We have a Prairie Hills Board meeting Monday, May 15, in the Blue Room at the Meadowridge Library.  The agenda is attached and, as always, you are invited to attend.
We will be discussing the membership drive and how to make it better.  I would like your input before the discussion.  Here are some questions to answer.  Please respond by Sat., May 13.
1.  If we reduced the route to a block, would you be able and/or willing to try to talk with each person on your route?
2.  We have a list of about 200 people who have been members in the past three years.  Would you be willing to contact 10 of them by phone or email or personally?
3.  Would you be willing to contact any new people in your neighborhood about Prairie Hills?
4.  Should we continue the hard-copy newsletter?
5.  Should we continue the “Contacts” hand-out?
6.  Any other suggestions?

NEWS

​​Have you seen a coyote in your yard? While unusual, it is possible. Learn how to haze (scare away) a coyote – the recommended response. http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/blog/?Id=12333
​​EVENTS

​​Mon., May 8 10:00am-11:30am
​​Alicia Ashman Mystery Book Group: “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley.
Join the Mystery Book Group for discussions of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense titles. Share with the group other 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. Alic​i​a Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd

​​Tue., May 9 4:00pm-6:00pm
​​Gryffindor Common Room. After school hang out for school age witches and wizards. Not a Gryffindor? All houses and Muggles welcome! No registration necessary Jan-Apr. Ages 7-13, younger supervised siblings welcome. Join us for a very special session on May 9th with Ms. Holly from Pinney for a Gryffindor Game Jam! Design and create your own board game with a whole array of supplies and pieces. Registration will be required beginning Apr 25. Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. and Midvale Blvd. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=58128&ID=58128_

​​Tue., May 9 4:00pm-5:00pm
​​Library LEGO club. ​J​oin other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

​​Wed., May 10 2:00pm
​​Fitchburg Senior Center Parkinson’s Support Group kickoff meeting. We introduce Kayla Daniels as the group facilitator. Kayla is a graduate student at the U.W. in the area of Social Work. Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.

​​Wed., May 10 4:30pm-5:30pm
​​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. Meadowridge Library.

​​Wed., May 10 6:30pm-8:00pm
​​Green Thumb Gardening: Container Gardening. Susan Jacobs and Lisa Johnson will present a program on Container Gardening. More informationa available at http://dane.uwex.edu/horticulture/greenthumbclasses/ Registration required. http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=61767&ID=61767_ Sequoya Library.

​​Thr., May 11 6:30pm-7:30pm
​​Make your own chocolate gifts. Make your own sweets to share with Mom, or anyone! Please bring your own microwaveable mug. All other supplies will be provided. Registration required. http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=63036&ID=63036_ Alicia Ashman Library.

​​Fri., May 12 9:30am-10:30am AND 10:30am-11:30am
​​Little Yoga. Yoga enhances children’s ability to concentrate and works out those wiggles. Tray yoga class at the Library! This is a parent and child yoga class. Please bring a yoga mat or towel for you and your child. Ages 2 and up. Sequoya Library. Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=63980&ID=63980_ . Sequoya Library

​​Sat., May 13 10:00am-11:am
​​Donuts with Dad. Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too. Alicia Ashman Library.

​​Sat., May 13 10:00am-5:00pm
​​Madison Mini Maker Faire at Monona Terrace. Part science fair, part county fair. For all ages. For crafters, artists, tech folks, tinkerers, hobbyists. Robots, live music, carts for food.

​​Sat., May 13 10:00am-2:00pm
​​Annual Compost and Rain Barrel Sale. Provides discounted compost bins and rain barrels to area homeowners. At the Alliant Energy Center. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

​​Sat., May 13 9:00am-3:00pm
​​Arboretum 2017 Native Plant Sale. At the arboretum visitors center, 1207 Seminole Highway (entrace road). See https://arboretum.wisc.edu/get-involved/friends/native-plant-sale/ for more information.
​​COMING UP

​​Tue., May 16 2:00pm-6:00pm
​​Madison West District Police Office – officer appreciation. Officers from all shifts are invited to join with area citizens in a light meal and refreshments provided by many area vendors and merchants. There is no cost to attend, and everyone is welcome. The goal is to allow citizens to share with and get to know as many of their West District Officers, as possible. West District Office, 1710 McKenna Blvd.

NOTES
The scammers are back. The grandchild phone call for money scam is back in Madison. Always check when someone is asking you to send money to an individual. Here’s a good source of information:
readywisconsin.wi.gov/cyber/cyber_scams.asp You can also go to snopes.com.

New Solar Buying Program in Madison and Middleton. The MadiSUN Solar Group Buy program will enable Madison and Middleton residents to “go solar” together. Households can receive a Federal Tax Credit for 30 percent of the system cost, while Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program offers up to $2,000 in additional rebates. The program, through its contractor RENEW Wisconsin, has begun recruiting interested households to participate. This summer, citizens can learn more and sign up at madisunsolar.com.

AARP Driving Courses. Thurs., May 11 9:00 am-1:00pm at the Madison Senior Center. Call 266-8561. Also, Fri, May 12 at the Fitchburg Senior Center. Call 270-4290. This may get you an insurance discount.

EVENTS
Tues., May 2 noon-12:45 Yoga for Strength and Flexibility at Monona Terrace. Goes from May 2-30, Free. This all-level class will focus on yoga postures and simple Pilates defining core strength and flexibility. Instruction in standing and seated poses, simple twists and seated meditation using breath and awareness throughout. The parking rates in the attached ramp have changed. Parking is $3 per hour and $16 for 6+ hours. There is no grace period once the next hour begins; you will be charged for the full hour.

Tues., May 2 1:00pm Tuesday Movie Matinees at the Madison Senior Center. Wife versus Secretary, starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy. A classic. Donations of $1 are appreciated but not required.

Tues., May 2 3:00-5:00pm Rap Sessh at Meadowridge Library. Local musician, Rob Dz, is passionate about words, and the power held in the words we choose. During this series of weekly after school music production and personal branding workshops, teens will be challenged to tell their story, and to tell their truth, through poetry, lyrics and music. Grades 6-12.

Tues., May 2 6:00-7:00pm Falk Open Schoolhouse. Memorial Spartans Basketball Camp. Sandwiches, chips and cookies provided by Milio’s.

Wed., May 3 and Thurs, May 4 3:30-5:00pm Scratch Games Design–Grades 4-6 at the Sequoya Library. Work with a professional game designer for two days to your make own video games using Scratch! At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to play their game as well as the other games created by peers. We recommend students be accompanied by an adult. Call 266-6385 to register for the two-day class (May 3 and 4) or register online.
Fri., May 4 9:30am-7:00pm and Sat., May 6 9:30-3:00pm Friends of the Alicia Ashman Library Book Sale. At the library. Bag sale Sat.1:00-3:00 $5 a bag.

Sat., May 6 9:00-5:00 Free Comic Book Day Go to any Madison Public Library to receive a free, kid-friendly, comic book. Stay and check out some comics and graphic novels. Then visit local comic book stores that are participating in Free Comic Book Day 2017. Learn more about Free Comic Book Day at http://www.freecomicbookday.com
Only while supplies last!

Sun, May 7 Starting at 8:30am Learn 2Ride at Memorial High School, Ages 4-12. Sponsored by MSCR. Must pre-register. Call 204-3000.

Sun., May 7 11:30-2:00pm Dahlia Tuber Sale at the Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Avenue). Beautiful, bright flowers to plant now.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wed., May 10 2:00pm. Fitchburg Senior Center Parkinson’s Support Group kickoff meeting. We introduce Kayla Daniels as the group facilitator. Kayla is a graduate student at the U.W. in the area of Social Work. Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd., Fitchburg

Sat., May 13 10am-5pm Madison Mini Maker Faire at Monona Terrace. Part science fair, part county fair. For all ages. For crafters, artists, tech folks, tinkerers, hobbyists. Robots, live music, carts for food.

Sat., May 13 10:00 am-2:00pm Annual Compost and Rain Barrel Sale. Provides discounted compost bins and rain barrels to area homeowners. At the Alliant Energy Center. Pre-order using the promo code MAD17 before May 1 and save an additional $10. For more information visit http://www.cityofmadison.com/streets/compost/CompostBinSale.cfm

NEWS

​​Elver Park Farmers Market vendors wanted. An application can be found at http://www.madwest.org/farmers-market.html (The farmers market reportedly opens June 10).

​​Madison Police Department West District “People Behind the Badge” profiles Brian Vandervest, a regular at “Coffee with a Cop”. http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/west/blotter.cfm?Id=12292

​​Madison Schools Report Card changes. https://curriculum.madison.k12.wi.us/elementary-report-cards-family-guidance
​​EVENTS

​​Mon., April 24 3:00pm-4:00pm
​​Maker Monday. Explore hands-on artistic, creative, and techy tools for building, creating, and playing, with a different focus each week. Flex your tinkering brain muscles with new inventions, problems, and puzzles. Drop-in and stay as long as you like. For kids ages 7 – 12, supervised younger siblings welcome. Seq​u​oya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

​​Mon., April 24 3:30pm-4:30pm
​​Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Clean-up. Come join the kids from the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center as they clean up the park and green space. Gloves and bags provided. Sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn.

​​Tue., April 25 3:00pm-5:00pm
​​Rap Sessh. Local musician, Rob Dz, is passionate about words, and the power held in the words we choose to use. During this series of weekly after school music production and personal branding workshops, teen participants will be challenged to tell their story, and to tell their truth, through poetry, lyrics and music. Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

​​Wed., April 26 10:00am-11:30am
​​Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training​.​ A program designed to help you recognize the signs of depression and/or suicide crisis in someone you know. Midvalue Community Lutheran, 4329 Tokay Blvd. https://safercommunity.net/suicide-prevention/qpr-training/

​​Wed., April 26 6:30pm-8:30pm
​​Madison Police Department Good Neighbor Night. Our agenda for the evening includes a tour of the facility (by request!) and a “meet and greet” with various MPD Neighborhood and Community Policing Team Officers. http://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/madison-police-department-good-neighbor-night Madison Police Department Training Center, 5720 Femrite Drive.

​​Wed., April 26 6:30pm-8:30pm
​​County Highway (CH) PD (McKee Road) PRECONSTRUCTION public involvement meeting. Discuss the project and what to expect during construction. https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/county-highway-pd (Note the link near the bottom to the announcement notice PDF document). Chavez Elementary School Cafeteria, 3502 Maple Grove Drive.

​​Thr., April 27 6:30pm-7:15pm
​​A Gentle Talk About Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Michael Hecht, Dementia Specialist at Skaalen Nursing Home, will talk about how to validate those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. He will share simple approaches and re-directive tools and talk about the importance of building a support system with family, friends and the community. Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

​​Fri., April 28 3:00pm-6:00pm
​​Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help. Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes, school assignments, applications, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing. Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available. Call 266-6385 to make a 45-minute appointment or register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=61683&ID=61683_ Sequoya Library Study Room.

​​Fri., April 28 7:30pm-9:30pm
​​Moon Over Monona Terrace. See the moon and other celestial objects through a variety of large, powerful telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Activities include short, kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes! A free ticket is required for admission and is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moon-over-monona-terrace-spring-2017-tickets-30257670507?aff=eac2 On the rooftop of Monona Terrace.

​​Sat., April 29 10:00am-11:00am
​​Donuts with Dad. Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. moms welcome, too. Sequoya Library.

​​Sat., April 29 1:00​pm​-3:00pm
​​Dance-a-thon at Falk School. For the whole family. Fun, food and prizes for everyone. A D.J. will be there with a great selection of music.
​​COMING UP

​​May 10, 2:00pm.
Fitchburg Senior Center Parkinson’s Support Group kickoff meeting. We introduce Kayla Daniels as the group facilitator. Kayla is a graduate student at the U.W. in the area of Social Work. Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 East Lacy Rd., Fitchburg.

NOTES
Correction. The Park/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center is NOT in the Griff’s building yet. It currently is in temporary quarters at 658 Gammon Road.

Correction. Marc Recycling will be this coming Saturday, April 22, from 9-1:00 at 805 Forward Drive. Bring your electronics there between those hours.

Warning. Don’t leave your car unlocked and don’t leave spare keys in your car. There have been incidents where unlocked cars with valet or extra keys have been stolen and trashed.

Registration for Learn 2Ride is now open. MSCR will hold this program May 7 at Memorial HS and June 4 at Warner Park. For ages 4-12. Pre-registration required. For more info, go to: mscr.org or call 204-3000.

Volunteers are needed for two Learn 2Ride events. Volunteers work as helmet fitters, bike course trainers and bike mechanics. No prior skills need. We have two dates, Sunday, May 7 at Memorial HS and Sunday, June 4 at Warner Park. All volunteers receive a tshirt, snacks and a fun morning outside. For more info, go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f45adae2ea31-mscr14

Registration is now open for Make Music Madison, to be held on June 21. Registration will close May 19. For more info or to register, go to: http://www.makemusicmadison.org.

EVENTS
Mon., April 17 4:00-5:00 pm Inside Outside Wellness at the Madison Senior Center. The classes meet at 4 once a month. The one-hour classes will cover a variety of topics on nutrition and exercise that are relevant to adults 55+. Call to sign up. Free. 266-6581.
Mon., April 17 6:30-8:00pm Too Much Stuff? 13 Tips that take you from overwhelmed to organized. Advice from Jill Annis, owner of Simply Organized, LLC and a columnist for the Wisconsin State Journal. Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Boulevard. Registration is required beginning March 27. For more information, call 608-266-6385.

Tues., April 18 10:20-11:00 am Meditation Class at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. This is an 8-week course. Suggested donation $40. This is not the first week. This class will be an introduction for some, and a refresher for others, on several different types of meditation, with the opportunity to practice one type of meditation per week. Instructor: Rebecca Otte-Ford. Call for more info. 467-8360.

Tues., April 18 6:00-8:00 pm Table Top Games Night at the Meadowridge Library. For families of all ages. There’re lots of games to share and enjoy. Free.

Wed., April 19 3:30-5:00pm Chess Club at the Meadowridge Library. Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wed., April 19 6:30-8:00pm Dane County UW-Extension Master Gardner volunteers will be giving gardening presentations at the Sequoya Library. Art DeSmet will present a program on Square Ft. and Raised Bed Gardening this week. Participants must register beginning 14 days prior to that event. Call 608-266-6385 for information.

Sat., April 22 9:00-10:00am Pilgrim Park Clean-Up. Join your neighbors in picking up trash and helping to clean up Pilgrim Park. Gloves and trash bags provided. And a treat for your help. Sponsored by Prairie Hills NA.

Sat., April 22 10:00-noon Earth Day Challenge. At Elver Park and other parks in Madison. Join this community-wide volunteer effort to make a difference. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We will supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. To sign up, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm
UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon., April 24 3:30-4:30pm Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Clean-up. Come join the kids from the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center as they clean up the park and green space. Gloves and bags provided. Sponsored by Prairie Hills Neighborhood Assn.

Tues., April 25, 7:00 pm Frank Lloyd Wright on Delavan Lake. The Wright Design Series. Wright’s summer cottage designs. FREE ticket required for admission. Tickets are available subject to venue capacity and are issued on a first come first serve basis. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the event starting at 6:30pm.

Wed., April 26 10:00 am Ask, Persuade and Refer: A program designed to help you recognize the signs of depression and/or suicide crisis in someone you know. Midvale Community Center (4329 Today). Sponsored by SW Triad.

Fri., April 28 7:30-9:30pm Moon Over Monona Terrace. See the moon and other celestial objects through a variety of large, powerful telescopes provided by the Madison Astronomical Society. Activities include short, kid-friendly presentations about the moon, plus a kids’ fun zone with educational games and prizes! On the rooftop of Monona Terrace. A free ticket is required for admission and is available on Eventbrite.

NOTES
The Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center is now open at 658 Gammon Road (Old Griff’s Restaurant Bldg) It offers job readiness class, job leads, computer lab, application assistance, onsite specialists. Run by the Urban League of Greater Madison. Open Mon. and Wed. 9 am to 7pm. Other hours on other days. Go to: http://www.ulgm.org/pepr.

MSCR is hiring for now and summer. Go to: MSCR.org/employment/job-openings

Wisconsin Senior Games are coming. These games offer competitive events for seniors age 50 and older. Events are held in Madison and the surrounding areas from June 4-18. Competitive events are divided by age with men and women categories. Team events indulge volleyball, basketball and softball. Go to: http://www.wiseniorgames.org for more info and to register.

Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association has received a grant to make a picnic space in Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park. You will be invited to come and plant some flowers around the area.

The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, which is responsible for long-range land use and water quality planning in the greater Madison region, is creating a new vision and plan for growth and development in the region. To get involved, sign up for an e-newsletter at http://www.agmv.vision/get-engaged/. On Facebook, visit their page at http://www.facebook.com/GreaterMadisonVision.

EVENTS
Mon., April 10 1:00 pm. Cards with Katie at the Fitchburg Senior Center. It’s an afternoon of paper crafting. Stamp, cut, punch, glue and enjoy. Fun and conversation. Cost: $11.50. For more details, go to http://www.StampLadyKatie.com. Payment is due to the Senior Center one week prior to class. You must call 270-4290 to register.

Tues., April 11 6:30-7:30 pm Winter is Coming. A gathering for fans of Game of Thrones at the Meadowridge Library. Join our monthly coterie to discuss the Game of Thrones books and TV seasons, one installment at a time. This month we’ll focus on A Feast for Crows and season four, sharing thoughts and theories. Books and DVDs available for checkout now.

Thurs., April 13 3:00-4:30 pm Knitting at the Meadowridge Library. Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

Thurs., April 13 7:00-9:30pm Pecha Kulcha Night at Monona Terrace. Virtual reality, genetic mapping, self-driving cars… Science, technology, engineering and math are disrupting and re-shaping almost everything around us at warp speed. Join us as we hear from Madison’s top STEM professionals, researchers and educators as they share amazing stories of discovery and passion.

Fri., April 14 6:45-8:45 pm The Chambermaid: Films from the International Film Movement Series at the Alisha Ashman Library. Join us at the Alicia Ashman Public Library on the second Friday of the month for thought provoking international films from the Film Movement Series.

Sat., April 15 8:30-10:00 am. First Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Community Breakfast at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (5701 Raymond Rd.) Huge free breakfast for the neighborhood. Eggs, pancakes, Mexican style chicken, bagels and more. Drop in.

Sat., April 15 10:30 to noon. Saturday Morning Cartooning at the Sequoya Library. Calling all comic book lovers, graphic novel gurus, aspiring artists, and cartoon enthusiasts! Dive into the world of cartooning with guest artists and fun comic related activities. Breakfast snacks provided by the friends of SEQUOYA library. Drop in any time, no registration required. Ages 6-12, younger supervised siblings welcome.

Sat., April 15 9:00 am-1:00 pm MARC recycling. Bring all your electronic gadgets and equipment that you don’t want any more to 805 Forward Drive.

Sat., April 15 9:00-4:00 Friends of Sequoya Library Book Sale. Location: Next to TJMaxx in Westgate Mall. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat., April 22 9:00-10:00am Pilgrim Park Clean-Up. Join your neighbors in picking up trash and helping to clean up Pilgrim Park. Gloves and trash bags provided. And a treat for your help. Sponsored by Prairie Hills NA.

Sat., April 22 10:00-noon Earth Day Challenge. At Elver Park and other parks in Madison. Join this community-wide volunteer effort to make a difference. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We will supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. To sign up, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm

NOTES
The Madison Senior Center will be holding An Artful Affair again this year. Dane County artists 55+ can display their works and win prizes. The work must be hangable and dropped off at the Center by April 27. For more info, call 266-6581 or go to: http://www.madisonseniorcenter.org.

Goodman Pool Swim Lessons and Scholarships. Online registration is open for swimming lessons! Scholarship applications available for youth lessons, swim team or admissions. Go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/pool/

Research Volunteers Wanted. During the week of April 10 or April 17 at the UW-Madison School of Nursing (701 Highland Ave.) The UW-Madison School of Nursing is developing a website application to provide information and guidance to family caregivers of older adults. They need folks to spend an hour giving feedback on an app-in-progress. You will receive $15 for your time. Please respond to farsetta@wisc.edu with a few days and times that would work for you.

More research. Researchers at UW-Madison are testing a workshop designed to give women tools for dealing with bladder or bowel control. Volunteers will be asked to attend three workshops and fill out questionnaires. You must be 50 or older. You can receive up to $50 for participating. Contact Jill at 270-4291.

EVENTS
Mon., April 3 noon-12:45pm Meditation at Monona Terrace. Mindfulness meditation will be led by Sarah Moore M.D., a mind-body practitioner, therapist, and physician. Sarah has been practicing meditation for 14 years and teaching meditation to groups and individuals for the past six years. Chairs will be available. Walk-ins are welcome.

Tues., April 4 7:00 am-8:00 pm. Spring Non-partisan election. Includes school board, State Superintendent of Schools, some alders and judges. For info, see the voters’ guide: http://www.LVWDC.org or pick up a hard copy at the library.

Tues., April 4 No Senior Lunches at Meadowridge.

Tues., April 4 6:00-8:00 pm Table Top Game Night at the Meadowridge Library. For the whole family. Enjoy a variety of board games.

Wed., April 5 4:30 pm. Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library. Bring your favorite book or pick one at the library and enjoy it with a furry friend.

Thurs., April 6 noon-1:00 pm Senior Lunches at the Meadowood Community Room. Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.

Fri., April 7 6:30-8:30 pm. Coloring for Grown-Ups at the Alicia Ashman Library. What’s this coloring-for-grownups craze all about? 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).There’s a variety of coloring sheets to choose from. If you notice at any point that you are forgetting your worries, daydreaming freely, or feeling more creative, take a deep breath and enjoy it. When you don’t feel like coloring anymore, stop.

Sat., April 8 9:00am-4:00pm WI Gourd Festival at the Olbrich Gardens. See amazing and artistic gourds. Sponsored by the WI Gourd Society. Visit http://www.americangourdsociety.org/ for more information.

Sat., April 8 10:30 am – 11:45 am Join Chef Instructor Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for ages 5-8. At the Meadowridge Library. Theme: Bountiful Breakfast. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register.

Sat., April 8 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm. Hands-on cooking class for ages 9-12. Theme: Oodles of Noodles. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register. At the Meadowridge Library.

Sat., April 8 2:00-3:15pm Hands-on cooking class for families. All participants must register (including adults). Theme: Calzones. The class is vegetarian & is nut free. Registration begins 4/1. Call 288-6160 to register. At the Meadowridge Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sat., April 22 9:00-10:00am Pilgrim Park Clean-Up. Join your neighbors in picking up trash and helping to clean up Pilgrim Park. Gloves and trash bags provided. And a treat for your help. Sponsored by Prairie Hills NA.

Sat., April 22 10:00-noon Earth Day Challenge. At Elver Park and other parks in Madison. Join this community-wide volunteer effort to make a difference. Volunteers may assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, and removing sticks. We will supply gloves, garbage bags and rakes. Rakes at each park will be based on the number of volunteers participating. To sign up, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/earthdayChallenge.cfm