Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.

Wellness talk

If you’ve ever wondered whether your diet is an ideal one for maintaining your health as you age or if any supplements on the market actually work to postpone aging, attend a lecture hosted by the Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. Dr. Ruddy, ND, will lead the free event from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive. No registration is required. For more information: contact Monona Terrace at 608-261-4000.

Holiday grief

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be difficult during the holidays. Navigate your grief this holiday season by attending a seminar where you’ll learn how to deal with grief from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 7337 Hubbard Ave., Middleton. Discussion topics include dealing with emotions, what to do about traditions, where to find comfort and surviving social events. For more information: call Paul Harshner at 608-831-6084 or email

Light up Downtown

Be a part of the first seasonal lighting celebration in Downtown Madison, part of “Shine on Madison,” a six-week community event that will include a holiday lighting ceremony, a celebration of the history of the Capitol and a focus on Downtown retailers. The celebration will kick off at 6:08 p.m. Saturday at 200 State St. with the lighting of holiday lights. Before the lighting, an art and gift fair and the Madison Night Market Winter Carnival will be held. For more information: go to

Living with dementia

Learn about living with memory loss or caring for those patients at a seminar sponsored by nonprofit Dementia Friendly Madison from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton. Learn about financial and legal planning, care arrangements and tips for staying independent and living with dementia. For more information about the free event: contact Stacy Austin-Li at 608-515-8663 or