New Playground at Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park.  A new playground has been installed at Lucy Lincoln park.  New slides, swings and climbing equipment plus a spinner.

Madison to Collect Mattresses Again. Starting in May, Madison will again collect mattresses and box springs–this time without a sticker.  It will be part of the larger item collection.

Bus Buddy Tour.  The Bus Buddy Tour program that teaches people age 60 and older to use the Madison Metro system through group trips to fun local spots is starting up again. The program will expand this year to include four fun-filled trips: Chazen Museum of Art, April 29; Capitol building, June 10; Olbrich Gardens Butterfly Exhibit, August 5; and a movie at Market Square Theater, October 14. please contact Diana Jost at 608-441-1393.

Bulk Mulch Sales at Olbrich Gardens on Fridays and Saturdays throughout April and May.  No sales on May 8 and 9. 

Discounted Micro-chipping ($15) and tagging ($5) for your pet until April 25.  At the Dane County Humane Society Shelter at 5132 Voges Road.  More info, contact Gary at 249-8995 or

Monday, April 20  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting.  The board will be planning events for the next three months and starting on the June membership drive.  All welcome.  Good Shepherd Church, Good Shepherd Room, corner of Whitney Way and Raymond Road.

Monday, April 20   7:00-8:00 p.m.
Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, a Wisconsin Book Festival special book event. Cathy Barrow introduces a world of practical and easy-to-master techniques, tools, and recipes for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish, canning beans and soups, and making cheese in her book.  At HotelRED, 1501 Monroe St.

Tuesday, April 21  10:00 a.m.
The Estate Planning Process.  Receive information and tools to create an estate plan and organize your personal financial affairs. Free. Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin.  Call 266-6581 to register.

Tuesday, April 21  10:00 a.m.
Fitchburg Cycles and Your Bike.  Learn how to change a tire, feather your gears and more. Fitchburg Cycle.  Free. Next to the Great Dane, 2970 Cahill. Questions, contact David at 270-42-92. Sponsored by Fitchburg Senior Center.

Wednesday, April 22  10:30 a.m.
Senior Travel Tips.  Avoid trouble on your next tour, cruise, flight or road trip.  Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Road.  Sponsored by Southwest Madison Triad.

Wednesday, April 22  7:00-8:00 p.m.
Beyond the Walls of Public Television’s Cool Spaces!  The Best Bew Architecture” with Stephen Chung.  Free.  At Monona Terrace.

Thursday, April 23  1:00-3:00
Take and Alter Digital Pictures.  At the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Bring your laptops and/or tablets to share with the group.  The program will contain many different editing programs.  Call 270-4290 to register.  Free.

Friday, April 24  7:30-9:30 p.m.
Free Family Fun at the Monona Terrace Rooftop. View the stars and planets through a multitude of telescopes.  Short kid-friendly presentations about the moon and planets.  Plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes. In case of inclement weather, call 261-4000 after 6 p.m. for cancellation information.

Tuesday, April 28  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Falk Literacy Night with fun games for the whole family. Raffle and dance performance. 

Thursday, April 30  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Free fair housing training seminar for owners and managers of rental property.  At the Goodman Branch of the Madison Public Library, 2222 S. Park Street.  The seminar is free but please register.  To register or for more info, call 257-0853.

Sunday, May 3  8:30, 9:00, 10, and 10:30 a.m.
MSCR Learn 2Ride event at Memorial High School.  For ages 4-12 and 13-adult.  Free bike helmet, helmet fitting, instruction and practice time.  Must bring a bike and adult chaperone.  MMSD resident $10/child. Non-resident $15.  Preregistration required at or call 204-3000.  Register now.