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    • August 26, 2022
    • October 27, 2023
    • 15 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
    • 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.

    • May 12, 2023
    • May 10, 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • 402 W. Lakeside St, Madison, WI 53715-1702


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


     Meets every 2nd Friday

    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 a flight of 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 ( or 608 280 8050)
    • COVID Protocol: Wear a mask to the event if you prefer.

    Questions? Sharon's contact information is:  or 608-280-8050

    • June 09, 2023
    • August 11, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • 800 Langdon St, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706-1419


    We're Outside June through August

    on The Memorial Union Terrace

    Every 2nd Friday of the Month

    Make new friends, meet new PLATO members for breakfast snacks or a chat over a cup of coffee – view Peet's Coffee menu here. Also, a wider variety of restaurants open at 11am for carry out lunch.

    • Location:  UW Memorial Union Terrace
    • Day: Meets on the second Friday of each month. 
    • NEW! Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    • NEW! Place: UW Memorial Union Terrace
    • Parking: Lake Street Ramp and some street parking
    • Directions: from Lake Street Ramp to Memorial Union
    • Organizer: Sharon Scrattish – look for Sharon setting up tables and chairs for the gathering.
    • Rain Considerations: If it rains, we'll move inside the Union. Look for Sharon who will be in the large glass-enclosed dining area.
    • RSVP or Questions? Let Sharon know you're coming the Wednesday before the breakfast by email or phone ( or 608-280-8050).
    • COVID Protocol: Wear a mask to the event if you prefer.
    We are looking for a fall and winter location to replace the Memorial Union. If you have ideas for a breakfast location that can handle 15 to 20 people, send a note to Sharon Scrattish.

    contact information is 
    or 608-280-8050.
    • June 14, 2023
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Goodman Community Center's BRASSWORKS Building 214 Waubesa St, Madison
    • 222

    Members & their guests are invited to PLATO's


    Keynote Speaker

    Amy L. Rosebrough, Interim State Archeologist

    “The Story of the Discovery, Recovery and Preservation

    of the Lake Mendota Canoes


    12:30pm                     Check-in/pick-up name tags

    12:30 – 1:00 pm         Refreshments and Social Time

    1:00 – 1:35 pm           Business Portion of Annual Meeting

    • Introduction of new Officers and Committee Chairs
    • Rod McKenzie, PLATO President
    • Jatinder Cheema: The Treasurer
    • Tim Otis: Fund Development
    • Kathy Michaelis: Diversity Awareness
    • Hedy Lukas: “Sharing our Love of Learning”  
    • Edie Urness-Pondillo: Agora Editorial Board
    • Kathy Burman: "Meet the Curriculum Committee"
    • Carla Di Iorio: Special Events

    1:35 – 2:35 pm         Keynote: Amy L. Rosebrough, Interim State Archeologist

                                         There will be time for Q & A

    2:35 –3:15 pm          Refreshments and Social Time


    Registration is required and closes Friday, June 9.

    If you prefer wearing a mask, we encourage you to do so.

    Driving & Parking Directions

    The PLATO Annual Meeting & Refreshments will be held at:

    The Goodman Community Center's 

    BRASSWORKS Building located at

    214 Waubesa St., Madison, WI 53704

    Click here
    for the Goodman Community Center's website.

    The Goodman Center BRASSWORKS Building features convenient, free parking & ADA accessible facilities

    Overflow parking is located across from the BRASSWORKS, behind St. Bernard's Catholic Church. 

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

    Free to PLATO Members and Guests

    No Registration Required


    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


    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  Please text me at 608-520-4448 for a 24 hr response.

PLATO is proudly supported in part by Oakwood Village.

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

for more information, contact us at:


6209 Mineral Point Road #203
Madison, WI 53705

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