Alicia Ashman Library Events

November 1-3, Friends of Alicia Ashman Library Fall Book Sale (see flier for times)

Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30 p.m., West Madison Senior Center presents feature films (see flier for titles)

Wednesdays, November 7, 21, 6:30 p.m., Darn Yarn Group–all yarn crafters welcome to share their work and learn from others

Tuesday, November 8, 2:00 & 6:00 p.m–Book Group Discussions on this year’s Go Big Read, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (attend either session)

Friday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.–Friday Night Mix-Up: games, coloring, puzzles, and crafts

Monday, November 12, 10:00 a.m.–Mystery in the Morning book group discusses Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 p.m.–Our Great Lakes in the 21st Century (talk by Anne Moser of the UW Water Library)

Friday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.–International Film: [NR, 1hr., 53min., Language: Macedonian | English | Albanian | French] 
In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.

Saturday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.–Family Matinee: Addams Family Values

Monday, November 19, 11:00 a.m.–Up Close with Magnum Opus Ballet: Come and see a sneak peak of Magnum Opus’ holiday performance “Full Light” followed by learning creative ballet steps yourself! Magnum Opus is the newest professional ballet company in all of Wisconsin.

Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23–all Madison Public Libraries closed for Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19, 6:00 p.m–Chess Club (all ages) 6:00-6:45 instruction; 6:45 free play

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 p.m.–To Drive the Winter Cold Away: Herbs for Winter Health, Warmth, and Good Cheer

Friday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.–5th Fridays Poetry featuring Geri Kuperi and open mic–come to listen or share your own poetry


MSCR Day Trips

Milwaukee African American History & Food Tour
Saturday, November 10, 8:30am-6:30pm
Join us as we explore Milwaukee’s vibrant African American heritage. Our day will begin by visiting two significant churches in the African American community, along with narration while driving about Milwaukee’s African American history. Enjoy a stop for a sit-down lunch at an African American owned restaurant. Visit the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center for a drum and dance presentation. Conclude your day with dessert and shopping at an African American owned bakery. Fee includes motorcoach transportation, tours and lunch. Registration deadline 10/26/18. Bus loads at 8:15am on Pflaum Rd. in front of LaFollette High School. Fee: $92 Ages: 18+ Course: 19622
Michigan Avenue Shopping- Chicago
Saturday, December 1, 7:30am-8:30pm
Do you want to shop on Michigan Avenue, see the sights in Chicago or explore the big city? A comfortable, double decker motor coach bus takes the worry of driving, traffic and parking out of the equation. Enjoy a day in the big city during the holidays. Approximate travel time is 3 hours depending on traffic and weather. We drop off as close as possible to Michigan and E. Chicago Avenues. Bus loads at 7:15am on Pflaum Rd. in front of LaFollette High School. Register by 10/1 and save $5. Youth ages 8+ may register with a participating adult. Fee: $54 Ages: 18+ Course: 19620
For more information, contact 608-204-3000.
Register at


MOVIES IN THE PARK (July, August + September 2018)

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.