June 20, 2019

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Department Updates

City Assessor's Office: The 2019 assessments for the City of Sun Prairie will soon be available for public viewing. Assessment notices to property owners are expected to be mailed out by June 28. Read on to learn more about the Open Book period and how to contact assessing staff to review records and discuss any valuation concerns.

Economic Development Department: Please join the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District for this summer’s Streets of Sun Prairie line-up of Thursday night events taking place in Downtown Sun Prairie. This series is designed to offer a variety of entertainment and engaging activities for all ages! 

Engineering Department: Interested in learning more about rain gardens? We're sharing information on how rain gardens prevent stormwater pollution and how you can get started today!

Parks & Recreation Department: Join us for special events at our parks and pool including Concerts in the Park, Movie Nights and Flick N Float! We have a variety of exciting programs coming up including Super Science, Junk Sculpture and Tot Lot! Upcoming courses of interest include the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification Training and American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course.

Planning Department: We want to hear from you! A public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed Comprehensive Plan before the Plan Commission is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 9 at City Hall.The purpose of the plan is to determine long-term community goals and aspirations over the next 20 years, establishing City policies and actions related to areas such as transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, housing and economic development. 

Police Department: We'd like to remind residents of our Lock It Don't Lose It campaign. Three easy tips are: take your keys, remove your valuables and lock your vehicle. We're sharing fun photos from past events including the Mounds dog Fest, Tacos con Amigos en Azul and Friday Nights at the Y. A special thank you to East Side Elementary School's Girls on the Run for raising $800 for our K9 program. 

Public Works Department: Due to the Independence Day holiday, there will be no refuse and recycling collections on Thursday, July 4. All residents receiving City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed one day beginning Thursday. Our next brush collection will start the week of July 8.

Sun Prairie Media Center: Copies of the SPHS Graduation are now available for purchase and come in USB drives or DVDs. The full broadcast is also available online for on demand viewing. We still have openings available for the SPMC Summer Workshops. Sign up today! 

Sun Prairie Public Library: Registration is open for summer reading programs at the library for children, teens and adults! Register for Teen Creativity Club to build, make and get creative! Join us for other upcoming events including two documentaries, Duke Otherwise and Family Adventure Club!

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City Assessor's Office

Open Book and Board of Review Dates Announced

The 2019 assessments for the City of Sun Prairie will soon be available for public viewing. Assessment notices to property owners are expected to be mailed out by June 28.

Since this is not a revaluation year, only property owners that have had a change in assessed value will receive an assessment notice through the mail. If after receiving your assessment notice and you wish to meet with an appraiser, please call (608) 825-1186 to schedule an appointment during the Open Book period.

Open Book for 2019 will be held July 8 through July 19, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with some limited evening appointments.

Open Book is the time when the new assessment roll is first available for public viewing. This is also an opportunity for property owners to informally meet with the assessing staff if they want to review their records and discuss any valuation concerns. Issues can often be resolved during the Open Book period eliminating the need to further appeal their assessment before the Board of Review. Board of Review hearings are expected to start the week of August 12.

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Economic Development

Streets of Sun Prairie 

Please join the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District for this summer’s Streets of Sun Prairie line-up of Thursday night events taking place in Downtown Sun Prairie:

Bluegrass Music with Marta Hansen and the Two Hearted River Band
Cannery Square
June 20, 2019
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

  • Join the Two Hearted River Band and Marta Hansen, of The Piano Gal Shop, as they entertain with bluegrass music!
  • Funny Faces Family Entertainment will provide caricature drawings and face painting.

Two Birds of a Feather as Dueling Pianos in Cannery Square
July 18, 2019
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

  • Two Birds of a Feather duo Marta Hansen, owner of The Piano Gal Shop, and Clarisse Tobia will perform as Dueling Pianos. Dueling Pianos is a format where there are two pianists / singers that take requests. A song list of about 150 songs that will be available. Event attendees will be able to select requests from the list and put them in a song request jar. Songs can go up the request ladder when a tip is included to the performers. Songs available are from all genres. Audience participation is encouraged. 
  • Funny Faces Family Entertainment will apply waterproof glitter tattoos. 
  • Rachel Manzke Photography will be on-site to take a photo of your child/children; when you visit www.rachelmanzke.com after the event, you’ll be able to get a FREE download! 1 photo per child please.

Classic Cars on Market Street and Cannery Square
July 25, 2019
5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

  • Road Apples Car Club will be on hand to show off a variety of classic cars. Come on down to chat with the owners about their passion for these amazing automobiles! Please visit https://www.road-apples.org/ for more information.
  • Funny Faces Family Entertainment will provide caricature drawings and create balloon sculptures for kids.
  • Musical performance by the band 3 Miles Away. Please visit www.3milesawayband.com for more information.

Wild Rumpus Circus in Cannery Square (Rain backup location: Downtown Fire Station, 135 N. Bristol Street.)
August 1, 2019
5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. 

  • The Wild Rumpus Circus will have stilt walkers on hand from 5:30-7:00p.m.; will provide a 30-minute comedy/juggling performance by Jacob Mills from 6-6:30p.m.; and provide a hands-on Try Circus activity stations (trapeze, German Wheel, and tight wire) from 6:30-8:00p.m.
  • Funny Faces Family Entertainment will provide face painting and balloon sculpting.
  • Rachel Manzke Photography will be on-site to take a photo of your child/children; when you visit www.rachelmanzke.com after the event, you’ll be able to get a FREE download! 1 photo per child please.

Sing-a-Long in Cannery Square
August 8, 2019
5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

  • Marta Hansen, owner of The Piano Gal Shop will host her annual Sing-a-Long with a selection of classics from Disney, Pixar, and other animated favorites. Lyric sheets will be available. Audience participation is encouraged, as well as costumes.
  • Funny Faces Family Entertainment will apply waterproof glitter tattoos and create balloon sculptures for kids.

The Streets of Sun Prairie event series is sponsored in part by the Bank of Sun Prairie. The Wild Rumpus Circus event on August 1 is also sponsored in part by Eddie’s Alehouse & Eatery.

The Streets of Sun Prairie event series is designed to offer a variety of entertainment and engaging activities throughout Downtown Sun Prairie that hopefully appeals to a wide range of people. We hope that residents and visitors explore Downtown Sun Prairie before and after all of the events.

Follow us on Facebook at Downtown Sun Prairie for more event details! www.facebook.com/downtownsunprairie

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Engineering Department

Summer tips for Stormwater Management and Yard Care

Rain gardens are specially designed gardens with native flowering plants and grasses to help retain rain and melted snow. The runoff soaks into the ground rather than carrying pollution to our streams and lakes. Not only do rain gardens look great, they are also habitat-friendly for beneficial insects and birds.

Follow this step by step guide to learn more about how to design, prepare and choose plants for your very own rain garden. Interested in learning more? Access the DNR Rain Gardens Guide for Homeowners and Landscapers for more information.

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Parks & Recreation Department

Upcoming Special Events

Concerts in the Park

Join us on Tuesday nights at Wetmore Park for an evening of great music, food and fun!  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in with family and friends.  There will be free activities for kids, food for purchase at select concerts and great entertainment!

DateTimeBand 
June 256:00–7:00 p.m. Sun Prairie Community Band
July 96:00–7:00 p.m.Sun Prairie Community Band
July 236:00–8:00 p.m.The BriTins
July 306:00–7:00 p.m.Sun Prairie Community Band
August 136:00–7:00 p.m.Sun Prairie Community Band

Movies in the Park

Bring your family, friends, a blanket or chair and join us for a movie on a 33-foot screen!  Before the movie starts, grab some food and enjoy free family activities!  Admission is FREE for all movies. 

DateTimeLocationMovie
June 226:00 p.m.Family Aquatic CenterRalph Breaks the Internet
July 128:30 p.m.*Wetmore ParkMary Poppin Returns
August 98:20 p.m.*Wetmore ParkHow to Train Your Dragon 3 - The Hidden World

*Free family activities begin at 6:00 p.m. with food available for purchase

Coming Soon

Super Science
Mondays, 6/24–8/12
Ages 4-5, 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
$35 R/$54 NR

Put on your lab coat and safety glasses because we are going to dive into the wonderful world of science!  We will be mixing up some concoctions, discover chemical reactions and explore what science is all about!

No class 7/1 and 7/22

Treetop Explorer Recreational Tree Climbing
Wednesday, 6/26
Ages 7+, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
$42 R/$42 NR

Fun, fitness and adventure! Recreational tree climbing allows climbers to ascend into and explore trees safely. Gain new appreciation for trees, nature and your city parks. This unique activity is enjoyed by individuals, small groups and even families! After an easy-to-follow tutorial from a qualified tree climbing facilitator, climbers will be ascending within minutes for an unforgettable adventure high in the treetops!

No experience is necessary. All gear and instruction is provided. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring a sense of adventure.

Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
Wednesday, 6/26
Ages 10-14, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
$14 R/$21 NR

Join us for an introduction to one of the world's fastest growing team sports, Ultimate Frisbee!  Ultimate Frisbee is a super fun, fast-paced football-type game that uses a disc instead of a football,is (mostly) non-contact, and emphasizes self-regulation through Spirit of the Game and excellent sportsmanship.  In this three-hour introduction with local coaches/players, you'll learn the basic rules of Ultimate Frisbee, instruction on how to throw the most common throws, and plenty of playing actual Ultimate Frisbee games!

No experience is necessary. All gear and instruction is provided. Participants should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring a sense of adventure.

Junk Sculpture
Monday–Tuesday, 7/1–7/2
Grades 1-2, 12:30  p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Grades 3-5, 2:45 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Grades 6-8, 9:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
$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.

Where In Sun Prairie? Park Crawl Edition
Monday–Thursday, 7/8–7/11
Ages 3-6, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
$60 R/$80 NR

Did you know that there are forty-two parks in Sun Prairie?!?  Join us for a mini park crawl as we visit some of the hidden parks in Sun Prairie.  Each day we will visit a different park where we will be doing field games, craft projects and have some playground time.  Our first day we will meet at Orfan Park.  A list of our other scheduled parks will be handed out that day.

Drawing & Design
Monday–Wednesday, 7/8–7/10
Ages 8+, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$62 R/$82 NR

Think drawing is a "gift" that has to come "naturally"?  You would be surprised to see that it as actually a skill like any other.  Let Chris Dreyer show you how easily it can be learned.

Drawing is as much about learning how to see and think about form and space as it is about technique.  The drawing part itself is just marks on paper. But those marks come together to tell the viewer something about the world that you, the artist, have experienced.

Drawing also gives you a deeper understanding of the subject you are trying to capture.  As you progress through the exercises in this class, you will develop a better understanding of the forms you are observing and become more skillful in representing those forms.

Fee includes instruction and all materials.

This workshop is designed to prepare you for more advanced classes in the arts.  For more about Chris, visit www.dreyerdesign.com.

Level of difficulty:  Beginner & Intermediate

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification Training
Monday–Thursday, 7/8–7/18
Ages 16+, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$225 R/$245 NR

Are you interested in a fun and rewarding job that is in high demand?!  Do you like children?  If so, consider taking the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Certification course!  This certification course prepares candidates to teach swimming lessons in accordance with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim and Water Safety Program.

Pre-requisites:  Participants must be 16 years of age by the last day of class, must pass a pre-course evaluation with the following elements: Swim 25 yards freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke and 15 yards butterfly at a Level 4 proficiency, maintain position on back for one minute in deep water (floating) and tread water for one minute.

Participants must attend all classes for the entire session.  Participation in class is not a guarantee of certification.

There is an online component to the course which must be completed prior to the start of the first day.  The instructor will contact all registrants with further information upon registration.

Pampered Chef Cooking: Easy Dorm Meals
Saturday, 7/13
Ages 17+, 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
$45 R/$65 NR

Don't want to live off of ramen noodles and Spaghetti O's like all of your other college friends?  Come and learn some easy, peasy dorm meals that are delicious and nutritious.


Tot Lot Session 2
Monday–Thursday, 7/15–7/25
Ages 3–4, 10:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
$33 R/$50 NR

Come play in the park! Tots will enjoy theme-based games and activities, create art and make new friends.  Tot Lot will be led by fun, friendly staff.  Be sure to dress for the weather and wear tennis shoes as they are required.  Please note:  Children must be toilet trained to participate in this program.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
Monday–Thursday, 7/29–8/8
Ages 15+, 8:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$225 R/$245 NR

Are you interested in a challenging, yet rewarding job?!  Consider becoming an American Red Cross Lifeguard!  Through videos, group discussion and hands-on practice, you will learn surveillance skills and water rescue techniques.

Pre-requisites:  Participants must be 15 years of age by the last day of class, complete a 300-yard continuous swim, tread water for two minutes using just their legs and retrieve a submerged 10-pound brick and swim 20 yards with both hands on the brick.

Participants must attend all classes for the entire session.  Participation in class is not a guarantee of certification.

There is an online component to the course which must be completed prior to the start of the first day.  The instructor will contact all registrants with further information upon registration.

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

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Planning Department

Draft Comprehensive Plan Available for Review

The City of Sun Prairie has released a “public hearing draft” of its new Comprehensive Plan for public review.

Hardcopies of the Plan are available for review at the Public Library (1350 Linnerud Drive) and the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall (300 E. Main Street). The document is also available on the Planning page of the City’s website at the following link: http://www.cityofsunprairie.com/961/2018-2019-Comprehensive-Plan-Update.Comprehensive Plan Map of Sun Prairie

A public hearing to receive public comments on the proposed plan before the Plan Commission is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 9. The hearing will be held in the 2nd Floor Council Chambers at City Hall.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan is intended to represent a vision of Sun Prairie’s future regarding housing, transportation, economic development and land use, among other topics. It is the primary tool used by the City to guide decisions regarding growth and development.

The Plan is intended to guide community growth and development over the next 20 years. It is also used when making decisions on new infrastructure such as street construction, the extension of sanitary sewer and water mains, bike trails and parks and open spaces. It is also consulted for guidance regarding land use and zoning decisions.

Residents are encouraged to review the Plan and provide input either at the public hearing, or in writing prior to the hearing. Comments submitted to the City’s Planning Division in advance of the hearing will be forwarded to the Plan Commission for consideration.

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Police Department

Friday Nights at the Y

Below are some photos of the season’s first Friday Nights at the Y from June 7th. Assistant Chief Teasdale and Community Service Officer Ennis enjoyed some basketball and brats with local youth. Friday Nights at the Y is every Friday from 8:00–10:30 p.m. Friday Nights at the Y are free and available for all 13–18 year olds. View the flyer for more information.

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Girls on the Run K9 Fundraiser

Girls on the Run from East Side Elementary School presented the Sun Prairie Police Department K9 Program with a check for $800 raised through their program.

Assistant Chief TeGirls on the Run K9 Fundraiserasdale stated, “The girls had a number of great community causes to support and they chose K9 Lasko and our department. We are so grateful for their support and sense of community. Sun Prairie is a very special place and the police department owes our overall success to the partnership we have with our community and its members. A sincere thank you goes out to this outstanding group of girls and to all those that donated to our program. We are grateful to be a part of such an incredible community.”

Lock it or Lose it Safety Tips

POLICE Lock it Dont Lose ItThis summer the Sun Prairie Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables. Opportunistic thieves target unlocked vehicles with items in plain sight to steal valuable items such as GPS units, iPods, and computers.

The majority of thefts in the City of Sun Prairie occur to unlocked vehicles or garages. The Sun Prairie Police Department believes that by removing valuables and locking vehicles, together we can drastically reduce these thefts in the city. One second may save you days of inconvenience and money. Also, If you see something, SAY something! Call 9-1-1 immediately if you witness a car burglary or suspect someone is checking out cars for potential theft. Lock It or Lose it!


Mounds Dog Fest

Sun Prairie Police Department District Liaison Officer Dan Enger, Officer Jen Nichols and K9 Officer Ben Pluim were on hand at the 22nd annual Dog Fest held at Angell Park on June 9th.

Mounds Dog Fest

Retired Police Chief Badge Presentation

Community Service Officer Denny Johnson attended a Dane County Chiefs of Police Association meeting to present Pat Anhalt with an honorary badge. Anhalt was invited back to the association meeting to receive a service award from the organization. Johnson took the opportunity to present Anhalt with a specially designed badge that recognized 25 years of service.

Denny Jonson with retired Police Chief Anhalt

Tacos con Amigos en Azul

Because the community asked for it, Amigos en Azul and members of your Sun Prairie Police Department presented "Tacos con Amigos en Azul" in Sun Prairie on Thursday, June 6th at Guimo’s. Good food and good times were had by all!

Pd - Tacos con Amigos en Azu


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Public Works Department

Next Brush Collection Week

Our next brush collection starts the week of Monday, July 8. Brush should be set curbside by 7 a.m. on the 1st day of the collection week. To ensure your brush is collected, please place materials curbside appropriately. 

Collection Change Due to Holiday

There is no collection on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All residents receiving City-sponsored refuse and recycling collections will be delayed one day beginning Thursday. This means that beginning Thursday, the Thursday route will be picked up on Friday and the Friday route will be picked up on Saturday. Please have your carts curbside by 7 a.m. on the listed collection day to ensure they are not missed. 

Determining Your Collection Days

Are you new to Sun Prairie? Determine your collection days using the Sun Prairie Government Services application. Just type in your address and you'll be able to find your refuse and recycling collection days! 

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Sun Prairie Media Center

SPHS Graduation USB drives and DVDs Available

SPMC GraduationFor the second year in a row, Sun Prairie High School held its graduation ceremony at the Alliant Energy Center. You can keep the memories of this historic occasion alive by purchasing a USB drive or DVD containing the broadcast of the entire unforgettable event.

High school graduation USB drives or DVDs make great gifts for graduates, parents, and family members alike while serving as timeless keepsakes to ensure that the special day lives on far into the future.

To order a USB drive or DVD of the 2019 graduation ceremony visit www.sunprairiemediacenter.com/sphsgraduation or contact the Sun Prairie Media Center at (608) 837-4193.

USB drives are priced at $20 each. DVDs are priced at $35 each.

The full broadcast of the 2019 SPHS graduation ceremony is also available at www.sunprairiemediacenter.com/ksun/ for on demand viewing.

The Sun Prairie Media Center would like to thank its graduation sponsors for helping to make coverage of the 2019 Sun Prairie High School ceremony such a success: Woodman’s, Royle Printing, Concrete Lifting Technologies, Blue Lotus Tattoo and the Piercing Lounge, Wilde East Towne Honda and Day One Pizza.

A few spots remain in Sun Prairie Media Center’s Summer Workshops!

We are still accepting registrations for the workshops that still have space available. More information and online registration is available at kids4.tv.SPMC 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. Participants will be introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment that’s conveniently located – the SPMC is, after all, in the same building as the public library! These courses will inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they can use for a lifetime. Class fees include a USB drive with your child’s projects to share with family and friends. Drives will be distributed at the end of the summer.

Workshops with openings include:

  • Adventures in Radio Podcasting. Meets July 1-2 OR July 29-30.
  • Adventures in Animation. Meets July 15-18.
  • Adventures in Live Television. Meets July 19
  • Adventures in Photography. Meets July 23-26.

Questions? Call (608) 837-4193 or e-mail mtrusty@cityofsunprairie.com.

See you at the Media Center this summer!

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Sun Prairie Public Library

Sun Prairie Public Library LogoSummer Reading Programs at the Library

Children and Teens
Summer Reading Registration is open 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 3–August 30
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 3!

Teen Creativity Club
We Build Stuff.  We Make Stuff.  We Get Creative.
Come try out painting, tie-dye, a printing press, and more!  Registration required for each Creativity Club program. Registration is required. Register at the Children’s Desk.  Each week is a different theme! The theme on June 24th is buttons and keychains!

Monday, June 24, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Library Community Room

Duke Otherwise
A playful wordsmith, spirited performer, skilled guitarist, and captivating tap-dancer, Duke Otherwise delights all ages with hilarious and imaginative songs. Please pick only ONE show to attend: 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. Each show will last about 45 minutes.

Tuesday, June 25, 1:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Library Community Room

Documentary: Apollo 11
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and witness never-before-seen footage of NASA's first mission to the moon. Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Seating is limited. Registration required. This film is rated G and 94 minutes long. Refreshments served.

Wednesday, June 26,  6 p.m.
Library Conference Room

Family Adventure Day
Investigate, create and explore something different each session...hints are given on the library posters! (All ages welcome; Geared for Grades K through 5). No registration is required.

Friday, June 28, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Library Community Room    

Documentary: The Foreigner's Home
Please join us for a free screening of The Foreigner's Home, a powerful documentary that explores Toni Morrison's artistic and intellectual vision through her 2006 exhibition at the Louvre. Utilizing exclusive footage of Morrison in dialogue with artists, along with extensive archival footage, music, and photographs, the film presents a series of candid and incisive exchanges about race, identity, "foreignness," social displacement, and art's redemptive power. This film is not rated & 56 minutes. Refreshments served.

Monday, July 1, 5:30 p.m.
Library Conference Room