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    • August 26, 2022
    • May 26, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • Marquette Hotel Cafe, 414 S. Baldwin St, Madison, WI 53703

     We encourage those who wish to wear masks to do so.



    Breakfast Get-Together

    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members for breakfast or a chat over a cup of coffee

    Eastside Location:  Madison Marquette Hotel Cafe 

     414 S Baldwin St, Madison, WI 53703 


    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Madison Marquette Hotel Cafe
    • Breakfast Menu, directions and hours
    • Parking: Street Parking available
    • Organizers: Catherine Masi  cat100tothesea@gmail.com
      and Peggy Zalucha  pfz@zalucha.com
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let one of the organizers know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email
    • COVID Protocol: Please continue to use a masks at this event unless you are eating.


    • October 14, 2022
    • May 12, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • 402 W. Lakeside St, Madison, WI 53715-1702

     

    We're Inside This Month

    at Lakeside Street Coffee House

    402 W. Lakeside St, Madison

    Every 2nd Friday of the Month

    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members for breakfast or a chat over a cup of coffee
    • Where: Lakeside Street Coffee House
    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Seating is on both the main floor and down stairs levels.  You will need to climb nine steps in order to be seated on the downstairs level.
    • The menu changes daily.  To find out today's menu, please call the restaurant directly - 608 441-7599
    • Place: Lakeside St. Coffee House, 402 W Lakeside St, Madison
    • Directions are pictured on the map, below
    • Parking: Street Parking
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Thursday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • COVID Protocol: Wear a mask to the event if you prefer.

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com  or 608-280-8050

    • January 31, 2023
    • February 20, 2023

         PLATO Course registration always begins on a Tuesday four weeks before the week in which most courses begin.  


    The class list becomes public on the same day that registration opens.

    • February 08, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Capitol Lakes


    Wednesday February 8, 2:00-3:15 p.m.

    In-Person at Capitol Lakes Auditorium, 333 W. Main

    Registration is Not Required

    Free Parking in Capitol Lakes Ramp


    Before there was Governor Nelson State Park, the land supported agriculture and summer vacations. On Wednesday, February 8, 2023 join Don Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota, currently in its second printing,  for a trip back to a time when cows grazed the fields along Highway M and kids sang around the campfires on the shore of Lake Mendota.

    Don, a Madisonian, Lake Mendota sailor, and iceboater,  spent more than a decade collecting the stories of the people, places, and events that make Lake Mendota a special place in the hearts of Madisonians past and present.



    Don joined the staff of Wisconsin Public Television in 1976 serving as lighting director, production manager, volunteer manager, and occasional on-air host. He earned a B.S. in communications studies from SUNY Oswego and an M.S. in radio, television, and film from Syracuse University. Since 2007, he’s hosted his popular Lake Mendota Celebrity tour for the Madison School &  Community Recreation (MSCR) pontoon boat program.

    After the lecture, books will be available for purchase.


    Parking: Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W. Main St.

    There is free parking in the ramp across the street. Take & keep the parking ramp entry ticket with you. Drive up to the S (SKY) Level. Park only in stalls labeled Capitol Lakes (with Dome logo). Walk up the stairs to Elevator Access Room. Take elevator down from S Level => E Level (Main St. Access Exit). Cross street and enter the main doors.  The talk is in the auditorium on the first floor.  When you return, take your parking ramp ticket to the Capitol Lakes receptionist to scan it paid, for use when you exit at the parking ramp gate.

    Questions?  Contact lecture organizer Janet Cabot at jbcabot52@gmail.com


    COVID Protocol for Capitol Lakes

    At this time, the only COVID requirement is that everyone entering the building must make an entry in and sign the registration book located at the front desk.  This requirement would apply to PLATO members taking a course, attending an in person lecture or using their lobby or bathrooms as they wait for a bus.  Wear masks if desired.


    • February 20, 2023
    • March 20, 2023

      Many Spring courses begin the week of February 20. Most Spring courses will meet once a week for 10 weeks.  Be sure to check the course list to see the dates, times and lengths of individual courses.  


    The end date on this calendar event does not refer to the end of the Spring courses. It refers to the date that this message will no longer be public.  That makes room for a new message to be available.

    • March 29, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Capitol Lakes

         

    Wednesday March 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

    In-Person at Capitol Lakes Auditorium, 333 W. Main

    Registration is Not Required

    Free Parking in Capitol Lakes Ramp


    Science writer Scott Spoolman invites you to explore Wisconsin’s many and varied waterways and landscapes and to learn how they came to be as they are today.   From the placid Mississippi, to waterfalls crashing over hard rock ledges near Lake Superior, to life bursting forth in one of the world’s largest freshwater marshes, these waterways each have a fascinating story to tell.

    Scott will sample a few of the nineteen stories and several photographs from his new book Wisconsin Waters: the Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls

    From his earlier book,  Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, Scott will sample from his stories of twenty-eight state parks and forests that reveal the evidence of the state’s striking geology and natural history, including volcanic eruptions, invasions by ancient seas, and crushing glaciers. As with Wisconsin Waters, this book includes trail guides that help readers to explore on their own. The author will include readings from a few of the stories and from the trail or travel guides that follow each story.


    Scott Spoolman is a science writer who has focused on the environmental sciences,  especially those stories of natural science and the environment related to Wisconsin and surrounding states. He grew up in northern Wisconsin and earned a master's degree from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism with an emphasis on science reporting.  

    He worked for several years in the publishing industry, and since then as a freelance writer. He has coauthored several editions of a series of environmental science textbooks.  His latest books are Wisconsin Waters: the Ancient History of Lakes, Rivers, and Waterfalls, the award-winning Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, both published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, and Wisconsin Rocks: A Guide to Geologic Sites in the Badger State, published by Mountain Press Publishing Company.

    After the lecture, books will be available for purchase.


    Parking: Capitol Lakes Retirement Community, 333 W. Main St.

    There is free parking in the ramp across the street. Take & keep the parking ramp entry ticket with you. Drive up to the S (SKY) Level. Park only in stalls labeled Capitol Lakes (with Dome logo). Walk up the stairs to Elevator Access Room. Take elevator down from S Level => E Level (Main St. Access Exit). Cross street and enter the main doors.  The talk is in the auditorium on the first floor.  When you return, take your parking ramp ticket to the Capitol Lakes receptionist to scan it paid, for use when you exit at the parking ramp gate.

    Questions?  Contact lecture organizer Trish Iaccarino at trish@uwalumni.com


    COVID Protocol for Capitol Lakes

    At this time, the only COVID requirement is that everyone entering the building must make an entry in and sign the registration book located at the front desk.  This requirement would apply to PLATO members taking a course, attending an in person lecture or using their lobby or bathrooms as they wait for a bus.  Wear masks if desired.


    • April 23, 2023
    • Milwaukee
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    God of Carnage

    Milwaukee Rep Quadracci Powerhouse Theater

    Sunday, April 23, 2023     2 pm Matinee

    It's All Fun and Games – Until the Grown-Ups Get Hurt

    Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this explosive comedy is all fun and games – until the grown-ups get hurt. When two sets of parents politely meet over coffee and cake to settle a schoolyard spat between their sons, the gloves come off as neighborly decorum disintegrates into laugh-out-loud, no-holds barred mayhem. This "first class" (The New York Times) and "scabrously funny" (USA Today) send-up of middle-class manners gives a brutally entertaining look at what happens when the little things end up pushing us over the edge.

    “A dark and hilarious farce.”
    – The New Yorker

    Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes - no intermission

    Recommended Age: 14 and up


    God of Carnage will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. Information and photos about this unique theater venue.

    The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater is handicapped accessible. There is handrail support on each row as you descend and ascend the aisle.

    Group Lunch

    Plans are underway for a group lunch before the show. 

    For further information, contact God of Carnage theater trip organizers Sue Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net  608-770-3828 or Barbara Hill, hillbl47@yahoo.com 608-576-6611.

    • May 06, 2023
    • Milwaukee
    • 45

    SAVE THE DATE - Registration & Details Coming Soon

    The Greatest Love for Whitney:

    A Whitney Houston Tribute

    Saturday, May 6, 2023
    3:00 pm Matinee
    Milwaukee Rep - Stackner Cabaret

    From her powerful anthems to her glamorous elegance on the silver screen, Whitney Houston's breathtaking voice helped her become one of the most beloved artists of all time. The Greatest Love for Whitney, a world premier production, celebrates the amazing career and legacy of this Grammy Award-winning icon by taking audiences through a journey of her record-setting hits. Featuring songs like "I Will Always Love You," "Saving All My Love For You" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," this superstar's warmth and magnetism takes center stage in a fitting tribute to the woman known simply as "The Voice."

    Approximate Running Time: 2 hours with one intermission

    Recommended Age: 12 and up


    Our play will be in the intimate Stackner Cabaret. Information about this unique theater venue.

    The Stackner Cabaret is handicapped accessible to the main level 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.

    Group Dinner

    Plans are underway for a group dinner after the show. 

    For further information, contact The Greatest Love for Whitney theater trip organizers Sue Josheff, sooziej@sbcglobal.net  608-770-3828 or Barbara Hill, hillbl47@yahoo.com 608-576-6611.

    • May 09, 2023
    • May 29, 2023


    • June 05, 2023
    • July 05, 2023


    • August 22, 2023
    • September 11, 2023


             PLATO Course registration always begins on a Tuesday four weeks before the week in which most courses begin.  

    The class list becomes public on the same day that registration opens.

    • September 18, 2023
    • October 18, 2023


    Many Fall courses begin the week of September 19. Most Fall courses will meet once a week for 10 weeks.  Be sure to check the course list to see the dates, times and lengths of individual courses.  

    The end date on this calendar event does not refer to the end of the Fall courses. It refers to the date that this message will no longer be public.  That makes room for a new message to be available.

        

    • November 30, 2023
    • Locations described in eaach event description
    • 25


    Free to PLATO Members and Guests

    No Registration Required

    COVID PROTOCOL 

    Persons wishing to wear a mask during any of the walks are encouraged to do so.


    The walks listed below are based on popular guided walks organized by PLATO'S Special Events Committee over the last 5 years. The descriptions are meant to aid you in finding interesting, welcoming, safe places to walk during the year and include driving and parking information. One walk requires permission to walk on the grounds. In that case the description of the walk describes the procedure to follow.

    1. A Self-Guided Walk in the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood

    2. Indigenous Earthwork (Indian Mound) on Lake Mendota's North Shore

    3. Stewart Lake County PArk

    4. POPE FARM CONSERVANCY

    5. Cherokee Marsh : Yahara Heights unit

    6. Cherokee Marsh - North unit

    7. Edna Taylor Conservation Park,  Aldo Leopoled Nature Center and Madison's Woodland Park

    8. Donald Park: Woods, hills and farmstead

    9. Wilkie Gorge of the Cross Plains National Scientific ReserVE

    10. Pheasant branch conservancY

    11. Olin Park and turville point conservation park


    Questions?  Contact trip creator Mike Dilorio at mdiiorio1234@gmail.com.  Please text me at 608-520-4448 for a 24 hr response.

    • December 12, 2023
    • January 08, 2024


    • January 08, 2024
    • January 29, 2024


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Madison, WI 53705

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