Hello Prairie Hills neighbors,

Save the Date:  PHNA Membership Meeting
Neighborhood SOLUTIONS is the theme of our Thurs. Sept. 22 Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association membership/election meeting.  Please mark your calendar!  The meeting will be from 7-8:30 pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.  More details to follow!

Update:  SW Youth Organizer
We welcome Alison Brooks to the South West side of Madison as she begins a 2-year internship to organize youth in our neighborhoods.  The position is funded by a Reilly Baldwin grant from the University of Wisconsin.  Ali will collect information from residents throughout the neighborhood, and then determine how best to organize youth that live in the area and develop their leadership capacity.  Similar efforts in other cities have met with positive results.

Partnership with Leadership Greater Madison
The Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association thanks the city-sponsored Leadership Greater Madison (LGM) program for selecting our neighborhood for a quality of life project.  Professionals from the Madison area organized a neighborhood survey and recruited households for potential volunteer service as block captains.  Based on their project, the PHNA board gained a better understanding of what people in the neighborhood would like from the association.  Basically, different areas of the neighborhood have different needs (single family homes versus rental units, for example).  We are working with the LGM team to identify a future action plan.

Free Wellness Exams for Women
If you’re a woman and the economy’s got you down (or you know women facing financial difficulty), please check out this website:  www.wellwomandanecounty.org
The Wisconsin Well Woman Program at Public Health/Dane County and Madison is offering free breast and cervical cancer screening to age and income eligible women who do not have adequate health insurance.

Eager to Make a Change in Your Community?
Then consider registering for the Grassroots Leadership College’s “Community Organizing Semester,” to be held Tuesday evenings at Edgewood College.  Get training in how to be an effective coach or leader for the goals YOU have in mind.  Registrations are due by Aug. 19th.  Prices are extremely reasonable and scholarships may be available.  www.grassrootsleadershipcollege.org

City Zoning Maps for Review
Take a look at and comment on the new city zoning maps during a series of open houses scheduled for September and October.  City planning staff will be available, as will alders.  Visit Public%20Distribution%20Open%20Houses%208-8-11[1].pdf for a schedule of meetings.  Prairie Hills Alders are District 1, 7 and 20.  If unable to access the document, feel free to request it from Rick Roll, Senior Planner, rroll@cityofmadison.com

City Transportation Planning
Curious as to what transportation plans the City of Madison is considering?  The Draft 2012-16 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is now available for viewing online at:  http://www.madisonareampo.org/planning/improvementprogram.cfm  If you have questions, you may contact Bill Schaefer, Transportation Planning Manager, at wschaefer@cityofmadison.com.

News from the West Police District
Read the latest newsletter from the West Police District here:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/newsletters/  Meet the new Prairie Hills officer, Brad Ware.  He replaces Justine Harris, who was promoted to detective.  Congratulations, Justine, and welcome, Brad!

Plant a Row for the Hungry
Have a garden that’s producing more than you can consume?  If so, contact Community Action Coalition to donate the excess to area food pantries.  Visit http://www.cacscw.org/plant-a-row.php or contact Shelly Strom, AmeriCorps VISTA, shellys@cacscw.org (608-246-4730, ext. 234).

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 Church of Christ at Tolman and Gilbert Roads.

Hayrides at Elver
As fall approaches, Madisonians can once again participate in hayrides sponsored by the Madison Park District.  Elver Park is one of the city parks where the rides are available.  http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/celebrate/hayrides.cfm

Tania Banak, Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association president