It’s time to renew or join our Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association.  The basic membership is still only $5, but you can also be a contributing member by paying $10.
 
The easiest way to join or renew is through this website via PayPal, though you can also print and mail a membership form.  
 
New this year:  we will send you a copy of our yearly printed newsletter and the Important Contacts sheet by email if you join via the website.
  
Thanks you for your commitment to our neighborhood.
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Volunteers needed for Duck Pond. If you or your teenagers want to help distribute prizes to neighborhood tots at West Fest in two-hour shifts from 1-6pm on July 14, let us know. It’s fun and the kids enjoy it. For more info or to sign up, contact Sarah at Kirkysarah@yahoo.com.

Lighthouse Summer Light Campers are building “Little Lighthouses” to place around Madison, Wi. The little Lighthouses will house free toiletries and canned goods for those in need. If you are interested in donating to, partnering with or sponsoring a little Lighthouse please email bmarcell@lighthouseinmadison.org.

EVENTS

Mon., June 25 10:30-11:15am Kick off the summer with Tracy Chipman. She’ll lead participants through a mix of stories & songs for all to sing along. At the Meadowridge Library.  Registration not required but recommended.

Tues., June 26, 5-7pm  Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard.  Small group instruction. Then, it’s to the water to try out your new skills. Children ages 5 and older are welcome with an adult. Standup paddleboards, paddles, bouys, and personal flotation devices are provided.  Marshall Park, 2101 Allen Blvd. Advanced registration is required and may be done ONLINE or by calling (608) 266-4711.

Tues., June 26  6:00-7:30pm  Signature Cheese Sauce with Albaaso Foods.  Learn how to make a versatile dairy free cheese sauce. Also make a personalized portion of nachos with an assortment of fresh toppings.  At Meadowridge Community Room B.  Registration begins 6/12. Register online or call 288-6160. Adults and children must all register.

Wed., June 27 10:30-noon Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers will be distributed at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Wed., June 27  6-8:30pm  The MSCR Art Cart  will be at Meadowood park. Filled with art supplies, there will be lots of fun for the kids. Free.

Wed., June 27  6-7:30 pm  Meadowridge Anime Club.  Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Snacks provided.

Wed., June 27  8:45pm   Madison Parks department will show the movie, Jumanji, in Meadowood Park.  Free. Come, enjoy. Bring chairs and/or blankets.

Fri., June 29  3-5 pm   Pop Up Making at the Meadowridge Library.Join us in the teen area of Meadowridge library for an afternoon of making & tinkering. Make a sock monster, tinker with circuits, or build amazing towers. Drop in any time from 3-5 and see what activity we have brought with us this week!

Sat., June 30  11-12:15 pm. Cooking with Kids with Chef Lily Kilfoy.  ages 5-8.  .Hands-on cooking class for kids and families. Participants will whip up some of Lily’s favorite fun recipes.  Vegetarian option and nut free. Meadowridge Community Rooms A & B.  Registration begins 6/16. Register online or call 288-6160 to register.

Sat., June 30  1-2:15 pm  Cooking with Kids, family.  See above.

Sat. June 30 Cooking with Kids (ages 9-12)  See above.

Sat, June 30  Til 10:00pm  Free Lake Access Day.  No permits required.  For more info, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/

JULY 4th (Wednesday)

Prairie Hills Ice Cream Social and Bike Parade.  1-3pm.  Games, arts and crafts. Bring your bike to decorate and ride.  Face painting, treats, lots to do.  Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park.

77th Annual July 4 Celebration at Westmorland Park  10:00am to 2:00pm   Westmorland Park,  4114 Tokay Boulevard

Also, Waunakee, Monona, DeForest, Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills.

https://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/area-fourth-of-july-events/article_5164e68b-260e-5c5c-89c0-a2a8c3d4b15e.html 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed., July 18  9am-1pm  Youth Football Camp at Edgewood High School. FREE. For middle school players to participate and compete.  Transportation and lunch included.  Contact Monique Bryson at mbryson@wisconsinyouthcompany.org or call 210-1617 for info or to register.

Fri., July 27  8am-5pm  Day Trip to Galena, Il, with the West Madison Senior Center. $30 per person (non-refundable). Includes transportation only.Payment is due at time of registration. Badger Bus Motor Coach seating up to 40 guests. Register early! Final registration and payment is due by Monday, July 2. Candice Martin 608-238-7368 ext. 8

Happy Father’s Day!
 
NOTES
From the West District Police. We are experiencing a rash of burglaries and stolen autos again. Please tell your friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to LOCK everything, your cars, garages, homes, sheds, bikes. Guard your garage door openers and don’t leave them in unlocked cars.
 
Double Dollars. The Double Dollars program provides a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25 every market day for anybody who shops at a participating farmers’ market using an EBT card. The extra money spent by shoppers goes straight into the pockets of the vendors who get reimbursed for the full value of every Double dollar they redeem. Use Double Dollars at Elver Park Market. For more info, go to: www.CACSW.org
 
Noon Lunches from the West Madison Senior Center have been moved to Good Shepherd Church for June, July, Aug. Meal, bus reservations, and cancellations should be made by calling 238-7368 ext. 8 by Noon the preceding business day.
 
EVENTS
Tues., June 21 2-4pm Slimo-o-rama at the Sequoya Library.  Come to the Sequoya porch to create your own unique glitter or iridescent slime putty. Mix the ingredients together in a sticky, squishy experiment to watch your slime come to life. Children under age 7 should have an adult helper. Happening both June 21st & Tuesday June 26th. Please register and attend 1 session only. Registration begins June 7th. Register online, in person, or by phone at 266-6385
 
Wed., June 20 6:15-7:45pm Pasta Making with Paul Tsung. Pasta making is an art and tastes wonderful. Learn how to make and feel what fresh pasta should be like. A sauce will also be made. Space is limited. Community Room at Meadowridge Commons. Registration begins 6/9. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
Wed., June 20 7:00 pm “So You Want To Talk About Race,” with Ljeoma Olou. Central Library. Well-known writer, speaker and editor from Seattle. Free. Part of the Wisconsin Book Festival. 
 
Thurs., June 21 4-8pm  Make Music Madison at Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane).  All free and outdoors. A variety of music.  For a schedule, go to:http://www.makemusicmadison.org.
 
Thurs., June 21 5:00-5:30pm The Oaknut Duet (Folk, Classical) At the Orchard Ridge Elementary Outdoor Mosaic. Part of Make Music Madison.
 
Thurs, June 21 6-8 pm Orchard Ridge Elementary Outdoor Mosaic Stage, 5602 Russett Rd. Part of Make Music Madison.  Bring your instruments and join in the community jam session lead by art teacher Joshua Ludke on guitar.
Fri., June 22 11:30- noon. Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers will be distributed at Lussier Center (55 S. Gammon). These are distributed on a first come-first served basis to seniors who have a gross income of 185% of poverty. For more information, more info, call the West Madison Senior Center at 238-7368.
 
Fri., June 22 3-5pm Pop Up Making. Join us in the teen area of Meadowridge library for an afternoon of making & tinkering. Make a sock monster, tinker with circuits, or build amazing towers. Drop in any time from 3-5 and see what activity we have brought with us this week! 

 

Fri, June 22, 6-8 Friday Night Movie. Contact the library for this week’s title. 288-6160
 
Sat.,June 23 8-noon Elver Park Farmers’ Market . A variety of food and other items available for purchase.
 
Sat., June 23 10-11:30 am. Carving an Apple Swan and Fan with Artesan Fruit. Meadowrige Community Rooms.  Children 12 and younger will need an adult helper. There will also be a demonstration to inspire everyone to look at fruit in a different way! Registration begins 6/9. Register online or call 288-6160. Adults and children must all register. 
 
Sat., June 23  2:30-4:00pm Chicken Rice with Madame Chu. Chicken rice, typically served poached with cucumber and three different sauces, is the signature dish of Singapore.  At Meadowridge Community Rooms.  Registration begins 6/9. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
COMING UP
Mon., June 25 10:30-11:15am Kick off the summer with Tracy Chipman. She’ll lead us through a mix of stories & songs for all to sing along. At the Meadowridge Library.  Registration not required but recommended.
 
Tues., June 27  6:00-7:30pm  Signature Cheese Sauce with Albaaso Foods.  Learn how to make a versatile dairy free cheese sauce. Also make a personalized portion of nachos with an assortment of fresh toppings.  At Meadowridge Community Room B.  Registration begins 6/12. Register online or call 288-6160. Adults and children must all register. 
Wed., June 27 10:45am Senior Day at the Mallards Warner Park, Ruth from West Madison Senior Center will be at the gate to meet people at 10:45 am until 11:15 am.  The game starts at 12:05 pm. $14.00 per person.  Includes ticket, meal, and a baseball cap.  RSVP by June 13 by calling Ruth at 243-5252 ext. 209

NEWS

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Volunteers Needed for PHNA Duck Pond
For the past two years, Prairie Hills has run a duck pond game for little kids who attend West Fest.  Volunteers are needed to hand out the prizes in two-hour shifts from 1-6 on July 14 at West Fest at Elver Park.  For more info or to sign up, contact Sarah at Kirkysarah@yahoo.com.

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Prairie Hills Membership Drive/ Renewal

If you would rather send in a check than go through PayPal, just send it with your name and address to: Jacob Ela, 2221 Ravenswood Rd.  If you want, you can print and include the application blank from a link on our website www.prairiehillna.org.  Thanks for your support.

EVENTS

Mon., June 11 10:00am-11:30am

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Mystery in the Morning.  “Kind Worth Killing” by Peter Swanson.  Join the Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group for a civilized discussion of murder and mayhem on the second Monday of the Month!  733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., June 12 2:00pm-4:00pm

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Community Drum Circle.  Kick off a summer of Reading Rocks with this incredible community drumming event. There will be enough drums, shakers, and rhythm makers for the whole family. No registration necessary.  Sequoya Library Rooms A&B, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Thr., June 14 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Minecraft Club.  Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun hosted on the library’s private server. No account needed, we’ll use library laptops running MinecraftEDU. Minecrafters ages 17 and under sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.  Meadowridge Library Room A, Raymond Rd.

Thr., June 14 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Choices and Wishes: Making Advance Health Care Decisions.  This hands-on seminar explains the ?Power of Attorney for Health Care, a legal document that makes your health care wishes clear to others. You will get a Wisconsin Power of Attorney for Heath Care Document form and hear instructions for completing it.   Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74781 .  Sequoya Library, Meeting Room B.

Thr., June 14 6:30pm-7:00pm

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Cancer 101: What You Need to Know.  Dr. Stephen Rosenberg, the Radiation Oncology Chief Resident at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, is the best-selling author of “Cancer: what you need to know: overcome the 10 common mistakes patients make”. Dr. Rosenberg is committed to helping cancer patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options.  Join us as Dr. Roseberg discusses his book, and provides time for questions and answers on this important issue that touches so many lives.  Alicia Ashman Library Meeting Room.

Sat., June 16 9:00am-4:00pm

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Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  Location: 442 Westgate Mall, Madison WI 53711. Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawals also for sale. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm.

COMING UP

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Wed., June 20, 1:00pm

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Over the Retirement Rainbow:  Personal Finances for LGBT Seniors. Financial planning before retirement is complex; at, and after, retirement it only gets more so. Learn about what financial tools, legal considerations, and planning options are out there, and gain insight in applying them to your situation. This free class is designed specifically for older LGBT adults. For more information or to register, contact Michal Osier, LGBT Senior Advocate,  608-255-8582, or email: michalo@lgbtoutreach.org by June 13, 2018.  Outreach LGBT Community Center, 2701 International Lane, Suite 101.

Thr., June 28 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Madison Senior Center Medicare Workshop.  Whether you’re new to Medicare, soon to be turning 65, or preparing to retire, you’ll need to make several important decisions about your health coverage. Learn about the different parts of Medicare, find out when you can get Medicare, and decide if you want Part A and Part B. The information and the choices are overwhelming. Medicare specialist, Donna Bryant will provide information and take questions after the presentation. Special attention will be given to the new Medicare Cards and dealing with Long Term Care (LTC). Workshops are free, but please call 266-6581 to register.   (Location to be determined).

NEWS

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Neigborhood Association board meeting Thursday (See entry under “EVENTS”, below).

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Beach News.  Some Madison beaches are now open, though not all of them.  You can check the status of Madison beaches, including their current status with respect to bacteria and algae at http://www.publichealthmdc.com/environmental-health/beaches-lakes-pools/beach-conditions/ .

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Grilling season is upon us.  The Madison Fire Department reminds us to keep grills at least 15 feet from any structure.

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Out and About.  The City of Madison Parks Division has published the Summer 2018 edition of their newsletter, including a handy map outlining which parks have certain special activities and facilities available.  http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/about/documents/OutAbout2018summer.pdf

EVENTS

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Mon., June 4  6:00pm-6:45pm
Mon., June 4  6:45pm-8:00pm

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Chess.  Lessons for beginners and more advanced players begin at 6:00 PM and last 45 minutes, followed by “free play” until 8:00pm. (Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult).  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., June 5  6:30pm-8:30pm

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Internet Security with Cris Carpenter.  Internet threats can take quite a variety of forms and most of them are intended to extract sensitive information from your computer and/or money from your accounts. Learn to protect your computer, personal information and accounts by recognizing common threats, utilizing effective security software, and employing safe web browsing and emailing practices.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74513   Alicia Ashman Library.

Tue., June 5

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Moving Day.  The West Madison Senior Center is moving from Sego Road to 5724 Raymond Rd., next to Meadowridge Commons.  The phone number, 608-238-7368 remains unchanged.

Wed., June 6 4:30pm-5:30pm

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Read to a Dog.  Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Thr., June 7 3:00pm-4:30pm

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Knitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present.  Meadowridge Library.

Thr., June 7 6:00pm  

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Prairie Hills Newsletter Delivery and Board meeting.  At 6:00 the hard-copy newsletters and other materials will be collated and passed out to everyone who is distributing them.  This will be followed by the regular board meeting, probably around 7:00.  All members are welcome to attend.  Good Shepherd Church, room 1.

Fri., June 8 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

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Sat., June 9 10:00am-11:00am

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Donuts with Dad.  Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too.  Alicia Ashman Library.

Sat., June 9 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Creative Recycled Cosplay.  Join us for a very special rainbow and glitter filled Saturday of cosplay fun. Craft armor from egg crates, gowns from mylar, suits from bubble wrap,or shoes from duct tape and strut your stuff on the Sequoya red carpet. Children under the age of 7 will need grown-up help. Many awesome supplies are welcome but please bring any special materials you may want to use.  Register at 266-6385 or http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=73263  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

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Solar Programs for 2018.  The City of Madison Launches two solar programs to help citizens and businesses in Madison “go solar”.  The Madison Group Buy for Homes program will run for the third year aiiming to help 30-40 more Madison residents install solar panels. New for 2018, the city also launched the MadiSUN Solar for Business Program.  Along with education and business-to-business communication, the program will have a $30,000 fund of rebates​.​
 For more info, go to: <http://www.madisunsolar.com/> for Homes & Businesses
West Madison Senior Center Moves Office to Meadowridge Commons, effective June 5.

If you have any questions about the new location or their programs and services, please call their office at (608) 238-7368. The West Madison Senior Center staff looks forward to seeing you at their new location.

 
Senior Farmers’ Market Vouchers and Distribution.  Starting in June, the Area Agency on Aging will start to distribute farmer’s market vouchers on a first come/first serve basis to seniors 60+ with gross incomes under the 185% poverty level. For more info, contact the West Madison Senior Center at 238-7368.
 
EVENTS
Mon., May 28 Memorial Day
 
Mon., May 28 12:15 pmFitchburg Memorial Day Observance. At Fitchburg Fire Station #2, 2931 Marketplace Drive, with keynote by Fire Department Chief Joe Pulvermacher.
 
Mon., May 28  1:00pm  Annual Veterans for Peace event, Gates of Heaven Synagogue, James Madison Park (302 E. Gorham)  with speakers including Alfred McCoy, David Couper, Norman Stockwell, music by Old Cool.
 
Wed., May 30 1:30-3:30 pm “The Greatest Showman” free movie at the Alicia Ashman Library.  Snacks will be served. Sponsored by the West Madison Senior Center.
 
Wed., May 30  6-7:30pm  Cookies from Scratch. Make your own custom cookies from scratch! Learn a basic cookie dough with endless flavor possibilities and take home your final creation. Meadowridge Library.  Children 7 and younger will need an adult helper. Registration began 5/16. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
Wed., May 30 6:30-8:00pm  Researching your family history..Learn how to dig into your family history and uncover stories that help you to understand where you come from and who your ancestors were.  Lori Bessler will tell you how to research your family using online resources and collections found at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Alicia Ashman Library.  Registration required. Call the Ashman Library.
 
Thurs., May 31 4-7:30pm Addition, Hope and Recovery.  Public Safety Review Committee along with Safe Communities is holding a Town Hall meeting for members of the community to share their experiences or concerns and learn about resources for a path to recovery.  Free and open to the public. Central Library, Room 301-302.
 
Thurs. May 31 6-7:30pm Learn how to carve apple swans and an apple fan. Children 12 and younger will need an adult helper. There will also be a demonstration to inspire everyone to look at fruit in a different way! Registration began 5/17. Call 288-6160. Adults and children must register. Meadowridge Library. 
 
Thurs., May 31  Free Concerts on the Rooftop kicks off at Monona Terrace with an exciting line up of artists from across the Midwest.  New this year, America’s Pub Quiz will entertain audiences before the concerts from 6-7pm! Kicking it off on May 31 will be Bella Cain, one of Milwaukee’s hottest top 40-country band.   FREE tickets are available on Eventbrite. For more information, visit http://communityevents.mononaterrace.com or call (608) 261-4000.
 
Sat.,June 2  2-4:00pm  Joyce Western and the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.  During the 1940s and 1950s, 37 athletic and determined women from Wisconsin made a BIG difference. They were among the more than 550 women who played in the Girls Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie A League of Their Own. Bob Kann, the biographer of one of the Kenosha players, Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero, shares stories about these Wisconsin women.  Sequoia Library. 

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Foxes sighted on Winstone Drive.  Foxes may be cute but they attack cats and small dogs; so be very careful with your pets.

Brush collection. According to the city map, city crews will be collecting in our area soon.  You can also drop off brush at 1501 Badger Road and yard waste only at 402 So. Pt Road.  For more info on times, etc., go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/dropoffsites.cfm

Jumping worms.  Be careful with plants you get from friends and other places.  There is a new invasive species called “jumping worms.”  They ruin the soil.  For more info, go to: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Invasives/fact/jumpingWorm/

Goodman Pool Swimming Lessons and Scholarships.  The Goodman Pool is taking registrations for swimming lessons this summer. For more info, go to: https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/classesPrograms.cfm

EVENTS

Tues.  May 22 6-8pm Line Dancing.  Come for weekly line dances at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  All welcome. All ages.  Two dances are taught each week.  Suggested donation $3.00.

Wed., May 23 9:15-10:15am Balance Ball Core Strengthening.  Strengthen your core using balance balls, weights and bands while having fun.  Meadowood Neighborhood Center. Every week.  For 18 and over.

Wed., May 23 10:30am  Travel Safety.  A talk about domestic and foreign travel. A Triad program.  At Burkhalter Travel, 6501 Mineral Point Road.

Wed., May 23  1:30-3:00pm See THE POST, a free West Madison Senior Center movie, shown at the Alicia Ashman library (733 N. High Point Rd), snacks will be served.

Wed., May 23 11-1:00pm   Bingo at Meadowridge Commons.  The Senior lunch program follows.

Thurs., May 24  3:30-5:00pm  Chess Club.  Blue Room.  Meadowridge Library.  Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sat., May 26  11-12:15pm   Cooking with Kids (ages 5-8)  Join the Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids and families. Participants will whip up some of Lily’s favorite fun recipes. Theme: Spring Picnic.  Vegetarian option and nut free. Registration began 5/12. Register online or call 288-6160 to register.

Sat., May 26.  10:30-noon.  A kick-off for the Summer Reading Club with activities and refreshments to celebrate the famed “XOLO” the Mexican Hairless Dog.  There will be real dogs there to read to.  Activities are geared for ages preschool to 2nd grade.  Meadowridge Library.

Sat. May 26  1-2:15pm   Cooking with Kids.(families)  Join Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids and families. \Theme: Flavors of the Caribbean. Vegetarian option and nut free. Registration began 5/12. Register online or call 288-6160 to register. Families and grades k-5.

Sat., 3-4:15pm  Cooking with Kids (ages 9-12).  Join The Kids Chef Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids and families. Participants will whip up some of Lily’s favorite fun recipes. Theme:Flavors of the Caribbean. Vegetarian option and nut free. Registration began 5/12. Register online or call 288-6160 to register.

COMING UP

Thurs., May 31  Free Concerts on the Rooftop kicks off at Monona Terrace with an exciting line up of artists from across the Midwest.  New this year, America’s Pub Quiz will entertain audiences before the concerts from 6-7pm! Kicking it off on May 31 will be Bella Cain, one of Milwaukee’s hottest top 40-country band.   FREE tickets are available on Eventbrite. For more information, visit http://communityevents.mononaterrace.com or call (608) 261-4000.