The Lake Edge News

President's Note

Dear neighbors,
After months of dark, dreary, cold weather, I was really looking forward to the rising temps and all things spring.  I supposed we’d just have to wait longer.  I do hope that by this Saturday, the snow would be gone as we’ve our annual neighborhood park clean up event.  For those new to us, this is a long standing event where neighbors come together to clean up our parks in honor of Earth Day.  Bring your own garden tools, carts, gloves, and trash bags.  We’ll have mulch provided by the city at both sites; Quaker Park (4321 Buckeye Road) and Lake Edge Park (511 Park Court) which will be spread around existing flower beds.  Invite a neighbor or two and come join us! 

In other news, I’m pleased to announce that Four Lakes Veterinary Clinic has renewed their sponsorship with LENA.  We look forward to our partnership.  Looking ahead, our next event is the neighborhood garage sale.  Once again we will join forces with our neighbors in Glendale for an event larger event.  Sign up will be available via our website soon.  Please check back often for updates. 

Lastly, I’ve recently reached out to our neighborhood school administrators with an open invite to collaborate and connect.  I’m hoping that we could have a standing column in our newsletter dedicated for neighbors to learn about upcoming events, news, volunteer opportunities, and other pertinent news from our neighborhood schools.  Principal Forehand of Nuestro Mundo Community School was the first to take up on the offer.  Check out the school profile that was provided in this month's edition of the Lake Edge News. 

Note:  Please note the alternate locations for our monthly meetings.  Due to library programming, we are not able to have our meetings at the meeting room of Pinney Library for the majority of the year.  We will send out notifications in advanced indicating the location of the meeting.  

What's New
Happening this Saturday, April 21 - Hope to see you!!
2018 Earth Day Park Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 21 starting at 9AM.  We will meet at Quaker Park (on Buckeye Road) and head over to Lake Edge Park at approximately 9:30AM.  Please bring along garden tools such as a rake, gloves, and trash bags.  Also, in a continued effort to minimize the spread of the invasive jumping worms, please consider disinfecting or rinsing your gardening tools.  Hope to see you there!
Pinney Library Update

Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Library Supervisor

April 4th marked the official groundbreaking for the site that will house the new Pinney Library at Royster Corners. Over the past six months, much progress has been made on the design for the new library, with library staff working with OPN Architects to meet the goals and vision of our eastside community. We are thrilled to see the library taking shape, with lots of spaces for community events, group collaboration, reading, reflection, study, and connecting with the wider world through technology. The new library will be a place for community members of all ages and backgrounds to learn, share and create.
We’re especially excited about the opportunities that youth and families will have to develop literacy skills through interactive play. The new space will foster creativity, imagination, problem-solving and reflection while helping young children feel rooted in community. We’re excited to have ample space to promote interaction between children and their caregivers, while maintaining other areas of the library for those who seek to engage in activities that require more individualized concentration.
The new library will feature a large community room that accommodates a seated audience of 100 people and can be subdivided into two smaller program rooms, a separate program room for storytime and other youth activities, five private study rooms, a reading room, and a space for community-based arts activities that we are calling the Studio. In addition to the early literacy areas, there will be dedicated space for school-age kids to read, study and participate in activities that build skills and foster creativity. Updated plans for the new library will be presented at the upcoming Annual Meeting for the Friends of Pinney Library on Thursday, May 3 rd from 6:30-7:15 pm.
In addition to the excitement about the new library, Pinney is also looking forward to a fun summer of engaging events and connecting people in our community. Starting May 19 th , we’ll be hosting a three-month series of workshops with neighbor and artist, Eric Adjetey Anang. Eric is a Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. He was born in Teshie, Ghana, where he lived and ran the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop building custom coffins, a family tradition started by this grandfather. During his time in Madison as the Bubbler artist-in- residence, Eric will be interacting with the public through hosting workshops on woodworking with hand tools, while creating his next life-size wooden coffin in the library.
Pinney is also partnering with the newly formed Southeast Community Network, a group of social service providers who are coordinating their work to better serve eastside communities, and our eastside MPD neighborhood resource officers to host a monthly Community Coffee. Please stop by Pinney on the second Tuesday of the month between 10-11 am for coffee and conversation with neighbors and people who work to make the eastside a healthy  place to live.
Also, in addition to our longstanding Tuesday evening book group (4 th Tuesday, 7-8 pm), we have a new afternoon book group for adults starting up the spring! The group meets from 2:30-3:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. New participants are always welcome!
Member's Corner

10 Mistakes I Made in My Vegetable Garden So You Don't Have To

If you're not getting real results from your garden then gardening isn't as rewarding of a pastime it could be.  Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones!  Our neighbor, Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she's made in her (and others') gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season. 

Tuesday, April 17 @6:30PM
Pinney Library

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This is the year to join the thousands of Madison households that have participated in the annual
Madison Compost Bin and Rain Barrel event.
When it comes to easy, cost-effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, rain barrels and
compost bins provide an eco one-two for your home! Harvesting rainwater for your plants saves money
and reduces stormwater run-off into local waterways.
It is estimated that our urban communities contribute about 30% of the total phosphorus that enter in
lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, Kegonsa, and Wingra from runoff. And rather than sending more
stuff to the landfill, compost bins will help you create nutrient rich soil by turning yard waste and food
scraps into organic fuel for the garden.
Compost bins and 50 and 100 gallon rain barrels with diverters are available at discounted prices on
Saturday May 12th at the Alliant Energy Center north parking lot from 10am – 2pm. Supplies are limited,
pre-ordering is strongly recommended. Pre-order online before May 1 st with the promo code MAD18
and save an additional $10 off. For more information visit

Membership Matters

Why? Because it's a way to connect with one another, build relations, and contribute to the community.  LENA membership is based on the calendar year.  Be sure to renew your membership.  Membership fees are $10/household per calendar year.  Forms and sign up information available on our website: Membership  Note that we're now accepting payment online via our website.  If you're unsure of your membership status, drop an email to Steve McCarthy, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator at  
We have had a successful launch and we're happy to announce the continuance of the program with our partner, My Fine Homestead.  We are now enrolling for the 2018 season (sign up directly with farm). 
Do you know that there are links embedded in the graphics and within the text throughout?  Be sure to click on for more information!

 Join Us!

4/21 - Earth Day Park Cleanup
5/9 - LENA Meeting @Pinney Library
TBD - LENA Membership Drive
6/13 - LENA Meeting @Lake Edge Lutheran Church
6/22-6/23 - Neighborhood Garage Sale

7/11 - LENA Meeting @Pinney Library
8/12 - Annual Picnic @Lake Edge Park
Volunteers Needed to help with any of the upcoming events.  Email Lake Edge board members for details. 
School Connection
Nuestro Mundo Community School provides a unique educational experience for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Our culturally diverse staff is dedicated to developing bilingualism and biliteracy in all students. Our students strive for academic excellence through the combination of high educational standards, dual-language instruction and a wealth of cultural resources. We believe that a great education comes from great teaching, positive meaningful relationships with students, and strong connections with families. Our school improvement efforts this year are centered on developing resilience in our teachers, students and families.

To read more click here
Around Us
Yard waste collection for the spring began April 2.  Streets Division crews will provide two collection opportunities for each Madison neighborhood. Please take two minutes for the video to learn how to protect your lawn and our lakes by following proper yard waste collection techniques. In addition, visit and click on Pickup Schedule to learn when to place material to curb. 

For more info contact:  Bryan Johnson, City of Madison Streets Division, Recycling Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Office: 608-267-2626.
Check out the newsfeed for up-to-date events and news that effect us on our website: Lake Edge News and Neighborhood News

The Biergarten at Olbrich Park is hiring for the upcoming 2018 season!  Check out the job description here.
Register online at or in person at MSCR Hoyt ,3802 Regent St.
MSCR Learn 2 Ride - Call for Volunteers
MSCR's Learn 2 Ride event teaches children and their adults easy, innovative techniques to get kids riding solo on two wheels!  Kids learn to balance, glide, pedal and steer on a closed course.  We are expecting over 300 kids this year.    
We need volunteers to make this happen.  Volunteers work as helmet fitters, bike course trainers and bike mechanics.  This is great for anyone who likes, bikes, kids and/or being outdoors. We train all volunteers, no prior skills need. We have two dates, Sunday, May 6 at Memorial HS and Sunday, May 20 at Warner Park. All volunteers receive a tshirt, snacks and a fun morning outside helping kids learn a new skill.      
Questions - contact Andrea at 608-204-3045 or
Ride the Drive 2018
 The tradition continues! Madison Parks is pleased to bring Ride the Drive back for its 10th year!  Stroll, roll, pedal or glide to three downtown area parks on Sunday, June 3 from 11:00am to 3:00pm! Ride the Drive is a free, community event and continues to be a celebration of Madison’s commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle. Volunteers are essential to the success of Ride the Drive and this year is no exception. We will need upwards of 70 volunteers (maybe neighborhood association groups!) and online registration is open. Local companies and organizations interested in promoting their business may contact
A new day-camp on the UW-Madison campus this summer will focus on the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans (July 23 to August 3). Students entering sixth through twelfth grades are eligible for this pre-college summer immersion experience in classical antiquity.

Contact:  William  or Wendy
Our Sponsors
Thank you to our neighborhood sponsors!  Please consider renewing sponsorship for the year 2018. 
Ask Us About Sponsorship Opportunities
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