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Boom cars. If you are bothered by cars with loud music or deep bass throbbing, you can contact Community Officer Caleb Johnson at We also have a form you can fill out. If you want a copy, contact us at

Set up a water usage alert and you’ll be automatically entered to win an iPad! Madison’s new online conservation tool doesn’t just let you view your water use, it lets you take control of your water use. Choose the number of gallons you want to use on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Go over that number, and you’ll get an email alert. Go to:

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17
Madison Memorial Spartans Girls Youth Basketball Camp.
Different times for different ages. Contact Marques Flowers at 320-6761 or email

Monday, July 13 2:00
Start Sewing. Learn the basics of sewing with fun stitches and techniques. Learn new tricks and work on a creative project. Grades K-5. Meadowridge Library.

Monday, July 13 6:30 p.m.
Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting. All welcome. This month’s agenda includes planning for ice cream socials, reports on city events and planning for the annual meeting–speakers of interest. At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, corner of Whitney and Raymond, Good Shepherd Room.

Monday, July 13 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Madison Parks and UW Space Place offer a quarterly stargazing program in our parks. Each session begins just after sunset with a 20-30 minute talk and slide show about astronomy. At the conclusion of the talk (if the sky is clear) they will set up telescopes and to view whatever astronomical objects are available. All ages welcome. Free, at Vilas Park Shelter.

Monday, July 13 5:00 p.m.
Bucky Book Swap Part II. Come swap coupons with others at the Fitchburg Senior Center. Questions, call David at 270-4292.
Tuesday, July 14 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Community Budget Conversation at the Central Library. A new interactive session focused on prioritizing spending for the City of Madison. This is an important opportunity for community members to share feedback prior to the release of the 2016 Executive Budget.

Tuesday, July 14 6:30 – 10:00
Concert in the Breese, a Free Community Concert at Breese Stevens Field, sponsored by the Madison Parks Foundation. Featuring the musical talent of the Mark Croft Band and The Jimmys. Enjoy music, craft beer, food, refreshments and Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream. Bring your own a blanket or lawn chairs. No carry-ins, please. All donations and funds raised from food/beverage sales to benefit Madison’s 266 parks!

Wednesday, July 15 10 am – 4 pm
Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Open daily from July 15 through August 9. At Olbrich Gardes (3330 Atwoord Ave.) Admission is $7 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Admission is free for Olbrich members. This is the major annual fundraiser.

Wednesday, July 15 11:00 a.m.

Mysteries of the Back. All about back pain, back surgery and other methods. By two acupuncturists. Fitchburg Senior Center. (5810 Lacy Road).

Thursday, July 16 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Capitol City Band Concert. Informal, bring a chair, sit back and enjoy. Rennebohm Park (115 North Eau Claire Avenue)


Friday, July 17 1:30 p.m.

American Girls Save the Day. Your smarts and stamina will also save the day as the Meadowridge Library celebrates historical heroism. (No doll is needed). Registration began July 2.