Wild Winter Weather:

Please check the drain inlets near your home, and remove snow and ice from their vicinity so water can flow freely. This is especially true if you are near a low point in a street (normally near intersections). If you cannot clear an inlet that you believe needs to be cleared, call Engineering Operations at 608-266-4430. Engineering crews started clearing inlets on Tuesday and have been working through the bitter cold.

Residents should make sure their downspouts are draining and not frozen in the snow. If they are, it could cause water and then ice to back up into gutters, potentially causing ice dams.

If your home is prone to basement flooding and you have a sump pump, make sure the discharge end of your pump is clear as it may kick in this weekend.

PHNA looking for volunteers to welcome newcomers!

The neighborhood association has begun watching for newcomers within our boundaries and will be reaching out to welcome and provide area and association information to them. If you’d like to be a part of growing your and the PHNA’s connections and are willing to help, please contact Zach Scheeler at

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Pie Social

Join us February 16th from 1:30-2:30 pm for our annual winter pie social at the Meadowridge Neighborhood Center Community Room (in between the library and neighborhood center). Come eat pie, say hi to neighbors, vote for your favorite pie, and eat more pie! As usual, the association will supply plenty of pies and ice cream to eat. But this year we’d love to highlight all the baking talent in the neighborhood. So if you like to bake pies, get your rolling pins out and bring your best pie showstopper. And yes, there will be a prize for the crowd favorite. For more information or if you’d like to bring a pie, please contact Sarah Kirk at

Community Development Funds Survey

The City of Madison and Dane County are seeking input on where to focus the housing and community development funds our local government will receive during the next five years (2020-2024). The city and county are starting a process called the Consolidated Plan, which will determine how the funds will be spent.  Funding is focused on four general areas:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic/Business Development
  • Neighborhoods
  • Access to Resources

Activities must generally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Citizen participation is a vital step in determining community needs, and your input will assist in determining where we should focus our efforts.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on one of these links to participate in the survey:


Sequoya Kid’s Chess Club

Tues., Feb. 5, 4:30-6p, Sequoya Library

For school aged kids who know the basic moves of chess. Come on in to play against other opponents your age.

Sequoya All Ages Chess Club

Tues., Feb. 5, 6-8p, Sequoya Library

Come on in for a friendly game of chess with your neighbors. All ages welcome.

Music and Movement

Wed., Feb. 6, 10-10:45a, Sequoya Library

Little ones stay active with music, movement, play, and bubbles! Especially for toddlers, all siblings welcome.

Black History Month – Milton House Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

Fri., Feb. 8, 12:45pm, Fitchburg Senior Center

Kari Klebba, Executive Director of the Milton Historical Society will be presenting on the history of The Milton House, Wisconsin’s last, authenticated Underground Railroad Station that can be toured. The Milton House, built in 1844, served as a stagecoach inn and railroad stop in Milton, Wisconsin, a booming rural community in Northern Rock County.

Collaborative Gaming

Fri., Feb. 8, 3:30-5:30p, Meadowridge Library

Come play Minecraft, Roblox and more!

Free Tax Filing at Central Library

Sat., Feb. 9, 9a-1p, Central Library, Appointment Required

Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Federal and Wisconsin personal income taxes. Call 266-6350 to make an appointment (required). Some situations are outside the scope of the service– ask if in doubt. You must have lived in Wisconsin for ALL of 2018 to use this service.

Yoga Sprouts with Katie

Sat., Feb. 9, 10-10:30a, Central Library

Children ages 2-5 years and their caregivers are invited to join Yoga Sprouts Instructor, Katie Muschlewski for a fun family class! Please bring a towel or yoga mat for yourself and your child.

Process of Animation Workshop

Sat., Feb. 9, 1-2:30p, Central Library

Dive into the world of animation in its most basic form with artist-in-residence, Rodney Lambright II. All are welcome to join us in the Bubbler Room for drawing, doodling, and exploring different ways to tell stories through characters, dialogue, and movement.

Sunday Jazz @ Sequoya – The Sandhill Cranes

Sun., Feb. 10, 2-4p, Sequoya Library

The Sandhill Cranes are a jazz ensemble that uses a standard, acoustic instrumental line-up to perform a variety of music from the jazz tradition including early jazz, classic jazz standards, jazz fusion, and contemporary jazz and also folk music and original music. The ensemble aims to bring a fresh perspective to jazz through improvisation that is influenced by present-day music.


2019 Spring Primary

Tues., Feb. 19

Badger Cafe with Chris Borland

Thursday, Feb. 21  6:00pm-8:00pm  One Alumni Place, 650 N. Lake St.

Join the conversation with Chris Borland ’13 and Chad McGehee from UW–Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, who were featured in the Winter 2018 issue of On Wisconsin magazine. Borland, once a Badger and San Francisco 49ers football star player, left the game because of concerns for his brain health. Learn more about Borland’s journey, along with his and McGehee’s work with the Center for Healthy Minds. The conversation will be moderated by film producer John Roach ’77.

Madison Public Library Wizards in Wonderland

Sun., Feb 24 10:00am, Madison Public Library 201 W. Mifflin St.
New this year, Madison Public Library Foundation invites you to attend our first annual Wizards in Wonderland — a whimsical and family-friendly celebration of wizards and magic — at Central Library on Sunday, February 24!

Grab your broomstick and join us for activities, including:

  •     Wizard-themed crafts and games for kids — slime, wands, bookmarks and more!
  •     Live Quidditch demonstration by the UW Quidditch team
  •     Enchanting animals from the Dane County Humane Society
  •     Face painting with Monroe Street Arts Center
  •     Unique raffle items for the whole family to enjoy

This winter celebration benefits Madison Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which is dedicated to keeping kids reading and learning all summer long.

Historic Preservation Plan Open House

Wed., Feb. 27, 5-7p, Madison Municipal Building Rm 260

The Historic Preservation Plan Advisory Committee, the consultant team, and City staff have been working to develop a framework that will guide the City’s efforts and resources devoted to preservation in the coming years. We need your assistance for the next step of the process. Please join us to discuss the potential strategies and the goals and objectives they relate to. We are asking for your help to identify the timing and potential partners to implement each strategy.