June 6, 2019

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Department Updates

Building Inspection Division: Thanks for joining us last month for our Building Safety Expo and engaging with us during our Building Safety Month Social Media Campaign. 

Community Development: In December of 2018, solar panels were installed on the roof of City Hall. We're sharing aerial photos of the completed project.  

EMS Department: June 1-7 is CPR & AED Awareness Week. If you don't know CPR or how to use an AED (or if you need a refresher) please contact us!

Engineering Department: How can you prevent stormwater pollution? We're continuing to share tips on how you can make your lawn care practices stormwater friendly. 

Human Resources Department: We're hiring for a variety of positions. Check out all of our openings today! 

Parks & Recreation Department: Join our National Archery in the Schools Program for archery adventure or family archery. Other exciting upcoming courses include Junk Sculpture, Wild and Wacky Camp and Gymnastics! Don't forget to mark your calendars for opening day at the Family Aquatic Center!

Police Department: We're proud to partner up with our Fire and EMS departments to participate in Friday Night at the Y starting June 7 through August 23. Join us for Amigos en Azul at Guimo's today from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Read on to view exciting photos from department and community events over the last few weeks!

Public Works Department: We're sharing an informative video on recycling along with our next dates for brush and yard waste collection. Saturday is our first cart wash event of the year for residents who receive city-sponsored collections.

Sun Prairie Media Center: Are your kids interested in making movies, short films, or working on the radio? If so, sign them up for the SPMC Summer Workshops! Tune in to SPMC for a live broadcast of the SPHS Graduation and follow along as 103.5 The Sun joins both girls' softball and boys baseball as they head to the WIAA State Tournaments! 

Sun Prairie Public Library: Summer time means summer library hours are in effect. This also means it's summer reading season! June 10 is the first day to register for the Summer Reading Program for children and teens. Registration for the Adult Reading Program starts June 3. Join us for upcoming events including a community conversation with Ambassador Loftus, an ice cream social with the Friends of the Library or our Summer Reading Kick-Off event!

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Building Inspection Division

Thank you to those who came out to participate in our Building Safety Expo! We hope you had an opportunity to speak with the various agencies at the event, as well as view the demonstrations provided by the fire sprinkler trailer and smokehouse. Please know that our division is always available to assist you at buildinginspection@cityofsunprairie.com or 608-825-1184.

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Building safety expo

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Community Development

In December of last year, City Hall saw the installation of 240 solar panels as a part of a roof replacement project. We're excited to share some photos to showcase the results of the project. Since the installation, the panels have generated enough power to offset over 44,322 lbs of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of planting over 1,116 trees.

sunvest solarDrone photo - City Hall Solar

Photo credits: SunVest Solar

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EMS Department

CPR & AED Awareness Week

CPR PulsepointJune 1-7, 2019 is CPR & AED Awareness Week. In addition to a our wonderful partners at the Dane County Public Safety Communications center, we also rely on citizens and bystanders in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. 

If you don't already know CPR or how to use an AED (or if you need a refresher) please contact us at 608-837-3604 or email us at EMS@cityofsunprairie.com.

Learn CPR, get the Pulse Point app, and save a life!

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Engineering Department

Lawn Care and Stormwater Tips

Maintaining a stormwater-friendly lawn doesn't have to take a lot of time. Start with using no pesticides as well as mowing, watering & fertilizing less. Fewer chemicals on your lawn means fewer chemicals entering our storm drains, which means fewer pollutants going into our waters! 

When mowing, be sure your grass clippings don’t end up in the street or driveway where they can be washed into storm drains. This is a perfect opportunity to practice grasscylcing - the natural recycling of grass by leaving clippings on the lawn after mowing!

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Human Resources Department

 Sun Prairie is hiring

We are hiring for various LTE, seasonal and full-time positions. Visit our website to view, browse and apply for all of our current job openings! Please direct all questions and correspondence to Human Resources at (608) 825-1174 to ensure the most prompt response. 

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Parks & Recreation Department

Coming Soon

Family Archery
Saturdays 6/15-7/27
Ages 11+ 9:00-10:30 am
$70 R/$90 NR

Family bonding at its best!  Join our National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructors to learn all about the popular sport of archery.  Students will determine their "dominant eye", make a string bow to help with proper technique and will also learn about and practice the 11 steps to archery success.  Fun games will also be played that will challenge the archers' aim!  All equipment and materials will be provided.  Students will have the opportunity to use compound bows, recurve bows and even crossbows...all in a safe and structured environment.  Oh, and did we mention that this will be a great opportunity to bond with your family and create lasting memories?

Fee is for 2 family members - each additional family member is $10
No class 7/6.
Rain dates, if needed, 8/3 & 8/10

Archery Adventure
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6/18-7/18
Beginner Sessions – 1:00-2:30 pm
Intermediate Sessions – 2:45-4:15 pm
Ages 11-17

Intermediate Sessions – Saturdays, 6/15-7/27
$65 R/$85 NR

Join our National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructors to learn all about the popular sport of archery!  During the Intermediate session, archers will build off of what was learned in the beginner class.  The students will progress by shooting at longer distances and will participate in more challenging games.  Also, more emphasis will be put on NASP tournament style scoring.  All equipment and materials will be provided.

Participants do not have to complete the Parks and Recreation beginner class to be able to join the intermediate class, however, having some prior experience in archery is recommended for this class.

No program 7/2-6

Junk Sculpture
Monday-Tuesday, 6/17-18
Grades 1-2, 12:30-2:30 pm, $24 R/36 NR
Grades 3-5, 2:45-5:15 pm, $28 R/ $42 NR
Grades 6-8, 9:00-11:30 am, $28 R/ $42 NR

Bring your junk and your creativity to the Westside Community Services Building and we will create art with it.  Students will enjoy creating art worthy sculptures for a "gallery showing" for friends and family on the last day of class.

Wild and Wacky Camp
Monday-Thursday, 6/17-20
$64 R/$84 NR

Get ready for a wild and wacky week!  Camp activities will include wildlife and nature themed arts & crafts, games, snacks and a live animal presentation.

Outdoor Sports Adventure
Ages 7-8
Mondays/Wednesdays 6/17-7/3, 6:00-6:45 pm
Tuesdays/Thursdays 6/18-7/9, 11:00-11:45 am
$33 R/$50 NR

Participate in a new and exciting sport each day! This program will keep your child active all summer with a variety of sports and activities. Participants will enjoy a combination of large group games and individual drills focused on improving basic techniques while also teaching teamwork, fair play, coordination and more! Join us for this outdoor sports exploration adventure!

No class 7/4

Monday-Friday, 6/17-21
Ages 5-6, 11:00-11:50 am
Ages 7-9, 12:00-12:50 pm
$33 R/$53 NR

This 50-minute beginner class is designed to introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics positions and vocabulary. They will build flexibility, core, leg and arm strength, along with personal confidence through the practice of multiple gymnastics stations. Stations will include floor, vault, bars and beam. All genders are welcome to attend. No previous gymnastics experience necessary.

Beginning Ballroom
Wednesdays, 6/19-7/24
Ages 18+, 6:00-6:45 pm
$45 R/$65 NR

Impress your friends and relatives with your dancing skills at your next social occasion.  In these classes you  will learn a variety of dances that will make you feel confident on any dance floor! The session will focus on General Ballroom/Social Dance (Swing and Nightclub Two-Step)

For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation website at https://rec.cityofsunprairie.com

Family Aquatic Center Opening Day

FAC aerial photo

The Family Aquatic Center will be open June 15 - August 24, 2019. Mark your calendars for upcoming special events at the pool! Learn more by visiting the Parks & Rec website.

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Police Department

Tacos con Amigos en Azul

PD-amigos en azulBecause the community asked for it, Amigos en Azul and members of your Sun Prairie Police Department presents "Tacos con Amigos en Azul" in Sun Prairie.

Meet your Amigos at Guimos's Mexican Restaurant, 126 N. Bristol St. Come with questions and / or a conversation topic, or simply just stop by to say, “Hi.”

Guimo's will have food specials, so stay tuned. Join us on Thursday, June 6th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Leadership Sun Prairie Graduation

Patrol Sergeant Ray Thomson graduated from Leadership Sun Prairie on May 15th. He works for the Sun Prairie Police Department as a patrol sergeant. He has been with the police department for over 10 years, five of which have been as patrol sergeant. As patrol sergeant, he is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the patrol officers and police activity.

Prior to working for the police department, Ray attended UW Madison where he majored in history. He then attended the police academy at Madison Area Technical College. He is originally from Racine, Wisconsin where he attended Washington Park High School

Ray lives in Sun Prairie with his wife and five-year-old daughter. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. This usually includes going out on their boat or playing outside. Ray and his family are big Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badger Basketball fans and try to make as many games as possible.

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Police Academy Graduation

LeLoni Broesch graduated from Madison College Police Academy on May 17, 2019. She has begun the police department’s field training program. Congratulations, LeLoni!

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A Night of Heroes

The Sun Prairie Optimist Club sponsored the annual "A Night of HEROES" event on May 22 to recognize and appreciate the public safety services of our police, fire and EMS departments. A fine time was had by all.


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Friday Nights at the Y

Sun Prairie Police Department will be participating in Friday Nights at the Y every Friday from 8:00 - 10:30 PM. Friday Nights at the Y are free and available for all 13-18 year olds. View the flyer for more information.

Sheehan Picnic

A picnic / gathering for the Hmong community took place on Saturday, June 1st. No formal organization was associated; community members organized the event to bring people together. This is a first year event and was well attended.

City Administrator Oppenheimer, Communications & Diversity Coordinator Xiong and Assistant Chief Teasdale all spoke at the event. Assistant Chief Teasdale addressed the community members emphasizing our department philosophy of policing in partnership with our community and invited input, feedback, relationships and partnership in public safety. Assistant Chief Teasdale stated, “I was humbled and appreciative of the invitation and opportunity.”

Officers attended the event from day shift and second shift to enjoy good company, friendship and food. The police department donated PD t-shirts and coffee mugs for raffle. PD tattoos, stickers and onsite squad tours were provided, as well.


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Public Works Department

Recycling Video and Tips

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycling after Pellitteri Waste Systems collects it? Here's a great video of where it goes plus some bonus recycling tips for everyone!

 Brush and Yard Waste Information

Brush is collected curbside April through November. Yard waste is collected twice in the spring and twice in the fall. Brush materials are not the same as yard waste. It is important to separate yard waste and brush, as mixed piles will not be collected.

Our next yard waste collection week starts the week of November 4. Our next brush collection starts the week of July 8. Visit the website for more information on collection guidelines.

Cart Wash Event

The Public Works Department will be offering a free refuse and/or recycling cart power washing event on Saturday, June 8 from 8 am until noon for residents that receive City-sponsored refuse and recycle collections. This event will be held at 201 S. Bristol Street. Residents are responsible for hauling their carts to and from the event and will be serviced in order of arrival. 

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Sun Prairie Media Center

103.5 to Follow Cardinals to State

103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio has been your broadcast home to Sun Prairie Cardinals girls’ softball and boys’ baseball throughout the season.

Now 103.5 is following both teams has they both head to the WIAA State Tournaments!

Tune in to 103.5 Thursday, June 6, at approximately 12:30 pm to hear the girls’ softball team take on Waukesha North from Goodman Diamond in Madison. If the girls win that game, they will play again on Friday, June 7, at approximately 9 pm. Should the girls win both games, they will play in the Division 1 Championship Saturday, June 8 at approximately 6:30 pm.

Likewise, the boys’ baseball team is scheduled to start tournament play at roughly 10 am on Tuesday, June 11 against Oak Creek. If they win, they will play again later on Tuesday at roughly 6 PM. They would then play in the championship game  at 6 PM on Thursday, June 13. All games will be broadcast live from Grand Chute, Wisconsin.

Much thanks go to James Wyngaard for his excellent play-by-play broadcast of games this season. Wyngaard will continue to anchor the broadcasts for the WIAA tournaments.

103.5 is available on the radio, streaming at sunprairiemediacenter.com, and also can be heard via the free 103.5 app accessible through the App Store and Google Play.

Register Now for 2019 Summer Workshops

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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! Space is filling fast and registration closes on June 14! Go to kids4.tv to register now!

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 kids4.tv.

Workshops include: 

  • Adventures in Radio Podcasting. Meets July 1-2 OR July 29-30.
  • Adventures in Movie Making. Meets July 8-11.
  • Adventures in Animation. Meets July 15-18.
  • Adventures in Live Television. Meets July 19.
  • Adventures in Photography. Meets July 22-25.

Questions? Call 837-4193 or e-mail at mtrusty@cityofsunprairie.com. See you at the Media Center this summer!

Sun Prairie High School Graduation is Fast Approaching! 

spmc graduationThe 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 6:00 pm. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison.

Be sure to watch the 2019 Sun Prairie High School Graduation LIVE Friday June 14 at 6:00 pm on KSUN Charter channel 983, TDS channels 13/1013 or on the KSUN app on a Roku or Apple TV device. The ceremony will also be streamed online at sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun.

We will be offering DVD and USB copies of the graduation ceremony for sale. DVDs and USBs of this make great gifts for grads, family members, and anyone else wishing to relive this once-in-a-lifetime event!  Go to sunprairiemediacenter.com/sphsgraduation to order your 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 contact Jeff Robbins at 837-4193 or at jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com.

Congratulations graduates!

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Summer Reading Programs at the Library

Children and Teens
Summer Reading Registration Starts June 10th! June 10 is the FIRST day to register for the Summer Reading Program! Stop by the Children's Desk to register! Reading Program check-in begins Monday, June 17.

Adult Summer Reading Program: June 3rd-August 30rd
Enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes!To participate: read or listen to any book. Stop by the library Information Desk and fill out an entry form and drop your entry form in the box. There will be prize drawings for Barnes and Noble gift certificates in June and July plus a grand prize drawing on September 3rd!

Summer Hours at the Library

The library is closed on Sundays until September 8, but the Dream Bus mobile library will offer book mobile services from our parking lot from 1-3 pm every Sunday. Use the Dream Bus just like the library--place and pick up holds, renew and check out items, return material and use wireless services. Your Sun Prairie library card will work at the Dream Bus, as will any other card from a Dane County library! 


Upcoming Events

100 Years of the Red Cross in Sun Prairie: Nurses and Community
Did you know the Sun Prairie Museum was once used as a local Red Cross Center? This summer, the Museum will be displaying artifacts and sharing stories about nurses who have lived and worked in Sun Prairie over the past century. Join us for a presentation by the Museum's director, Helen Wirka, about the history of nurses and the Red Cross in Sun Prairie over the past 100 years.
Thursday, June 6 at 6 pm
Library Community Room

Community Conversation: The State of US Diplomacy
The US deals with about 200 countries in such matters as trade, security, and travel. That’s where the US State Department comes in. It has about 8,000 employees who implement American policies abroad and help US citizens in their relations with other nations. Tom Loftus, from Sun Prairie, headed one of our embassies overseas as Ambassador to Norway from 1993-97. Join Ambassador Loftus and SPARC for its latest Community Conversation. This talk will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
Monday, June 10 at 6 pm
Library Community Room

Friends Ice Cream Social
The Friends of the Library are holding an Ice Cream Social to help kick off summer, and all are welcome! Join us on the lawn between 6:00 and 7:30 for free ice cream and great music provided by John Duggleby.
Tuesday, June 11 at 6-7:30 pm
Library Outdoor Space

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Interactive comedy juggling show! Packed with funny stunts, top-notch juggling, jokes, audience participation and more! This program will be held outside under a big tent on the library grounds. Recommended for all ages...everyone is welcome! Program length: Approx. 45 minutes
Wednesday, June 12 at 4:30 pm
Library Outdoor Space

Bubble Wonders
He’s back! Coming all the way from British Columbia, Geoff Akins works wonders with bubbles!
Please pick only ONE show to attend. Each show will last about 45 minutes.
Tuesday, June 18 at noon, 2:00 or 4:00 pm 
Library Community Room

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