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Madison Area Resources

Arts and Entertainment

The web site for the Capital Times entertainment weekly.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, independent organization that exists to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret modern and contemporary art.

A virtual community providing recommendations for notable music performances in the Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago markets, show reviews and photography.

The Milwaukee Art Museum collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education.

Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning architecutral landmark in the heard of Madison's thriving cultural arts district.

Sponsored by Wisconsin's Cultural Coalition, this site serves as "a point of entry to Wisconsin's vibrant history, humanities and arts communities, complete with comprehensive listings of events."

The Wisconsin Arts Board Homepage provides listings of arts service organizations, galleries, museums, and art and craft fairs throughout the state.

The Wisconsin Union features more than 1,000 events a year brought to you by the Wisconsin Union Directorate, the Union's student volunteer programming board.

Formerly called Booked for Murder, Mystery To Me curates a broad selection of mystery books and also has books for non-mystery readers focusing on NYT best-sellers, Indie Next Picks, and books from small presses.

A Room of One's Own offers a wide selection of current and classic fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, graphic novels, local interest titles, gifts, greeting cards, and t-shirts. They have strong children's and young adult, women's studies, and LGBT fiction and nonfiction sections. In 2012, they joined forces with Avol's Bookstore and now buy and sell used books as well.

The University Book Store proudly supplies the academic community with textbooks, supplies and tools for the mind.  The University Book Store is a private organization that accepts no aid or funding from the University or state of Wisconsin.

Business

see also Business page

To locate local business home pages, try a search engine or AtoZdatabases. To locate contact information for local businesses that may not have a home page, or to locate business by category, use your local telephone directory or an online equivalent.

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is more than 1,400 businesses who support each other and work together as a strong voice for enlightened economic growth in the region.

"Assist[s] businesses in developing and thriving in Madison;" the Office of Business Resources (OBR) is the central point of contact for business assistance in the City of Madison. OBR services are geared to serve new start-up operations, corporate re-loc

Children and Families

see also Education, Events, and the Library's Kids page

DANEnet is dedicated to helping Dane County non-profits find and use quality information technology that efficiently serves their mission.

Madison with Kids is dedicated to keeping local families, child care providers and visitors in the loop with the most thorough, up-to-date listing of events and activities to do around town with kids since 2008. Madison with Kids aims to celebrate time as a family, and encourages parents to provide a variety of opportunities for their kids to experience community life by playing, learning, socializing, staying active and getting familiar with life in and around Madison, WI. Preschool Life is a related site.

Preschool Life is an online resource and print publication for parents and caregivers of preschoolers. Maintained by Kelly Rush, the site (and corresponding print mini-magazine) offers local parenting tips and news in the categories of "activities and happenings", "home life", "school life", and "just 4 fun". Madison with Kids is a related site.

The downtown Madison Public Library has an extensive collection of Madison area high school yearbooks. If a school listed below has a weblink that says "in LINKcat", that means that yearbook is listed in the LINKcat catalog. Clicking on the link takes you into the catalog, where you can see which years are available at the library. Copies are available to view in person at the Central library, please check at the Reference Desk.

Omega School, Inc. has been helping adults obtain their GED/HSED for 40 years, in a one-on-one tutoring fashion. Classes are free.

For a list of other school districts, private schools, and colleges, see City of Madison's Education Links.

Preschool and Child Care

Infant, preschool, and after-school programs accredited by the City of Madison's Child Care Unit, as well as referrals for low-income families and other child care information for city of Madison residents.

Madison with Kids is dedicated to keeping local families, child care providers and visitors in the loop with the most thorough, up-to-date listing of events and activities to do around town with kids since 2008. Madison with Kids aims to celebrate time as a family, and encourages parents to provide a variety of opportunities for their kids to experience community life by playing, learning, socializing, staying active and getting familiar with life in and around Madison, WI. Preschool Life is a related site.

Preschool Life is an online resource and print publication for parents and caregivers of preschoolers. Maintained by Kelly Rush, the site (and corresponding print mini-magazine) offers local parenting tips and news in the categories of "activities and happenings", "home life", "school life", and "just 4 fun". Madison with Kids is a related site.

Receive child care referrals via email from this City-accredited agency.

The Dane County Job Center is a central location for people looking for work and businesses that need help finding qualified applicants.

Job descriptions and requirements at Madison Public Library

Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal jobs section

Information about where to vote in the City of Madison, absentee voting procedures and forms, and poll location hours.

The CPD's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Recommending policy to the Mayor, Common Council and Department of Civil Rights in all areas that affect people with disabilities and their families; studying and making recommendations to all City departments, committees and commissions on proposals to provide better access to facilities and services for people with disabilities and their families; and soliciting comments and suggestions from citizens and organized groups regarding the concerns of citizens with disabilities.

The Board establishes county ordinances, levies taxes, passes laws concerning law enforcement and appropriated money for services.

The Dane County Directory provides information about the different governmental units that affect the residents of Dane County.

Job descriptions and requirements at Madison Public Library

This website is designed for Wisconsin voters, both registered and non-registered.  MyVote provides Wisconsin voters with registration, sample ballot, municipal clerk and polling place information. In addition, there is a section for military and permanent overseas voters to request an absentee ballot and access their absentee ballot online. The new online absentee ballot request and online absentee ballot access features work with the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) and notify clerks when voters register or request an absentee ballot.

Wisconsin Vote is a service of Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio and is updated during election season. Content for the website comes from WPT and WPR broadcasts as well as other state and national news and information sources.

A local not-for-profit organization providing affordable and comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care services.

Housing/Real Estate

Features a searchable database of apartments in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Janesville/Beloit metropolitan areas.

Mad City Homes provides flatt fee MLS and FSBO advertising for home sellers in South Central WI.

Find information for tenants and landlords regarding rental rights and responsibilities; state and local rental laws; mediation services; and general housing issues.

Housing counseling and information for landlords and tenants in the Madison area. See also the full text of Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, City of Madison Ordinance 32.06(2)

Designed to help people understand the legal process of obtaining a divorce through procedural explanations, resources for starting legal research, and contact information for organizations that can provide more assistance with family court matters. More information about family court services is available at Dane County Family Court Services.

The State of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry in partnership with Family Watchdog, with information about FDA Drug and Product recalls as well.

Find information for tenants and landlords regarding rental rights and responsibilities; state and local rental laws; mediation services; and general housing issues.

Housing counseling and information for landlords and tenants in the Madison area. See also the full text of Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities, City of Madison Ordinance 32.06(2)

Civil, Criminal, Probate, Small Claims, Divorce, and more. Many of these forms are used in the City of Madison and Dane County.

Libraries

News and Media

see also National Media Sites

Newspapers

The Badger Herald is an independent daily campus newspaper.

Isthmus is an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison.

Access full text of Wisconsin Newspapers from 2005 through the present, with a 60 day delay on adding new issues. Includes both text and a PDF scan of the articles.

Radio Stations

Television Stations

Recycling

Information for Madison residents on recycling common materials such as glass, newspaper, aluminum, cardboard, office paper, phone books, and leaves/yard waste.

Science and Nature

The UW-Madison Center for Limnology offers timelines, pertinent facts, and freezing/ice depth information for Madison area lakes.

Links to 16 South Central Wisconsin area nature centers such as Aldo Leopold Foundation, International Crane Foundation, and Mackenzie Nature Center, along with environmental education resources for teachers, parents and kids.

Information about the UW Astronomy Department's Space Astronomy Laboratory's interactive education center.

The University of Wisconsin Graduate School provides up to date scientific information about issues in the news. An archive of past stories is available.

The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County serves individuals who are age 60 and over and/or their family members by providing information and assistance in accessing services that will help older adults stay in their own homes and communities.

A nonprofit, multi-care organization assisting older and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity and maintain health and well being. Includes area services like Meals on Wheels.

Madison Senior Center involves older adults in their community and the Senior Center, as leaders, teachers and learners; provides a balance, diverse and coordinated program; and promotes the Senior Center as a model for the aging and aged.

Social Services

Speaker Bureaus

The Badger State Games is a Wisconsin festival of Olympic-style competition. The Badger State Games provide a forum for training and competition among Wisconsin's Olympic hopefuls and recreational athletes.

Weather

Current and extended forecasts for Madison, Wisconsin, and other major U.S. cities.