New to the Madison School District, and have students to enroll?  Start the process at .


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 .  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 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 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 .



Tue., Aug. 14 Learn to Kayak!
Free course, led by the experts and Rutabaga Paddlesports.  Register early!!
For more information, see
Online registration at


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

Updated Transportation Information.
Updated route and schedule data for changes that go into effect Sunday, August 26, are available online at


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 . Adults and children must all register.  Meadowridge Library.


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 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

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:
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.
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. 
Tues., July 31 8:30 pm.  Movies in the Park will feature Jumanji at Hammersley Park (between Falk school playground and Hammersley Road).


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


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


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 No registration required.  Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Rd.

Tue., July 17 5:00pm


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 or call her at 608-467-3990.

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


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


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


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


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  Sequoya Library.


Tue., July 24 6:00pm


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


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


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 , or call 288-6160.  Meadowrdige Library Community Rooms A, B and Kitchen.

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@
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 or send you dues to PHNA at 2221 Ravenswood Road. 
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


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
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, 



Prairie Hills Ice Cream Social and Bike Parade on July 4th.  1-3pm.  Games, arts and crafts. Bring your bike to decorate and ride.  Face painting, treats, lots to do.  Lucy Lincoln Hiestand Park. Everyone welcome.


Neighborhood Conference – What is Important?
Tell them what is important to include at the November 17, 2018 citywide neighborhood conference.  Questionnaires due by Friday, July 6.  Survey is at   There is also a Spanish version, at


Credit Card Fraud.
Reviewing your statements at least every month (or even checking online during the month) is one of the best ways to prevent fraud.  For more information, see (and the link in the article to the Federal Trade Commission)


A message from Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi:

We all watched in horror as children were being taken away from their parents at the US Mexico Border, creating what has now become a humanitarian disaster. History will judge those in power for the way they are treating our fellow human beings. Here in Dane County we welcome our immigrant community.  Last year I created a new county position, an immigration specialist, along with seed money for a legal assistance fund, in order to assist our immigrant community in the face of increasing hostility from the federal government.  We are sending a clear message that we care about our immigrant community. We stand with them not only in word but also in deed, especially as they endure unprecedented hostility from federal officials.  Immigrants are not a problem; they are a vital part of the solution.  There is no moral or logical reason not to welcome our immigrant neighbors. So we’re going to fight for them, we’re going to stand by them, and we’re going to help them in their quest to realize the American Dream.


Mon., July 2 5:00pm-7:00pm


Downtown Wild Rumpus: An Anji Play Experience.  Enjoy play-centered, child led activities in the park each week, based on the educational approach of Anji Play. The library will provide special play equipment to spark your children’s imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, drawing and/or writing about their play for that day. Wear messy clothes, bring a water bottle, and/or (optional) bring a picnic dinner or purchase a meal from the “Let’s Eat Out” local food carts.   Learn more at .  Brittingham Park (829 W. Washington Ave).

Tue., July 3 4:00pm-6:00pm (Kids)
Tue., July 3 6:00pm-8:45pm (All Ages)


Sequoya Chess Clubs.  Come on in for a friendly game of chess with your neighbors.  Sequoya Library Meeting Rooms A & B, Tokay Blvd. at Midvale Blvd.


Wed., July 4:  Independence Day!    (Libraries Closed).

Wed., July 4 1:00pm-3:00pm


Prairie Hills Ice Cream Social and Bike Parade.  Details above.

Wed., July 4  


Where are the celebrations?

Thr., July 5 4:00pm-5:30pm


Thursdays At 4:  Tech Take Apart.  ave you ever wondered what?s inside a DVD player? An old school VCR player? A paper shredder? Your old laptop?  Dismantle old technology to discover how it works and learn to use some awesome hand tools in the process. Learn how to recycle our old technology effectively when we’re done using it! Ages 7 and up. (Registration at ).  Sequoya Library.

Fri., July 6 6:00pm-8:00pm


Friday Movie Night.  Relax and enjoy snacks in movie night! Every Friday this summer at Meadowridge.  Meadowridge Library, Raymond Rd.

Sat., July 7 12:00pm-1:00pm


Free Golf Instruction – Odana Hills.  Your Golf Madison Parks Professional Staff, and Sue Shapcott of Change Golf Instruction, are hosting “Free Instruction Saturdays” at the City of Madison Golf Courses. These one-hour classes, held from 12-1pm on scheduled Saturdays, cover topics such putting, short game, iron play, hybrids, woods, drivers as well as understanding how your swing mechanics affect ball flight. All ages and skill levels welcome! Classes are free to attend, no registration is required and include the use of clubs and balls during the class.  For more information, see

Sat., July 7 9:00am-4:00pm
Friends of Sequoya Book Sale.  442 Westgate Mall, Whitney Way, next to TJMaxx.  “Bag sale” starts at 2PM.


Tue., July 10 5:30pm-8:00pm


Welcome to Medicare Seminar.  What you need to know about enrolling in Medicare, especially if you are turning age 64 this year.  By attending a seminar, 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, 5734 Raymond Rd.

Sat., July 14 12:00pm-7:00pm


West Fest at Elver Park.  For more information an a full list of activities and entertainment, visit

It’s time to renew or join our Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association.  The basic membership is still only $5, but you can also be a contributing member by paying $10.
The easiest way to join or renew is through this website via PayPal, though you can also print and mail a membership form.  
New this year:  we will send you a copy of our yearly printed newsletter and the Important Contacts sheet by email if you join via the website.
Thanks you for your commitment to our neighborhood.