MSCR Learn 2 Ride 2019 – 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, pedal stop 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 5 at Memorial High School and Sunday, May 19 at Warner Park. All volunteers receive a t-shirt, snacks and a fun morning outside helping kids learn a new skill.

Full volunteer information and sign up can be found here:

Please share widely with any bike enthusiasts you know.  Facebook event coming soon to facilitate sharing the volunteer info.

Interested in registering a child in Learn 2 Ride? Register online at

Questions – contact Mary at 608-204-3045 or


Spring 2019 Elections

The April 2 Spring Election is for Supreme Court, Mayor, Alderperson, and School Board.  To find out what is on your ballot, visit  Additional information about each candidate is available online, in the candidate’s own words, through the Madison City Channel Know Your Candidates show, and through the Candidates’ Answers questionnaires published by the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

City of Madison residents may vote absentee at any City of Madison Library, Streets East, the City Clerk’s Office, Madison College Truax Campus, and the Madison College South Madison Campus between now and the weekend before Election Day.  Hours and locations are listed here.

Voters who would like the Clerk’s Office to mail them an absentee ballot can submit an absentee request through the MyVote website.  Absentee ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s Office no later than Election Day in order to be counted.

To find your polling location for Election Day, visit   The polls will be open on Tuesday, April 2, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Please contact City of Madison Clerk’s Office with questions:

 City Clerk’s Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Room 103, City-County Building
Madison, WI 53703

Updates from City of Madison, MSCR

Municipal Restored – Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, December 8, 2018
215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
11:00 am – 4:00pm

Mark your calendars, and join your friends and neighbors at the historically renovated Madison Municipal Building.

From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, there will be behind-the-scenes-tours, music and dance, food carts, caterers, and art and participatory art projects.

Bring the family and take advantage of this living history/oral history project, poetry booth, circus jugglers and more!

“After years of study and planning, the City’s investment in renovating this historic building has paid off and we want to share it,” said Mayor Soglin. “This is an opportunity to walk the halls of history and take a look at the restoration of this beautiful facility.

This is a free family-friendly event, and a great opportunity to enjoy downtown Madison.
Facebook Event


Join Us as We Plan for the Future of Public Transit in Madison!

The City of Madison is holding a kickoff meeting for the Madison East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor Study to explore bus rapid transit (BRT) in Madison, and we need your help to make it a success. BRT uses dedicated lanes where feasible, modern stations, and other enhancements to provide fast and cost-effective service to jobs, entertainment, and schools. Madison’s BRT will complement existing Metro routes and be our city’s next big step toward a more sustainable local transit system.

The Madison East-West BRT Planning Study will affect the future of public transit in Madison. It is important that we hear from YOU to ensure that the plan reflects broad community needs and priorities. We hope you can join us!

What: Madison East-West BRT Planning Study – Public Kickoff Open House
When: Wednesday, December 12, 6:00-8:00 PM (presentation at 6:30)
Where: Madison Central Library, Room 302
Why: Join us to learn more about bus rapid transit and the goals of the Madison East-West BRT Planning Study. Share your perspective as we discuss community goals, concerns and priorities related to the future east-west BRT and public transportation in Madison.

Interpreters: Spanish and sign language interpreters will be available at this meeting. Se proveerá de intérprete de español en esta reunion pública.

Everyone is welcome at this community event – including kids!

Event Page – RSVPs appreciated, but not required

Project Website and Online Survey
Visit to:

  • Learn more about the project
  • Access a map of the Madison East-West BRT study area
  • View BRT photos and information about projects in other cities
  • Sign up for project updates, including public meetings and events
  • Sign up to be notified when the online community survey is released on December 5th

Project Contacts:
David Trowbridge, City of Madison, (608) 267-1148,
Zia Brucaya, Urban Assets, (608) 819-6566 x3,


MSCR Pottery Sale
December 13 & 14, 8 am-6 pm
December 15, 9 am-3 pm
3802 Regent Street, Madison, WI

Perfect for holiday shopping, showcasing more than 1,000 pieces created by MSCR pottery instructors, lab participants and program volunteers. Proceeds support the MSCR pottery program. Cash or local checks only.

Forum: Impacts of Climate Change in Madison

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison is putting on a forum which “presents an opportunity for residents to discuss the challenges climate change has presented as well as what adaptations are needed to increase resiliency in these changes times.” 

The event is Wednesday November 14th 6:30-8:00 PM, in Room 260 of the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  The event is open to the public.  Details can be found here.

Future Vision for City of Madison

A few updates from the City about our shared future vision:

  • On Aug 7th, the Imagine Madison Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Common Council.  The final version of the Plan is available online (see link).
  • The Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference is on Sat Nov 17th at the Monona Terrace.  See the link for details.  Registration is $10 for the day. Lunch, Snacks, and Reception included.  There are two sessions directly related to Imagine Madison.
  • Through Imagine Madison, they planned for 70,000 new City of Madison residents by 2040. Dane County as a whole is expected to grow by about 150,000 people over a similar timeframe.  A Greater Madison Vision is an initiative to develop a shared vision and plan to guide public and private decisions about how the larger region – Dane County and surrounding communities – grows, to foster exceptional quality of life, economic opportunity, and a healthy environment for all. Go to to take a 10-minute online survey. You can explore four alternate futures considering housing, transportation, roads, rural preservation, water, and the environment, and provide your priorities on how the region should grow.

City of Madison Neighborhood Indicators Project

The City of Madison Department of Planning asked that we share some information about the Neighborhood Indicators Project:

The City of Madison’s Neighborhood Indicators Project (NIP) has a new website and the latest indicators data are available on this new platform.

City staff are hosting free training workshops open to the community.  City staff will be available to train anyone on how to use NIP using one of your personal devices (laptop, tablet or smartphone) or using one of the computers that will be available on-site (number varies).
The workshops are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, October 10,  5:30-6:30pm (Lussier Community Education Center – CUNA Room, 55 S. Gammon Road)
  • Thursday, October 18, 6:00-7:00pm (The Village on Park – Computer Lab, 2300 S. Park Street)
  • Wednesday, October 24,  6:00– 7:00pm (Goodman Community Center – Bolz Room B, 149 Waubesa Street)

If you plan to attend any of these workshops, reply to Milena Bernardinello

On Saturday, November 17, an additional training will be held as part of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference. Conference registration is required.

In the meantime, please consider the following:

  1. Explore the new NIP website at
  2. Once you have explored the website, Rate us at

Cancelled – Movie Night in Manchester Park

SMNA is sad to report that we have had to cancelled the scheduled Movie Night in Manchester Park. We have encountered unexpected equipment issues with our supplier and our equipment will not be available this weekend.
We apologize for this even more, as this is year number two that we have scheduled and then cancelled this event (last year was weather). Even with this run of bad luck we will try to pursue this event at a later date if we can get the equipment issues resolved and schedules to line up