(to the best of our knowledge, the City of Madison has not embedded any April Fools jokes in here)

Voters are encouraged to confirm their polling place before Election Day! Many polling places in the City of Madison have changed because of redistricting. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office sent postcards to voters in areas impacted by polling place changes in early March. April 5 Election – Voters can view a sample ballot for their address on the MyVote Wisconsin website: www.MyVote.WI.gov .

City CARES Team for Mental Health Emergencies Now Answering Calls City-Wide

On September 1, 2021, the City of Madison launched its Community Alternative Response for EmergencyServices (CARES) Team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls for mental health emergencies. The City announced that CARES Teams, made up of community paramedics and crisis workers, would spend a year learning and innovating before expanding the program in future budgets.

Make Music Madison – Musician Registration Opens & Matchmaking Begins TODAY! –  Make Music Madison is a free, citywide, outdoor day of music held annually on the summer solstice. Initiated in Madison in 2013, our festival is part of the larger Make Music Day, an international summer solstice music celebration occurring in 1,000+ cities across the globe. The 2021 event featured 312 concerts at 112 venues with over 1,000 individual musicians. Registration to perform or host a performance opens this month. Learn more athttp://www.makemusicmadison.org/.

Streets Division Updates

Madison Police Department seeking community input on policing will host focus groups as part of strategic plan. Each one of MPD’s six patrol districts will host a meeting. The meeting will cover broad themes on topics such as community trust, the role of police, community policing, crime and safety, and police staffing.

Below is a list of dates and times for each district’s meeting. 

North District: April 4, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
East District: April 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Central District: April 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
West District: April 11, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Midtown District: April 12 6:30 – 8 p.m.
South District: April 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Earth Day Challenge – Celebrate Earth Day with neighbors and friends by volunteering to clean up your neighborhood park during the Earth Day Challenge! Assist with trash pickup, raking, weeding, removing sticks, and more. Event is on Earth Day, Saturday April 23, 2022. All ages are welcome to participate. Advanced registration is required for anyone 10 years and older:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/calendar/earth-day-challenge-2022 Cleanups at most of the parks will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted on the registration page. Parks already full and with no volunteer openings are not listed.

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