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Oct. 10: Legion Post 360 meeting

American Legion Post 360 will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. First, window cleaning at the hall will take place; at 6 p.m., the grill will be hot – bring meat to grill. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Volleyball Senior Night

The Waunakee girls’ volleyball team will celebrate the last scheduled home varsity march with senior night on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Oct. 10: Gaelic Harper

Gaelic Harper Jeff Pockat will perform at the Waunakee Public Library Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Pockat has become a music historian performing the music of greats like Turlough O’Carolan, Rory dall O’Cathan, Cornelias Lyons and Dennis O’Hampsey. Along with the music, learn anecdotes about the harp, the music, the players and the times in which they lived.

Oct. 10: Kids and social media

TEDx Speaker Collin Kartchner will talk about helping kids rise above the pressures and negativity of social media on technology during a free event Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at the Waunakee High School – 301 Community Drive. Students 5th through 12th grade will receive similar information in assemblies earlier in the day. This event is presented by Waunakee Community School District and Waunakee Community Cares Coalition.

Oct. 11: Legion Post Fish Fry

American Legion Post 360, located at 417 E. Main St., Will serve a fish fry from 5-8 pm. Oct. 11. Menu includes deep fried and baked cod, baked potato, French fries, sweet and sour cole slaw, baked beans, rolls, mac and cheese, cookies and coffee, milk and water. Drinks will be available from the bar. The Dave Austin Band will play from 6-9 pm. The Boy Scouts will sell popcorn. The cost it $12 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 years old and free for children under 5.

Oct. 12: Welcome to Medicare seminar

If you are turning age 64 this year, the Dane County Area Agency on Aging wants to help you make informed choices about your Medicare options. Do you understand what Medicare is and isn’t... how to avoid penalties for late enrollment in Medicare... and how to get the most out of your health and prescription benefit plans? Some decisions and actions about Medicare can take place 3-6 months before you turn 65, so don’t wait until you are turning 65 to understand all you need to know about this important benefit. A Free Welcome to Medicare Seminar will be offered Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Waunakee Senior Center (located in the Village Center), 333 S Madison Street. Call (608) 261-9930 to register by Oct. 2.

Oct. 12: Register to Vote at the Waunakee Public Library

Anyone not registered to vote is invited to do so at the Waunakee Public Library from 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 12. If you have moved since last voting, or have never registered to vote, volunteers with the League of Women Voters of Dane County will help get you registered. Bring your Wisconsin Driver License/ID or proof of residence. Information about Voter ID and absentee voting will also be available.

Oct. 13 & 19: Southern Wisconsin Trail Rides

Guided trail rides for ATV, UTV and Dirt Bike riders will be offered on Oct. 13 and 19 through the Ashton area. Guided groups will be broken down by skill level. The trail consists of a 20- to 25-mile loop on private property. Rides start at 10 a.m. and helmets are required. To register for more information, contact Dan Fargen at (608) 445-8228 or email

Oct. 13: Firefighters Pancake Breakfast

The Waunakee Fire Department will host its annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House Sunday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon, serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, applesauce, milk coffee and juice. The cost is $5 for adults; kids 10 and under eat free.

Oct. 13: Souper Bowl

The Friends of the Waunakee Public Library will host a Souper Bowl event from 11 a.m,-2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Community Hall, 201 N. Madison St. Those who purchase a $15 meal, which includes soup, bread, salad, beverage and dessert donated by area restaurants and businesses will be able to keep the hand-made bowls crafted by Waunakee High School art students. Special pricing is offered for families of four or more. There will be a limited supply of hand-made bowls. All proceeds will benefit the new Waunakee Public Library.

Oct. 14: Financial Peace University

A nine-week course on how to beat debt and take control of your money will be offered with Dave Ramsey’s proven strategy through Crossroads United Methodist Church. The course will run Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning Oct. 14 at the Waunakee Public Library. Material fees are $50 when you register at or or by calling 849-9599.

Oct. 15: Library Stream of GO BIG READ

The Waunakee Public Library will be offering a Live Stream of the author of this year’s GO BIG READ “The Poison Squad” at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Deborah Blum will speak about her book that depicts the history of the FDA and the quest by a Purdue chemist to assure that the food we eat is safe and healthy. Her talk will take place live at the UW Memorial Union.

Oct. 16: Boo Bash

The Community is invited to celebrate fall in Waunakee in the South Century Avenue Business District on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with trick or treating from 3-6 p.m. at over 30 participating businesses. It offers games, activities, drawings and a take home photo of your little ghouls in the Photo Solutions Photo Booth sponsored by Wisconsin Management Co. Start at the Chamber of Commerce Tent in the Village Mall parking lot. The first 250 kids will receive a free treat bag, a list of all participating businesses and a Spin the Wheel chance to win a prize. (Every spin is a winner). The “Candy for Cans” Bucket will collect donations for the Waunakee Food Pantry. The Waunakee Area Farmer’s Market in the Waun-A-Bowl/Rocky Rococo parking lot will be open with pumpkins, gourds, vegetables, flowers, salsa, pastries, baked goods and so much more. This is a free community event is sponsored by the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce. More information is available at

Oct. 16: Lighthouses of Wisconsin

The Waunakee Public Library will present a program on the Lighthouses of Wisconsin Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Lighthouses fascinate us with their beauty and their purpose – keeping ships and sailors off the rocks and out of trouble. Most lighthouses are now retired, but still attract attention. Hear from a couple who served in a Lake Michigan Lighthouse for a week plus more than a dozen of Wisconsin’s shoreline beacons.

Oct. 16: Middle School dance team tryouts

Tryouts for the new Waunakee Middle School dance team will be offered from 4-5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Heritage Elementary School’s Multipurpose Room. A parent informational meeting will follow on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. in the Middle School Cafe. The team is open to current 7th and 8th graders and will focus on hip hop and pom routines that students will take to competitions throughout Wisconsin. A fundraiser will be held Oct. 20 where parents can drop kids off for activities for a few hours.

Oct. 17: American Legion Auxiliary Meeting

Waunakee’s American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), William Lansing Unit 360, will hold its regular monthly meeting, on Thursday, October 17, at 7 PM at the Post, 417 E Main St. Anyone interested in learning about the ALA and its service to veterans and the community is welcome to attend. ALA membership is open to spouses and widows of America’s military veterans, as well as mothers, sisters, children and grandchildren of veterans. The purpose of the ALA is to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve, by enhancing the lives of veterans and their families. For more information, 608-628-2530 or send a message to

Oct. 17: Friends of the Library meeting

The Friends of the Waunakee Public Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall at the library on Oct. 17. Bring some new friends – all are welcome. They’ll receive a free Friends bookbag and you will, too. A financial report from the Oct. 13 Souper Bowl will be available and members can volunteer to help at the annual Holiday Craft Fair, bake sale and concessions stand on Nov. 23. Anyone who would like to help but cannot attend the meeting can email

Oct. 18: Legion Post 481 Fish Fry

American Legion Post 481 will serve fish and shrimp dinners from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18 while supporting local veteran programs. Choose from baked or deep fried cod, a large walleye fillet, deep fried jumbo shrimp and shrimp scampi. Dinners include coleslaw, beans, bread, choice of potato or steamed vegetables, cookie and coffee and start at just $9. Full bar available. Carry outs always welcomed. Located at River Road and Hwy. 113 next to Taylor”s Liquor Store.

Oct. 20: Food for Kidz

The Food for Kidz 14th annual event is Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Waunakee High School Fieldhouse. The goal is to package 500,000 meals for hungry children and their families. Some meals will be distributed free to local food pantries, some shipped directly to an orphanage in Haiti and the rest sent to other places in need around the world. Donations are needed to cover the cost of the ingredients. You can donate on-line or send your donation to: Waunakee Food for Kidz, Box 164, Waunakee, WI. Donations are not necessary in order to volunteer, but are greatly appreciated. Volunteer shifts are filling fast; but check the website for availability and to sign up. ( Shifts are at 9 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. For more information, call Mick and Jeamie Holm at 332-3557.

Oct. 20: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

FPC Church will host a book discussion on Anxious Kids Anxious Parents. Ezrah Schmeelk, director of Student Ministry, and Christa Schmeelk, director of Family Ministry at FPC, will lead the discussion for parents and grandparents in the community. The first half of the book will be discussed from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Oct. 20 who the kids are at Sunday School or at Cocoa and Conversation. The second half of the book will be discussed Nov. 17. Anyone wishing to reserve a spot can call the church office at (608) 949-9449. For more information, visit

Oct. 20: Off Road Bicycle ride

A 20- to 25-mile scenic trail ride for bicyclists will be offered through private property owned by 30 different landowners in Ashton area. Ride starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 and helmets are required. The start location will be 5191 Vosen Road, Middleton. To register or for more information contact Dan Fargen at (608) 445-8228 or email ddkj@tdsnet.

Oct. 20: GROW hosts Meet the Candidate

On Sunday Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will invite the public to a “Meet the Candidate” event with Judge Karofsky, one of three candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It will be at Schumacher Farm, 5682 Hwy. 19, Waunakee, at 6:30 p.m. (use Hwy. 19 entrance). Snacks and drinks will be provided. It’s an opportunity to learn more, meet and ask questions of Dane County Judge Karofsky. GROW will hold another “Meet the Candidate” event Nov. 10 with Marquette University Law School Professor Ed Fallone who is also running for Supreme Court.

Oct. 20: St. Mary of the Lake Country Fair

St. Mary of the Lake Parish’s 58th Annual Country Fair will be Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their world-famous fruitcakes will be for sale. A roast beef dinner will be served, starting at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a resale shop, bake sale, and raffles. (Resale shop hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Located at 5460 Mary Lake Road, just off Hwy M.

Oct. 21: Bridging the World One Family at a Time

The Waunakee Public will present Madeleine Uranek: Bridging the World One Family at a Time Monday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m.: With a record-breaking 26 million refugees looking for homes in 2019, Madeline Uraneck focuses on the life of one remarkable Tibetan refugee, Tenzin, she met 25 years ago. A simple acquaintance blossomed into a 25-year friendship with three generations of Tenzin’s family, including explorations of three cultures on two continents. The Wisconsin-based story is a reminder of the richness that immigrants, refugees, and asylees bring to all of us.

Oct. 21: Music Boosters Fruit Sale

The Waunakee Music Boosters Fruit Sale will begin Oct. 21 and end Nov. 21. The Waunakee Music Boosters supports the Waunakee Community School District music programs by providing funds for music equipment, clinicians, music camp scholarships, solo ensemble accompanists, guest artists and much more. Their only annual fundraiser is the Fruit Sale, offering delicious fresh fruit, cheese, nuts and meats. Fruit will be available for pick up Dec. 13 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) or Dec. 14 (8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.) at 905 Bethel Circle which is located in the Waunakee Industrial Park. New this year, we have moved to an online platform to order items and receive payments. To order, go to If you are unable to order online please call (608) 459-6003 and leave a message or email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Oct. 21: St. John’s Piecemakers meeting

The Piecemakers Quilt Club will meet on Oct 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in St John’s Gathering Room, 209 South St., Waunakee. Guests are always welcome. If you wish to join this club, you may call Gerry Olson at 849-9279 or Doris Ast at 849-5482 for more information. The club serves the community through the comfort of quilts.

Oct. 25: St. Peter Parish Fish Fry

St. Peter Parish in Ashton at Hwy. K in Ashton will serve a family style Friday fish fry from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 25.

Oct. 26: Halloween on the Farm

Schumacher Farm Park at 5682 Highway 19 in Waunakee will be hosting a fun-filled family event called ”Halloween on the Farm” on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 5-9 p.m. The night will include: Spooky Wagon Rides, James the Magician, Face-Painting, Fortune Telling, Balloon Sculpting, Children’s games, musical entertainment, pumpkin decorating, campfires, “S’Mores” and much more. $10 per person, $30 per family and children under 3 are free.

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