Scam Alert.  The scam–someone calls supposedly from the Sheriff’s Department saying you are wanted on a warrant.  A request is then made for you to pay a fee in cash (in the thousands of dollars) to take care of the warrant.  If you get such a call, call the police department, either city (255-2345) or the West District (243-0500).  Be suspicious of anyone who wants cash.

GLEAM: Art in a New Light, Fall at Olbrich Gardens. This is an annual exhibit featuring local, national and international artists creating light-based installations throughout Olbrich’s 16-acre outdoor gardens. Visitors encounter strange and surprising forms that pulse and shimmer in the night around every corner. Wed-Sat. 7:30-10:30 pm in September. Others hours in October.

Yard Waste collection to begin October 1.  For more info, go to:


Mon., Sept. 24 3:00pm  Media Petting Zoo.  Join Bubbler staff and try out new media and technology every week in this drop-in, unstructured program! The goal is to become familiar with different tools that create different forms of media. Meadowridge Library.

Mon., Sept. 24  6:15-7:45pm   Wok and Roll with Paul Tsung. Chef Paul Tseng will demonstrate a classic stir-fried dish with a fresh spring roll. Vegetarian. Meadowridge Library. Register online or call 288-6160.

Tues., Sept. 25  6:30-8:30pm  Prairie Hills Annual Meeting and Potluck. We will be providing the main dish (Lasagna from Ginos) but ask you to bring a side dish or dessert if you can.  At Our Redeemer Church (1701 McKenna).  Time to visit, meet your neighbors, elect officers and set our agenda for next year.  All welcome.

Tues., Sept. 25  6-7pm  Latino Parent Group meeting at Huegel School.

Wed., Sept.26  10-2pm  Free Blood Pressure Checks at the Meadowridge Library.

Wed., Sept. 26 11-12 noon  Bingo with Prizes.  At Meadowridge Commons, sponsored by West Madison Senior Center.

Thurs., Sept. 27 8:45-11:30am Madison Senior Center’s Health & Resource Fair.  Over 35 exhibitors and free screenings for Depression & Stress, Memory, Balance, Bladder, Nutrition and Hearing.  Free.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin.

Thurs., Sept. 27  3:30-5:00pm  Hispanic Heritage Month at the Meadowridge Library.  Come make a craft themed for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Thurs, Sept 27  5-6:00pm  The 2017 Schewe Lecture features Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Fraser, speaking about her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder. At the Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium. Fraser reveals the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life. Part of Madison Book Fest.

Fri., Sept. 28  8-11am  Falk School Fun Run.  Come listen to the music and spur the kids on.  Families are encouraged to attend and cheer on their students.  You can also volunteer to pass out water to the kids as they run, mark laps on shirts, and hand out snacks after each race.

Fri., Sept. 28  10-1pm  Free Blood Pressure Checks at the Meadowridge Library.

Fri., Sept. 28  8am-3pm.  16th Triad Crime Prevention and Safety Conference & Expo.  American Family Insurance Training Center 6000 American Parkway, Madison.  $35.00.  Includes continental breakfast, breaks and lunch. Contact Mary Stamstad at 608-441-7897 or, or


Wed., Oct. 3 7-8pm Financial Aid Night at Memorial High School.

City brush collection is happening nowThe final round of brush collection will likely occur at the end of September. The actual final round is weather dependent and will be announced when the date is known. Yard waste is not being collected now.  For info, go to:  
Selfie Contest.  The city of Madison is creating an Historic Preservation Plan and wants your help in identifying important places in the city.  Help by taking a picture of you at a place in Madison that is significant to you, your family or community and say why you value it.  Send an email with the photo to  Prizes will be awarded.
Community Bonds. The City of Madison is selling community bonds* from Oct. 3 – Oct. 9, 2018. By buying community bonds, residents can invest in the future of our City, and earn interest that is exempt from federal taxes. The City will use the funds for the expansion of Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Interested residents can register an account before the order period at  Two info sessions: Tues, Sept. 25 6:00 Olbrich Gardens and Wed., Oct. 3 6:00 at Warner Park Community Center.
Mon., Sept. 17  6-7:00pm  Hispanic Heritage Taste Test.  Community Room B, Meadowridge Library.  Come, enjoy and treat your taste buds. Free.
Tues., Sept. 18  6:00pm  Apple Creations with Artesian Fruit.  Learn how to carve apple swans and an apple fan. A demonstration of carving a rose will be done. Register online or call 288-6160. At the Meadowridge Library.
Wed., Sept. 19 1:00pm Fitchburg Singers.  At the Fitchburg Senior Center.   Drop in and enjoy. It’s fun and free.
Wed., Sept 19 1:30-3:30pm.  West Madison Senior Center movies at Alicia Ashman.  The Book Club.  A fun movie.  Snacks will be served.
Wed., Sept. 19  6-7:30pm Bombay St. Snacks with Yakub Kazi at the Meadowridge Library.  Learn how to make popular fried street snacks like vada pav,a deep-fried potato patty served on a soft bread roll, and pakoras,fritters, filled with tamarind chutney. Register online or call 288-6160. 
Fri., Sept. 21  6-7:30pm Steamed Bao with Meat Filling with Madame Chu.  Meadowridge Library.  Get hands-on learning in making meat-filled steamed baos, also known as meat buns. Register online or call 288-6160.
Fri, Sept. 21  6:30-8:30pm  International Film Night at Alicia Ashman Library–VASERMIL. The film is named after the local football stadium in the town of Be’er Sheva in southern Israel. Vasermil tells the story of three teenagers who live in the same tough neighborhood, growing up in an unforgiving environment, pinning their hopes on football as a way out. 
Sat., Sept. 22  11-12:30pm Nigerian Moin-Moin With Afrique Carib at the Meadowridge Library.  Learn how to make Nigerian moin-moin, a savory bean pudding steamed in banana leaves. Register online or call 288-6160. 
Sun., Sept. 23 2-4pm  Sunday Jazz @Sequoya.  Ken Hoffman Jazz Tenor Saxophonist with Guitarist Anthony Utehs and Bassist Matt Rogers. Ken has performed with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, and many others. His style has been described as intensely soulful, lyrical – even sensual. Meeting Rooms A & B.


Tues., Sept. 25  6:30-8:30pm  Prairie Hills Annual Meeting and Potluck. We will be providing the main dish (Lasagna from Ginos) but ask you to bring a side dish or dessert if you can.  At Our Redeemer Church (1701 McKenna).  Time to visit, meet your neighbors, elect officers and set our agenda for next year.  All welcome.

Thurs., Sept. 27 8:45-11:30am Madison Senior Center’s Health & Resource Fair.  Over 35 exhibitors and free screenings for Depression & Stress, Memory, Balance, Bladder, Nutrition and Hearing.  Free.  330 W. Mifflin.
Fri, Oct. 19  7-9:30  pm.  Moon over Monona Terrace.  One of Madison’s most popular family events! On the Monona Terrace rooftop. View the Moon in its full glory through a variety of telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society (MAS)! Activities include a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes!  Free . Tickets go fast.Get them at
I am writing you today to invite you to our annual meeting and potluck.  We will be providing the main dish but ask you to bring a side dish or dessert if able.
We will be meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Our Redeemer church.  We will take some time to reconnect and discuss what our association should focus on for the next year.
Two board positions will be up for election this year: Vice President and Secretary.  If you are looking to be more involved in your neighborhood please let us know if you are interested in either of these positions.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday the 25th.
Zach Scheeler
Vice President, PHNA


For the latest flood / road closure information, visit

Drug Overdose Alert / Bad Drug Batch.  A bad batch of illicit drugs has found its way into the city, causing numerous overdoses and deaths.  Read more at .

Please, keep your car locked – even if it does not have anything of value in it – especially if you have a stand-alone garage door opener.  Thieves have been stealing garage door openers from open cars, and then come back later to open the garage door.   Also, the MPD has been leaving “report cards” on car windshields.  Read more at .


Mon., Sept. 10.  

West Madison Senior Center Exercise Classes resume.  Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:40-9:40 am class is focused on aerobic activity, strength, balance, and flexibility.  Mondays, 9:50-10:50 am class is focused on strength, balance, and flexibility and is less intense with most exercises being chair based.  The cost of the class is $20 for a month, $18 for 6 classes, or $4 for drop-in.   A new Chair Exercise Class beginning Wednesday, September 5 from 12:00-12:50 pm at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. 110 N. Whitney Way. Please bring an exercise mat if you have one.  $10.00 drop in fee and a sliding scale is available.  Thursday morning yoga class at Bethany United Methodist Church will begin again Thursday, September 13.  [In each case, please pay and direct questions to the instructor at the classes.]

Mon., Sept. 10 10:00-11:30

Mystery in the Morning — A legacy of Spies by John Le Carre.  Join the Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group for a civilized discussion of murder and mayhem on the second Monday of the Month!  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., Sept. 11 6:30pm-7:30pm

Advance Care Planning.  Courtesy of GrapeVine Health Education/ Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, and presented by registered nurse Jean Skinner, this one-hour session will teach participants about advance care planning. Advance Care Planning is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing future medical decisions regardless of age and current health status. All adults should think about, discuss and create an advance care plan. Having an advance care plan is truly a gift for yourself and others.   Alicia Ashman Library.  Register online at

Wed., Sept. 12 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 Study Room A (Blue), Raymond Rd.

Wed., Sept. 12 1:00pm-2:30pm

Medicare Workshop.  Whether you are new to Medicare, soon to be turning 65, or preparing to retire, you will 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.  Special attention will be given to the new Medicare Cards and dealing with Long Term Care (LTC). More in depth 1:1 appointments will also be available. Workshops are free — call 266-6581 to register.  Warner Park, 1625 Northport Drive.

Wed., Sept. 12 5:00pm-7:00pm Alliant Energy center information / visioning / feedback session.   Alliant Energy Center.

Thr., Sept 13  LIBRARIES CLOSED (Staff inservice day)

Sat., Sept 15 9:00am-4:00pm

Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  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.  Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. 



  1. Human Services budget request hearing – Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 PM in Room 201 of the City-County Building.


  1. All other county department budget request hearing (Sheriff, Public Works & Transportation, Land & Water, etc) – Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 PM also in Room 201 of the CCB.


  1. County Executive Budget Hearing – Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00 in Room 201 of the CCB.
For Updates on streets and flooding, go to:
MSCR has a variety of day trips scheduled for fall, including a Lavender & Cherry Farm, a Milwaukee African American History and Food Tour, a Michigan Avenue Shopping trip, and a Scenic trip to Galena.  MSCR also has a variety of  arts and  enrichment programs for fall.  For more info, go to:
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts needs docents.  Docents play a very important role, engaging student groups and leading conversations with adults during drop-in tours. The training will begin soon. Contact Ericka Monroe-Kane at 257-0158 x237. 
Disposing of old mattresses.  There is a new guide on how to dispose of your old mattresses.  Go to:
Senior Lunches move back to Meadowridge Library.  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays at noon.  Meal, bus reservations, and cancellations should be made by calling 238-7368 ext. 8 by noon the preceding business day.
Mon., Sept. 3. Labor Day.  All city offices and libraries closed. 
Mon., Sept. 3  1-3pm  Ice Cream Social at Eplegaarden Apple Orchard (2227 Fitchburg Road),  Free ice cream.  Donations support Fitchburg Meals for Seniors in Need.
Mon., Sept. 3  6:00-8:00pm  Terrace Paintacular.  Memorial Union Terrace.  Canvas, paints, instruction provided until supplies run out. Get supplies at 5:30.
Tues., Sept. 4  1:00pm  Ukulele Network.  Come learn to strum or sharpen your skill at the Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Road).  Call 514-3274 for more info.
Wed., Sept. 5 4:30-5:30pm  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  Fun and educational.  First come-first served.
Wed., Sept. 5  6:30-8:30pm  Darn Yarn Group.  Alicia Ashman Library hosts this club for crocheters, knitters, and other fiber-crafters. Meets on first and third Wednesdays.  Meet with other crafters, learn about different techniques, and share your own work.  No registration required.
Thurs., Sept. 6  6:30-7:30pm  The Basics of Canning, At the Alicia Ashman Library.  You might know Joey and Holly Baird from their popular radio show, podcast, and website, “The Wisconsin Vegetable Gardener”. See them in person as they walk us through the basics of canning and how to safely preserve at home. 
Sat., Sept. 8   10am- 5pm  2018 Madison Vegan Fest. At Madison College’s Truax Campus.  This year there’s a free cooking class at 10:30 by professional chef Dama Wells-Foster.  She’ll teach participants to make no-bake vegan cheesecake and protein bites. She’ll also field questions on all aspects of vegan cooking.
Sun., Sept. 9  2-4pm  Sunday Jazz at Sequoya.  Mal-O-Dua pulls from a wide range of sources including Gypsy Jazz, traditional Hawaiian music, Kentucky thumb picking, vintage French pop, Eastern European Folk, early Parisian “Bal Musette” waltz style, and the American standard songbook to name a few. 
Mon., Sept. 10  10:30-11:30am  Preschool Storytime Chefs. At the Meadowridge Library. Start off with a short storytime and Kids Chef Lily will teach everyone how to make storytime-related snacks. Children will need adult assistance. Registration begins 9/1. Register online or call 288-6160.
Tues., Sept. 11  6-7:30pm.  Idli Sambar with Yakub Kazi in the Meadowridge Community Rooms.  Learn how to make idli sambar, steamed rice cakes, with a savory vegetable curry. Register online or call 288-6160.
Sat., Sept. 15  9:30-11:00am  Learn to Fish at Wingra Boats. Information and registration can be found on the Madison Parks website:


E. Johnson Street is closed between Fordem and Baldwin, and will be closed for quite some time, along with other closures.  For the latest information, visit

R.I.P. Jim Sewell.  Jim, 70, a resident of Lucy Lane, and a long time public servant perished in the widely publicized drowning that resulted from last weeks torrential downpour.  You can read more about Jim at

The Draft 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County is now available for review and comment. The TIP lists major transportation improvements and studies anticipated to be undertaken during the next five-year period. The draft document has been posted on the MPO’s website at .  A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30pm at the City-County Building, room 357.

The City of Madison Neighborhood Indicators (NIP) 2017 Edition is now available in a brand new website. The NIP is a tracking system designed to follow neighborhoods’ wellness over time.  See for more information.

FURNITURE NEEDED.  A new permanent housing facility opened on Tree Lane recently that provides stable housing to chronically homeless families.  The facility is in need of furniture, many of the families have little to no furniture in their apartments.  if you have anything to spare or would like to donate, please contact the manager, Chad Gehin at 872-444-4841 directly.


Mon., Aug. 27 10:30am-11:15am

Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Day-cares, groups and siblings always welcome.  Meadowridge Library, Community Room B.

Tue., Aug. 28 12:00pm-1:00pm

West Madison Senior Lunches.  Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding business day by calling 238-7368 ext. 8 .  Sponsored by the West Madison Senior Center.   Meadowridge Library, Rooms A & B.

Wed., Aug. 29 6:00pm-7:30pm

Meadowridge Anime Club.  A showing of Ceres, Celestial Legend. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Snacks provided.  Meadowridge Library.

Thr., Aug. 30 3:30pm-5:30pm

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

Fri., Aug. 31 6:30pm-8:30pm

Fifth Fridays Poetry – Featuring Andrew Bouvet and open mic.  Andrew will speak on the topic of “The Joy of Reciting Poetry”, and then he’ll host an open mic poetry reading. Come to listen, come to read, come to experience the joy of poetry!  Alicia Ashman Library Meeting Room, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Sat., Sept. 1 9:00am-4:00pm

Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  Location:  442 Westgate Mall, next to TJMaxx.  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.


Mon., Sept. 3:  Labor Day.  Libraries Closed.