Hometown USA sign

The “Welcome to Verona” signs — as well as some of the water towers — use Verona’s adopted slogan, Hometown USA.

The following events are set to take place between Thursday, September 23 and Thursday, September 30.

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World — poster exhibition

Through Saturday, September 25

This educational exhibition recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks. Told across 14 posters, this exhibition includes archival photographs and images of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.

View during library hours in the Verona Public Library Community Room.

For information, visit veronapubliclibrary.org/events.

Telling A People’s Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature — panel exhibition

Through Monday, October 4

An exhibit from the Miami University Art Museum will be at the Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St.

“For the first time, African-American children’s illustrated literature is the focus of a museum exhibition featuring art produced for book illustrations,” the event description states. “The presentation of this genre offers a lens into the cultural, historical, and social makeup of African-American cultural identity, while also shedding light on the long neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children’s literature.”

According to the description, the exhibit addresses the presentation of African-American identity and history in a creative, educational and respectful manner; the raising of greater awareness for the role African-American illustrators and authors play in the development and growth of the field of children’s literature; the topic of social justice throughout African-American history; the need for awareness to the challenges African-American children’s book authors and illustrators face in a field lacking sufficient representation of minorities; and the importance of appreciating the culture and history of a people who are deeply rooted in the American story.

The exhibit is available for viewing during regular library hours and is open to the public. 

Movie screening: "1917"

1 p.m., Thursday, September 23

The Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., will show the film "1917 about two young British privates during the First World War who are given an impossible mission.

To register please call 608-845-7471.

Music: John Duggleby

2 p.m., Thursday, September 23

John will be performing music titled Songs of the Spirit. A collection of happy and hopeful refrains, that celebrate good times and pull us through tough ones. John will draw from many genres from traditional and country gospel to modern pop aspirations.

Held at The Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.

Please sign up online or call 608-845-7471.

Music: Old Black Joe and Friends

5-8 p.m., Thursday, September 23

Blues/rock at Hop Garden Tap Room, 6818 Canal St., Paoli.

For information, visit thehopgarden.net

Books ‘n Booze Virtual Book Club

6 p.m., Thursday, September 23

Join to virtually to discuss "Tomboyland" by Melissa Faliveno. Books are available for curbside or in-person pick-up at the Verona Public Library.

Synopsis: "In this intrepid collection of essays, Melissa Faliveno traverses the liminal spaces of her childhood in working-class Wisconsin and the paths she’s traveled since, compelled by questions of girlhood and womanhood, queerness and class, and how the lands of our upbringing both define and complicate us even long after we’ve left. Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, Tomboyland navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place."

Register at veronapubliclibrary.org.

Music: Adam Bartels

7-9 p.m., Thursday, September 23

Adam Bartels will be playing at Riley Tavern.

Event held at 8205 Klevenville Riley Road.

Farley Center Volunteer Day

8 a.m. to 10 noon, Friday, September 24

Join Promega Group volunteers at the Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road.

They will be doing outdoor clean up work Dress for outdoor weather and bring work gloves and water bottles.

They require that all volunteers be vaccinated for the safety of all the volunteers and staff.

If you have any questions or want to sign up, e-mail programs@farleycenter.org.

Volunteer Workday at Sugar River Wetlands: Seed collection

9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 25

In August, Upper Sugar River Watershed Association will identify several different native wetland plants and learn how to collect their seeds and spend some time addressing invasive plants coming up. Collected seed will be scattered in fall to areas where invasive brush has recently been removed. It’s a great event for all ages and abilities, and it promises to be rewarding, fun, and a great way to experience the outdoors.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress for the weather and, if possible, to bring a pair of work gloves. There will be work gloves available for people to borrow. Some areas may be wet, so boots are not a bad idea. Any work tools needed for the day will be provided.

Volunteers and work leaders will meet where Epic Lane and County View Road meet in Verona, overlooking the Epic Systems campus to the east and the Military Ridge State Trail to the west. An approximate address is 2517 Country View Road, Verona, WI 53593.

Saturday Storytime

11 a.m., Saturday, September 25

Join Kismet Books for a story and maybe a song upstairs in the Brickhouse Studio. Stories are read by community volunteers and sometimes special guests. Held at 101 Main St.

For information, visit facebook.com/KismetBooks.

Conquest League

Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, September 25

Drop by Valhalla Hobby for a game of Conquest at noon on Saturday.

Optionally, join the Conquest League for $5 to get prize support for your matches.

Held at Valhalla Hobby, 535 Half Mile Road. 

Hometown Brewdown

If you enjoy ice cold beer, quenching your thirst could also support an icy local organization – Verona Youth Hockey.

Verona's Hometown Brewdown Festival is back Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 at Hometown USA Community Park, 451 E. Verona Ave. The event will run from 2-6 p.m. both days.

Over 50 breweries will be attending with over 150 different beers to sample, according to the event description on Facebook. There will also be tailgate games, live music and food and cheese vendors.

The festival was established by ICE Inc., a nonprofit organization that oversees the management of Verona Ice Arena and all proceeds go to support youth hockey programs, according to the website.

Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission. Both ticket types include unlimited beer samples. Designated drivers may enter for $10 and will get unlimited water and soda.

Attendees must be 21 years old or older to enter, no children will be permitted.

To buy tickets, visit hometownbrewdown.com.

Paoli Farmers Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, September 26

The Paoli Farmers’ Market has returned to the banks of the Sugar River.

The event, which takes place at Paoli Mill, 6890 Paoli Road, is set for Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through fall, according to the Visit Paoli Facebook page.

Goods including honey, vinaigrettes, cheeses, caramels and cookies are available from vendors. Beer is available from The Hop Garden and breakfast burritos are made fresh by Molino Taqueria. There will also be live music each week on a stage, according to the Hop Garden’s Facebook page.

For information, call 235-2771.

Vintage toys presentation at senior center

3 p.m., Sunday, September 26

People are invited to take a time traveling adventure back to early 1900s farming in Wisconsin -- in miniature -- at the Verona Senior Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Verona’s Bill Rettenmund will show off his collection of handmade miniature farm equipment models and explain for each one both the intricate process of how they were created and also how the life size versions actually worked. The event is held through the Verona Area Historical Society.

Rettennmund last worked with the historical society presentation in August 2018, when he shared his experiences as a Vietnam helicopter crew chief.

For more information, visit veronahistory.com.

Drag show matinee

3 p.m., Sunday, September 26

Four queens are ready to sashay at a Sunday matinee.

Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Grill is set to host a drag show at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26.

This show will include performers Bianca Lynn Breeze, Kendra Banx$, Kayos Mirage and Denime The Queen.

“These divas will be performing up close and personal with amazing music, lip syncing and glamorous costumes,” the event description states.

Fifth Quarter is located at 161 Horizon Drive.

For more information, visit facebook.com/fifth.quarter.9.

Everybody Story Time Outdoors

9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Monday, September 27

Stories and songs for children and their caregivers outdoors. 20-25 minutes. Ages 0-5.

This story time will be repeated at 10:30 a.m.

Walk behind the library to find our outdoor story time space. Bring your blanket and find a circle on the ground for your family’s space, so that you can keep distanced from others.

For information, visit veronapubliclibrary.org.

Bonus produce day at BPNN

3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, September 27

Verona-based, Dane County-serving Badger Prairie Needs Network has added an extra, seasonal distribution day.

The food pantry at 1200 E. Verona Ave. has added a “produce day” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays, which will be a summer growing season-only distribution day according to BPNN’s website.

The produce distribution day is intended for its usual pantry guests and is not intended to be open to everybody.

Those who qualify for food assistance from BPNN are allowed up to two visits per month, but the produce day is a bonus and does not count as one of the two visits.

No registration is required before arrival, people may just show up.

Malifaux Game Night

5-10 p.m., Monday, September 27

Come Play Malifaux at Valhalla Hobby, 535 Half Mile Road. Masks are currently required.

Clases de Inglés para Adultos mediante Aprendizaje a Distancia: Nivel Principiate/Distance Learning English Classes for Adults: Beginner Level

6-7 p.m., Monday, September 27

This class is presented in partnership with the Literacy Network. For more information and to sign up, please call Becky Fabrizio at the Literacy Network at (608) 268-6425 or email her at becky@litnetwork.org.

Blood drive

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 28

A blood drive is scheduled at Sugar River United Methodist Church, 415 W. Verona Ave.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

For information or to make an appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Advance Care Directive

Noon, Tuesday, September 28

Join Melissa Ricker from the UW Department of Family Medicine & Community Health for a discussion on advance care directives. She will discuss what advance care directives are, what they mean, why they're important, and how to fill out paperwork. 

Held both virtually or in-person at The Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.

Please sign up online or call 608-845-7471.

Clases de Inglés para Adultos mediante Aprendizaje a Distancia: Nivel Intermedio/Distance Learning English Classes for Adults: Intermediate Level

6-7 p.m., Tuesday, September 28

This class is presented in partnership with the Literacy Network. For more information and to sign up, please call Becky Fabrizio at the Literacy Network at (608) 268-6425 or email her at becky@litnetwork.org.

Verona Downtown Farmers Market

3-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 29

Hometown Junction Park, 101 Railroad St.

Visit veronadowntownfarmersmarket.com

Medicare seminars

10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday, September 30

The Verona Senior Center will hold Medicare seminars on Sept. 30.

The seminars will be led by Rodney Jayroe, an agent with Physicians Mutual Life Insurance. Jayroe will explain how to make the most of what you are entitled to, how and when to enroll, what Medicare does and does not cover and the ins and outs of Medicare Advantage and Medicare supplemental insurance.

There will be two seminars, one at 10 a.m. and another at 6 p.m.

Registration is required. For those that are attending in-person at the senior center, they should check in with the front desk; for those attending virtually, they can visit the senior center’s scheduling website at schedulesplus.com/verona/kiosk, where the login information for the virtual portion of the seminar is published.

For more information about the seminars or to register, visit the Verona Senior Center’s website at friendsoftheveronaseniorcenter.org or call the senior center at (608) 845-7471.

Music: Denny Diamond

2 p.m., Thursday, September 30

Denny sings a variety of songs from Dean Martin, Jim Croce, Ricky Nelson, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Neal Diamond and more. Enjoy his engaging humor and story telling with a myriad of anecdotes that span his 20+ years in the entertainment industry. 

Held at The Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.

Please sign up online or call 608-845-7471.

Outdoor art installation features 26 artists using only natural materials

The Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability is commemorating the 10th anniversary of its natural burial grounds and nature preserve, the Natural Path Sanctuary, with an outdoor art exhibition.

The art show, called “Rooted in the Land,” features 26 area artists from Sunday, Aug. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 31 at the 2299 Spring Rose Road land. 

This is the fifth year Farley Center has invited artists to create works in the woods, and this year is the largest exhibition yet, according to the website. The event has taken place every other year since 2013.

The exhibit’s artists created installations throughout the sanctuary’s woods this summer by using only natural materials that will safely decompose back into the ground, the website states.

Additional events include a reception to meet the artists from 1:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Light refreshments and drinks will be served at the event.

“It’s a big year of celebration, and we have a variety of special events and art in the woods,” the center’s website states.

This year’s event also celebrates the purchase of 66 acres of land in December 2020, which the center is dedicating for future farming use.

The Farley Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecological sustainability, social justice and peace, its website states. It is located on 43 acres of farm and woodland.

The center’s website acknowledges that the land it occupies are the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

“In the face of past injustice, we celebrate the vibrancy and strength of the Nation, our common land stewardship goals, the importance of a sense of place, and our shared commitment to the earth and its resources,” the website states.

For information, visit farleycenter.org.

To submit events, contact Community Reporter Neal Patten at npatten@wisconsinmediagroup.com.

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