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The Lake Edge News

President's Note

Our digital launch was a success!  There were over 150 unique visitors to our website in the first month and well over 700 page views.  The electronic newsletter was well received as well with over 60% recipients opening the newsletter all within the first eight hours it was sent.  We hope the trend continues positively and we are able to communicate more frequently with the monthly publication schedule.  What about the paper-based publication we used receive twice a year?  Well, not to worry because we will continue to communicate and engage with all residents in the neighborhood via our reformatted LENA newsletter.  Keep an eye out as the first edition is scheduled for distribution this month!  
Thank you to our neighborhood sponsors, MG&E and JR's Mulch for their continued generosity and in taking the leap with us.  And Movin' Out, a new addition to our sponsors this month.  We look forward to many more collaborations!  
The Earth Day clean up effort was commendable.  We've more than doubled the turnout this year and collected two very large brush and leaf piles.  Check out the website for pictures taken from the event!  Lastly, the LENA board has planned many fun and exciting events in the upcoming weeks.  We hope to see you at one of these events. 

What's New
Have your plants taken over your yard or do you have an over-abundance of a certain variety?  Join LENA in its first ever neighborhood plant exchange event on May 21.  Visit the website for more details.  
Join LENA in a Wednesday night pub crawl on May 25.  We'll meet in front of the Pinney Library and walk over to the Jade Monkey.  We'll work our way east on Cottage Grove Road, ending at Mike's Horseshoe Bar.  Be sure to attend, meet some new neighbors, and support the local pubs!  More details here...

LENA Membership

Do you know that for only $10/year or approximately $0.83/month is all you need to become a LENA member?  LENA relies on your support to print the newsletters, fund the summer picnic, pizza party, and many other community building expenses sponsored by the association.  Join us today!

Run - Walk Health Series

The first ever LENA run-walk health series initiated Saturday, May 7 at 8AM.  However, due to the weather or the events around the city, no one showed up.  After further deliberation by the LENA board members, it was decided that 8AM Saturday morning was too early and decision was made to reschedule for a week night meeting; Thursdays at 6:30PM starting on May 26.  The group will meet weekly for at least 8 weeks with the goal to participate in a celebratory, formal 5K run-walk race as a group.  


This is an annual event at the Frank Allis Elementary School.  The event is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 3 from 11AM to 3PM.  Follow us on Facebook for more information!
Member's Corner

Summer Music Events

by Ashley Bergeron, LENA At-Large Member

It’s that time of year again! Summer in Madison is fast approaching, and that means the season of outdoor music, food carts, and festivals is almost here.  There are two great outdoor music events that are a short walk or bike ride from our wonderful neighborhood: Sunset Music Sessions at the East Side Club and Summer Concert Series at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. MORE.....

Run-Walk and 5K

by Angela Jenkins, LENA President

5K or approximately 3.1069 miles is a long way.  I can’t do it.  It’s too hard.  Believe me, I’ve been there.  As a sprinter in my younger days, I have never been able to run any distance greater than 800M, let alone one mile!  This changed when I decided to give running a try one fall, a few years back as I convinced my friend to sign up for a running class offered by the MSCR.  Yes, I paid to run. MORE....

Allis Heritage Garden

The first workshop, Planning Your Garden was held on April 26.  We hope that many of the Lake Edge residents were able to attend and take advantage of this great opportunity.  Garden work days with potluck picnics will begin in June on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7:30PM.  This event is open to all LENA members and residents.  RSVP is not required.  

3rd Annual LENA Garage Sale

When: Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25
Sign up here!
A Word From Our Sponsor.......

Grand Opening Celebration

Located in the redevelopment area of the former Royster Clark manufacturing site the first project called Pinney Lane Apartments is nearing completion.  The new mixed use 28 acre neighborhood which will include a new public library, other commercial spaces and a variety of mixed use buildings will include approximately 340 housing units in a mix of single and multi-family buildings when completed.  The new neighborhood called Royster Crossing is being developed by Rudebusch Development and Construction who sold the multifamily lot to Movin’ Out and Stone House Development for their 70 unit apartment building.  The building also includes 3,000 square feet of commercial office space which is now the corporate headquarters of Movin’ Out, Inc.  A public open house celebration for the grand opening of the project is scheduled for Thursday June 9th from 4:00 till 6:30 at the project located at 902 Royster Oaks Drive.  Movin’ Out, Inc. is a statewide nonprofit housing organization with a mission of providing housing opportunities for families that include a family member with a permanent disability.  For further information please contact Tim Radelet Executive Director at or (608) 229-6911.
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities

             Join Us!

5/7/2016 - LENA Fitness Series (on-going)
5/21/2016 - Plant and Seed Exchange
5/25/2016 - Special Recruitment / Pub Crawl
6/16/2016 - Lake Edge Shelter Re-Opening
6/24/2016 - Neighborhood Garage Sale
8/14/2016 - Summer Picnic
10/23/2016 - Rake Fest
10/29/2016 - Fall Fest
Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
Around Us


Monday, May 30 2016
Parade begins at the 4400 block of Monona Drive, beginning at 10 a.m., and the road will be closed to traffic at 9 a.m.
USH 51 and Cottage Grove Road Reconstruction Update: 
Cottage Grove Road will continue to have single lane closures in each direction through the summer for the new bridge construction.  
WisDOT and the City of Madison have websites with more detail regarding this project and the adjacent City of Madison roadway projects.  See the following links.

Be prepared to fare increase this fall.  Residents are encouraged to provide feedback via the online form.  Full information available here
– Contact Mary Schmelzer at 608-310- 7280 or 

RSVP Driver Services needs drivers for seniors, veterans/vet family members, and meal delivery in communities across Dane County, Mon.-Fri., between 8:00am-4:00pm. Demand for rides is increasing as the senior population is growing. Volunteers receive mileage reimbursement and extra liability insurance; and help seniors/veterans live independently. Scheduling is flexible!

– Contact Diana Jost at 441-1393 or

Come One, Come All! Learn to use the bus! Bus Buddy Tours offer seniors age 60 and over an opportunity to go on a group trip by city bus to a designated location while learning how to navigate the Madison Metro Bus System. The program was designed to help ease the way for those who are not used to using the bus system while creating a fun social group outing for those involved. To join us for any of these fun trips or more information, contact Diana Jost.

 UW Allen Centennial Gardens, Wednesday June 8, 1:00 pm

 Farmers Market off the Square and Monona Terrace, Wednesday July 13, 11:00 am

 UW Geology Museum and Union South, Thursday August 11, 10:30 am

 RSVP Annual Triad Conference, Friday September 30, 8:00 AM
Our Sponsors
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