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Weekly Window

The Weekly Window is an e-newsletter that usually comes out on Fridays. It gives you updates about programs that did not make it into the Messenger, and reminds you what programs and activities are coming up in the next week.



To register for any program call 608-266-6581 or email You can also stop by the Senior Center. We would love to see you!



Come Play EUCHRE!

Join us to play Euchre every other Wednesday. Every new person April 18 - May 16 get their name put in for a prize drawing.  If you already come to Euchre, bring a friend, and you both get your name in for the prize drawing.  Next meeting is April 18 at 1:00. All are welcome! 




Place ePantry Orders!

Either on your own or with the assistace of our volunteers, Tuesday is the day to place your electronic Food Pantry orders, for pick-up at the Madison Senior Center. If you want to know more about the ePantry, visit the River Food Pantry website. 

River Food Pantry logo

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Featuring a breakfast buffet and a keynote speaker

We are so excited to be getting back to normal. It’s been three years since we have been able to host our Annual Meeting and show our appreciation for all of the wonderful volunteers and participants who make the Madison Senior Center such a special place.

Join Senior Center leaders and staff for a breakfast buffet, a brief program and Get Moving with Susan Frikken. If you intend to join us for the buffet, sign-up by Monday, April 18, at 10:00 am.  Call 608-266-6581 or email 

Susa Frikken

Get Moving!

Tuesday, April 19, 10 – 11am

It’s time to emerge from your home, your chair, winter, the pandemic, and more. We’ll learn about the science of movement, simple tips for things you can do in your everyday life, and the fun movement offerings in the community. We’ll even try a few things! Come with your own ideas and questions for this interactive event!

Susan Frikken, DPT, LMT is a physical therapist and a massage therapist in private practice in Madison, having received her undergraduate degree at Ripon College, and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at UW-Madison. She incorporates art and nature into therapeutic practice, helping to change the way of health and wellness care in our country. She is adjunct faculty and a guest lecturer at UW-Madison, and is also a certified leader of Stepping On, an evidence-based falls reduction program. Susan is also a founding member of the Madison Area Wellness Collective [now Be Well Madison], making health and wellness choices easier and more accessible by connecting practitioners and community. She loves dancing, bicycling, bird watching and counting, hiking, and playing at just about anything. Originally from metro Detroit, she lives in Madison with her wife and animals.

Westside Story (2021)

Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 pm

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Sound. Stars: Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose. Crime, Drama, Musical. 2 hours 36 minutes. Rated PG-13.


Ellen Millar

Fall Prevention & Balance Presentation Virtual

By Ellen Millar, Easy Yoga Plus Instructor - April 19th 1 – 2pm Zoom either at home or on-site at GCC

1 in 3 older adults fall each year often resulting in a permanent decline in their quality of life. Learn about the causes of falls, the roles your senses play, and environmental influences. Learn how to best prevent falls thru muscle strength and balance movements. You must register to get the Zoom link.



America’s Untold Story

WEDNESDAY, 12-1:30 PM, APRIL 20, 27

AND MAY 4, 11

Join Jim Lamal to view and discuss, America’s Untold Story. Before Jamestown… before Plymouth… the first permanent European settlement in the United States, was founded two generations before the Pilgrims arrived– in 1565 – not by English Protestants, but by a melting pot of Spanish, Africans, Italians, Germans, Irish and converted Jews who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes. Uncover the story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks.

America's Untold Story


Let’s Cook Together- Virtual

April 20 – May 25, 4 – 5:30 pm, 6 week session

This is not your ordinary cooking class! Try easy to make recipes from all over the world in the comfort of your own home. UW students will demonstrate how to cook the featured dish, as well as share nutrition & health information / facts. Recipes will be sent out each week, prior to the cooking session so you will have time to gather your ingredients. If you would prefer not to cook but would like to join for the information or dinner company, please feel free to join us! You must register to get the Zoom line.

Things for cooking


Gentle Yoga

THURSDAYS, 9:30-10:30 AM

Improve your balance, range of motion and flexibility! Strengthen your bones and muscles, quiet your mind! All abilities and levels welcome. Yoga Accessible for All (YAFA) teachers dedicate themselves to making yoga safe and inviting for anyone who is interested in gaining the benefits of yoga ( We do a combination of seated and standing positions, and will always suggest modifications if a pose does not work for you. Join any time. Free, but registration is required. Starting May 3, Yoga will be on Tuesdays at 9:30am.


Voices of Color 

Thursday, April 21, 10 – 11 am Virtual

A monthly series, moderated by Melvin Hinton,  that gives you the opportunity to have engaging conversations with community leaders who are People of Color. Listen to their stories that speak to cultural differences, learn more about Madison’s history from a different perspective, ask questions and have an experience. 

Guest Info: Mai Zong Vue

In April meet Mai Zong Vue who currently works for the Wisconsin Department of Health
Services. She is also a cultural trainer and folklore performer, including Hmong poetry song and storyteller since 1997. Vue is an UW-Madison alum, and she is a tireless advocate for the poor, especially the Hmong people and refugees.
Mai Zong Vue

Laughing Bodies/ Dancing Minds with Li Chiao‑Ping


Come on down to the Madison Senior Center for a movement class with the remarkable Li Chiao-Ping. Her classes focus on warm-up techniques, strength and stretching exercises, core work, breathing and energy flow. No prior dance experience needed. Fee $50 Scholarships available. 

MGE – Earth Day Presentation

April 21, 1:00 @Monona Senior Center or Watch on Zoom

Come uncover the myths of energy efficiency and discover some truths with Laura Paprocki from MGE! Learn about tools to compare your energy use with others and how to log in to your MGE account. Find out how our energy on the grid is getting more sustainable. Enter into a drawing for a free smart plug!

Laura Paprocki


Book Club


A book club is a fun way to enjoy books and meet new people. Each month we read a different book and rotate facilitators. Books are often available at the library, and can be reserved in advance. Many books have audio versions* for those with vision impairments. You do not have to ready every book, and you do not have to facilitate if that is outside your comfort zone. On April 21, we will be discussing The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict. 


Cardio Dance

Fridays 1:00 – 1:45

Start out the weekend with an energizing cardio class that will get the blood pumping. 


Artful Affair


After a two-year hiatus, we are excited to bring back one of our most popular events, Artful Affair. Go to the website to get a registration form and flyer with all of the details. All artwork except photography iswelcome. Wall hanging art larger than 3 feet tall or 3 feet wide, all 3D pieces must be pre-approved due to space limitations. Contact Laura with questions

Do You Want to Have the Last Word?


You may have noticed that people have started to write their own obituary. Learn to highlight the little and big things that matter to YOU the most. Make sure people read what YOU think is important. You might decide to be serious, or let you sense of humor come out through your words.


April Showers Bring May Flowers

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