June 16, 2022
Parks, Recreation and Forestry: The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is excited to announce this summer’s Concerts in the Park Presented by the Bank of Sun Prairie.
Public Safety: Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue had many members enrolled in Certification Courses this spring. We would like to congratulate the following people on furthering their knowledge and education to serve our community.
Sun Prairie Media Center: The City of Sun Prairie’s award-winning program, “Multicultural Fair: Radio Reboot,” will become “Sun Prairie Stories” at the Sun Prairie Media Center.
Downtown Sun Prairie wants to hear from you!
The Downtown Sun Prairie Business Improvement District invites everyone in the community to participate in a Community Engagement Session on Tuesday June 28! The Session will be held at the Loft at 132, located at 132 Market Street in Downtown Sun Prairie and will take place from 4:30-6:30PM. Pizza from Glass Nickel Pizza will be provided.
The Community Engagement Session will be led by Schmitz Consulting Group, a 3-person team that the Downtown Business Improvement District contracted with, who will provide a 5-Year Strategic Plan for the BID Board to consider incorporating into its 2023-2027 Operation Plan. Schmitz Consulting Group will focus on four priority areas with Community Engagement Session attendees, including: Downtown Sun Prairie events, beautification efforts, and recruitment and retention of businesses; branding/sense of place; transportation and parking; and future development.
The Community Engagement Session is one of several research opportunities that Schmitz Consulting Group have employed to gather information about the current state of, and expectations for Downtown Sun Prairie. Other engagement sessions have included focus groups for Downtown business and property owners, City of Sun Prairie staff, public officials, and other community members that have been involved in or are knowledgeable about Business Improvement District committees and activities.
Schmitz Consulting Group plans to present a final 5-Year Strategic Plan document to the Business Improvement District Board on August 18, 2022.
Please rsvp or direct questions about the Community Engagement Session to: Downtown@CityofSunPrairie.com
The Downtown Sun Prairie Business Improvement District’s mission is to support the development, improvement, and promotion of the Downtown area for the economic benefit of all businesses within the District as well as the general social and economic benefit of the people of the City of Sun Prairie and its visitors.
Follow Downtown Sun Prairie on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/downtownsunprairie; Instagram at: downtown_sunprairie; or visit our webpages on the City of Sun Prairie’s website for more information about activities, events, and announcements: https://downtownsunprairiewi.com/.
Downtown Sun Prairie to host 2022 Great Race lunch stop on June 23
35th Annual StrawberryFest
Enjoy summer in true Sun Prairie style with the 35th Annual StrawberryFest on Saturday, June 18th. Come enjoy strawberry shortcake, hot dogs and brats, beer and wine, kettlecorn and more! And, of course, fresh local strawberries from Creek Bed Country Farmacy. Bring the whole family for summer fun-- a craft market, live music from Nine Thirty Standard, children’s games, and a Kiddie Farm brought to you by the Sun Prairie High School FFA! And for the first time this year, let your pet get in on the fun with the PawberryFest Pet Photo Contest! See our website for details. (https://www.colonialclub.org/petcontest)
The event will be all outdoors, from 10am-3pm at the Colonial Club Senior Activity Center: 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Parking will be available at the Sacred Hearts DayCare (315 Columbus St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590). A free shuttle will be provided.
City-wide Make Music Sun Prairie on June 21st
Sun Prairie is hosting Make Music Day on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. The event takes place globally on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.
Reflecting the strong music education tradition in Sun Prairie, performers of any skill level are invited to sign-up to share music of any type at performance spaces throughout the city. Performance areas will be spread across six locations with music starting at 10:00 am at Vandenberg Park and ending with a Concerts in the Park performance featuring the bluegrass band Soggy Prairie at 6:00 pm at Wetmore Park.
Planned activities include a drum circle, boomwhacker ensemble, ukulele jam with Piano Gal Marta Hansen, an open rock band jam, opera in the park with Kyle Ketelsen, sing-a-long with Gina Jorgensen, open-mic performances, and musical instrument crafts.
All instrumentalists and vocalists are invited to share their musical passion as open mic performers at Sheehan Park, Cannery Square, or the McKenzie Family Boys and Girls Club. For detailed information regarding performance spaces and activities, or to register for the ukulele jam, rock band jam, or an open-mic performance slot, visit https://www.makemusicday.org/sunprairie.
Make Music Sun Prairie is co-sponsored by Prairie Music & Arts, Sun Prairie Community Schools, Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry, the McKenzie Family Boys and Girls Club, Sun Prairie Public Library, and Sun Prairie Dream Park. All Make Music Sun Prairie activities are free and open to the public.
Parks, Recreation and Forestry
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry office is open: Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, or by phone at (608) 837-3449 or by email at email@example.com.
Summer Rec Guide out now!
Registration now open for all summer programs and swimming lessons. To view the guide or to register, visit rec.cityofsunprairie.com
Sun Prairie Family Aquatic Center Passes
Family Aquatic Center season passes, and discount punch cards are now available to purchase. To purchase, visit Purchase Season Passes
WPRA Discount Tickets On Sale Now!
Tickets must be purchased in person and payment with cash or check only.
Fitness Flex Pass
Not sure what fitness class is right for you? Enjoy the flexibility to try them all with our new Fit Flex Pass. Click here to purchase a 5 or 10 class pass, Fit Flex Pass - Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry (cityofsunprairie.com), passes never expire!
Concerts in the Park
The Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department is excited to announce this summer’s Concerts in the Park Presented by the Bank of Sun Prairie.
The concerts will take place every Tuesday evening at Wetmore Park and are open to the public. There will be free crafts for kids and food and beverages available for purchase.
- June 7, 5-7 PM – Summer Kick Off & Sun Prairie Area Community Band (Traditional & Contemporary Band Music)
- June 14, 6-8 PM - Random Maxx (Pop/Rock)
- June 21, 6-8 PM - Soggy Prairie (Bluegrass)
- June 28, 6-8 PM - Depot. Express (Classic Rock)
- July 12, 6-8 PM - Sista Sensi (Reggae)
- July 19, 6-8 PM - Nine Thirty Standard Sponsored by the Friends of the Sun Prairie Media Center (Blues/Country/Rock)
- July 26, 6-8 PM - Marta and Clarisse with the Piano Gal Shop (Dueling Pianos)
- August 2, 6-8 PM - Sammy Ray & Friends (90's Cover Music)
- August 9 - Family Night, 5:30-6:15 PM David Landau (Children's Music) & 6:30-7:30 PM Sun Prairie Area Community Band (Traditional & Contemporary Band Music)
- August 16, 6-8 PM- Blue Olives (Blues)
- August 23, 6-7 PM - Sun Prairie Area Community Band (Traditional & Contemporary Band Music)
Concerts in the Park are sponsored in part by TDS Telecom, West Prairie Dental, Tipsy Cow, Josh Erickson – American Family Insurance, Herzing University, and Maureen Crombie, District 3 Alder.
Follow Sun Prairie Parks, Recreation, and Forestry on Facebook or online for event details!
Upcoming Programs Not to Be Missed:
Swim Lessons Session 2
Family Aquatic Center Guide out Now
Registration opens for Residents on April 14th, Non-Residents on April 19th
Online Guide available now - https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10018939_769193
July 11th – July 21st
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Ends: 07/04/2022
Participants will learn the game of volleyball and develop their skills through game play. This camp is suitable for beginners and intermediate players. You can take one or both weeks to improve your skills. Session 1 and Session 2 will cover the same skills and activities.
Registrations deadline to receive a camp T-shirt is July 4.
July 11th – August 4th
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Ends: 07/04/2022
For Kids entering grades 1-5 for the 2021-2022 school year.
Grab your sunscreen and lace up your tennis shoes because you are in for a summer full of excitement! Come join our staff for a supervised afternoon jam-packed with playground games, wild and wacky activities, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration and more!
• Program staff will be stationed at the park from 1:00 – 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday, weather dependent. Please check Rainout Line or Facebook to see if the program is cancelled for the day due to inclement weather.
• The program fee covers all days for each session. The fee will not be prorated or credited for days that your child does not attend or cancellations due to inclement weather.
• This is a drop-in style program. Children will sign-in upon arrival and sign out upon departure from the program. Children are not to leave on their own without being signed out by a parent/guardian or if a permission slip for self-sign out is on file with program staff.
• New this year! We are offering a 2-day drop-in option for families. This option works the same as our Monday-Thursday sessions, with a little more flexibility for those who need it!
• Structured activities will take place all afternoon – children may attend for the entire duration of time, or may choose to come for just certain times. Because it is a drop-in style program, children are not required to attend every meeting date – come play when it works for your child’s schedule!.
Registration Ends: 07/14/2022
Rec on the Go are theme-based exploration kits for kids ages 5 and up. Each bi-monthly kit will feature crafts, experiments and other fun activities for kids. Kits are available for pick up or delivery.
JULY THEME – FUN PRAIRIE:
July has once again been designated Fun Prairie month. Our kits spotlight what make Sun Prairie great. Explore recreation opportunities, games and more with our Rec on the Go activity kit!
Pick up and delivery will be available July 14 & 15. Participants will be emailed when kits are ready, so make sure your email address is in your profile is correct.
City of Sun Prairie Announces Christopher Garrison as Interim EMS Chief
The City of Sun Prairie has appointed Fire Chief Christopher Garrison of the Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company to serve as interim EMS chief following the resignation of Brian Goff. He has served as Sun Prairie’s fire chief for the past seven years and brings a wealth of experience that qualifies him to take on this role.
Chief Garrison has an extensive background in public safety that consists of 33 years of fire service experience. During his time in Lake Forest, Illinois, he served as the deputy chief of operations and deputy chief of administration with the Lake Forest Fire Department. Prior to his leadership roles, he started as a firefighter paramedic in Libertyville, Illinois. This insight and expertise will prove invaluable as he leads two departments in offering exceptional public safety services during this time.
The day-to-day EMS duties such as commanding the EMS team, ensuring adequate response times, monitoring supplies, and managing staffing needs will now fall under Chief Garrison. Additionally, he will oversee the expanded services contract and implementation with the Village of Marshall, towns of Sun Prairie, Medina and York along with the EMS Community Outreach program.
Chief Garrison has begun his tenure as interim EMS chief. As he serves in this interim capacity, the City will review and consider future options.
“Chief Garrison’s passion for public safety is clear to all and has made him a qualified fit to lead the EMS department,” said Aaron Oppenheimer, City Administrator. “We are confident in his leadership and expertise”.
Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue had many members enrolled in Certification Courses this spring. We would like to congratulate the following people on furthering their knowledge and education to serve our community.
Christopher Alexander, Driver Operator - Aerial
Ike Bedford, Entry Level Firefighter & EMT- Basic
Kurt Collins, Firefighter 1
Ron Chester, Firefighter 1
Corey Dahmen, Emergency Services Instructor 1 & Fire Officer 1
Kenny Kim, Emergency Services Instructor 1& Fire Officer 1
Kalee Miller, Entry Level Firefighter
Mark Mlekush, Fire Officer 2
Adam Nieft, EMT - Basic
Skylar Potts, Driver Operator
Derek Weum, Fire Officer 2
Joshua Wise, Entry Level Firefighter
In May, the Sun Prairie Police Department and Police Commission completed the sergeant’s promotional process for the approval of two new sergeants. Please join us in congratulating Leonard Webster and Freddy Garcia for being our top two sergeant candidates!
They showed amazing work with their projects, attention to detail, time commitment, and effort. The candidates completed lengthy essays, created AV presentations, and participated in interviews with external agencies and with a chief’s panel.
Sun Prairie Media Center
“MULTICULTURAL FAIR: RADIO REBOOT” TOTRANSFORM INTO “SUN PRAIRIE STORIES”
The City of Sun Prairie’s award-winning program, “Multicultural Fair: Radio Reboot,” will become “Sun Prairie Stories” at the Sun Prairie Media Center (SPMC) as a way to continue to tell the story of Sun Prairie’s growing community. The podcast will launch later this summer.
Due to the COVID-19 rates in 2020, the in-person Multicultural Fair was canceled and inspired the Radio Reboot. This was a way to offer programming that still celebrated the growing diversity of the Sun Prairie community while maintaining safety. The program focused on community members of diverse backgrounds. Sara Milewski, an SPMC volunteer, hosted the hour-long, monthly radio show and interviewed guests on their life stories and experiences. Guests also shared some of their favorite music and had an opportunity to promote a community service organization that reflected their culture. The eight-episode series concluded with the 2021 Multicultural Fair. The success of the Radio Reboot inspired the idea to start the new show, with a continued focus on the people who make Sun Prairie what it is today.
Sun Prairie Stories will offer participants an opportunity to record important parts of their lived story, with the support of a producer. The stories may be on a variety of topics about an individual's experiences. Those personal stories will be shared with the community as podcasts, on The Sun, 103.5FM, and online via the City website and social media platforms.
“I believe that it is our personal stories that make us who we are,” said Sara Milewski, SPMC Volunteer and producer of Sun Prairie Stories. “Sharing our stories helps us see the humanity in one another, and helps us better understand our community.”
Individuals of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to participate. For more information on how to participate, please visit the Sun Prairie Stories website at sunprairiemediacenter.com/sunprairiestories or contact Sara Milewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Prairie Public Library
Friday, June 17 1:30-3 p.m.
Celebrate Juneteenth with the Sun Prairie Public Library and their partners, City of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie Community Schools, Sun Prairie Neighborhood Navigators, Sun Prairie YMCA, SPPL Urban SUN Black Voices Book Club Facilitators, and Sun Prairie Boys and Girls Club.
The event will begin in the Community Room with a big screen reading of the picture book “Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth” written by Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo. The picture book reading will be followed by an exciting community art activity led by Auzzie Dodson. Auzzie Dodson is an interdisciplinary Cultural Creator currently studying Art under the First Wave Program at UW Madison.
The festivities will conclude with an ice cream social and outdoor games and activities on the library lawn. Feel free to bring along a favorite piece of fabric, 8”x8” square. If you don’t have one, the library will have plenty of supplies on hand. Thank you to the Sun Prairie Public Library Foundation for funding this event and to JJ Stitches for their in-kind fabric donation. Registration is recommended. To register, visit our Events Calendar at https://sunprairie.librarymarket.com. All ages are welcome.
Children’s & Teen Services
Summer 2022 Reading Program!
There’s a reading program for everyone – babies through teens! Register for the Summer Reading Program in person or online anytime between June 1st and August 6th.
Record your reading on a paper log or in the Beanstack app. Track by books (titles) or by minutes (time) – whatever works best for you. The more you read, the more prizes you earn. Complete 80 books or 12 hours to earn all the prizes, a pass to the Library Pool Party in August, and your “Library Champion” sign. Visit https://www.sunprairiepubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program for more details.
Mondays at 10 or 11 AM
Library Community Room
Geared For: Ages 0-2 but all ages are welcome at any Storytime.
Registration Required: Registration is required each week. Register on the Events calendar, or call or stop by the Children's Desk.
Small Fry Storytimes are 20-25 minutes long and are filled with 1-2 short books, songs, action rhymes and more! Some songs, stories and rhymes are repeated each week and new ones are gradually introduced.
Select days at 10 AM. Please check our event calendar for up-to-date Storytime listings and to register.
Library Community Room
Geared For: Ages 1-3 but all ages are welcome at any Storytime.
Registration Required: Registration is required each week. Register on the Events calendar, or call or stop by the Children's Desk.
Little Kid Storytimes are 25-30 minutes long and are filled with short books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, puppets and more – a different variety each week.
Select days at 11 AM. Please check our event calendar for up-to-date Storytime listings and to register.
Library Community Room
Geared For: Ages 3-5 but all ages are welcome at any Storytime.
Registration Required: Registration is required each week. Register on the Events calendar, or call or stop by the Children's Desk
Big Kid Storytimes are 30-35 minutes long and are filled with longer books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, puppets and more – a different variety each week. This Storytime is geared for children who are ready for stories that are a bit longer.
June 1 - August 31, 2022
Log your reading time and complete activities to earn virtual badges. Every badge you receive earns you tickets to enter into prize drawings! Track your reading and other activities via Beanstack: https://sunprairiepubliclibrary.beanstack.com/reader365. As you log your reading and activities, you earn "badges" and enter to win prizes. Drawings for all prizes will be held at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Winners will be notified by telephone or email the week of September 5 and must pick up their prizes at the library. Not able to participate online? Stop by the Information Desk for a paper reading & activity log.
Wednesday, June 22 6:30-7:30 p.m., Library Community Room
We are pleased to welcome Eddie and Mary Sue Short, two Freedom Fighters in the Civil Rights Movement during the pressure cooker of violent white resistance: 1960's Mississippi. Mr. and Mrs. Short will share their experience assisting the Black community to register to vote, fight poverty, and ensure that "public" facilities were truly open to the public. Despite receiving death threats and being jailed several times, they remained committed to the cause. Their story was recently chronicled in the book, “A Small Town Rises”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the presentation. Registration for this program is not required, but recommended if you would like to receive a confirmation email the day before the event. Please register here. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Sun Prairie Public Library.
Monday, June 27 6:30-8:30 p.m., Library Community Room
Considered by critics to be one of the best foreign films of 2021, and winner of the Sundance Jury Prize thanks to the powerful lead performance of real life Maltese fisherman and nonprofessional actor, Jesmark Scicluna, Luzzu is the story of a man faced with an agonizing choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu, a traditional, multicolored wooden fishing boat, in the hopes of eking out a meager living at sea for his wife and newborn son, just as his father and grandfather did before him. Or, he can decommission it in exchange for an EU payout and risk entering the sinister black-market operation responsible for decimating the Mediterranean fish population - and the livelihoods of the local families who depend on it. This film is not rated and is 94 minutes long. Registration for this event is not required, but recommended if you would like to receive a reminder email the day before. Register on our Events Calendar here.
Dream Bus Bookmobile
Starting June 24, join the Dream Bus bookmobile on Friday afternoons at The Element on Main apartments, Rolling Prairie apartments, and Vandenburg Heights Park, in collaboration with Sun Prairie Community Schools. Sign up for a library card, check out free books, music, and movies, access free Wi-Fi and resources, and more!
Fridays starting June 24th:
The Element on Main Apartments - 102 Park Circle
11 – 11:45 a.m.
Rolling Prairie Apartments - 415 S. Bird Street
12 – 12:45 p.m.
Vandenburg Heights Park - 1020 Vandenburg Street
1- 1:45 p.m.
June Special Events
Juneteenth Celebration @ Carriage Hills Estate Park - Saturday, 6/18/22 from 2:30-5:30pm
Streets of Sun Prairie: Classic Cars - Thursday, 6/23/22 from 5-7pm
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Public Health Madison & Dane County will be holding walk-in vaccine clinics in the library’s Community Room on Saturdays in June from 1-4pm. Everyone 5 and older is welcome. No ID or insurance required, but children 5-17 must have a parent or guardian present. First, second, and booster doses will be offered. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson available while supplies last.
Sun Prairie Utilities
Sun Prairie Utilities Hydrant Flushing Program
Sun Prairie Utilities has begun our annual hydrant flushing system maintenance. Hydrant flushing is a controlled procedure where water is released from system fire hydrants that is vital to the general maintenance of Sun Prairie’s water distribution system. From April through October each year SPU flushes a little more than half of the system’s 1,800 hydrants.
Sometimes, as the churned-up water passes by your water service on the way to the hydrant, some discolored water may go up into the service line leading to your house, especially if you have a faucet on or an appliance is drawing water. Discolored water is safe to drink and use, however it may stain laundry. If flushing is taking place, try to not open the faucet or use water until the flushing is completed on your street. But if your water is coming out discolored, wait until flushing on your street has subsided and then run a garden hose for five minutes or run a cold-water tap for 10 minutes, until the water runs clear.
If you have questions, please visit our website for our Hydrant Flushing FAQ’s.
Summer Energy Rates
Energy costs more in the summer. Overall customer demand for electricity is at its highest in the summer months, in part because of increased air conditioning use. That often means SPU pays more to purchase the energy resources we deliver to your home. This means your bill is likely to increase during this time of year. You also may notice the Power Cost Adjustment Clause (PCAC) on your bill. Since the cost to generate or buy electricity fluctuates throughout the year, billing adjustments are made to reflect your true cost of power. Each month, base rates are collected representing the utility’s projected cost, then the PCAC rate adds to, or subtracts from, the bill to adjust for SPU’s monthly fluctuations in power costs. When the actual costs are lower than projected this line item is negative, but when the actual costs are higher this line will be an additional charge.
Visit Sun Prairie Utilities website for information on Electric Rates.