Alicia Ashman Library Events

Our local library has tons of offerings each month! For the month of April, check in at Alicia Ashman Library for detail on the following happenings:

Darn Yarn Group–for yarn crafters

Thursday afternoon book group

Friday Night Games, Crafts, and Puzzles

Mystery Book Group

*Mindful Movement–this is a fantastic exercise class on second and fourth Tuesdays–we still have some spots left!*

April Flowers–Origami with Ruthanne Bessman (registration opens March 26)

NewBridge movies–every Wednesday at 1:30

Urban Wildlife–Making Madison Wildlife-Friendly (lecture by David Drake of UW Extension)

Friday night movies

Saturday matinees

Chess Club

Read to a Dog


MSCR Day Trips

Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, IL

Monday, March 18, 8:30am-4:30pm

No school today, grab a friend and explore the Riverfront Museum Park in Rockford, Illinois. Start your morning at the Discovery Center Museum, Rockford’s hands-on children’s science museum. Explore over 300 interactive exhibits over two floors and the 15,000 square foot Rock River Discovery Park in the museum’s backyard, weather permitting. After lunch, either continue to explore the Discovery Center Museum or check out the adjoining Rockford Art Museum or Burpee Museum of Natural History on your own. Participants have the option of brown bagging lunch and eating at the museum or hopping on the bus to eat at nearby fast food options. $36 fee includes motor coach transportation and admission to the Discovery Center Museum, lunch and other museum admissions are not included. Participants must be accompanied by a registered adult. One adult, age 18+ is required for every 3 children.

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Racine: Where Marshmallow PEEPS Reign Supreme

Saturday, April 27, 8:00am-6:00pm

Travel with us to Racine, WI as we brush off the cobwebs of winter and awaken to spring. Start the day with an exclusive curated tour of the 10th Annual International Peeps Art Exhibition at the Racine Art Museum. Refuel and relax with brunch at the historic Christmas House Bed & Breakfast overlooking the shore of Lake Michigan. Then tour some of the 90+ greenhouses at Milaeger’s, select a takeaway gift of a potted daffodil, and enjoy shopping at this iconic mecca of decor. Complete the day with one final stop for chocolate bunny ears at a local Racine chocolatier. History and narration provided by a Racine resident and tour guiding specialist along the way. $104 fee includes motor coach transportation, lunch and tours. Registration deadline 4/18/19. Ages 18+

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For more information, contact 608-204-3000.
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MOVIES IN THE PARK (July, August + September)

Catch a movie in one of Madison’s park this summer!
Dates, times, and locations can be found at

Questions? Contact Tracey Hartley, Madison Parks, thartley@cityofmadison.com608-267-1162 



Enjoy a Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performance on the grounds of the Capitol, Wednesday evenings at 7pm throughout July and into August. Bring a picnic! Performance information can be found at




The Monona Terrance has tons of fabulous events, from rooftop concerts to yoga! Check out the full event calendar at



Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8PM at Garner Park

Join us for the 17th year of a Madison summer tradition!

Opera in the Park has become the very definition of what Madison Opera means to our community. In beautiful Garner Park, the stars come out in the sky, the light sticks come out in the audience, and singers from our upcoming season share their favorite opera and musical theater numbers.

Opera in the Park 2018 stars sopranos Elizabeth Caballero and Brenda Rae; tenor John Lindsey; baritone Levi Hernandez; the Madison Opera Chorus, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Gary Thor Wedow. Repertoire will be announced in early summer.

Come discover what happens when our community comes together around beautiful performances, beautiful music, and a beautiful summer night.

Garner Park opens at 7am the day of the concert. Blankets, chairs, food and beverages are allowed.