From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Local elections are coming up on April 5.  Prairie Hills is represented by three Aldermanic Districts (1, 7 and 20).  Please inform yourself about candidates running in YOUR district!

District 20 Candidate Forum – Meet Your Alders

If you live in District 20, come meet the candidates for Alder (Dave Glomp & Matt Phair) on Sat. March 19, 10-11:30 am, at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Road.  To determine what Aldermanic District you are in, visit:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/Council/findAddress.cfm.  Prepared questions from neighborhood associations will be asked first.  Audience questions will be taken in written form prior to the start of the forum, and will be asked after the prepared questions.  Be an informed voter on April 5!

District 1 – Meet Alder Candidate Brian Driscoll

If you live in District 1, you’ve probably been visited by candidate Brian Driscoll.  To learn more about his philosophy and goals, please visit www.DriscollforDistrict1.com or contact Brian at DriscollforDistrict1@gmail.com or 608-345-0581.  Brian is also hosting “Cocktails with the Candidate” on Thurs. March 10, 24 and 31, from 5:30-7:30 pm at Babe’s Sports Grill.  Or, come to “Coffee with the Candidate” on Sat. March 12, from 9-11 am at the home of Gary and Tanance, 5813 Piping Rock Road.  Please RSVP to garywbecker@att.com or 608-273-6024 by Fri 3/11 so they can plan for coffee and other treats.

New Zoning Ordinance – Public Hearing

You can provide feedback on the city’s new zoning ordinance at a hearing on Tues. March 15, at 6:45 pm, in Room 201 of the City County Bldg., 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  To view the ordinance, visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/neighborhoods/zoningRewrite/documents/Chapter28_02282011.pdf

Mark Your Calendar:  Neighborhood Safety Meeting

Please mark your calendar for Thurs. April 14 for the next Neighborhood Safety Meeting, hosted by the West Police District (1710 McKenna Blvd).  The meeting will be held in the Police District’s Community Meeting Room from 7-8:30 pm.  Come find out how you can keep your property safe, and what sorts of activity you should be on the look-out for to maintain safety in YOUR neighborhood.

Get Up To Date w/ Your Credit Report Saturday, 3/12 @10am

What’s all on your credit report? Learn how to read your credit report and how to improve and/or maintain your credit score.  Leave with a copy of YOUR free credit report.  Presented by Dane County Credit Union.  Free at the Meadowood Community Center, 5734 Raymond Rd.

CSA Open House

Want to have farm-fresh produce all summer long?  You can learn more about Community Supported Agriculture farms on March 13, 2011 during a CSA Open House to be held from 11 am to 5 pm at the Monona Terrace, or by visiting www.macsac.org

Stepping Stone Project Saturday, 3/19 @ 10am

Create a mosaic stepping stone for your yard or garden.  Learn the mosaic technique using stained glass pieces to create and adhere your design to a stepping stone.  Written grouting instructions sent with you to completing your piece at home.  $5 fee collected at class for materials.  Call to reserve a space 467-8360.  At the Meadowood Community Center, 5734 Raymond Rd.

Native Plant Sale Pre-Orders

The Arboretum’s Native Plant Sale will be on May 7th this year, but you can place advance orders for plants between now and March 25 by downloading a form from:  http://uwarboretum.org/foa/pre-orders11web.pdf

Is Forgetfulness a Problem?

Determine whether your forgetfulness is normal or a cause for alarm during a SW Triad meeting on Tues March 29 at 10 am at Taylor Ridge Apartments, 510 Westlawn Drive, Cottage Grove.

Volunteer for Bratfest

West Madison Senior Coalition is once again participating in the Memorial Day Brat Fest sponsored by Metcalfe’s Market.  The proceeds from this event are used to assist older adults with programs and services that enhance independence and enrich lives.  To sign-up, call us at 238-7368 or you may also send an email to loribs@westmadisonseniorcoalition.org. Please include your name, phone number and the day(s) you would like to volunteer. We will contact you to discuss the hours that work best for you.  Volunteers get a free Bratfest t-shirt, plus a coupon for a free brat, ice cream and beverage.

New Urbanism:  Growing Local

Like the idea of food grown locally?  Then you may want to attend the CNU 19: Growing Local congress, scheduled for June 1-4 at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive.  For more info, visit www.cnu19.org.

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president

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