From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Lots of neighborhood activities coming up!  Please mark your calendar for the following:

April 25 Neighborhood Trash Clean-Up

Please join us on Sun. April 25 at 1 pm, in Lucy Lincoln Heistand Park (east of Frisch & south of Jacob’s Way) for an Earth Day clean-up!  Recruit your neighbors!  A clean neighborhood is a pleasant neighborhood.  Bags will be provided.  For more info, contact Diana at

Sign up for Garage Sale!

Get ready for our neighborhood GARAGE SALE on May 14-15!!  If you plan to participate, PLEASE email your address and a list of items you plan to sell to garage sale organizer Diana Peterson.  She creates a map that we hand out to shoppers and post around the neighborhood.  Diana can be reached at PHNA will list the event in the newspaper, so you’ll get FREE advertising.  Happy sales!

More Trash Clean-Up on May 8

Let’s be sure the neighborhood looks spiffy for our garage sale.  On Sat. May 8th, meet Tania at the corner of Westbrook Lane and Westbrook Circle at 2 pm.  We’ll pick up trash along Westbrook Lane and on Raymond Road between Prairie & McKenna, then head up to Hammersley/Prairie.  Please recruit your neighbors!  Bags provided.  For more info, contact Tania at

Block Parties to Get to Know Our Neighbors

Let’s make this summer a time of true community!  As we get to know our neighbors, we’ll feel more connected to where we live.  Would you be willing to coordinate a block party where you live?  If so, please let us know.  We can offer you planning tips, plus will soon have fliers to help connect folks to the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association.  Our email address is

Other opportunities you may be interested in:

Rummage & Bake Sale to Benefit Memorial High School

Sat. April 17 from 8 am – 1 pm at the Memorial Field House.  Your purchases will support the JMM Clothing Closet and student educational opportunities.  Donations will be accepted on Thurs. 4/15, 12 noon to 6:30 pm and Fri. 4/16, 7 am to 6:30 pm at the Field House.  For info on what items will or will not be accepted, please contact Susan Sunde at 233-7012 or Sponsored by the PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization).

Parks Watch Program

Adopt a park and help city officials protect our parks system.  Learn more on Mon. April 19, 7 pm, at a meeting at the Meadowood Community Center, 5734 Raymond Road.  Madison Police Department and Madison Parks representatives will be available to train residents in the processes of Parks Watch.

West Police District Newsletter

Learn safety tips to protect yourself from thieves as well as hear from area police officers about activities in your neighborhood.

Opportunity to Help Elderly with Health & Well-Being

The Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. is partnering with AmeriCorps to initiate local projects that assist older adults in maintaining their independence via “health promotion” and “economic opportunity” projects.  Projects may include disease prevention, transportation programming, meal delivery, and more.  Interested?  Contact Jayne Mullins at or visit

Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job?  Get help via computer training at the library. Learn how to fill out online forms, and get help with resumes, paper applications, and writing cover letters on Tuesday mornings from March 16th through August 31st except June 22, June 29 and July 13. Please sign up at the reference desk or call 288-6160.

Audubon Art Fair Fundraiser

Madison’s Audubon Society is sponsoring its 34th Annual Art Fair on May 1 to raise money.  For more information, contact Jennifer Larsen at or call 608-255-2473.

Dialogues on Homelessness – Nurturing Our Capacity For Change as Agents of Change

Sat. May 1, 2010, 1:30 – 3:30 pm at the Madison Public Library, 201 W Mifflin St.  A free discussion event that welcomes all.  Sponsored by the Madison Homeless Initiative.  For more info, contact Donna (608) 251-6610, Refreshments served.

Mother’s Day Book Sale at Meadowridge

Meadowridge Branch Library is having a Mother’s Day Book Sale and Bake Sale on Sat. May 8 to raise money! Open to the public 10 am – 2 pm. Bag sale begins at 12:00.

Need Hospice Care for a Loved One?

Hospice has a website.  Visit the site for more info, and/or to sign up for their electronic newsletter.

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president