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Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.

Public art input

Madison city staff members will take suggestions and answer questions about public art and landscape elements of the Crazylegs Plaza and the Wingra Park entrance, which are part of the Monroe Street reconstruction project. There will be an open house at HotelRED, 1501 Monroe St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Community members who want to provide input on mosaic art at both locations can join artist Marcia Yapp, city staff and landscape designers in the first-floor meeting room from 6 to 7:15 p.m. An orientation presentation will begin at 6 p.m. Registration is requested, but not required. For more information or to register, go to or contact Ben Zellers, Madison transportation planner, at

Understanding Medicare

Those already retired or approaching age 65 may be faced with important decisions about health care. Medicare specialist Donna Bryant will lead a free workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, 5734 Raymond Road. One-on-one appointments will also be available. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, call 266-6581 or visit the Madison Senior Center front desk, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Defense spending

Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence will speak about the United States’ defense spending and whether it makes the country more secure during a free event hosted by the Edgewood College COR General Education Program at 7 p.m. Thursday at Edgewood College’s Anderson Auditorium, 1000 Edgewood College Drive. For more information, contact Maureen McDonnell at

Nature outing

Before you feast on Thanksgiving turkey and pie, catch a glimpse of wild turkeys feasting on acorns and other nuts along the trails and openings on a guided nature walk with master naturalist Paul Noeldner. The free event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Road. For more information, contact Noeldner at 698-0104.

Adult spelling bee

Area employees of American Family Insurance, Madison Public Library, Herzing University and Promega will compete in an adult spelling bee to raise money for Omega School, an alternative school for students not succeeding in a traditional high school setting. Among the three judges will be reigning Badger State Spelling Bee champion Martius Bautista, an Edgewood Campus School student. Tickets are $20, with proceeds going to help students pay for GED exams. The spelling bee will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Promega BTC Events Center, 5445 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. For more information or to purchase a ticket, go to

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