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SPECIAL EVENTS: october 2015

ALL AGES WELCOME. These classes welcome working adults. Join us at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street, Madison. Call 266-6581 to register ASAP; fees may be paid day of class.

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flu shot clinic

Home Health United will host a walk-in clinic on Thursday, October 1 from 8:30-11:30 am at the Senior Center. If you have Medicare, bring all of your Medicare cards and a picture identification card. The cost is $31. They have a limited supply of High Dose flu vaccine for ages 65+ for $50 or Medicare pays for it. Pick up a number at the Front Desk.

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A Photo Affair / Gallery night

An annual exhibit showcasing photographers, age 55 and older, from Dane County. Original photos are displayed during the month of October and the exhibit is open to the public during normal business hours from October 2-30. This unique show is also a long standing participant in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Gallery Night, which kicks off the exhibit with a reception on October 2, from 4-7:30 pm. Qualified judges from the community review each piece and award several prizes.

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Ballroom Basics for balance

Challenge and improve your balance with basic moves of ballroom dance! Get better at walking or moving around on various surfaces and improve your confidence! This class is for you if you move around on your own with or without a device, have fallen or have fear of falling. Sponsored by the Madison Senior Center and taught by physical therapists and other health professionals. Meet on the lovely 3rd floor (elevator available) of the Central Library, just down the block. Meets on Fridays 10-11:30 am, September 25 (free intro class) through December 18. No class on 10/23, 11/23 & 11/27. Cost is $65 or $8 per drop in session or pay with Time Bank hours. Call 266-6581 to register.

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how jesus became god

The early Christian claim that Jesus was God completely changed the course of Western Civilization. In fact, without the Christian declaration of Jesus as God, Western History as we know it would have never happened. If Jesus had not been declared God, his followers would have remained a sect within Judaism, and the massive conversion of Gentiles, the Roman adoption of Christianity, and the subsequent unfolding of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and modernity would never have taken place. For that reason, the question of how Jesus became God is one of the most significant historical questions of Western civilization. Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D. narrates and Jim Lamal facilitates this 12 week class. Fee is $10 and runs from Wednesday, October 7 to January 13, 12 noon-1:30 pm. Call 266-6581 to register.

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meet the author: greg peck

Meet the author of "Death Beyond the Willows" on Tuesday, October 13 at 1 pm. This is a true story surrounding a 1927 tragedy of a young couple from Marshall, WI. Johnny Pirkl and Hazel Ferguson were from farm families. A wedding-night tragedy made national news and left both families grieving for decades. Since this book was published, it has inspired three bus tours of key sites and stunning coincidental stories that emerged and brought this rich history full circle. Peck worked for WI newspapers for the past 36 years, still serves as the Opinion Page editor of "The Gazette" in Janesville and has won a variety of journalism and nonfiction awards, as well as served on the board of directors of the WI Writers Association. Come hear this fabulous author on Tuesday, October 13 at 1:00 pm.

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recognizing the subtle sign: gynecological cancers

Women's Health Class, October 15, 10 - 11 am


There are five main types of cancer that affect a woman's reproductive organs. In this program you will learn: signs and symptoms; screening recommendations; and how to reduce your risk. Two nurses trained through the GrapeVine Project, which is a program administered by the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, will be the presenters.

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guide to mindful spending

Open up a new dialogue between you and your money: Learn the reason why you buy the things you buy and tips to reduce spending. Plus, we'll show you how to take the money you've saved and use it to reduce debt, increase savings, and live your dreams. Join Amy Crowe, Financial Education Specialist, CUDE, from Summit Credit Union on Tuesday, October 20 at 10 am. This is a returning Financial Series on the Third Tuesday of September, October and November. Call 266-6581 to register.

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Dr. Shilagh Mirgain: "How to thrive in changing timeS"

October 21 at 12:00 pm, at Monona Terrace Lecture Hall.


In an increasingly complex world, it can be easy to start simply surviving and disconnect from your passions and purpose. Drawing from positive psychology and mindfulness, you will learn simple practices to cultivate well-being, build confidence, increase happiness and strengthen emotional intelligence so you can thrive in your life. Dr. Mirgain is an accomplished researcher, lecturer and trainer in the field of Mindfulness Meditation. She is currently faculty on the UW Cultivating Well-Being in the Workplace curriculum, a collaboration between the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the UW School of Business. A sought after speaker, writer, facilitator and therapist, she was recently featured on the TODAY show discussing skills to cultivate well-being and greater happiness. This program is free to the public. Sponsored by the Monona Terrace, Visiting Angels and the Madison Senior Center

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meet the author: Edward L. powe, Ph.d.

In addition to our regularly scheduled "Meet the Author" program, we are fortunate to offer a presentation by Edward L. Powe, Ph.D. in African Languages and Literature and a BA in Spanish, Wednesday, October 28 at 10 am. Edward has traveled extensively in Africa, India, the Indian Ocean, Latin America, Indonesia and Melanesia. Edward has been a writer since 1992 and written and published over 100 titles to date. Founded in 1987, DAN AIKI PUBLICATIONS has its major goal the exaltation and popularization of the cultural and literary heritage of peoples of African, Melanesian, and/or Dravidian origin. His works can be divided into six main categories: graphic novels, martial arts, narrative verse, children's books, black culture and how to teach yourself a language. We are lucky to bring this amazing author to discuss his books to the Senior Center on Wednesday, October 28 at 10 am.

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flu shot clinics

Walgreens will host a Flu Shot Clinic at the Senior Center on Tuesday, October 27 from 11 am-1:30 pm. Call 266-6581 to register. Walk-ins accepted.