Last Round of Brush Collection this week, starting Sept. 19. During the week, crews may be able to service the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday areas. If you live in these areas, try to get your brush to the curb by Sept. 19. The Thursday and Friday areas could be collected during the week of Sept. 26. Guaranteed brush collection will conclude when the Friday district collection is completed.  Leaf collection will begin October 4.

Scam Alert.  If you get calls supposedly from the IRS, it’s a scam.  The IRS doesn’t call and they don’t threaten over the phone.  Also, if you get a call supposedly from a grandchild asking for money for some kind of emergency, check it out.  It’s probably also a scam.

MG&E has launched a new website with info on saving energy.

Huegel’s PTO is selling Bucky Books.  They are $35 each.  People can stop by the school office and buy one (enter at the side door facing the parking lot) or e-mail

Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference Oct. 8.  This year’s theme is People-Places-PossibilitiesWorking Together to Make a Better Community. Registration (link below) is $15 (includes breakfast, lunch, tours and over 15 workshops). Childcare assistance, fee waivers and interpreters are available.


Mon., Sept. 19 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Join artist Jennie Bastian to learn the basics of monoprinting. Create your own stamps and practice printing on paper and glass!  For preschoolers. Must have adult to help. Registration begins 9/5. Call 288-6160 or go online to register.

Tues., Sept. 20 1:00 pm.  Movie Matinees at the Madison Senior Center.  Hundred Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Manish Dayal. Free. Popcorn and Beverages. Donations for refreshments welcomed.

Tues., Sept. 20 4:30-8:00pm  Madison in Motion Open House.  Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan.  Madison Central Library, Room 301.  Mayor’s welcome 5:45. Presentation to follow.  More info.

Wed., Sept. 21 10:30-11:30 am  A new group for people with early stage memory loss is forming at the Middleton Senior Center.  Open to all ages and will meet on Wednesday morning.  Contact Kathy Lauer at 831-2373 or Elise Bokey 238-7368

Thurs., Sept. 20  8:30 am.  Tai Chi Thursdays, Drop In.  Cost $2. At the Fitchburg Senior Center.

Thurs., Sept. 22  9:00 am-3:00 pm  Free Automobile Winterization Inspection for seniors.  West Towne Firestone.  Call 441-7897.

Thurs., Sept. 22 6:30-7:30 pm.  The monthly Meadowridge Library book discussion for Sept will focus on the novel, American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar. Hayat Shah is a young American in love for the first time.  American Dervish is a brilliantly written, nuanced, and emotionally forceful look inside the interplay of religion and modern life. Copies available for checkout now at the library!  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Fri., Sept. 23  1:00-3:00 pm  Sock hop at the West Madison Senior Center.  Dress in 50’s style attire and have your photo taken.  $2 suggested donation. Food and dancing. RSVP to 238-0196 by Sept. 20.

Fri, Sept. 23 6:00-8:00 pm.  In partnership with the Wisconsin Film Festival, the Meadowridge library is pleased to present a screening of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW. This film delighted audiences at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival.  Free of charge. Run time is 83 minutes.

Sat., Sept. 24  11:30-1:00  Create a Comic! At the Meadowridge Library.  Did you know comics teach us important lessons about life? And improve our brains as learners? Join us for this hands-on workshop with Josh Duncan to explore what comics teach us about life and create your own comic. For K-5 grade. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online beginning 9/10.

Mon., Sept. 26  12:00-3:00pm Flu shots at the West Madison Senior Center.  Free for Medicaid.  $15 for non Medicaid.  MedicareB also accepted. At Sego Terrace Activity Room.



West Madison Police District Survey.  For more than a decade, the Madison Police Department has been doing an annual community survey.  The surveys are district-specific, and are one more way for the department to hear from the public.  Please take a few moments to complete the West District survey at

Madison Parks “Learn To…” Series.   Most of these workshops are free and all are designed to introduce beginners of all ages to some of the many recreational opportunities available in our city parks in all seasons.  Upcoming sessions include Pickleball, Disk Golf and Stargazing.  Advanced registration is required.  See  for more information.


Mon., Sept. 12 2:30pm-3:30pm

Read to a Cop.  Sign up for a 15 minute slot to read a story you choose to a real police officer who will LOVE to hear you read, or have the officer read one of their favorite stories to you. Sign up in person at the library each month, and keep an eye out for dates that a K9 officer will be there too.  School Age, K-5.  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.

Mon., Sept. 12 4:30pm-5:30pm

Madison Mounted Horse Patrol Meet and Greet!  The largest 4-legged members of the Madison Police Department are hosting a Community Corral outside of the Meadowridge library, Raymond Rd. Stop by and say hi to the horses and officers.

Tue., Sept. 13 4:00pm-5:00pm

Library Lego Club.  Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. We’ll provide books and pictures to inspire the imagination!  Meadowridge Library.

Wed., Sept. 14 3:30pm-5:00pm

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.

Thur., Sept. 15
Note that all Madison Public Libraries will be closed Sept. 15 for “All Staff Day”.

Fri., Sept. 16 10:00am-10:30am

Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. For children ages 3 – 5. Siblings welcome. Groups welcome, no registration required.  Sequoya Library.

Fri., Sept. 16, 7:30pm

Movies with Madison Parks – “The Italian Job”.  At Elver Park.  For more information and additional dates and venus, visit


Thr., Sept. 22 9am-3pm

Annual car check for senior citizens. Located at the Firestone Station on Mineral Point Road at West Towne Mall. Come and get your car checked, including a winterization inspection. Call 441-7897 for your reservation appointment. Sponsored by Triad, a national program that promotes safety and crime prevention for seniors.

Wed., Sept. 28  10:30am

Learn how to record over-the air TV.  Thinking of cutting the cable cord, but want the ability to record and watch TV when you want? The Channel Master might be your new best friend! Full channel on-screen menu, record current series or just new episodes. This program is for new students that have not taken this class before. Join David for a hands-on demonstration of his Channel Master recorder on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. Call 270-4290 to register.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road, Fitchburg.

Listening Sessions.  Westside Alders Matt Phair, District 20, and Maurice Cheeks, District 10, will host joint public listening sessions in anticipation of the upcoming annual city budget process. Residents are encouraged to come and share their thoughts and suggestions  regarding the city’s capital and operating budgets. There will be a presentation on the existing budget. The sessions will be: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay and Wed., Sept. 14,  6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond.
Monthly Update from the West District Police.  Each month the West District publishes an update of incidents (calls for service) in the district.  To see when and how many incidents occur, go to:
Volunteers Needed.  RSVP of Dane County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has many opportunities for seniors to volunteer.  Dane County schools need tutors and other classroom helpers.  Volunteer drivers for seniors and veterans, especially to deliver meals to seniors in Dane County outside of Madison  Many other Dane County nonprofits turn to RSVP to help find volunteers for specific positions in their organizations.
Senior Lunches back to noon start time. Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. Participants must arrive on-time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.
THANKS.  To Kim Bruning, Jim Zanke, Ron Wittenbach, Joan Brooks, and Jan and Bill Minardi for their help with the Pilgrim Park Ice Cream Social.  Thanks from the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center for Prairie Hills help with their Back 2 School Party.
Mon., Sept. 5 Labor Day 12-5:00pm  Labor Fest at the Madison Labor Temple.  Annual South Central Federation of Labor celebration with kids’ activities, music by People Brothers Band & Red Hot Horn Dawgs, food, info tables. Free admission; bring donations of personal care items for MMSD Transition Education program.
Tues., Sept. 6  4:00-6:00pm   Kids Chess Club at the Sequoya Library.  School age kids who know the basics of chess (i.e. how the pieces move)are welcome. Come on in for a friendly game.  All ages Chess Club follows until 8:45.
Wed., Sept. 7  4:30-5:30 pm  Read to A Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  This popular program is run on a first-come, first-served schedule.  It’s fun and educational to read to a furry friends who’s all ears.
Thurs., Sept 8  6:00-7:30pm  One City Early Learning Center will have a volunteer rally where you can learn about volunteer opportunities at the center.  The rally will be at the center at 2012 Fischer St.  For more info, contact  To learn more about the Early Learning Center, go to:
Fri., Sept. 9 7:30-9:30 pm  Moon Over Monona Terrace.  Young and old alike are invited to view celestial objects through a variety of different telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Activities include short kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes!  FREE tickets available on Eventbrite subject to venue capacity. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 7pm. In case of inclement weather, call 261.4000 after 5pm the day of the event for cancellation information.
Fri, Sept. 9 7:00-9:00pm  Under The Gun film screening.  What is keeping America from finding common ground on preventing gun violence? Through the lens of families affected by shootings in Chicago, Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista, Tucson, the film examines why many politicians are refusing to act and what a growing movement of Americans are doing to change that. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and Katie Couric join forces to create a documentary that is scrupulously comprehensive and decidedly fair to both sides. At the Alicia Ashman Library.
Sat., Sept. 10 5:30-7:30pm  Dinner and Entertainment at the West Madison Senior Center.  The Best of Broadway–Lerner and Loewe from the talented singers of the Four Seasons Theatre.  Dinner is $7.50.  Anyone over 60 may pay with a donation–minimum $4.  RSVP by noon on Sept. 9 to 238-0196.


Tue., Aug. 30  

The usual Meadowridge Community Meeting and Supper at the Meadowridge Library has been cancelled.

West Fest Thank-You!

The first West Fest avoided rain; so a good time was had by all. The Prairie Hills Duck Pond game was a success with lots of kids participating.  Not quite as popular as the dunk tank. Much thanks to Bill and Jan Minardi, Charley and Kristy Gamble, Peggy Parker, and, especially, to Sarah Kirk who was the main organizer of the event.
Ice Cream Social Thank-You!
Thanks to all who helped, and all those who attended, the PHNA Ice Cream Social at Pilgrim Park!


Mon., Aug. 29 10:30am

Facebook Explained.   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.   Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Rd)

Tue., Aug. 30 4-6 pm

Huegel 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!

Tue., Aug. 30 1-4pm

Sequoya Knitting Group.  Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!  Sequoya Library Midvale Blvd.

Tue., Aug. 30 AND Thr., Sept 1 12-1pm

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches.  Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at Noon and participants must arrive on-time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Thr., Sept. 1  

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 4K-5, 6, 9 .  Please DRIVE CAREFULLY!!

Sat., Sept. 3 9am-4pm

Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale (at 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.  442 Westgate Mall.


Monday, Sept. 5  LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Introduction to Meditation.  Tuesdays, Beginning Sept 13, 10:30-11:15AM.   This 8-week course is designed to introduce participants to a variety of meditation styles and techniques.  Both beginners and those who want to renew their practice are welcome.  We will explore such practices as walking meditation, guided relaxation techniques, body and breath awareness meditation, and more.  Each class will include instruction, practice and brief group dialog.  The Course is designed to help you tame your mind, calm your body, and connect the two.  To register, please contact Becky Otte-Ford at or 215-4119.  Meadowood Neighborhood Center.


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.