Free tax assistance is available from AARP.  Starting Feb. 1, AARP sponsored tax help is available in Madison at the Madison and Fitchburg Senior Centers and other sites. The service is designed for those with low to moderate incomes, especially people over 60.  Appointments are required.  For the Madison Senior Center, call 266-6581. To find other sites, call 1-888-227-7669.

Upcoming Events from Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association

Monday, Jan. 27 10:30 a.m.

Preschool story time at the Meadowridge Library.  For ages 3-5.  Younger siblings welcome. A blend of stories, fingerplays and songs.  Groups welcome.  Goes through April 21. Free.
Monday, Jan. 27 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Lunchtime Yoga at Monona Terrace.  Free. Every Monday and Thursday. Call 261-4000.

Tuesday, Jan. 28  4:00 p.m.

Craft fun at the Meadowridge Library.  Using, paper, glitterglue, paints and more, create a fund craft project. For school-age children.

Tuesday, Jan. 28   6-8 p.m.
Cross-Country Ski Races at Elver Park, sponsored by the Nordic Ski Club.  Both 5 and 10K.
For more info, call 843-8450.

Wednesday, Jan. 29  10:00 a.m.
Vitamins and Supplements.  What vitamins and supplements are recommended for seniors?  Walgreen pharmacist tells all.  Madison Senior Center.  Call 266-6581 to register.

Friday, Jan. 31  6:30 – 9 p.m.
Friday Night Basketball.  For middle and high school students. Pick-up games at Toki Middle School. All players need to check in by 7:00 p.m. All participants must have a blue registration form on file with the Meadowood Neighborhood Center to play.  For more info, call 467-8300.

Coming in February

Saturday, Feb. 1  5:30-7:00 p.m.
Candlelight Ski at Odana Hills Park.  Cross-country skiing lighted by more than 200 candles.  Free. For more info, call 266-4711.
Sunday, Feb. 2  1-4 p.m.
Grand Reopening of Monona Terrace.  Open house, exhibits, entertainment, dessert and coffee. Call 261-4000.

Monday, Feb. 3  1-6 p.m.
Kindergarten registration at Huegel School for the 2014-2015 school year.  Check into 4-year-old kindergarten.  Families who are new to Madison or have a child starting school for the first time need to attend registration.  More info, go to

Tuesday, Feb. 4  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Concepts for new playground equipment at Pilgrim Park will be presented.  Help choose the equipment to be purchased and installed this summer at the park.   At the West District Police Station located at 1710 McKenna Blvd.  For more information, contact Sarah at

Wednesday, Feb. 5  5:30 p.m.
Read to a Dog.  Meadowridge Library. Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend.  Time slots on a first-come, first-served basis.