Neighborhood News

Earth Day Clean-Up and Children's Egg Hunt, Sat. April 19

Earth Day, 9:00 a.m
Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by cleaning up our local parks and neighborhood. Join this community-wide effort to make a difference.

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Meet at Haen Family Park (blue park at High Point Rd and Tree Lane).
  • Target areas are Haen Family Park, Sauk Creek Park, High Point Rd, Sauk Creek Greenway, Old Sauk Rd.
  • Garbage bags will be provided, but please bring your own work gloves.
  • Coffee, juice and donuts will be available at the Haen Park shelter to help get us going.
  • Children's Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m.
    Join us for the children's egg hunt at Haen Family Park (blue park at High Point Rd and Tree Lane).

  • Please bring a basket or bag for your children to carry their eggs.
  • Coffee, juice and donuts will be provided.
  • Visiting family and friends are welcome too!
  • Increase in West District Residential Burglaries

    March 2014

    The City of Madison Police Department issued the following notice:

    There has been an increase in residential burglaries in the West District over the last few weeks. District personnel are investigating these incidents, and will employ a variety of strategies to address this trend. Citizens can help us by taking some simple preventative steps:

    • Keep your doors and windows locked, even while at home.
    • Keep your garage door closed, and lock any door from the garage to the interior of your home.
    • Keep the exterior of your home well illuminated; consider motion detecting lights as well.
    • Leave interior lights on when you're gone; consider using a timer to turn them on and off. Also consider leaving a radio or TV on so it appears someone is home.
    • Keep trees and shrubs near your home trimmed so that the exterior is visible.
    • If you'll be away, take steps so it isn't obvious that you're gone: stop the mail and newspaper, have your driveway/sidewalk shoveled, keep your home illuminated using timers, etc.
    • Get to know your neighbors, so you'll know what kind of activity is suspisious or unusual. Don't hesitate to call MPD if you see something suspicious.
    • Don't leave keys concealed outside your residence.
    • Keep a good inventory of your valuables, including serial numbers. This information can be a great help in case you are victimized.

    Please contact with West District Police at (608) 243-0500 to report any suspicious activity or to obtain additional information.

    Playground Improvement Projects

    March 2014

    Two of our neighborhood parks are scheduled for improvements in 2014: Haen Park at High Point Rd and Tree Lane (i.e. Blue Park) and Sauk Creek Park on High Point Rd at Wolf St. The City of Madison held two public meetings for each park to develop design concepts and gather input from neighborhood residents.

    Construction on both parks will begin at the end of May or early June and will be completed by mid October. Please be aware that there will be a period of time when there is no equipment at these two parks. Once construction begins, it will take about three weeks for work to be completed.

    Haen Park Playground
    The public meetings took place on December 2, 2013 and January 14, 2014. Please follow this link to see photos of the proposed playground equipment and summary documents form the public input meetings www.cityofmadison.com.

    Sauk Creek Park Playground
    The meetings took place on November 11 and December 19, 2013. Please follow this link to see photos of the proposed playground equipment and summary documents form the public input meetings www.cityofmadison.com.

    SCNA Annual Membership Meeting, November 19

    November 2013

    Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 P.M.
    Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N. High Point Road

    All members and non-members who live in the Sauk Creek Neighborhood are invited to attend. The agenda will include a review of the Association's financial report and committee reports, election of board members for 2014.

    The Association has invited a representative from the West District Police Department to discuss how we can minimize the recent trend of garage and car burglaries in the neighborhood. Please contact our neighborhood association president, Bill Schultz at bschultz7782@gmail.com, if you have questions or comments but cannot attend.

    Refreshments will be served.

    Neighborhood Dinner Party, Sat. October 19

    October 2013

    The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association is hosting a Neighborhood Dinner Party for members on Saturday, October 19th beginning at 7:00 P.M. We have a wonderful neighborhood, and this event is a great way to get to know each other better.

    The Dinner Party will take place at a home in the neighborhood (name and address were specified in an Email sent to members). Dinner will consist of catered heavy and light appetizers, salads and desserts. The SCNA dues pay for the caterer and soft drinks but cannot pay for alcoholic beverages. You may bring your own alcoholic beverage if you wish. Please note that this event is for adults only.

    Please contact Anne Bauman at abauman@uwalumni.com by October 17 if you plan to attend or for more information.

    End of Summer Social at High Point Pool, Fri. August 30, 5:30p.m.

    August 2013

    The Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association is hosting an End of Summer Social at High Point Pool on Friday, August 30 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

    Join us at High Point Swim Club, 901 N. High Point Rd, for open swim and dinner. Pizza, salad, dessert and soft drinks will be provided by the SCNA.

    This event is open to all SCNA members and their children, whether or not they are members at High Point Pool. There is no fee for non-pool members to attend this event.

    Even if you don't wish to swim, please join us for dinner and to catch up with your neighbors.

    Please reply to Harriet Tatooles at harriet@tatooles.com if you plan to attend!

    Multi-Family Garage Sale

    May 2013

    The neighborhood garage sale will take place Fri. May 17 and Sat. May 18, 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. These dates correspond with the adjacent Oakbridge neighborhood garage sale. The event is advertised in the Madison newspapers and on Craigslist.

    Look for signs and balloons indicating participating homes.

    Why Join the Sauk Creek Neighborhood Association?

    March 2013

    Membership costs only $20 and supports many great services:

  • Quarterly Newsletters - News and events affecting the neighborhood and community.
  • Directory of Members - Association members listed by name and by street. Names of neighborhood kids interested in babysitting, pet sitting, yard work and snow removal.
  • Social Events - Spring Egg Hunt, July 4th Parade and Picnic, Progressive Dinner, Ice Cream Social, Winter Social, and Block/Cul-de-Sac parties.
  • Other Activities - Earth Day Clean-Up, Neighborhood Garage Sale, gardening at Sauk Creek Park.
  • E-Mail - Timely communication of neighborhood issues and events.
  • Web Site - A resource for neighborhood and community news and events, information on association bylaws, past newsletters and more.
  • Pay Membership Dues AND Complete Membership Form Online

    March 2013

    Take advantage of the speed and convenience of renewing your membership online. Simply go to "Complete Membership Form Online" on the left.

    After submitting the Membership Form, go to "Pay Dues Online" on the left to pay the $20 annual membership dues. Click the "Add to Cart" button to add the Membership Dues to your shopping cart. You will then be directed to PayPal's secure website. If you wish to make a donation to any of the Neighborhood Funds listed, click "Continue Shopping" (gray box on the left) BEFORE you "Check Out."

    When your shopping cart is complete, click on the "Check Out" or "Check out with PayPal" button. Both options allow you to "Choose a way to pay," either with your PayPal account OR with a debit or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express).

    If you do not have a PayPal account, go to the bottom of the "Choose a way to pay" section and choose "Don't have a PayPal Account." You will be directed to the "Pay with a debit or credit card" section where you may enter the credit card number you wish to use.

    Please contact the membership coordinator at harriet@tatooles.com with any questions or comments.

    Please note that SCNA is a non-profit organization but is not a registered 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, your membership fee is not tax deductible.

    Interested in Having a Block Party?

    Submit this form (PDF, 246 KB).

    Community News

    MadWest Winter Farmers' Market

    November 16th - December 21st, Saturdays, 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

    The MadWest Winter Farmers' Market will be held weekly in the gym of the Lussier Community Education Center, 55 S Gammon Rd. The market is hosting 14 new and veteran farmers offering a wide variety of high quality, delicious products including fresh, organic produce, pasture raised meats, artisan cheeses, fair trade coffee, homemade chocolates, and local baked goods. The vendors include Crossroads Community Farm, Jordandal Farms, Lil Chocolates, GittOrganic, Honey Bee Bakery, Pecatonica Valley Farm, Nature's Bakery, B's Honey, Emerald Meadows, Crème de la Coulee Creamery, and Healthy Happy Humus.

    On November 16th, a Home-Cooked Market Breakfast will be served 8:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. (donations accepted).

    The market needs community support to thrive. Please stop in and support our local farmers. Visit www.LCECmadison.org for more information.

    Alicia Ashman Library Spring Book Sale

    November 2013

    The Friends of Alicia Ashman Library hold a book sale every spring and fall. Money from the sale helps fund special purchases, projects and adult and children's programs at the library. Volunteers work to make this possible.

    Members Preview Sale: Thurs. November 7, 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
    Membership is $5 per year for individuals or $10 per family. May join at the sale.

    Public Sale: Fri. November 8, 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sat. November 9, 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bag sale is Sat. 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. - $5 per bag (library provides the bags).
    No membership required at public sale.

    Residential Burglary and Auto Theft Prevention

    Please take a look at the following PDF documents on Burglary Prevention and Home Security from the Madison Police Department.

    From David Jugovich, police lieutenant for the West District of Madison, "As the City continues to experience burglaries and thefts from autos, the Madison Police Department is looking for assistance in preventing and solving these crimes. Citizen involvement is a powerful resource and a critical asset to law enforcement efforts. There are often simple steps that can be taken by residents that may help them avoid being victimized. We also need residents to be our 'eyes and ear' and report suspicious activity/behaviors. To that end, Neighborhood Watch programs can also be a valuable asset."