From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Tues. Dec. 15 Quarterly Safety Meeting

On Tues. Dec. 15, 7 pm, please attend the quarterly neighborhood safety meeting in the community room of the Madison West Police District ( 1710 McKenna Blvd. ).  Police officers will update us on the rash of burglaries that have been occurring in the area, and will provide an update on effective communication between residents and city agencies.

West Police District Newsletter

Neighborhood Indicators

Now available on the Mayor’s website.  An overview of various neighborhoods w/in the City of Madison :

Tues. Dec. 8 County Board Supervisor Event

Melanie Hampton, candidate for the County Board Supervisor position, is hosting a holiday open house kick-off for her election campaign from 4-7 pm at her home at 9 Lynbrook Circle .  For more info, contact

Fruit & Nut Trees – in Your Neighborhood?

Would you like a small orchard of peaches, pears, raspberries, hickories, or other delectable fruits and nuts at a park, community garden or other public space in your neighborhood?  Do you want to make fruit and nuts freely available for you and others in your community?  If so, please attend a planning session on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at the Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St , Room 202

Madison has been offered free fruit trees and training in their care by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.  At the meeting, we’ll select orchard sites together and apply for the funding.  Then sites will be selected nationally by internet voting.

If you can’t make the meeting, but you support an orchard your neighborhood, send us an email.  We’ll let you know when the vote happens.  Contact: email: phone: Christie Ralston, Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens – 608-240-0409

Neighborhood Green Power Challenge from MGE ( Madison Gas & Electric)

As Madison ‘s community energy company, MGE supports local efforts to improve our environment. To encourage these efforts, MGE is offering a challenge to neighborhoods to go beyond the current levels of green power participation to help significantly reduce environmental impacts of energy use and make Madison a green power champion.  Under this challenge, the neighborhood with the largest percent increase in participants of MGE’s Green Power Tomorrow will receive $1,000.  The neighborhood with the second highest increase will be awarded $500.  To participate, your neighborhood must register with MGE by December 31, 2009.

For details and registration information, please request the “MGE Neighborhood Challenge Fact Sheet” from Bob Stoffs at or 252-7906.

November 2009 issue of the Madison Parks Newsletter

Enjoy the November 2009 issue of the Madison Parks Newsletter.  Learn more about a new Adopt Ice Partnership program, WPCRC events, Veterans Memorial Dedication.

2010 New Garden Fund Grants Due – Jan 29, 2010

The New Garden Fund Committee is pleased to announce a sixth year of grants to encourage creation of new community gardens and expansion of existing community gardens in Madison .  Grants will be given out in early March 2010.

Contact Nicole Craig, Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc – Food & Gardens, at 246-4730, Ext. 208, for a grant application and a resource packet on how to start your own community garden in Madison. Grant applications are also available at

City of Madison Neighborhood Planning Grant Preparation Workshop on January 21

2010 is right around the corner and it’s time for neighborhood associations, business associations, and planning councils to choose a neighborhood improvement project and make it happen with the City of Madison ‘s 2010 Neighborhood Grant Program. Over the last 10 years, the Neighborhood Grant Program has allocated grant dollars to locally based projects that beautify a gateway or gathering place, build leadership skills, or plan for the future.  Grant guidelines and application materials will be on the website starting in January 2010:

A grant workshop is scheduled for January 21, 2010 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Hawthorne Branch Library, 2702 E Washington Avenue . City staff will go over the grant guidelines and answer questions regarding your proposed projects.

For more information, contact Linda Horvath, Planning Division at 608-267-1131,, or Rebecca Cnare, Planning Division at 608-266-4957,

Winter Weather Updates

Need help or information about alternate-side street parking during winter, or about snow plowing, or other winter concerns?  Visit the city’s winter weather website at

Hospice Newsletter

Want to be kept up to date on Hospice news from the facility on Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg ?  Please contact to be placed on their e-newsletter mailing list.

Arboretum Events

Enjoy nature and the outdoors?  The UW-Madison Arboretum hosts dozens of public events.  Visit their website at for more information.

Tania Banak

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president