Memorial Day Event and Pizza

Here is an email from Carolyn Hook for all AWG members.

From: Carolyn Hook

To :Active Women’s Group

Fifteen men from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War are buried at a beautiful little cemetery on County Road M in Fitchburg. The list I have is from 2012, so there may be more veterans from current wars resting there.

Please join me at the Oak Hill Cemetery on Friday, May 26th at 10:00 A.M. to pay our respects with Memorial Day just around the corner. 

Afterward we will venture down the road a couple of miles to Sugar River Pizza for lunch. Many of you know this restaurant and love it like I do. If it’s raining, you are on your own! I melt in the rain! Hope you will join me.


Breakfast May 8

Sandra Ermis <>
To:Brunch group 2023
Wed, May 3 at 4:08 PM
A reminder about the breakfast at the Pancake Cafe on Nesbitt Road. The second Monday at 8:30. Hope to see you there.

Arboretum Garden Tours

Marcia Griskavich asked that I share her following email about the UW Arboretum tours:

The UW Madison Arboretum conducts public tours of the gardens. Below is the schedule for 2023. Perhaps we could share this with AWG gals. Hours of the Arboretum Grounds 4 a.m.—10 p.m. Visitor Center Open weekdays 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m., weekends 12:30–4 p.m.

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2023 Program Updates

We have a new presenter for October. Our own Jo Anne Lindberg stepped up to offer her services. Her presentation at the October 11 meeting will be: “The Art of Self-Care: A Hands-on Workshop.”  A 30-year veteran of Asian medicine, Jo Anne will help us develop skills such as breathwork, self-massage, and pressure points.

We have one other change. Barry Callen (who is moving to Ecuador in August), and Elissa Gonda (who is getting married in June), swapped dates. That means our presentation on June 14 will be on self-hypnosis, and our November 8 presentation will be on acupuncture.

The updated calendar is downloadable from the Program Calendar tab.

Outdoor yoga

Outdoor Yoga is Back!

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, outdoor yoga is a fantastic way to enjoy nature while focusing on your inner and outer self. And the challenge of practicing on uneven surfaces helps improve your balance and stability.

Since this summer’s planned patio construction outside the Fitchburg Community / Senior Center preempts using that space for yoga, we must find an alternative location. While that issue is yet to be resolved, mark your calendar for the first class on Tuesday, May 23. The time will be either 9:00 or 9:15, with the location to be determined. Stay tuned for updates.

Linda Gorchels will be your outdoor yoga guide. She earned RYS 200 yoga and yin yoga certifications from Yoga Alliance and taught two outdoor yoga series for the Fitchburg Senior Center last summer.


Join the walking group this Thursday. Here is Elizabeth’s message:
As many of you were unable to join us for our last walk, I thought we could go to the same place again.
It was a beautiful walk and we saw pelicans and eagles in the lake. Bring your binoculars if you wish.
DATE: Thursday, April 27
TIME: 10:00 AM
PLACE: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farms Road
We will meet in the parking lot across the road from the Lussier Family Heritage Center (Lower Yahara River parking lot) and follow the bike path from there.
Please let me know if you are able to join the group so we don’t leave anyone behind.
As always if you have any questions feel free to give me a call (608-220-3190) or email me. Hope to see you Thursday!
Elizabeth Barnum


The bike outings for this week and next have been cancelled due to the weather. Here is Sheree Dandurand’s message:

Well it looks like weather is going to win out again. We are canceling tomorrow’s ride using the e-bikes.
You may want to go on your own sometime this week to check them out while they are still free to use. There is still time for you to try them on your own.
We are also going to cancel the ride set for May 2. It looks like the cold is still going to be with us. We will send out an email with a new date once it warms up a bit.
Hopefully the weather will start cooperating with us soon.