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Continuing Education for Seniors

Continuing Education for Seniors

Join us to expand your world! For 50 years (since 1974), Attic Angel Association has organized a weekly series of continuing education programs for seniors.

With a wide range of topics presented by experts in their fields, the programs are held nearly every Monday morning September through May at Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Road, with coffee served at 10 a.m. and the program starting at 10:30 a.m. The programs are free and open to the public.

No reservation is required and face masks are optional. There is an 80 person capacity and attendees will be admitted to the program on a first come, first serve basis.

Monday, Nov. 13

MYARTS, a new youth art center
Jessica Courtier
Director of Community Partnership for MYARTS

Monday, Nov. 20

Native American Burial Mounds in Wisconsin
Robert Birmingham
Author, editor, former state archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society

Monday, Nov. 27

No Program – Thanksgiving Break

Monday, Dec. 4

The Work of Play at Madison Children’s Museum
Deb Gilpin
President & CEO, Madison Children’s Museum

Monday, Dec. 11

Attic Angel Choir

Monday, Dec. 18

No Program for the Public

Monday, Dec. 25

No Program - Winter Break

Monday, Jan. 8

Spirituality in African-American Lives
Carlotta Calmese,
Minister, Fountain of Life Church, and former Dean, Madison College

Monday, Jan. 15

Wisconsin Latinx Communities
Armando Ibarra,
Vilas Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Chican@Latin@ Studies

Monday, Jan. 22

From the Holocaust to Civil Rights
Chris Halverson, Debbie Konkol and Joanne Weinberg,
granddaughters of a Holocaust victim

Monday, Jan. 29

Sleep, Health and Aging
Steve Barczi, MD,
Acting Director, Madison VA Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center

Monday, Feb. 5

Minimizing Falls and Making Home More Safe to Reduce Risk of Falls
Tina Heikens,
Therapy Coordinator, Attic Angel Community

Monday, Feb. 12

Trauma Informed Teaching – Responding to the Pandemic
Joan Lampert,
Adjunct Faculty, Edgewood College; Divisions of Education & Child Life

Monday, Feb. 19

What Does Lake Ice Seasonality Tell Us About Climate Change?
John Magnuson,
Professor Emeritus, Department of Integrative Biology; Director Emeritus, Center for Limnology

Monday, Feb. 26

Creating College Possibilities for Students with Disabilities
Marissa Blackmore,
Cutting-Edge Practicum Coordinator, Edgewood College

Monday, March 4

Aldo Leopold, Natural Soundscapes and the Spirit of a Place
Stanley Temple,
Professor of Conservation, Wildlife Ecology and Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

Monday, March 11

The Efforts to Save Wisconsin’s Endangered Bumblebees and What You Can Do to Help
Judy Cardin,
citizen scientist and bee website owner, working with DNR and Arboretum

Monday, March 18

When Day Turns to Night: How to Experience the Upcoming Total Eclipse of the Sun
James Lattis,
Director, UW Space Place

Monday, March 25

Wisconsin’s Role in the 2024 Presidential Election
Charles Franklin,
Professor of Law and Public Policy, Director of Marquette Law School Poll

Monday, April 1

No Program - Easter Monday

Monday, April 8

The Luckiest Boy in the World
Patrick McBride,
cardiologist and author who shares experiences as a batboy for the Brewers, on the bench with 1971 Bucks, and with the Packers in his youth

Monday, April 15

Plans for a New Wisconsin State Historical Society Building Coming to the Capitol Square
Christian Overland,
The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director and CEO, Wisconsin State Historical Society

Monday, April 22

Overture’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
Emily Gruenewald,
Vice President of Development, Overture Center for the Arts; Faculty, Edgewood College, Divisions of Education & Child Life

Monday, April 29

Human Trafficking
Marlene Sorenson, Zeteo Community; McKenzie Valenza, Certified Peer Specialist with Project Respect; and Former Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney

Monday, May 6

Bareback Riders and Educated Elephants: Wisconsin’s Amazing Circus Heritage
Pete Shrake,
Archivist, Circus World

Monday, May 13

Sports, Sports, Sports! Mike “Jocko” Jacques,

Director, NBC15

Monday, May 20

Future of the Electoral College
Ken Mayer,
author and professor of Political Science, UW-Madison

Monday, May 27

No Program - Memorial Day

Programs resume after Labor Day

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The Playing Field

The Playing Field Poster

Children affected by trauma such as homelessness and those with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders have different sensory needs for emotional support that helps them learn to manage behaviors. Our dream is to create a play space that allows children to be successful while ... being kids! Some of our plans:

  • A large open space for running (crowded spaces are often a behavior trigger for children)
  • High fencing and an appropriate climbing structure (children impacted by trauma or those on the autism spectrum often take bigger risks and climb higher)
  • Sensory panels that welcome independent play when children are agitated
  • A maze for children to walk through (this helps the brain to organize)
  • Small structures where children can feel safe
  • Specially designed pieces to work large muscle groups

By helping children at this critical point in their development, your gift will be helping the future of our community!

 Visit The Playing Field Website