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

Imagine Madison

Give your opinion on a variety of issues — such as housing, transportation, racial equity and sustainability — that impact Madisonians as part of a listening campaign to help envision Madison’s future. Take part in phase three of the project from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. Refreshments and child care will be provided. Spanish and Hmong interpreters will be available. For more information, go to

Halloween Downtown

Costume-clad children will descend on Madison for the Downtown Madison Family Halloween from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday along State Street and Capitol Square. The mostly free event will include trick-or-treating at 75 Downtown businesses, Capitol rotunda shows, Halloween photos at the Overture Center, hay rides around Capitol Square, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, stories, songs and a 3 p.m. appearance by Bucky Badger at Lisa Link Peace Park. Hay rides are $3 per person. For more information, visit

Medicare workshop

For those preparing to retire, are already retired or are age 65 years, navigating Medicare and making choices about health care can be confusing and stressful. Learn about the different parts of Medicare and when you can qualify in a presentation with Medicare specialist Donna Bryant from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the OutReach community center, 2701 International Lane. The event is free, but registration is encouraged. One-on-one appointments will also be available. For more information or to register, call 266-6581 or stop by the Madison Senior Center front desk.

Rethinking discipline

Parents and educators can learn how to move past punitive punishment of children and teach them emotion-management and problem-solving skills at an event led by former “at-risk” youth DJ Batiste and teacher Donna Porter. The free event is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol Ave. Registration is required. A $65 seminar and training session will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information or to register online, go to

Moon gazing at Monona Terrace

View the moon and other celestial objects through various telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Child-friendly presentations about the moon and a kids’ fun zone with games and prizes will be a part of the moon-gazing event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at Monona Terrace’s William T. Evjue Rooftop Gardens, 1 John Nolen Drive. The event is free but an admission ticket is required. For more information or to register online, go to