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Open Swimming At Westside Goodman Pool.  Daily from 11am-8pm.  Adults $5, Seniors and Youth  $4, Infants (under 2) free.  The pool is at Goodman Jewish Community College Campus, 7762 County Highway PD.  (far west Raymond Road is closed.  Try Raymond to Marty to Midtown, to M to PD)  Call 848-1822  pool@jewishmadison.org
 
Changes in the Madison Metro Bus Schedules start August 28.  There is a change to Route 58.  Go to:  http://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/publichearing/58.pdf
 
City of Madison to Raise Water Rates.  Madison Water Utility has filed for an overall 30.44 percent revenue increase. Any increase would only apply to water and fire protection charges on the Madison Municipal Services Bill, which represent about 1/3 of the total bill. Average residential customers would see a $7.40 per month increase in their bill if new rates are approved. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will hold a public hearing on the rate application on Wednesday, August 29. For more info, go to: http://www.cityofmadison.com/news/public-notice-to-water-utility-customers
For golfers, check out upcoming men’s and women’s tournaments sponsored by Madison Parks Foundation.  Go to:  https://madisonparksfoundation.org/city-public-links-tournament/
 
EVENTS
Mon., Aug. 20  6:15-7:45pm  Scallion Pancakes and Egg Drop Soup with Paul Tsung. Scallion pancakes are one of most famous street foods or small dishes in the Chinese community. Watch Chef Paul show how to make scallion pancakes and a simple egg drop soup. Meadowridge Library Community Rooms.
Tues., Aug. 21  6-7:30pm  Vegan Dairy Staples with The Mint Bunny.  Join vegan chef T.J. and plant-based nutrition coach Val, of The Mint Bunny, to discover the cooking potentials of a high-speed blender. Learn how to create typical dairy dishes using only dairy-free ingredients. Register online or call 608-288-6160.  Community Rooms, Meadowridge Library.
 
Thurs., Aug. 23  5-7pm  Back2School Party at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  BBQ dinner, games and fun for kids. Free bicycle repair, face-painting, raffle prizes, balloon artist and more.
 
Thurs, Aug. 23  8:00pm Movie, Coco at Meadowood Park. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the highly-rated animated movie.  Sponsored by Madison Parks.
 
Fri., Aug. 24  1-3 pm  Rock the Library Summer Reading Celebration. At the Meadowridge Library.  Finish your summer reading Bingo card and earn a golden ticket to rock out at the library! Create a music video to your favorite song with our green screen or try stop motion animation technology. Make props with us or bring your own costume for this one of a kind jam session just for ages 7 and up.
Fridays 11:30-12:30pm  Food From Friends  Every week Food from Friends offers fresh breads, produce, and an assortment of other perishables too. Individuals and families may help themselves to what they need as often as they wish.  Lussier Community Center (55 So. Gammon)
Sat., Aug. 25  Noon – ?  Community Block Pary on Balsam Road.  Food and fun for all.  Celebrate summer, neighborhood and good times.
 
Saturdays, 2-4pm  Ping-Pong at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center. Sponsored by West Madison Senior Center.  
 
COMING UP
Sept. 8  10am-5pm   The 2018 Madison Vegan Fest will be held at the newly-remodeled Madison College’s Truax Campus. The free event features inspiring speakers, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors, a kids’ area, and lots of delicious food (free samples and larger portions for purchase). All welcome.
EVENTS
Mon., Aug. 13  6:00+  Black Panther Movie and Pre-party.  On Theresa Terrace.  A barbecue and kids activities start at 6:00 with the movie, The Black Panther, to follow.
 
Tues, Aug. 14  ELECTION DAY.  polls open from 7 am to 8 pm.
 
Tues., Aug. 14  Election Day Bake Sale at Falk School. Sale hours are: 7-9 am and 4-7 pm.  Enjoy and support the Falk PTO.
 
Wed., Aug. 15, 10:30 am-Noon and Thursdays, 10:30 am-Noon & 12:45-1:30 pm.  Cribbage at Good Shepherd Church sponsored by the West Madison Senior Center.
 
Wed., Aug. 15 12:15-1:30 pm Cooking with Chef Lily Killjoy (ages 5-12) Medowridge Community Room B and Kitchen. Participants will whip up some of Lily’s favorite fun recipes.  Vegetarian option and nut free. Registration begins two weeks before class starts. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
Wed., Aug. 15  6-7:30 pm. Sweet Breads and Muffins with Abasso Foods. At Meadowridge Library.  Get hands-on experience making sweet breads and muffins. Register online or call 608-288-6160. 
 
Thurs., Aug. 16 10:30 am-1:00 pm Food Pantry for Seniors at the Meadowood Neighborhood .Center.
 
Thurs., Aug. 16 6:00-7:45pm   Love InshAllah book Discussion.  MeaDowrige Library. The stories from the captivating book Love, InshaAllah, edited by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, gives you the glimpse of the diversity of Muslim women’s love lives in America, while showcasing the nuances of being Muslim.
 
Fri., Aug 17  10-12:00 pm  Rock the Library Summer Reading Celebration at Sequoya Library.  Finish your summer reading Bingo card this summer and earn a golden ticket to rock out at the library! Create a music video to your favorite song on your own or with your friends with our green screen or stop motion animation technology. Make props with us or bring your own costume for this one of a kind jam session. Contact: Youth Services at 266-6345 or email youth@madisonpubliclibrary.org.
 
Fri., Aug 17  1-2:30pm Cardboard Robot Collages with Bare Knuckle Arts. Meadowridge Library. Join artist Amy Mietzel, of Bare Knuckle Arts for crafting fun. Registration begins 8/3. Register online or call 288-6160.
 
Sat., Aug 18  11-12:30pm  Dim Sum Style Taro Cake.  Meadowridge Library.  Learn how to make savory steamed taro cakes. Register online or call 288-6160. Part of the series, Cooking with the Chefs of the Madison Public Market.
 
Sat., Aug. 18 2:30-4:00pm  Indian Dishes with Nausheen Qureishi.  Meadowridge Library.  Join Nausheen in making mixed masala vegetables, cumin rice and roasted papadum,an Indian flatbread. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
COMING UP
Thurs., Aug. 23  5-7pm  Back2School Party at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center.  BBQ dinner, games and fun for kids. Free bicycle repair and more. 
 
Thurs, Aug. 23  8:00pm Movie, Coco at Meadowood Park.
 
Sat., Aug. 25  Noon – ?  Commonwealth Block Pary on Balsam Road.  Food and fun for all.

NEWS

New to the Madison School District, and have students to enroll?  Start the process at https://enrollment.madison.k12.wi.us/ .

EVENTS

Tue., Aug. 7 6:30pm-7:30pm

Get Smart about Smart Phones.  Don’t let smart phones outsmart you! Are you considering getting a smart phone, but don’t know where to start? Do you have questions about how to use your own phone? Join tech and gadget expert Dave Friedman as he explains some ins and outs of your phone, or helps you decide about getting a new phone. He’ll provide some tips and tricks, and you can come with questions for him, too.  Register at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=75514 .  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., Aug. 7 4:00pm-5:30pm

Library LEGO club.  Flex your engineering and design muscles and join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation. View the traveling LEGO Capitol exhibit at the library.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Tue., Aug. 7 6:00pm-8:00pm

Libraries Rock! / Read Like a Badger Concert / Picnic at Olbrich Gardens
Pack up your supper and head to the Olbrich Gardens (3330 Atwood Ave) for a fun-filled family concert.  Come, rain or shine, at 6:00pm to play with bubbles, make a project with Olbrich Gardens staff, and practice voting with the Madison City Clerk’s office. Then, at 7:00pm, Jack and Kitty will get your toes tapping while you munch!

Thr., Aug. 9 3:00pm-4:30pm

Kitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present.  Meadowridge Library.

Thr., (every Thr.) 10:00am-10:45am

Chair Yoga.  Do you want to improve your balance, range of motion and flexibility? Do you want to strengthen your bones and muscles, quiet your mind? Then CHAIR YOGA is for YOU! All abilities and levels welcome. We will do a combination of seated and standing positions. $4 per class should be paid when you check in. Scholarships are available.  Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin.

Sat., Aug. 11 11:00am-12:00pm

Ten Beginner Reptiles, with the Madison Herpetological Society.  For those who are new to keeping herptiles, a reptile or amphibian, or are considering one as a pet for the first time, this presentation covers the top 10 most suitable beginner’s species ranked by MAHS. Registration recommended by not required. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=73692 or call 288-6160.  Meadowridge Library.

Sat., Aug 11 1:00pm-2:00pm

Amazing Arachnids with the Madison Herpetological Society.  Learn about what makes arachnids different from insects and other invertebrates, several of the different groups of arachnids, as well as some myth-busting about these also misunderstood animals. Registration recommended by not required.  Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74535 or call 288-6160.

Sat., Aug. 11 2:00pm-4:00pm

Rock the Library Summer Reading.  Finish your summer reading Bingo card this summer and earn a golden ticket to rock out at the library! Create a music video to your favorite song on your own or with your friends with our green screen or stop motion animation technology. Make props with us or bring your own costume for this one of a kind jam session.  Interested in suggesting a song for our Rock the Library Jukebox?  Follow the link from https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/rock-library-summer-reading-celebration-alicia-ashman-library-1189802 .

COMING UP

Tue., Aug. 14.  PRIMARY ELECTION DAY!   https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/

Tue., Aug. 14 Learn to Kayak!
Free course, led by the experts and Rutabaga Paddlesports.  Register early!!
For more information, see
https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/learn-to-kayak-presented-by-madison-parks-foundation-0
Online registration at
https://webtrac.cityofmadison.com/wbwsc/parks.wsc/search.html?module=ar&interfaceparameter=3

NEWS

Park Photos Contest.
Have a great photo taken in a Madison park?  Consider submitting it for next year’s park calendar, due by August 31.  Details at http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/about/calendar.cfm

Updated Transportation Information.
Updated route and schedule data for changes that go into effect Sunday, August 26, are available online athttp://www.cityofmadison.com/metro/updates/

EVENTS

Mon., July 30 10:30am-11:15am

Preschool Storytime.  A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help preschool children ages 3-5 develop pre-reading skills like print and phonologic awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills. Daycares, groups and siblings always welcome.  Meadowridge Library Community Room B, Raymond Rd.

Tue., July 31 6:30pm-8:00pm

Positivity!  Local author and public speaker Tina Hallis shares her message of positivity through her new book, Sharpen Your Positive Edge. Join in for an evening with the author and tips for maximizing the quality of your life through positivity. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase a copy of her book for your personal library.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., July 31 8:30 pm

Movies in the Park.  Jumanji at Hammersley Park (between Falk school playground and Hammersley Road).

Wed., Aug. 1 3:30pm-5:00pm

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 Study Room A.

Wed., Aug. 1 6:00pm-7:30pm

Meadowridge Library Anime Club – Kawaii.  Come and learn to draw cuteness.

Thr., Aug. 2 3:30pm-5:30pm

Minecraft Club.  Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun hosted on the library’s private server. No account needed, we’ll use library laptops running MinecraftEDU. Minecrafters ages 17 and under sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.   Meadowridge Library Study Room A.

Sat., Aug. 4 9:00am-4:00pm

Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  Thousands of books for sale each month. Most books are donations, some library withdrawals also for sale. 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.   442 Westgate Mall, next to TJMaxx.

Sat., Aug. 4 2:30pm-4:00pm

Carving an Apple Swan – Artisan Fruit.  Learn how to carve apple swans and an apple fan. Children 12 and younger will need an adult helper. Register online or call 288-6160 or register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74000 . Adults and children must all register.  Meadowridge Library.

COMING UP

Sat., Sept. 22

Trucks and Treasures.  The big rig gig is a showcase of Madison’s premier public service machinery, equipment and employees. Kids of all ages (adults too!) are welcomed to climb on, explore and get up close and personal with the big rigs and meet the employees who operate them.  Do you have gently used toys, books, games and more collecting dust in your basement or garage?  Make plans to sell these at this year’s Trucks & Treasures on Saturday, September 22. Complete the registration form and participate for just $15.   See http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/TrucksandTreasures.cfm for more information.

Pickleball Lessons.
Wondering what the new game, played on small courts with small racquets is all about?  Want to play>  The Madison Parks department is offering lessons, with registration due by August 9 (for lessons beginning August 16), and September 6 (for lessons beginning September 13).  For more information, see http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/events/pickleball.cfm

NOTES
Keep your home secure.  Prairie Hills has information supplied by the Madison Police department on our website for keeping your home safe.  For a helpful checklist, go to: https://prairiehillsna.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/home-security-checklist-6.pdf.
 
Thanks to all for a lovely day at West Fest.  A special thanks to Sarah Kirk for preparing and staffing the PHNA duck pond.  Many, many children came, played and had fun at this free game.
 
West District Crime info.  Good news.  We had a 56% decrease in shooting in May and June compared to last year.  But, bad news, we had a 165% increase in car theft, which is totally preventable.
 
Volunteer at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.  MMoCA is currently recruiting its next wave of volunteer docents. The training not only prepares the volunteer to encourage conversation and art exploration, it gives the docent a richer understanding of the art on view at MMoCA and its art historical context. Contact Erika Monroe-Kane at 257-0158 x237.
 
EVENTS
Tues., July 24 6-7:30 pm.  Southeast Asian Dessert with Madame Chu.  Community Rooms A & B Meadowridge Library.  Learn to make a Nyonya dessert called onde onde, a rice flour pastry filled with palm sugar and coated with shaved coconut. Registration begins 7/10. Register online or call 288-6160.
 
Wed., July 25  6-7:30 pm  Meadowridge Anime Club.  Anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes.  Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Snacks provided.
 
Wed., July 25 10:00 am  Wednesday Bike Rides.  Bikers meet at the Fitchburg Senior Center (lower level) and collectively decideon the day’s route. Not sure where your fitnesslevel lands with others? Come and find those who fit your level and style, and create a breakoff group. The beauty of this setup is the flexibility. Any questions, call David at 270-4292.
 
Wed., July 25 11:30-1:00 pm  Gangs.  Emily House of the Madison Police Department will talk about Gangs in Madison.  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  Sponsored by SW Madison Triad.
 
Thurs., July 26  3-4 pm  Knitting at the Library.  Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 7 must have an adult present.
 
Fri., July 27 6-8 pm  Dinner & A Swim at Goodman Pool. Make plans for Dinner & A Swim with Magic 98  at the Goodman Pool!  Free admission to the Goodman Pool and a selection of tasty food cart options for your DINNER (and possibly dessert!) to purchase. Plus prizes and entertainment by Magic 98. 
 
Sat., July 28  10 am -12 noon.  Make Macarons with Araceli Quetzali. Community Rooms A & B Meadowridge Library. Learn how to make macarons with Kids Chef Quetzali. Kids 7 and under will need adult assistance. Registration begins 7/14. Register online or call 288-6160.
 
Sat., July 28  2-3:30 pm.  Singapore-Style Spring Rolls with Madame Chu.  Community Rooms A & B Meadowridge Library.  Learn how to make Singapore-style spring rolls, deep fried and non-deep fried spring rolls will be taught. Registration begins 7/14. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
COMING UP
Tues., July 31 8:30 pm.  Movies in the Park will feature Jumanji at Hammersley Park (between Falk school playground and Hammersley Road).

EVENTS

Mon., July 16 10:00am-11:00am

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Maker Mondays with the Bubbler.  Explore hands-on artistic, creative, and techie 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.  Sequoya Library, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.

Tue., July 17 10:00am-11:00am

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Preschool Creative Movement Dance with Madison Contemporary Visions Dance.  The activity fosters physical and cognitive development through dance, music, drama, props, rhymes, and stories.  Learn more at http://www.mcvdance.com. No registration required.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., July 17 5:00pm

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Fitchburg Senior Center Couples Dinner Group.  The Fitchburg Couples Dinner Group will dine at Paisan’s patio overlooking Lake Monona. 131 W. Wilson St.  Anyone interested in joining the group please e-mail Bev at BevDavis@aol.com or call her at 608-467-3990.

Wed., July 18 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Meadowridge Anime Club.  We will be watching The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki.  Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Snacks provided.

Thr., July 19 6:00pm-7:00pm

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Collaborative Gaming.  Come play whatever games strike your fancy on our MacBooks! Every Thursday evening.  Meadowridge Library Study Room A, Raymond Rd.

Thr., July 19 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Minecraft Club.  Grab your friends for multiplayer Minecraft fun hosted on the library’s private server. No account needed, we’ll use library laptops running MinecraftEDU. Minecrafters ages 17 and under sign up for 30 minute turns based on attendance.   Meadowridge Library, Study Room A.

Fri., July 20 3:00pm-6:00pm

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Madison Writing Assistance:  General and Job-Related Writing Help.  Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, 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.  Please come in or call 266-6385 to reserve a 45-minute appointment, or register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=75312  Sequoya Library.

COMING UP

Tue., July 24 6:00pm

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This summer RENEW Wisconsin is running the MadiSUN solar group buy, bringing together Madison area residents to install solar energy on their homes. By buying as a group, you can increase your impact and lower the cost for everyone.  Interested? Join us for an upcoming solar information session at Vintage Brewing Company, 674 S. Whitney Way.   More information is available at http://madisunsolar.com

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Sat., July 28 10:00am-11:30am

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Make Macaroons.  Learn how to make macaroons with Kids Chef Quetzali. Kids 7 and under will need adult assistance. Registration begins 7/14. Register online at http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=74002 , or call 288-6160.  Meadowrdige Library Community Rooms A, B and Kitchen.

NOTES
From the West District Police Be sure to LOCK your cars–in the driveway, in the garage.  Also be sure to close your garage doors.  Ask your neighbors to let you know if you forget. Report suspicious activity to 911.
 
Volunteers needed for West Fest DUCK POND at Elver Park, July 14.  Help Prairie Hills provide some fun for our littlest kids.  One hour slots are available from noon to 4. Reply to this email or contact Sarah at kirkysarah@ yahoo.com.
 
Great Turn-out for Prairie Hills Ice Cream Social July 4 in LLHiestand Park.  Thanks to the Kirk, McElroy and Scheeler Families.  Also thanks to the West District Police Department for use of their events trailer. 
 
Prairie Hills Membership Drive is winding down.  If you have not renewed your membership, you can go to our website at Prairiehillsna.org or send you dues to PHNA at 2221 Ravenswood Road. 
 
EVENTS
Tues., July 10  10:30am  Prescription Medication: Prevention & Signs of Abuse.  Green Tree Senior Apts (732 Struck st).  Sponsored by SW Madison Triad.
 
Tues., July 10 5:30pm-8:00pm

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Welcome to Medicare Seminar.  What you need to know about enrolling in Medicare, especially if you are turning age 64 this year. You’ll walk away with the accurate and detailed information you need from unbiased experts in benefit programs.  Register by July 6 by calling 608-261-9930 Meadowridge Commons

 
Wed., July 11 1:30-3:30 pm See The Black Panther at Alicia Ashman Library (733 N. Highpoint Rd), presented free by West Madison Senior Center.  Snacks also provided.
 
Wed., July 11  4:30-5:30pm  Read to a Dog at the Meadowridge Library.  First come, first served.  A fun experience for all.
 
Wed., July 11  6:00-7:30 pm Chickn Biryani with Yakub Kazi. At Meadowridge Community Rooms A & B.  Learn how to make chicken biryani, a popular rice dish with a mix of spices, and an Indian salad. Registration begins 6/27. Register online or call 288-6160. 
 
Thurs., July 12  11-4pm  Goodwill is Hiring.  Onsite interviews at the Goodwill store on Verona Rd, next to Home Depot.  Can apply online at goodwillscwi.org/career.
 
Fri., July 13.  6-8 pm  Friday Night Movie at the Meadowridge Library.  
 
Sat., July 14  9-10:30 am  Free Community Breakfast at Good Shepherd Church (5701 Raymond Rd.).  Eggs, pancakes, sausage, potatoes, bagels.  Come meet your neighbors and enjoy a great breakfast.
 
Sat., July 14  11:00am The second annual “Stop the Violence Save the Children” parade will begin after the Community Breakfast at Good Shepherd Church.  Staging for the parade begins at 10:30 in the church  parking lot. The parade begins at 11:00 am to rally an effort to prevent violence of every kind. People of all ages can march, carry banners and design signs. Parade ends at Our Redeemer Church (1701 McKenna)
 
Sat., July 14  Noon to 7 pm  West Fest in Elver Park.  Fun for the family.  Games, craft and gift market, bouncy house, live music all day, food carts, face painting, celebrity dunk tank, more.  Free parking at park.
 
Mon., July 16  6-7:30 pm  Yogurt Chicken with Rasheed Qureishi.  Learn how to make yogurt chicken, masala basmati rice and a sumptuous carrot dessert. Registration begins 7/2. Register online or call 288-6160. Part of the series,