Life In Madison

Life in Madison: neighborhoods, opportunities and events in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area

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While many of us enjoy backyard gardening, not everyone has access to land to grow their own gardens and there are barriers to successful community-based gardening efforts. Rooted, a local nonprofit based in Madison, is helping to create “healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods'' that embrace the positive impact of sharing fresh, quality food through community gardening. Rooted’s Community Gardens Network is just one of the organization’s programming efforts focused on food, land, and learning.

The Community Gardens Network is a partnership between Rooted, UW Madison Extension Dane County, and the City of Madison that connects people with the land, education, and resources to create and sustain community gardens. There are 72 gardens in the

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Recently, a friend needed some help diagnosing a roof leak. And so we referred her to Cody Helmer, one of our most trusted contractors. Our friend called Cody that morning, and Cody was there to help her by noon on the same day. 

We love working with Cody because he's the type of person who always strives to do the right thing. Cody and his team specialize in roofing, siding, home additions (including 3-season porches), and a variety of large home renovation projects.

If you're planning for a major home renovation that requires skill and craftsmanship, we encourage you to call Cody at 608-577-7041. You'll appreciate the peace of mind you feel when you trust a solid, locally owned business with your home. Many of our clients have worked with Cody and

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Do you have a favorite contractor or business owner who you trust and respect more than any other? Someone who follows through with their commitments and always strives to do the right thing? 

We're always seeking to meet local business owners who know how to take care of their customers. So if you know someone we should know, we would love an introduction.

We appreciate you keeping us in mind, and wish all of you a happy spring! 

Your friends at Mad City Dream Homes

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As the seasons change from summer to fall, be sure to catch the leaves turn into their brilliant red, orange, and yellow hues. Check back for updates using the fall color report map at, which estimates that the Madison area will reach peak in late-October. There are several spots throughout Dane County that we recommend for autumn color viewing, but these six stand out for their expansive views of the tree-filled landscape.

Lake View Hill County Park

1202 Northport Dr., Madison: This park is home to the highest point on Madison's north side with gorgeous views of Lake Mendota and downtown. After meandering around the Dane County Human Services building (the former sanatorium) and checking out the newly restored fountain, you can

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Fall is here and snowy weather is right around the corner. If you're a skier or snowboarder, you are likely already thinking about snow! For skiers and snowboarders alike, this is the time of year when you start blowing the dust off your gear and figuring out where and when you're going to hit the slopes. In the Madison area there are four ski areas: Tyrol Basin, Cascade, Devil’s Head, and Blackhawk, which is a private ski club. Typically, the ski areas in southern Wisconsin are open by Thanksgiving. 

Did you know that nearly every ski area in the United States has a ski patrol? If you have ever skied at one of our local ski areas, you likely saw them wearing red coats with white crosses. My name is Alan Feder, and I have been a ski patroller for

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Nina Woods Home OrganizerKeeping your living space organized can be a challenging task but once you decide to meet the challenge and get organized you will reap the benefits of doing so. Some of those benefits include quality of life, peace of mind and financial savings.

Quality of life and peace of mind

Improve your quality of life and gain peace of mind by spending less time trying to locate items and more time doing the things you enjoy. You may desire an inviting space in which to visit with your family and friends. Visiting in a cluttered space can be unpleasant and stressful for you and your visitors.

Financial savings

Having an organized pantry or storage closet will help you see immediately how many of each item you have before you head to the store. You may

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At Mad City Dream Homes, we're always striving to be a positive influence in the business community and the community at large. And our monthly newsletter is an important part of our goal. With this spirit in mind, if you know someone who might appreciate receiving our monthly mailer, please ask them to contact us. We'd be happy to add them to our list. 

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We tend to think of our homes as the place where we lay down our roots and raise our family, as a safe space for ourselves and our loved ones -- especially in these post-pandemic times. 

But what if we allow our minds to wander a little bit and to think of our homes as a place where we build community? A place where we bring people together, break bread, and care for our neighbors. A place where we exchange ideas. A place where we experience connection. 

It could be as simple as having friends over for coffee, dinner, or a backyard barbeque. Inviting neighbors in who are living by themselves and who may feel lonely. Hosting a book club or a non-profit that is near and dear to our hearts. Making art with another. Or creating a safe space for kids in

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Recently we've had two friends work with Jimmie Copus from Lawn Arts Landscaping, and both friends have been very impressed with Jimmie and his work. Jimmie is available to work on virtually any aspect of your yard or lawn. His list of services includes landscaping, mulching, tree and bush trimming, spring and fall yard clean-ups, lawn mowing, and ongoing lawn care. 

Jimmie offers reasonable rates and he's easy to work with. For more information, we encourage you to call Jimmie at 608-205-7073

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