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Org seeks families for Habitat homes; meetings scheduled in April

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will hold two meetings in April for families interested in partnering with the organization to become homeowners.

A meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr. in Madison.

A second meeting will be held April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie.

HHDC acquired 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie earlier this year and is currently seeking local families to participate.

The homes will be built in the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods, according to the Sun Prairie Star... Read More

Library will take food to pay off overdue fines

The Sun Prairie Public Library will be taking food to pay off overdue book fines during the month of February.

Customers with overdue fines will get $1 off their fine for every item brought to the library for up to $10, according to a release. The program does not apply to lost or damaged fees.

Items that qualify for the program include canned goods, pasta, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, body soap, mouthwash, toothpaste, dried goods and shampoo.

Organizers said all donations will remain in the community.

Sun Prairie will celebrate its 66th annual Groundhog Day

Sun Prairie will celebrate Groundhog Day this Sunday, Feb. 2 in downtown’s Cannery Square.

It is the 66th annual Groundhog Day event. The celebration begins when Jimmy the Groundhog arrives with his traditional fire truck escort just before 7 a.m. and the official Groundhog Day prognostication will take place at sunrise, approximately 7:12 a.m.

As legend has it, the mayor of Sun Prairie, the only human with knowledge of "groundhogese," will speak with Jimmy and learn of his prediction of six more weeks of winter, or an early spring.

The celebration will continue after Jimmy makes his prediction

Market Street Diner, located just off Cannery Square at 110 Market St., hosts an annual Groundhog Day buffet.

Children’s activities will be provided by the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department in the community room at the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main just after the prognostication through 10 a.m. on Sunday.

40th annual Groundhog Ball Saturday to feature music, dancing

The Knights of Columbus Council 4879 will sponsor the 40th annual Groundhog Ball on Feb. 1, the evening before the burden of a spring forecast is put on the shadow of Sun Prairie’s own Jimmy the Groundhog.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 11 p.m. at The Round Table, 1611 N. Bristol St. in Sun Prairie. Tickets are $7 and there will be light snacks, dancing and music. Guests must be 21 years or older... Read More

Meeting scheduled for info on creating neighborhood watch

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies will be holding an informational meeting Wednesday on how to start a neighborhood watch program, according to a release.

Neighborhood watch is one of the oldest and most effective prevention programs in the country, organizers said. The program is sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association and brings citizens and law enforcement together to focus on community safety.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bristol Town Hall at 7747 Highway N, according to the release. The meeting will include a question and answer portion for residents.

Shuttle service to add morning commuter trip

The Sun Prairie shuttle service will be adding a morning commuter trip to the current schedule, according to a release.

The trip will start running Jan. 2, and will pick up passengers at the southwest corner of the Copps East grocery store lot at 640 E. Main St., organizers said. The first pick-up is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.

From the Copps parking lot, the shuttle will continue to additional pick-up points at Dorn Hardware at 926 Windsor St. and Walmart at 1905 McCoy Road, according to the release. The shuttle will arrive in front of East Towne Mall around 7:10 a.m. for passengers to connect with Madison Metro routes serving the entire Madison area.

The one-way cost for the shuttle will continue to be $3.50 per person and children under six are free with an adult, officials said.