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City of Verona Newsletter
Issue Twenty-Seven- OCTOBER 2015

This Issue:
October Events
1A Twisted Mind is  a Terrible Thing to Waste, 7:00-8:00 PM, Library
5Half Hour Health Talk: Osteoporosis, 10:00  AM, Senior Center
5Lunch at the Library: Reconnect, 11:45 AM
6Book Discussion with Lucy Sanna, 7:00-8:00 PM, Library
7Getting to Know Medicare, 6:30-8:00 PM, Library
8Microsoft PowerPoint Basics, 6:30-8:30 PM, Library
9Chat and Chew: Effective Communication: 9:00 AM, Senior Center
9Homecoming Lunch, 11:45 AM, Senior Center
9Homecoming Parade, 4:00 PM
10Free E-Waste Drop-Off,  8:00 AM-3:00 PM, Public Works Facility
10Star Wars Reads Day, 1:00-3:00 PM, Library
13AARP Safe Driving Course, 12:00-4:00 PM, Senior Center
13Long Term Care & Final Expense Planning, 6:30-7:30 PM, Library
14Flu Shot Clinic, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM, Senior Center
14Health and Wellness Fair 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, Senior Center
14What  Do Colleges Really Care About?, 7:00-8:30 PM,  Library
15Books N'Booze, 6:00 PM, Pasqual's Cantina 
20Grow into Spanish with Maestra Marti, 9:30-10:15 AM, Library
20Grief and the Holidays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Library
21Minecraft Club, 9:30-10:15 AM, Library
28Halloween Dance Party, 10:00-11:00 AM, Library
29Child Development Story Time, 10:00-10:30 AM, Library
29Disney Descendants Watch Party, 1:00 PM, Library
31Trick-or-Treat hours: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
 Adult Programs at the Library

A Twisted Mind is a terrible Thing to Waste 
October 1, 7:00-8:00 PM
Join Leigh Rubin, creator of the internationally syndicated cartoon RUBES, and Phil Hands, editorial cartoonist of the "Wisconsin State Journal." There will be a door prize drawing. Register online

Book Discussion with Wisconsin Author Lucy Sanna
October 6, 7:00-8:00 PM
In her debut novel, The Cherry Harvest, author Lucy Sanna reveals the dark and unexpected consequences when German POWs are put to work in a Wisconsin farm community during WWII. Books will be available for sale and signing. Sponsored by the Friends of Verona Public Library and Beyond the Page. 

Getting to Know Medicare
October 7, 6:30-8:00 PM
Whether you're planning to enroll in Medicare or have had it for years, most people have questions. Plus, changes occur regularly. Have you questions answered by Jesse Grutz, owner of The Retirement Classroom. Register online.
Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
October 8, 6:30-8:30 PM 
Learn to create slides with text and pictures as well as other special techniques to produce dynamic presentations. Registration is required and limited to 11 participants. Register online or call 608-845-7180.


 Books N' Booze 
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. 
October 15th- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

"We don't urge readers to drink, we urge drinkers to read."
Hometown Helpers
The Verona Hometown Helpers meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Verona Senior Center as part of the RSVP Group Projects program. The group uses donated materials to make mittens, hats, scarves, and other items requested by organizations for those in need. If you are interested in more information about the Verona Hometown Helpers or to join, please contact Mary Schmelzer, RSVP Group Projects Coordinator at 608-310-7280 or by email at
Homecoming Parade
October 9, 4:00 PM
Show your Wildcat pride at the Verona Area High School Homecoming Parade.  The parade route begins at the high school entrance on Main Street and goes south to Verona Avenue, west to Westlawn Avenue and back to the high school. 
Celebration of Greece Exhibit by Magda Gryparis 
Artist Magda Gryparis expresses her love for Greece through her oil and watercolor painting of the Greek islands and mainland. Exhibit will be on display at the Library October 2-October 30. Meet the artist on Saturday, October 17, 10:00-11:00 AM. 
111 Lincoln Street
111 Lincoln Street
Commercial - 845-0963
Residential - 845-0909
410 Investment Court
111 Lincoln Street
845-7623 - Non Emergency
101 Lincoln Street
845-9401 - Non-Emergency
500 Silent Street
108 Paoli Street
Halloween will be on Saturday, October 31st and the official Trick-or-Treat hours designated by the City of Verona will be 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Verona Police Department encourages participants and residents to be mindful of their safety. Extra officers will be on duty and will be highly visible during the event. In addition, please follow these safety tips:
  • Trick-or-treat only during the designated hours, and with a parent, buddy or in a group.
  • Only approach homes with porch lights or Halloween lights on, and never go into a stranger's home or vehicle.
  • Don't wear a mask which will reduce visibility or hearing.
  • Inspect all candy before eating it.
  • If driving, stay under the speed limit and watch for sudden pedestrian movement.
  • If suspicious or unsafe activity is observed, notify a nearby officer or call 845-7623. In an emergency, call 911.
Free E-Waste Drop-Off 
The annual free e-waste drop-off for City of Verona residents will be Saturday, October 10th, 2015 from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM at the City of Verona Public Works Facility at 410 Investment Ct. E-waste includes televisions, computers, printers, computer monitors, DVD players, VCRs, fax machines, cell phones, and computer parts and accessories. The City normally charges fees for disposal of electronic waste, which is prohibited by state law from being sent to a landfill. One day only, these items may be dropped off free of charge. Anyone dropping off items must furnish proof of City of Verona residency. 
City Advises Homeowners to Verify Lottery Credit Certification 
The City of Verona Treasurer encourages property owners to make sure they are signed up to receive the State Lottery Credit on the 2015 Real Estate Tax Bills. If your 2014 tax bill included a lottery credit, the credit will continue in 2015 and for future tax bills.  No further action will be required.

If you are a new homeowner who purchased an existing home, it is likely that the property is already certified for the lottery credit.  You may verify that the lottery credit is already associated with your property by checking the Access Dane Website.

If you are a new homeowner residing in a newly constructed home, and you lived there on January 1, 2015, you will need to certify the address as your primary residence in order for the lottery credit to show up on your 2015 tax bill.  This is especially important for homes newly constructed in 2014.  house-front-sm.jpg

If you find that you need to certify for a lottery credit, you may access the necessary 2015 form LC-100 hereForms can me mailed to Dane County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1299, Madison WI 53701-1299 or faxed to 608-266-4154 NO LATER than October 30, 2015.

If you have questions please call the Dane County Treasurer at 608-266-4151.
Senior Center Events
Flu Shot Clinic
October 14, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
Home Health United will again be assisting us with a flu shot clinic on Wednesday, October 14 from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.  There is no charge for the flu shot if you bring your Medicare/Medicaid card. For those who do not have a card, the cost is $31 for the flu shot, $33 for the FluMist and $50 for the high dose shot. Flu shots will be given on a first come, first serve basis, so there may be some waiting time.  shot_preparation.jpg

Health and Wellness Fair
October 14, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM 
The Health and Wellness Fair will take place in the dining room from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. We will have representatives from Heartland Hospice, Senior Helpers, St. Mary's Care Center, Capitol Physical Therapy, Life Assist Life Line, Zounds, Comforcare, Main Street Dentists, Badger Prairie Needs Network, and More!There will also be a massage therapist, registered dietitian, falls prevention booth, vision screenings, and other health professionals on hand to answer questions.
AARP Safe Driving Course 
October 13, 12:00-4:00 PM
Refresh your driving skills! Learn new defensive driving tecniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road, and proven safety strategies. The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Please RSVP to the Senior Center at 846-7471 by Friday, October 9.
Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative 
The Verona Police Department will be partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Justice to host its fifth Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative on Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Verona Police Department. The Take- Back aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On the above date, the Verona Police Department will accept unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription drug medication which you may find in you medicine cabinet, beside tables, and kitchen drawers. 

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety
concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high. According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 

For safety reasons, we will not accept sharps, inhalers, or anything under pressure. For convenience purposes, it is recommended you place all your prescription  medications in one clear plastic bag.

This service is free and anonymous. If you have any questions, please contact the Verona Police Department at (608) 845-7623.
Recreation Opportunities 
The Verona Recreation Department has many youth activities open this fall and winter.  There are still plenty of spots open in our dance programs and youth basketball leagues.  For children age 10 and over, we offer one-day babysitter training classes.  The next babysitting class is on October 17th at the Verona Public Library. We also have room both of our engineering classes that start November 2nd and end on December 14th.  Apprentice Engineering Adventures and Junior Engineering Adventures teach kids all about the field of engineering in a fun and exciting way. Check out details for all of these activities and more at our website

We have a few adult leagues with openings for new teams.  Men's Basketball League starts Wednesday, November 4th and runs through mid-March.  Games are played at Verona Area High School on Wednesday nights.  We also have several volleyball leagues with openings: Tuesday Women's League, Thursday Coed Rec League and Thursday Coed Intermediate League.  All volleyball games are played at Badger Ridge Middle School and start the week of November 2nd.  Contact Ali Tackett at or 845-6695 for more information. 

The Rec Department has several opportunities for part time employment.  We are seeking men's basketball and adult volleyball referees to work weekday nights.  We are also seeking a yoga/exercise instructor to teach our adult yoga/exercise classes.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Ali at the information listed above, or Casey Dudley at 

Children and Teen Library Events 
Anime & Manga Club 
Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 PM
Teens interested in Japanese animation and Manga meet to watch, draw, read and eat! Grade 6-12. Email with questions. Program meets in the Community Room. 

Stop Motion Studio
October 7, 4:00-8:00 PM 
Spend some time in Teen Central, and make an animated movie using a basic stop motion App. Have your own device? Bring it and use our supplies, otherwise share a library iPad. Ages 11-18. No registration required.

Star Wars Reads Day 
October 10, 1:00-3:00 PM 
Join us for a national event to celebrate reading and Star Wars with free giveaways and crafts for children and adults. 

Monday Maker
October 12, 4:00-8:00 PM
Stop by Teen Central and create something spectacular! Ages 11-18. No registration. 

Halloween Dance Party
October 28, 10:00-11:00 AM 
Wear your costume and boogie to your favorite kid tunes. Ages 5 and under. Meets in the Community Room. 

Child Development Story Time
October 29, 10:00-10:30 AM 
Join us for a special story time led by therapists from Communication Innovations Pediatric Therapy Services, For all ages and their caregivers.