Advice from the City of Madison. Before you fertilize, test your soil to see what your lawn needs. If your soil already has the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, you don’t need to fertilize. Send in a soil sample to be tested. The University of Wisconsin has a soil testing lab in Madison. Any Wisconsin soil can be submitted for analysis at a cost of $15/sample. For more info go to:
Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale on Saturday, May 3rd at the Alliant Energy Center parking lot. Compost bins will be sold for $79.99, normally $129.99 and standard rain barrels are just $119.99 with a diverter. Area residents that pre-order before by April 23rd will save an additional $10 off. For more info and to pre-order visit

Controlled Burn near Huegel School. The school has a restored prairie to be used as an outdoor classroom. As part of the site plan, there will be a small, controlled burn on the school prairie this spring, to take place on a Saturday or Sunday between March 15 and May 16, between the school building and Prairie Rd, mainly on the hillside facing the school.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 8  5:30-6:30 p.m.
Meeting to discuss the selection of a new principal for Falk Elementary School.  School officials will discuss criteria, timeline and answer questions.Falk School library.
Tuesday, April 8  4:00 p.m.
Gaming at the Meadowridge Library.  Ages 7 and up.
Wednesday, April 9  7:00 p.m.
Meeting about Neighborhood Center for the Theresa/Hammersley neighborhood. The architect will present drawings for the proposed center and updates on construction timelines. Attendees will be asked to select their preferred design.  At 1409 Theresa Terrace.
Wednesday, April 9  6:00 p.m.
Proposed change to Bus Route 50.   Public Hearing in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Staff will be giving a presentation at 5:00 pm, immediately preceding the Public Hearing.  The change will allow Route 50 to provide service every half hour instead of every hour. If you are unable to come to the Public Hearing but still want to provide input, please go to and fill out the form.  
Friday, April 11 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Moon Over Monona Terrace will feature more than a dozen powerful telescopes set for viewing provided by members of the Madison Astronomical Society. Kids can enjoy the Kids Fun Zone, with games and prizes for all ages!  Family friendly presentations on the night sky.More info:
Saturday, April 12  9:00 a.m.-noon
Book Drive sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 1008, Cub scout Pack 628 and Good Shepherd.  Drop books off in south parking lot.  Books will go for a book shelf at the Good Shepherd food pantry and the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Bring food donations as well.
Saturday, April 12 1:30 p.m.
Rainbow Magic Fairies Party.  Stories, games, crafts, snacks and more.  Ages 4 and up at the Meadowridge Library. Registration began March 29.
Saturday, April 12 7:30 p.m.
MSCR Flashlight Egg Hunt. For ages 11-14. Over 1,200 eggs. Each participant leaves with a small treat bag, but only a few find one of the 30 lucky prize eggs! Bring a strong flashlight and a bag for the eggs. Pre-regis-tration required. Only those registered learn the exact location near South Towne Mall. Cost is $10. #46141. Register at  or call 204-3000.
Tuesday, April 22

Eighth Annual Nelson Earth Day Conference at the Monona Terrace.  More info? Go to: Or call 263-9289.