with the mains and sewers replaced (many of which are 100 years old). Pedestrian bump outs will be created at intersections along Jenifer Street. The streets will be closed during the work and no parking will be allowed. Madison Metro buses will be re-routed during the project — which is expected to be completed at the end of October. l

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Former director of Atwood Community Center, James R. Stickels, dies on the board for the African Association of Madison. Becky Steinhoff, executive director of the Goodman Community Center, recalls Jim’s positive attitude: “Jim was one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I never met anyone who didn’t like him.” Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Lydia; daughter, Nina Koroma; son, Jonathan R. Stickels; brothers, Kevin (Linda) Stickels and David Stickels; sister, Tina (Alan) Freund; and many nieces and nephews. l

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Make a difference in the neighborhood Please join us at our Schenk-AtwoodStarkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting in April at the Goodman Community Center. You’ll learn about what’s going on in the SASY community and find out about the many ways to become involved in your east side neighborhood. Interested neighbors can run for SASY council positions or join one of our many committees. The SASY Council has voted to provide financial support to following projects: the Lowell School Centennial Campaign; the Safe Crossings Project, which will create art boxes to hold crossing flags; and the Intentionally Welcoming Arts Event/Art Installation, which will use the funds to videorecord the event for posterity. Join conversations with other SASY neighbors on Facebook or through the

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he had driven in the last week. It went up endlessly. Uber is fun for the passenger as well. Just try riding in one, and you’ll Uber driver Tony. feel like a space wizard every time you hail a cab from your phone. It’s that fast! This is a great example of the “gig economy.” Instead of having one soulcrushing, life-draining, mind-numbing 9-to-5 job, you have three or four little jobs that you pick up whenever you need an extra $40 or $50 in your pocket. Gig workers trade the security, benefits and obligations of traditional employment for the ease of entry, flexibility and convenience enabled by technology. If you want to catch a ride with Tony, use the coupon code azmh7gd7ue and get your first ride free.

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Veterinary clinic serves pet adoption agencies By Jean Rawson, Eastside News

Locally and throughout Wisconsin, animal shelters, pet rescue organizations and humane societies are aiming toward a worthy goal: a loving, forever home for every healthy or treatable dog and cat that comes into their care. A key resource in this effort — serving both the Madison area and the state — is Spay Me! Clinic, a high quality, high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic on Madison’s east side. The clinic opened in 2008, but the story starts before then. In 2005, Allison Davies, a certified vet technician, founded Shelter from the Storm, an all-breed dog and cat rescue. Its mission was, and still is, to reduce euthanasia rates at animal shelters by helping to place adoptable cats and dogs in forever homes. The shelter’s first major assignment proved its name: Shelter from the Storm helped the Dane County Humane Society rescue more than 100 displaced pets from Hurricane Katrina and find loving Wisconsin homes for them. “I started it not really knowing what I was getting into,” Davies said. She said that as time went on, she could see that many people were forced by circumstances to surrender their pets to a shelter. “I became more and more aware of people who struggle with pet care. People really do need help,” Davies said.

Based on that awareness, Davies founded Spay Me! Clinic. Its primary purpose is to be a resource for the community of more than 120 shelter and rescue organizations and humane societies throughout Wisconsin. Secondarily, the clinic serves pet owners whose financial situation makes it difficult for them to care for their animals. The building on Robertson Road houses a state-of-the-art veterinary facility. One operating room is set up for high-volume spaying and neutering. Another is reserved for special procedures, such as major surgeries and dental work. Davies explained that staff veterinarians normally do 50 to 60 spays and neuters per day, five days a week, leading to an amazing total of 12,000 procedures in 2015. One day a week the clinic has hours for pet health and dental visits. Because the fees that Spay Me! charges are significantly lower than those of most private veterinarians, the clinic relies heavily on donations and adoption fees to support its services. Fundraising events also are vitally important, including the annual “Spayghetti and No Balls” dinner. For more information on Spay Me! clinic hours, services and fees, visit spayme.com. For pet adoptions through Shelter from the Storm (at local PetSmart locations), visit sftsrescue.org. l

Macha Tea Company, now open at 823 E. Johnson St., is the newest incarnation of a venture started in 2007 between Anthony Verbrick and Rachel Verbrick. After closing the original Macha Teahouse and Art Gallery on Monroe Street at the end of 2014, the pair took their business online selling teas and supplies at machateacompany.com. In 2015 they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $23,000 to develop the new home of Macha Tea Company. Macha Tea Company co-owner Anthony Verbrick. This new location, a small bright oasis for and pu-ehr teas along with small batch the tea curious and enthusiasts alike on house blends. They can be purchased by Madison’s east side, opened in Decemthe ounce to take home, as well as by the ber offering tea by the pot, to go, and a highly recommended selection of baked pot. If you’re drinking in, tea is served hot and perfectly brewed in a cast iron goods. Visit on the right day and you teapot to enjoy alone or share. Chai and also might have the chance to enjoy macha, a powdered Japanese green tea, handmade bao (Chinese steamed buns), are served by the mug. a spicy bowl of Tom Kha soup or one If you’re new to tea or looking to conof their other pop-up lunch specials. As tinue your tea education, keep an eye out these items are available intermittently, check social media if you want the latest for news of upcoming tea tastings. At these small events, attendees have the news on daily specials. opportunity to taste a variety of related Those familiar with the original Mateas while learning about their origins cha Teahouse will notice some differand preparation. ences, mainly size. However, this new In addition to their teas and food space, while smaller, offers improvements in kitchen space and introduces a items, Macha Tea Company offers a brand new tea tasting bar. Slide up to the small, but well curated, selection of tea ware, perfect for home use or gifts. bar any afternoon and sample new teas Browse the selection of brewing tools, being brewed up by co-owner Anthony decorative tea tins, and drinkware to elVerbrick. There are a couple of cozy evate your home tea experience. window seats; some small tables round Macha is open Tuesday-Friday noonout the seating options. 6 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m. and SunThe dynamic tea selection includes single-origin black, green, white, oolong day noon-4 p.m. l

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Have you ever found yourself in a store drifting past row after row of attractive wine selections, unable to settle on the right one for a party, an event or even for your own dinner? If so, Table Wine, 2045 Atwood Ave., a new store in Kennedy Place, is ready to help you navigate through the pretty labels and price points to find the best option. Molly Moran, Table Wine’s Table Wine owner Molly Moran. owner and an Atwood neighMoran said. borhood resident, said the main Hosting festive events is rapidly beethos of the store is trying to match coming a signature aspect of Moran’s people with great wines that don’t cost business. Following a successful grand a lot and may be less well-known to us. opening in January, Table Wine held its She stocks more than 150 wines priced under $20, along with a handful of more first tasting, which generated a “spectacular turnout — about 60 people came,” expensive ones, too, when you’re in according to Moran. the mood to splurge. Her goal is to find For the upcoming “spring forward” those hidden gems from a region, grape weekend, March 11, Table Wine plans or maker; wines that people will enjoy, to feature wines that have herbal, floral but perhaps have not yet experienced. notes to get us in the mood for spring. Moran worked in restaurants and the Moran anticipates having at least one wine or beer industry for several years, tasting per month in addition to other here and in Washington, D.C. While events. she learned both how to taste and how “We’ve started to work with people to manage a business on the job, she on private events, setting aside space noted there is a personal component to enjoying wine as well. For example, she while the store stays open. I’m all for usstocks some Beaujolais, as a reminder of ing it the way people want to. We have the time she spent in France on her hon- this big, beautiful space. I’m starting to eymoon. And when a customer recount- see people wanting to bring in catered food and hang out, or have a birthday ed to her a fond memory from her travels abroad, Moran brought in a wine for party,” Moran said. Moran launched her shop with the aid her from a town she had visited. If you of a Kickstarter campaign and funding talk to her, perhaps she can recommend a wine to help you rekindle that memory through the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, of which she of that sunset over the Mediterranean. Besides affordability, a cornerstone of speaks highly. And as for launching her the business is to help customers expand own venture, she says the support of the other small-business owners has been their comfort zones, sampling different “just outstanding, it is absolutely amazlabels, regions and grapes. Moran has ing. It does feel like I instantly became started offering something like a wine part of a community which is really, reCSA, where she’ll help you assess what ally wonderful, particularly because this you like and put together a “share.” is hard, and I’m here by myself making “There’s a sort of art and science to it,” Moran said. “We start by figuring out these big decisions.” When I spoke to Moran in the gloom what it is that you know you do like, don’t of February, I asked her whether she like, and walk it back from there. It’s a preferred red or white wine. She told nice bonus that we have wines by the me she’s a “super seasonal drinker.” glass, so we can taste a couple of these. “What I’m drinking is usually dictated Let’s see what you are interested in.” Customers so far represent a range of by the weather. Now it’s red, stouts. But I also have to taste for what’s coming people from the neighborhood. “There up, to make sure to be ready for when are the 23- to 25-year-olds who want to learn and explore, and retired folks who the warm weather comes. So in the last come in and say, ‘hey, this is my place to week I’ve been tasting some beautiful, delicate whites.” l have a glass of wine,’ which is supercool, and everyone else in between,” Serving Madison for Over 30 Years

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Superheroes and villains. Creatures from outer space. Witches and zombies. Does this sound like a cast of characters at last year’s Halloween party? Maybe, but these fictional characters also are among the many inhabitants of the newest addition to the retail comic book scene in Madison — Graham Crackers Comics. Graphic novels, action figures and other toys, collectible card games and thousands of comic book titles grace the shelves and bins of the spacious store. Located in the Madison East Shopping Center, 2831 E. Washington Ave., Graham Crackers Comics opened in June 2015 with a variety of merchandise for all ages. The company was founded in 1982 by Jamie Graham and John Robinson. There are additional locations in Illinois. According to Madison store manager Shawn Spurlock, Graham Crackers Comics is one of the biggest comic book buyers in the U.S. Titles include those issued by familiar companies such as Marvel and DC, and hundreds of additional independent publishers. The store offers a huge selection of popular and rare comic books covering genres such as science fiction, romance, fantasy, crime, horror and humor. In addition, there are more than 10,000 different items for purchase online. Graham Crackers Comics makes comic books accessible to a broad audience. Each week, “Free Comic Wednesday” allows anyone who visits the store to receive at least one free comic book — no purchase is necessary.


Shawn Spurlock, manager of Graham Crackers Comics Wisconsin. Hard-working local students in grades K-12 (including home-schooled students) can receive store credit for comic book back issues when they can show A and B grades on their current quarterly report cards. The store also participates in the annual national event, Free Comic Book Day — celebrated during the first weekend in May. On this date, certain titles are available at no cost. It’s hard to resist the visual appeal and imaginative stories offered by comic books and graphic novels, and store manager Spurlock happily shares his expertise and enthusiasm for the thousands of products at Graham Crackers Comics. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit grahamcrackers.com or call 608-422-4110. l

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Eastside HISTORY

New stories of the old east side in March By Sarah White, East Side History Club

Join us Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. as we reveal some history “finds” discovered in the process of collecting material for the second edition of our local history book, “An East Side Album.” Attendees are welcome to share mementos and stories about the area surrounded by the Yahara River, Lake Monona, State Highway 30 and Packers Avenue. Did you know that Madison’s original Girl Scout cookies were baked by the Strand Bakery located at 2007 Atwood Ave.? Our topic Saturday, April 16, will be Scouts and Scouting. Past and present members and leaders of Trinity Lutheran Church’s Boy Scout troop will start a discussion of Boy and Girl Scout troops on the east side. Bring your memories, uniforms, badges and other scouting memorabilia. The very first cookie sales by an individual Scout unit took place in OklaPHOTO COURTESY OF CATHERINE TRIPALIN MURRAY

Girl Scouts Elaine Tripalin (center), and twins Janet (left) and Janice Irvin (right), with cookies to deliver in front of Lowell School around 1945. The cookies most likely were baked at the Strand Bakery.

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Scouts and Scouting April 16 from 1-3 p.m. Goodman Community Center 149 Waubesa St. A $2 donation is requested homa in December 1917. All cookies were homemade by volunteers until 1936, when the National Council of the Girl Scouts organization began licensing commercial bakers to produce them. In the 1990s, the council limited the bakeries providing cookies to just two: ABC Bakers (a division of Interbake Foods) and Little Brownie Bakers (a division of the Keebler Company). Attendees at the April meeting will leave with a copy of the Strand Bakery Girl Scout cookie recipe. The East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center, meets for three months each spring and fall to collect and share memories of Madison’s east side. If you would like to receive meeting notices by email or postal mail, contact Anitra Hovelson at anitra@goodmancenter.org or 608-2048016. The East Side History Club blog at eastsidehistory.wordpress.com shares local history “finds” as they come to light. To submit your memories and pictures to publish on the blog, send an email to sarah.white@firstpersonprod.com. l


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In the summer of 2015, the Goodman Community Center board and staff began a study to address the need for additional space. The conclusion was that GCC needed an additional 12,000-14,000 square feet to meet our current needs. Hundreds of community requests for space go unfulfilled each month, and growing and changing program design is resulting in the need for additional room. Before we were able to complete the next phase of our space planning work, a special facility expansion opportunity presented itself. We heard that the former Brass Works building (214 Waubesa St.) was about to be sold. The building created the opportunity for GCC to increase its space by about 30 percent, almost exactly what we needed. GCC purchased the Brass Works building in December through the efforts and cooperation of the former owner, our staff, Board and a group of generous donors. Located diagonally across the street, this purchase holds potential for us to enhance services and rental options while maintaining a contiguous campus along the Capital City Path. Constructed in stages between 1918 and 1959, the Brass Works building is in need of a complete renovation, not unlike the transformation that we began 10 years ago here at Iron Works. Like Iron Works and Kipp, the building shares its history in the industrial development of Madison’s east side. Initial consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office has resulted in very positive preliminary feedback regarding an adaptive use for GCC. Formal historic documentation and research into the building is ongoing, with the intention of submitting a nomination application for listing on the National Register of Historic Places later this summer. Madison Brass Works functioned as a small specialty foundry continuously from 1918 until about 2000. Over the years the building was expanded at least seven times, pushing the limits of the small triangular site boundaries. Today, the building needs a complete overhaul — from the windows and roof to the interior and the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. While there is lots of work ahead, we see a potential for beautiful community spaces in the open, daylit rooms with their arched roof girders and brick-bearing walls. The main section of the Brass Works building could offer a

community gathering space that is almost twice the size of the current Evjue Community Room. The previous owner and the city of Madison had hired SCS Engineers to conduct a full environmental assessment in January 2015. As part of the contingencies for purchase, GCC hired an environmental engineer to review the scope and findings of the SCS report. The report showed relatively low levels of contamination, and for an old industrial site, it is relatively clean. Any soils disturbed will be treated as hazardous waste and taken to a local landfill. There will be some required lead remediation, which was expected. GCC will hire an environmental engineer to supervise and monitor any remediation work and will coordinate with the city of Madison Public Health Department and the Department of Natural Resources, as we did with the current Iron Works property. Because of our highly public use, we take the environmental issues extremely seriously and want the end result not only to be a beautiful community asset, but also a completely safe one. In addition to the National Register nomination, our staff and Board have been meeting to assess various program options for the building, as well as the resulting opportunities for the Iron Works building that present themselves as programs move across the street. Neighbors also started making suggestions once they learned of our ownership. Options that have been considered include moving the offices, fitness center, teen center and community rooms to the Brass Works building and expanding program space for childcare and the community at the Iron Works building. One of the goals is to create more multi-use flexible spaces that can be used by the community and by programs in both buildings. Because of the lack of outside space and adjacency issues, we are not considering moving daycare programming to Brass Works. We will be holding a community meeting Sunday, March 13, from 3-4:30 p.m. at GCC to get more community input. Our goal is to formalize a building design, obtain construction cost estimates and organize a capital fundraising strategy. We value your input and would love to hear from you. To share ideas, please email Becky Steinhoff at becky@goodmancenter.org. l

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Eastside EQUITY

Race to Equity releases list of racial equity initiatives for 2016 Race to Equity has released its preliminary compilation of more than 125 racial equity initiatives that have been implemented throughout Dane County since the release of the Race to Equity Baseline Report. The list is comprised of initiatives developed by the Madison and Dane County governments, nonprofit organizations, schools, the University of Wisconsin, the private sector, the arts community, faith-based organizations, foundations and the media. Race to Equity compiled this inventory in order to acknowledge, affirm and applaud our community’s expanding efforts to improve conditions in Dane County for children and families of color. The hope is that it will serve as a useful resource to: track progress as a community; identify areas that need further attention; and, most importantly, hold the community accountable for making sustained progress toward real racial equity in the county. Representative examples of initiatives included on the list are:  T he adoption of ordinances by both the Madison Common Council and the Dane County Board of Supervisors to require Equity Impact Assessments of proposed policy, legislative and budget decisions.  T he launch of an African-Americanled coalition, Justified Anger, to advocate for strong actions to address racial disparities.  T he revival and launch of a new countywide NAACP chapter explicitly formed to address the racial disparities described in the Race to Equity Baseline Report.  Centro Hispano’s announcement of a new strategic plan to address disparities facing Dane County’s Latin community.  T he Young, Gifted and Black Coalition’s work with county supervisors and a number of community organizations to find an alternative to the building of a new jail.

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adoption of a new Behavior Education Plan by the Madison Metropolitan School District with the aim of reducing racial disparities in suspension and expulsion rates.  T he creation of diversity coordinator positions among many local businesses. For example, CUNA Mutual Group created a new position to develop initiatives that promote a diverse workforce, foster a culture where all employees can contribute, and hold leaders and employees accountable for promoting diversity and inclusion. “To me, this list is a powerful demonstration of what can materialize when all facets of the community strive toward a shared goal. It is a reminder to be hopeful even when the challenges may seem to be overwhelming,” said Erica Nelson, Race to Equity project director. “It is also evidence, given the capacity it reflects, that we have no excuses not to make real and meaningful progress toward greater social justice in Dane County.” In its current form, the list emphasizes efforts aimed at reducing disparities faced by African-American families in Dane County, as this population was the focus of the report. However, the project is asking for the community to help improve the list. Additional racial equity initiatives can be submitted by visiting the Race to Equity website at racetoequity.net and submitting any initiatives or policy reforms that aren’t included in this list. With the help of the community, a fuller and more accurate measure of the community’s growing commitment to make Dane County a more equitable place to live, work and grow can be obtained. Race to Equity is a project of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families to reduce racial disparities in Dane County.

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Black history for a new day — allies for a stronger Madison It often seems as though black and white Americans live in separate worlds of experience and understanding. Unless we can bridge those gaps, it will be hard for us to work together to build a better Madison, a better country and a better world. One starting point for that work is for non-black people of courage and conviction to come together to think and learn about the history that has shaped our world and world views. The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development offered a series of courses in February and March that provided a fuller understanding of African-American history. The courses filled quickly, so Nehemiah hopes to hold more classes in the future. Our purpose is to understand how the African-American experience has shaped the world we all live in, and how allies can find roles supporting racial justice today. We will lead this process without the use of guilt, finger-pointing or propaganda. We will lead from a place of compassion, community and understanding. Rooting ourselves in our history, and understanding how we got here, will help us move forward together to make a better world and a stronger Madison.

This course is a complement to the other great programs that address racism in our community. This is a great way to become involved as an ally in Justified Anger. This course is also a meaningful entry point for whatever cross-cultural work you want to do to make Madison a better place. This is more than “volunteer training.” Rev. Alex Gee puts it this way: “We need white allies to move beyond merely helping our black kids — we need allies who will help teach their own kids as well so that one day they will be able to work together with our kids in righting the wrongs of history.” We want your help in our programs: tutoring, advocating at school hearings, supporting formerly incarcerated individuals, volunteering in afterschool activities, preparing meals, coaching athletics, teaching art and design, etc. However, we also really need your advocacy in the broader community — your ability and willingness to speak out when you see disparities, and to challenge the everyday acts and systems that perpetuate inequality in your workplaces and daily lives. For more information about the Nehemiah Center and Justified Anger, visit nehemiah.org. l

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All are welcome here The Goodman Community Center is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for our whole community. We call the values we teach and aspire to every day “Goodmanship” — trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and community. We long for the day when we don’t need to make these kinds of statements.

Until then, we will continue our work toward becoming a vibrant community where we all value our differences and celebrate our common humanity. If you feel unwelcome here, please contact our director so we can do better in the future.


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Westport Squares offers free dance lessons Westport Squares is offering two free dance lessons from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays, March 13 and March 20. The lessons will be held at the Maple Bluff Community Center, 18 Oxford Place. Couples, singles and families are welcome; however children must have a genuine interest in learning to square

dance. Instruction fee for subsequent dance lessons is $6 per person; $3 for anyone under 18. For more information, visit westportsquares.com or call Eldon and Virginia at 608-244-3694. l

Starlings looking for middle school players The Starlings Volleyball Club invites grades 6-8 to join the club. The Starlings meet at the Goodman Community Center gymnasium Mondays from 6-8 p.m. and the Warner Park Community Center Sundays from 2:30-5:30 p.m. No prior volleyball experience is

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March 9

Free yoga at Body & Brain Energy Yoga Center Madison’s Body & Brain Energy Yoga Center, 2045 Atwood Ave., will celebrate one year of serving the community on March 9. It offers 12 classes weekly in Korean-style yoga and Tai Chi. All classes will be free to the public March 9 and a new membership discount of 30 percent will be available that day only.

Center hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Also, during the month of March, anyone can drop in to try one free class. With our padded floor, no need to bring a mat, just yourself in comfy clothes. For more information call 608-665-3081 or visit bodynbrain.com/Madison-wi/. l

April 3

Harmony Bar hosting Sid Boyum fundraiser The Friends of Sid Boyum are holding a fundraiser for their capital campaign Sunday, April 3, at the Harmony Bar & Grill from 3-6 p.m. The capital campaign’s goal is to raise $20,000 to acquire Sid’s old house and

artworks. Enjoy live music, raffle, slideshow and more. Tickets are $10 and are available at friendsofsidboyum.org or at the door. l

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Registration opens March 7 for Make Music Madison, the fourth annual citywide outdoor musical celebration held on the summer solstice, June 21. Musicians of all ages, skill levels and musical styles are invited to perform. Last year 320 acts — nearly 1,000 musicians — played at 110 stages across town. Feel free to host your own concert at your favorite outdoor space. Past neighborhood stages include the Goodman Community Center, Wirth Court Park, Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, bad dog frida, the Chocolate Shoppe, Olbrich Park, Chris’s Front Porch and Cosmic Delights. Registration runs from March 7 to


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April 2

Think spring with Olbrich Garden’s pansy sale Brighten up your home or landscape with vibrant pansies from the annual pansy sale at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. The sale starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, and continues while supplies last. Take home potted pansies in brilliant hues of yellow, orange, blue and purple, all grown in Olbrich’s own greenhouses. Pansies are cool-weather plants and thrive when planted in the ground. They also look great in a container, and can add some springtime flair to your home. Olbrich’s pansies have been planted in fiber pots instead of hard plastic

pots. The fiber pots are “compostable, not plantable,” meaning that the pansies must be taken out of the pot and planted in the ground or a container. The fiber pot can then be added to your compost bin or mulch pile and will break down naturally. All varieties of colorful pansies are $6 plus tax, with three plants per pot. All proceeds from the sale benefit Olbrich Gardens. For more information, please call 608246-4550. l

April 7

Grow your network at Monona’s EXPOtential 2016 The Monona East Side Business Alliance is hosting its second annual business trade show, EXPOtential, on Thursday, April 7. It will run from 4-7 p.m. at Harley Davidson of Madison, 6200 Mill Pond Road in Madison. The event is presented by Monona State Bank and will feature 30 booths from businesses in the health and wellness, financial services, retail, restaurants, construction and professional services sectors. The event is free to attend and has ample free parking.

Attendees can grow their network and experience what members of the Monona East Side Business Alliance have to offer while enjoying complimentary appetizers, beverages, games, prizes and a themed photo booth. All of these offerings and the unique venue are certain to keep things fun, engaging and make this a one-of-a-kind event. For more information, visit mononaeastside.com, call 608-222-8565 or email kschilling@mononaeastside.com. l

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Eastside ACTIVITIES March 19

Time again for Idun Lodge’s Spring Frokost Sons of Norway’s Idun Lodge will once again hold its annual Spring Frokost and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. to noon at the Norway Center, 2262 Winnebago St. The center is now handicapped accessible. Included on the expansive smorgasbord-style buffet will be smoked salmon, ham, sausages, herring, boiled eggs, a variety of cheeses, breads and other home-baked goodies (lefse, fried cakes, heart-shaped waffles, almond cake). Cost for adults is $13 and $6.50 for ages 6-12. A separate bake sale will offer traditional Norwegian coffee cakes, breads and rolls, cookies and lefse. Come early for the best selection.

The Sons of Norway also will have two speaker events. On March 2, Ken Koscik, who teaches classes on building wooden boats, canoes and kayaks, will tell about some interesting projects he has worked on, and April 6, Dennis Egre, a wood carver, will share the history of the kubbestol (an ancient type of chair carved from a single log), as well as other styles of Norwegian wood carving. An optional potluck supper begins at 6:30 p.m., followed at around 7:15 p.m. by the informational program. For more information, visit sonsofnorwaymadison.com or search Facebook for Idun Lodge. l

March 14 through April 18

Adult watercolor workshop offered at GCC Artist and instructor Nancy Macgregor is offering a six-week watercolor workshop at the Goodman Community Center starting Monday, March 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This class will focus on watercolor portaits. Learn how to create skin tones, hair textures and believable expressions

Beginners and advanced watercolorists are welcome. The cost for the six-week session is $125. For more information or to sign up, please email n.macgregor@tds.net or call 608824-0038. l

April 13 through June 8

Inner Calm in an Election Storm course offered This new course applies ancient Buddhist wisdom to modern political times. The sessions are at the Goodman Community Center, Wednesdays, April 13 through June 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. Many people experience distress, despair or an impending sense of doom when facing an upcoming election. This

course can help resolve those feelings. The series is facilitated by Venerable Lhundup Chodon of Eastside Friends of the Dharma. It is free and open to the public. Donations for room fee gladly accepted.

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March 5-20

A preview of spring at Olbrich’s flower show PHOTO: CHRISTINE BLAU Walk among fresh flowers on display and breathe in the sweet aromas of Olbrich Garden’s Spring Flower Show, March 5-20. It runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $3 for ages 13 and up, $2 for ages 3 to 12, free to ages 2 and under. The show also is free to Olbrich members. The flowers featured in the show range from spring flowers, bulbs and flowering Children love to experience the flowers at Olbrich branches. Many of the spring Garden’s spring flower show. annuals were grown from clude colorful tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, seed in Olbrich’s greenhouses. cyclamen, cineraria, azalea and more. Select plants and bulbs from the All proceeds benefit Olbrich Botanical Spring Flower Show will go on sale Gardens. Monday, March 21, from noon-3 p.m., For more information, visit olbrich.org or or while supplies last. Varieties may incall 608-246-4550. l

March 4

Dance the night away at Monona Terrace Monona Terrace is excited to present Funky Dance Madison, a concert that promotes an eclectic mix of dance music, Friday, March 4, in the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall. The concert will feature ABBA Salute at 6:30 p.m. and VO5 at 8:30 p.m. ABBA Salute has been branded the most accurate ABBA tribute band in the country, while VO5 has been awarded “best cover band” by the Madison Area Music Awards.

Now in its second year, ticket proceeds from this event support the popular summer Dane Dances. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com, $12 in advance and $15 at the door; kids 2-12, $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Parking is available for $5 in the state parking ramp attached to Monona Terrace. For more information, call 608-261-4000 or visit mononaterrace.com. l

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Ageism discussion group continues to meet Join in on small-group conversations about fighting ageism as we move beyond adulthood. This new group will be facilitated by Sarah White, founder of the East Side History Club. No specific meeting time/places are scheduled for March and beyond, but the

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Toriana Pettaway’s position is to address equity By Paul Soglin, city of Madison Mayor

In 2015, we welcomed a new racial equity coordinator to city government. Toriana Pettaway is an enthusiastic professional working in conjunction with Paul Soglin all city departments and staff. As the equity coordinator, her position affects all community residents and not just city government. The city of Madison Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiatives have three priority areas: equity in city policies and budget; equity in city operations; and equity in the community. Equity in the community ensures that we are staying committed to engagement. We are addressing equity in education, transportation, parks, open space,

infrastructure, economic vitality and full community inclusion in the city’s decision-making and planning processes. We are focused on geographic and financial access to healthy food, home ownership and access to rental housing, access to living wage jobs, unemployment, career advancement and barriers to employment. Other equity issues involve graduation rates, the criminal justice system including arrest rates, fair transit service and jobs/economic justice. We are also prioritizing the issue of how city government delivers services, allocates resources and develops citywide initiatives and projects. Clearly, Pettaway has her work cut out for her as she works to develop partnerships. l

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By David Ahrens, District 15 Alder

City of Madison staff are pushing for the construction of a new 650-space parking garage at South Livingston and East Main streets. The cost of the project David Ahrens is estimated at $14 million and will be financed with tax incremental financing loans. The structure will be owned by the city’s parking utility. The garage is slated to be used largely by tenants of one developer, Gephardt Development, who has built many of the new apartment buildings and an office complex on East Washington Avenue. The problem here is that most city garages and users pay similar rates, while the rates under discussion for this project are well below what the parking utility charges other users. Some of the proposed rates are so low that it is possible that the parking utility

will lose money on the deal. If the overall projected revenue is below “breakeven,” then the difference would have to be made up by other customers. Alternatively, the revenues may be so low that the parking utility will not be able to pay the full amount owed to the city under the Payment In Lieu of Tax program which provides millions of dollars to the city that do not have to be paid by other taxpayers. There are many other questions about this project that should be answered before we commit to building it. MGE currently owns the land. Will it continue to own it? How was the number of spaces determined? In five to 10 years there may be much less demand for parking due to technology or changes in housing patterns. Is there an alternative use for the garage? I will work to slow this project down so that we don’t find ourselves with a huge parking structure that cannot pay its own way. l

Here’s the 2016 timeline for Garver project By Marsha Rummel, District 6 Alder

Last December, Baum Development submitted a 2016 time line for the redevelopment of the Garver Feed Mill. Baum proposes to operate the Marsha Rummel former feed mill as a mixed-use food production facility with complementary office, retail and event spaces. The surrounding area would be developed as a hospitality operation, showcasing up to 50 micro lodges. In April, Baum will make an informational presentation at the Urban Design Commission and submit plans in May. The site and building plans will be reviewed by UDC and the Plan Commission. The Common Council will have final approval of Phase II of the Specific Implementation Plan at its June meeting. By June, Baum will have Letters of Intent from tenants, representing at least 50 percent of the space in Garver, delivered to the city. According to Baum, ten-

ants have been secured for 78 percent of the usable production space. It was also reported that there is a signed letter of intent with a caterer and an operator for the micro lodges and event space. Before August, Baum will provide evidence of a signed construction contract. Baum expects to receive both state and federal Historic Tax Credits, and will know sometime this summer. They are seeking a $4 million allocation from either 2015 or 2016 rounds. They propose to have receipt of New Market Tax Credits by the end of August. Sixty days after receipt of NMTC allocation, Baum will provide evidence of financing for the remainder of the project. This will include private financing, Historic Tax Credits, NMTC, developer equity, grant funds and any other sources. Under this timeline, construction could begin as early as late 2016. I will provide further updates and reminders about public meetings that everyone is welcome to attend. l

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Bipartisan legislation is advancing at the Capitol By Chris Taylor, State Representative, 78th Assembly District

3 bills introduced addressing domestic violence By Fred Risser, State Senator, 26th District

This session I am working on a number of initiatives to help survivors of domestic abuse, stalking and human-trafficking. I have introduced SB351 to implement Fred Risser the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act in Wisconsin. I am a commissioner with both the national and Wisconsin Uniform Law commissions. This act establishes a system for the enforcement of domestic violence laws across state lines. It has already passed the Wisconsin Senate and is currently awaiting a final vote in the state Assembly. Domestic violence victims need — and deserve — protection from their abusers regardless of where a protection order was issued. I also co-authored SB488 to create the Department of Justice Address Confidentiality Program. This program will protect the confidentiality of addresses of victims.

Participants would have the opportunity to safely send and receive mail, including utility bills, school correspondence and communication with family and friends, without divulging their location. Smartphones can be a vital tool for victims of domestic violence who are seeking to free themselves from an abusive situation. However, often the abuser is the wireless plan’s account holder and is unlikely to consent to relinquishing that control to the victim. Another bill, SB626, would allow a court to order a wireless telephone service provider to transfer, from the abuser to the victim, all rights to and responsibility for, the use of the telephone number and smartphone used by the victim, including any minor children. With access to their smartphones, victims can be provided with maps to abuse shelters and law enforcement. In addition, they can maintain contact with banks, friends and family members. This legislation is vital in helping victims and their children escape the abusive situation, get the help they need and begin rebuilding their lives. l

Access to low-cost driver education expanded By Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive

We have all probably seen that inevitable question on almost every job application: “Do you possess a valid driver’s license?” Too often the absence of that Joe Parisi check mark is a barrier to employment. In 2004, Wisconsin stopped paying for driver’s education. Now we are seeing more families in our community unable to pay for their children’s driver’s license. We can’t fully address the disproportionately high unemployment rates in our communities of color without a genuine conversation about expanding opportunities for driver education. Last year I launched a successful initiative, “Access to Opportunity,” to reduce barriers for youth who cannot

afford driver education to get a driver’s license. I’m pleased to report that 48 students from Madison high schools received their driving learner’s permits through this initiative. All of the participants were part of the school district’s free and reduced lunch program, and 98 percent were students of color. After seeing the results for these kids and their families, I spent this fall reaching out to public, private and nonprofit sectors to let them know about this challenge and how this makes a positive difference in kids’ lives. We are now expanding the program to all five Madison high schools, Operation Fresh Start and throughout Dane County. Because of this work, 200 more kids in Dane County will have the ability to get to school, work and have more doors open to them in their future. l

While I may represent one of the most Democratic districts in the Wisconsin Assembly, I am incredibly proud of the bipartisan legislation I have been able to Chris Taylor advance this session. One of the most important bipartisan bills I worked on this session with Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) is infant safety seat legislation. This will save children’s lives by bringing our outdated state law in line with the medical community and safety experts who recommend children be rear-facing in their car seats until age 2. This legislation passed committees in both the Senate and Assembly, and we are hopeful it will be scheduled for a vote before the full Legislature. I am also working on another bipartisan piece of legislation with Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) that requires manufacturers to place safety caps on liquid nicotine cartridges. Unlike traditional cigarettes, elec-

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The big winners locally in the April 5 election will be “the unopposed.” All three Madison school board seats and six Dane County Circuit Court branches have only single candidates. Dane County Supervisor John Hendricks (District 6) and state Court of Appeals judge Brian Blanchard (District 4) are also unopposed. East side voters will have to make a decision in the state Supreme Court race between incumbent Rebecca Bradley and JoAnne Kloppenburg. The election also will include the presidential primary, where Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are challenging for the Democratic vote, and a whole host of Republicans are seeking their party’s vote.

tronic cigarettes are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This is problematic because liquid nicotine is sold in colorful packages and flavors that appeal to young children. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the number of cases of liquid nicotine poisoning has increased exponentially over the last four years. This legislation had a public hearing in the Assembly, and I’m optimistic about its progress. Finally, I’ve been working with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-LaCrosse) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) to pass an address confidentiality program that protects victims of domestic abuse. Often referred to as “Safe-at-Home” legislation, this bill allows victims of abuse, harassment and stalking to establish a post office box address through the Department of Justice, rather than listing their personal mailing address. Thirty-four other states have passed similar legislation, and it is time we provide this needed relief to Wisconsin residents. l


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Listen and learn at Pinney Library

Pinney Branch Library is located at 204 Cottage Grove Road, at the intersection of Monona Drive and Cottage Grove Road between Walgreens and the former ReStore. For further program details or to register, call 608-224-7100 or visit madisonpubliHawthorne Branch Library is located at 2707 E. Washington Ave. in the Madison East clibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 Shopping Center at the intersection of East Johnson Street and East Washington Ava.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. enue. For program details or to register, contact staff at 608-246-4548 or visit madisonpubliclibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult book group Kids in the Kitchen

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Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick DeWitt

Thursdays through March 31 at 10:30 a.m. A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills.

Pokemon club Wednesdays, March 2 through March 30 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to play during the first 20 minutes, and then compete against other kids. School ages in grades K-5.

Anime films Second and fourth Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Anime films shown in Japanese with English subtitles. Screenings are for adults and older teens. Refreshments served.

Storytime for the very young Thursdays through March 31 at 11:30 a.m. Stories, songs and interactive activities for babies and toddlers of all ages.

Friday Night Films First and third Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Join us for adult films including “Black Mass” and “Straight Outta Compton.” Refreshments served.

Kite making Friday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. Each family will construct one large kite. One registration per family required.

Little Yoga Mondays, April 4 through April 25 at 10:30 a.m. This is a parent and child yoga class. Bring a yoga mat or towel for you and your child. Ages 2 and up. Registration required.

Annual book sale Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Support Friends of Hawthorne Library by purchasing books at their annual book sale. l Do you support the Goodman Community Center? Thank you! Thank you!

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Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Wells Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann

Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Introduce your youngster to healthy foods through delectable dishes and themes. For children ages 5-10. Registration begins March 5.

First Friday Flicks

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Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. “Room” (R)

Wednesday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Help young children stay active with music, dance, interactive free play, parachute play and snacks.

Family matinee Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. “The Good Dinosaur” (PG)

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Wisconsin Film Festival sneak peek Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a preview of this year’s Wisconsin Film Festival. Watch trailers and learn about the ins and outs of the festival from its organizers.

Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. Learn how to construct and fly kites of different varieties. Each family will make one large kite and, weather permitting, try it out. Registration begins March 12.

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Friday, April 1 at 6 p.m. See the short films “Tales of the Spotted Cow,” “Prairie Burns” and 2015 Golden Badger winners “The Searcher” and “Little America.”

AARP tax assistance Tuesdays through April 12 from 1-4 p.m. Free assistance from AARP volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and federal personal income taxes. Call 608-224-7100 to reserve a half-hour appointment.

Voter registration Available at all Madison Public Library locations through March 16.

Tuesdays in March at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. One adult per child is recommended. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

Humanitarian knitting First and third Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Knitting for charity. Assistance available for those wishing to learn to knit or to improve skills. Yarn provided.

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Troop 34 Eagle Scout worked to restore Warner Park lagoon and wetlands By Francine Hartman, Boy Scout Troop 34

Isaac Cwik, a senior at East High School, was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in early February at a Court of Honor. Cwik is the 30th member of Boy Scout Troop 34 to earn this rank. He has been busy improving the environment at Warner Park. After Rhythm and Booms relocated to Lake Monona in 2014, the former site Isaac Cwik, Troop 34’s newest Eagle Scout, led of the fireworks display needed a project to restore native plants on the former major restoration. Cwik’s proj- “Fireworks Island” at Warner Park. ect is a big step toward restoring Warner Park’s lagoon and noeing. Upcoming outings include winwetlands. Cwik worked with members ter camping at Moon Lake, a weekend of Troop 34 and other volunteers to har- backpacking trip in April and a Madivest and store native plant seeds. They son heritage hike in May. planted them last spring. Thanks for The East Side History Club’s April their help go to the grassroots environmeeting will focus on the history of Boy mental group Wild Warner, Ed Gunder- Scout and Girl Scout troops in the Atson and Craig Klinke, wood area. Please see the East Side HisOur troop is now formally an affiliate tory Club’s page in this issue of Eastside of Scouts for Equality. We are proud to News for more information. be included in an international directory Troop 34 welcomes all boys, age 11of inclusive scouts. 17, and all families. Please join us at our The troop will participate in “ScoutTuesday meetings from 6:45-8 p.m. at ing for Food” in early March. They’ll be Trinity Lutheran Church. asking for donations to go the Goodman Visit Scoutlander.com (password: Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry. troop34), see our new Facebook page We offer events every month — or contact our new Scoutmaster, John camping in all weather, skiing and caNicholson, at troop34sm@yahoo.com. l

Madison Veterans for Peace offer scholarship By Paul McMahon, Madison Veterans for Peace

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A $1,200 scholarship will be offered by the Clarence Kailin Chapter of Madison Veterans for Peace to a Madison high school senior who writes the best original essay on the peace topic: “Why I believe war and violence is not the answer.” The scholarship is open to any senior at a Madison public high school who will graduate this spring. Applicants must enroll at Madison College for the

fall 2016 semester to be eligible. This scholarship has been offered since 2009. Previous winners have been named from all five Madison public high schools. Application materials may be found at madisonvfp.org. The deadline for submission is May 2. If you have questions, please send email to heartlandphoto@ tds.net. l

By John Burkholder, Lowell Elementary School principal

At a recent organization meeting, Madison Metropolitan School District Chief of School Operations Mike Hertting and architect Steve Kieckhafer presented building John Burkholder renovation plans for Lowell School. Initially, plans to improve accessibility at Lowell included the installation of three elevators. Following feedback from the Lowell community, however, the plans were changed to incorporate a single centrally located elevator. Other accessibility changes include a ramp providing access to the lowest level, a ramped parking lot entrance and replacement of our Maple Avenue steps. The architect has devised a plan that will save the sunburst above our main

doors. Maintaining this sunburst became a priority considering that this entrance location has lost a portico and peaked roof facade over the years. While we welcome the work being done to provide access for all, the buildings referendum funds that are making this work possible do not include funding for playground and other outdoor campus locations. The exterior campus redesign plan created by our Lowell playground committee seeks to improve accessibility to the open-air areas of our campus. This outdoor work will take targeted and successful fundraising efforts, but our committee has great energy and aspirations for making the campus redesign a reality. The accessibility work is planned to begin in June. With a little luck, all should be completed by the time school begins again in the fall. l

McPike scholarship fund reaches first goal By Craig Karlen, Milton McPike Memorial Scholarship Fund

On behalf of our committee of Madison East High School alumni, I want to thank all who have generously donated and supported our efforts to get the Milton McPike Memorial Scholarship Fund off the ground in 2015. We are thrilled to announce that the fund has been permanently endowed through the foundation for Madison’s public schools and finished 2015 with a fair market value well over $60,000. We will offer our first renewable

scholarship this spring worth $4,000 total, or $1,000 each year, for four years. The scholarship fund was recently named the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Evjue Foundation, which brings us even closer to the ultimate goal of raising $100,000 by the end of 2018. Reaching this goal will allow us to offer these scholarships in perpetuity. For more information, please send email to mcpikescholarship@gmail.com. l

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‘Transcending Limitations: Art from the Heart’ By Kathie Wagner, VSA Wisconsin president

An exciting new exhibition is on view at the VSA Wisconsin Gallery through March 31. The works of four Wisconsin artists include stained glass mosaics, charcoals, oils, watercolors, monoprints, color etchings and ceramics. A retired professor of communication, Ron Wendt, faces the daily challenges of numerous permanent disabilities, including chronic pain. He feeds his passionate creativity by building stained glass-onglass mosaics, many of which suggest Zen themes like solitude, courage, bliss, humility, innocence and compassion. Transcendence has been a recurring theme in Joyce Gust’s work since the 1980s. She is an experimental artist who expresses herself in watercolor, oil paint, etchings and monoprints. Gust’s goal is to transcend the human condition and help others feel uplifted. Faye Willems worked for more than

Lamp by artist and designer Jon Wos.

Cast of “The Invisibles”: back row: Joe Nigh, Cassandra Solano and Abbie Steinback. Front: Richard Scott Sr., Naima Scott, Buddy (mascot and former rescue dog) and Camila Solano. Not pictured: Jessica Werther, Jessica Smith and Lisa Taylor.

New play examines the way we see the homeless By Alesia Mayfield, Eastside News

Still life by artist Faye Willems. 25 years in a paper mill, and then became a small-business owner before pursuing her love of painting and drawing. She is currently a student at the Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Wis. Her work expresses the simple beauty and uniqueness of everyday life. Jon Wos graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005 with a fine arts degree with an emphasis in drawing, painting and sculpture. His works represent the idea that no matter the challenges of life, happiness is achievable. He intends for his art to be a reminder that life is what we make it, and it can be good and beautiful. The VSA Wisconsin Gallery is located at 1709 Aberg Ave. and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. All works in the exhibit are for sale. l

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On any given day when walking or driving downtown, and in other parts of Madison, you are likely to notice someone you may define as homeless. This person may be someone you see with a shopping cart, carrying their possessions in their backpack or in bags, or sprawled out on a bench. It is such a common occurrence that we see the homeless without seeing the homeless. While observing a homeless person and realizing that others didn’t acknowledge the man’s presence, Richard Scott Sr., the founder of KOJO Productions, Inc. and MYPLACE, spoke to the man. That conversation inspired him to create a performance piece, “The Invisibles.” Scott then went to Porchlight, the YWCA and to The Road Home, to talk with homeless people. He developed the script from those conversations and from a Transitional Educational Program publication (through the Madison school district) that features prose and art from children who are homeless. To get actors for “The Invisibles,” Scott advertised on MadStage, a local theater resource, and talked to people individually. One of the performers is his granddaughter, Naima Scott, a fourthgrader at Sandburg Elementary School. Scott said that rehearsals have been encouraging and the actors have learned about the lives of the homeless. “The actors didn’t know what to think since none

of them have been actually homeless. We talk about what homelessness is. Each rehearsal has brought growth,” Scott said. In addition to the actors, the homeless people that Scott spoke to have been given the opportunity to share their stories onstage. Elmore Lawson, who facilitates the drum circle at the Goodman Community Center, is coordinating the music for “The Invisibles” — drumming will be interspersed throughout the play. Scott likes putting drumming into the play because it is universal; drumming represents the heartbeat. Scott is no stranger to GCC. The Center provided rehearsal space for “Buffalo Soldiers,” a play written and directed by Scott about the experiences of an African-American cavalry unit in the postCivil War years. MYPLACE, which stands for Madison Youth Practicing, Learning and Achieving Cultural Excellence, gives young people the chance to explore the wealth, creativity and intellectual genius that is in their culture. MYPLACE is producing “The Invisibles” and all rehearsals have been at GCC. The live performance will be Saturday, May 14, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center. For more information about “The Invisibles,” contact Richard Scott Sr. at richardscott9122@sbcglobal.net. l


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‘East Side Landscapes’

MARCH  Ballweg Gallery presents:

Oil Paintings by Tom Gilbert

‘Made from Whole Cloth’

Artist Statement

Digital Quilts by Kent Williams Artist Statement As a quilter over the last 15 years, my thing — to the extent I had a “thing” — was the sheer number of pieces I would sew together. One of my quilts would often contain a few thousand pieces of fabric, and I think I topped out on one that contained well over 8,000 pieces, each of them about a half-inch square. This almost always meant a brutal amount of labor, and like anybody who’s imposed sweatshop conditions on himself, I started looking around for an Try Angles 1, digital quilt, 48" x 48" alternative. I’ve found one through the — without a computer. And, I suspect my use of the computer. Today, as often as future as an artist would be the same. not, I’m designing quilts using AdoArtist Bio be Photoshop and Illustrator, and then Kent Williams is an award-winning digprinting the designs on cotton fabric ital artist and quilter based in Madison. using Spoonflower, a company based in His works have been included in numerDurham, N.C. The results, as far as imous juried and invitational exhibitions age quality goes, have been excellent. around the world as well as numerous And I’m also pleased with how easily I’ve been able to extend the ideas I’ve al- commercial publications. He has also done commissioned works from Sun ways pursued as a quilter: intricate patPrairie to Milwaukee to Macao. terns, subtle gradations of color, etc. The work in this show would be imFor more information, go to rkentwilpossible — or at least highly improbable liams.com. l

Calling all local artists for GCC’s Gallery Night of painters, photographers, crafters, potters and fabric artists from 5-9 p.m. in the Evjue and Merrill Lynch rooms. A silent auction, with items donated by the evening’s participating artists, will take place in the lobby of the Center from 5-8 p.m. Proceeds of the silent auction will benefit programs of GCC.

I am a resident of Madison’s far east side and paint landscapes in a realistic manner. The paintings displayed here are scenes from Madison’s east side and nearby countryside that I’ve painted over the last nine years. I hope viewers can recognize some of these locations and maybe see them in a new light. Tenney Shelter, oil, 11" x 14" Although the local subjects, such as the County Plein Air Painters Association. Rutledge Street bridge, may be interestArtist Bio ing, these paintings are not really about specific subjects. As a landscape painter, Tom Gilbert was born in Milwaukee in I seek to discover and express the unique 1953, raised in Indiana, and has been beauty often found in the so-called living in Madison since 1980. Gilbert re“ordinary.” I don’t think of myself as tired from a career as an environmental “painting a bridge,” rather I try to paint engineer and is now focusing on his lifethe light, and an atmospheric mood, as long interests with the visual arts and expressed within an abstract (yet recphotography. He has taken University of ognizable) composition — composition Wisconsin-Extension painting classes that isn’t copied exactly from the scene, with Mary Diman and plein air classes but, to varying extents, is rearranged, with landscape artists Stapleton Kearns, modified and invented for artistic purJonathan Wilde and Ken DeWard. Gilposes. bert’s art has been displayed at local liMy landscape painting is not solely braries and the University of Wisconsin about the artwork but also serves as a hospital. His paintings have won awards way to connect with, and appreciate, na- at plein air events and the Wisconsin Reture. Wandering around in natural areas gional Arts Program state shows. has long been a habit of mine. In recent For more information, email tagilbet@ years I’ve focused on painting outside on gmail.com or visit plein air painting blog location (“plein air”) and currently serve at pleinairdaneco.blogspot.com. l as the outing coordinator for the Dane

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