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.
The Ballroom is the dancing brain baby of Denise Aamlid, who graduated with a dance minor in 1981 and has been helping folks two-step their way through life ever since. Friday-night open dances include 20 minutes of instruction on the dance style of the week, anything from swing and the cha-cha to the tango and waltz. Following the introductory lesson, you and your partner will dance to handpicked tunes for an hour and a half, providing a full night of lively dancing fun. Partners don't change at Friday-night open dances, so you won't have to worry about wrapping your arms around the neighborhood garbage can filled with baby raccoons. The card you'll get with this Groupon can be used by more than one person; it allows both you and a partner to get in for the reduced rate. Check the schedule to find a date that works for you.
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.
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.