From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

On Feb. 4th, your board members, along with several volunteers, brainstormed ideas for a grant proposal to the City of Madison.  We hope to get funding for signs that we can use to promote neighborhood socials (such as picnics or coffees in the park, neighborhood garage sale, 4th of July parade, etc).  We also hope to get a grant to print informational fliers that will connect folks in our neighborhood with a variety of resources.

We are always looking for individuals who would like to organize neighborhood events (like block parties, the 4th of July parade, or socials in the parks) or neighborhood watches in their neighborhood.  Please contact us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com if you have ideas or need guidance.

In the meantime, below are a variety of area events you may find of interest:

Investing in Yourself and Your Community FREE Workshops March 2010

Participate in any/all of the FREE Grassroots Leadership College workshops throughout the month of March. Childcare and Spanish interpretation included.  Applications are available online at www.grassrootsleadershipcollege.org/ or by calling 608-441-0085.

March 8:  “Asset Based Community Development”

March 9 & 16:  “Conflict Transformation”

March 27:  “Meditation and Activism”

For more information contact Amy Mondloch at 608-441-0085, amy@grassrootsleadershipcollege.org,

FREE Home Buyers Fair:  March 20, 2010

The Fair, held at the Alliant Energy Center, is a great opportunity to learn about the home buying process and the many programs available to assist you in purchasing a home.  Go to homebuyersroundtable.org to preregister and be eligible to enter the one night stay at Chula Vista drawing.  For more information, contact Terri Goldbin, Housing Rehabilitation Specialist, City of Madison at 608-266-4223, tgoldbin@cityofmadison.com or see www.cityofmadison.com/homeloans

Native Plant Sale

The Friends of the UW-Madison Arboretum annual Native Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2010.  You may pre-order native plants (including a rain garden, butterfly/hummingbird garden, savanna garden, prairie garden) and native shrubs, trees and vines — now through March 23.  All the species are native to the area, propagated plants (not dug from the wild).  The plant order brochure is available at www.uwarboretum.org/foa or phone 608/263-7760.

Madison Parks Newsletter–February 2010

Enjoy the latest edition of the Madison Parks Newsletter. Learn more about Madison Golf success, volunteer recognition event, and much more. http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/documents/feb2010.pdf

Plant Dane! Native Plants Available at Greatly Reduced Prices (Orders Due May 15)

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 http://www.myfairlakes.com/ 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.  Contact: Marcia Hartwig, MAMSWaP Storm Water Education Coordinator, 608-224-3746, hartwig@co.dane.wi.us .

Hospice Care Newsletter

Interested in hospice?  Their latest newsletter is available online:

http://www.hospicecareinc.com/news-from-hospicecare-inc.-winter-2010.html#medicare-cuts

Arboretum Hosts Numerous Events

For those who enjoy the natural world, check out the UW Arboretum’s website for listings of special presentations, walks, talks, and work outings: www.uwarboretum.org

Alder Thuy’s Newsletter (District 20)

Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele of Madison’s District 20 has shared her Feb/March newsletter with us.  You may read it at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/council/district20/documents/020310news20.pdf

Respectfully yours,

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president

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