Archive for February 2017

Artful Aging at NESCO


Artful Aging at Madison’s North/Eastside Senior Coalition

Exercising your process of communication and social engagement is very important for the aging population.  Artful Aging is a class NESCO is excited to bring to the area seniors. This fun and engaging class is designed for senior adults, and helps exercise the process of communication and social engagement through art.

Starting February 22nd at 1pm, Artful Aging will give area seniors an opportunity to find and showcase their creativity (most of which are creating art for the first time).  This 12 week course allows the seniors to work on multiple pieces with varying mediums and different scenes.

Following the course there will be two art shows highlighting their work (Lake View Library and Warner Park Recreation Center).

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On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota

North/Eastside Senior Coalition Presents:

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota
Why Lake Mendota holds a special place in our hearts

Tuesday, February 28th at 2pm
Warner Park Community Recreation Center

Madison author Don Sanford spent more than a decade collecting stories, interviewing dozens of past and present Mendota “water rats” and searching for photos that help to explain why this lake holds a special place in the hearts of so many. His book, On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota, takes the reader on a leisurely cruise around Lake Mendota. He’ll share some of his collection of stories and photographs that provide a new and unique perspective on the shoreline of Lake Mendota as we know it today.

Black Tie Bingo

Black Tie Bingo Fundraiser to Help Older Adults

Black Tie Bingo
Friday, April 28th from 6:00-9:00pm
Cherokee Country Club

Come celebrate with the North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO) at its 3rd Annual Black Tie Bingo, an event that puts the fun in fundraising, which features food and drink, silent auction, door prizes and yes, Bingo! The event takes place on Friday, April 28 from 6:00-9:00pm at Cherokee Country Club on Madison’s Northside.  Come dressed in formal attire (suit and black tie or a dress) if you so desire.  This is not the nickel Bingo that is played every Friday at Warner Park and you do not need to be a serious Bingo player to participate. This is intended to be a fun, social event and an opportunity to help those seniors in our community who need it the most.

The event begins at 6:00pm with a social hour that includes free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and the opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items. Bingo begins at 7:00pm and contestants will vie for a $100 prize per game. The night of the event, contestants will need to purchase bingo cards for $5 per packet or 5 packets for $20.  A packet includes one bingo card for each bingo game that will be played.

Tickets are $70 per couple, $40 per person. Tickets should be purchased in advance by April 14 as space is limited. To purchase tickets stop by the NESCO office at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr., #125 or contact Trisha at the North/Eastside Senior Coalition at 243-5252 or

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Proceeds support NESCO’s mission to enhance the lives of seniors. NESCO provides people 60 and older with the basic necessities of life, such as nutritious noon meals and necessary resources for a safe, healthy life. NESCO’s social workers deal with more complex issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, transportation and medical concerns and other serious problems.

For more information about Black Tie Bingo, contact Trisha at the North/Eastside Senior Coalition at 243-5252 or

Willy Street Chamber Players

The Willy Street Chamber Players were formed in 2015 when an idea for an informal concert series among friends quickly gained momentum.  Realizing they could create something great, musicians devised a fierce guerrilla marketing strategy canvasing door-to-door, tacking posters to the windows of east side restaurants, bars, and shops, and performing on local radio. The work of these dedicated newcomers paid off; local audiences responded with enthusiasm and came out by the hundreds. By the final concert of the pilot season, the ensemble was performing to glowing reviews from Madison’s top music critics and audiences of over two hundred people.

With each individual player having a thriving career of his/her own to boast in Madison and beyond, an all-star team was created. Each member brings a fresh, imaginative take to classical music that is appealing to both lifelong classical music fans and newcomers to the genre. The six core musicians come together for four thrilling weeks in the summer to create chamber music, innovate, and share with the community they love. The Willy Street Chamber Players are firm believers that classical music should be accessible to all.

WSCP emphasizes that chamber music revolves around the concepts of collaboration and relationship building– this affects everyone in the room, not just the musicians on stage.

Northside Community Connect Program

Warner Park Community Center

Sunday, February 19th @ 12pm 


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet K. 157 in C Major

Felix Mendelssohn Four Pieces for String Quartet

Daniel Bernard Roumain String Quartet No. 5 “Rosa Parks”

WSCP is excited to present this program combining the old with the new.  Names familiar to classical music fans (Mozart and Mendelssohn) will be played alongside an exciting work written in 2005 by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain.  Roumain’s String Quartet No. 5 subtitled “Rosa Parks” is an emotional, exciting work honoring “the mother of the freedom movement.”


Combating Loneliness

BINGO is held every Friday at 10:15!

Derek Taylor found himself very lonely following the death of two loved ones.  After realizing he needed to do something about it, he found ways to keep himself busy.  Derek decided to share his wisdom and created a list of things to do to combat loneliness, one of which is going to your local community center.  This article is a great resource for anyone who is experiencing loneliness.   Link to article on Huffington Post 

Each day the North/Eastside Senior Coalition (located in the Warner Park Community Recreation Center) features an excellent, warm lunch.  From meatball sandwiches and beef stroganoff to oven fried chicken and stuffed shells, the menu appeals to everyone!  If you are interested in coming to lunch please call 243-5252 the day before to reserve your spot.  Guests are invited to enjoy their meal for a $4 contribution or whatever the guest can afford.

If you’re looking for fun social activities NESCO offers BINGO every Friday at 10:15am.  If that’s not your thing, we have various other games and crafts throughout the week.  Check out our newsletter for a list of the activities we are hosting this month. February Newsletter

We hope everyone has an opportunity to stop by and see everything that is available here on Madison’s Northside!

Brain-Stimulating Activities May Reduce Memory Issues


Brain-Stimulating Activities May Reduce Memory Issues

A recent study has shown brain-stimulating activities (card games, puzzles, video games) as well as computer usage can help reduce memory issues in seniors.

Here’s an excellent article:

Brain-Stimulating Activities May Keep Seniors Sharp

With that in mind, make sure you check out the activities offered here at Madison’s North/Eastside Senior Coalition

February Newsletter (w/ activity calendar) 

11 Exercises You Can Do


11 Exercises You Can Do


Even on these cold days there are still ways to stay active.  You could do some exercises around your house or even go to the mall and walk around.

Here’s a nice article on staying active and 11 exercises you can do today!

Article: 11 Exercises You Can Do