Planting Guide Available. The Madison Food Policy Council is offering a new guide to planting in yards and city-owned street terraces.  The guide is meant to assist homeowners, renters and others with the city’s Terrace Treatment Policy. It also has info about planting of edible and pollinator-friendly plant species.  The guide is available online  at
Blooming Butterflies.  Now through August 13 at Olbrich Gardens.  Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory.  More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the Midwest.

Learn to . . . at Madison Parks.  Attend demonstrations of various park activities.  Most of these workshops are free and designed to introduce beginners of all ages to these recreational opportunities, including birding, disc golf, boating, fitness, and more! (See log rolling below) For more info, go to:

Report a Problem.  On the home page of the City of Madison’s website in the lower right corner is a button with an “A” on it.  Click on it to report a problem–weeds, street lights out, abandoned bikes, dead animals.  City employees are supposed to get back to you right away.

Mon., July 24 3-4pm  Kids in the Kitchen.  An introduction to healthy foods through delectable dishes and themes, all while having hands-on fun. This summer’s classes will feature Healthy Snacks (all are nut-free & vegetarian). For children ages 6-11. Registration begins two weeks before each class.  Alicia Ashman Library.
Mon., July 24 6:15-8:00pm  Prairie Hills Board Meeting.  Blue Room, Meadowridge Library.  The board will discuss summer activities, the membership drive, park improvements, etc.  All welcome.
Tues., July 25  and Thurs. July 27  Noon.  Senior meals now served at Good Shepherd Church (Now through Aug. 10)  For reservations and more info, call 238-7368. 
Tues, July 25  6-7:30pm  Learn to Log Roll.  At Wingra Park. Madison Log Rolling will provide FREE basic training and let you try our your abilities on Lake Wingra. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Advanced registration requested. Register ONLINE or by phone (608)266-4711
Tues., July 25 6:30-8pm Book Making.  Learn how to stitch, glue, and fold to create handmade books, which can be used as sketchbooks, personal journals, or foundations for artists books. No prior experience necessary, ages 14+. Registration required.  Alicia Ashman Library.
Wed., July 26  10am.  Money Safety for Seniors. Teri Ericsson from Old National Bank will talk about avoiding fraud.  At Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (5701 Raymond, enter from Whitney Way). Sponsored by SW Madison Triad.
Thurs. July 27 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm  Tech Class for Seniors.  Part 1 of a two-part series for any senior wanting to learn how to use the computer for practical daily tasks. Part one will focus on basic skills; how to use the mouse, read the desktop, open a browser. Part two will tackle email; send, reply, attach, and forward.  Sequoia Library.
Thurs, July 27  5:30-7:30pm  Carts for Community.  Meadowood Park. (5808 Thrush, just off of Balsam).  Different carts each week. Come enjoy food and friends.
Thurs., July 27 7:00pm  Capital City Band.  Free concerts in Rennebohm Park.  Bring a chair.
Sat., July 29 8am-noon  

Elver Park Farmer’s Market Every Saturday until September 16. Vegetables, bakery, meats, sauces.  And an info table. SNAP accepted.

Fri., Aug. 4 10am-2pm.  Butterfly Action Day. Local monarch conservation organizations present interactive displays focused on monarch butterflies and what you can do to help the population. 

Displays include a butterfly tagging demonstration, live larva and caterpillars, and an endangered butterfly exhibit. Receive a free native milkweed plant (available for the first 200 visitors) and purchase monarch hatching starter kits!  $7 for 13 and over, $3 for 3-12, under 2 free.