Upcoming events

    • November 27, 2019
    • May 22, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    Breakfast 
    Get-Togethers
    On
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on Campus and East Side


    NOTE:

    NEW LOCATION STARTING November 27, 2019:

    On the fourth Friday of each month we will meet at the Monona Garden Restaurant, 6501 Bridge Road in Monona.  More information follows: 


    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members and folks there for a cup of coffee. 

        2nd Friday @ The University Club

          and 

         4th Friday @ Monona Garden Restaurant


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall":

    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month. 

    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    • Location of University Club: 
    803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
    On the Library Mall

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.

    com or 608 280 8050

     

    Eastside location on 4th Friday @ Monona Garden Restaurant 


     Breakfast at Monona Garden Restaurant:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Monona Garden Restaurant
    • Full service, casual, upbeat, family-friendly restaurant. 
    • Parking: Parking is available in the Restaurant surface lot. 
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone, below.
    • Location of Restaurant: 
          6501 Bridge Road 

          Monona, WI   53713

           (608) 223-9707 

    Questions? 

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




     



    • January 28, 2020
    • February 21, 2020

    Spring Course Enrollment Opens on Tuesday January 28, 2020.

    Each Spring PLATO offers around 40 courses.  

    Many courses continue each semester with new ideas and discussions. New courses added this Spring 2020, include: The Evolution of the Beatles Music, Drawing as a Sacred Activity, and SoulCollage.

    Be sure to enroll in courses that have participant limits soon.

    As some courses become more popular, we add another section. If you cannot get into one course section, check out the other one. As an example, there are two Current Events, one session on Wednesday morning and the other session on Wednesday afternoon. Each session has a different coordinator and may be organized in a different way. We will continue to look for additional coordinators who would be willing to offer sections for future popular courses.

    For all the courses, check to see if you need to contact the coordinator to enroll or if you can just show up for the first class.

    Enrollment for courses always begins four weeks before the courses start. Also, the beginning of the course enrollment begins on a Tuesday and is announced in the PLATO weekly email.

    Also, the beginning of the course enrollment begins on a Tuesday and is announced in the PLATO weekly email.

    Link to: Spring Course Schedule  Note: link not active until January 28th 

         
    • February 19, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street

    The PLATO Spring Open House is held the third Wednesday in February.

    This year the date is February 19. It will be held at the Madison Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

    At the Spring Open House, meet the coordinators from the 40+ courses that are offered every Spring.  Members, new members and interested individuals can speak with coordinators about their course, pick up any handouts, etc.  and get excited about the courses beginning the following week. 

    Special Events committee members are on hand to answer questions about: current and upcoming trips, Breakfast Get- Together's, walking tours of local, county and state parks in the Dane County area, and Lectures. 

    Other committees with representatives are Diversity, membership, scholarship fund, as well as a representative of the membership published Agora magazine.

    As you enter the Senior Center stop at the Curriculum table to pick up a course schedule. Then move about the room talking with committee and coordinators members - all are volunteers, putting Participatory Learning and Training Organization (PLATO) into action.

    Volunteers keep all our activities going strong.  Please consider becoming involved.

    New members are invited to stop at the Membership and the Board table to find out more about PLATO activities and the many benefits in becoming a member.

    • February 24, 2020
    • March 07, 2020

    Spring Courses begin the week of February 24, 2020

    Most of the 43 Spring courses begin the week of February 24.  But check the individual course listings to see if the course you enrolled in has a different beginning week.

    Because so many different courses are offered in the Spring session, there is something for everyone.  Bob Fry and Jim O’Brien will be bringing back the International Film Festival since the renovations at Capital Lakes are finished. The five other courses that meet at Capital Lakes will be back there too. Russian History with coordinator Bruce Fischer will be back at Monona Library. Madison Senior Center will be hosting 10 returning courses including Exploring Great English Literature, Continuing Philosophy, and Life Maps. Check out the many returning courses at the various host locations this Spring.

    We also welcome the three new PLATO coordinators and their courses. Evolution of the Beatles music will be at Oakwood West; Drawing as a Sacred Activity will be at Bethany church; and Soulcollage will be held at a new host location, Tennyson Retirement Community.

    Click on Spring Courses Schedule 2020 link and you will see the variety that is offered by many volunteer coordinators.

    Link to  Spring Courses Schedule 2020. Note: link inactive until  January 28, 2020.     

    • March 25, 2020
    • Milwaukee
    • 36
    Register


    ECLIPSED @ Milwaukee Rep
    Quadracci Powerhouse

    Wednesday, MaRCH 25, 2020

    Registration Deadline February 24

    A Gripping Portrait of War and Sisterhood

    Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War.

    Five extraordinary women, who have formed an unlikely sisterhood, struggle to negotiate power, protection and peace as they try to survive. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, these defiant women ask: when the fog of battle lifts, could a different destiny emerge? Nominated for six Tony Awards, including Best Play, Eclipsed has been called “rare and powerful” by The New York Times and “a must-see production” by New York Magazine.

    “Riveting… A gut-wrenching saga told with poignancy and wit.” — Variety

    Jeremy Gerald of Deadline wrote: "Eclipsed is a major achievement - a scorching work about women and war whose humor burnishes rather than undermines its seriousness of purpose."

    Run Time: two and a quarter hours with one intermission (2:00 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Learn more by visiting the Eclipsed website.

    Eclipsed will be staged in the large, yet intimate Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. For information including photos about this unique theater venue, click here.

    Directions to the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater:  From the Milwaukee Rep’s Wells Street entrance, walk straight ahead under the atrium dome. The Powerhouse Theater is located on the Mezzanine Level. Take the elevator or walk up the white marble stairway. From the Mezzanine Level elevator exit, walk around to the right into the Powerhouse Theater entrance. 

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

    Rep-in-Depth:  An optional, but highly recommended, lively and informative 30-minute pre-talk which starts 45 minutes before every performance in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater and runs from 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM. It is free and you can drop in any time during the course of the talk.

    Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we require 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 registration fee. PLATO Membership is $60.00/year. 

    11:15 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. Please note that the cost of lunch is a separate and as such is not included in your registration. If you sign up for the optional lunch, we will provide details on cost and payment.

    For this trip, the location of our Optional Group Lunch will be in The Arc Theatre at the Saint Kate Hotel, in the same building as the Rep. Lunch includes a presentation by a member of the artistic team for the show. Cost is $25 per person, payable by exact change in cash or credit card on day of event only. Group lunch NOT INCLUDED in trip fee!

    Lunch Menu: Soup du jour, Fruit Salad, Garden Salad with Assorted Dressings, Assortment of Finger Sandwiches, Assorted Desserts, Coffee & Tea.


    Milwaukee Public Market


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

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

    Historic Third Ward Official Restaurant List

    Historic Third Ward Official Shopping List

    There are also 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. 

    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.

    Leaving Madison

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

    8:45 AM Bus departs from Oakwood University Woods

    9:15 AM Bus departs from Capitol Lakes

    9:45 AM Bus departs from East Towne Sears for Milwaukee (sooner if everyone is aboard) 

    In Milwaukee

    11:15 AM Arrive Milwaukee Public Market and other nearby Third Ward restaurants

    11:30 AM Arrive Milwaukee Rep Wells St. entrance for Optional Group Lunch or nearby downtown restaurants

    11:45 AM Group Lunch at Hotel Saint Kate 

    12:45 PM Bus returns to Milwaukee Public Market for those who need a ride to the Rep-in-Depth pre-talk and would rather not walk the five blocks to the Milwaukee Rep. (See Walking Map)

    1:15 PM Rep-in-Depth pre-talk begins

    2:00 PM Eclipsed performance begins

    4:15 PM Eclipsed performance ends

    4:30 PM Begin bus boarding for return to Madison. There will be adequate time for coat check retrieval and restroom use.

    4:45 PM Depart for Madison (sooner if everyone is aboard)

    Arrive Madison (Estimated)

    6:15 PM Bus returns to East Towne Sears

    6:40 PM Bus returns to Capitol Lakes

    7:00 PM Bus returns to Oakwood University Woods

    Eclipsed Theater Trip Mail-In Registration Form (including instructions).

    For further information, contact Eclipsed theater trip organizers:

    Stuart Utley, stuart.utley@gmail.com 0r 608-219-8946

    Nancy McClements, nancymcclements@gmail.com or 608-358-4478              

    • May 13, 2020
    • Milwaukee


    REGISTRATION COMING SOON!  CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE DETAILS 

    Destiny of Desire Website 

    • June 12, 2020
    • August 28, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    Breakfast Get-Togethers 
    2nd and 4th Fridays
     on UW-Madison Campus 


    Make new friends & meet other PLATO members while having a beverage and a bite of breakfast!

    2nd Friday @ The University Club  and 

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    2nd Friday at University Club: 


    Campus Breakfast at University Club on "UW's Library Mall"

         803 State St, Madison, WI 53703
        (Library Mall west of Univ. Book Store)


    • Day: Meets on second Friday of each month.
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Breakfast Menu and hours
    • Place: University Club, 803 State Street, "on Library Mall" 
    • Ask for the PLATO breakfast location
    • Parking: Parking available under Helen C. White and the City's  Lake Street public ramp.
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP or Questions?: Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone (sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050)
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

     &

    4th Friday @ Memorial Union Terrace


    Memorial Union Terrace:

    • Day: Meets on fourth Friday of each month. 
    • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
    • Place: Meet in the area behind the Rathskellar at the Terrace
    • Hot breakfasts available or bakery and bagels, coffee, tea, ice cream, and more inside the Union!
    • Go to the Memorial Union website for Parking & other Terrace info
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish
    • RSVP: Let Sharon know you're coming by email or phone:
    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  sscratti@gmail.com or 608 280 8050

    • June 17, 2020
    • Chicago


    REGISTRATION COMING SOON! CHECK BACK LATER FOR MORE DETAILS 

    42nd Street Website

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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