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April 18: The Creation of the Black White Binary in the U.S.

A program at the Waunakee Public Library, Why History Matters: The Creation of the Black White Binary in the U.S., will cover topics such as Why is there such tension, division and disparities among racial groups in the United States of America, especially among white and black Americans? How and why did blackness and slavery become synonymous? How and why did a nation founded upon liberty and freedom perpetuate human bondage? It will be at 7 p.m. April 18.

April 18: Biz & Bevs

The Chamber of Commerce will host “Biz & Bevs” on April 18 from 4-6 p.m. at Brix 340, 340 N. Century Ave. in Waunakee. Bring your name tag and business cards and stop in to meet new people, learn about local businesses, network and build relationships with potential referral sources.

April 19: St. Peter Fish Fry

St. Peter Parish, Hwy. K in Ashton, will serve its last fish fry of the season April 19 from 5-8 p.m. It is co-sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.

April 19: American Legion Post 481 Fish Fry

American Legion Post 481 will serve fish and shrimp dinners from 5-8 p.m. April 19 with proceeds supporting local veteran programs.. Carry outs always welcomed. The post is located at River Road and Hwy. 113 next to Taylor’s Liquor Store. This will be the last fish fry until September.

April 27: National Drug Take Back Day

Supported by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s “Drug Take-Back Day” campaign and in collaboration with the Waunakee Police Department, the Waunakee Community Cares Coalition, with the Waunakee Police Department will have a Drug Take-Back Event Saturday, April 27, at the Waunakee Police Department, 205 N. Klein Dr., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The public can safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions, which included controlled and uncontrolled substances, over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, creams, non-aerosol sprays, vials, inhalers, vitamins and pet medications by dumping all pills out of pill bottles into Ziploc bags. This year, MERI has collaborated to safely dispose of Epi-pens, sharps and needles for the event only.

April 28: FUNdraising open house

The 12th Annual Open House Fundraiser that will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Cancer Society is Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at MNM’s Coffeehouse back room, 509 W. Main St. It will offer direct sales products. Cash donations will also accepted, make checks payable to NMSS or ACS. Anyone with questions can contact Diane Anderson at 212-8886.

April 28: Community Awards Banquet

The Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Waunakee Community Awards Dinner on Sunday, April 28, at Rex’s Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Ave in Waunakee. Ten local civic/non-profit organizations will come together to honor exceptional volunteers committed to serving our community. Social begins at 5:30 p.m., award recipient group photo at 5:45 p.m., and an all-you-can-eat sit down dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. Reservations are required, $20 per person. Stop in at the Depot, 100 E. Main St., Waunakee, or call 849-5977 to make your reservation.

April 30: Creating ‘Garage Sale’ signs

The Waunakee High School Innovation Center will offer a workshop on creating garage sale signs from 6-9 p.m. April 30. participants will use the equipment there to create a set of signs for garage sale weekend. Participants will work with the graphic design software and the vinyl cutter to create custom signs. No prior experience is necessary. Instructors Jeff Willauer and Kayla Proctor will teach and assist. Participants will leave class with completed professional looking signs to direct people to their sale. Registration and other class information is available www.waunakee.k12.wi.us/district/create-your-signs-workshop-innovation-center.cfm. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Diane at the Community Education Office at 849-2000, ext. 8020.

May 1: Farmers Market Opening Day

The Waunakee Farmers’ Market will kick off the 2019 Season on Wednesday, May 1, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Waun-A-Bowl Parking lot, 301 S. Century Ave. The Market will open every Wednesday through Oct. 30. Throughout the season, vendors will provide locally grown produce, homemade goods and handmade products. Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce at 608-849-5977.

May 2: FFA Alumni meeting

The Waunakee FFA Alumni will meet on Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. at Rex’s Innkeeper. All interested in supporting FFA programs are welcome to attend.

May 2: Memory Café

The Dementia Friendly Waunakee Committee will sponsor its monthly Memory Café on Thursday, May 2, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Steeplechase Condominium Clubhouse, 5636 Conway Glen (off Woodland Drive). Signs will be posted to direct people to the clubhouse. The Café provides a gathering place and program for those with mild cognitive impairment or early to mid-stage dementia, along with family members or friends. Dayna Dalton, and Dane County Master Gardener, will be at the café to talk about growing flowers and vegetables. Further information is available by calling the Waunakee Senior Center at 849-8385. Memory Cafés are held the first Thursday of each month. I

May 4: Becoming a volunteer firefighter

The Waunakee Volunteer Fire Department is looking for Waunakee residents who want to give back to their community while learning lifesaving skills in the process. A meet and greet for those interested in becoming volunteer firefighters is set for May 4 from 7-11 a.m. at the Waunakee Fire Station, 401 W. Second St. It will offer a chance to talk with the fire chief and fellow firefighters who can provide information on what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter. Waunakee Fire is looking for mature adults who understand commitment, are willing to learn about firefighting, can handle dealing with adverse conditions and can always be ready when called upon. Anyone unable to attend the May 4 event can check out the fire department’s website at waunakeefire.net.

May 5: Tootsie Roll fundraiser

The Knights of Columbus of Waunakee/Westport annual Tootsie Roll fundraiser for the intellectually disabled will be May 3-5. Knights will collect donations and hand out Tootsie Rolls at the following locations: Piggly Wiggly, Meffert’s One Stop, Neil’s Village Liquor, Rex’s Innkeeper, Walgreens and Ace Hardware. All donations will be given to the following organizations who help the intellectually disabled: Wisconsin Badger Camp, Family Support and Resource Center, UCP Birth to Three Connections and Central Wisconsin Center.

May 5: Tia Nelson: Climate Change –Is there hope?

The Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee/Westport and Middleton Action Team will present an Earth Day event at Common Ground, 2644 Branch Street, Middleton, with a potluck at 5 p.m. Tia Nelson will speak at 6 p.m. $5.00 at the door covers room charge and dinner on us. This event honors the outstanding environmental work of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. In 1970, then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson established Earth Day as a way to educate people on the importance of preserving our natural environment and saving the planet. Tia Nelson has worked to carry on the message and mission of her father.

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