July 18, 2019

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Department Updates

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. The event has been moved indoors due to the Heat Advisory.

Fire Department: Due to the Heat Advisory, residents are being advised to stay cool and hydrated. Please also check in on family members and pets. We're sharing areas that are available to the public to cool off. Registration is open for the Sun Prairie Firefighters Golf Classic. Register today!

Parks and Recreation Department: Join us for Tuesday Night Tunes on July 23 featuring the BriTins, who will be playing your favorite Beatles hits. Other upcoming courses include Pickleball Lessons, Archery Adventures, Adaptive and Youth Swim Lessons and a family trip to see the Milwaukee Brewers! Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on the Sheehan Park Master Plan.

Planning Division: Please join us on Thursday, July 25 for a Community Workshop to provide input on concepts and ideas for the vision and redevelopment plan at Main & Bristol. 

Police Department: Stuff the Squad with us on Wednesday, July 31 with our very own K9 Officer Ben Pluim and his K9, Lasko!

Sun Prairie Public Library: Join us for our Universe of Stories Finale on Tuesday, June 30. This event is geared for all ages and will have stations located throughout the library. Don't forget to check out the Film Critics Club, Teen Creativity Club or International Night where you can learn from our very own international High School students! There is still time to register for the Book 'n It Run as a runner, walker or a volunteer!

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Economic Development

Dueling Pianos Streets of Sun Prairie

streets of sun prairieJoin us tonight from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. for the Dueling Pianos Streets of Sun Prairie event! Due to the Heat Advisory, the event will be moved into Full Mile Beer Co. & Kitchen. Funny Faces Family Entertainment will still be there with glitter tattoos but Rachel Bathen will be opting to do photos at another event.

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Fire Department

Resident Information for Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory Wednesday for most of southern Wisconsin, in effect from noon Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday, as temperatures are expected to hit the low 90s Thursday and the mid- to upper 90s Friday.

Heat index values will be in the 100s, possibly up to 110 on Friday.


The City of Sun Prairie Emergency Management recommends doing the following to prevent heat-related deaths/illnesses:

  • Drink 1 to 1-1/2 quarts of fluid daily to prevent dehydration. Water, fruit juices and juice drinks are the best choices. Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they dehydrate the body.
  • Wear light colored, lightweight clothing. If you must go outside during the hottest part of the day, wear a hat.
  • While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.
  • Check frequently on ill family members, the elderly and neighbors.
  • Never leave children, the elderly or pets in a parked car, not even for a few minutes. Brain damage or death can occur from the rapid rise of temperature inside the vehicle.

The City of Sun Prairie does not currently have 24 hour cooling stations available for citizens. The following locations are available for use during hours of operation:

  • Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive
    •  Thursday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
    • Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Westside Community Building, 2598 W Main Street 
    • Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • City Hall, 300 E. Main Street
    • Thursday & Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • YMCA, 1470 Don Simon Drive 
    • Thursday & Friday, 5 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 
    • Saturday, 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sunshine Place, 18 Rickel Road
    • Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (food pantry is open 5:00 p.m.–7 p.m.)
    • Friday,  9 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane
    • Thursday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Cold water is available at Fire Station 1 and the Sunshine Place will have cold water and freezy pops available for residents.

If you have a Heat Emergency, please dial 911.

If you need assistance due to the heat contact Police Dispatch at 608-837-7336.

17th Annual Firefighters Golf Classic

Registration is open for the Sun Prairie Firefighters Golf Classic. All the proceeds from the Golf Firefighters Golf ClassicClassic go to the “Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth”. This camp allows children who have been burned to participate in summer camp without feeling like an outsider. Get your team signed up today! 

The registration form can be found online (PDF). If there are any questions, please contact Greg Pavlik at 608-628-6362 or sunprairiefiregolf@gmail.com

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Parks & Recreation Department

Parks & Recreation Month Proclamation

Parks & Rec Staff

Thank you to Mayor Esser for the Parks and Recreation Month Proclamation and thank you to all of our amazing staff!!

Tuesday Night Tunes

Join us at Wetmore Park next Tuesday, July 23 as we welcome The BriTins, a Beatles tribute band!  They will be playing all of your favorite Beatles hits from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.  There will also be free activities for the whole family as early as 5:00 pm.  Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening (Firehouse Subs).  If you haven't heard The BriTins, check them out.  Even better, they look the part!  

Sheehan Park Master Plan

Sheehan Park Master Plan

Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!

Coming Soon

Getting to Know Watercolor
M-W, 7/22-24  
Ages 8+, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

In this class, Graphic Artist, Chris Dreyer, will have paintings prepared and he will demonstrate a step-by-step approach to help you master the intricate art of watercolor painting.  With a goal of teaching the basics to beginners and expanding the talent of experienced artists as well, Chris will guide you through various techniques and help you develop the skills needed to produce beautiful paintings. 

Areas of demonstrations and techniques will include design, drawing, color, value, washes, glazing, wet in wet, masking, dry brush, lifting out and more.  For Beginner & Intermediate level students. Fee includes instruction and materials.

Pickleball Lessons
Mondays, 7/22 & 7/29  
Ages 16+, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

These lessons are for players who have some experience.  If a player has participated in a Parks & Rec beginner class, this would meet the prerequisite for the intermediate class.  If you have not completed the beginner class, please see prerequisites below.

               * Has played pickleball and understands the basic rules of the game

               * Is able to serve and return serve with reasonable consistency

               * Can sustain short rallies

               * Is aware of the "soft game"

               * Knows the basic strokes

Archery Adventures – Beginner Session 2
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7/30-8/22
Ages 11-17, 1:00p.m.–2:30 p.m.
$65 R/$85 NR

Join our National Archery in the Schools Program certified instructors to learn all about the popular sport of archery!  In the beginner sessions, students will learn about archery safety, determine their "dominant eye", make a string bow to help with proper technique, and will learn about the 11 steps to archery success.  Fun games will also be played that will challenge the archer's aim! Rain Dates, if needed - 8/27 & 8/29 

Archery Adventures – Intermediate Session 2
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7/30-8/22
Ages 11-17, 2:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
$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. Rain Dates, if needed - 8/27 & 8/29

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
M-Th, 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.

Older Youth Swim Lessons Session 3
M-Th, 7/29-8/8
Ages 9-14, 10:15 a.m.–10:45 p.m.
$36 R/$54 NR

This class is designed for older youth with little to no swimming experience.  Basic water orientation and skills from Learn to Swim Levels 1 and 2 will be worked on.

Adaptive Swim Lessons Session 3
M-Th, 7/29-8/8
Ages 4 and up, 10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
$36 R/$54 NR

Participants will enhance their swim skills among individuals with disabilities and other special needs.  The Water Safety Instructor will construct and adapt an aquatic program specifically for each individual's needs. Please call to register for adaptive swim lessons, (608) 837-3449.

Off to College Series: Basic Budgeting/Living with a Roommate
Saturday 8/3
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
$33 R/$53 NR

Living independently is exciting!  Are you ready?  Do you know how to budget for the independent life of a college student?  How do you live with a new roommate in small quarters?  Learn the basics of budget management and roommate living.

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball
Friday, 8/23
7:10 p.m. start
$57 R/$67 NR

This summer we are once again offering a family trip to see the Milwaukee Brewers.  Participants will take a chartered coach bus to Milwaukee to enjoy a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The seats are Loge Infield Box Level and are located in section 211.  Anyone needing special assistance or accommodations must notify us upon registering.  The bus will board immediately following the end of the game for the return trip to Sun Prairie. The bus will board at 4:45 pm at the WCSB and depart at 5:00 pm sharp. Register by July 24.

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

Special Events at the Pool

Shark Week Charade
Saturday, July 27
12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the end of Discovery Channel's Shark Week at this shark-inspired party at the Family Aquatic Center! There will be a DJ to dance the day away, a shark-themed scavenger hunt, a shark make and take craft, meal deals and more!

Special Admission: $3.50 per person. Free for season pass holders.

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Planning Department

Main & Bristol Community Workshop on July 25Open House Visual Horizontal 07172019

Please join us for our next Sun Prairie Stronger Community Workshop on July 25 at City Hall (300 E. Main St.) from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. You will get the chance to provide input on your favorite concepts and ideas for the Main and Bristol redevelopment area as we shape the heart of the Sun Prairie Community!

Almost 1,000 Sun Prairie residents shared their thoughts and ideas in the first phase! Many big ideas, thoughts, and concerns were shared, and have guided the planning team into the Envision phase. Multiple concepts and land use scenarios for the Main and Bristol site have been developed and will be shared during the next Community Workshop. Your input in this critical phase of the planning process is key to ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

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Police Department

Stuff the Squad

Our very own Sun Prairie Police K9 Officer Ben Pluim and his K9, Lasko, will be at the Stuff the Squad Food Drive event at New Perspective Sun Prairie on Wednesday, July 31st from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please stop by to support Sunshine Place!

Stuff the Bus

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Sun Prairie Public Library

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Upcoming Events

Film Critics Club: Goodbye Solo
Join us as we watch and discuss classic and contemporary films. New members always welcome & refreshments always served! On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Starring Souléymane Sy Savané and Red West. Rated R with a run time of 91 minutes.

Tuesday, July 18 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Library Conference Room

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 July 22nd is Escape Rooms!

Monday, July 22, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Library Community Room

Flicks & Bricks: LEGO Movie 2
Build with our awesome LEGO® collection while watching a movie on the big screen! All ages welcome; children under the age of 8 must be actively supervised by an adult at all times.

Adults: please research the movie in advance and decide if it is a good fit for your family! Snacks and drinks from home are welcome!

Friday, July 26,   1:30 p.m.–3:30pm
Library Community Room

A Universe of Stories Finale
Stop in anytime for crafts, games, activities, Sno Kones, Drum Circle, and more!

Geared for ALL Ages! Grown-ups will need to assist children under the age of 8 at all stations. Stations will be located throughout the library.

Tuesday, July 30, 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

International Night
Don't miss this special opportunity to explore the world, right here in Sun Prairie! This family-friendly event will feature international high school students from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, who will present and demonstrate unique cultural traditions of their home countries. Audience Q&A and a meet & greet will follow the program.

Wednesday, July 31   6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Library Community Room

Book'n It Run for Literacy

2019 Book N’ It Run

Book’n It Run for Literacy is an all-ages event that is held annually on the first Saturday in August at Sheehan Park in Sun Prairie. This fun, family-friendly event consists of four different runs and a walk for all ages and abilities.

This event is one of the key fundraisers hosted by the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation, which supports services you may recognize in the community--such as the digital book collection, the Dream Bus, and many other learning tools for all ages.

Register today!

Not interested in running but still want to be involved? Consider volunteering! No experience is necessary, and all volunteers receive training, safety gear and official volunteer t-shirts! We use volunteers of all ages and abilities, so everybody can participate. Volunteer with your family and friends and spend some fun time together helping out the Sun Prairie Public Library. Learn more about the different positions and how to volunteer by visiting the website.

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