​​Package Theft. Package theft has started ahead of the Christmas season. There are a number of ways to keep packages being delivered to your porch from being stolen.  For a list of them, see this website or sign up for Nextdoor has postings from Prairie Hills as well as other neighborhoods and is a good source of information on services, items to sell or trade and crime.

​Pumpkins​. ​​​Pumpkins can be left with your leaves and yard waste.  The city estimates that  over 100 tons of pumpkins are discarded in Madison each year.  Putting your Jack-O-Lanterns out for leaf collection crews saves tax dollars and is great for the environment.

​Food Donations.​  ​Donations of grocery items are being sought by the Goodman Community Center.  Donations can be made online at or grocery items can be brought to the Goodman Community Center gym at 149 Waubesa Street.  More info at ​​
Japanese Knotweed has arrived.  If you use the beautiful Southwest bike path in Madison you may have seen the sign letting us know that Japanese knotweed is in the area. City Engineering staff are engaged in a multi-year process to eradicate this invasive plant.  More info available at ​​

​​Heating Season and Safety.  Reports are already coming in from the Madison Fire Department on gas leaks, carbon monoxide and space heater problems.  A carbon monoxide (CO) detector – different than a smoke detector – (and especially one with a digital readout of CO (in ppm – parts per million)) is an important safety device to have in the home or apartment.   For space heaters, do not use extension cords, and make sure they and the outlet they are plugged into are in good operating condition.  If a cord or wall socket becomes hot to the touch, unplug and investigate!

​​Alternate Side Parking began at 1AM on Sunday, Nov. 15.


​​Monday, Nov. 16  6:30 p.m.
​​Prairie Hills Association Board meeting.  Room 3, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, corner of Raymond and Whitney​​. (enter from second driveway off Whitney).  Planning meeting for next year. Agenda available on our website.
Monday, Nov. 16 10:30am-11:00am
​​Preschool Storytime​.​  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required.

Monday, Nov. 16 1pm
​​Real ID, Voter ID, Do I need an ID??  John Holloway from the Department of Transportation will be at the Fitchburg Senior Center on Monday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. to talk about the different identification cards available, why you may need them and how to get them. He will review some of the recent changes with identification cards and how these changes impact voting.   Fitchburg Senior Center, upper level, 5510 East Lacy Road

​​Monday, Nov. 16 2pm-16, Nov. 17 10:30am-7pm, Nov. 18 2:30-5:00pm ​​Book Fair ​ Falk Parent Teachers Organization.  Falk School (Also looking for volunteers for cleanup, Wednesday 5pm-finish)

​​Tuesday, Nov. 17 6:30pm-8:30pm
​​Joelle Charbonneau Author Event  Description of the book:  Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site.  The site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.  Sequoya Library, Midvale Blvd.

​​Tuesday, Nov. 17 10am
​​Identity Theft … Whose Got Your Number?  Identity theft wreaks havoc on millions of Americans each year. Don’t be one of them. Find out what makes you vulnerable for identity theft, tips to protect yourself from fraud, how to spot phishing phone calls and emails and what to do if your identity is stolen.   Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin Street.  Call 266-6581 to register.
Wednesday, Nov. 18 1pm
​​Navigating Through Senior Housing This is an educational presentation intended to provide an overview of the housing choices available to the senior population. The goal of the presentation is to provide insight into what home health agencies, independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities offer.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Road

​​Wednesday, Nov 18 10:30am
​​Grief and the Holidays Cheri Milton of Agrace Hospice Care will talk about “Grief and the Holidays” at Attic Angel Place.  ​ This topic touches each of us at some time in our lives, but can be particularly significant for seniors.  Sponsored by West Madison Triad.  8301 Old Sauk Road (The 2nd driveway is the parking lot, enter main doors at the reception desk and sign in).

​​Thursday, Nov. 19  6pm-8pm
​​Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner.  Join the Elver Park and Teresa Terrace Neighborhood Centers as at the Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 19th from 6-8pm. You can also sign up to volunteer at ​​​​

Friday, Nov. 20 6pm-7:30pm
​​Indian Cooking Demonstration.  Meet Neeta Saluja, local resident and author of the cookbook,Six Spices. She will demonstrate how to cook Tandoori chicken and a red lentil soup. Recommended for ages 13-adults. Register by phone at (608) 288-6160 or online beginning 11/6 at ​​

Tuesday, Nov. 24 10am
​​Meadowridge Library Thanksgiving Pie Sale.