NEWS

Brush pickup has ended for the year.  Brush will not be picked up, and if brush is mixed with leaves, the leaves will not be picked up.

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EVENTS

Mon., Nov. 6 10:30am-11:15am
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.   Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Nov. 7  6:00pm-8:00pm

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How Should Madison Grow.  One part panel discussion and one part listening session.  The panel discussion is part of our ongoing series called Cap Times Talks: City government reporter, Abigail Becker, will moderate the discussion (titled “How can Madison build more great neighborhoods?”) with a panel.  Location: High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington)

Tue., Nov. 7 6:30pm-8:00pm

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Holistic Nutrition.  Karen Radtke will discuss how different foods affect us physically and mentally. Karen is a board-certified nurse practitioner and a board-certified nurse coach. No registration is required for this program.  Meadowridge Library Community Rooms A and B and Kitchen.

Wed., Nov. 8 4:30pm-5:30pm

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Read to a Dog.  Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Meadowrdige Library.

Thr., Nov. 9  1:00-4:00pm  

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Coffee Klatch.  Common Wealth Development is hosting a Coffee Klatch at their new satellite office, 5902 Raymond Rd.  CommonWealth will be working in Southwest Madison on a safe neighborhood program, as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  Stop by for coffee, tea or water to meet staff and ask questions about the program.  (Another Coffee Klatch is scheduled for Tues., Nov 14 from 9-11).

Thr., Nov. 9 2:00pm-3:15pm

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Book Discussion: “Notorious RBG”.  Discussion of “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The next title will be available for pick-up following the discussion, with extra copies available at the reference desk while supplies last.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. Highpoint Rd.

Thr., Nov. 9 6:30pm 

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Film Screenng:  A screening of one of the most acclaimed films of the year, a box office hit and a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro”. A panel discussion follows the film.  More info:  aweatherbyflowers@madisonpubliclibrary.org or call 243-0520.  Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

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Fri., Nov. 10  11:00am 

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Veteran’s Day recognition at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  There will be a presentation by the Badger Honor Flight.  Lunch at noon.  Veterans and guest are free.  Make reservations by Nov. 8. ?  5510 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.

Sat., Nov. 11 – VETERAN’S DAY

Sat., Nov 11 10:00am-11:00am

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Learn to … fly!  The “Learn to” series explores a different concept each month through hands on making! Drop in, and learn something new as you explore interesting materials and technology. This month, explore different flying objects and propulsion methods! Create rubber band powered gliders, force driven catapults, or design your own wind powered stomp rocket! Ages 6 and up, younger siblings welcome if accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

COMING UP

Dec. 6, 2017 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Neighborhood Grant Workshop.  This is an optional workshop for those interested in submitting grant applications.   Applications for grants are due by February 19 for a City of Madison Neighborhood Grant to improve the capacity or appearance of your neighborhood. New this year, groups of residents may apply.  City-County Building, Room 103A.  More information at http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/neighborhood-grants/1576/  (Updates are expected in the coming week).

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NOTES

Hiring in I.T.  The City of Madison Information Technology Department is currently recruiting for a permanent Applications Developer 3. The job posting can be viewed online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/madisonwi/jobs/1871402/applications-developer?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.  The application deadline is Nov. 5.

Yard Waste Collection. It’s hard to tell from the city map, but it looks like they are collecting leaves and yard waste now in our area.  Brush collection is over.

Electronics Recycling.  MARC at 805 Forward Drive collects electronic items for recycling from 8am to 3pm Mon-Fri.  There is a charge for some items.  Go to www.marc-inc.org or call 273-3630 for more info.

New Prairie Hills officers are:  Tara Keenan, president; Zach Scheeler, vice president; Kristen Gamble, secretary; and Jacob Ela, treasurer.

Don’t forget, Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5.  Set your clock back an hour.

EVENTS

Tues, Oct. 31  HALLOWEEN.  The city recommends limiting trick or treating to 4-8 pm.

Tues, Oct. 31  6-8 pm  Line Dancing at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  All welcome.  Family friendly.  Suggested donation $3.

Wed., Nov. 1  9:30- 10:30 am   First of 4 weeks of Build Your Core.  $25.  Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290 to register.

Wed. Nov. 1  3:30-5:00 pm  Chess Club at the library.  Learn to play and play with others.  Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed., Nov. 1  6:30-8:30pm  Alisha Ashman Crochet Club.  Each first and third Wednesday of the month. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of sharing an evening with other crocheters. Teens, adults, seniors.

Nov. 2-5    Wisconsin Book Festival. See insert in last week’s Isthmus or go to wisconsinbookfestival.org.

Fri, Nov. 3  4-5 pm  Coding Circus with the Wisconsin Science Festival. An afternoon of coding exploration. Sure you may have heard of scratch, but have you ever drawn a code for your own path following OzoBot? Or coded a Meeper bot through a maze? Or created your own secret language through jewelry design? Drop in and explore how wide a world coding can be! No registration required.  Grade K-5. Sequoya Library.

Sun., Nov. 5  1:30pm  “What’s It Worth?  Mark Moran from the Antiques Road Show teams up with Fitchburg Library and Senior Center to offer fun and info.  Dig around and see if you have something worth some $$$.  Call the library to sign up for a FREE appraisal on Sunday.  Call 729-1763.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tues. Nov. 7  6-8 pm   How Madison Should Grow.  At the High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) . One part panel discussion and one part listening session.  The panel discussion is part of our ongoing series called Cap Times Talks. Our city government reporter, Abigail Becker, will moderate the discussion (titled “How can Madison build more great neighborhoods?”) with a great panel.

NEWS

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Task Force Opportunity.  The City is encouraging residents to apply to serve on a task force on the structure of City government.  Applications are due by November 3.  More information is available at http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/residents-asked-to-apply-to-serve-on-task-force-on-structure-of-city-government .

​Energy Study.  

Also, through November 17, 2017, the Madison 100% renewable Energy Study is collecting public comments online, looking for innovative ideas regarding how the City will be powered in a sustainable way, and reduce carbon emissions in the future.  Comments can be submitted at http://www.madison100renewableenergy.com/ .

EVENTS

Mon., Oct 23 6:30pm-7:30pm

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Cuddle up for Hygge Storytime.  Not familiar with the Danish concept of Hygge? It’s the art of being cozy! Pull on your pjs, bathrobes, and slippers, and bring your blankets, pillows, and stuffed friends to cuddle up for this cozy evening storytime. Juice and popcorn provided as we read cozy stories in our jammies!  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Tue., Oct. 24 5:00pm  

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Bucky Book Swap.  Bring your Bucky Book, bring a list of page numbers of coupons you want and the ones you don’t. Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Rd.

Tue., Oct. 24  6:00pm-7:30 pm  

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2018 City Budget – final listening session.  Alders Cheeks, Phair and McKinney will be present.  Topics are  safety, equity and opportunity. Fire Station #7 (1810 McKenna Blvd.).

Tue., Oct. 24 6:00pm-7:30pm

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Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin.  Join three Madison-area African American writers – poet Fabu, novelist Sherry Lucille, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman – as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Wed., Oct. 25  6:00pm-9:00pm 

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Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Presentation. At the West District Police Station, McKenna Blvd.  To register, contact: Lt. Chalecki at lchalecki@cityofmadison.com

Wed., Oct. 25 7:00pm-8:45pm.

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Author Event – Walkabout Undone by Dave Watson.  Madison resident and author Dave Watson followed love to Australia and became embroiled in racism, xenophobia, and academic shenanigans. He is since founder and editor of Movies Matter, davesaysmoviesmatter.com.  This is his first book.  Sequoya Library.

Thr., Oct. 26  6:30pm-7:30 pm

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Go Big Read.  Discussion of UW-Madison’s 2017 Go Big Read Book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance. This New York Times bestseller is personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest.  His story has sparked discussion about social, economic, and political issues nation-wide. Go to: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read to find more information, including other discussion dates.  Meadowridge Library.

Fri., Oct. 27 3:00pm-4:00pm

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Building Old Fashioned Toys.  Have you ever heard of a gee haw whimmy diddle, a whirligig, or a wooden thingamabob? Well, in this workshop you can come create your own! Work with Bubbler artist Taylor Rushing to build and decorate your personalized old-fashioned wooden toy. Registration begins 10/13, Ages 6 – 11.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=65393&ID=65393_ .  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Fri., Oct. 27  6:30pm-9:00pm

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Moon over Monona Terrace.  View the moon and planets through various telescopes on the roof of Monona Terrace.  Kids’ activities and presentation included.  Free tickets needed for admission.  Call 261-4000.

Sat., Oct. 28 12:00pm-5:00pm

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Falk School Rummage Sale.  Coordinated by the Falk Parent Teachers Organization.  Falk Elementary School, 6323 Woodington Way

Sat., Oct, 28 1:00pm-3:00pm.

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Día de los Muertos Celebration.  Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)!  Día de los Muertos is an ancient Mexican holiday when families joyfully honor and remember family, friends, and ancestors.  Make folk crafts, calaveras (sugar skulls), papel picado (cut tissue paper designs), mariposas (butterflies), and snack on Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) to share this beautiful Mexican tradition. No registration necessary.  Sequoya Library.

COMING UP

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Tue., Nov. 14
Parks reservations Lottery Day.  For more information, see http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/reserve/shelters/ “Lottery Day” section.

NEWS
Brush collection is now over.  If you have brush, you can take it to the collection site at  1501 Badger Road (not to the one on South Point Road. For hours, etc., go to: https://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/yardWaste/dropoffsites.cfm
 
Yard waste collection is continuing.  For our area, pick-up is pending, within the next week or two.  Yard waste includes:


Game Day Specials at Madison Golf Courses.  On days with Badger or Packers home games, get low golf rates and food and drink specials.  Also, it’s  sign-up time for fall leagues.  Call the Odana Hills Golf Course 266-4724 for more info.
 
A Free Open Computer Lab is available at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center Tues.-Fri. from 9:00am-2:30pm and from 9:00am to 1:45pm on Mondays.


EVENTS
Mon., Oct. 16,  Sign up for Community Baby Shower (see Oct. 21 below)  Call 770-9588 or email outeach@projectbabies.org
 
Mon., Oct 16 (and succeeding Mondays) 12-12:45. Meditation at Monona Terrace. Free and open to the public.  Walk-ins welcome.
 
Tues., Oct. 17  6-7pm  West Side Boxing Club Starts.   At  the Elver Park Neighborhood Center.  For ages 12 to 19 yrs old,  male or female. Fees are $68 dollars for the year to be USA Boxing registered and to buy hand wraps.  Reduced fees available.  Packets and information at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center.  Contact Justin Nelson at 608-279-3164 for more information.
 
Wed., Oct. 18  (and following Wednesdays) 10:30-noon  Cribbage at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Just before the noon Senior lunches.  Free.
 
Thurs., Oct., 19 (and following Thursdays)  10:30am and 12:45-2:00pm  Cribbage at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  Free. 
 
Thurs., Oct. 19  9-11:30 am  Health and Resource Fair at the Madison Senior Center (330 West Mifflin).  Free health screenings, over 25 vendors, drawings for prizes, healthy snacks.  Dementia Friendly Communities at 9:15; Exercise for Arthritis Pain and Stiffness at 10:15.
 
Fri., Oct 20 5:30-7:30 and Sat., Oct 21  9- 1 pm  Meadowridge Library Book Sale.  Lots of books available.  $5 for a bag of books, from noon to 1:00 on Saturday.  At the library.
 
Fri., Oct. 20 by end of school.  End of collection for Falk School Rummage Sale (Oct. 28). Drop off during school hours and place items in the bin outside room 105. If you want to donate baked goods, you can drop them off with Ms. Kiki the day before the event, or bring them the morning of. No peanuts in your ingredients, please! 
 
Sat., Oct. 21  Noon- 2 pm   Community Baby Shower at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  Free diapers, wipes, clothing and more plus lunch.  Register by Oct. 16 to 770-9588 or outreach@projectbabies.org
 
Sun., Oct. 22  1:30-3:30 pm  Sunday Jazz at Sequoya with the Caig Mason Combo.  CMC is a group of local musicians with a rich variety of backgrounds and experiences. Please visit them on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/Craigmasoncombo/

UPCOMING EVENTS
Tues., Oct. 24 5 pm  Bucky Book Swap at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Bring your Bucky Book, bring list of page numbers of coupons you want and the ones you don’t. Trading is fast and furious.
 
Tues., Oct. 24  6-7:30 pm  Final Listening Session on 2018 City Budget.  Alders Cheeks, Phair and McKinney at Fire Station #7 (1810 McKenna).  Topic is safety, equity and opportunity.
 
Wed., Oct. 25  6-9 pm Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Presentation. At the West District Police Station.  To register, contact: Lt. Chalecki at lchalecki@cityofmadison.com
 
Thurs., Oct. 26  6:30– 7:30 pm.  Book Discussion of UW-Madison’’s 2017 Go Big Read Book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J.D. Vance. This New York Times bestseller is personal reflection on upward mobility in America seen through the lens of a white, working-class family in the Midwest.  His story has sparked discussion about social, economic, and political issues nation-wide. Go to: http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/go-big-read to find more information, including other discussion dates.
Fri., Oct. 27  6:30-9 pm  Moon over Monona Terrace.  View the moon and planets through various telescopes on the roof of Monona Terrace.  Kids’ activities and presentation included.  Free tickets needed for admission.  Call 261-4000.
The Prairie Hills Potluck.  It’s tomorrow at 6:00 at Our Redeemer.
As to what to bring if you want, since it’s lasagna (meat or vegetarian), we don’t need a lot of sides.  Salad, fruit, more bread would work.  Plus desserts.  Questions? Ask Tara Keenan (Tara.Keenan@gmail.com) or Sarah Kirk (kirkysarah@ yahoo.com).
NEWS
 

Don’t forget the Prairie Hills Potluck!  (Details below)

 


EVENTS

Mon., Oct 9 10:00am-11:30am

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Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group: “Stealing the Countess”.  Join the Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group for discussions of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense titles. Be ready to share with the group recent reads in these genres. Our next title will be available for pick-up following today’s discussion, with extra copies available while supplies last.  Alicia Ashman library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., Oct. 10 4:00pm-5:00pm

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Library LEGO Club.  Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation.

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Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Oct. 10 6:00pm-8:00pm 

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Prairie Hills Potluck.  Entree will be provided. Come, bring the family, meet your neighbors.  If possible, bring a snack, dessert, salad or side dish.  Short business meeting to elect officers will follow.  The slate offered by the board of directors is:  President: Tara Keenan; Vice President: Zach Scheeler; Treasurer: Jacob Ela.   Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1701 McKenna Blvd.

Wed., Oct. 11 3:30pm-5:00pm

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Chess Club.  Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.  Meadowridge Library.

Thr., Oct. 12 10:00am-10:45am OR 11:00am-11:45am

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Toddler Art Class.  Enjoy the tactile wonders of paint, glitter, glue and more. Smocks or “messy” clothes recommended. For toddlers ages 18 – 36 months. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please pick up a nametag 10 minutes before the program.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Thursday, Oct. 12 6:00pm

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Online Grocery Shopping.  Did you know that places like HyVee and Woodman’s make it easy to logon to their websites to shop for items? You can choose whether to have groceries delivered or ready-for-pickup.  See firsthand how staff member Amy Jordan navigates the sites to get exactly what she needs, and ways to save money at the same time. Please call 270-4290 to reserve your spot.  Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd.

Fri., Oct 13 10:00am-11:15am

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Android Smart Phone Basics 101.  (This class will NOT cover iPhones!)  Learn how to take advantage of the technology in your phone. Plenty of time for questions. Bring your phone. This class will have a maximum of 8 participants, so register early (266-6581).   Madison Senior Center, 330 West Mifflin St.

Fri., Oct 13 10:30am-11:15am

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Storytime for the Very Young.  Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required.(For children ages 0-30 months.) Note: No storytime on 10/6 and 11/24.  Meadowridge Library.

Sat., OCt 14 1:00pm-3:30pm

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Computer Coaching.  Sign up for a one-hour session (starting at 1pm or 2:30pm) on the first and second Saturday of the month Sept – November with a Computer Coach providing individualized instruction on using word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel) and other computer basics. Bring your own laptop or use one of our PC’s. Call 608-824-1780 to register or register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=66619&ID=66619_ .  Alicia Ashman Library.

COMING UP

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Falk School Annual Rummage and Bake Sale (October 28):  If you can donate, please bring items to Falk School now through Oct. 20th during school hours and place them in the bin outside room 105. If you want to donate baked goods, you can drop them off with Mrs. Kiki the day before the event, or bring them the morning of. No peanuts in your ingredients, please! And thank you!

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The West Side Boxing Club is starting up again starting 10/17/17 at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center.  There will be one competitive class on Tuesday Nights, and plan on transportation to Ford’s Gym  added to that once kids are ready.  The age group is from 12 to 19 Yrs old male or female. Fees are $68 dollars for the year to be USA Boxing registered and to buy hand wraps.  Packets and information can be found at the Elver Park Neighborhood Center.  All completed packets should be brought to the Elver Park Neighborhood Center.  Contact Justin Nelson at 608-279-3164 for more information.

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Prairie Hills Potluck will be held, Tues, Oct. 10 6-8pm at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Entree will be provided. Come, bring the family, meet your neighbors. If possible, bring a snack, dessert, salad or side dish. Short business meeting to elect officers will follow. The slate offered by the board of directors is: President: Tara Keenan; Vice President: Zach Scheeler; Treasurer: Jacob Ela.

Phone scam.​ The West Police District reports a scam in the area​.​ ​Y​oung males are approaching people and asking to use their phone. When the citizen gives up the phone to allow the person to use it, the suspects take off running with it.​ So, please politely refuse to hand over your phone.

Mayor’s Roundtable. You can still register for ​this ​city-wide event scheduled for Saturday, October 7th from 8 am to 12 pm at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center​. ​ FREE. ​There will be an opening presentation by the mayor and the director of planning and development, followed by a choice of 8 workshops.​ ​Childcare and translations provided.Register

Accountant wanted. The City of Madison Engineering Division is currently recruiting for a permanent Accountant 1 or 2. The job posting can be viewed online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/madisonwi/jobs/1845215/accountant-1-or-2-engineering?&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs. The application deadline is October 16th, 2017.​

Need to dispose of your mattress? ​The team at Tuck.com ​has ​created a guide on how mattresses can be recycled, donated, and disposed of legally.​ ​You can a look at the resource here: https://www.tuck.com/mattress-disposal/

Police Department Survey. This is a survey about your neighborhood and police services. It takes about 5 minutes to fill out and the police department would appreciate the input. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MPDWEST2017
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​The Madison Police Department has been awarded an $850,000 grant for two years for community building and crime prevention in Southwest Madison. The Byrne grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice, will be administered by Common Wealth Development. This grant follows a planning grant that was awarded in 2015.​

EVENTS
​Tues., Oct. 3 9am-3pm Free Winter Car Inspection for 55+. At West Towne Firestone. Sponsored by RSVP, West Madison TRIAD, Madison Police Department, Firestone.

Wed., Oct. 4 6-9pm Alder Skidmore is holding a Public Safety Listening Session ​at ​City Center West Conference Center, 525 Junction Rd. Discussion of police budgets and other safety items.​

​Thurs., Oct. 5 ​3:30​ ​- 5:30 pm​ Minecraft Club.​ Bring your own device, or play with friends on our server. No account necessary, ages 17 and under.​ ​Sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance. http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/kids/minecraft

​Fri., Oct. 6 6:30-8:30 pm Coloring-for-grownups. Coloring for adults can be a stress-reliever, and a low-pressure way to get your creative juices flowing. Break out your crayons, colored pencils, or markers. (We’ll provide these, but feel free to bring your own if you have favorites).Start coloring. (We’ll have a variety of coloring sheets to choose from).​ At the Alicia Ashman Library.​

​Sat., Oct. 7 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sequoya Library Book Sale. At 442 Westgate Mall, next to TJMaxx. Thousands of books for sale each month. Nonfiction titles are sorted by category for easy browsing. Fiction titles for all ages! CD and DVD selections as well. Bag sale (on selected items) starts at 2 pm.​

​Sat., Oct. 7 and the following two Saturdays, 12:00-2:30pm Little Picassos: a free art program for K-6th grade kids​ at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.​ Children will learn to paint on canvas, make clay sculptures, draw self-portraits and more. Snack provided Registration required. Permission slips are available at the Meadowood Neighborhood​ Center desk of contact Ms. Leora at le oraleh@yahoo.com.

​Sat., Oct. 7 2:30-4:45pm Ping Pong will be available at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center, sponsored by the West Madison Senior Center​.

Sat., Oct. 7 Mayor’s Rountable (see Notes above)