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

Honor public safety personnel

A “Blue Mass” to honor the work of all public safety personnel will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, at St. Bernard Church, 2450 Atwood Ave. A first for St. Bernard Catholic Church, this mass is hosted by the St. Bernard Council, Knights of Columbus and the Bishop Wm. O’Connor 4th Degree Assembly, Knights of Columbus. The event will be held in conjunction with National Police Week. Information:

African choir to perform

The African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Church, 3815 S. Dutch Mill Road. The choir will sing children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites at this free concert. The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children. Donations will be accepted to support the choir’s programs. Information:

Spring Bluegrass Festival

The Friends of Schumacher Farm will host the second annual Spring Bluegrass Festival on Saturday with 10 bands performing at 5682 Highway 19, in Waunakee. Gates open at 1 p.m. with the bands starting at 2 p.m. Cost: $20 for ages 13 and up; children 12 and under are free. Register online in advance or in person day of festival. For details on entertainment and to purchase tickets visit

Cemetery tour

Historic Madison will host a tour of Forest Hill Cemetery from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The free tour will feature information on World War I veterans, as well as some Madison pioneers. Meet at the Catlin Chapel just inside the entrance near Speedway Road and Regent Street. Check Historic Madison Inc.’s Facebook page, in case of rain. Information: