Neighborhood News is a weekly round-up of some of the news and events happening in Madison’s neighborhoods.

Fall colors tour

As the leaves continue to change to shades of yellow, orange and red before falling from trees, Madison conservation technician and ecologist Brandon Mann will lead hikers on a tour of fall colors from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Owen Conservation Park, 6021 Old Sauk Road. For more information: contact Paul Quinlan, conservation resources supervisor, at 267-4918 or

Taste of Tenney

Tenney Lapham neighborhood restaurants, coffee shops and bars will be serving up food to go along with conversation for the 5th annual Taste of Tenney. There also will be a presentation about transportation safety along with Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association council member elections for next year. Doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the neighborhood meeting at 7 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.


Creek paddle

Grab a paddle, life jacket, canoe and binoculars for a guided canoe and nature watching trip up Starkweather Creek. Nature and community enthusiast Carl Landsness will lead the tour up the creek and natural areas that surround it. No registration is required for the free event. A limited number of canoes are available to use, so bringing your own watercraft, paddle and life jacket is encouraged. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday starting at the Olbrich Park boat launch, near the ball fields, at 3402 Atwood Avenue. For more information, call 698-0104.

Hikes and hayrides

Free hot cider and marshmallows to toast over a campfire await attendees of a free guided nature hike and optional $3 hay ride. No reservations are needed for the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. event Saturday at Cherokee Marsh, North Unit, 6098 N. Sherman Ave. The last hayride leaves at 3:40 p.m.

Bird watching

As birds migrate south for the winter, catch a glimpse of some of the nearly 250 bird species that call UW-Madison’s Lakeshore Nature Preserve home at some point in the year during a free nature walk hosted by bird enthusiast Ryan Treves. The event goes from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, 2002 University Bay Drive. For more information, call 698-0104.

Meditation at Monona Terrace

Start your week off with free mindfulness meditation led by Dr. Sarah Moore from noon to 12:45 p.m. Monday at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive. No special equipment required. For more information, call 261-4000.

Wright on film

Check out eight of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest buildings in a free 95-minute film being screened at one of the architect’s designs. The screening runs from 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive. For a free ticket, go to:

Patriot Park

public meeting

Help design a new Madison park or provide feedback on its possible features at the second public input meeting on the master plan for the proposed Far East Side Patriot Park. The meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Madison Apartments Clubhouse, 5440 Congress Ave. For more information, contact Sarah Lerner, Madison Parks landscape architect, at 261-4281 or