May 2, 2019

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Department Updates

Building Inspection Division: May is Building Safety Month! Join us for a special Open House on May 18th at City Hall. Follow along on Facebook as we share tips and information to promote building safety.

EMS Department: Sun Prairie EMS hosted the 115th Air National Guard EMTs during their drill weekend recently. Opening our doors, training together, and establishing relationships helps to improve understanding of how each agency operates and enhances our combined preparedness. 

Human Resources Department: The City of Sun Prairie and the American Red Cross Blood Drive is today! Please join our lifesaving mission and stop by anytime from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Engineering Department: Spring is in full bloom! As the weather warms and summer approaches, we're sharing tips on how to make your summer lawn care and gardening practices "stormwater friendly!"

Parks and Recreation Department: Are you thinking about signing up for a fitness class but you’re not sure which one? Join a FREE class (or several) during our kickoff to summer free fitness week!  No need to register, just show up! Upcoming classes include Drums Alive and Office Yoga! 

Planning Division: We want your feedback! Join us at New Perspective Senior Living tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for the Main-Bristol Visioning Community Open House. We also would love to see you this Saturday at City Hall from 8:30 to 10:30 am for the Comprehensive Plan Open House! 

Police Department: National Police Week is coming up and we will celebrate the 29th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 10th. Join us in celebrating Officer Tommy Foy who received recognition at the B.E.A.M. Award Ceremony and learn more about an upcoming concert where students will be performing a piece in honor of Captain Cory Barr.

Public Works Department: Our May brush collection date is scheduled to start on Monday, May 6. Please ensure materials are curbside by 7 a.m. Resource Solutions will be at the Recycle Center on Saturday May 11 to collect electronics from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Please review the flyer as some items incur a fee.

Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum: As the museum starts planning future programs, we are working to create an Education Collection. An Education Collection is intended to be used by visitors and students in school tour and educational programming. Learn more about how you can get involved with the collection and how you can participate in upcoming museum events!

Sun Prairie Media Center: Registration is now open for Sun Prairie Media Center Summer Workshops, sign up today!  We invite all seniors to apply for the Peter Wright Scholarship where the winner will receive a $500 stipend to spend time working and learning at the SPMC. We're also happy to announce new lights and live coverage for the 2019 SPHS Graduation.

Sun Prairie Public Library: Join us on May 18th and 19th for our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend! Other library events leading up to the celebration include an author visit from Doris Green, Mindfulness for Women and Oscar Monday featuring a free screening of If Beale Street Could Talk. 

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Building Inspection Division

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May is Building Safety Month! Follow us on facebook over the next month as we share tips and information about building safety. We also hope you can join us on Saturday, May 18, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for a special Open House on Building Safety! The event is focused on building safety and maintenance, and is aimed at helping residents who may have questions or need information about their own homes. 

There will be staff from several City departments and other public agencies on hand to provide information and answer questions, including Fire, EMS and Dane County Health. So if you have questions about sump pumps, water quality, renewable energy solutions, home repairs and maintenance, etc. we should have someone on hand to talk to.

Dane County will have its fire sprinkler trailer on hand, as well as a ‘smokehouse’, to provide demonstrations on fire safety.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, which will be operating out of the City Hall parking lot that morning.

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EMS Department

Sun Prairie EMS hosted 115th Air National Guard

Sun Prairie EMS hosted the 115th Air National Guard EMTs during their drill weekend recently.  These National Guard members are all Nationally Certified EMTs and participate in training on a routine basis in order to maintain mission-readiness.  Sun Prairie EMS was glad to collaborate with these skilled EMS providers and help to support the partnership between municipal and military EMS.  Opening our doors, training together, and establishing relationships helps to improve understanding of how each agency operates and enhances our combined preparedness.  Special thanks to MSgt. Sullivan and to Guard members Reynolds, Edwards, Steves, and Oody for spending their training weekend with us.  Thanks also are due to Paramedics Beuth, Jacobson, Kaiser, Matt, Neuhauser, and Ross, as well as to Paramedics Barrix (US Marines) and Vaughn (US Army National Guard) for their hospitality and for their service to our community and our Nation.

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Engineering Department

Stormwater Friendly Summer Lawn Care and Gardening

For many, May is the true beginning of summer gardening! As you prepare for your lawn for spring flowers and summer veggies, here are some gardening tips you can follow to reduce the effects of stormwater pollution:

  • Fertilize sparingly. If you must fertilizer, September is the best month. And be sure to use slow-release fertilizer.
  • Check the weather forecast before fertilizer or pesticide applications, and don’t apply lawn chemicals when there is rain predicted. It increases the chances of those chemicals washing right into local waters.
  • Do not cut your lawn too short, and leave grass clippings on the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer and soil conditioner.
  • If any lawn chemicals or yard debris get on the sidewalk or driveway, sweep them back onto the lawn to prevent them from washing into storm drains. Grass clippings and excess leaves don’t belong in our streams and rivers.
  • Water early in the morning or in the evening to minimize the water lost to evaporation.

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Human Resources Department

Community Blood Drive

The City of Sun Prairie and the American Red Cross are hosting a blood drive today! Please join our lifesaving mission and stop in. 

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Sun Prairie City Hall
300 E Main St, Sun Prairie, WI, 53590
Community Room
Thursday May 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Questions? Contact Brenda Sukenik at 608-825-1172. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program! 

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Parks & Recreation Department

Summer Kickoff Free Fitness Week

Are you thinking about signing up for a fitness class but you’re not sure which one?  Join a FREE class (or several) during our kickoff to summer free fitness week!  No need to register, just show up!  All classes will be held at WCSB unless noted below.

Check out individual class listings for other opportunities to drop in for free!  


Drums Alive




9:00 to 9:45 a.m.

Dance Fitness Party




5:15 to 6:00 p.m.

Zumba Gold




8:45 to 9:30 a.m.





6:00 to 6:45 p.m.

Aqua Zumba - Indoor*
*Held at DiVentures, located in Tallgrass of Sun Prairie Senior Living, 605 Chase Blvd.




7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

Drums Alive




9:00 to 9:45 a.m.

Boot Camp in the Park*
*Held at Sheehan West Shelter, 1115 Linnerud Dr. (across from library)




6:00 to 6:45 p.m.

Yoga for Beginners




7:00 to 7:45 p.m.

Zumba Gold




8:45 to 9:30 a.m.





5:30 to 6:15 p.m.





6:30 to 7:15 p.m.


Drums Alive

Mondays 5/13-6/24 9:00 to 9:45am
Wednesdays 5/15-6/19 9:00 to 9:45am
$28 R/$42 NR

Using rhythm as the source of inspiration to discover a new group fitness experience, Drums Alive® combines the benefits of a traditional physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. Drums Alive® is a program that fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially! Join a class and experience how it provides an element of fun and creative expression.

Dance Fitness Party
Mondays 5/13 to 6/17
5:15 to 6:00pm
$48 R/$68 NR

Do you and your kids like to dance to songs from all over the world?  If so, come join the party! You will be dancing to pre-choreographed songs from WERQ, Zumba and BollyX dance fitness formats. The goal of this class is to have fun and get a great workout.

Office Yoga
Tuesday 5/14 and 5/21
6:45 to 7:45pm
$40 R/ $40 NR

Are you stuck sitting at a computer all day? Is your body feeling tight, sore and stiff? Learn some quick and easy yoga moves you can do at your desk/ in your office. Suitable for all.

Boot Camp in the Park
Wednesdays 5/15 to 6/19
6:00 to 6:45pm
$28 R/$42 NR

Boot camp is an energetic, high-intensity workout that uses different types of fitness formats to achieve a full-body workout.  And better yet, these sessions will be outside!  We will use mostly body weight, partner work and park structures to facilitate both our cardio and strength training exercises!  With every class being different, you will stay engaged and energized each week!  You can expect to be challenged, have fun and break a sweat during this 45 minute workout!  

Painter’s Palette Youth
Monday 5/13
6:30 to 8:30pm
$25 R/$38 NR

Learn how artists use light and color in their paintings through a step-by-step process taught by a licensed art teacher.  Fee includes all materials, snacks and beverages.  Snacks will include sweet and salty treats; beverages will include soda and bottled water.

What to wear?  We will provide paint shirts, but recommend that you wear older, paint friendly clothes.  Everyone WILL get paint on their hands at some point during the class!

Off to College Series: Basic College Etiquette
Saturday 5/18
11:00am to 12:00pm
$33 R/$53 NR

College life has many new experiences! Learn the basics of gracious living during the college years (and beyond). Learn the basic etiquette skills to be successful as a students and as a young adult.

For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department website.

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Planning Division

Comprehensive Plan Open House

There is still time to join us at an Open House for the Comprehensive Plan! Join us on Saturday, May 4 at City Hall from 8:30 am to 10:30 am in the Community Room. The event is held in conjunction with the Farmer's Market which will be hosting its first outdoor market behind City Hall. 

If you are not able to attend the open house events, the materials that are being presented can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

We want to hear from you! What do you think about the direction the City is going after looking at the Open House materials?

Give us your thoughts.

Main-Bristol Visioning Community Open House

SPStronger small Opens in new windowPlease join the City of Sun Prairie for the first Community Open House to provide input regarding the future vision for properties at Main and Bristol Streets – the site of the July 2018 gas leak and explosion. Parking is available in the City’s Public Works facility parking lot across the street.

The event will be held on Thursday, May 2 at New Perspective Senior Living at 222 S. Bristol Street from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on the 2nd floor. 

The open house will coincide with the Downtown Sun Prairie Artful Wine Walk event, but all community members are invited to participate in the open house. The event will feature a number of interactive exercises for the community to voice their ideas and goals for the future of this area. The City encourages residents and others interested in Sun Prairie’s future to attend. Individuals can stop by at any time during the open house event. This will be the first of many opportunities that members of the community will have to participate in the process of developing a vision and redevelopment strategy for properties at Main and Bristol Streets. 

Those unable to attend can provide feedback and sign up to receive updates about future events and opportunities by visiting the website.

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Police Department

Officer Tommy Foy recognized at B.E.A.M. Award Ceremony

The inaugural B.E.A.M (Black Excellence Achievement Makers) Award Ceremony took plOfficer Tommy Foyace on Sunday, April 28th at the Sun Prairie High School.

This event is designed to recognize student excellence in the areas of growth, academics, peer leadership, responsibility and teamwork. In addition, awards were given to volunteers and educators of significance.

Our very own Officer Tommy Foy received an award for Outstanding Black Adult Volunteer / Educator. This recognition was the result of his outstanding relationship building efforts with students, staff and families. Tommy’s people skills have been described as amazing and phenomenal. His work ethic has been described as diligent and highly impactful. Tommy has shown outstanding dedication to our community through his work in the school system, family interaction, special events, coaching and the student police academy program.

We are fortunate to have Tommy representing our department and modeling our department mission/core values. Please join me in congratulating Tommy on his accomplishments.

Captain Cory Barr Dedication Concert

SP Fire BarrThe DeForest Area High School Band & Choir will come together on May 2nd to honor Capt. Cory Barr, the firefighter who lost his life in The Barr House explosion in downtown Sun Prairie. The concert will be held at the DeForest Area High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm. Band & Choir students will be performing the piece “Hymn to the Fallen” in honor of Capt. Barr. The concert is free and open to the public.

National Police Week

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National Police Week, established in 1962 by Congress, remembers and honors fallen officers, while recognizing the dedication and commitment of those who live and serve.

Police Week occurs each year during the week of May 15th. In Wisconsin, we will celebrate the 29th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 10th. The Sun Prairie Police Department supports and encourages members to participate in the event and associated activities.

The following plans are in place for National Police Week:

  • On Tuesday May 7th, at the city council meeting, the Mayor will introduce a proclamation reminding our community of police officers, past and present, who by devotion to their duties have rendered dedicated service.
  • On Friday May 10th, at 12:00PM, the annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Ceremony will be held on state capitol grounds. The Sun Prairie Police Department Honor Guard will share a formal role during the ceremony. The Wisconsin Air National Guard is offering a luncheon directly following the ceremony.

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Public Works

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Mark your calendars! Resource Solutions will be at the Recycle Center on Saturday May 11 from 8:30 to noon to collect electronics! Many items are accepted at no charge, however some items do incur a fee and must be paid at the time of drop off. Please see the flyer (PDF) for more information.

2019 Refuse & Recycling Guide

Did you know we have a printable booklet with guidelines for refuse and recycling? The guide can be viewed online and provides information on:

  • What can and cannot be thrown out in your refuse and recycling containers
  • The collection schedule and map along with guidelines for collection
  • Brush and yard waste collection and guidelines
  • The Recycle Center
  • Recycling options for items that cannot be put in your recycling cart but do not need to end up in a landfill
  • Organizations that may be able to reuse or resell your unwanted items

May Brush Collection

Our next brush collection is scheduled for Monday May 6. To ensure your brush is collected, place materials curbside appropriately by 7 a.m. Brush may not get collected if placed out incorrectly. 

To ensure pick-up, please follow the following guidelines:

  • Brush must be stacked neatly at the curb, piled no more than 4 feet high, with cut ends facing the curb.
  • Leave branches in long segments, as long as 1 person can handle. Do not cut into small segments.
  • Brush should not be piled in a manner that affects motorist visibility, and should also be kept away from trees, signs, parked cars, mailboxes, fire hydrants, and utility poles.
  • Do not put brush in bags, boxes, or trash containers - we will not pick it up. Keep brush in back of curb.
  • Materials greater than 8 inches in diameter must be cut into manageable pieces, and kept separate from brush. Logs and branches 4 inches or more in diameter must be trimmed of all small branches. Materials less than 1 inch in diameter must be tied together in 4 foot bundles, not exceeding 50 pounds.
  • We will not collect brush that is cut or trimmed by contractors. Contractors hired by property owners are responsible for removing the material. Collections are for brush and tree trimmings from a typical residential clean-up, not entire tree removals.
  • Do not mix yard waste in with your brush pile, neither will be collected.
  • Keep brush free of wire, tape, or inorganic materials. The use of string or twine is acceptable.

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Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum

Education Collection Wish List

As the museum starts planning future programs we are working to create an Education Collection. An Education Collection is intended to be used by visitors and students in school tour and educational programming. We have created a Wish List of items we would like to add to the Education Collection. Reproductions are welcome and this list is not comprehensive:

  • egg basket or crate
  • washtub
  • milk pail
  • milk jug
  • shoe shine kit
  • graces (a game with sticks and hoops often played by young girls)
  • jacobs ladder toy
  • rag dolls
  • ball and cup
  • washboard
  • old eyeglasses/monocles
  • mortar and pestle
  • sock mender/darning egg tool
  • clay pipes
  • binoculars
  • rotary phone
  • cameras
  • pewter plates and mugs
  • rattan rug beater
  • china (can be mismatched)
  • school supplies (old textbooks/individual chalkboard)

To ask if we have a need of an item not on the list or if you are interested in donating to the Education Collection, please email Helen Wirka, Museum Director or call 608-825-8037.

Upcoming Museum Events

Come join us for some outdoor museum fun! From May through August, museum staff will attend the farmer's market on select Saturdays to offer educational, family-friendly activities themed with different topics from the museum's collection. Join us for our first one this Saturday! Learn more about our upcoming events by visiting our Facebook page!

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Sun Prairie Media Center

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Media Center Announces 2019 Summer Workshops

Do you have children who love to make movies and videos or maybe get on the radio? Then sign them up for the Sun Prairie Media Center’s summer workshops! These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers, actors, and DJs who want a fun and creative way to express themselves, learn how to make movies, or star in them.

In these workshops students will be introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment. These courses will inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they will use for a lifetime.

More information and registration go to at There is also information available in the 2019 Summer Fun Guide published by the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration is open now and closes on June 14. All workshops will meet at the Sun Prairie Media Center.

Workshops include: 

  • Adventures in Reporting. Meets June 24-27.
  • Adventures in Radio Podcasting. Meets July 1 to 2 OR July 29 to 30.
  • Adventures in Movie Making. Meets July 8 to 11 OR 15 to 18.
  • Adventures in Animation. Meets July 15 to 18 OR July 22 to 25.
  • Adventures in Live Television. Meets July 19.
  • Adventures in Photography. Meets July 22 to 25.
  • Adventures in Internet Videos. Meets July 29 to August 1.

Questions? Call 837-4193 or e-mail.

See you at the Media Center this summer!

Peter Wright Scholarship

High school students or recent graduates are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Peter Wright Scholarship.

The scholarship, which was created in 2018, seeks to provide one student an opportunity to learn anything and everything about 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio. The winner of the scholarship will receive a $500 stipend to spend time over six weeks working and learning at the Sun Prairie Media Center.

Peter Wright was a 1992 graduate of Sun Prairie High School who passed away unexpectedly on July 24, 2017. Wright was so excited about the news that Sun Prairie was to be awarded its own radio station that he came to the Sun Prairie Media Center several times before the station was even built. “He could not wait to get on the air,” said SPMC director Jeff Robbins.

Wright went on the air with his first show, “The Americana Hour,” in August 2015, and consistently volunteered right up until about three days before he passed. Peter was also a huge advocate and promoter of the station and worked with local organization Red Latina to produce the SPMC’s first bi-lingual radio program.

Last year the inaugural scholarship was awarded to David Updike, then a recent Sun Prairie High School graduate. Among other activities, David created the music-talk program “Drive Safe,” which he continues to produce weekly for 103.5 FM.

Financing for this year’s scholarship comes from the Wright family. Applications are being accepted through June 5, 2019.

The application form is available at the Sun Prairie Media Center’s website.

The Lights are Bright at the Sun Prairie Media Center

Been looking to do a TV show or other video at the Media Center? There is no better tiNEW LIGHTSme than right now! Why? Because both television studios at the Media Center just received a complete lighting overhaul!

“Lighting is crucial to the look of any of our studio shows, including KIDS-4,” said Media Center director Jeff Robbins. “When we received approval for a budget amendment last spring, new lighting was our highest priority. Not only were our old lights failing, they were clunky and inefficient. We are thrilled to have these new lights.”

All of the new studio lights are LED and will provide not only better looking broadcasts, but a huge energy savings as well.

2019 SPHS Graduation Coverage Outlined

The Sun Prairie Media Center is happy to announce that it will once again provide live coverage of the Sun Prairie High School Graduation in 2019.

This year's ceremony is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 14, beginning at 6 PM.

The SPMC will be offering DVD and USB copies of the graduation ceremony for sale. DVDs and USBs make great gifts for grads, family members, and anyone else wishing to relive this once-in-a-lifetime event! Visit us online to order your 2019 Graduation DVD or USB today!

Sponsorship opportunities for SPMC's coverage are currently available! Sponsors are recognized on every live and replay broadcast, every live stream and on demand airing viewed, and every DVD and USB sold. For more information please email Jeff Robbins or call 837-4193.

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Author Visit: Doris Green

Wisconsin author Doris Green will talk about her book Elsie's Story: Chasing a Family Mystery, a memoir about a decades-long obsession with, and quest to solve, a family mystery. Doris will also talk about the newly published 2nd edition of her book, Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines and Tunnels.
Monday, May 6th   6:30pm
Library Community Room

Fresco Opera Sneak Peek: Fish Fry!

Tap It/New Works and Fresco Opera Theatre have collaborated to create an original theatrical event that examines one of the most flavorful historical traditions within our community: the Friday night fish fry! Based on the work of folklorist Janet Gilmore, the production celebrates the ways in which our communities come to connect and build lasting traditions while gathered together at this weekend night staple.
Thursday, May 9th   6:30pm
Library Community Room

Oscar Monday: If Beale Street Could Talk

Please join us for a free screening of If Beale Street Could Talk, a heart-wrenching but beautiful story of a young Harlem woman who embraces her pregnancy even as she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. Based on the James Baldwin's classic novel. Starring Kiki Layne, Stephen James, Regina King, & Michael Beach. Refreshments served. This film is rated R and 119 minutes.
Monday, May 13th 6pm 
Library Community Room

Mindfulness for Women

Local author and mindfulness expert Mare Chapman will discuss the common cultural conditioning that adversely affects nearly all women which leads to losing self in relationships, chronic self-doubt, anxiety, and depression. She'll describe how mindfulness is applied to transform these patterns to build a healthy, empowering relationship with authentic self. Mare’s book, Unshakeable Confidence will be available for sale and signing. A brief, guided ‘Drop In’ practice will be included. All genders welcome!

Wednesday, May 15th 6:30pm
Library Community Room

Sun Prairie Public Library 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

As part of SPPL's 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, we have spectacular storytimes and all age program samplers in store for you! The 'party' gets started with storytimes in our Storytime Room and something meditative in our Community Room. The festivities continue with music, theater and celebratory receptions. Help us sing "Happy Birthday!" to the library and join the fun!
Saturday, May 18th and Sunday May 19th 

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