From PHNA President Tania Banak:

Participate in City Budget Discussions
Join your neighbors, city staff and Mayor Soglin and alders to develop the city’s 2012 budget. At the meetings, you will have a chance to work with city staff and others to prioritize how your tax dollars should be spent for you, your neighborhood, and your city.
Tues. July 26, 7-9 pm: (Urban League, 2222 S. Park, Ste. 200)
Community Development and Services

Mon. Aug 1, 7-9 pm: (Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave)

Tues. Aug 16, 7-9 pm: (Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin)

Mon. Aug. 22, 7-9 pm: (Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert)
Large Community Facilities & Parks/Recreation

Wed. Aug. 31, 7-9 pm: (Warner Park Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.)
Public Safety

If you can’t make a meeting you are interested in, please complete the online survey at:

Block Captains Still Needed
Many of your neighbors have stepped up to organize a small segment of our neighborhood association (at the very least, to go door to door to let people know the association exists and to recruit new members). But we still need more volunteers!
If you would be willing to visit between 25-40 households to help the association grow and remain in touch about important issues, please respond to this email and we’ll get you started! A big THANK you to those who have already volunteered.

SW Community Organizing Committee Making a Difference
A group of residents from the South West side have partnered with Public Health and Grassroots Leadership to recruit and hire a youth organizer to serve our area. We’re hoping that positive activities for our youth will help prevent some of the fights and disturbances that have occurred. If you’d like to be involved in this effort, please contact us at

Stay Safe
Recently, there have been reports all around Madison of youths attacking victims for money or iPods or cell phones, etc. This happens even in broad daylight, and to all ages of people. They first distract the victim with a question (perhaps…”do you have any change?”) in order to get closer to them, then demand money or goods. Police are actively investigating these incidents, which seem to be done “for entertainment.”
If you’re out walking or running errands, remember to stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t let ear buds or phone conversations distract you. Stay alert. If something feels wrong, trust your instinct and avoid it.
If you’re on the neighborhood Google list, you received more detailed information about this. If you’re not on the list and want this information, please email us.

Drug Dealing in Your Neighborhood: What to Do About It?
Join South West Madison Triad for a presentation by Police Officer Justine Harris at 10:30 am, on Wed. July 27 at Prairie Park Apartments, 6530 Schroeder Road.

Art Cart at Elver
Madison School & Community Recreation will be hosting an Art Cart from 5-7:30 pm on Mon. August 1 at Elver Park. Art Cart is a FREE traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences to children age 3 and up and their families. Groups larger than 8 participants must pre-register at 608-204-\3021.

Fresh, Local Produce
Remember that the South West Farmer’s Market is every Wed. from 3-7 pm. Pick up veggies, baked goods, and more at the Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ at Tolman and Gilbert Roads.

Citizen Advocacy
Learn more about how government works, and how to advocate for issues affecting older people during a workshop series to be held in McFarland on September 9, 16 and 23. For more information or to register, please contact Triad at 441-7897 or

Crime Prevention and Safety Expo in October
Save the date! On October 10, Triad will host an all-day conference featuring topics such as juvenile gangs, decluttering, fire and fall safety, prescription drug use and misuse, internet technology/safety, and more. To learn more, or to register, please call Triad at 441-7897.

Voter ID Begins in 2012
To learn more about the changes in store with the new law requiring voter identification, please visit the following website:
You may also access brochures regarding the new law at:

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president