City Events, City Life, Farmer's Market, Life, Madison Senior Center, Madison WI

Putting On the Ritz

If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to
why don’t you go where fashion sits,
Puttin’ on the ritz.


The Madison Senior Center has been undergoing a major renovation this summer . Sorely needed new carpeting has been installed. A new wooden floor is currently being laid down in the dining area that also serves as a dance floor for weekly dances on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 pm with music provided by the Senior Showcase Band. A Square Dancing club has rented the space in the evenings.

I got a sneak preview of the dining room today and it’s going to absolutely lovely when they finish the installation. Through all of this, the Senior Center staff has managed so well that they have only had to close the building down three days and one of those days the nutrition site arranged for bag lunches to be served at the Capitol Centre Apartments Community Room.

A big Huzzah and Thanks! to Sally (Sorry I’m blanking on her last name.) who manages the nutrition site and moved the whole operation upstairs to the craft room while the dining room floor was being installed for grace under fire. She pulled it off like it was no big deal and stayed sane. To the Director Christine Beatty, Program coordinator Margie Groom, Volunteer coordinator Lynne Robertson, and the Custodian Jeff Thompson for coordinating all of this so that all of the services provided at the Senior Center continued with as few disruptions as possible: Salute! Job well done.

The Madison Senior Center has a cornucopia of programs and classes going on to help Senior Citizens keep their mind and body active. There is a Gentle Exercise group for those of us who can’t tolerate rigorous workouts and there is a Work It Out! group for those who are in shape and want to stay that way. There is an exercise room with the latest equipment and an instructor who will help you learn how to use it safely.

There are Bridge, Canasta, and Euchre gatherings. There is a Bridge class for those who want to learn how to play. There is a Poetry Appreciation group that meets weekly and shares their own work and the works of others that they enjoy, There is a computer lab where classes are offered to help seniors become proficient at using this technology. Every Friday afternoon, the computer lab is oepn to anyone who wants to use the computers.

Most of the programs offered are free but if there is a fee, it is nominal. I just signed up for a class on Emerson , Thoreau and Transcendentalism that starts August 22nd. The cost is $10. The Center also hosts meetings for groups such as TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and The Red Hat Society.  During the winter the Dane County Farmer’s Market that takes place on the Capitol Square during the summer moves in to the Senior Center.

It’s a busy happening place; I’ve only touched on a few of the things available. You should come on down and see what’s going on. Maybe you’ll find something to tickle your fancy.



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