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Free health event offers tea & T'ai Chi

A free health and movement class on in late April will celebrate martial arts. 

On April 26 Monona Parks and Recreation and a local business, Joy in Yoga, will host Monona's T'ai Chi and Qigong Day. T'ai Chi instructor Margaret Reeves will lead a free class and attendees will be offered free samples of tea and desserts. 

The event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Monona Community Center, Reeves said. No experience is necessary to participate and children are welcome, according to the Joy in Yoga website. 

Monona's T'ai Chi day coincides with international World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day, celebrated the last Saturday in April with martial arts events worldwide, according to worldtaichiday.org. 

Organizers said T'ai Chi and Qigong Day will educate the community about the health benefits of the centuries-old martial arts form. 


'Seasonal Chefs' program focuses on diner food for March

Monona Public Library will host an event featuring Chef Matt Pace of Monty’s Blue Plate Diner and Bassett Street Brunch Club on March 5 at 6 p.m. The event is part of the library’s “Seasonal Chefs” series.

This event will focus on diner food. Chef Pace will demonstrate how diner food has progressed through the years, and discuss keeping food local, sustainable, and on trend.  The event will include dishes for tasting.

The “Seasonal Chef’s series is a part of Monona Public Library’s 50th year celebration. It features chefs from local restaurants. It includes demonstrations, tastings and a Q&A session.

The program is free and open to everyone age 12 and up.

Monona Public Library asks that you register in advance. Register online at www.mononalibrary.org or by phone at (608) 222-6127.

Monona Public Library to host intro to Excel class

The Monona Public Library will be hosting an introduction to Microsoft Excel class Feb. 15, according to a release.

Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows users to store, organize and manipulate data, according to the release. The class is geared towards individuals who have basic computer skills, but have never used Excel and want to get an overview of how the program works.

The class starts at 10 a.m. and will be taught by Dan Eklof.

Eklof also teaches classes at the Senior Center in the Monona Community Center, according to the release. He also teaches 30-minute tech tutoring sessions, offered every second and third Saturday at the Monona Public Library.

To sign up, go online or call 608-222-6127.

Monona Public Library Hosts Crafting Workshop

Monona Public Library is hosting a craft workshop Wednesday February 5th at 6 p.m. The workshop is designed to encourage patrons to discover their crafting skills, find their inner muse and explore crafting methods.

The workshop is free but supplies are limited so registration is strongly suggested.  Led by artist Jennifer Falkowski, the Fearless Crafting program has been holding workshops for adults and teens for over three years. 

The workshop is open to people ages 12 and up.

Carnival at Taylor Prairie to kick off cookie sales

A regional Cookie Carnival is scheduled Sunday at Taylor Prairie School in Cottage Grove. 

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Monona Public Library Turns 50

Monona Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a week-long kickoff celebration. From Jan. 21 through Jan. 24 the library will hold a different 1960’s themed drawing each day.  

Prizes include a lunchbox filled with 60’s goodies, a DVD copy of  “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” The Beatles and The Rolling Stones CDs.  The first fifty people to check out items on Friday will receive cupcakes.  The library will be featuring various displays of significant events from 1964 to 2014 throughout the year.  

Library Director Erick Plumb said in a release that when the library opened it was two months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and a few weeks before the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show.  

Candidacy packets for municipal boards, school board available now

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