HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY!
NOTES
Community Garden Spaces Available. The Meadowood Kietzke Community Garden at Meadowood Baptist Church has some spaces available. There are a total of 14 plots and they are looking for some new gardeners.  Plots are 20 x 20 and could be shared by two families if preferred. Email Nancy.howard67@yahoo.com.
 
Brush collection.  The city is finishing the Monday district brush collection and should get toTuesday and Wednesday this week.  Put your brush out on the terrace for collection.
 
Wanted:  Newsletter writer for every other week for the Prairie Hills newsletter.  We would love some help.  If you are interested, just respond to this email.
 
Hearing Aid Recycling Program.  The UWSHC Hearing Aid Recycling program (HARP) provides free or low-cost reconditioned behind-the-ear hearing aids and other services.  The clinic sees one to two new HARP recipients per month.  The program is designed for people without financial resources to obtains hearing aids.  For more info, call 890-1504 or email HARP@csd.wisc.edu.
 
EVENTS
Mon., May 15 10:30-11:30am  Sensory Science.  At the Meadowridge Library. Come and explore your five senses with these exploratory science programs designed for younger learners who are just discovering the world.  For preschoolers.  Register by calling 288-6160 or online. Registration began 4/25. 
 
Mon., May 15  6:15pm Prairie Hills Board Meeting.  Meadowridge Library, Blue Room.  Discussions around membership drive, city plans for reducing violence, housing options and ice cream socials.  
 
Tues., May 16  Indoor Pickle Ball.  Every Tuesday and Thursday at the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Advanced play 8:30-10:30am.  Beg/Intermed.  10:30am-12:30pm.   Open play 1:00-3:00pm in the upper level.
 
Tues. May 16 2:00-6:00pm Madison Police Department Appreciation and Open House–West District (1710 Mckenna).  Refreshments galore.  Everyone welcome.
 
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. After school music production and personal branding workshops. Teens will be challenged to tell their story through poetry, lyrics and music. Grades 6-12.
 
Wed., May 17  11:30am,  Celebrating Older Americans Month.  Seniors 90 and older will be recognized with a group photo and gift.  Lunch served at noon followed by Fitchburg Singers.  At the Fitchburg Senior Center.  Call 270-4290 at least one day in advance.  If 90 or older, please let them know when you make your reservation.
 
Thurs., May 18 6:30-7:30pm  Meadowridge Book Club.  A discussion of the MARCH trilogy by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  The MARCH trilogy is a black and white graphic novel memoir about the Civil Rights Movement, told from the perspective of US Congressman John Lewis. All three titles have received numerous awards.

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Copies available for checkout now!

 
Sat., May 20  9:00am-1:00pm eRecycling at Marc (805 Forward Drive).  Take your electronics for recycling–TV’s. cell phones, computers, etc.
 
Sat., May 20  Noon-3:00pm.  Fun Fair at Falk School.  Food, games, prizes and a client auction.  Help raise funds for school activities and trips.  
 
COMING UP
Thurs., May 25  6:15-7:30pm  Latino Heritage Night at Huegel School.  Food, fun, crafts. Traditional dances. Free.
 
Thurs., May 25   6-7:00pm  Community Dinner at the Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center. All welcome.  Free.
 
Thursdays starting June 1.  7-9pm   Concerts on the Rooftop at Monona Terrace.  Free.  Lots of band for dancing and fun.  Capacity limited.  Go to communityevents@mononaterrace.com.
 
Starting June 3, Double Dollars at many farmers’ markets.  For more info, to to wwww.cacscw.org/ebt/php.

Agenda5-15-17

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.