From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Warmer weather is coming, and with it, plans to build community in our diverse corner of Madison.

Please feel free to attend the next Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association (PHNA) board meeting, scheduled for Thurs. Feb. 4, 7 pm, at the West Police District’s community meeting room (1710 McKenna Blvd).  We will be discussing grant proposals for the 2010 Madison neighborhoods community grant program.  If we have volunteers, we can also consider other projects, such as neighborhood socials, a garage sale, 4th of July parade, etc.  We welcome your ideas!  Email us at

Other information you may be interested in:

West Police District Newsletter.

View the latest newsletter at:

Madison Parks Newsletter

Want to know more about winter activities at Madison’s parks?  Check out the Madison Parks website at

2010 New Garden Fund Grants (for City of Madison) due Jan. 29

Applications for new community gardens and expansion of existing gardens are due Fri. Jan. 29.  Grants of up to $2,000 each will be given out in early March 2010.

Please 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 available at:

Sustainable Madison Information and Survey Available on the Web.

You can now view information regarding what Madison has done regarding sustainability and green initiatives from other cities.  You can also fill out an online survey and help the City prioritize sustainability goals and initiatives.

Plant Dane! Program Makes Native Plants Available at Greatly Reduced Prices

Everyone seems to be putting in rain gardens these days. And now, the Plant Dane! Cost-Share Program provides native plants to fill those rain gardens for less than half of retail prices.

Rain gardens are an attractive way to reduce lawn maintenance time and costs, beautify your yard and help your lakes, rivers and streams all at the same time. Go to for an online application. A free rain garden workshop will be offered on March 6 to participants. Orders may be placed through May 15th, 2010. Plants will be delivered on June 26th.

Now in its 6th year, the Plant Dane! cost-share program provides homeowners, schools and nonprofit organizations with native plants, seeds and information to establish rain gardens and restore prairies through a gift from the Graham-Martin Foundation. The Plant Dane! Program has provided tens of thousands of plants, resulting in hundreds acres being planted with native species throughout Dane County. Plan your rain garden today!

Contact: Marcia Hartwig, MAMSWaP Storm Water Education Coordinator, at 608-224-3746 or

HospiceCare Grief Support Groups

HospiceCare Inc. offers grief support groups for those grieving the death of a loved one. All groups are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, please contact HospiceCare Inc. at 608/276-4660 or visit their website at

Want to Nominate your Neighborhood for an Award?

Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.  There are three national awards that your neighborhood can apply for: Neighborhood of the Year Award, Best Neighborhood Program Award, and Who’s Who in America’s Neighborhoods.  Applications are due by Feb. 15, 2010.  Contact Jeanne Hoffman, Facilities and Sustainability Manager, City of Madison Engineering Main Office, at (608) 266-4751 or for more info.