To all of the mothers (in whatever capacity you mother), I hope you feel loved and supported today by those around you. I'm so grateful for the way you love your family and the people around you. To my mother, I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for helping make me who I am and influencing how I show up in the world. 

This last week was full of amazingness. Alder Duncan and I participated in Equality Day at the Capitol last Wednesday. There are so many attacks on those of us in the LGBTQ+ community that could make us crumble, but those of you who showed up to ask for the consideration of our state elected officials was inspiring. Thanks to all of the elected officials who met with us and heard us out. 

I was also honored to have been given a tour of Olbrich Gardens. Olbrich is such a treausre to have in our district and I also got to see a family of racoons. There are some wonderful things happening or are going to happen soon over there including the restoration of the Thai Pavillion. I love our district!

I'd like to thank David for letting me know about a family of foxes near W. Lakeview Ave. If you have fluffy family, please make sure that you're keeping your eyes open for foxes and cyotes. 

We are just in the beginning of the season, and with spring/summer comes potholes and construction. If you come across a pothole, you can report it here!

Here are some project pages that you can refer to:

Atwood Project
Dempsey/Davies Project begins in June
Hudson, Miller, Willard, Center, Sommers Reconstruction begins in June

Update: Rudebush will be presenting their plans in June for the next phase of Royster Corners and the property at the corner of Pinney St. and Dempsey which will include Apartments as well as some retail. 

This week I will have working hours for you to come visit and chat about what's happening in the area on May 18th from 10am-11am at Garver. We'll be on the patio if weather cooperates.

I hope you all have an incredible week.

Alder Dina Nina

Meeting & Event Highlights for the Week of May 15, 2023


LENA Meeting - In the Park With Pizza!
When: Mon, May 15, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: Lake Edge Park, 511 Park Ct, Madison, WI 53716, USA (map )

We are excited to announce that our May LENA meeting will be in Lake Edge Park in person! No Zoom!

Our new District 15 Alder, Dina Nina Martinez-Rutherford will be our guest!  Dina Nina will tell us a bit about her first weeks as Alder and discuss some issues effecting our neighborhood.   We will have a few more agenda items as we get closer to the day.

At 6:00pm there will be a sign making activity.  We plan to create some positive energy for all!  Supplies provided

The meeting will begin around 6:45

Please RSVP to this google doc so we have an idea how much to order: 

Weather:  If it's decent out then we'll proceed. If it's thunderstorms then we'll decide on the day and update email and socials with details.WhenMon, May 15, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Eastside Alders Meet and Greet Event 5/26, 5:30-7:30pm at La Taguara

Join Alders Jael Currie (D16), Sabrina Madison (D17), Derek Field (D3) and myself at La Taguara for an East Side Alder Meet & Greet. Light refreshments will be provided. Special thanks to Alder Madison for the idea and getting us together! We hope to see you there! 
Eastside Alders Meet and Greet May 26, 2023 at La Taguara, 5:30-7:30pm

Common Council: The Common Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 in hybrid format at 6:30 PM. Agenda items include recognizing and honoring Leslie Watkins for her exceptional contributions to the community; and amending the City of Madison Official Map to establish mapped reservations for future streets and highways in the City of Madison consistent with recommendations in the adopted the Greater East Towne Area Plan; and more!

Economic Development Committee: The Economic Development Committee will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2023 in virtual format at 5:00 PM. Agenda items include adopting the Final Report of the Task Force on Farmland Preservation & more!

Bartillon Shelter Public Meeting, Wednesday, May 17, 2023: The City of Madison is collaborating with Dane County to plan for and design a purpose-built shelter facility that will serve primarily men in our community who experience homelessness. The facility, to be built at 1904 Bartillon Drive, will be Madison’s first purpose-built shelter. Please join the City of Madison, Dane County and Porchlight, Inc at one of the three upcoming public information meetings to get an overview of the project, pre-design concepts and information on next steps.

  • 5:30-7 p.m., May 17, 2023, in person at Hawthorne Library, 2707 E Washington Ave., Madison, Wis., 53704


  • East Side Farmers' Market, Tuesday, May 16, 2023: The Eastside Farmers' Market is Madison Wisconsin’s finest weekday farmers' market. Our goal is to bring the freshest Wisconsin grown food direct to the heart of the East side. Our vendor members are agricultural producers and food artisans who make value added products from Wisconsin's agricultural bounty.
  • Movin' Out Financial Literacy Series (#2 - Budgeting), Tuesday, May 16, 2023: The City of Madison, in partnership with Movin’ Out, invite South Madison residents to participate in Movin’ Out’s financial wellness series! This six-session financial literacy program covers a range of topics to provide a solid understanding of the fundamentals of personal finance. In between sessions, interested participants can work with Movin’ Out’s Counseling staff on their own financial goals toward homeownership. 
  • Dane County Farmers' Market - Wednesday Market, Wednesday, May 17, 2023: The Wednesday Dane County Farmers’ Market is located on the 200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, in between the Madison Municipal Building and the City County Building. While more intimate than the Saturday Market, you will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers’ Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, bakery items, cut flowers, plants, and many specialty items.
  • Edna Taylor Volunteer Day, Wednesday, May 17, 2023: Madison Parks and the Friends of Edna Taylor Conservation Park are seeking volunteers in conservation to assist in removing invasive plants in the park. Participants will learn plant identification, conservation methods, and help remove garlic mustard. Bags, gloves and instructions will be provided. 
  • Voices of Color with Host Melvin Hinton, Thursday, May 18, 2023:  Our community is a rich mix of many different cultures. Being an inclusive community means learning about and appreciating our differences. It means unlearning stereotypes and ideas that we may have of one another; some of which are ingrained in the fabric of society. Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am to learn about and meet individuals whose diverse leadership is shaping the future of our community. A virtual presentation sponsored by the Madison Senior Center.
  • Wright Design Series: Taliesin Then and Now, Thursday, May 18, 2023: Ryan Hewson has been a preservation staff member at Taliesin since 2008.  In his current role, he is responsible for the oversight and planning of preservation. Hewson received his Master’s degree in Architecture from The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
    You’ll learn about the history of the buildings on the Taliesin property that served as Wright’s architectural laboratory.  And Hewson will discuss preservation techniques and plans that are underway, and share different ways to engage with what’s happening at Taliesin now.
  • Annual Spring Break-A-Way 3on3 Basketball Tournament Series, Friday, May 19, 2023: After March Madness, the real tournament begins with the Annual Spring Break-A-Way 3on3 Basketball Tournament Series. Northside teens compete in a double-elimination tournament while enjoying a free meal. With on-site registration, players simply have to show up with two friends, or we will find a team for drop-in players. The tournament series is held on Friday nights: April 28, May 19 & May 26 (5pm-8pm), and includes middle school and high school divisions.
  • Volunteer Day at The Glen, Saturday, May 20, 2023: The Glen Golf Park is establishing an ongoing volunteer program that helps volunteers learn, grow personally and gain professional experience. Projects vary and include land management of natural areas - weeding, planting, seed collection, woody plant removal; Horticultural detailing - maintaining landscape beds, mulching, weeding; and more! 
  • HUD-Approved Homebuyer Education, Saturday, May 20, 2023: Take the first step to owning a home, and join us in this Home Buyer Education Workshop. This FREE HUD-Approved homebuyer educationworkshop takes place in person and lunch is provided. 
  • Heritage Sanctuary Volunteer Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023: Madison Parks is seeking volunteers in conservation to assist in removing invasive plants in Heritage Sanctuary Conservation Park. Participants will learn plant identification, conservation methods, ecological restoration efforts and methods, as well as park history. 
  • Bird & Nature Adventures – Starkweather Creek Area, Saturday, May 20, 2023: Explore the Creek with James Winkelman ~ Join James Winkelman and Friends of Starkweather Creek for a free fun family-friendly canoe outing or take a healthy nature walk, bike ride or canoe outing any day in May along Starkweather Creek!  Some canoes will be provided, bring your own canoe or kayak and vest and paddles if you have them. Join the Friends to help support preserving this amazing urban waterway ecosystem! 
  • Edna Taylor Volunteer Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023: Madison Parks and the Friends of Edna Taylor Conservation Park are seeking volunteers in conservation to assist in removing invasive plants in the park. Participants will learn plant identification, conservation methods, and help remove garlic mustard. Bags, gloves and instructions will be provided. 
  • Picnic in the Park, Saturday, May 20, 2023: Step back in time to a 1950s cocktail club as we re-create the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive's Annual Banquet which brought private citizens together & sparked the creation of our public parks as we know them today. The tradition continues at Burrows Park & features an expertly crafted, themed event that includes lavish food & drinks as well as live music to help us celebrate 128 years of Madison Parks!
  • WORTstock, Sunday, May 21, 2023: WORTstock is WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio's multicultural live music festival with food and craft vendors, info tables, prize raffle, and children's activities.
  • Bird & Nature Adventures – Warner Park, Sunday, May 21, 2023: Looking for Lichens with Steven Ansorge ~ Join Naturalist Steven Ansorge to look for and learn about the fascinating world of Lichens!  These simple-looking growths on rocks and trees are surprisingly complex hybrid organisms based on a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) combination of fungus and algae.  Their ability to grow on bare rock and break down minerals helps create the foundations of life for other organisms. Lichens only thrive when the air is clean and are used as a scientific indicator of air quality.
  • Movie at The Glen – Moana, Sunday, May 21, 2023: Grab a blanket or bring a lawn chair and head over to The Glen for yard games and a movie! All are welcome!


  • Meadowlands and Tree Lane Resource Fairs: Does your organization provide activities, resources, or services that could benefit the children and families living in the Meadowlands and Tree Lane Apartments this summer?  Public Health Madison & Dane County is hosting resource fairs at each of these locations in May.

Meadowlands Apartments – 6810 Milwaukee St., Saturday, May 20th 12-3pm

Tree Lane Family Apartments – 7933 Tree Ln., Wednesday, May 24th 3-6 pm

If you would like to attend one or both of these fairs, please complete the following survey to assist with planning. Or contact our team at

YES MY ORG WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND! Responses requested by Friday, May 12, 2023!





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