Since opening its doors in 2000, The Community Center has provided Madisonians with a place to work out, swim, play basketball, and yell "woo" at people playing basketball. Its many programs?from Zumba to volleyball classes?encourage active lifestyles for both adults and children. In addition to more traditional fitness offerings, it also has a few edgy additions: a racquetball court, a rock-climbing wall, and a family room with ping-pong, air hockey, and board games. Oh, and an 85-foot water slide by the indoor pool.
The center isn't only concerned with toning muscles, however?its science summer camps and after-school programs also enrich young minds.
Time at the Table brings families together at the dinner table with a variety of classes and events. The Kitchen Kids program teaches young children how to cook basic recipes, while Mom's Night Off brings a group of adult friends together to cook, socialize, and take home food. By teaching people how to cook easy and inventive dishes from scratch, the organization aims to help them learn to explore cooking on their own and encourage healthy eating habits.
The Northern Hills Area CASA Program (NHCASA) helps protect and advocate for the best interests of neglected and abused children involved in court proceedings. The organization's court-appointed special advocates are well-trained volunteers who work on judge-assigned abuse or neglect cases, conducting research, reviewing documents, and interviewing the child and other involved parties before making recommendations to the court about the child's best interests. NHCASA also participates in community events, such as auctions and half-marathons, to raise awareness about abused and neglected children and encourage community action.