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City of Verona Newsletter
Issue Twenty-Five- AUGUST 2015

This Issue:

August Events
4National Night Out Against Crime, 5:00-8:30 PM, Hometown Park 
5Verona Beach Bash, 4:00-7:00 PM, Fireman's Park Beach 
6Free  Kids Movie: Penguins of Madagascar, 1:30 PM, Library 
12TRIAD Presentation: Scams, 12:30 PM, Senior Center 
12Read it and Eat Book Group, 4:00-5:00 PM, Library
13Zentangles crafting, 10:00 AM, Senior Center
13Free Kids' Movie: Song of the Sea, 1:30 PM, Library 
13Teens Board Games, 4:00-6:00 PM, Library
14Chat and Chew: "Coping with Hearing Loss," 9:00 AM, Senior Center 
17Basic Car Maintenance, 6:00-8:00 PM, Library  
18Family Fun Night: El Planeta Azul (The Blue Planet), 6:00-7:00 PM, Library 
18Grow into Spanish with Maestra Marti, 9:30-10:15 AM, Library
19Car Seat Checks, 4:00-7:00 PM, Police Department 
20Learn to Play Chess, 6:00-8:00 PM, Library  
21National Senior Citizens Day Breakfast, 9:00 AM, Senior Center 
2190+ Birthday Party, 11:45 AM, Senior Center 
24100 Year Lifestyle, 7:00-8:00 PM, Library 
26Jessie Garcia Presentation, 1:30 PM, Senior Center
 Adult Programs at the Library
Books 'N Booze 
August 20, 6:00PM 

Our book club is for people in their 20's and 30's. Books 'N Booze book club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Pasqual's Cantina in Verona.  August 20th- A Tale for the Time Being

by Ruth Ozeki

"We don't urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read."

100-Year Lifestyle 
August 24, 7:00-8:00 PM
As Americans liver longer, we should make lifestyle changes that will give us the best years. Join Dr. Tara Osterholz and Dr. Lindsey Reitzner of Verona Chiropractic to learn about the 100-year lifestyle. Register online or call 608-7180. 

Youth Programs at the Library 

Read It and Eat Book Group
August, 12 4:00-5:00 PM 
Discuss The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and eat some snacks! Copies of the book are available at the Children's Information Desk. For ages 9-12 in the Story Room. 

Family Fun Night: El Planeta Azul (The Blue Planet) 
August 18, 6:00-7:00 PM 
Enjoy songs, stories, and a planet-friendly treat with Marisol Gonzalez. This program is in Spanish and English. For Grades K-5 and their families in the Community Room. 

Learn to Play Chess!
August 20, 6:00-8:00 PM
Gus Vander Wegen will share a new, innovative way to learn how to play chess. For chess beginners ages 6 and up in the Community Room. 

Flag Football

There is still time to 
register for flag football! Click here to register online. Completed forms and payments may also be returned to the Recreation Department, 410 Investment Ct. 

Explore an Untold Chapter of the American Story

Support Groups at the Senior Center 
Caregivers Support Group
Meets at the Senior Center the first and third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM. Open to all current or previous caregivers. 

Parkinson's Support Group
Meets the third Friday of the month at 10:00 AM at the Senior Center. This group is open to anyone, any age, living with or caring for someone with Parkinson's. 

Grief Support Group
Meets at the Senior Center the third Thursday of the month at 12:30 PM. 

Veterans Group 
Meets the second Thursday of the month at 3:00 PM at the Senior Center. This group is open to Veterans of any age and branch. 

For more information about support groups, please call Becky Losby at 608-845-7471. 

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National Night Out Against Crime 

Tuesday, August 4


The Verona Police Department will be hosting its annual National Night Out Against Crime on August 4 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Hometown Festival Grounds near the Verona City Center. This year's event will include a landing from the Med Flight Helicopter, horse patrol, K9 demonstration, police officer dunk tank, Kid Care ID program, public safety-related informational booths, and the popular child bounce-houses.



As always, there will be plenty of free food available which will include a pork roast, hot dogs, corn on the cob, refreshments, and frozen treats.   A DJ will be playing music in addition to the free bike 

and bike helmet raffle.  The Verona Police Department looks forward to meeting the community it serves.



Any donations for the event can be directed to the Verona Police 

Department c/o Officer Ryan Adkins, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI 53593.  All donations are greatly appreciated and directly support this annual event and other community outreach programs such as: child safety seat inspections and installations, bicycle rodeo and safety event, school youth presentations, seniors vehicle winterization program and Shop with a Cop.

Verona Beach Bash
Wednesday, August 5 

Join us for the 15th annual Verona Beach Bash Wednesday, August 5th from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The Beach Bash is held at Fireman's Park. The event is sponsored by Miller and Sons Supermarket. There will be hot dogs, chips and soda available. Bring your friends and enjoy swimming, prizes, dunk tank, bouncey-houses and more! The cost to enter the Beach Bash is $2 for adults and $1 for children. 

Fire Department Begins Staffing New Station

While work is still continuing on the City's new Fire and EMS facility, the Verona Fire Department has moved into station. Effective July 6 of this year, the Fire Department is staffed 24 hours a day.  A full four-person crew continues to be staffed 12 hours per day. Evening staffing consists of two personnel filling an officer and a driver position.


Additional staffing is planned to be added in the 2016 budget with the goal of operating a full four person fire crew out of the station by January 1, 2017. The Verona Fire Department is staffed through a combination of full-time and part-time fire fighters.  A new Fire Science intern program will be starting this fall which will also provide additional personnel to help respond in emergencies.


Additional work on the station will be taking place over the next several weeks including completing the interior finishes, paving the rear parking area, and landscaping. Fitch-Rona EMS will be moving into the new station later this summer.  They will operate a paramedic level ambulance at this location and their administrative offices will be relocating to Verona. A public open house is tentatively planned for late September or October

Car Seat Checks 

The Verona Police Department will be offering child car seat inspections by a certified child passenger safety technician on August 19th at the Verona Police Department, 111 Lincoln Street. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-14 and, according to Madison Area Safe Kids, 9 out of 10 child restraint and car seats are installed or used incorrectly in Dane County. The risk of injury and death is significantly decreased by properly installing and using child safety seats.

Car seat inspections are by appointment only between the hours of 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and last for approximately 30 minutes. To make an appointment, contact the Madison Area Safe Kids at 608-890-8999. 
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Officer Ryan Adkins at 608-845-0952. 




2015 Fall and Winter Recreation Brochure 

New this year: The 2015 Fall/Winter Brochure will no longer be mailed to 53593 residents.  It will be available online on the City of Verona Recreation website.  The electronic copy of the brochure will be available approximately the first week of August.  In the 2015 Fall/Winter Brochure, there will be a variety of youth and adult activities to participate in.  Youth activities include soccer, basketball, engineering classes, babysitting, dance and many more.  Adult activities include coed volleyball leagues, coed kickball league, men's basketball league, and exercise classes.  



Senior Center Events 


TRIAD Presentation: Scams!

Wednesday August 12, 12:30 PM 

Officer Ryan Adkins from the Verona Police Department will give a presentation on scams. Meet in the Fireside room. 


National Senior Citizens Day Breakfast

Friday, August 21, 9:00 AM

Join us to celebrate National Senior Citizens Day with a breakfast catered by Cranberry Creek Café.  Breakfast is FREE and includes pastries, eggs, sausage, and potatoes.  The breakfast is limited to the first 45 people who sign up. Call Jennifer at 845-7471 to reserve your spot!  We hope you can join us!

Jessie Garcia Presentation

Wednesday, August 26 at 1:30 PM

Jessie Garcia, author of
My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting, was one of the first female TV sportscasters in the Midwest. She has covered Wisconsin teams for more than 20 years, including at WISC-TV in Madison and at WTMJ in Milwaukee, where she hosted The Mike McCarthy Show. She also teaches journalism at Carroll University in Waukesha.


Walking Group

Mondays and Wednesday, 9:30 AM 

The group meets and the Senior Center and walks down the bike path. We usually walk for one hour. Dress for the weather!


Bocce Ball

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM

All are welcome and rules will be taught for beginners. This is a great summer activity for all abilities! 


Teen Programs at the Library 


Basic Car Maintenance 

August 17 6:00-8:00 PM 

In this free hands-on workshop, learn how to use jumper cables,change a flat tire, and switch out your oil. Ask questions and

understand the basic components of your engine. Come prepared to get dirty! Ages 15 & up.Registration required. Call 845-7180 to register. Program meets in the library parking lot, weather permitting. If you have signed up and can no longer attend, please let us know, as registration is limited. 

 Anime & Manga Club

Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 PM
Teens interested in Japanese animation and Manga meet to watch, draw, read and eat! For grades 6-12. Have questions? Email Program meets in the Community Room. 

Board Games
Thursdays 4:00-6:00 PM
Snack and Play! Come try out the newest games on the market! Ages 11-18. No registration is required. Program meets in the Community Room.