Lt. Patterson Explains Police Calls and Priorities at Meeting
At the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association (PHNA) meeting on June 14, 2012, Lt. John Patterson of the West Police District gave a presentation on how the West District operates and how police calls are prioritized.  The West District is the largest in the city with more than 80,000 residents and 85 officers.  Lt. Patterson explained how calls are handled and what neighborhood residents should do.  Information on crimes can be found at or at

Activity Day Draws Kids from Neighborhood, Needs Donations
The Monday Kids Activity Day in its first four weeks of operation has drawn between 35-40 children each Monday from the Theresa/Hammersley neighborhood.  The children have enjoyed arts and crafts, sports and games and exciting activities from the Wonders of Physics, the Space Place and the Spaulding lab (seeds and microscopes).

Donations of toys, games, equipment and arts and crafts materials are welcome, as are financial contributions.  Contact Tamar Pardee at 698-8093.

Safety Information
There have been a number of burglaries in Southwest Madison.  The West District newsletter has suggestions for improving your safety.

Membership Drive
Prairie Hills is conducting its annual membership drive.  So far, 65 members have either renewed their membership or joined as new members.  If you want to renew or join, you can visit where you can pay your $5 membership fee via PayPal or you can send your dues to:  Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association,  PO Box 44674, Madison, WI 53744-4674.

New Secretary Found, WebMaster Needed
Diana Pastrana of Adderbury Circle has agreed to serve as secretary of the association.  Welcome Diana.  However, our long-time webmaster, Chris Morris, is moving.  Thank you, Chris, for all your hard work.  If anyone is interested in maintaining our website, please contact Gloria Meyer, 288-8160 or

Med Drop Box at West Police District
A drop box for old medicines is available in the lobby of the West Police District.  Needles are not accepted.


Wednesdays, Farmers’ Market, 3-7, Orchard Ridge First United Church of Christ,1701 Gilbert.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, $2 family friendly movies at Point Cinema, 10 a.m. until August 16.  Call 833-3980 for more information.

Wednesdays, Free Swimming at the Goodman VERONA swimming pool from the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Free admission and free transportation!  Bus loads at 5:45 p.m. and returns shortly after 8 p.m.  YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER by calling 467-8360.  You must have a purple registration form on file to attend.  You can stop by and fill one out and register at the same time.

Thursday, July 19, the second “Meet and Eat” in the lot next to the Meadowood Center, 5-7:30, featuring food carts with delicious stuff to eat. Events continues July 26 and August 2.

Thursday, July 26, Prairie Hills board meeting.  Shane Olson, the district’s gang officer will speak about gangs in the Prairie Hills Neighborhood at 6:30 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.

Saturdays, Freshmobile 10-1 Good Shepherd Church and 3-6 Hammersley Road next to Animal Crackers.  Fresh food at reasonable prices.