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




     


    • April 27, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Fluno Center First Floor Dining Room, 601 University Avenue, Madison
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    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
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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 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 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd., Madison)
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    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.



 

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