From PHNA president Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

It’s time to renew your membership in the neighborhood association!

Annual dues are only $5.  These dues help pay for supplies for events such as socials, trash clean-ups, and promotional fliers about neighborhood activities.  You can renew via PayPal directly from the neighborhood’s website!

We need your involvement to make our neighborhood a better place!  To refer back to this info, or to share it with your neighbors, please bookmark the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association website (

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, just east of 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.  Come join in, or just watch the festivities!

Share Your Ideas for Neighborhood Events

We’re always looking for ideas for neighborhood community-building events!  You can contact us at Special thanks Karen Deaton for organizing this year’s 4th of July parade!

Art for Kids: from MSCR

The Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is sponsoring a FREE traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences for children 3 and older and their families.  Pre-registration is required (608-204-3021).  The Art Cart will be at Meadowood Park on Tues. 7/13 (1:30-4:30 pm), and at Elver Park on Wed. 7/28 (5:30-8 pm).

Juvenile Gangs: What You Should Know About Them

On Wed. July 7 from 12:45-1:25 pm, SW Madison Triad is sponsoring a talk about juvenile gangs by Madison Police crime prevention/gang officers.  The talk will be held at the Lussier Community Education Center (55 S. Gammon Road).  Call 441-7897 for more info.  This is a Lussier Center Senior Meal site.  To register for lunch (seniors), call 238-7368.

Decorate Sidewalks with Neighborhood Kids

Justine Harris, neighborhood police officer for the Hammersley/Prairie area is hosting Sidewalk-Decorating events throughout the summer to keep children and adults  involved and to beautify the neighborhood.  All are welcome!  Sidewalk chalk provided.  Please join Justine:

July 12, 7 pm, Loreen & Hammersley

August 16, 7 pm, Theresa & Betty’s Lane

Cancelled in case of rain.

Neighborhood Challenge – Plant a Row for the Hungry

Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin (CAC) is piloting the “Neighborhood Challenge-Plant a Row for the Hungry” to collect extra produce from home gardeners for distribution to food pantries.  For more information, contact Patty Zehl,

AmeriCorp VISTA – Food Pantry Gardens, Community Action Coalition, 608-246-4730 ext. 234, or visit

Want to Know About Zoning Code Rewrite, Edgewater Hotel, Train Station, etc?

Interested in city issues such as the zoning code rewrite, train station, the Edgewater hotel, etc.?  If so, please drop us an email, so we can forward you announcements about meetings as they occur.  (We don’t feel it’s appropriate to overwhelm everyone on the mailing list w. these, because not everyone is interested).

Meriter McKee Now Offers Pediatrics

Effective July 1, 2010, Meriter McKee will offer pediatric services. For more info, visit

Channel 3000 Community Web Page

Channel 3000 is launching a series of websites that are focused on communities and neighborhoods in and around Madison.  They are looking for neighborhood journalists or bloggers.  Please contact Scott Beedy at or 608-277-5229 if you’re interested in helping out.

Help Ring Salvation Army Bells in July

Volunteers are needed to help ring bells in July to raise funds for the Salvation Army.  To sign up to help between July 9-17, go to

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

Recent rainfall has spurred the emergence of a extra large crop of pesky mosquitoes.  The US Environmental Protection Agency has a new online tool to help pick the repellent that may work best for you:

You can reduce outdoor mosquito presence by eliminating standing water on your property.

Clean out clogged rain gutters

    Change the water in birdbaths, wading pools, and pet water dishes every three to four days,

Properly dispose of old tires

    Make sure that items on your property (boats, pool covers, pots, bird baths, etc) do not hold water for more than 3 – 4 days.

For more information on what works and what doesn’t work to keep the mosquitoes at bay, visit the UW Integrated Mosquito Management website at:

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president