The City of Madison Sustainable Madison Committee is looking for more members!  This committee advises local policy makers and administrators on how to reduce waste, cut costs and protect the environment in city government and across our community. Members are residents appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Common Council.  To apply here:

Youth for Understanding ( looking for host families for two high school students from Muslim countries.  Two boys, Sulaiman and Mohammad need an American host family, either on a short term basis or for the entire school year. For more information:email
RSVP of Dane County has a host of volunteer opportunities you can participate in.  Everything from tutoring kids to helping our senior citizens.  For more information, go to:
Schroeder Rd. ResurfacingBeginning Monday, Aug. 22 at 7:00 a.m., asphalt resurfacing of Gammon Road between Moraine View Drive and just north of Schroeder Road will begin.  There will be single lanes on McKenna but no access between Gammon Road and Schroeder Road.  A signed detour will be in place which will include Watts Road and Struck Street. Until Friday, Aug. 26.
Mon., Aug. 22  6:30-7:30 pm  Mindful Mondays at the Meadowridge Library. A mindfulness and meditation training program, including traditional mindfulness techniques, meditation practices, and cognitive exercises. We’ll learn how to calm our minds, relieve stress, and pay attention in the moment. Beginners welcome! Open to adults and teens. Taught by Bev Hayes of Inner Sense Consulting.

Wed., Aug. 24  10:00 am  How to Be Prepared in an Active Shooter Situation.  Speaker: Officer Rodney Wilson, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Madison Police Department.  At the West District Police Station, 1710 McKenna. Sponsored by Southwest Madison Triad.

Wed., Aug. 24  6:00-7:30 pm.  Prairie Hills Ice Cream Social in Pilgrim Park.  Meet your neighbors.  Get free scooped ice cream with various toppings. Games for the kids, Free plants for your house and garden.

Thurs., Aug. 25 2:00-4:00 pm. Summer Movies at the Sequoya Library.  No registration is required. This week it’s The Good Dinosaur. This program is directed at school-age children and all films are rated G or PG.

Thurs., Aug. 25 5:00-7:00 pm.  Back 2 School Block Party at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  BBQ, snow cones, more treats and games and fun activities.  Free. 

Thurs., Aug. 25  8:00-10:00 pm Movies with Madison Parks.  In Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane).  The free movie–UP.  Enjoy food from the carts before the show.

Fri., Aug. 26  5:30-9:30 pm  Dane Dances on the Monona Terrace Rooftop.  Last of the season.  Free program.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair; seating on the rooftop is limited.The Lake Vista Café will be open. Ethnic food and cocktails are available for purchase beginning at 5:00 pm. Picnic baskets are welcome. Sorry, no carry in alcohol. In the case of inclement weather, please call 608.261.4000 after 2:00pm for concert location. This week DJ ACE/ KINFOLK/ GRUPO CANDELA

Fri, Aug. 26 7:00-9:00 pm. International Film Series at the Alicia Ashman Library.  This week, it’s Grassland.  Films are non-rated and for a mature audience.  Set in Dublin, Glassland tells the story of a young taxi driver (Reynor) who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother (Collette) from addiction. 93 minutes. Starring: Will Poulter, Toni Collette, Jack Reynor.
Sat., Aug. 27  7 am-7pm. West Fest at Elver Park, a new community event. There will be activities all day long in the Senior Zone, the Kids’ Zone and all over.  Entertainment, food, games, fun.  Performances all day, craft and gift market, resource tent, dunk tank with Madison celebrities. For a schedule and more info, go to
Mon., Aug 29 10:30 a.mFacebook Explained at the Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Rd)  New features are now available on Facebook.There will be an overview, some videos and time to share info and ideas.  Call 270-4290 to register.
Tues., Aug. 30  4-6 pmHuegel School Come Back Cook Out.  New this year, grade level teachers will be welcoming families, sharing information about each grade and giving out teacher names during this time period. Check the Huegel website for more info.

Come for a free hot dog dinner and community time outside. Students may also bring school supplies and a picnic blanket!

School Enrollment (K-12), is this week.  (High School students new to the district were to have enrolled on Friday, Aug. 12).   See and/or for more information.
Mon, Aug. 15  10:30-11:30 am
Pop Up Puppet Theatre.  Head to the Meadowridge library for silly stories and puppet fun! Registration not required but recommended.
Tue., Aug. 16 3:00pm-4:00pm
Coupon Divas.  Couponing 101.  Meadowrdige Library, Raymond Rd.
Tue., Aug 16 12:45pm
Movie Matinee:  Bridge of Spies.  During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.   Rated “R”.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.
Wed., Aug. 17 3:30pm-4:00pm
Meadowridge Chess Club.  Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Meadowridge Library.
Wed., Aug. 17 6:30pm-7:45pm
Eating Smart — Being Active.  Week 7:  Make a change.  offers research-based information about nutrition, food safety and spending your food dollars wisely. It is a FREE program provided by the UW Extension.  Requires households to have children/grandchildren 18 years of age and under.  Meadowridge Library.
Thr., Aug. 18 3:00pm-4:30pm
Knitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.  Meadowridge Library.
Thr., Aug. 18 4:00pm-6:00pm
Grand opening of the Falk Family Resource Center and Food Pantry.  Falk Elementary School, Room 113.
Thr., Aug. 18 6:30pm-7:30pm
Meadowridge Book Club.  CANE RIVER by Lalita Tademy. Summary: The unique and deeply moving epic of four generations of African-American women based on one family’s ancestral past. Copies available for checkout.  Meadowridge Library.
Fri., Aug. 19 12:40-3:00pm
Movie Day – Star Wars Episode VII.  FREE popcorn.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.
Wed., Aug. 24  6:00-7:30pm.
Ice Cream Social At Pilgrim Park, Food and fun for the kids.  Sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn.
Thr., Sept. 1:  First day of school.

Madison College is offering two programs of special interest–Court Reporting and Construction and Remodeling. They provide a rewarding career with 100% job placement, job security and high wages that requires less than a 4-year degree. Click on the links below for more information. Construction and Remodeling: Facebook; 608-246-5213, and Court Reporting, Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube; 608-246-6635;

We need volunteers to help staff the Prairie Hills Duck Pond at West Fest, August 27 at Elver Park. Please sign up for a two-hour shift between 10 and 4. Hit reply to sign up and let us know if you are willing. It will be fun.

Some students have been soliciting door-to-door for an MSCR basketball program. This is a scam. However, there are Memorial High School kids going door-to-door with the Memorial High School Spartan Cards. It’s a fundraiser for athletics at the high school. The $20 card has discounts at various area restaurants and businesses. The students selling Spartan Cards will have the cards with them and will give one to you right away.
Mon., Aug. 8 and 15 noon-1:30pm.
Preserve Your Family Heritage: Senior Stories. Tell your story to a volunteer who will transcribe it for your personal use or to share with your family. By appointment at the West Side Senior Center. Call Candice at 238-0196.

Tues., Aug. 9 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Primary Election. Choose candidates for Dane County District Attorney and Treasurer, U.S. Senator, among others. For your polling place, go to:
No senior lunches on Tuesday because of the election.

Tues., Aug. 9 and 23 6:30-8:00
West Side Warblers at the West Side Senior Center. For everyone who loves to sing. Sing old and new favorites. Drop in.

Tues., Aug. 9 5:00-7:00pm.
Ice Cream Boat Float at Wingra Boats. Rent a boat and cruise Lake Wingra, scooping ice cream and toppings as you go. More info at

Tues., Aug. 9 6:00-7:30 pm.
FREE, introductory-level instruction of stand up paddle boarding at Brittingham Boats.
Beginners will learn basic information about equipment and proper technique. After a few demonstrations, participants will have a chance to practice their new skills on Monona Bay! All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate. Call (608)266-471

Wed., Aug. 10 6:00-7:30
Take Apart. Encourage curiosity by disassembling items that can be found around the house. Discover how things are made and learn how they work. At the Meadowridge Library. For families and kids in K-5th grade. Children under 8 must have an adult helper. Call 288-8160 to register.

Thurs., Aug. 11 8:30 am.
Tai Chi Thursdays at the Fitchburg Senior Center. Try it out. Just drop in. $2 per week.
Thurs., Aug. 11 5:00-7:30 pm. Let’s Eat Out at Meadowood Park. Food Carts available with items for purchase.

Thurs, Aug. 11 6:00-7:00pm.
Science Thursdays at Wingra Boats. This week it’s Make Way for Monarchs. Learn about these beautiful butterflies and help release them for their migration to Mexico. Free Wingra Boats, 824 Knickerbocker St.

Fri, Aug. 12 6:00am-11:00pm. Cop on a Rooftop. This year at Dunkin Donuts on Gammon Road.
Each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location on August 12 and makes a donation, will receive a FREE medium hot or iced coffee coupon. Proceeds go to Special Olympics.

Sat. Aug. 13 9:00 am-1:00 pm
If you missed this before, MARC, part of the CyclePoint from SourceAmerica network, will hold an eRecycling event at 805 Forward Dr. MARC encourages participants to bring their e-waste including surplus laptops, cell phones, LCD monitors, and PCs. For a full list of items that can be eRecycled, visit

Sat., August 13 10:00-11:30 am
A repeat of Take Apart. See Wednesday description.
Mon, Aug. 15 10:30-11:30 am
Pop Up Puppet Theatre. Head to the Meadowridge library for silly stories and puppet fun! Registration not required but recommended.

Wed., Aug. 24 6:00-7:30pm. Ice Cream Social At Pilgrim Park, Food and fun for the kids. Sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn.

Planning for the 2018 Monroe Street Reconstruction Project has begun. Bus Route 58 will be affected. The City of Madison Engineering department is soliciting feedback regarding this project.  Please  take this brief survey by August 7 to ensure that adequate transit access and service is maintained throughout the construction. At
Call for West Madison Crafters & Artists at West Fest
There are still a few spots open for an outdoor craft & gift market happening August 27th from 10-4 at Elver Park. Booth spaces are $35 and the only requirement is to have a connection to the westside of Madison (live, work, go to church, play, etc). For more information contact Sarah Kirk at 
Help test election equipment. The City’s election equipment was destroyed in the July 21 storm.  Next week the clerk’s office will receive a shipment of election equipment that will immediately need to be installed and tested for accuracy.  If you are free next Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and would be willing to help test election equipment to ensure the integrity of the August 9 Primary, please sign up here:
Mon, August 1  8:00 am -7:00 pm.  Absentee Voting in City Clerk’s office begins.  At 210  MLK Blvd. Voters are now required to show ID before being issued a ballot.  Please note that the address on your ID doesn’t matter for proving your identity.  
Mon., August 1 6:30-7:30 pm  Mindful Mondays at the Meadowridge Library Please join us for a mindfulness and meditation training program. Traditional mindfulness techniques, meditation practices, and cognitive exercises will be studied. We’ll learn how to calm our minds, relieve stress, and pay attention in the moment. Beginners welcome! Open to adults and teens.
Tues., August 2  8:30-12:30 pm (and every Tuesday)
Pickle ball at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Advanced play 8:30-10:30, Beginners 10:30-12:30. Learn more about places to play and meet others at
Wed., August 3 various times  Foot Care Clinic at the Madison Senior Center.  First Wednesday of the month.  Provided by the visiting nurse service of Home Health United.  For appointment, call 266-6581.
Wed., August 3 10:00-12:30 pm.  Maker Corps at the Meadowridge Library.  Hands-on making activities for children and families. Will you be screen printing? Sewing terrifying (or adorable!) sock monsters? Homemade computer controllers? Tinkering with circuits? Or Diving into a Mystery Engineering box to invent something new? You never know what adventure awaits! Drop-in for 15 minutes or stay an hour with your grown up.  For school-age children.

Wed., August 3  4:30-5:30 pm Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  Share your book with a friendly dog.  Time slots are first come-first served.

Thurs., August 4  1:00 pm.  Mahjong at the Madison Senior Center.  Play either the American or Chinese version.  All welcome.
Thurs., August 4  2:00-6:30 pm.  Super Smash Bros. Tournament Qualifying Round. The first, second, and third place winners of this qualifying round will be invited to compete with teens from across the city at the Central Library Championship on August 10th. Registration is first come first served and limited to the first 20 players. For teens grade 6-12. Registration begins at 2:30 PM with tournament promptly starting at 3PM. See more details at
Fri, August 5  1:00-2:30 pm.  Eat Like An Astronaut.  Find out how engineers at NASA have made specially designed food systems to package astronaut food and then see how you do making your own ‘food containment lunch tray.’ Registration begins 7/22. Call 288-6160 or go to
Fri., August 5  5:30-9:30 pm  Dane Dances. On the rooftop of Monona Terrace. Free. The Lake Vista Café will be open with Ethnic food and cocktails available for purchase at 5 p.m. Picnic baskets welcome. No carry in alcohol. In the case of rain, call 608.261.4000 after 2PM for concert location. Concerts will be moved inside unless otherwise indicated.This week DJ Pain 1/BBI/Shining Star.
Sat. August 6  9:00 am-4:00 pm.  Sequoya Library Book Sale.  Westgate Mall. Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawls 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.
Monday, July 25   6:30 p.m. – Prairie Hills NA Board Meeting at the Teresa Terrace Neighborhood Center
(1409 Theresa Terrace)


Ice Cream Social. Thanks to everyone who helped with the Ice Cream Social just held in Lucy Lincoln Park–the McElroy, Kirk, Rygiewicz, and Scheeler families. We enjoyed the day, even with the hot, humid weather.

Madison Water Utility Survey.  The Madison Water Utility is asking its customers to fill out a survey. 

Find the survey at .

Registration for fall sports leagues–volleyball and softball–is now open at MSCR.  Go to:

Mon., July 25 6:30 p.m.

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting.  Open to all.  We’ll discuss meeting with police on multiple burglaries, activities for West Fest, the annual meeting, housing issues and more.  The agenda is available on the website,  At the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center (1409 Theresa Terrace).  Park on Lucy Lane or Jacob’s Way between Theresa and Prairie.  No parking on Theresa.

Mon., July 25  10:30 a.m.-noon

Spanish Story Time at the Goodman Library (2222 South Park). Stories, songs and rhymes, all in Spanish, focused on building early literacy skills. For children 3-6 years old.

Mon., July 25 10:30am-11:00am
Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required.  Meadowridge Library.

Mon., July 25 12:00pm

Virtual Museum Tour of the de Young, a fine arts museum in San Francisco. A live, interactive tour done through a new smart device called “Beam.”  You are welcome to bring your lunch along.   Register by calling 266-6581.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Tues., July 26, 1:00pm

Low Vision resources.  The Madison Public Library has a number of services and options for individuals with low vision. In this one hour presentation,  learn about services and materials, and how to access them.  Call 266-6581 to register.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Wed., July 27 10:30am-11:00am

Storytime for the Very Young.   Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required.  Babies and children up to 24 months.  Meadowridge Library.

Wed., July 27 10:30am
Over-The-Air TV + Roku Box Demo.  Ok, we have talked about how wonderful over-the-air free TV is with an antenna, coupled with a Roku Box or Smart TV.  Join David Hill as he programs a TV for free stations and introduces you to Netflix & Hulu through his own Roku Box. Call to reserve your spot. 270-4290.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.

Wed., July 27 3:00pm-5:00pm

Meadowridge Minecraft Club.  Bring your friends for Multiplayer Minecraft fun. No account or computer necessary. For teens in grades 6-12, but younger kids are welcome too.  Meadowridge Library.

Thurs., July 28 5:00-7:30 pm

Let’s Eat Out at the Meadowood Park (2115 Leland).  Food carts bring a chance for you to eat outside and enjoy the park.

Thurs., July 28 2:00pm-4:00pm
.  Sequoya Summer Movie Matinee:  “Minions”  Join us at Sequoya Library for afternoon matinees every Thursday in July and August! No registration is required.  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd at Tokay.

Thurs., July 28 1:00-3:00 pm

Senior Showcase Band.  You can listen or dance to music from the big band era.  Free the last Thursday of the month.  Fitchburg Senior Center.

Fri., July 29 9:30 a.m.
Safety Tips for Relatives Caring for Children and Youth  During non-School Hours.  Speaker, Jeanne Ericsson from TNT (Today not Tomorrow).  Meadowood Neighborhood Center.

Sat., July 30 9:00am-1:00pm
eRecycling at 805 Forward Drive.  Bring your old cell phones, laptops, computers for recycling.

Sat., July 30 10:00am-1:00pm
Build Your Own Apps at the Meadowridge LibraryKids as young as six can have fun building and running their own interactive apps! This three-hour session will go through the basics of writing simple software using a child-friendly system called “Bitsbox.” To participate call 608-288-6160,
or go to  

Tues., Aug. 9
 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Partisan primary.  Select candidates for District Attorney, County Treasurer, U.S. Senate and more.  For more information, go to:  There you’ll find Candidate’s Answers, the results of a questionnaire sent to the candidates.


You can still renew your membership in Prairie Hills.  It’s easy.  Just go to our website, and click on “Join or renew” on the right side of the home page. Or, you can send a note with your name, address, phone and email along with $5 to Duane Hinz, 18 Starr Court, Madison 53711.

Volunteer for Ride the Drive.  What will you be doing Sunday, July 31? Why not volunteer for the 8th Annual Ride the Drive?  Volunteer for just two hours or all day (event time: 10:00am-2:00pm).  Sign up online at the Ride the Drive website. All volunteers receive a RTD t-shirt AND a one-year Madison BCycle membership!

Madison Memorial Youth Basketball registration is now open.  For girls and boys in grades 4-8.  For more information, go to: or email


Mon., July 18  5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Voter Registration and Information.  The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Dane County and the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association will be helping people register and learn about voting in the Hammersley/Theresa area.  A special Gear Up to Vote van will be parked in the 1400 block of Prairie Rd.

Tues, July 19  2:00-2:45 pm  

Pop Up Puppet Theatre.  Funny stories and puppet fun for all ages.  Sequoia Library (4340 Tokay).

Tues., July 19  6:30-9:30 pm  

Third Annual Concert in the Breese.  Free, community concert to celebrate 122 years of Madison Parks with the popular local reggae band, Natty Nation and The Beat Chefs. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for on-field seating. Food and beer available for purchase.  Proceeds benefit the Madison Parks Foundation. Gates open at 5:30pm.

Wed., July 20  9 am- 3pm 

Summer Library Carnival. Performances by Justin Roberts at 10:30 and 2 at the Overture Center, games, crafts and more at the library and outdoor play and bibles from 11:30-1:30 at Top of State (100 W. Mifflin)  All free.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 266-6345 for more info.

Thurs, July 21 1:00-2:00 pm  

Do you have the right ID to vote?  Stop by the Fitchburg Senior Center and a volunteer from the League of Women Voters will check your ID.  Also info on permanent absentee ballots.

Thurs., July 21 1:00-3:00 pm 

The movie “Race” (the story of Jessie Owens) will be shown at the Segoe Terrace Activity Room (602 Sawyer Terrace) in cooperation with the West Madison Senior Center.  Free.

Thurs., July 21 2:00-4:00 pm  Goosebumps, the afternoon matinee at Sequoya Library. No registration is required. This program is directed at school-age children and all films are rated G or PG

Fri., July 22 and Sat., July 23 10:00 am-3pm 

Home Garden Tour.  Ten gardens will be open to the public–three in SW Madison–Jacob’s Way,  Rae Lane and Loruth Terrace.  Get tickets  at 501 Toepfer or email Cindy at

Tickets are $10 for both days–funds go for scholarships.

Fri., July 22  7:00-9:00 pm  

Summer International film series featuring award winning independent films. Films are non-rated and for a mature audience. This week is AMOUR FOU: Berlin, the Romantic Era. At the Alicia Ashman Library.

Sat., July 23  noon – 1:00 pm  

Free golf instruction at the Odana Golf Course.  No registration required. Balls, tees, clubs, etc. are provided at no cost to participants. Topics include: putting, short game, iron play, hybrids, woods, drivers and more.

Sat., July 23  8:00-11:00 p.m. Opera in the Park, Madison Opera’s gift to the community. The stars come out in the sky, the light sticks glow in the audience, and singers share their favorite opera and Broadway numbers. Free. In Garner Park (333 Rosa Road)

Sun, July 24 2:00-4:00 pm

Ice Cream Social in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park.  Activities and games for the kids, veggie exchange, ice cream treats and popsicles.  Sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association.


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