From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

As spring approaches, your neighborhood association board is renewing its efforts to get residents to connect and form community.  We believe that the more people get to know each other, the more safety and respect will be generated.

If you share this vision, would you be willing to serve as a Block Captain?  We would like one individual on each block to volunteer to be the association’s link to their street.  Duties include going door to door to obtain contact info for your block, then sharing updates on neighborhood events (e.g. resource fliers, 4th of July parade, community supper, area garage sale, Halloween bonfire, etc.)  If you like, this would also be a way to initiate block parties or a neighborhood watch.

If you are interested in serving as a Block Captain (or even just curious about what’s involved), please email us at prairiehillsna@yahoo.com or call 608-278-1093.  We thank you in advance for helping make our community a better place!

Community Garden Registration
Community Gardens registration for Prairie Hills Community Garden, Hammersley Park Community Garden, and Meadowridge Community Gardens will be held Saturday, March 26, at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center from 10 am to 12 noon.  Contact Karen Deaton at 278-8480 or karendeaton@tds.net for information.

Mark Your Calendar:  Neighborhood Safety Meetings
Please mark your calendar for upcoming Neighborhood Safety Meetings on Thurs. April 14, Thurs. July 28, and Tues. Oct. 18, hosted by the West Police District (1710 McKenna Blvd).  Meetings 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.

Be Informed for April 5 Alder Elections
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!  After our last e-newsletter went out, a District 1 resident informed us that Lisa Subeck is the other candidate running for District 1 Alder.  Her website is:  http://lisasubeck.com/  She is running against Brian Driscoll http://www.DriscollforDistrict1.com

Hear District 20 Alder Meeting on New Southwest Side Radio Station
If you can’t make it to the March 19 District 20 “Meet the Alder Candidates” meeting, you can hear a recording on a Southwest Madison low power radio station, WIDE-LP at 99.1 on the FM dial.  For more information on the station visit: http://citywidelpfm .org/ or if you have questions email Robert Park (station manger and Orchard Ridge resident) at loonfoot@gmail.com

Citizen Advocacy Training on March 31
How does government work, and how can citizens become involved as advocates and serve on boards and committees?  Citizen Advocacy Project (funded by the area Agency on Aging) will host a training session on March 31 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd, from 10-11:30 am.  For more information, contact Mary Stamstad, Coordinator, Triad, In-Home Safety Project, DANE-Citizen Advocacy Workshops, RSVP of Dane County, 608-441-7897, Fax: 608-238-7931, mstamstad@rsvpdane.org .

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president

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