List of Upcoming Special Events  (printable; opens as pdf)
updated 3/13//2018

Upcoming events

    • October 13, 2017
    • April 27, 2018
    • 14 sessions

    Indoors for the Winter 

    East and West Side Locations

    2nd Friday @ Cafe Hollander                  4th Friday @ Ellie's Restaurant



    Westside Breakfast at Cafe Hollander:

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Cafe Hollander: American - Belgian Cuisine Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone,
    • Dawn's contact information is: sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Cafe Hollander: 
           701 Hilldale Way
           Madison, WI 53705
           (608) 237-3168       
      

     

    Eastside Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Elie's Family Restaurant:  Breakfast Menu
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050
    • Location of Elie's Family Restaurant: 
          Lake Edge Shopping Center
          4012 Monona Drive
          Madison, WI 53716
           (608) 223-2040




     


    • January 17, 2018
    • September 05, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Various Locations

     

    All lectures are FREE to PLATO members and their guests. 


    Registration is not required.



    The Special Events Committee has organized a series of lectures on various topics for 2018.  The following lectures are currently being organized; additional information will be posted here, as it becomes available.  


    "Patrick Marsh: A Look at its Past and Future"

    Speakers: Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy - Moderator

    Date: May 8, 2018

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Loc:    Sun Prairie Library, Sun Prairie, WI

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio, Bill Eisinger

    Walk: A walk around Patrick Marsh is scheduled for March 3, lead by Tony Abate of Groundswell Conservancy.  A rain date has been set for March 10, if necessary.


    "PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County"

    Speaker: Paul Terranova, ED of Lussier Community  Education Center

    Date: May 9, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis


    "Understanding Community Programs: Importance of early childhood learning opportunities."

    Speaker: Marlo Mielke, The Program Director at One  City Early Learning Center

    Date: May 23, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Tim Otis


    "The Science of the Beginning of Life"

    Speakers: Dr. William Eisinger, phd

    Date: September 5, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:   Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, 53718

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    PAST LECTURES

    "Hurricanes, Wildfires and Climate Change ...  Cause or Effect???"

    Speaker: Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier

    Date: January 17, 2018

    Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Woods

    Coord: Carrol Schiller


    "Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear" 

    Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History

    Wisconsin Historical Society 

    Date: February 14, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Coord: Aleta Murray


    "Clearing Common Misconceptions about ISLAM and Current

      Community Challenges."

    Speakers: 

    • Women's Rights - Sarah Schlosser
    • Sharia Law, Jihad & Terrorism - Sheikh Alhagie Jallow
    • Current Community Challenges - Masood Akhtar
    • Muslim World Experiences - John Vaudreuil (former U.S. Attorney of Western Wisconsin.)

    Date: March 7, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Oakwood Village, West, University Wood

    Coord: Mike Di Iorio


    "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"

    Speakers: 

    Lorri Houston & Dr. Stacey Schaefer, Center        for HealthyMinds 

    Date: April 17, 2018

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Loc:    Capital Lakes Auditorium

             Coord: Eileen Rabson


    • April 27, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
    • 13
    Registration is closed


    PLATO Lunch Group prior to Global Hotspots

    We'll meet at the Fluno Center beginning about noon for a delightful luncheon.  The dining room is on the first floor, west end of the building. Luncheon options: Salad/Soup & Dessert approx. $12 OR Full Buffet approx. $17 (CASH Only; pay at Luncheon).

    Following lunch, we will proceed to the Lecture Hall to attend the Global Hotspots Lecture, also on the first floor, across from the restaurant.  Most lectures are very popular and fill up the auditorium by 1:15 pm.  Please allow enough time to find seating.

    To participate in the PLATO Lunch Group you must register online by Wednesday noon, prior to the lecture. (Or sign-up by emailing: AdrienneBorisyGross@gmail.com or phone 608-231-1910 (use: "April. 27 Lunch Group" as your Subject)

    REMINDER: Global Hotspots Lectures are offered by the Alumni Association and not PLATO and require a registration to ensure seating.  Sign-up through the UW Alumni Association:  http://www.uwalumni.com/calendar/

    • April 27, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Fluno Center Auditorium, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

    Global Hot Spots Series

    Dig in to today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the UW’s top experts!

    Topic:  “American Foreign Policy in an Age of Nationalist Sentiment”


    About the Talk

    With the rise of nationalist sentiment around the globe, what is the future of global economic and military institutions? Can American foreign policy lead a response to these pressures or will the U.S. allow these global institutions to flounder?  

    Pevehouse will discuss the future of global economic and military institutions amid the rise of nationalist sentiment, and whether American foreign policy can lead a response to these pressures.

     

    About the Speaker

    Pevehouse has been a professor at the UW since 2000. His research interests lie in the field of international relations and include international political economy, American foreign policy, and international organizations. Pevehouse’s work examines the relationship between domestic and international politics, with recently published work focusing on regional trade agreements, human-rights institutions, exchange-rate politics, and international organizations. He has earned numerous awards, including the UW Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Karl Deutsch Award, an international honor given to a scholar under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to the study of international relations. He coauthored the International Relations textbook and is the editor of the International Organization professional journal. Pevehouse earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and his doctorate from Ohio State University.


    Registration for the Lecture

    Registration by April 22 is strongly recommended.  Click on Registration


    Registration for the PLATO Luncheon (Noon to 1:15 pm) 

    PLATO has organized a luncheon at the Fluno Center prior to the Global Hotspots Lecture.  To find out more and to register, please click on Luncheon.

    Parking

    Public parking is available in the Fluno Center garage (Lot 83) at 314 N. Frances Street, in Lot 46 at 301 N. Lake Street, or in the Lake Street ramp at 415 N. Lake Street.

    Questions? 

    Contact Jordan Langer at jordan.langer@supportuw.org or 608-308-5430.

    Global Hot Spots digs into today’s hottest issues with UW faculty experts for thought-provoking discussions about what’s happening in the world — from politics, global health, and economics to human rights, the environment, and more.


    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization), and the UW-Madison International Division.

    Questions? Contact Kristina Zignego at 608-308-5415.




       


       

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf

    Global Hot Spots Collection

    Experience the best of UW-Madison’s expertise wherever you are with these archived Global Hot Spots presentations.

    The Global Hot Spots Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®, PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) and the UW-Madison Division of International Studies.

    - See more at: http://www.uwalumni.com/benefits-services/alumni-learning/global-hot-spots/#sthash.zjTZgDhx.dpuf
    • May 03, 2018
    • Various Places and Times
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    PLATO charges a $10 fee for most walks.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.

    Tentative Walk Schedule


    1. Thu, May 3, 10 am -11:30 am: Walk of Patrick Marsh;  Rain date May 10

    2. June 19, morning: Pleasant Valley Conservancy; Rain date June 26









    What to Expect on the Walks

    In general:

    • We are looking at parks and trails within Dane County.
    • The length of the walk will be upwards of 3 + miles, depending on terraine.
    • The walks will take 2 to 3 hours and may include a suggestion for lunch.  
    • The pace is meant to be appropriate for folks of retirement age who normally are not climbing hillsides and valleys as part of their normal exercise routines.
    • The description of the walks will include information that will help you assess the likelihood that you are up to the challenges of the walk.  There will be three factors mentioned:
    1. length of walk
    2. the quality of the path
    3. the elevation changes along the path

    Highlights of the Walk

    Most of the walks we've chosen this year will follow one of two themes:

    • The walk will feature terrain that has been shaped by the recent glaciers.  This may mean that the walk includes some hillside walking
    • The walk includes areas where archeological research indicates the life of PaleoIndians - dating, perhaps, as far back as 10,000 BC.
    • We will attempt to find a leader who is well informed about some aspect of the trail and we will allow time for this story to be told. 

    Driving and Parking Instructions

    • Information about driving and parking will be sent the week of the walk.
    • I will provide a google map that allows you to enter your starting location and provides detailed instructions on how to arrive at the trailhead.
    • We will expect you to arrive at the starting point via your own transportation.
    • We encourage car-pooling and can provide information on who in your area is driving to the walk.  

    What to bring along on the walks.

      Things to bring and wear:

    • sunscreen
    • hat (perhaps an umbrella for the sun)
    • walking shoes
    • bottle of water or sports drink
    • perhaps long sleeve shirt and full length pants 

    About Ticks 

    I thought you might be interested in the following articles on how to reduce the risk of tick problems during our walks.  

    http://wisconsintrailguide.com/hiking/resources/safety-ticks.html

    http://www.thehikinglife.com/2017/03/tips-for-hiking-in-tick-country/ 

     

     


    • May 03, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Large parking lot, main entrance off Stone Quarry Road, Sun Prairie, WI
    • 19
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    Registration Recommended

    Tony Abate, Conservation and Land Manager, will lead the walk around the marsh and discuss concepts affecting the life of marsh and possible marsh futures.  

    There is a $10 registration fee for this walk. PLATO will pass this fee onto the Patick Marsh Conservancy  as a way of saying thank you for their hospitality.

    Raindate: May 10

    A walk and history of Patrick Marsh

    Our walk will be lead by Tony Abate of Groundswell who will tell us about the possible futures of the marsh We will be joined by retired highway engineer, Rotarian, and Patrick Marsh Conservancy member Bill Wambach. Bill will tell us something about the history of the Marsh as we walk along.


    About Tony Abate

    Conservation Specialist
    tony@groundswellwisconsin.org

    Tony Abate, Conservation Specialist and Land Manager, will talk about the future vision for Patrick Marsh Conservancy, located on the edge of Sun Prairie, and the current efforts at managing the Conservancy located.

    Tony joined Grounswell in 2016 as our Conservation Specialist/Land Manager. While primarily working on land protection and easement monitoring, Tony will also expand community engagement at our Westport Drumlin and Patrick Marsh Preserves. Expect to see him leading work parties, field trips, and education events.


    About Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area

    Located adjacent to the City of Sun Prairie, the 145-acre Parick Marsh is surrounded by land owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR, Dane County, and Groundswell.  The conservation and recreation values of Patrick Marsh merited its inclusion in the Wisconsin DNR's Land Legacy Report, a list of the 229 places that are critical to protect "to meet Wisconsin's future conservation and recreation needs in the next 50 years." Patrick Marsh is well-situated to meet some of those needs, being located on the door step of the city of Sun Prairie, which is home to 31,000 people.

    Groundswell is working in partnership with the Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local residents, groups including the Discovery Club at Patrick Marsh Middle School, and local governments to manage and restore wildlife habitat at Patrick Marsh and create trails that connect the protected properties at the Marsh with surrounding neighborhoods, making it an inviting place to visit.  Patrick Marsh is open to the public for hiking, nature study, and other activities.


    Walk Description:


    Driving and Parking Instructions to:

    Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area, Sun Prairie, WI

    Heading north from Madison on HWY 113/Northport Dr., 1/3 mile past HWY M, at the stoplights, turn RIGHT onto River Rd., then IMMEDIATE RIGHT 
    onto Catfish Ct. You will see a trailhead sign on your left. Park in the small off-road parking area near the sign. 

    The address for navigating is Catfish Ct, Waunakee, WI 53597.

    Restrooms:

    THere are no restrooms available at Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area.

    About our $10 fee:

    PLATO charges a $10 fee for each walk.  We normally use a guide who is a member of the associated friends group.  PLATO then will pass this registration fee onto the friends group as a way of saying thanks.


    • May 08, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, Sun Prairie, WI
    • 149
    Register


    Open to the Public

    Registration 

    Recommended


    Moderator: Tony Abate, Conservation Specialist, Groundswell



    Speakers: 

    Julie Widholm - DNR Wildlife Biologist at Patrick Marsh

    Bill Wambach - Retired DOT person and Patrick Marsh Conservancy member

    Mark Smith - Patrick Marsh Middle School teacher and Discovery Club leader

    Tony Abate - Groundswell Conservancy Conservation Specialist and Patrick Marsh Land Manager.


    Lecture Location: Sun Prairie Public Library

    Located 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

    www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/directions-sun-prairie-public-library

    Map and Directions


    Tony Abate will moderate the discussion:

    tony@groundswellwisconsin.org

    Tony Abate, Conservation Specialist and Land Manager, will talk about the future vision for Patrick Marsh Conservancy, located on the edge of Sun Prairie, and the current efforts at managing the Conservancy.  Tony will discuss concepts affecting the life of the marsh and possible marsh futures.

    Tony joined Grounswell in 2016 as our Conservation Specialist/Land Manager. While primarily working on land protection and easement monitoring, Tony will also expand community engagement at our Westport Drumlin and Patrick Marsh Preserves. Expect to see him leading work parties, field trips, and education events.


    About Patrick Marsh Wildlife Area

    Located adjacent to the City of Sun Prairie, the 145-acre Parick Marsh is surrounded by land owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR, Dane County, and Groundswell.  The conservation and recreation values of Patrick Marsh merited its inclusion in the Wisconsin DNR's Land Legacy Report, a list of the 229 places that are critical to protect "to meet Wisconsin's future conservation and recreation needs in the next 50 years." Patrick Marsh is well-situated to meet some of those needs, being located on the door step of the city of Sun Prairie, which is home to 31,000 people.

    Groundswell is working in partnership with the Patrick Marsh Conservancy, local residents, groups including the Discovery Club at Patrick Marsh Middle School, and local governments to manage and restore wildlife habitat at Patrick Marsh and create trails that connect the protected properties at the Marsh with surrounding neighborhoods, making it an inviting place to visit.  Patrick Marsh is open to the public for hiking, nature study, and other activities.

    Lecture Location: Sun Prairie Public Library

    Located 1350 Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

    www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/directions-sun-prairie-public-library

    Directions to Sun Prairie Public Library

    A google map from your location to the school can be found here.  The address of the school is: 1350 Linnerud Drive Sun Prairie WI 53590. 

    Questions? 

    Please contact Mike Di Iorio at 608 520 4448 or mdiiorio1234@gmail.com

    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Registration is not required.

    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and the general public. 


    Lecture:

    "PLATO is the Most Powerful Organization in Dane County"

     Speaker: Paul Terranova, Education Director of the Lussier Community Education Center


    Synopsis:  

    Too often we walk around lamenting the actions of decision-makers near and far and unaware of the power we have or unsure of how to use it. In this interactive talk Paul will demonstrate that PLATO could indeed be the most powerful organization in Dane County and challenge members to think about how we use or don’t use our power in our community.

    About the Speaker: 

    Paul Terranova has served as Executive Director of the Lussier Community Education Center (formerly the Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center) since 2000. The Center serves low income families and provides a wide range of services designed to support and empower families.  The Center recently was awarded a $300,000 grant from Cuna Mutual Insurance Co.to support programs that maximize learning opportunities for youth.

    Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  Paul previously worked as a youth organizer with El Centro Hispano (a community-based organization in Durham, North Carolina), a refugee job developer with Lutheran Family Services, a tenant organizer with the North Carolina Low Income Housing Coalition, a public action organizer with the United Farm workers of America AFL-CIO and a volunteer support worker with children living on the streets in Cape Town, South Africa.  Paul lives in Madison with his wife Nancy and his two boys, Joseph and Benjamin


    About the Lussier Community Education Center



    Lecture Location & Parking Information:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Tim Otis at: e-Mail - tierneyotis@gmail.com or phone 608 233-1050.


    • May 09, 2018
    • 1:30 PM
    • Chicago
    • 6
    Register
    Join us Wednesday, May 9, 2018 for this spectacular production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the iconic Art Deco confines of The Ardis Krainik Theatre at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

    It may be nearly a year away, but demand for the best available tickets has already begun and is building.

    We have 56 great seats to provide the proper proximity to the stage from which to behold this huge production spectacle. They are located on the main floor in the forward rows of its wide aisle partition, rows BB-EE are just behind the wide aisle and across the three middle sections.

    Register now and pay later to claim your seat. (We will order more tickets and 2nd bus if early demand is warrants.)


    LYRIC PREMIERE & NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice

    One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. 

    As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

    JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London



    Meet the ARTISTS

    Video Preview (1:07)


    Lyric Opera of Chicago:

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Free Time for Lunch and Adventure
    within easy  walking distance of 
    The Lyric
    (W Madison St and S Wacker Dr)

    A few dining suggestions (Reservations Required):

    Dine at The Lyric Opera of Chicago at three of its three on-site restaurant options

    Rivers Restaurant and Bar conveniently located next to the Lyric across Madison St with spacious riverfront deck.

    Lloyd's Chicago kitty-corner from The Lyric with patio dining available 

    One North Kitchen and Bar located nearby across Wacker Dr from The Lyric 

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.


    Leave Madison

    Bus 1

    7:15 AM       Arrive at Oakwood Village West to begin boarding.

    Bus 2

    7:15 AM     Arrive at Capitol Lakes to begin boarding

    7:35 AM     Arrive at East Towne Sears


    In Chicago

    11:00 AM Arrive at The Lyric

    11:20 AM Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago (Bus 2) Independent Study Members

    1:30 PM Jesus Christ Superstar performance begins

    3:15 PM Return to Art Institute of Chicago (Bus 2) Independent Study Members

    3:40 PM   Jesus Christ Superstore performance ends and begin boarding

    4:15 PM    Estimated departure for Madison


    Arrive Madison (Est)

    Bus 1 - 7:15 PM Oakwood Village West

    Bus 2

    7:15 PM East Towne Sears

    7:40 PM Capitol Lakes



    Non-Member Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

                                                                                                                                        Accessibility Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 


    Jesus Christ Superstar Mail-in Registration Forms (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Jesus Christ Superstar theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • May 10, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Second Harvest Food Bank, 2850 Dairy Drive, Madison

    PLATO

    Volunteer Cafe


    Learn About

    Second Harvest Food Bank






    Invitation:

    The PLATO Diversity Committee invites everyone to come learn about the wonderful work of the Second Harvest Food Bank and the many volunteer opportunities available (all with flexible scheduling.)


    About The Presentation:

    We will begin with a presentation by Kristopher Tazelaar, Communications Manager, and Pam Higham, Volunteer Services Coordinator, about the Second Harvest work to end hunger in Southwest Wisconsin.  This will be followed by a tour of the warehouse facility - about a half block down the street.  

    Afterwards we will return to the Administrative Services Building for general conversation/information sharing about volunteering. 


    About Second Harvest:

    Since 1986 Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin has put more than 100 million meals on the tables of the 1 in 8 who are facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. We work together with hundreds of local hunger-relief charities to provide the peace-of-mind people get when they know they have enough food. We are also a member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of member food banks and the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

    Yet despite the millions of meals we’ve been able to provide as a result of our generous donors over the years, there is still a gap between the number of meals we provide and the number of meals needed.


    Parking:

    Second Harvest Food Bank located at 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison

    There is a small parking lot at each building and (free) street parking is also available



    • May 10, 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W Main St., Madison


    Welcome Theater Enthusiasts and others interested in leaning more about PLATO theatre trips. Our upcoming schedule is listed below. We plan to discuss and examine in depth each trip at our monthly meeting as the season unfolds. 

    At our May 10 meeting will be discuss Doubt:A Parable (April 18) and Jesus Christ Superstar (May 9).

    We will be meeting in the main floor Premier Room.

    Purchase beer, wine or your favorite beverage in the dining room and bring to the meeting. An optional dining opportunity follows the meeting, either within Capitol Lakes (closes at 7 PM) or at a nearby pub/eatery of common consent.



    2017-2018 PLATO Field and Theater Trip Season

    Wed, May 9 - Jesus Christ Superstar, Lyric Opera of Chicago

    Sun, May 20 - Always... Patsy Cline, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret


    Sun, June 10 - Buried Child, Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL

    Sun, June 10 - Bahá'í Temple/Halim Time and Glass Museum Field Trip, Wilmette/Evanston, IL

    Wed, June 13 -  Hamilton 2016 Wait List Theater Trip 1, CIBC Theatre, Chicago

    2018-2019 PLATO Field and Theater Trips Season

    Wed, July 11 -  As You Like ItAmerican Players Theatre, Hill Theatre

    Fri, July 13 - Sculpture Milwaukee, Wisconsin Avenue MAM Docent Tour/Bastille Days

    Sun, August 5 - New Glarus Festival Field Trip

    Tue, August 14 -  Born Yesterday, American Players Theatre, Hill Theatre

    Fri, September 14 - Our Amish Neighbors: Farm and Community Tour 2018

    Su September 16 -  Songs for Nobodies, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W October 10 -  In the Heights, Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    F November 9 -  Engaging Shaw, American Players Theatre, Touchstone Theater

    W December 5 -  Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    2019

    Su January 13 - The All Night Strut Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    W February 6 - Junk,  Milwaukee Rep, Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    Su March 10 - Mark Twain's River of Song, Milwaukee Rep, Stackner Cabaret

    Su May 5 - August Wilson's Two Trains Running, Milwaukee Rep,  Quadracci Powerhouse

    May 22 - West Side Story, A Coproduction of Lyric Opera-Chicago, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Festival


    • May 20, 2018
    • Milwaukee
    • 26
    Register


    Join us Sunday, May 20 for the eighth and final play of the PLATO 2017-2018 nine-play Milwaukee theater trip series with Always...Patsy Cline performed in true cabaret fashion in the Stackner Cabaret.

    The Remarkable Friendship Between a Fan and a Star

    Always…Patsy Cline is the true story of country music legend Patsy Cline’s remarkable friendship with devoted fan Louise Seger. Filled with two dozen unforgettable hits – including “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walkin’ After Midnight” – Always . . . Patsy Cline celebrates the life and music of one of the most acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century. 

    After its record-breaking sold-out engagement in 2012, Rep favorite Kelley Faulkner (Guys and Dolls, Ragtime) will return to play the title character in Always…Patsy Cline. In one of our all-time greatest Stackner hits, Faulkner dazzled audiences and earned rave reviews like this one from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  

    Faulkner hits every note while singing more than two dozen songs doing justice to Cline's wide-ranging repertoire: honky-tonk and western swing; rockabilly and rock 'n' roll; two emotionally charged spirituals and Cole Porter's 'True Love,' which Faulkner renders with simple beauty.

    Created and originally written by Ted Swindley - based on a true story. Licensed by the family and estate of Patsy Cline. All Rights Reserved.

    Run Time: Two Hours (one intermission)

    Learn more by visiting the Milwaukee Rep's Always...Patsy Cline webpage regarding the artists, photos, video interview clips with the playwright, director and cast, as well as, rehearsals, and all the latest news as opening day (March 23) draws near. 


    Always...Patsy Cline will be staged in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.  

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level tables and chairs. Most of our seating will be on staggered tables and chairs set on platform deck flooring that are an easy, shallow step-down/step-up between levels of tables and chairs. The backs of the chairs provide good step-down/step-up support.

    Accessibility PolicyOn the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Guest Policy Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Free Time for Lunch, Shopping & Exploring
    LUNCH is on your own*
    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses  this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes"  to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.

    10:45 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Museum

    11:00 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Rep, Kilbourn Street entrance 

    There are eight unique eateries contained within the Milwaukee Public Market.


    There are also many nearby Third Ward restaurants from which to choose. 

    Historic Third Ward Official Map

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    11:15 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Public Market

    There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance of the Milwaukee Rep located on both sides of the Milwaukee River and between the Milwaukee Public Market and the Milwaukee Rep. 

    For list of 18 restaurant recommendations from PLATO theater trip participants including websites and map, click here.

    11:30 AM - Arrives at Milwaukee Art Museum 

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret Restaurant opens

    Pre-matinee Anytime Menu available plus dessert list and full bar service. (Great Bloody Mary options) 

    Tip: Enjoy lunch at another restaurant and return early for dessert and coffee at the Stackner Cabaret.

    Directions to the Stackner Cabaret: From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead to the atrium dome. The Stackner Cabaret is located on the 2nd floor. Take the elevator or escalator. From the 2nd floor elevator exit, walk around to the left into the promenade. From the escalator, you arrive in the promenade. Stackner Cabaret entrance is ahead on the left.


    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Milwaukee on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    8:30 AM      Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods for boarding.

    8:55 AM Arrives at Capitol Lakes

    9:15 AM    Arrives at East Towne Sears

    9:25 AM     Departs for Milwaukee (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Milwaukee

    10:45 AM  Arrive Milwaukee Public Museum for Independent Study

    11:00 AM     Arrive Milwaukee Rep Kilbourn St. entrance for nearby downtown restaurants

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market for Third Ward restaurants

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Art Museum for Independent Study

    1:00 PM Stackner Cabaret opens Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    1:25 PM Return to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Stackner Cabaret and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep.

    2:00 PM      Always...Patsy Cline performance begins

    3:30 PM Return to Milwaukee Art Museum for Independent Study members

    4:00 PM      Always...Patsy Cline performance ends

    4:00 PM - 4:20 PM Board bus for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use

    4:25 PM  Return to Milwaukee Public Museum for Independent Study membrers

    4:25 PM      Depart for Madison (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    5:50 PM      Return to East Towne Sears

    6:05 PM     Return to Capitol Lakes

    6:25 PM     Return to Oakwood University Oaks


    Always...Patsy Cline w/Independent Study Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions):

    PLATO Members Form

    For further information, contact Always..Patsy Cline theater trip organizer, Jean Kasten, jeankasten@yahoo.com and 608-358-5448.

                                                                          


     



     

     

     

    • May 23, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oakwood Village, West, Art Center/Auditorium

    Registration is not required.

    This lecture is FREE and OPEN to the public. 


    Lecture:

    "Importance of Early Childhood Learning and It's Influence on Success Throughout life" 



    Speakers:

    Kaleem Caire:  CEO of One City Early Learning Center

    Marlo Mielke:  Center Director:  One City Early Learning Center


    The presentation is one in a series of presentations about organizations that provide Madison.


    About One City Early Learning Center

    One City Early Learning Centers is dedicated to cultivating healthy, happy, thoughtful, and resourceful children who have the capacity and commitment to empower others and change the world, their families and communities for the better. With this in mind, our mission is to prepare young children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and ensure they enter grade school reading-ready. 

    We will achieve our aims through a two-generation community impact approach to cultivating healthy and successful children. We will provide affordable, accessible, and high quality preschools that partner with parents and the community to prepare young children for school success. We will work hand-in-hand with parents and the broader community to ensure our little ones have the fundamental capacity to succeed in school and life from cradle to career, and become the innovators and effective leaders we will need in the future.

    One City Early Learning Center has been approved to start a Charter School in the fall for pre-school youth.




    Lecture Location:

    Oakwood Village University Woods Auditorium/Arts Center  
    6205 Mineral Point Road    
    Madison, Wisconsin 53705    

    608-230-4427  
    www.oakwoodvillage.net  

     
    Free parking is available in designated spaces at Oakwood Village - University Woods outdoors & underground. 

    To access underground parking:

    • Enter at the stoplight on Mineral Point Rd.; take the left fork & go to the SECOND driveway on the right.  Look for the sign indicating parking. 
    • Press the button located next to the garage door to speak to attendant; say you are there for a PLATO Lecture.
    • Park in any available Visitor space.

    Lecture Questions? Contact Tim Otis at: e-Mail - tierneyotis@gmail.com or phone 608 233-1050.



    • May 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison)
    • 131
    Register

    Please join us for the

    PLATO

    ANNUAL MEETING & BUFFET LUNCH


    Keynote Presentation: Professor Charles Franklin 


    TUESDAY, MAY 29, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    LUSSIER FAMILY HERITAGE CENTER

    3101 LAKE FARM ROAD, MADISON


    When Marquette Professor Charles Franklin last spoke at our annual meeting, it was only 2016; yet it seems now we were in another universe, long ago and far away. We thought then we knew that elections matter; now we really know they do. Professor Franklin is still at work as Director of the renowned Marquette Law School Poll. Despite the iconic 2016 elections, the poll continues to be the best at tracking public opinion in Wisconsin. Do you really want to know what the volatile voters of Wisconsin are thinking today about political races and other issues of public policy? Then come and listen to Professor Charles Franklin on May 29 th. His topic will be “Elections 2018: Whither Wisconsin?


    Ø  Schedule

    11:00 am          Check‐in/pick‐up name tags

    11:15 am          Taste of Italy Buffet Lunch

    • featuring pastas (including a gluten‐free option), salad, fruit, dessert, coffee, tea, lemonade.

    12:30 pm          Annual Meeting & Keynote Speaker

    • Annual election results & introduction of 2018‐19 PLATO Board
    • PLATO Service Award presentation
    • Announcement of 2018‐19 Scholarship recipients
    • Keynote: Election 2018: Whither Wisconsin?by Professor Charles Franklin, Marquette University

    Professor Franklin is Director of the renowned Marquette Law School Poll which continues to be the best at tracking public opinion in Wisconsin. The Marquette Law Poll is a public policy initiative of Marquette University Law School.


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    Ø Pre-registration required

    • Register online now   
    • OR  use this mail‐in Form.
      • Member Fee: $12.50    
      • Non‐member/Guest Fee: $17.50

    Ø  Registration deadline is Friday, May 18

    Ø Cancellations are also due May 18. 

    • No refunds after this date. 
    • Leave a message at the PLATO office: (608) 262‐5823 if you need to cancel.


    Ø  Driving Directions

    The PLATO Annual Meeting & Lunch will be held at:

    The Lussier Family Heritage Center

    located in Lake Farm County Park

    3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison, WI  53711


    The Lussier Family Heritage Center Web Address:
    https://lussierheritagecenter.com/
                        

    The Center features convenient, free parking & ADA accessible facilities.



    • May 31, 2018
    • Janesville/Milton
    • 46
    Register

    Join us on Thursday, May 31st to visit two amazing historical sites:  The Lincoln–Tallman House (as well as other buildings which are part of the Rock County Historical Society) and the Milton House Museum, which is the last certified underground railroad station in Wisconsin.   In addition, we will have lunch at O’Riley and Conway’s which specializes in Irish pub fare.

                                    Interior of the Lincoln-Tallman House


    A Rock County icon, the Lincoln-Tallman House museum originally was the residence of the William Tallman family from 1857 to 1915.  When Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Lincoln-Tallman House in 1859, it wove Rock County into the history of one of America’s greatest presidents.  Learn about the construction of the mansion, the members and personalities of the Tallman family, and the events that caused Honest Abe to spend two nights in the house.  The tour covers the home’s first and second floors.

            Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center                      Charles Tallman Archives &  Research Center


    The tour will begin at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center.   We will all receive an introduction to the home and then we will be divided into two groups.   One group will start with the Lincoln-Tallman home while the other group will have the opportunity to visit the Museum Center (and gift shop), along with the Frances Willard School building and the Charles Tallman Archives and Research Center as well as the Historical Society grounds.  After one hour, each group will switch locations.

    To learn more about the Rock Country Historical Society campus and the various buildings,  go to the Rock County Historical Society Website.

    ***Please note that the Lincoln–Tallman House is NOT handicapped accessible beyond the first floor (no elevator and does have stairs).  The other buildings are handicapped accessible***


    The Milton House has the distinction of being the last, certified Underground Railroad Station in Wisconsin that can be toured.   This busy 1844 Stagecoach Inn was a successful part of the Underground Railroad Station, a secret network of people and places that helped individuals escape slavery.    We will be able to walk the very path through the same secret passageway that ushered freedom seekers to shelter on the Underground Railroad.  The hour-long tour of the Milton House includes a detailed account of Milton's past.  Established in 1838, Milton was a community ahead of its time.  Founded on progressive ideals, the community was known for its abolitionist mindset and belief in social equality.

     The Underground Railroad Tunnel       Journey to Wisconsin's Pioneer Past


    For more information go to the Milton House Museum Website.

    *** Please note that The Milton House Museum was constructed in 1844 with three levels included in the tour -- the main floor; second-story guest rooms; and a root cellar where a 45-foot tunnel connects the inn with a pioneer cabin built in 1837.  Although the stairs accessing the various levels can be challenging, the modern addition to the museum includes an elevator that allows access to all three levels for those who need assistance or are confined to wheel chairs.  The tunnel is narrow and does not accommodate a wheel chair.  However, once in the cellar a person confined to a wheel chair can view the length of the tunnel from its entrance. The person can then use the elevator to access the main floor and enter the cabin from ground level to view the tunnel from inside the cabin.***


    LUNCH (included  in trip fee)

    In between the two historic sites, we will have lunch at O’Riley and Conway’s in Janesville.

    There will be three menu options: 
    1)  Irish Stew (made with beef tenderloin) served with coleslaw and marble rye bread;
    2)  Classic Rueben with choice of pub chips/potato salad/ creamy coleslaw or cranberry walnut slaw;   or  3)  Sandwich and Soup Bar - Choice of 1/2 sandwich and then a unlimited soup buffet.    Half sandwich choices will be:  a)  Rueben;  b)  Rachel (marble rye, turkey, swiss cheese topped with coleslaw);  c)  BLT;  d)  Toasted Cheese;  e)  Swissconsin (ham, swiss cheese, marble rye and brown mustard).    Soups offered will be:  a)  Rueben soup;  b)  Tomato basil (vegetarian);  c) the Soup of the day.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.  Arrive early and we will all arrive in Janesville on time to begin our adventure. 

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison
    7:30 AM    Bus arrives Oakwood West to begin boarding
    7:50 AM    Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding
    8:10 AM    Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding
    8:30 AM    Bus departs for Janesville (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    In Janesville and Milton
    9:30 AM      Arrive at Lincoln – Tallman House for tour
    11:30 AM    Board bus for O’Riley and Conway’s for lunch
    1:15 PM      Depart for Milton House Museum in Milton
    1:45 PM      Tour Milton House Museum
    3:15 PM      Depart Milton     

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)
    4:00 PM     Arrive East Towne Sears
    4:20 PM     Arrive Capitol Lakes
    4:40 PM     Arrive Oakwood West

    Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.

    Non-Member Policy:  Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. (Members may bring more than one guest near the registration Deadline Date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.) Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year.

    Mail-In Registration Form (includes instructions): A Visit to the Past Mail-In Registration Form.pdf

    For further information contact Irene Zimmerman, irene.e.zimmerman@gmail.com  or at 608-658-4685.  

    • June 10, 2018
    • Wilmette/Evanston
    • 17
    Register


    The Bahá’í Temple in Wilmette is one of the most striking architectural buildings in the Chicago area.  One of ten dedicated temples of the Bahá'í Faith, it is the oldest surviving Bahá'í House of Worship in the world.  In 1978, the Temple was added to the National Register of Historic Places and the Illinois Office of Tourism has named it one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois".

    The Bahá'í Faith is a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions and the unity and equality of all people. It began in Persia and other parts of the Middle East region where it has faced ongoing persecution since its inception. Currently it has between five and seven million adherents, known as Bahá'ís, spread out into most of the world's countries and territories.

                               Gardens                                                         Interior


    The Temple is a domed structure surrounded by gardens and fountains.   Many elements of the building occur in groups of nine.  Since nine is the last number in the decimal system, Bahá'ís believe it symbolizes perfection and completion. There are nine entrances to the auditorium, nine interior alcoves, nine dome sections, and nine fountains in the garden area.

                           Interior Dome                                                Entrance


    We will have a guided tour of the Temple and grounds during our 70 minute visit.

    We will then proceed three miles south to the Halim Time & Glass Museum in Evanston.

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    Halim Time & Glass Museum


    The Halim Time & Glass Museum opened last September in Evanston to showcase stained glass by Tiffany and others along with grandfather clocks, wrist-watches, and other time-keeping devices collected from around the world.

    Explore beauty and craftsmanship as you travel through time on a journey to discover the art and science of time keeping.  Over 1,100 timepieces are on display including tower clocks, chronometers, automatons, pocket watches and tall case clocks.  Beautifully restored and preserved, the collection is one of the finest in the world.

              Stained Glass Masters                                           Clocks of the World

    More than 30 masterpiece windows tell the story of the American School of Stained Glass.  Tiffany, Tillinghast, Lamb, Sperry - these are only a few of the masters on display.

    Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany traces the creative life of the artist.  Making advances in stained glass, pottery and other media, L.C. Tiffany was a true American master.

        Treasures of Louis Comfort Tiffany                            Halim Museum


                                                Clocks from the Collection


                                                Glass from the Collection


    We will spend two hours at the museum – one hour on a guided tour and one hour to explore the museum on your own.

    TripAdvisor Reviews of the Halim Museum

    Yelp Reviews of the Halim Museum

    Halim's Time Piece Collection

    LUNCH

    Lunch is not included in the trip fee and  will be from 11:00-11:45 at the Lake Forest Oasis.  There are tables inside and outside the Oasis where you can sit.  You can bring your own lunch or choose from the following restaurants:

    • Taste of Middle East
    • Subway
    • Sbarro
    • Panda Express
    • McDonalds
    • Taco Bell Express
    • KFC Express
    • Dairy Queen
    • Doc Popcorn
    • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Starbucks

    Please Note: The Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Buried Child theater trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:50 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM         Depart for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:00 AM       Arrive at Lake Forest Oasis for lunch

    11:45 AM       Depart Lake Forest Oasis

    12:30 PM      Arrive Bahai Temple

    1:40 PM        Depart Bahai Temple for Halim Museum

    2:00 PM        Arrive Halim Museum

    4:00 PM        Depart Halim Museum to pick up theater group in Glencoe

    4:20 PM        Pick up  theater group  and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.


    Bahai Temple and Halim Museum mail-in registration.pdf (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip trip organizer, Bob Shaw, robert.e.shaw@gmail.com and 608-255-3486

    • June 10, 2018
    • Glencoe
    • 24
    Register


    On a cross-country trip from New York to the west coast, Vince and his girlfriend Shelly decide to make a stop at his grandparents’ rural Illinois home. But when they arrive, neither his grandparents, Dodge and Halie, nor his father Tilden and uncle Bradley seem to recognize or remember him. As Vince searches for answers, truths begin to emerge that reveal a deep corrosion of this fragmented family living in a forgotten America.

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, wriitten by Sam Shepard, will be newly invigorated for the WT stage by Resident Director Kimberly Senior (Hedda Gabler, The Diary of Anne Frank, Marjorie Prime, The Scene), drawing audiences deeply into the story of a family fighting to come to grips with an America that may have left them behind.

    Opens May 9 and runs through June 17

    More information will be forthcoming.

    Monitor the Buried Child webpage for the latest news.


    About Writers Theatre

    Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has grown to become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence, being called the top regional theatre in the nation by The Wall Street Journal

    The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of more than 60,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry—providing the finest interpretations of both classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues. 

    In February 2016, Writers Theatre opened a new, state-of-the-art facility. This established the company's first permanent home—a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, FAIA, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander


    The new facility has allowed the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility resonates with and complements the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

    You can find Writers Theatre on Facebook 

    Writers Theatre New Home: Virtual Tour (4:29)

    Review of Writers Theatre

    Mike Fischer, Theater Critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes:

    This is the third production I’ve seen in the new Writers Theatre space that opened this year.  But it’s the first of those three that I’ve reviewed, giving me the chance to publicly join the chorus of hosannas greeting this magnificent, two-theater complex, built at a cost of nearly $30 million.

    Deliberately invoking nearby designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, its public spaces are bathed in natural light and filled with comfortable seating areas as well as a terrace on which one can enjoy a drink.  The playing spaces capture the intimate feel of the previous two Writers theaters (the book store that housed one of them in an annex has, alas, now closed).

    The new Writers space is among the most beautiful theater complexes I’ve seen.  It’s also a reminder that even in a period when the arts are chronically underfunded (Wisconsin ranks near the bottom in per capita arts funding), there are still places where governmental and private visionaries understand that the arts are not only essential to our well being, but also a smart commercial play.  

    Glencoe will benefit enormously because it houses this new theater.  So will you if you come visit. Glencoe is north of Chicago; the easy, 72-mile drive there from downtown Milwaukee is shorter than the drive from Milwaukee to Madison.

    LUNCH

    Lunch is not included in the trip fee and will be from 11:00-11:45 at the Lake Forest Oasis.  There are tables inside and outside the Oasis where you can sit.  You can bring your own lunch or choose from the following restaurants:

    • Taste of Middle East
    • Subway
    • Sbarro
    • Panda Express
    • McDonalds
    • Taco Bell Express
    • KFC Express
    • Dairy Queen
    • Doc Popcorn
    • Auntie Anne's Pretzels
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    • Starbucks

    Please Note: The Buried Child Theater Trip bus is shared with PLATO members and guests participating in the Bahá'í/Halim Field Trip. Each trip is allotted 28 seats.

    Itinerary

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago on time to begin our adventure.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the trip.

    Leave Madison

    7:50 AM         Bus arrives at Oakwood University Woods to begin boarding.

    8:00 AM         Bus departs Oakwood

    8:20 AM         Arrive at Capitol Lakes

    8:35 AM         Arrive at East Towne Sears

    8:45 AM         Depart for Chicago (or sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Chicago Area Schedule

    11:00 AM       Arrive at Lake Forest Oasis for lunch

    11:45 AM       Depart Lake Forest Oasis

    12:30 PM      Arrive Bahai Temple to drop off field trip participants

    1:00 PM        Arrive Writers Theatre 

    4:20 PM        Pick up Writers theatergoers and depart for Madison

    Madison Return Schedule (Estimated)

    7:00 PM         East Towne Sears

    7:20 PM         Capitol Lakes

    7:40 PM         Oakwood University Woods

    Non-Member Policy. Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per trip.

    Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year

    Members may bring more than one guest if seats are available. Check with trip organizer near the registration deadline date.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.

    Buried Child Theater Trip mail-in registration form (including instructions)

    For further information: Contact Buried Child Theater Trip trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741

    • June 13, 2018
    • Chicago
    • 5
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    PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.

    A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.

    As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership. 

    Hamilton Chicago Cast

    Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016

    HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.

    Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)


    The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.

    In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

    Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.

    At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.

    Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)

    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
    Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
    Many Nearby Restaurants From Which to Choose (See Restaurants Map)
    Just a Short Walk from AIC to CIBC Theatre (See Walking Map)

    *Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.


    ~  ~  ~   Hamilton Itinerary  ~  ~ ~        

    Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.

    – Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

    – Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

    Depart Madison

    7:15 AM        Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods

    7:40 AM        Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.

    7:55 AM        Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.

    8:10 AM         Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard     

    In Chicago

     11:00 AM       Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago

    11:15 AM       Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    12:45 PM        Return Pick up at Art Institute

    1:00 PM          Arrive at CIBC Theatre

    1:30 PM          Hamilton performance begins

    4:15 PM          Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins

    4:45 PM         (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Return to Madison (Estimated)

    8:15 PM      East Towne Sears

    8:30 PM      Capitol Lakes

    8:45 PM     Oakwood Village University Oaks

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand. 

    The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.


    Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)

    For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, bblitzke@gmail.com and 608-271-7741


                                                                                                                                        



     



     

     

     

    • September 05, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oak Park Place, 618 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718


    This lecture is FREE to PLATO members and the general public. 

    Registration is not required.


    “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    by Dr. William Eisinger



    Lecture:  “The Science of the Origin of Life”.

    Nearly four billion years ago the first forms of life began to appear on the earth. Did life

    emerge spontaneously from the primordial soup found in puddles on the cooling earth

    surface? Did life arise somewhere else in the Universe and come to the earth via

    meteors?

    For more than fifty years scientists have tried to recreate the conditions of the early earth

    in their laboratories and found that the basic building blocks of life can be formed

    through random interactions of simple compounds likely found on the early earth. This

    gives rise to the larger question – how did these simple building blocks assemble

    themselves into the complex structures required for cells to function? Although most

    scientists assume that nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) played essential roles in the

    formation of the earliest life, Dr. David Baum (UW Madison) and others believe that

    primitive forms of life might have existed without nucleic acids. Although each year

    important discoveries are made in this field, many fundamental questions about how life

    began remain unanswered.


    Speaker: Dr. William Eisinger

    Dr. William Eisinger is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Santa Clara University. While he was a graduate student he was introduced to origin of life studies by Dr. Sidney Fox a pioneer in the field and at Santa Clara University worked with Dr. H. P. Klein and other scientists from NASA Ames


    Location & Parking Instructions: 

    The lecture will be held at Oak Park Place, 718 Jupiter Dr, Madison, WI 53718-2950. 

    Map Directions: This link will allow you to type in your current address and will  provide directions to Oak Park Place.

    There is street parking in front of the building.  Additional parking can be found behind Oak Park Place.

    Questions?   Contact information: Mike Di Iorio, mdiiorio1234@gmail.com or 608 257-9164.


    • September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street


    The PLATO Spring Open House will take place 1:30 - 3:00PM, Wednesday, September 19th.

    * Talk with Course Coordinators & discuss their Spring class offerings

    * Re-connect with PLATO colleagues

    * Chat with Committee representatives about upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities

    * Light refreshments available throughout the afternoon

    *  A Q & A session is planned to answer questions about PLATO.

    Come any time between 1:30 and 3:00. As you enter the Senior Center, pick up an information folder, then freely move from table to table on the first floor to meet and talk to the course coordinators.  Each PLATO committee will also be represented - we are always in need of new volunteers to keep PLATO activities going!

    A brief Question-and-Answer Session will be held near the end of the open house time to help prospective, new and continuing members learn more about PLATO committees, issues, and future plans.

    Refreshments hosted by the Special Events Committee and seating will be available throughout the afternoon.

Past events

April 18, 2018 Doubt: A Parable @ Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Cabot Theatre
April 17, 2018 Lecture: "Well-being and Resilience in Aging"
April 13, 2018 Art in Bloom 2018 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 08, 2018 Pullman Historic District Tour - Chicago
April 08, 2018 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner @ Court Theater, University of Chicago
March 23, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Science and Fake News”
March 23, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 14, 2018 One House Over @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
March 07, 2018 Clearing Misconceptions About ISLAM & Current Community Challenges
February 21, 2018 PLATO Spring Open House
February 18, 2018 Black Pearl Sings @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
February 16, 2018 Global Hot Spots: “Understanding North-South Korea Relations and the Korean Missile Crisis”
February 16, 2018 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 14, 2018 Victorian's Secrets: The Revealing History of Women's Underwear
February 08, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 30, 2018 Volunteer Cafe - January 2018
January 18, 2018 Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France @ Milwaukee Art Museum
January 17, 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires & Climate Change . . . ?Cause & Effect???
January 14, 2018 Murder for Two @ Milwaukee Rep Stackner Cabaret
January 11, 2018 PLATO Theater Enthusiasts Social and Study @ Smitty's Study Pub
January 07, 2018 Chicago Museums a la Carte 2018 Field Trip
January 07, 2018 Hard Times @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
December 10, 2017 Moving Past Hate
December 06, 2017 Holmes and Watson @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
November 17, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 15, 2017 “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War”
October 27, 2017 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
October 25, 2017 The Who and The What @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 18, 2017 PLATO's 30th Anniversary
October 11, 2017 Platteville Mine and Museum with Potosi Brewery Field Trip - Wisconsin Origins
October 10, 2017 Fall Walk in Lakeshore Nature Preserve
October 05, 2017 Volunteer Cafe
October 04, 2017 Guys and Dolls (Musical) @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
September 29, 2017 A Fall Walk in Donald Park
September 20, 2017 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 17, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House/Oriental Institute Museum Field Trip, Chicago
September 17, 2017 Five Guys Named Moe (Musical) @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
September 15, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 15, 2017 Our Amish Neighbors Farm and Community Tour
September 13, 2017 BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia
September 13, 2017 Bascom Hill History Tour
August 30, 2017 A Walk Along Koshkonong Creek in CamRock County Park
August 27, 2017 Garfield Park Conservatory and Lincoln Park Zoo Field Trip, Chicago
August 27, 2017 Moby Dick @ Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago (Water Tower Place)
August 16, 2017 Three Sisters @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
August 14, 2017 A Morning Walk at Cherokee Marsh
August 03, 2017 Trempealeau Wisconsin Archaeology Field Trip - 13,000 Years of Cultural History on the Upper Mississippi River.
July 24, 2017 An Evening Walk at Pope Farm Conservancy
July 18, 2017 Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist Exhibition @ Art Institute of Chicago
July 12, 2017 Walk Lake Shore Preserve
July 11, 2017 A Flea in Her Ear @ American Players Theatre, Spring Green
June 30, 2017 A Walk in Donald Park
June 23, 2017 Morning on the Terrace
June 18, 2017 Parade (Musical) @ Writers Theatre
June 18, 2017 Chicago Botanic Garden Field Trip
June 14, 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Model B1 Homes / Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum Field Trip (Milwaukee)
June 12, 2017 A Walk in Lodi Marsh State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2017 Walk Pheasant Branch Conservancy
May 24, 2017 Horicon Marsh Trip - A Birdwatchers Delight
May 17, 2017 2017 PLATO Annual Meeting
May 17, 2017 Walk Lake Farm Park - Prior to Annual Meeting
May 10, 2017 Jane Eyre @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
May 05, 2017 Walk Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific Reserve
April 21, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 12, 2017 WISCONSIN'S ADOPTED SONS: CONSERVATIONISTS JOHN MUIR & ALDO LEOPOLD
March 30, 2017 Campus Tour: Institutes of Discovery and Geology Museum
March 24, 2017 Art in Bloom 2017 @ the Milwaukee Art Museum
March 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: International Implications of Brexit in the EU and around the World
March 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
March 08, 2017 Grounded @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
February 24, 2017 PLATO Breakfast at Elie's Family Restaurant
February 15, 2017 PLATO Spring Course Preview
February 10, 2017 Global Hotspots: "Is Civic Culture Dead? A Comparative Analysis of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil"
February 10, 2017 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
February 08, 2017 Disgraced @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
February 03, 2017 The use of Immunotherapy & Stem Cell Transplant Therapies to Treat Cancer
February 01, 2017 The Agora, Vol. 5, Is Now Accepting Submissions.
January 29, 2017 Blues for an Alabama Sky @ Court Theatre, University of Chicago
January 24, 2017 Art Lives Here: Treasures of the Milwaukee Art Museum
January 23, 2017 Long Term Care: Planning for My Future Needs
January 18, 2017 Going for Wisconsin Gold; Stories of Our State Olympians
December 11, 2016 I Love a Piano: A Celebration of Irving Berlin @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
December 07, 2016 Hamilton: An American Musical @ Private Bank Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
November 17, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: Holiday Tour
November 16, 2016 WRAP UP of DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S PLATO BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
November 11, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Shakespeare around the World: Caliban’s Land Ethic in The Tempest”
November 11, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
November 09, 2016 Tour and Lunch at the New MatC Culinary Arts Facility
November 05, 2016 Lunch Prior to Encore Viewing of "An Evening with Evicted Author Matthew Desmond"
November 05, 2016 Added Events to Enrich Your Big Read Experience
November 03, 2016 Health and Resource Fair
November 02, 2016 WARF: The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation: Investing in Research, Making a Difference for 90 Years+
November 02, 2016 The Royale @ Milwaukee Rep Stiemke Studio
October 30, 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill @ Milwaukee Rep's Stackner Cabaret
October 20, 2016 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Museum Field Trip
October 14, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
October 12, 2016 Man of La Mancha @ Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
October 07, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America”
October 07, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
October 04, 2016 Fitting the Pieces Together with Medicare
October 03, 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
September 29, 2016 Organic Valley and Kickapoo Valley Reserve Field Trip
September 21, 2016 THE PLATO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE'S BIG READ PROJECT: EVICTED
September 21, 2016 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 20, 2016 Olbrich Gardens Daytime Stroll
September 16, 2016 Global Hot Spots: “Fighting Zika and Other Emerging Viruses”
September 16, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
September 14, 2016 Janesville’s Rotary Botanical Gardens/Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens Field Trip
September 09, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 26, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - August 26
August 16, 2016 A Walk in Indian Lake County Park
August 14, 2016 War Paint (A World Premier Musical) @ Goodman Theatre, Chicago Field Trip
August 12, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
August 05, 2016 Tall Ships Festival 2016 Green Bay - Field Trip
July 29, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Mini-Coach Tour 2016 - July 29
July 20, 2016 Walk the Gardens at EPIC Systems with Jeff Epping
July 12, 2016 American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood Milwaukee Art Museum
July 08, 2016 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 08, 2016 A Walk Along Table Bluff in Cross Plains
June 28, 2016 A Walk in Cherokee Marsh
June 28, 2016 Chicago Summer a la Carte: Summer Fun in Downtown Chicago
June 24, 2016 UW-Madison Campus Trolley Tour 2016 - June 24
June 17, 2016 A Walk Through the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area
June 02, 2016 Wollersheim Winery and International Crane Foundation (ICF) Field Trip Tours
May 25, 2016 Forest Hill Cemetery: A Walk Through Madison History
May 20, 2016 University Senior Guest Auditor Workshop
May 18, 2016 Annual PLATO Meeting and Luncheon
May 12, 2016 A Walk Along the Madison Segment of the Ice Age Trail
May 11, 2016 Fences @ Milwaukee Rep Powerhouse Theater
May 10, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part II)
May 03, 2016 End of Life Preparedness Lecture (Part I of II)
April 29, 2016 Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School @ Milwaukee Art Museum
April 26, 2016 Owning Your Future: Resources to Assist as we Age
April 22, 2016 Global Hot Spots: Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Countries
April 22, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hotspots)
April 07, 2016 Spring Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
April 07, 2016 American Song @ Milwaukee Rep
March 30, 2016 Chicago a la Carte: A Day of Your Own in Downtown Chicago
March 18, 2016 Global Hot Spots: An Update from Paris: Climate Change Summit
March 18, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
March 18, 2016 Art in Bloom 2016 @ Milwaukee Art Museum
March 11, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
March 09, 2016 The Invisible Hand @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
February 28, 2016 The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith @ Stackner Cabaret
February 19, 2016 Global Hot Spots: American Foreign Policy and the Changing Middle East
February 19, 2016 Luncheon (prior to Global Hot Spots)
February 10, 2016 Library Electronic Resources Primer @ Madison Public Library
January 20, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Nitraites in Wisconsin's Groundwater
January 13, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: DNA & Waistlines
January 06, 2016 Wednesday Night @ the Lab: Walking and Strokes
December 09, 2015 The Mousetrap @ Milwaukee Rep
December 03, 2015 UW Showcase Series
November 20, 2015 Global Hot Spots: “Market Reforms and Water Wars”
November 17, 2015 Gourmet Luncheon/lecture, Madison College Culinary Arts Program
November 04, 2015 The Lion @ Milwaukee Rep - Stiemke Studio
October 27, 2015 On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota Book Talk
October 14, 2015 Dreamgirls @ Milwaukee Rep
October 08, 2015 Historic Galena Tour Field Trip
September 18, 2015 Papa Francesco’s Invitation to All people to Dialogue
September 16, 2015 PLATO Fall Course Preview
September 15, 2015 Back-to-School Primer @ Madison Public Library
August 14, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
July 29, 2015 Green Bay Botanical Garden Field Trip (with Lambeau Field Tour Option)
July 09, 2015 The PLATO Kaffeeklatsch @ Memorial Union Terrace
June 24, 2015 Milwaukee Masterworks Bus Trip 2
June 24, 2015 Drive-to PLATO Lecture & Visit at the Milwaukee Art Museum: Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels Exhibition
May 19, 2015 Ten Chimneys Tour @ Genesee Depot
May 13, 2015 Peter and the Starcatcher @ Milwaukee Rep
May 07, 2015 Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg
May 03, 2015 End of Life Preparedness (Parts I & II)
April 23, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
April 16, 2015 End of Life Preparedness
March 06, 2015 Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
February 05, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
February 03, 2015 Tour Bolz Conservatory @ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
November 20, 2014 Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from the Glasgow Museums
October 04, 2014 Epic Systems Campus 2
 

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