There’s never a shortage of things to do here, whether as a participant or an observer.

The hard part is making a choice among the many activities.

That’s why the Madison Courier — your daily, weekly and monthly source of info on what’s happening — is attempting to give you a heads-up on some of the events ahead for the next year.

It is our hope that Looking Ahead 2018 will help you as you plan your year.

We know it isn’t possible to include everything that will be offered in 2018, but this is a start toward trying to take a look at all the activity that makes living here so interesting and enriching.

To help you start to find what you are looking for, we’ve presented each month under the categories of Activities, Government and Schools. We split off sports, and we have the official government holiday calendars in their own spot.

We’ll update these listings constantly throughout the year, so watch the Madison Courier print edition and www.madisoncourier.com as we fill in the blanks throughout the year.