September 21, 2023
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: Fall Rec Guide is now available and registration is open! View online at rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
Public Safety: With school in session, all Dane County law enforcement agencies are teaming up with each other, the Wisconsin State Patrol, area communities and the Dane County Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) to urge drivers to keep children and adolescents safe.
Public Works: Attend a regional equipment open house to accelerate the adoption of best practices through peer-to-peer conversations with operators, streets superintendents and DPW staff. More details in our section!
Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum: Saturday, October 14th is set to be a day full of fun and deals in Downtown Sun Prairie during the annual Fall Fun Festival! Be sure to stop by the Museum 11:00am-5:00pm for a family friendly craft and catch up on what’s new.
Sun Prairie Public Library: Mark your calendars for Party in the Prairie! Join us on the library grounds for a fun night in support of the Sun Prairie Public Library Expansion Project.
Interested in how elections work? Sign up to work on Election Day!
In February 2019, the City Council authorized funds to expand our polling locations from four locations to eight. With the addition of these locations, the City Clerk’s office is always looking for individuals to serve as Election Officials to effectively staff our sites on Election Day. 2024 is going to be a very busy year, and the need for Election Officials will be tremendously high.
You can learn firsthand the voting process by being an Election Official! The primary goal is to involve residents in the voting process as Election Officials and to bring awareness and understanding of the importance of voting and the voting process. This experience also inspires residents to register, to vote regularly, and be involved in their community.
You can join this team of caring individuals who help ensure the basic right of citizenship to vote in a fair, free election. Election Officials are required to attend a short training session prior to each election, and can choose to volunteer or earn the hourly wage.
If interested, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 608-825-1148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to get you signed up. Looking forward to working with you!
Reminder of the 2024 Elections
2024 Spring Primary (if necessary)
February 20, 2024
2024 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary
April 2, 2024
2024 Partisan Primary
August 13, 2024
2024 General Election
November 5, 2024
ARE YOU A REGISTERED VOTER?
Wisconsin requires 28 days to establish residency at a new address. When registering, you must present Proof of Residence, a document showing your current name at your current address. You cannot register to vote at a post office box. Time spent away from your residence still counts toward the 28 days.
Visit My Vote Wisconsin to register online. If you have a valid, unexpired Wisconsin driver license or Wisconsin ID, and your address on file with the DMV matches the address at which you are registering to vote, your registration will take effect immediately. If the DMV does not have your current address on file, either update your address on the DMV website before updating your registration, or submit Proof of Residence along with your registration form to the City Clerk’s Office.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry office is open: Monday – Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm or by phone at (608) 837-3449 or by email at email@example.com.
Fall Rec Guide Registration Open!
Fall Rec Guide is now available and registration is open! View online at rec.cityofsunprairie.com.
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
October 3rd – October 24th
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 9/26/2023
Messy Munchkins is for kiddos who know more mess means more fun! This pre-k art class is designed to help your child explore and create with different mediums such as tempra paint, watercolors, glue and more. Stations will be set up for your child to choose from for participation! Messy art encourages sensory development, expressive language and grows a child's confidence in creating. Wear a smock or an old t-shirt and get ready to color outside the lines!
Parent/child participation required.
October 3rd – October 24th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 9/26/2023
Foundations of Athletic Development is a 60-minute training session designed for 9-12 year olds with the focus of learning and developing fundamental athletic skills and movements that translate directly to their sports. Learning these quality skills and movement patterns can set each child up for a successful path in sports or an active lifestyle, while also decreasing bad habits from forming that could lead to injuries. Sessions will incorporate skills such as body weight strength, core stability, coordination, body control/awareness, and fundamental positions/skills used in athletics and training.
Instructor: Dr. Jared Hutterer, PT, DPT
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 10/2/2023
Your instructor will guide you step-by-step through the hand knitting process to create your very own hand knit pumpkin trio. Hand-knitting requires no needles or knitting experience! All the supplies are included (yarn, ribbon/twine, cork top, & wood beads). This is YOUR creation! You will be able to choose your yarn colors when you arrive for your workshop. We offer a variety of colors - Colors are available on a first come, first served basis.
October 18th – November 15th
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
Registration Deadline: 10/11/2023
This beginner class is designed to introduce your child to the world of gymnastics. Students will learn basic gymnastics and tumbling skills to include gross motor skills and social skill development.
Thursdays, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
Elementary School Site Locations:
Creekside - NEW
Join us every early-release day for an afternoon of action-packed activities. Each session will feature a healthy balance of academic, social and recreation activities that support educational achievement and personal growth. Typically, program participants will follow a semi structured schedule of age-appropriate games, activities and crafts. Participants will have time available to get outside and play and to complete any homework or silently read. A light after-school snack will be provided. This program is supported by community partners who will provide supplemental programing to our students. More sites will be available as we are able to open them, please refer to our website, rec.cityofsunprairie.com for the most up-to-date list. This program is open to any Sun Prairie Area School District student, regardless of which school they attend. However, no transportation is currently available.
Please contact Emily Rebarchek, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 608-837-3449 with any questions.
Slow Down Announcement
With school in session, all Dane County law enforcement agencies are teaming up with each other, the Wisconsin State Patrol, area communities and the Dane County Traffic Safety Commission (TSC) to urge drivers to keep children and adolescents safe. The collaboration includes free SLOW DOWN yard signs for residents and businesses and increased surveillance for speeding and other risky driving from September 11-15.
*Slow Down signs are available for pickup at our records counter located at City Hall, 300 E. Main St.*
Mark Your Calendars!
Attend a regional equipment open house to accelerate the adoption of best practices through peer-to-peer conversations with operators, streets superintendents and DPW staff. We are excited to be one of the host for this event!
Collection of Household Hazardous Waste
The city will hold a free collection of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. until Noon. The collection will take place in the parking lot at the Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center, 920 Linnerud Drive. A Recycle Center Permit will be required to take advantage of this event. Review the event brochure (PDF) for items that will be accepted.
Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum
The Museum is open to the public Wednesdays-Saturdays 11:00am-4:00pm and by appointment for research and special events. To learn more, visit www.cityofsunprairie.com/museum.
Staff can be reached by phone at (608) 825-0837 or by email at email@example.com
The Historical Library and Museum is located at 115 East Main St. Sun Prairie with parking behind the building. Admission is always free.
Join Us for Fall Fun Festival in Downtown Sun Prairie
Saturday, October 14th is set to be a day full of fun and deals in Downtown Sun Prairie during the annual Fall Fun Festival! Be sure to stop by the Museum 11:00am-5:00pm for a family friendly craft and catch up on what’s new.
New this year we will be hosting Pumpkins, Princesses and Superheroes on the Museum lawn from 3:00-5:00pm. Stop by to meet your favorite characters and take home a free pumpkin!
70 Years of Corn Fest: Roots of a Tradition
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival, the Sun Prairie Historical Library & Museum is displaying a selection of highlights from the festival’s history including the Teenie Weenie Queen contest, Colonel Corn’s Costume, as well as a peek behind the scenes of earlier festivals. This exhibit will run through October 2023.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Party in the Prairie
Saturday, September 30 from 4-7:30pm
Join us on the library grounds for a fun night in support of the Sun Prairie Public Library Expansion Project! We'll have performances by three bluegrass bands: Cork n Bottle String Band, Soggy Prairie, and Barbaro! Delicious BBQ food and a special brew from Working Draft Beer Company will be available for purchase. Lawn games and fun for the whole family! Bring your picnic blankets. Tickets are $25, or $10 for kids 12 and under. Click here to purchase tickets.
Library Closed this Friday, September 22nd from 9am-2pm for Staff In-service
The library will be closed this Friday, September 22nd from 9am-2pm for our Staff In-Service. We will be open from 2pm-6pm. The drive-thru book drops will remain open.
Thursday, September 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Room
If you want to be immersed into a world of epic fantasy, brimming with intrigue and mystery, then join us for a book signing with local author D.M. Swartwout! Swartwout will discuss her debut novel “Queen of Ash and Ruin.”
Copies of “Queen of Ash and Ruin”, as well as other book-related trinkets created by the author, will be available for purchase at the event. Registration is not required, but please register on our Events calendar at www.sunlib.org if you would like an email reminder prior to the event.
Monday, September 25 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Do you want to know more about the prairie that surrounds the Sun Prairie Library? Join Joe Chase, local naturalist, on a tour of the prairie and learn more about the prairie plants, and the birds and insects that inhabit this environment.
All ages are welcome (5+)! Please be aware that the terrain is not always level, so we encourage you to wear appropriate walking or hiking shoes. To join the tour, please meet us at the top of the prairie, near the library's drive-thru pickup window. Tour starts promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Please register for each session you plan to attend on our Events calendar at www.sunlib.org. Space is limited, registration required. In case of inclement weather, please check this page for tour updates.
Would you like to learn to play Mahjong? Mahjong is a 4-player game that originated in 19th century China.
This fall we are offering 4 sets of 2-session classes that will teach the basics of Chinese Mahjong. Registrants may sign up for only one set as space is limited, and should be able to commit to both sessions. Please call 608-825-0702 or stop by the library's Information Desk to register.
All sessions are on Sundays from 1-3pm in Discussion Room 1
Set 2: Sept 24 & Oct 1
Set 3: Oct 8 & 15
Set 4: Oct 22 & 29
Children’s & Teen Services
Storytime Resumes the week of September 25th! Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 21 2:00-3:30 p.m., Community Room
Build with the library’s LEGO® collection! Bring your creativity, but leave your LEGO®s at home! For school-age children only (Kindergarten - 5th grade). Children can be left with the librarian as long as they are registered. Please register on the Events Calendar at www.sunlib.org.
Saturday, September 23 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Stop in and create with LEGO®s as a family! Our LEGO® and DUPLO® collections will be out for free play and creativity in the Community Room.
Monday, September 25 4:00 p.m., on Zoom
Join Ms. Sammy for Writers Group! We'll read what others have written, learn how to constructively critique other's work, and build our writing skills! New writers who have never written anything are welcome too! Only for ages 8 to 12.
Wednesday, September 27 10:30 a.m.
Outdoor Family Storytimes are about 30 minutes long and are filled with active songs and stories. Participation is encouraged! These Storytimes are weather dependent.
Wednesday, September 27 4:00-5:00 p.m., Community Room
Only for ages 7-12. We play board games, Among Us, Gartic Phone, Jackbox Games, Roblox, and more in the Community Room. Please bring your own device to play on, if possible. Registration is recommended.
Thursday, September 28 2:00 or 3:30 p.m., Community Room
Only for ages 4-8. Children can be dropped off for this program. Each month we learn about different animals and habitats. Registration is required, register on the Events Calendar at www.sunlib.org