July 2024 Meeting

Identity Theft: Am I Protecting Myself from Fraud?

July 10, 2024

Imagine being advised that a data breach may have jeopardized your personal information. What if you lose your wallet, or criminals hack into your online account? What now? Identity Theft, the fastest growing crime in America today, can compel victims to spend countless hours trying to restore their stolen identity. Jamie Hanson, co-founder and Behavioral Financial Advisor with Akamai Investment Advisors, will share tools and techniques for you to safeguard yourself.

You’ll learn:

  • The latest ploys used by criminals to steal private data
  •  Practical steps to protect your identity and minimize risk

Java Walk, June 11, 2024

Combine a nature walk along the Military Ridge Trail with socialization at the Sow’s Ear in Verona. The trail is a flat, graveled surface for the 1.1-mile walk to and from a coffeehouse that combines the charm of a cozy café with the creativity of a yarn shop The Park and Ride at the intersection of Highway 151 and Old PB is the launching point. (From Highway 18/151 toward Verona, take Exit 81—the same exit as for Festival Foods—and turn south on Old PB.) We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride at 9:00 on Tuesday, June 11, then walk to the Sow’s Ear for er-energizing. Marchelle Mertens will lead the group.

  • When: Tuesday, June 11
  • Time:  9:00 a.m.
  • Where: Verona Park and Ride
  • Contact: Marchelle Mertens (marchellem4m@gmail.com)

June 2024 Meeting

Ready, Set, Rehab: Physical Therapy Basics

June 12, 2024

Step into the world of wellness with help from Susan Armstrong, MPT, owner of Stellar Rehabilitation, an organization offering cutting-edge, personalized therapy services for clients ranging from 6 weeks to 106 years old. Sue will demystify the fundamentals of physical therapy, with practical tips and strategies to enhance your physical resilience and vitality. From simple exercises to ergonomic adjustments, you’ll gain insights that can revitalize your approach to daily living. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, seeking to improve your fitness, or simply curious about the human body, Sue’s presentation will inspire and educate. Expect to learn:

  • Simple stretching routines to ease common aches and pains, such as neck and back discomfort
  • Effective techniques for improving posture and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Tips for incorporating balance and stability exercises into your daily routine, promoting agility, and preventing falls
  • How physical therapy can help with managing chronic conditions, such as arthritis or low back pain

Posture Exercises

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Biking 2024

The Bike Riding Special Interest Group will ride on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. (weather permitting and holidays excluded). We will depart from the parking lot at the lower level of the Senior Center. Our first ride will be held on Monday, May 6. Contact Sheree Dandurand (sgdandurand@gmail.com) or Lindy Bass (lindymb@aol.com) to be added to the contact list or for more information.

Monthly Breakfasts 2024

Women’s Breakfast Interest Group

The Women’s Breakfast is a monthly gathering of women in and around Fitchburg aimed at providing a space for women to connect, share ideas, and support each other. The group meets on the second Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Pancake Cafe, 6220 Nesbitt Road in Fitchburg.

To be added to the Women’s Breakfast contact list, or for more information, contact Sandy Ermis at skermis@hotmail.com.

May 2024 Meeting

Insights on Household Waste Management and Recycling

May 8, 2024

Does recycling work? Does it matter?

Over the years, a heated debate has ensued regarding the economics of recycling, coinciding with a surge in the number of single-use containers.

Don’t assume that simply placing an item in the blue Pellitteri bin guarantees recyclability. Some mistakes can create a ripple effect with significant consequences. It starts with you. Emphasize quality over quantity when recycling.

Nationally, people contaminate and render unusable 25% of recyclables. Let’s assess Fitchburg’s performance and its potential recycling report card. We’ll start with the following questions.

  • Do plastic bags gum up recycling machinery?
  • Does food residue make recyclables unfit for processing?
  • Should you bag recyclables?
  • Can you recycle all paper? Even if it’s wet?
  • What about books, coffee cups, and other paper products?
  • How can you decode the recycling symbols on containers?
  • What types of plastic and paper are non-recyclable?
  • What actually gets recycled? What percentage of items have to be rejected?
  • Do you really know the proper ways to recycle?
  • How can you manage household waste in a more sustainable way?
  • How can I properly dispose of potentially hazardous materials?

Ben Schulte, Environmental Engineer for the City of Fitchburg, and Todd Bollenbach, Pellitteri’s Municipal Account Executive, will share insights on these issues for Fitchburg residents. It’s a talk you don’t want to miss.


Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Highlights Tour – Wednesday, May 15

Experience the interiors of two significant yet distinctly different Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings — Hillside & Taliesin. This tour combines two architectural landmarks’ history and masterful design into one quick-paced two-hour tour. Besides visiting the two buildings, this Highlights Tour includes taking our shuttle through the scenic Taliesin grounds past Midway Barn, Taliesin’s former farming complex.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. (be there by 8:45)
  • Where: Lower parking lot of the Fitchburg Community Center
  • Travel:  We will carpool for the less than hour drive.  Will need at least 3 or 4 more drivers due to the number of participants
  • Tour: The Highlights Tour starts at 10:15 and lasts two hours fifteen minutes
  • Lunch:  Self-Pay (details to follow)
  • Cost: $46/person if we book and pay before 4/30/24. This is a $19 savings over regular tour prices. You can pay me at the next Active Women’s Group meeting in April or send a check to me by 4/22/24 at: 2861 Richardson Street, Fitchburg, WI 53711
  • Deadline: April 22
  • Contact: Judy Nackers at judynackers@gmail.com

April 2024 Meeting

 Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years

April 10, 2024

Step into the captivating world of Georgia O’Keeffe in “Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years.” In this immersive presentation, historian Joe Chase offers a glimpse into the formative years of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Her bustling farm family of Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch descent comprised her parents, two aunts, and six siblings under one roof. The rural surroundings with farm animals, crops in the fields, rolling hills, and open prairies, all provided visual and sensory stimuli. Georgia, being the oldest daughter, assumed the duties of tending the garden, looking after her siblings, and maintaining housekeeping chores, during a life stage that researchers have found to be pivotal in terms of learning and development.

   Let’s explore the roots of O’Keeffe’s passion for creativity, as we delve into her journey from the tranquil landscapes of rural Sun Prairie to the bustling streets of New York City, and culminating in her eventual retreat to the landscapes of Santa Fe. Through captivating storytelling and visuals, Joe invites you to trace the footsteps of a visionary whose trailblazing creations continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this presentation promises to deepen your appreciation for Georgia O’Keeffe’s remarkable legacy and the profound impact of her early years on the trajectory of modern art.

Anderson Japanese Gardens April 23

Anderson Japanese Gardens, a non-profit entity near Rockford, Illinois, is a twelve-acre landscape of streams, waterfalls, winding pathways, and koi-filled ponds. Japanese gardens use three key elements: stones for structure, water to represent life-giving force, and plants to provide color throughout the seasons. Secondary elements include pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges. We will take part in a docent-led tour to learn the history and unique qualities of these Japanese gardens.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Time: Meeting at 8:15 a.m. for an 8:30 departure
Where: Upper parking lot of the Fitchburg Community Center
Travel: We will carpool for the 1.5-hour drive.
Tour: 10 a.m.–noon
Lunch: 12:00–1:00 (self-pay)
Cost: Bring $12 cash to repay Jo Anne Lindberg for the group entry fee. Self-pay for lunch.Contact: Jo Anne Lindberg openrose@birthlink.com or text and call 847-733-8050  

Deadline: Confirm with Jo Anne no later than April 10 at the April meeting.