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Monona city-wide garage sales return next month

The Monona city-wide garage sales are planned to take place next month.

The Monona Chamber of Commerce said the sales are planned for May 16-17.

Organizers said there will be individual, neighborhood and organization garage sales taking place through the weekend, rain or shine.

A map of area sales will be available through www.monona.com once the event is closer, according to the chamber.

Dept. looks to raise funds for new K-9 vehicle

Dept. looks to raise funds for new K-9 vehicle

The police department has partnered with a local grocery business to help raise funds for a new squad for K-9 officer Larz over the next few weeks. 

Cottage Grove Police Officer Tony Koratko, Larz's handler, said beginning Friday and continuing through May 4, officers will occasionally be on site at the Piggly Wiggly, 421 W. Cottage Grove Road, to help customers bag and load groceries. The store will accept donations to go toward the cost of training and equipment for Larz. The goal over the more than two-week fundraiser is to collect $10,000.

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. 

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'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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