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AUGUST 2016      
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August 2016

August 2 - Executive Committee
August 11 - Board of Directors
August 11 - ChamberFest 2016
August 29 - Ambassadors Meeting

At the Verona Public Library
500 Silent St., Verona WI

Delving Deeper into Abstract
Exhibit by 3150 Studio Artists
August 1-31
at the Verona Public Library

Delving Deeper into Abstract, an exhibit by 3150 Studio Artists, will be on display at the Verona Public Library from August 1 through August 31. 3150 Studio Artists are a group of dedicated mixed media, fiber, and surface design artists. Using a wide spectrum of materials and techniques, the artists experiment with fused fabric, paint, dye, stamping, stencils, embellishments, metal, and recycled items in their artwork.

Road Scholar Travel Experience
Wednesday, August 10, 7-8 pm
At the Verona Public Library

It's never too late to travel or learn something new. Learn about opportunities for learning adventures with the Road Scholar organization at the Verona Public Library on Wednesday, August 10, from 7 to 8 pm. Al and Gail Brown will share information about the not-for-profit Road Scholar, which offers enriching travel and educational opportunities for seniors. As ambassadors for the organization, the Browns will discuss their experiences and the learning adventures they've had.

Adult Coloring Club
Monday, August 15, drop-in from 6:30-8:30 pm
At the Verona Public Library

Color away the summer at the adult coloring club at the Verona Public Library on Monday, August 15. This is a drop-in program; come any time from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Colored pencils and coloring pages will be provided, or you can bring your own. Stop in, get creative, relax, and have fun!

Wednesday, August 24
Drop in between 2 - 4 pm
At the Verona Public Library

Whether you're looking for a new career or changing careers, you can get help at the Verona Public Library on Wednesday, August 24, at a WorkSmart Network Job Connect Workshop. Assistance will be available on a drop-in basis from 2 to 4 pm in Study Room 1.

This free workshop for job seekers provides assistance with job searches, resume writing, and interviewing practice. It also offers support services, community referrals, and more. If you have a resume, please bring it with you or send it to yourself in an email for access.

The WorkSmart Network is administered by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and its workforce partners, with funding sources including the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act of 2015. For more information, go to

Why We Love the Green Bay Packers
With Author Jim Rice
Tuesday, August 30, 7-8:30 pm
At the Verona Public Library

Wisconsin loves the Green Bay Packers and author Jim Rice explains why in an informative and entertaining presentation about Packer history at the Verona Public Library on Tuesday, August 30, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Rice will trace the history of the NFL's most successful franchise with hundreds of photographs of old football cards, newspapers, magazines, and other memorabilia. Rice's books will also be available for sale and signing.
Healthy Parks Tour
Saturday, August 6 | 10 am - 12 pm
Pop's Knoll Picnic Area

Healthy Parks Tour at Donald County Park, Saturday, August 6, 10:00 - 12:00 noon starting at Pop's Knoll Picnic area.  Sponsored by Friends of Dane County Parks in conjunction with Friends of Donald Park.  Guided walking tours to encourage healthy lifestyles using our beautiful venues in Dane County and highlight the role of our parks in promoting and advancing physical and mental health close to home. 
Questions: email:
Stuff the Bus
August 8 - August 13
The Verona Lions will again be collecting school supplies for students in the Verona Area School District.  You will be able to drop off school supplies at
Verona Vision Care, State Bank of Cross Plains-Verona, and the Sugar River United Methodist Church from August 8th through August 13th. 

The attached information will give you more details about the school supplies campaign.  Donation jugs for cash donations will also be located at Millers Supermarket and the World of Variety in Verona. All cash donations will be matched by the Verona Lions and given to the school district's "Family Assistance Fund."  If you have any questions please contact Jim Fletcher at 845-6067 or email:  

Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery
300 S. Main St., Verona WI 53593
(608) 845-6800

August 5, 2016
Friday, 7 pm
Madison Songwriter Showcase feat. Laura Joy & Karen Wheelock, plus open mic for original music. $5 suggested
August 6, 2016
Saturday, 7 pm
Music from Dead Sea Squirrels and Back2Back
$10 suggested donation

 That's it for August! Have a GREAT summer!!

Commercial Space for Rent
Unusual and unique opportunity.  We have about 1200 square feet of commercial office space (4-5 offices) with furniture in a Class A office Building and a prime west side location that we want to offer for a very fair price.
Please call Steve at (608) 220-3546.
Commercial Property for Sale 
Great Investment Opportunity - Verona Strip Mall
600 W. Verona Ave., Verona WI - Location, Location, Location!  Well established with major visability, this seven unit 9500 square foot strip mall would make a great opportunity as an investment property.  Property has been well maintained and comes with 23 parking stalls.  Located right down the road from the Epic campus and across from the new Holiday Inn.  WI DOT reports 5900 vehicles pass by this property daily.  For additional details, please call Mark Nortman with United County-Bender & Associates Realty at (608) 575-3393.

Deluxe Office Space
View this quality 2500 sq. ft. office space, complete with reception area/desk, one private office, conference room, 6 built-in desks with work areas, kitchen, large separate work area/supply station, extra storage, elevator, and ample parking! Perfect layout for real estate office! Convenient location at Collin Cort,
600 W. Verona Avenue. Call Kirk at 608-220-4330 for appointment.
  Commercial Space
For Lease
Verona- 318 Locust Dr.
ZONED - Urban Industrial (Many Uses) 2,958 Sq. Ft. (650 sq./ft.Office and 2,308 Sq./Ft. Production/ Warehouse)
Office & Retail
Prairie Oaks Retail and Office Center. Join Verona's largest number of independent office and retail businesses in one location. Current tenants include Milio's Sandwiches, Papa Murphy's, Rhapsody Arts Center and more! Various sizes from 1,300 sq. ft. up to 5,000 sq. ft.  Great lease rates! Flexible terms! Cross Country & North Edge Trail. One block off Hwy M. Website:  or call Mike Johnson at

A Note from our Executive Director:

"It's déjà vu all over again"*... yes, I know it probably seems like that sometimes when you see my articles. But, some things "Berra repeating"** .... Over and over and over again!

So with that in mind, PLEASE sign up soon for ChamberFest! We will obviously allow last minute attendees but it will be really helpful to have a more accurate count so we can prepare enough food and beverage for the event.

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about... READ your weekly reviews! There is a lot of good information in them (over and over again).

ChamberFest is in less than two weeks - August 11th beginning at 4 pm at Harriet Park. You do not have to be there at 4 because the food and fun will continue until at least 7 pm (It ain't over till it's over, you know*). Bring yourself, your co-workers, staff, significant others, families, kids and prospective Chamber members!

We will have great food, cold beverages, valuable networking and mucho fun! And, it is all free!

For another déjà vu moment, don't forget to let us know if you have any items to put in the new teacher bags for the Verona Area School District. This is a great way to introduce your business to many new faces to Verona!

We are accepting items until Monday, August 15th. We are putting together 75 bags so please provide 75 of each item you are donating.

So stay cool and remember, " If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. * So wind up at ChamberFest!

Thanks Yogi... :)

*Yogi Berra / **Le Jordan
Harriet Park
414 Mary Lou St, Verona, WI 53593

ChamberFest is back with a bang in 2016! Each year, the Chamber hosts a cookout and party as a way to say "Thank You" for your support to the Chamber and contributing your time and talents to the Verona Community. This FREE EVENT is  August 11, from 4 pm -7 pm (feel free to hang out past 7!) so mark your calendars!
We will be at Harriet Park, just blocks from the Chamber office. This new venue opens up opportunities for loads of fun! Have a favorite yard game? We have a few, but we want to hear from you! Send us your ideas to Also, we encourage you to bring your kids and S.O's, family, friends and staff. This is also a great way to get to know your fellow chamber members in a relaxed, no pressure environment. 
Because of the expected crowds, planning for ChamberFest is very important. If you know you will be attending or are interesting in sponsoring this event, please RSVP by clicking the button below, or email Le at or call the chamber office at 845-5777.  

last year's bag
New Teacher Gift Bags
Due August 15th
Verona Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is once again organizing New Teacher Welcome bags for the new staff coming to the Verona Area School District this fall.
The School District has had a large number of new hires this year so we need to do a few more bags than in previous years!
To participate, simply bring 75 marketing items to the Chamber office by Monday, August 15th. Popular items from the past include pens and pencils with your business name on them, note pads, refrigerator magnets, water bottles, snacks with a business card attached (such as a bag of microwave popcorn), coffee mugs, and even a fly swatter! Use your imagination!
There was a lot of competition for bags this year! The first to offer to donate the reusable shopping bags was Wisconsin Bank & Trust! 
You can bring more than 75 items, but please think in multiples of 75 (for example, 150 pencils would mean two in each bag). Also, feel free to send a few extra pieces in case there is a last-minute hire.
Discount coupons are also acceptable, but the school district requests that no gift cards be included. If you have questions about the New Teacher Welcome Bags, please call Le or Molly at 845-5777 or e-mail or
TRUE Studio Groundbreaking Ceremony
July 29 
160 Keenan Ct., Verona WI 53593

The Chamber is excited to welcome TRUE Studio to Verona! TRUE Studio held it's groundbreaking ceremony at their flagship 10,600 sq fo ot TRUE studio site  on Friday, July 29th behind the new Pizza Ranch at 160 Keenan Court and plan to be open for business by January, 2017. 

The Studio Model: 
The idea of a dedicated boutique studio model is not new. It has thrived for years unique to exercise activities such as yoga, Pilates, and bootcamp, even though those activities are widely available in large gym settings. True Studio offers 3 unique studio environments under one luxurious roof.
Below are 7 keys that will differentiate the business:
Dedicated boutique
By definition, a studio with niche offerings is more focused on the quality of that service than a large gym providing dozens.
Complementary workouts
Indoor cycling is an extremely effective cardio workout and participants can complement that exercise with a strength or yoga class.
Expert instruction
High energy, charismatic instructors will be selected and trained for their ability to attract and retain class attendees.
Pricing convenience and flexibility
Contract memberships or "pay-per-class" options will be available. Pre-paid ride card fees, or monthly passes are purchased online and class credits are debited as customers attend.
Online scheduling
The studio will deploy a unique online sales and scheduling system that users can also access via mobile device. The system vastly simplifies class dynamics for the studio and is a major convenience for customers.
Intimacy and community
The studio atmosphere is markedly different from the feel- ing at "big box" gyms. Instructors and class attendees interact more directly and the vibe is fun, friendly and supportive. Appeals to all ages, fitness levels.
Convenience and amenities
Clients can get in and out quickly for an efficient workout. Amenities will include towels, filtered water, spa-grade shower products, hair styling tools, lockers with USB charging stations, cycling shoes, environment-friendly yoga mats, complimentary wi-fi, and expansive social area.

For more information about True Studio visit their website at or visit them on Facebook for up to the minute news.
Coming Soon!
Annual Dog Wash
August 6 | 11 am - 3 pm
Animal Hospital of Verona

Come to the Animal Hospital of Verona's Annual Dog Wash on August 6 between 11 am and 3 pm. Dog wash is free but donations are accepted and you can add a nail trim for just $7! There will also be a Brat/Hot dog Stand. Go to WEBSITE for more info!
The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges
Sept 1 & 2 | 8 am - 5 pm (approx.)
Communication Innovations
Verona Clinic| 305 S. Main St., Verona WI 53593
Marsha Dunn Klein, international expert in feeding intervention, is coming to Verona. Ms. Klein has over 40 years experience assessing, treating, and working in partnership with families of children with feeding disorders. She is co-author of Pre-Feeding Skills, created the DuoSpoon, and founded Mealtime Notions, a feeding clinic in Tucson, AZ. We are excited to share this opportunity!
"The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges Seminar" will take place September 1st and September 2nd at Communication Innovations in Verona, Wisconsin. Registration is $525 per person.
Three ways to register : 
  • Via our website at
  • Call us at 608-819-6394 
  • Mail your registration to 2927 S. Fish Hatchery Rd. Fitchburg, WI 53711. 
There is also a FREE Parent Training on August 31st from 6:30-8:30 at our Verona clinic. "Tube Feeding are Mealtimes, too" will be a training by Marsha Dunn Klein for parents of children that are tube fed. 
Flyers and registration information are attached below!
>>Sept. 1 & 2 - Feeding Therapy Seminar  

Measuring Your Marketing ROI - Susan Thomson

August 25th, 8:30 - 9:30 am at the Fitchburg Public Library, Meeting Room

VRBC Volunteer Appreciation Event

August 31st, 5:30  - 8 pm at the Tim Meidl Residence, located at 5204 Kittycrest Drive, Fitchburg, WI

What you need to know about the Stage 2 construction schedule in the Fitchburg area:

The Walker administration had requested releasing $200 million of the money in 2015-16, but had indicated plans to return next year to seek the other $150 million set aside in the budget.
  • Stage 2 extends along Verona Road from Raymond Road south to County PD (McKee Road) and County PD from Fitchrona Road to Commerce Park Drive.
  • Road construction along Nesbitt and the East Frontage Roads begins in the Fall, 2016
  • Utility work along along Nesbitt Road begins in the March, 2016
  • Construction is anticipated to span from Fall, 2016 to 2020
For the most up-to-date information on the upcoming road construction work, lane closures and associated traffic impacts, visit Verona Road Project or VRBC Website.
Learn about Stage 2 Construction schedule by clicking here .