September 16, 2021

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Department Updates

Administration: Did you see our set of performers? Check out under our department section to see who will be at the Multicultural Fair this Saturday, September 18!

Community Development: Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest event, is set for Saturday, September 18 from 1- 4 p.m.

Parks, Recreation and Forestry: There is an opportunity to volunteer for an upcoming Community Build at Grandview Park with Sun Prairie Parks Friends. Great way to get down and dirty!

Public Safety: A total of $2,892.50 was raised and donated to Special Olympics of Wisconsin from the Coffee for Champions event!

Public Works:  Take the Vision Zero Pledge on the Hub Site and make that commitment to be safe to yourself and others. 

Sun Prairie Media Center: Are you a basketball fan? Do you watch basketball games on TV or listen to games on the radio and say to yourself, “I have a fresher take than that announcer. I should be calling this game!”  Well, now is your chance!

Sun Prairie Public Library: Join the Dream Bus bookmobile on Monday nights at Rolling Prairie apartments, The Element on Main apartments, and Vandenburg Heights Park, in collaboration with Sun Prairie Community Schools, The Sun Prairie Neighborhood Navigators, and the Sun Prairie YMCA.


Check Out Our Performers!

The Sun Prairie Multicultural Fair is THIS SATURDAY!  All are welcome to come and experience unique cultural food, performances, activities, and more! Here are the details: 

Date: Saturday, September 18
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Sheehan Park (925-1375 Linnerud Drive)

Want to see who will be performing? See the performance schedule below! 


Thank you to ALL of our sponsors! We did it! Thanks to your generosity, we have hit our sponsorship goal for this year's Multicultural Fair.

Our sponsors include: 


-Bank of Sun Prairie 

-Milwaukee Tools | Imperial Blades

-City of Sun Prairie Youth and Families Commission 

-TDS Telecom

-Sun Prairie Area School District 

-Harms Insurance Group

-Sun Prairie Utilities

-Teran Peterson Realty 

-Hebl & Helb LLP

-Cardinal Title LLC

Your Sustainability Update!

It's important to keep you informed on all things Sustainable Sun Prairie! Check out your Sustainability Update here with rotating submissions on what Scott Semroc, Sustainability Coordinator, is doing and the Sustainability Committee! For this week, check out accomplishments and steps that have been taken: Sustainability update!

1. Cities Request for Proposals (RFP) template updated to include scoring component for products and services that demonstrate commitment to sustainability (10% of score) ✔️

2. Collecting energy (electricity, natural gas, water, materials) use data for city facilities, in order to track use trends, benchmark energy performance, and prioritize facility energy efficiency upgrades.  ✔️

3. Joined Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) as a Bronze member, currently partnering to conduct a fleet assessment that will review potential alternative fuel vehicle replacements including plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) ✔️

4. Executed partnership agreement with the Dept. of Energy to participate in their SWIFt Accelerator for Wastewater Recovery Facilities, to study advanced technology capabilities for wastewater recovery and biosolid management ✔️

5. Preparing to upgrade City Hall lighting to LED after facility renovations have been completed; this upgrade will save the city in operational and maintenance costs, along with improving light quality for staff and visitors ✔️

6. City Council voted to create the first-ever Sustainability Committee, which will be guiding strategy, supporting goal setting, and assisting the city in achieving its sustainability goals ✔️

Interested in learning more about Sustainability in Sun Prairie? You can:

  • Click on our Sustainable Sun Prairie page to see general and specific information about sustainability efforts from the City. 
  • Reach out to Scott Semroc, Sustainability Coordinator, at for any questions, suggestions, and concerns as it relates to sustainability in Sun Prairie. 

Community Development

Sun Prairie BID Presents 4th annual Fall Beer Taste event – Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest!

Downtown Sun Prairie’s Oktoberfest event, is set for Saturday, September 18 from 1- 4 p.m.

242140906_2607133406098782_7431885330645110578_nThe event includes 25 Downtown Sun Prairie businesses. Participating businesses will be pouring 3oz. samples of up to two flavors of a fall beer, ale, or cider, and are encouraged to provide light snacks to event attendees.

As event attendees travel from one participating business to another, Oktoberfest-style musical entertainment will also be throughout Downtown Sun Prairie. The musical entertainment line-up includes a variety of music from Ed Ford and the Steve Meisner Band.

Tickets for the event should be purchased online on Eventbrite at Standard event tickets are $30.00; designated driver tickets are available for $10.00. Designated drivers will receive appetizers and exclusive participant deals, but they will not be permitted to taste the beer served.

Event check-in is required, and will be at the Bank of Sun Prairie’s Downtown Sun Prairie location at 228 E. Main Street. Check-in timeframe is from 12:30-3:00 p.m. At check-in, event attendees will have their ID’s checked to ensure that they are 21 years of age or older, receive a 5oz. Fall Beer Taste sampling glass, an event wristband, and an event brochure. Designated drivers will receive a 16oz. Downtown Sun Prairie styrene cup.

General Beer Distributors is this year’s Fall Beer Taste distributor. General Beer Distributors has a wide variety of local beers from breweries including, but not limited to, Ale Asylum, Lakefront Brewery Inc., Capital Brewery, Karben4 Brewing, Revolution Brewing, and many more. Please visit for more information.

The Fall Beer Taste event is sponsored in part by the Bank of Sun Prairie and Eddie’s Alehouse & Eatery.

The intent of the Fall Beer Taste is to bring awareness to the variety of unique retail shops, specialty services businesses, and restaurants and bars that are located in Downtown Sun Prairie, and encourage event participants to visit Downtown Sun Prairie again soon.

Follow us on Facebook at Downtown Sun Prairie for information about events and updates!

Downtown Sun Prairie… we’re having fun down here!

Sun Prairie Housing Study - The Survey is Still Open!

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The City of Sun Prairie has been working with The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based urban planning and design firm, alongside SB Friedman, a housing and economic development consulting firm to conduct a housing study.

La Ciudad de Sun Prairie está trabajando con The Lakota Group, una firma de planificación y diseño urbano en Chicago, junto con SB Friedman, una firma consultora de vivienda y desarrollo económico para llevar a cabo un estudio de vivienda.

The Housing for All study is a community-based planning process that envisions housing in the growing City of Sun Prairie. We want to know what housing looks like today and how you see it changing over the next ten years. 

El estudio Housing for All es un proceso de planificación basado en la comunidad que prevé viviendas en la creciente Ciudad de Sun Prairie. Queremos saber cómo se ve hoy la vivienda y cómo la ve cambiar en los próximos diez años.

Your voice is heard by sharing your thoughts on current and future housing in Sun Prairie! You can take the survey in English or Spanish. 

¡Incluya su voz compartiendo sus pensamientos sobre la vivienda actual y futura en Sun Prairie! Puede realizar la encuesta en inglés o español.

Project Website: 

Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Recreation Department
SPPRF office is now open: Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm and available by phone at (608) 837-3449 Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, by email at

COVID-19 Update

In accordance with the Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) recent Face Covering Emergency Order #2 (, we will require everyone age 2 and older to wear a mask or face covering for all indoor programming and rentals, inside the Family Aquatic Center bathhouse, and when visiting the Parks, Recreation and Forestry office for in person services until the current order expires on October 8, 2021. For the most up to date Dane County COVID-19 information visit and specific Parks, Recreation and Forestry mitigation plan visit

Get Involved!

There is an opportunity to volunteer for an upcoming Community Build at Grandview Park with Sun Prairie Parks Friends. Great way to get down and dirty!SPPRF

Fall Fun Guide is now available! Register today for fall programs!
Register at

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We are Hiring!  Visit or call 608-837-3449 for more information.

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Princess Ballet Series: Raya and the Last Dragon (9-24-21) 

In this engaging beginner class, students will dance along to the favorite songs from Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon, while learning basic ballet steps.

Super Science (Parent/Child) – (9/28 – 11/30)

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!

This is a Parent/Child program.

Youth Cookie Decorating

(10/11/21) & (12/8/21)

Learn to decorate cookies with the lady from Pretty Killer Cookies, Laura! She will show you basic royal icing cookie decorating techniques. Decorating cookies has never been more fun! Each participant will go home with their own set of cookies. Cookies will be Halloween themed.

Rec on the Go Oct. - Halloween Spooktacular  Fall - 2021

Rec on the go is a themed based exploration kits for kids ages 5 and up. Each month will feature crafts, experiments, and other fun activities for kids. Pick up or Delivery is available.

Non-residents must use curbside pick-up.

Pick-up and delivery will be available October 21 & 22. Participants will be emailed when kits are ready so make sure your email address is up to date.

“Getting to Know Watercolor” with Chris Dreyer (10/18/21)

In this class, Chris will have 2 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. He will not only tell you how, but also show you!

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. All materials will be supplied. If you have watercolor supplies you are welcome to bring them.

Fall Events:

Trunk or Treat! (10-30-21) 2:00 – 5:00pm

Put on your best costume, and join us at the Family Aquatic Center for the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat!

Various local business and organizations will be handing out candy and other goodies! Enjoy festive games, spooky music, and fa-BOO-lous prizes!

If you have questions, or are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor, please contact Alyse Peters at or (608) 590-3828.

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**For more information or to register for these and other Recreation programs please visit the Recreation Department page at Registration closes online one week prior to the start of class, to register after this date call 608-837-3449**

Public Safety

Coffee for Champions Update!

On August 20th, officers from the police department participated in the Coffee for Champions event at the Sun Prairie Dunkin Donuts location. Officers were assisted by members of the Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company as well as Sun Prairie EMS. In total, we were able to raise $2,892.50, all of which was donated to Special Olympics of Wisconsin! Thank you for your support!

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Public Works

Connect Greater Madison: Regional Transportation Plan 2050 Update – Interactive Mapping Tool Available for Submitting Comments 

Having an efficient, reliable, and safe transportation network is important for making the Greater Madison Area a great place to live, work, and play. Whether you travel by automobile, transit, bicycle, or walking, or perhaps all of these, the quality of the overall transportation network is important. Give us your feedback! Opens in new window

It's important to know how well the current area transportation network is serving your needs. Use the interactive mapping tool to post comments on the network, identifying specific gaps and challenges, as well as what you love and what’s working well. This commenting tool is open and available from August 23 to October 3, 2021.

In addition to using this tool to provide your own comments, please share this information with your networks, co-workers, friends, family, and neighbors.

This feedback is being sought as part of the Connect Greater Madison: Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 2050 Update process. The RTP is an integrated, multi-modal plan that provides the overall framework for transportation planning and investment decision making in the region.  It identifies projects, strategies, and other recommended actions to be implemented by WisDOT, the MPO, Dane County, and local communities. 

The RTP is refined through corridor, area, or mode specific plans and other planning efforts.  Planning for the RTP is being integrated with the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission’s (CARPC) preparation of the Regional Development Framework (RDF). The RTP will be designed to support the growth scenario developed as part of that effort, which is based on RDF goals and strategies and local comprehensive plans.

Click here to be taken to the interactive map where you can provide your feedback. Results from our public survey earlier this summer are posted and available for review here, including presentation slides summariziCopy of Pedestrian Safety Task Force Hub Site (1)ng the results.

Take the Pledge!

Improving pedestrian safety is both a multifaceted issue and opportunity. One of those facets is about making a personal commitment to be safe. You are encouraged to take the Vision Zero Pledge on the Hub Site and make that commitment to be safe to yourself and others.

Report Your Concern

The Pedestrian Safety Task Force has been busy meeting and planning on how to improve pedestrian safety in the community and make it a #SafeSunPraire. It is important to find ways to inform the public and engage them in the work being accomplished. Click the link in this post to be directed to the Pedestrian Safety Task Force Hub Site.

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The Hub Site serves as an overview tool featuring information regarding the task force, Vision Zero, data, hazard reporting tools, and more.

To review the site: 

To report a pedestrian safety concern: 


Sun Prairie Media Center

Basketball Announcers Needed!

The Sun Prairie Media Center has a unique sportscasting opportunity for any basketball fan, for anyone interested in TV sports casting, or for anyone who just wants to hear their voice transmitted to millions (well, at least dozens). 

This year the SPMC will broadcast over 40 total Sun Prairie Cardinals boys’ and girls’ basketball games on KSUN,, and 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio. 

We are in need of three enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional, and entertaining sportscasters for games. Money is no object, because we don’t pay for these positions. They are strictly volunteer opportunities. But hey, you get the best seat in the house and who knows, maybe this could be the springboard for future appearances on “Inside the NBA”!

If you have the desire and passion to be KSUN’s season-long voices to call out every play, to question every foul, and to celebrate every slam dunk, this could be the chance you’ve been waiting for!

Anyone interested is urged to contact the Sun Prairie Media Center IMMEDIATELY at 837-4193 or via e-mail at

The first game in the 2021-2022 season that KSUN is covering is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18. For a full schedule of games, go to

KIDS-4 Registration Open – Calling All Middle School Students!

KIDS-4, the one-of-a-kind media production/media literacy experience unique to Sun Prairie, is almost full for the 2021-2022 crew year. However, middle school students are needed for the program’s special “Thursday Night LiTNL - KIDS4ve” sessions!

“Thursday Night Live” is unique, even within the already-special KIDS-4 program. During the weekly “TNL” sessions, students who are typically in 7th and 8th grade meet in the early evening to plan and prepare a program that airs LIVE on KIDS-4 Thursdays at 6:30 PM!

“’TNL’ is a long-standing tradition at KIDS-4,” said KIDS-4 Production Manager Rachel Packard. “Although our other KIDS-4 ‘crews’ are loads of fun for our students, there is something especially exciting about coming in and pulling together a live show from scratch. Plus, while other KIDS-4 projects tend to be worked on over a period of a few weeks, students who participate in ‘TNL’ get the satisfaction every week of completing a project!”

“’TNL’ consists of whatever the participants bring to it,” continued Packard. “There can be short comedy sketches, interviews, monologues, really anything the students want to do.” 

As with all KIDS-4 crews, students should expect to be collaborate in all aspects of the weekly ‘TNL’ production, from sound, lighting, directing, cameras, in addition to bringing creative ideas and being on-camera.

Registration for KIDS-4 is open right now at and is expected to close on September 17. 

-KIDS-4 Registration Information:
-Contact Sun Prairie Media Center with questions at: 837-4193 or Rachel at  -Program Fee = $125 for Members and $150 for Non-members. Price includes a t-shirt, crew poster and USB drive complete with child’s produced work. Scholarships available for those who qualify.

Play Trivia-Palooza October 9 on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio

Think you know your stuff? Now’s the time to prove it.TRIVIA-PALOOZA

To celebrate the sixth anniversary of 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio, the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center are hosting the second annual Trivia-Palooza trivia contest!

What is Trivia-Palooza? It is a live, on-air, ten-hour trivia contest happening live on 103.5 FM The Sun Community Radio from 9 AM-7 PM on Saturday, October 9. Interested participants can also play along on the Media Center app, on, or at

Registration to play Trivia-Palooza is now open! You can sign up to play for free at You must be registered to play and you must be 21 to register. But you will want to play.

Each hour of the contest will have a theme to its questions, a different special guest, and each hour will have special prizes awarded to the person who correctly answers the most questions.

Questions about the questions? E-mail the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center at

In addition, the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center are actively looking for new members to help with its mission of raising awareness and funds for the Media Center. The Friends of the Media Center are also still taking prize donations for Trivia-Palooza. All inquiries and offers should be directed to Thank you!

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Children’s & Teen Services

Library Champions!

Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by keeping your Library Champion sign displayed in your yard through the month of September. You never know where or when your librarian might stop by your sign! 

LEGO Club Online

Friday, September 24 1-2 p.m. 

Join Ms. Sammy on Zoom and build with her! Sammy will either build with you or read a book while you build. We'll build from 1:00-1:45 and then the last 15 minutes will be show and tell! This program is geared for those in K-5, but all are welcome. Click here to register. We are assuming that most homes have LEGOs, but if you do not, please let Sammy know and we will give you some of the library’s LEGO collection so you can build from home with us! Please email Sammy at, visit the Children's Desk, or call the Children's Desk at 825-0701.

Teen Creativity Club Online

Tuesday, September 28 4-5pm 

Join Melissa on Zoom for Creativity Club! For our September 28 meeting, we'll be doing board game design! Supplies will be provided ahead of time. Registration is required, reserve your spot by emailing Melissa at mcarollo at This program is for teens in 6th - 12th grade.

Pop-up Outdoor Family Storytime

Wednesday, September 29 10:30am (Thursday or Friday as the rain dates)
In person storytime! Pop-Up Outdoor Family Storytimes will be with Ms. Lynn, Ms. Sammy, and Ms. Melissa! Please check the Youth Services Facebook page or call the Children's Desk to confirm the date for the week, since this program will change with the weather. Bring a blanket to sit on and please sit in the spaces marked for each family. Geared for ages 0-5, but all are welcome! Outside on the lawn near the children's porch. We can't wait to see you all at Storytime again!

Adult Services

Virtual Author visit: Vivian Probst

Tuesday, September 21 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Join us in welcoming Wisconsin author Vivian Probst! Come and virtually meet this award-winning author. Pay attention to the interior world of your dreams - it may change your life.  Learn how Vivian Probst's dream journeys helped her solve problems and write a compelling five-book mystery series (The Woman Who Forgot Who She Was)! This program will be held via Zoom. Please register here, and Zoom information will be emailed to you.

Pakistani Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday, September 22 from 6:30-7:30pm 

Say hello to fall and start thinking comfort foods - comfort foods with a twist that is! Join us for a virtual cooking demonstration with local chef, Huma Siddiqui. She'll be sharing her favorite Pakistani chicken pot pie recipe made with tasty ingredients, including carrots, celery, green peas, red peppers, jalapenos, and tandoori masala. All participants will be emailed a copy of the recipe prior to the program. This program will be held via Zoom. To receive the Zoom log in information, please register here

Coffee Tour: Costa Rica!

Saturday, September 25 from 2-3pm 

Are you a big coffee lover? Would you like to learn more about the history and chemistry of coffee, as well as where some of the best coffee in the world comes from? Then join us for a virtual live and interactive tour through a Costa Rican coffee plantation! Take a virtual walk around the farm with Alejandro Cano, a Certified Naturalist Tour Guide with 20+ years of experience and founder of Enjoy Virtual Tours Costa Rica. This program will be held via Zoom. To receive the Zoom log in information, please register here.

Footloose in Scotland

Wednesday, September 29 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Take a virtual tour of the storied Scottish countryside! Join us for this picturesque presentation with world traveler, John Lynn.  Lynn undertook a 1,200 mile walking odyssey of the length of Great Britain and in this presentation, he will discuss his 450 mile hike through the best bonnie in Scotland - its lowlands and highlands, lochs and glens, history and culture, and food and drink! This program will be held via Zoom. To receive the Zoom log in information, please register here

Dream Bus Bookmobile

Join the Dream Bus bookmobile on Monday nights at Rolling Prairie apartments, The Element on Main apartments, and Vandenburg Heights Park, in collaboration with Sun Prairie Community Schools, The Sun Prairie Neighborhood Navigators, and the Sun Prairie YMCA. Sign up for a library card, check out free books, music, and movies, access free Wi-Fi and resources, and more! Masks are required. Staff will have free masks available upon request.


Rolling Prairie Apartments - 415 S. Bird Street

4 - 4:30pm 

The Element on Main Apartments - 102 Park Circle

4:40 - 5:15pm 

Vandenburg Heights Park - 1020 Vandenburg Street

5:25 - 6pm