Waunakee families had an opportunity to ensure kids are bicycling safely last week when the Waunakee Police Department, with help from volunteers, presented its Bike Rodeo.

Kids came with their bikes for tune-ups, thanks to Budget Bicycle, and volunteers helped police register the bicycles with the village. Officer Glen Jacob also led a safety training course in the Prairie Elementary School parking lot, teaching young riders to stop at stop signs, along with other tips.

It’s one of several programs village departments offer. Police also present National Night Out in August at the Village Park, with MedFlight and squad cars on hand to explore and snacks to munch on.

The Village Center’s Chalk Walk and Family Movie Night is another fun event for families to enjoy close to home before the school year starts again.

Getting back to emergency responders, the Waunakee Fire Department visits schools and provides tours of the station to children during Fire Prevention Week. Their educational programs offer interesting insights for all ages about how they respond during fires. The week is capped off by the pancake breakfast at the Fire Station.

And in case you missed the photos recently in the Tribune, the Waunakee EMS also hosts an open house during EMS week with educational programs and a bite to eat.

Those are just a few. A group of volunteers is preparing for the third annual WaunaBoom on July 4th, and the Waunakee Public Library hosts enrichment programs throughout the year for adults and young adults, along with fun children’s programs and a reading program during the summer. And of course, WaunaFest with the run, parade, tournaments and live music comes the last weekend of July.

The Waunakee Area Senior Center provides a wide array of services – health screenings, tax preparation, entertainment, travel opportunities and a nutrition program.

While technically in the Town of Westport, Schumacher Farm County Park also is chock full of programming, particularly during the warmer months. Bluegrass lovers should appreciate the upcoming Bluegrass Festival later in June.

In the summer, the Waunakee Community Band performs on Thursday evenings, and the Live from the Park series also brings bands who play Tuesday evenings in June and early July.

Years ago, it was often said there was little to do in Waunakee, but that doesn’t seem to be the case any longer. It seems, nearly always, events of all kinds for all ages are underway.

Listings of these programs can be found in the Tribune’s Coming Events section and in the Library, Senior Center and Village Center sections.

Waunakee has much to offer for those who take time to seek out the vast array of programs for all ages.

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