Parent Addiction Network of Dane County, a unique online resource center for family and friends affected by drug addiction, begins.  Developed as a “one stop shop” for treatment and recovery resources, the Parent Addiction Network team has tried to supply information about addiction, treatment, insurance, legal issues, recovery and support for family and friends. For info, go to Road Construction starts in July.  For good info on what’s going to happen, here are some videos.  The “Overview Video” is nearly 9 minutes long, but loaded with quick-moving information about the whole project. If you’d just like to know how it’s going to affect YOU as a resident of the area starting this year and continuing over the next several years, check out the 6 minute “Stage 1 video”. More details about what happens after that’s done can be found in the 4 minute “Stage 2 video” here

Stay off the grass.  Madison Parks playing fields and turf conditions have gone from bad to worse. Drought and rain created poor turf conditions. So please stay off the Madison Parks athletic fields this week. If the fields are torn up now, the fields will be unsafe and the leagues will not be able to play on them because of the time it takes to repair the damage. Violators of the ban are being assessed for the damages caused this spring.

Tuesday, April 16 
Madison Kick-Ball Registration begins.  Application materials are available, at:
MSCR, 3802 Regent Street 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Leagues are for men and women age 18 and older. There is a 12 player minimum and each team must be co-ed.  The team may have 50 percent of the roster as non-residents.  Teams play Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights at Bowman Park, 1700 Fish Hatchery Rd.  The season starts May 21!   Call 204-3024 for more information or go to Thursday, April 18  9:30 a.m.
Audiologists from UW Medical School will explain the types and causes of hearing loss.  A free one-hour presentation followed by free hearing screenings. Madison Senior Center.  Call 266-6581 to reserve space.

Saturday, April 20 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The sixth annual Isthmus Green Day 2013, a FREE expo and forum from 10am-5pm that celebrates and promotes environmentally conscious living through a variety of activities. Parents can count on informative exhibits, product demonstrations, educational activities, fascinating speakers, and shopping opportunities. Kids activities include hands-on, interactive booths, a fashion show, yoga, and even cooking demos for a one-of-a-kind experience!

Saturday, April 20 
Earth Day at the Zoo.  There will be tree distribution, tree climb, face painting, earth Day books, train and carousel, Henry the Lion.

Tuesday, April 23
An Artful Affair is an opportunity for Dane County artists to display their artwork and compete for cash prizes. Enter works in watercolor, pastels, oils, ink/pencil, chalk, acrylics or mixed media on Tuesday, April 23. The Opening Show will be part of downtown Madison’s Gallery Night on Friday, May 3. Call 266-6581 for a brochure
or visit to print an application.

Sunday, April 21 All Day  7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Brewery Tours. Tour Lakefront Brewery and Sprecher Brewery. Try samples and receive free pint glass. Lunch included. Must be 21. $52. MSCR, course #41305.  Call 204-3021 for info or go to

Thursday, April 25 6:30
Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association Board meeting.  West Police District community room.   Ali Brooks, youth organizer, will discuss her activities with neighborhood youth.