From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

We need your involvement to make our neighborhood a better place!

Garlic Mustard Eradication Efforts

Elver Park is becoming overrun with garlic mustard.  Help save our park from this invasive weed!  To learn how to identify garlic mustard and how to pull it and dispose of it, or to volunteer to join work parties, please contact Tania at 608-278-1093 or

Community-building in the Hammersley/Prairie Area

What do residents in the Hammersley/Prairie area like most about where they live?  What would they like to see improved?  We’ll be working with neighborhood police officer Justine Harris to survey residents and based on the results, to implement changes.  If you can devote an hour or two to help go door to door with the survey, please contact Tania at

May 24 Loreen Beautification Project

Instead of safety walks, neighborhood police officer Justine Harris is hosting fun evenings of sidewalk-decorating throughout the summer in the Hammersley/Prairie area.  Come out & join us!  We’ll decorate sidewalks w. chalk, beautify the neighborhood, and meet children and adults.  First session is Mon. May 24 at 7 pm.  Meet at the corner of Loreen & Hammersley.  For more info, link to the West Police District newsletter (below) and read Justine’s column.  Cancelled in case of rain.

Board Members Needed

The Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association still needs a vice president and a secretary.  Tania and Diana have volunteered to continue as president and treasurer, but we need help.  Interested in helping to give your community a voice with city government and keeping your environment safe, enjoyable and crime-free?  Please consider volunteering for the association.  Contact us at

Get Ready for the 4th of July

Once again, PHNA will celebrate the nation’s Independence Day with a parade!  Meet at 1:00 pm at the playground in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park (south of Jacob’s Way, north of Raymond Road.  Enter from Prairie or Frisch).  We will have crepe paper and balloons to decorate bikes, wagons, and strollers.  Our parade through the neighborhood will begin at about 1:30.  After the parade, we’ll enjoy popsicles and a water balloon toss.  This is a family-friendly event, and a great way to meet other neighborhood families.

We Need Organizers for Block Parties

Do you know your neighbors?  If not, a block party is a great way to break the ice.  We all win when we know each other, because we’re more likely to look out for each other.  Please contact the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association at for tips on how to organize a party, and for resource information that can be passed out to attendees.

Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele’s Newsletter

Those of you in Alder Thuy Pham-Remmele’s district will enjoy reading her newsletter, which addresses neighborhood street improvements, the 4th of July fireworks, foreclosures, and much more:

Madison West Police District Newsletter

Includes an update from Justine Harris, the neighborhood officer for Hammersley/Prairie and Park Edge/Park Ridge:

Need a Job, or Know Someone Who Does?

Urban League offers job-training sessions.  For more info, visit

Food-Buying Co-op Opportunity

SHARE Wisconsin is offering an opportunity to buy food for less, through their non-profit food-buying cooperative.  To learn more, visit

Computer Repair

Got computer problems?  A local resident offers solutions (this is not an endorsement, just passing this along for your info).

Finally, don’t hesitate to pass along ideas for the neighborhood!  You can contact us at Special thanks to those who came out & helped with trash pick-up, despite the cold & rainy weather!

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president