NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF MAR 11

NEWS

Worms

Many of us were told and learned that earthworms were good for the soil. Turns out that isn’t really true – and there were no worms in Wisconsin prior to settlement by Europeans. Whats more, the newest worms, Amynthas or “jumping worms” are much worse than those we have grown up with.  For more information on this latest pest, see https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/invasives/fact/jumpingworm/ .

Store your canoe or kayak lakeside

Exploring Madison’s beautiful lakes, rivers and creeks by paddle is enjoyed by many. Most, however, don’t have the luxury of living on a waterway. That’s okay! The City of Madison offers watercraft storage racks at locations throughout the city. For just $110 (Madison resident) annually, you can store your canoe or kayak lakeside.   While there is typically a waitlist, often space is available by April.  For more information, see https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/canoekayakstorage

Lake Level Task Force

In response to the flooding, the Dane County Board created a lake levels task force last year charged with running models and finding solutions.  The task force issued a report February 1. You can find a link to it on the Lakes and Watershed Commission website at https://lwrd.countyofdane.com/Yahara-Chain-of-Lakes-Lake-Levels-Task-Force

In addition, County Engineer John Reimer and other members of the technical work group have done a series of presentations detailing the findings and explaining the various mitigation scenarios.  The presentations were recorded.  You can find them and all of the public comment at the same website.

Uptick in underground garage burglaries

MPD crime analysts are noticing an uptick in burglaries where underground parking garages are being targeted. Once inside, criminals are breaking vehicle windows and stealing items.  For more information, see http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/newsroom/incidentreports/incident.cfm?id=23488

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Q & A with County Executive Joe Parisi

Mon., Mar. 11 10:45am, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

County Executive Parisi will be visiting the Fitchburg Senior Center to have a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and how it benefits county taxpayers. Joe will talk for roughly 30 minutes, then allow for questions.

Mindful Movement

Tue., Mar. 12 10:00am-10:45am, Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd.

Join fitness and mindfulness coach Venus Washington on second and fourth Tuesdays to explore the mind/body connection. Especially designed for seniors, but open to any adult interested, Venus will help you start wherever you are on your fitness journey (even if you haven’t begun it yet!). Perfect for beginners and anyone interested in getting moving and learning that how you think affects the way you move; and how you move affects the way you think. Be prepared for movement, but at a level that’s right and safe for you. Space is limited, so please call to reserve your spot: 824-1780, or at
http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=82675

Financial Perspective, Sponsored by Associated Bank

Wed., Mar. 13 10:00am-11:00am, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Finances are personal for most of us, but it’s also often difficult to navigate the terrain without help. A local financial adviser will be available to share current events and trends in the market. This workshop is appropriate whether you have currently have investments or not. Find out what you should know, or ask, before investing. Call 266-6581 to register.

Meadowridge Library Anime Club /Anime Game Night

Wed., Mar. 13 5:30pm-7:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A, Raymond Rd.

Play some anime inspired video games and discuss your favorites.

Memorial HS Concert Band II & Symphonic Band

Wed., Mar. 13 7:30 PM, Memorial HS

Avoiding Scams

Thr., Mar. 14 12:30pm-1:00pm, Meadowridge Commons, 5734 Raymond Rd.

Winter Reading Fun

Thr., Mar. 14 4:00pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Come and practice your reading with our friendly volunteers!

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Mar. 15 3:30pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

Screen Printing for Kids – A Very Bubbler Saturday

Sat., Mar. 16 1:00pm-2:00pm, Sequoya Library rooms A & B, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Learn about screen-printing and create your own screen-print of an inclusive “Libraries are for Everyone” image, with text available in English, Spanish, or Arabic. Bring your own t-shirt/tote/material to print on, or create a print on paper. One print per person, please.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 18 — Regular School Day

Monday, March 18 had originally been scheduled as a staff only day.  However, with all of the bad weather, time missed must now be made up.

Dane County Lake Level Task Force Meeting

Monday, March 18, 5:00pm, City County Building Room 351, 210 Martin Luther King Blvd.

See the News section, above, for additional information.

Neighborhood Center & Child and Youth Funding Process Discussion: Vision and Community needs.

Wednesday, March 20, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.

Madison’s Community Development Division is seeking input on how to support the 15 currently funded Neighborhood Centers & Child and Youth Out-of-School Time programming.  The majority of time at this event will be a facilitated discussion as opposed to a formal presentation. This session may be more interesting for community members who are interested in the topic of neighborhood centers and child and youth programming.

Elder Domestic Abuse

Wed., Mar. 27 10:00am, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd.

Join speaker Sara Flugum in a discussion.

Discussion with Joe Parisi

Wed., Mar. 27 10:00am-10:45 AM, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

County Executive Parisi will lead a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and benefit county taxpayers.   Please sign up for this program at 266-6581.

News resources

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NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF MAR. 4

NEWS

Safe Passages Program looking for feedback

Through a process that incorporated community engagement in our area, an Implementation Plan for federal funds has been developed that includes funding to provide a Safe Passage program to reduce youth conflict and connect youth to prosocial activities in the Meadowood, Theresa Terrace and Park Edge/Park Ridge neighborhoods. A paper describing the essential components of this program has been developed and community feedback is requested, either via email/phone or via community meetings on March 4th (see events below).

More information at http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/communitydevelopment/funding/safe-passages-program-on-madisons-south-west-side/2988/

PHNA looking for volunteers to welcome newcomers!

The neighborhood association has begun watching for newcomers within our boundaries and will be reaching out to welcome and provide area and association information to them. If you’d like to be a part of growing your and the PHNA’s connections and are willing to help, please contact Zach Scheeler at zachscheeler@googlemail.com.

News resources !!!

Much of the material for our newsletters is located in resources that are regularly available online, but our editors may not focus on items that you care about. Here are some resources that you can look at on your own:

EVENTS THIS WEEK

WonderWorks

Mon., Mar. 4, 10:45-11:30am, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/wonderworks-1196013Explore science, technology, engineering & math through play (and books!). For children ages 3-5 years old. Registration is first-come, first-served. Please pick up a name tag 15 minutes before the program.

Safe Passages Program Community Feedback Meetings

Mon., Mar. 4, 11a-12:30p or 5:30-7p, Madison Police Dept. West District, 1710 McKenna Blvd.

http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/communitydevelopment/funding/safe-passages-program-on-madisons-south-west-side/2988/Hugh and Stephanie and other members of the Community Based Crime Reduction Team will be present to take comments regarding the Safe Passages Program and its concept paper (see news above).

Computer Fix-it Clinic

Tues., Mar. 5, 12:30-3:30pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St

https://www.cityofmadison.com/senior-center/calendar/computer-fix-it-clinic-0

If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support! Volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device. This service is provided by DANEnet, a local non-profit committed to making information technology accessible and affordable through education and services for nonprofit organizations and individuals with barriers. Please bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.

Sequoya Knitting Group

Tues., Mar. 5, 1-4p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/sequoya-knitting-group-1196237

Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!

Healthy Cooking

Wed., Mar. 6, 1-2p, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

https://www.cityofmadison.com/senior-center/calendar/healthy-cooking

Kick-off National Nutrition Month by learning to prepare a quick, easy, healthy and delicious meal. A Registered Dietician from University Hospital will do a demonstration, and then give out samples. Free, register by Monday, March 4 by calling 608-266-6581.

Read to a Dog

Wed., Mar. 6, 4:30-5:30p, Meadowridge Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/read-dog-1199500

Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Madison Memorial High School All Choirs Concert

Wed., Mar. 6, 7:30-8:30p

Dryer Ball Mania

Thurs., Mar. 7, 6:30-8:30p, Alicia Ashman Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/dryer-ball-mania-1198020

These environmentally friendly balls are used in your dryer and will help reduce static, absorb moisture, and are chemical free. Using repurposed wool these dryer balls will be handmade, one of a kind, and ready to use when you bring them home! Each participant will make 2 dryer balls. Taught by Faye Antolec, owner, Wyld and Wooly. This class is free but registration is required.

Fun, Family Features: ‘Smallfoot’

Fri., Mar. 8, 6-8p, Alicia Ashman Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/new-fun-family-features-smallfoot-pg-1189943

A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as humans do exist. PG, 1hr 36min

Stories: Opening Reception

Sat., Mar. 9, 9:30a-12p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/stories-opening-reception-1202245

Join The Madison Photography Meetup Group on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM as we celebrate the opening of our member show, STORIES. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. 34 photographers will be sharing their photographic stories in this exhibit at the Sequoya Public Library. You will have the opportunity to meet some of the photographers and talk with them about their photos.

NewBridge: Cultural Arts Dance Fitness

Every Saturday, 12-2p, Meadowood Neighborhood Center, 5740 Raymond Rd.

Free to try, then $5/mo

UPCOMING EVENTS

Q & A with County Executive Joe Parisi

Mon., Mar. 11 10:45am, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

County Executive Parisi will be visiting the Fitchburg Senior Center to have a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and how it benefits county taxpayers. Joe will talk for roughly 30 minutes, then allow for questions.

14th Annual Multicultural Senior Wellness Fair

Fri., Mar 29, 9-11:30a, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.

NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF FEB 25

NEWS

News resources !!!

Much of the material for our newsletters is located in resources that are regularly available online, but our editors may not focus on items that you care about.  Here are some resources that you can look at on your own:

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Preschool Storytime

Mon., Feb. 25  10:30am-11:15am, Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.

Pokemon Club (Trading Card Game)

Tue., Feb. 26  4:30pm-5:30pm, Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Do you love Pokemon? Learn to play the trading card game, during the first 15 minutes, and then compete against other kids! Bring your own deck or borrow one of ours!   NOTE:  No Pokemon in March.

Chess Club

Wed., Feb. 27  3:30pm-5:00pm, 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.

Madison Memorial High School Orchestra Concert

Wed., Feb. 27 7:30pm-8:30pm

I Am Jazz — Reading

Thr., Feb. 28  6:00pm-8:00pm, Meadowridge Library

Join the Madison Public Library and Madison Metropolitan School District in a reading of the book “I Am Jazz”.

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Fri., Mar. 1  3:00pm-6:00pm, Sequoya Library Study Room 103

Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing. Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available.

Friends of Sequoya Book Sale

Sat., Mar. 2  9:00am-4:00pm, 442 Westgate Mall, Next to TJMaxx

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 1 pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DANENet Computer Fix-It Clinic

Tue., Mar. 5 12:30pm-3:30pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin St.

Device Fix IT clinics are to repair and support computers and hardware owned by households without the means to fix them. Adults can bring in their devices (smart phone, desktop, tower, laptop, etc.) and DANEnet staff and volunteers will fix and clean the devices.

HAVE A COMPUTER QUESTION OR ISSUE?
If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support! Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

DETAILS & WHAT TO BRING:
First come, first served. Labor is FREE. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores. Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with computers, smartphones and tablets

Madison Memorial High School All Choirs Concert

Wed., Mar. 6 7:30pm-8:30pm

Q & A with County Executive Joe Parisi

Mon., Mar. 11 10:45am, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

County Executive Parisi will be visiting the Fitchburg Senior Center to have a discussion and give an update on the work Dane County is doing to clean up our lakes, finance renewable energy development, and how it benefits county taxpayers. Joe will talk for roughly 30 minutes, then allow for questions.

NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF FEB. 18

NEWS

PHNA looking for volunteers to welcome newcomers!

The neighborhood association has begun watching for newcomers within our boundaries and will be reaching out to welcome and provide area and association information to them. If you’d like to be a part of growing your and the PHNA’s connections and are willing to help, please contact Zach Scheeler at zachscheeler@googlemail.com.

Early Childhood Funding RFP

https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/communitydevelopment/funding/other-funding-opportunities/477/

The City of Madison Community Development Division is seeking proposals from organizations to provide programming and services to the early childhood care and education community and workforce. This is defined as individuals and programs primarily serving children ages birth to 5 years old. The City of Madison’s Community Development Division’s programming is reviewed through the lens of its impact on poverty, racial equity, and social justice.

Arboretum Steward and Restoration Team Leader Trainings

https://arboretum.wisc.edu/news/arboretum-news/volunteer-steward-and-team-leader-trainings/

Volunteer stewards and restoration team leaders play an important part in caring for the land, fostering engagement, and working with others. The Arboretum is offering training opportunities to join these essential corps of volunteers. Application deadline is Mar. 20.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Parkinson’s Support with Bob Gilpatrick

Mon., Feb 18 2:00pm, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

MPD Good Neighbor Night

Mon., Feb. 18, 6:30-8p, High Point Church, 7702 Old Sauk Road

http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/blog/?id=18659

Get details about this MPD community safety program, hear from the MPD Crime Prevention Unit and learn from and make connections with your neighbors and MPD officers.

Spring Primary Voting

Tues., Feb. 19

Information on Voting:
https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/elections-voting/voting

Know your Candidates:
https://media.cityofmadison.com/mediasite/showcase/madison-city-channel/channel/know-your-candidates

FoodWise Nutrition – Savory Soups and Sodium

Tues., Feb. 19, 11:30am, Fitchburg Senior Center

Intro to Facebook

Wed., Feb 20, 10-11:30a, Madison Senior Center 330 W. Mifflin St

http://www.cityofmadison.com/senior-center/calendar/intro-to-facebook

Whether you are contemplating getting on Facebook, or already a regular user, this workshop will be beneficial. Learn the basics of using Facebook safely so that you can get the most out of it. Free but space is limited, call 266-6581 to register.

NewBridge Cribbage and Euchre

Thurs., Feb. 21, 10:30a-12p or 12:45-2p, Meadowridge Commons 5734 Raymond Rd.

TTNC and EPNC Black Excellence Celebration

Thurs., Feb 21, 6-7:30p, Elver Park Neighborhood Center 1201 McKenna Blvd.

Family friendly activities, music, and a soul food dinner catered by Melly Mels. Local vendors will be in attendance with items for sale. All activities, vendors, and serving of dinner will start at 6 pm.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Thurs., Feb. 21, 6:30-8:30p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/stop-motion-animation-workshop-1200333

Join Crestwood Elementary students and art educator Luke Bassuener for a hands-on tutorial on how to make stop motion animation films using markers, paper, scissors and an iPad. The workshop will include a screening of some of the Crestwood students’ recent projects. No Registration is necessary.

Movie Day – Bohemian Rhapsody

Fri., Feb. 22, 12:40pm, Fitchburg Senior Center

Robot-o-thon!

Sat., Feb. 23, 1-2p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/robot-o-thon-very-bubbler-saturday-1196413

Combine your craft skills with your coding chops to make a robot. We will have different kinds of robots, including Lego compatible Meeperbots, to play with along with art supplies so that you can create your very own personal droid.

Sunday Jazz @ Sequoya – Caravan Gypsy Swing Duo

Sun., Feb. 24, 2-4p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/sunday-jazz-sequoya-caravan-gypsy-swing-duo-1201015

Caravan Gypsy Swing Duo is an acoustic jazz group featuring Chris Ruppenthal and Scott Hlavenka on guitar. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing” repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles.

NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF Feb. 11

NEWS

PIE SOCIAL!!!!

Thr., Feb. 16 1:30pm-2:30pm.  More information below under “EVENTS”.

Senior Center Merger

The West Madison Senior Center and the Madison Senior Coalitions merged as of Jan. 1, 2019.  The merged organization is NewBridge, Madison, Inc.  The new website is https://newbridgemadison.org/

Speed Enforcement

The Madison Police Dept. Traffic Enforcement Safety Team spent time last week in the 1100 block of Whitney Way.  Over three hours, the team stopped a total of 31 vehicles with a top speed of 57 mph.  The average speed of the vehicles stopped was 45 mph.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Caregiver Support Group

Mon., Feb. 11 6:30pm-7:30pm,
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.
Thr., Feb. 14 10:00am,
Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

Join other senior/dementia caregivers for support and strategies for helping those you care for.  *Note on session at Alicia Ashman: Due to allergies of group members, this is a no-scent group. Please refrain from wearing perfumes or other scented products.*

Tax Assistance

Tue., Feb. 12 10:00am-2:30pm, Sequoya Library
Wed., Feb. 13 1:00pm-4:30pm, Sequoya Library
Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Please call 266-6385 to schedule an appointment.

Valentine Studio

Tue., Feb. 12 4:00pm-5:00pm Alicia Ashman Library

Come flex your artistic imagination and make a big batch of handmade valentines for everyone you adore. The library will provide a variety of lovely materials, participants make as many Valentines as they have time to create. For ages 7+.

Meadowridge Anime Club

Wed., Feb. 13 5:30pm-7:00pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A, 5726 Raymond Rd.

Watch and discuss 5 Centimeter per Second by Makoto Shinkai. The story presents how Takaki Tono befriends Akari Shinohara and tries to continue this friendship by letters.

Valentine’s Day

Thr., Feb. 14

Spanish Conversation Group

Thr., Feb. 14 1:00pm-3:00pm, Sequoya Library Meeting Room A

¡Acompáñenos! Los miembros del Grupo de Conversación en Español de University League ofrecen este programa de conversación gratis para adultos con nivel intermedio o avanzado, del segundo jueves del mes, en la biblioteca Sequoya. Los principiantes que quieran escuchar el idioma, serán bien recibidos.

Come join us! Members of the University League’s Spanish Conversation Interest Group host this free monthly conversation for adults with intermediate to advanced level Spanish skills on the second Thursday each month at the Sequoya Library. Beginners who want to listen to the language are also invited.

1-3 pm, segundo jueves,
11 oct 2018- 8 ag 2019

Madison Memorial HS Musical: “Shrek”

Fri. and Sat., Feb. 15 & 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Sun., Feb. 17 2:00pm-4:00pm
Madison Memorial High School

Tickets are $10, $5 for ages 10 and under.

Annual Neighborhood Pie Social

Sat., Feb. 16 1:30pm-2:30pm, Meadowridge Library Community Room

Join us for our annual winter get-together.  Come eat pie, say “hi” to neighbors, and vote for your favorite pie — and eat more pie!  If you want to bake a pie or two for the social, contact Sarah Kirk at kirkysarah@yahoo.com or call 608-628-4177.

Slide Slide Dancing

Sat., Feb. 16 3:00pm-5:00pm, Meadowridge Library

Join us for “slides” and some hip hop line dancing. All skill levels are welcome!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Parkinson’s Support with Bob Gilpatrick

Mon., Feb 18 2:00pm, Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

Primary Elections

Tue., Feb. 19

There are 5 candidates for Mayor, and 3 school board seats on the ballot for this primary election.  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF FEB. 4

NEWS

Wild Winter Weather:

http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/city-weather-related-conditions-for-the-weekend

Please check the drain inlets near your home, and remove snow and ice from their vicinity so water can flow freely. This is especially true if you are near a low point in a street (normally near intersections). If you cannot clear an inlet that you believe needs to be cleared, call Engineering Operations at 608-266-4430. Engineering crews started clearing inlets on Tuesday and have been working through the bitter cold.

Residents should make sure their downspouts are draining and not frozen in the snow. If they are, it could cause water and then ice to back up into gutters, potentially causing ice dams.

If your home is prone to basement flooding and you have a sump pump, make sure the discharge end of your pump is clear as it may kick in this weekend.

PHNA looking for volunteers to welcome newcomers!

The neighborhood association has begun watching for newcomers within our boundaries and will be reaching out to welcome and provide area and association information to them. If you’d like to be a part of growing your and the PHNA’s connections and are willing to help, please contact Zach Scheeler at zachscheeler@googlemail.com.

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Pie Social

Join us February 16th from 1:30-2:30 pm for our annual winter pie social at the Meadowridge Neighborhood Center Community Room (in between the library and neighborhood center). Come eat pie, say hi to neighbors, vote for your favorite pie, and eat more pie! As usual, the association will supply plenty of pies and ice cream to eat. But this year we’d love to highlight all the baking talent in the neighborhood. So if you like to bake pies, get your rolling pins out and bring your best pie showstopper. And yes, there will be a prize for the crowd favorite. For more information or if you’d like to bring a pie, please contact Sarah Kirk at kirkysarah@yahoo.com

Community Development Funds Survey

The City of Madison and Dane County are seeking input on where to focus the housing and community development funds our local government will receive during the next five years (2020-2024). The city and county are starting a process called the Consolidated Plan, which will determine how the funds will be spent.  Funding is focused on four general areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic/Business Development
  • Neighborhoods
  • Access to Resources

Activities must generally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Citizen participation is a vital step in determining community needs, and your input will assist in determining where we should focus our efforts.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on one of these links to participate in the survey:

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Sequoya Kid’s Chess Club

Tues., Feb. 5, 4:30-6p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/sequoya-kids-chess-club-1199613

For school aged kids who know the basic moves of chess. Come on in to play against other opponents your age.

Sequoya All Ages Chess Club

Tues., Feb. 5, 6-8p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/sequoya-all-ages-chess-club-1196208

Come on in for a friendly game of chess with your neighbors. All ages welcome.

Music and Movement

Wed., Feb. 6, 10-10:45a, Sequoya Library

http://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/music-movement-76

Little ones stay active with music, movement, play, and bubbles! Especially for toddlers, all siblings welcome.

Black History Month – Milton House Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Fri., Feb. 8, 12:45pm, Fitchburg Senior Center

Kari Klebba, Executive Director of the Milton Historical Society will be presenting on the history of The Milton House, Wisconsin’s last, authenticated Underground Railroad Station that can be toured. The Milton House, built in 1844, served as a stagecoach inn and railroad stop in Milton, Wisconsin, a booming rural community in Northern Rock County.

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Feb. 8, 3:30-5:30p, Meadowridge Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/collaborative-gaming-1200339

Come play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

Free Tax Filing at Central Library

Sat., Feb. 9, 9a-1p, Central Library, Appointment Required

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/free-tax-filing-central-1199287

Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 266-6350 to make an appointment (required). Some situations are outside the scope of the service– ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2018 to use this service.

Yoga Sprouts with Katie

Sat., Feb. 9, 10-10:30a, Central Library

http://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/yoga-sprouts-with-katie

Children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers are invited to join Yoga Sprouts Instructor, Katie Muschlewski for a fun family class! Please bring a towel or yoga mat for yourself and your child.

Process of Animation Workshop

Sat., Feb. 9, 1-2:30p, Central Library

http://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/process-of-animation-workshop

Dive into the world of animation in its most basic form with artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II. All are welcome to join us in the Bubbler Room for drawing, doodling, and exploring different ways to tell stories through characters, dialogue, and movement.

Sunday Jazz @ Sequoya – The Sandhill Cranes

Sun., Feb. 10, 2-4p, Sequoya Library

https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/sunday-jazz-sequoya-sandhill-cranes-1201013

The Sandhill Cranes are a jazz ensemble that uses a standard, acoustic instrumental line-up to perform a variety of music from the jazz tradition including early jazz, classic jazz standards, jazz fusion, and contemporary jazz and also folk music and original music. The ensemble aims to bring a fresh perspective to jazz through improvisation that is influenced by present-day music.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2019 Spring Primary

Tues., Feb. 19

Badger Cafe with Chris Borland

Thursday, Feb. 21  6:00pm-8:00pm  One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St.

Join the conversation with Chris Borland ’13 and Chad McGehee from UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, who were featured in the Winter 2018 issue of On Wisconsin magazine. Borland, once a Badger and San Francisco 49ers football star player, left the game because of concerns for his brain health. Learn more about Borland’s journey, along with his and McGehee’s work with the Center for Healthy Minds. The conversation will be moderated by film producer John Roach ’77.

Madison Public Library Wizards in Wonderland

Sun., Feb 24 10:00am, Madison Public Library 201 W. Mifflin St.

https://mplfoundation.org/events/view/wizards-in-wonderland
New this year, Madison Public Library Foundation invites you to attend our first annual Wizards in Wonderland — a whimsical and family-friendly celebration of wizards and magic — at Central Library on Sunday, February 24!

Grab your broomstick and join us for activities, including:

  •     Wizard-themed crafts and games for kids — slime, wands, bookmarks and more!
  •     Live Quidditch demonstration by the UW Quidditch team
  •     Enchanting animals from the Dane County Humane Society
  •     Face painting with Monroe Street Arts Center
  •     Unique raffle items for the whole family to enjoy

This winter celebration benefits Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which is dedicated to keeping kids reading and learning all summer long.

Historic Preservation Plan Open House

Wed., Feb. 27, 5-7p, Madison Municipal Building Rm 260

http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/the-historic-preservation-plan/1761/

The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, the consultant team, and City staff have been working to develop a framework that will guide the City’s efforts and resources devoted to preservation in the coming years. We need your assistance for the next step of the process. Please join us to discuss the potential strategies and the goals and objectives they relate to. We are asking for your help to identify the timing and potential partners to implement each strategy.

NEWS & EVENTS FROM PRAIRIE HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSN. — WEEK OF JAN 28

NEWS

Record Cold Weather on Tap

Record cold weather is forecast to descend on our area this week, with highs on Wednesday topping out below ten below zero (actual temperature, not just windchill).   Pets should be kept indoors, and it would not hurt to check up on people you know to be vulnerable this week.

Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center Volunteer Opportunities

The DHCS at 5132 Voges Road is looking for volunteers to serve in Wildlife Assistant and Wildlife Receptionist roles.  Wildlife Assistants provide care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.  Receptionists assist with phone calls and community members bringing in wild patients.  Must be at least 18 years old, and commit to one regular 2 to 4 hour shift each week through October 15th.  Apply at www.giveshelter.org .  For general inquiries, contact Jackie Sandburg at jsandberg@giveshelter.org

Community Development Funds Survey

The City of Madison and Dane County are seeking input on where to focus the housing and community development funds our local government will receive during the next five years (2020-2024). The city and county are starting a process called the Consolidated Plan, which will determine how the funds will be spent.  Funding is focused on four general areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic/Business Development
  • Neighborhoods
  • Access to Resources

Activities must generally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Citizen participation is a vital step in determining community needs, and your input will assist in determining where we should focus our efforts.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on one of these links to participate in the survey:

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Preschool Storytime

Mon., Jan. 28 10:30am-11:15am, Meadowridge Library Community room B, Raymond Rd.

A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.

Knitting Groups

Tue., Jan. 29 1:00pm-4:00pm, Sequoya Library Meeting Room A, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Bring your own supplies. All skill levels welcome. Come on in & share tips or get advice!

Wed., Jan. 31 3:00pm-4:30pm, Meadowridge Library

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present.

Rich Bauman Folk Songs and Old Classics

Tue., Jan. 29 1:00pm-2:00pm, Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St.

Singer, musician and storyteller Rich Baumann returns to entertain us with folk songs and old classics that you know and love.  Sing along or just sit back and listen.

Chess Club

Wed., Jan. 30 5:30pm-7:00pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Reading

Thr., Jan. 31 4:00pm-6:00pm Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Enjoy reading with community volunteers! Intended for school aged children who would like to practice their reading skills.

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Feb. 1 3:30pm-5:30pm, Meadowridge Library Study Room A

Come play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

DaneNet Computer / Mobile Device Fix It Clinic

Sat., Feb 2 1:00pm-4:00pm, Meadowridge Library Community Room A

Device Fix IT clinics are to repair and support computers and hardware owned by households without the means to fix them. Adults can bring in their devices (smart phone, desktop, tower, laptop, etc.) and DANEnet staff and volunteers will fix and clean the devices.  If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!  Volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.  First come, first served. Labor is FREE. Volunteers can offer advice on purchasing parts online or at local repair stores.  Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord. Volunteers will help with computers, smartphones and tablets.

WINTER FESTIVALS

Madison Winter Festival at Elver Park

Sat., Feb 2 – Sun., Feb. 3, Elver Park

Several events for kids, families and even competitive events are scheduled.  http://www.winter-fest.com/

Frozen Assets Winter Festival

Fri., Feb. 1 – Sun., Feb. 3, The Edgewater Hotel and nearby venues.

The Frozen Assets Festival is a free, family-friendly event held at The Edgewater Hotel on the North end of Wisconsin Ave.  There are several FREE family-friendly activities all weekend long. Try a new winter skill, or sit back and watch the fun!
https://cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets/

UW Alumni Park Winter Carnival Family Fun

Sat., Feb. 2  Alumni Park, 724 Langon St.

Join Badgers of all ages for an afternoon of family-friendly, winter-themed activities. This is a great chance to get out and experience Alumni Park in winter as you enjoy a mini-hockey shootout and snowsuit-friendly outdoor yoga. Then, head inside One Alumni Place to warm up with winter-themed storytelling, art activities, and refreshments.  For more information, see https://www.alumnipark.com/event/winter-carnival-family-fun/

Wisconsin Union’s Winter Carnival

Thr., Jan. 31 – Sun., Feb. 3, Wisconsin Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.

The Wisconsin Union Directorate, Wisconsin Hoofers and other campus partners challenge you to embrace the cold and go play outside!  When you need to warm up a bit, head inside for hot chocolate and food specials!  (Some events require tickets.  Please see individual event pages for more information).
https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/special-events/wintercarnival/

UPCOMING EVENTS

Madison Public Library Wizards in Wonderland

Sun., Feb 24 10:00am, Madison Public Library 201 W. Mifflin St.

New this year, Madison Public Library Foundation invites you to attend our first annual Wizards in Wonderland — a whimsical and family-friendly celebration of wizards and magic — at Central Library on Sunday, February 24!

Grab your broomstick and join us for activities, including:

  •     Wizard-themed crafts and games for kids — slime, wands, bookmarks and more!
  •     Live Quidditch demonstration by the UW Quidditch team
  •     Enchanting animals from the Dane County Humane Society
  •     Face painting with Monroe Street Arts Center
  •     Unique raffle items for the whole family to enjoy

This winter celebration benefits Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which is dedicated to keeping kids reading and learning all summer long.
https://mplfoundation.org/events/view/wizards-in-wonderland

Badger Cafe with Chris Borland

Thursday, Feb. 21  6:00pm-8:00pm  One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St.

Join the conversation with Chris Borland ’13 and Chad McGehee from UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, who were featured in the Winter 2018 issue of On Wisconsin magazine. Borland, once a Badger and San Francisco 49ers football star player, left the game because of concerns for his brain health. Learn more about Borland’s journey, along with his and McGehee’s work with the Center for Healthy Minds. The conversation will be moderated by film producer John Roach ’77.