Events


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What’s on your mind? If you have an idea or concern to share with us, please reply to this email. The response goes only to the editor. Or, you can email gkmeyer68@gmail.com.

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

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: https://mywater.cityofmadison.com/

 
EVENTS:
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 flowersm21@hotmail.com.

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)

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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.
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Double Your Dollars. The Madison Area Farmers’ Market Double Dollars is a program for SNAP and Foodshare users . Theres’ a dollar for dollar match for your purchases at a number of farmers’ markets, including the Westside Market at Hill Farms. A great way to get healthy farm-fresh food.

New Kids’ Programs from the new Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center. Bricks 4 Kidz has a number of programs–each is a one-week camp, afternoons from 1-5 for Elementary School kids. Also Great Blue, a fun research program will be offered as well. For more info, contact Deon Carruthers at 608-445-8022 or email dcarruthers@wisconsinyouthcompany.org.

Middle School U also through Theresa Terrace. Go to: http://www.wisconsinyouthcompany.org/neighborhood-centers/elver-park-teen-program/

Girls Basketball Camp. Sign up for Madison Memorial Spartans girls youth camp. July 13-17. Contact Marques Flowers, 320-6761 or email flowersm21@hotmail.com.

EVENTS:

Monday, July 6 10:30-11:00

Drop-in Preschool Storytime. For ages 3-5 at the Meadowridge Library. Stories, finger-plays and songs that help preschool children develop vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Registration not required. Siblings welcome.

Wednesday, July 8

Our Madison, through my senses. Free series sponsored by Centro Hispano, the Center for Resilient Cities, Sustain Dane and MG&E. First session is on civic engagement. For more information, call 608-442-4014 or email Mariela@micentro.org. Food, transportation and childcare provided when needed.

Thursday, July 9 12:30 p.m.

$20 Blackout BIngo at Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Road).

Thursday, July 9 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)

Thursday, July 9 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lets Eat Out! Food carts with reasonable prices. Meadowood Park ( 2114 Leland).

Friday, July 10 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Play and Learn at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. For children between birth and 5. A free program with hands-on learning. Help your child develop math, literacy and social skills through play. To register call Kenyatta Briscoe 212-4632 or for more info, go to mmsd.org/playandlearn.

Sunday, July 12
MSCR Splash and Dash, a fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. At the Goodman Campus (7762 W. PD). Open to ages 5-15 in five group divisions, focusing on participation and fun over competition. For more info, go to www.mscr.org. Proceeds go to MSCR Aquatic Fee Waivers for swim lessons.

NEXT WEEK:
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.

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 6:007:00 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.

 

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Email correction.  To get more information about holding a Block Party contact Jan Minardi at bjminardi@hotmail.com

Be advised: a company called HomeServe has been contacting homeowners about water insurance.  The company is not affiliated with the Madison Water Utility. 

Summer Reading Club for Kids. Sign up at the Meadowridge Library
to join the Summer Reading Club for Kids. Every book or hour read (or read to)
counts. Earn great prizes, including free event tickets or free pizza, a super hero mask, a puzzle challenge sheet and a free book.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday, June 22  4:30-5:00 p.m.
A short course on dealing with boom cars, presented by Officer Caleb Johnson.  At the West District Police Community Room.

 

Monday, June 22
Prairie Hills Association board meeting postponed until July 13.

 

Tuesday, June 23  1:30 p.m.
Sock Monsters at the Meadowridge Library.  Make your own stuffed monster (or animal alien) from socks.  Great fun for the whole family.

 

Wednesday, June 24 10:30 a.m.
“Safe Driving–Keeping the Keys,” presented by Jim Kubeck, AAA driver training for Western Wisconsin.  Prairie Park Apartments, 6530 Schroeder Rd.

 

Wednesday, June 24  5:00-8:00 p.m.
Open House at the new Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  Program at 5:30.  Food, fun, games for the kids, tours of the building. Sign up for summer activities.

 

Wednesday, June 24 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Open House for the Meadowood Center and Library. Program at 6:30 p.m.  Food, fun and arts and crafts.  Sign up for summer book club.

 

Wednesday, June 24  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Forum with Madison Police Chief Mike Koval at Memorial High School.  This is your opportunity to ask your questions.

 

Thursday, June 25 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Nuts and Bolts of Home Internet.  This free class is designed to explain what internet into your home is all about and what a wireless router does.  At the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290 to register.

 

Thursday, June 25 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Let’s Eat Out!  Food carts, fun and games in Meadowood Park. On 2114 Leland, turn south off of Raymond Road.

 

Friday, June 26  11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Superhero Party at the Meadowridge Library.  Don your masks and costumes or come as you are to a celebration of Superheroes.  Games of skill and strategy and special projects.  To register, sign up at: http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=45433

 

Friday, June 26  8:00-11:30 p.m.
Friday Nights at the Y.  For students ages 13-18. Sports and games. A thte Lussier Family West YMCA.

 

Saturday, June 28 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Humane Society Pet Adoption and Food Drive.  At the Copps Food Store at 620 Whitney Way.

 

COMING UP
July 2–Fireworks at Elver Park

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Break-In Alert.  It’s summer and break-ins are increasing.  Last week there were break-ins on Piedmont and Sara.  For info on how to protect your house, how to be a good witness and more, go to prairiehillsna.org and click on “Resident Resources/Links.”  There you will find hand-outs with good information.

 

Block Party Kit.  Summer is a great time for a block party.  It’s nice to meet neighbors and it helps neighborhood safety.  Prairie Hills has a block party kit.  For a brochure and/or other info on holding a block party, contact Jan Minardi at bjminardi@hotmail.com.

 

Madison Police Department is hiring. 

If you, or someone you know, are looking for a meaningful way to serve our community, get on-line (www.cityofmadison.com/police) or give call (608-266-4190).  Here’s also a link to MPD’s Hiring Resource Group: http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/jointeam/hiringResource.cfm

EVENTS:

Monday, June 15 10:00 a.m.                                                                             

Writing Our Life Stories. Everyone has a story to tell.  This group helps preserve your unique stories.  At the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Call the Meadowood Center at 467-8360 to check for openings.

Monday, June 15 6:30 p.m.

Community Development Meetings.  The City is in the process of creating an new city-wide economic development strategy focused on building a stronger, more equitable economy.  A meeting to review the City’s first draft of a plan will be held at the Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Drive).  More info and a link to the draft document can be found here: www.cityofmadison.com/economicstrategy

Tuesday, June 16 11:00 a.m.                                                                                 

Circuit Blocks.  Learn the basics of electricity with Karen Corbeill and make a fun project with our circuit blocks using fans, batteries and lights and more. At the Meadowridge Library. For school-age children. To register, contact the library at 288-6160.

Tuesday, June 16  3:004:00 p.m.                                                                       

Author Sheryl WuDunn in a candid conversation with author David Maraniss.  Ms. WuDunn will share her experiences at the Meadowridge Library.  Ms. WuDunn’s books, A Path Appears, and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) will both be available for sale and signing following the event. This is a ticketed event. For ticket information, visit: http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/event-pages/2015wudunn

Wednesday, June 17 6:00-7:30 p.m.                                                                   

Chief Koval will be holding two community forums in the West District during the month of June: Wednesday, June 17: Boys & Girls Club (4619 Jenewein Road); and Wednesday, June 24: Memorial High School, same time.

Thursday, June 18 5:30-7:30                                                                               

Let’s Eat Out! (Formerly Meet and Eat) Every week more carts are participating and more activities are happening.  Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane).

Friday, June 19  7:00-9:00 p.m.                                                                     

Juneteenth (end of slavery) Praise Celebration at Fountain of Life Church (633 W Badger Road).  Will feature Little Rock singer-songwriter Marquis Hunt.

Saturday, June 20 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.                                                        

Juneteenth Parade starting on Expo Drive going to Olin-Turville Park.  Main Stage at Olin Park with music, games, soul food.

Sunday, June 21 Noon to 6:00 p.m.                                                                   

Let’s Make Music Madison at the Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane).  Bring a picnic and enjoy free ice cream.  Face painting and games for the kids.  Open mic at noon.  Performances all afternoon.  

Sunday, June 21  3:00-6:00 p.m.                                                                          

Rock and Read: A fundraiser for the Madison public libraries.  Cakes wanted for the Paddle Cake games. At the Capital Brewery Beer Garden (7735 Terrace Avenue, Middleton)  For more information or to contribute a cake, Contact Jacky at madcity99@tds.net

Monday, June 22  6:30 P.M.                                                                             

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association board meeting. All welcome. At Good Shepherd Church, Room 3. (Corner of Raymond and Whitney).

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Brush Collection. The city will be collecting brush this week from those residences that have a Tuesday trash pick-up. That means next week (June 15) should be the Wednesday pick-up.
More Recycling. The City of Madison will be expanding its recycling program to include cardboard sided cans and metal bottle caps. Both items can be included in the green recycling carts for curbside collection. Go here for more specifics: http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/madisons-recycling-program-adds-new-items
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, June 9 4:00-5:00 p.m.

LEGO at the Meadowridge library. There’s a different theme each month, along with some stories and pictures to inspire the imagination. Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation!

Wednesday, June 10 10:00 a.m.-noon

The Job Shop at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center is every Wednesday. Weekly updated job leads, resume development, online application support.

Wednesday, June 10 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
Community Development Meetings. The City is in the process of creating an new city-wide economic development strategy focused on building a stronger, more equitable economy. Two meetings to review the City’s first draft of a plan will be held. The first is at the Villager Atrium Community Room (2300 S. Park St) on June 10. The second meeting will be on Monday, June 15 at 6:30pm at the Warner Park Community Center (1625 Northport Drive). More info and a link to the draft document can be found here: www.cityofmadison.com/economicstrategy

Thursday, June 11 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Let’s Eat Out! (formerly Meet and Eat) has moved to Meadowood Park (5810 Thrush Lane). There are food carts, games, and neighbors to meet.
Thursday, June 11 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Capitol City Band in Rennebohm Park (115 Eau Claire Avenue). Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music provided by this volunteer band.
Friday, June 12 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Senior Farmers Market Vouchers. You may be eligible to receive vouchers for use in purchasing $25 worth of locally-grown fruits and vegetables at Farmers Markets in Wisconsin. Distribution is at the Fitchburg Senior Center. For more information, call 270-4290.

Friday, June 12 8:00-11:30 p.m.
Friday Nights at the Y. For students ages 13-18. Basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, other sports and dance. At the Lussier Family West YMCA.

NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, June 16 3:004:00 p.m.

The Wisconsin Book Festival and Madison Community Foundation present author Sheryl WuDunn in a candid conversation with author David Maraniss. Ms. WuDunn will share her experiences as a professional woman, journalist, author, women’s rights advocate and financial executive. Ms. WuDunn’s books, A Path Appears, and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (2009) will both be available for sale and signing following the event.

This is a ticketed partnership event. For ticket information, visit: http://www.madisoncommunityfoundation.org/event-pages/2015wudunn

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Swim Lessons. The Goodman Pool is now taking registrations for summer swimming lessons. The Goodman Pool is proud to offer swim lessons which help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. For more information, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/swimLessons.cfm

QUEST CARDS at Farmers’ Markets. Some Farmers’ Markets in the Madison area accept Quest Cards for their produce. You can then buy fruits, vegetables, honey, cheese, eggs, meat and so many other things, just like at the grocery store. The closest Farmers’ Market that accepts Quest is: Westside Community Market in the Hill Farms DOT Building parking lot from April 18th to November 7th. The market is open on Saturdays from 7:00am to 1:00pm.For more info, contact Nahrissa at nahrissar@cacscw.org.

Volunteers Needed to Staff Rape Crisis Line. Crisis line volunteers staff our 24-hour crisis line (251-7273) on nights and weekends and provide support and information to our callers. RCC provides a comprehensive three-step training process for new crisis line volunteers including a 21-hour classroom training series, up to 24-hours of “on the job” training, and a follow up skills assessment.

Please visit the website at www.danecountyrcc.org under the “Get Involved” tab to learn more about the volunteer positions. The next training for crisis line volunteers will be starting in June 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, May 19 11:00 a.m.
Back Pain: Causes and Solutions. This talk by Matt Wagner explores acupuncture as an effective treatment option for back pain. At the Fitchburg Senior Center (5510 Lacy Road). Free. No sign up required.

Tuesday, May 19 1:00 p.m.
How to Track Your Exercise. Come see first-hand how your exercise can be tracked and transferred to your smart phone, tablet or PC. At the Fitchburg Senior Center. The class is limited to 16 so call ahead to register at 270-4290.Tuesday, May 19 4:00-5:00 p.m.
CRAFTernoon at the Meadowridge Library. Join creative Librarians for after-school craft fun! Colorful paper, glitter glue, paints and more!. School Age (grades K-5)

Wednesday, May 20 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Red Cross Blood Drive. St. Mary’s Care Center. 3401 Maple Grove Road.(Near Family Video)
Wednesday, May 20 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Family Law Assistance Center. Free help with forms & procedures, Wednesdays Dane County Courthouse-Room L1022. 608-848-1950. See more at: http://www.isthmus.com/events/Family-Law-Assistance-Center/#sthash.WLkyweVB.dpuf
Thursday, May 21 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Let’s Eat Out! Food carts come to Meadowood Park (2114 Leland) for an evening treat. Everyone welcome.
Thursday, May 21 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Fitchburg Famers’ Market. Agora Pavilion, 5511 East Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg.
Thursday, May 21 6:00 p.m.
“Architecture of Illusion,” a program by Artist Richard Haas. From paintings of streetscapes to large-scale outdoor murals, internationally renowned “urban artist” Richard Haas’s building murals can be found in Boston, Chicago, Ft. Worth, Madison, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, and more. He talks about his interactions with mentor Frank Lloyd Wright, his influential works, and his inspiration taken from the Wisconsin Idea.
Friday, May 22 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Video Game Friday at the Meadowridge Library. Games rated everyone through teen. A perfect end to the week.
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Thinking ahead. . . The Elver Park Fireworks, presented by Madison Parks will held on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.
Slow Down Yard Sign Campaign is being held this week, May 11-15,
Safe Communities Madison SLOW DOWN signs available.  You can pick one up at the West District Police station, 1710 McKenna Blvd., To phone for info, call 243-0500, 608-288-6410 (PD).
NEWS:
Garage Sales.  Prairie Hills does not do a formal garage sale program, but since GreenTree will be doing theirs on May 15 and 16 and, I think, Meadowood, on the 15th, feel free to hold yours then.  We will promote through our newsletter and message board.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Tuesday, May 12  4:00-5:00 p.m.
LEGO Club at the Meadowridge Library.  There’s a different theme each month, along with stories and pictures to inspire the imagination.  For families of all ages.

Tuesday, May 12 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Enrolling in Medicare: What you need to know.  If you are approaching 65, you may want to attend this program about how to make informed choices about enrolling in Medicare. Free and open to the public. Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-42-90 to register.

Tues, May 12, 6:00 p.m.
Meadowood Community Supper. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – corner of Raymond Rd. and Whitney Way.  Join your neighbors for brats and  bingo. All are welcome! Please bring a side dish or a dessert to pass. Meal is free, donations accepted.

Wednesday, May 13 6:00 p.m.
Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. to discuss proposed service changes to Routes 6, 10, 11, 12, 25 and 59. To be held at the Madison Municipal Building (216 MLK Jr. Blvd) room 260.  Detailed descriptions of proposed changes are available online at mymetrobus.com/publichearing

Thursday, May 14  6:00 p.m.
The Falk School PTO is holding an evening pot luck. Families are to bring a dish to share that represents their heritage or a place they have visited. Countries that will be represented (so far) are China, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Ireland, Egypt, and Hmong culture. If you would like to bring a dish, a game, or items to display, please contact Cara Jenkins at glbjenkens@gmail.com.  School and neighborhood families are welcome to come, whether they bring a dish or not. Musical performances, and examples of student art will be on display all day and during the pot luck.  Co-sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn.
Thursday, May 14  5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Let’s Eat Out.  The Meet and Eats are now Let’s Eat Out, sponsored by a local non-profit.  The location is now at Meadowood Park, 5810 Thrush Lane.  For more information go to: www.letseatoutwi.org/?

Sat, May 16, 9:00 AM – 2:00 p.m.
Health Fair at Our Redeemer Lutheran School, McKenna Boulevard. The event begins with a one-mile awareness walk at 9:00. Then, from 10:00-2:00, there will be information and demos on everything from diabetes to dentistry, nutrition to Zumba. Spring into Better Health this year.

Saturday, May 16  2:303:30 p.m.

One World, One Sound Drum Circle. Find your groove in this drumming circle with Elmore Lawson. At the Meadowridge Library.  For families and all ages.  Registration recommended but not required.  Click below to sign up:
http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=43563

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