From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Here are a variety of opportunities for you to participate in:

Get Geared Up for Neighborhood Garage Sale

Start saving your unwanted items now!  On May 14-15, the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association will host a neighborhood GARAGE SALE.  All homes are invited to participate.  The association will advertise the event in the newspaper, all you need to do is offer your unwanted items in your garage or driveway for others to buy.

Wanted: Neighborhood Organizers

We’re still looking for ways to bring neighbors together.  Got ideas?  Want to help?  Diana Peterson has volunteered to coordinate “Coffee in the Park” events.  If you can lend a hand, please contact her at  Or, if you’d like to coordinate a different kind of event (a block party, perhaps? a potluck picnic?  neighborhood watch?), please contact us at

Foreclosure Prevention

March 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Warner Park Community Center, 1624 Northport Drive.

Free presentation on “Planning in Difficult Times: Tools to Manage Your Mortgage,” sponsored by the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce.  Registration required (space is limited).  To sign up, contact Annie Beaman at 608-261-5677.

Learn about tools and programs to help you manage your mortgage.

Smoke Alarm Rule Changes

Does your home have enough smoke alarms?  Learn about new ordinances that go into effect Aug. 15, 2010.

Thurs. March 18, 3:30 pm, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.  Presented by Lori Wirth of the City of Madison Fire Dept, and sponsored by Southwest Madison Triad.

Rummage & Bake Sale to Benefit Memorial High School

Sat. April 17 from 8 am – 1 pm at the Memorial Field House.  In addition to shopping at our sale, we encourage and invite donated items for the sale.  The PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) will accept all gently used clothing, household items, books, toys and games.  We will NOT accept electronics, computers, appliances, large furniture or baby cribs and baby car seats.

    Rummage Sale drop-off times:
    Thursday, April 15: 12 noon – 6:30pm
    Friday, April 16: 7:00 am – 6:30pm
    Please take items directly to Memorial Field House, 201 S Gammon Rd, attached to North side of Memorial High School.

Questions?  Contact Susan Sunde at 233-7012 or

Sponsored by the Memorial High School Parent Teacher Student Organization, proceeds will support the “JMM Clothing Closet” and Student educational opportunities.

Cultural Arts Feedback for City Planners

The City of Madison is launching its first cultural plan, and to make it successful, they need feedback from area residents.  Please visit the planning website at and scroll down to the “get involved” link.  It’s important that all neighborhoods, including ours, be included in the public survey, so please participate and share your opinion.  Thank you!

Summer Program Guide Available from MSCR

Offering programs for young & old alike!  The summer 2010 Madison School & Community Recreation guide is now available.  Consider taking part in summer camps or classes or fitness activities through their programs.  You can obtain a copy of the guide by emailing or you can visit their website at

Don’t Flush Baby Wipes!

Let your neighbors know that baby wipes do NOT break down in the sewer lines.  If they collect, the sewer lines can clog, which may result in a basement drain sewer back-up.  If you do run into a problem, contact City Engineering at 266-4430.  If the problem is in private, as opposed to public, sewer lines, the city has a list of approved sewer and drain cleaners available at:

Meals on Wheels

Can you help make the noon meal an “Event” for the elderly homebound and disabled in Madison, Monona and Middleton?  You may be the only person a recipient sees that day, providing a safety check in addition to social contact.  Home Health United Meals on Wheels delivers meals every day of the year with a route taking about an hour.  Very specific directions are given to each recipients’ home and we will work with any schedule. Also, if you know of someone who is in need of meals please let us know.  Contact Sue Barker at 276-7598 or visit for more information.

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president