Sunday, September 6, 2015

Next SNA Meeting is Monday September 14

Meeting Agenda for Monday, September 14, 2015—6:30 p.m.
Warner Park Community Recreation Center Meeting Room

SNA Regular Business 
--Minutes (Pat)(attached)
--Treasurer’s Report* (Megan)
Old Business 
--Report on huge success of Neighborhood Beautification Grant (“Art in the Yard”)(Alexis)—yay team!
--Safety/stoplight issues at Packers and Schlimgen—emailed information from Brian Smith, city engineer
--Proposed mixed-use project at “triangle” corner of N. Sherman/Fordem/Sherman (across from Kappel’s Clock Shop)—Nancy Thayer-Hart, neighbor from immediate area
New Business 
--Update on Northside Planning  Council (Pat & Dolores) 
--Declaring our neighborhood a Pollinator-Friendly habitat? (Dolores)
--This summer in Warner Park: crane chicks, Wild Warner, etc
--EYESORES (abandoned Hertz lot; All Auto lot on N. Sherman next to La Bellitalia; car repair property up for sale, known as Zippy Lube)
--Constitutional amendment re: money in politics? (Lynette and Dorothy)

--Save the date: Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference Sat, Oct 24th at Warner Park Center (WPCRC)
--Annual Dane County Alzheimer’s Walk Sat, October 10 at the Warner Park Shelter (registration 7:45 / Walk at 9 a.m.) to be followed by the North/Eastside Senior Coalition’s AppleFest at WPCRC

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sherman Neighborhood Association Items of Interest, August 2015

  One-Time Events

Saturday, August 8, 2015: A Taste of FEED

4-7:30pm, FEED Kitchens, 1219 N. Sherman Ave

There will be tables and tents, dinner options, entertainment and activities.  And that’s just outside! Come on in the Kitchens for a tour of this state-of-the-art commercial kitchen. Many food businesses that have started at FEED will be on hand to share samples of their products and tell you how they started their businesses.
Find more information at:

Saturday, August 29, 2015: Pound the Pavement for the Warner Pool

9am, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Registration at 8:00 am, walk starts at 9 am.
Join a team or sign up individually. $15/adult, $10/18 and younger. Make checks payable
to Warner Park Community Recreation Center–Circle of Friends (WPCRC–CoF) and drop off or mail to WPCRC, 1625 Northport Dr., Madison, WI 53704.

Sunday, August 30, 2015: Sunday Supper

4-6:00pm, Warner Park Shelter 1625 Northport Drive

Free and all welcome! Summer is here and so is sweet corn. Come on down to the park for a free meal with family and friends in a "no agenda" atmosphere.
Find more information by calling Dale at 217-9631


Ongoing Events

2015 Art Cart
Sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and MSCR

The Art Cart is a free, traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences to children ages 3+ and their families. Highlights features the re-painting of the Vilas Park Shoe the week of July 14! Groups larger than 8 people are limited to one visit per summer and MUST pre-register by calling 608.204.3021.
For more information, including schedule and map of locations:

2015 Northside Farmers Market
8:30am-12:30pm Sundays, Northside TownCenter,
2817 N Sherman Ave.

Enjoy locally grown produce, organics, meats, eggs, refreshments, live enter- tainment, local artists, and great friends and neighbors, too. Visit www. northside or Facebook www. Upcoming events include:
         Corn Boil, August9
         Free Yoga in August, 8:30am-9:30am
Double Dollars program for SNAP/Food share card holders during regular market hours. Visit the information booth.

Monday, May 25, 2015


Monday, July 6, 2015
6:30pm to 7:45pm
Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Drive

Details to be posted closer to meeting time.


Sherman Neighborhood Items of Interest

2015 Art Cart
Sponsored by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and MSCR

The Art Cart is a free, traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences to children ages 3+ and their families. Highlights features the re-painting of the Vilas Park Shoe the week of July 14! Groups larger than 8 people are limited to one visit per summer and MUST pre-register by calling 608.204.3021.
For more information, including schedule and map of locations:

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Northside United and Year of Equity Future Plans

The Northside Planning Council (NPC) was pleased to create Northside United in the fall of 2013 as a community group for interested neighbor leaders and others to come together, share information about Northside happenings, and identify needs that the community could tackle together.  There are many on the Northside that have missed a larger community group since the NPC structure evolved to a smaller, more traditional non-profit board of directors and we hoped that the United group would recreate the opportunity for wider community engagement. During 2014 the group learned about Northside issues and considered several possible things they might work on together.

During this time the Race for Equity report for Dane County was widely shared and as a result the group decided to focus on racial disparity issues specific to the Northside. This culminated in the launch of a Year of Equity and a kick-off Racial Equity Forum held on January 26th at Sherman Middle School. The forum was attended by 120 interested people. A smaller group of about 20-25 have met twice since then to plan for additional 2015 activities and events. See the Year of Equity recommended plans in the next section.

Since the January forum, some organizational changes have occurred at NPC, resulting in less staff capacity to support multiple groups and efforts. Therefore we have had to make some tough decisions on where to focus staff, board, and volunteer efforts.  We will continue to support the Year of Equity as outlined below. For the Northside United group in general we need to make a few changes to ensure that we can manage the various commitments to the community.

·        The Northside United meetings will move to quarterly and coincide with NPC Board Meetings. On a quarterly basis, Northside United will piggy-back on the 3rd Wednesday meeting of the NPC Board.

·        This will begin on May 20 with additional 2015 meetings on August 19 and November 18. If this works for 2015, then subsequent meetings would be on the 3rd Wednesdays in February May, August, and November.

·        The times of the Northside United meetings will be 7pm to 8:30pm following a 6-7pm short NPC Board Meeting. Board meetings are open meetings and anyone is welcome to sit in on the NPC Board meeting prior to the United meeting.

·        Neighborhood associations and other Northside community organizations will be encouraged to participate on United. This will allow information to be shared and to ensure that other members are aware of activities and efforts.

·        We will seek a few Northsiders to assist with agendas and meeting planning that would function as a Northside United Steering Committee. At least two NPC Board members would also serve on the steering committee.

·        These regularly Northside United meeting agendas will be primarily to share information and find ways to partner on various efforts and opportunities.  Speakers may be invited or special topics of interest planned for some meetings. One standing agenda items in 2015 would be an update on Equity efforts but this would not be the only meeting topic.

·        If there are new ideas and projects that are suggested at the United meetings, a core group of interested members would take the lead on that effort. NPC can provide some assistance with basic printing and promotion with the Northside News,, and Facebook. Other coordination and expenses would need to be provided by those interested and by additional funds raised. NPC can serve as fiscal agent for any funds that are raised or provided by grants, etc.

·        If the suggested project fits into current NPC Goals and there are potential funds available through grants or donations, NPC may be able to assist with seeking that funding.

We feel confident that this plan is one that we have the capacity to support. The NPC Board and United Steering Committee would review this structure at the end of 2015 by seeking feedback from the regular attendees.

2015 Year of Equity

NPC has been honored to work with so many passionate Northsiders in recent months who want to tackle disparities in our community.  Though we have recently had to make some tough organizational decisions that reduced our staff capacity, we are committed to supporting the 2015 Year of Equity.  There have been two meetings since the January forum with wide-ranging discussions about what else to do in 2015.

Based on the ideas suggested and on our current capacity and similarly aligned goals NPC, will be able to do so in the following ways.

1.      COMMUNITY BOOK READING -  Coordinate with the Lakeview Library to choose two books to read in 2015 and provide opportunities for discussion about the book. This could be with meetings at the library as well as online blog options. The chosen books would be publicized at the Library and in the June/July and Oct/Nov issues of the Northside News.

2.      COMMUNITY SUPPERS - A core group of NPC, Warner Park center, MSSCR, the Northside Farmer's Market, and Boomerangs host a free supper on months with a 5th Sunday. We commit to working even harder to attract a diverse crowd from all Northside neighborhoods. We will also develop fun, non-threatening strategies to encourage attendees to meet new Northsiders. Guest hosts are invited to help with each supper.

3.      NORTHSIDE NEWS - A focus on the Year of Equity with related articles in the Northside News and an increase in contributors of color. This would include but not be limited to the annual August/Sept Youth issue.

4.      ANOTHER FORUM - NPC would work with a committee of interested community leaders to host a 2nd forum, possibly in the fall or perhaps again in January 2016.

Meetings would be convened as needed to plan for the above activities. A core group of interested individuals would be welcome to be part of this committee and then can also report back to the Northside United meetings.

If there are additional activities that others want to pursue, NPC can provide some support with printing and promotion but leadership and any funding support would need to be provided by other individuals or organizations.

Steve Reese, NPC Board Vice Chair

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Happening Monday, May 4, 2015 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Drive--6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details to Follow Closer to Meeting Date

Events of interest for the Sherman Neighborhood

Friday, April 17, 2015 at Cherokee Country Club
6:00 p.m. Social hour with free hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and the opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items. Bingo at 7:00 with a $100 prize per game. Come dressed in formal attire (suit and black tie or a dress) if you so desire.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Lakeview Library
1:30–3 pm

Organized by Community GroundWorks. In this hands-on, family friendly presentation, you will hear about Lakeview’s seed library, learn strategies for garden planning, and practice methods for effective seed starting.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center
6–8 pm

This is a large-scale community meeting to launch the Warner Park “visioning” process. We will discuss a vision of what Warner Park should look like in the next 20–30 years.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at VSA Wisconsin 1709 Aberg Ave.
2–4 pm

Nearly 230 two and three-dimensional works of art by artists with disabilities will be on view. Some artwork is for sale and many artists will be on hand to discuss their work. More information at or 241-2131.

Kickoff is Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Northside Town Center
8:30 am–12:30 pm (And every Sunday through October)

Enjoy locally grown produce, organics, meats, eggs, refreshments, live entertainment, local artists and great friends and neighbors, too. Parking is free. Visit or Facebook

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Happening Monday, May 4, 2015 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Drive--6:30pm to 8:00pm
Details to Follow Closer to Meeting Date

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Events of interest for Sherman Neighborhood

Mondays and Thursdays (through April 13, 2015)
1:00pm to 4:00pm
By appointment only. Free assistance from VITA volunteers to help you fill out and file your Wisconsin and Federal personal income taxes. Call 246-4547 to reserve a half-hour appointment.
FEED Kitchen information events: 
Find out more about the FEED facilities on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Located at 1219 N. Sherman Avenue.

Friday, March 13, 2015, at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr.
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Have a beach-themed evening with a movie, a dance and family-oriented activities. Cost is $5 per family.

Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Warner Park Community Recreation Center
4:00pm to 6:30pm
$15 donation to support FEED Kitchens,  for supper and one-of-a-kind bowl to take home. Family Discount for additional bowls for family members. Kids under 7 are free (no bowl to tak home, however).  Visit:

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Warner Park Shelter
Topic:Castle Creek Awakes. Walk along the small creek that runs through Warner Park and the lagoon to Lake Mendota. Dogs must be on leashes. Contact Paul Noeldner at 698-0104.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Lakeview Library
9:00am to 4:00am
Members-only sale Friday, March 20 from 6:00pm to 7:45pm. Saturday bag sale, 2:00pm to 4:00pm. All proceeds support library programs.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy a free meal of simple comfort food, an open gym for children of all ages, and an opportunity to meet other Northsiders in a relaxed atmosphere. The menu will be Irish Stew, with pie for dessert.