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Neighborhood Improvement Grant Application

The Marquette Neighborhood Association's Green Spaces Committee (renamed from Parks and Gardens Committee) is pleased to announce the 2015 Neighborhood Improvement Grant applications. Individuals or non-profit neighborhood groups within the Marquette district may apply for as much as $300.00 for projects aimed at improving the district including clean-ups, hardspace installations, and landscaping/gardening endeavors.

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Eastside Express Summer Camp Starts June 23
The 23rd Eastside Express summer camp for kindergarten through middle school age children starts Monday, June 23rd and will run through Friday, August 1st. The free drop-in program will be held at Marquette Elementary School field and is weather-dependent. To sign your kids up go here.

We welcome new camp director Geoff Blake-Horst to Eastside Express. Along with Geoff, the camp will be led by returning counselors: Xavier Bandera, Anna Chastain, Ben Converse, Siv Early, Stuart Fass, John Groat, Nora Haugen-Wente, Clare Johnson, Sawyer Jones, Jack Ludkey, Boyd McGlenn, Jaden McKiernan, Jack Ramsey, Eli Rubin-Calvert, Sean Thibideaux and Leo White, with Emma Hetzel as lead counselor. And joining us this year as junior counselors are: Gwyneth Alvarado, Emma Cruz, Jane Hobson, Mike Lafayette, Stella Ramsey, Tamar Rubin-Calvert and Nick White. All activities run 9:30am - Noon.

Each Friday (with the exception of July 4th -- no camp that day) campers will bus to Rutabaga Paddle Sports for canoe and kayak lessons. This outing is available to campers entering 3rd grade and above due to Rutabaga's insurance restrictions. Alternative programming will be available for younger campers at the Marquette field.

Check back for a full schedule of sports, crafts and recreational activities and adventures. It's going to be a great summer!

Please note that Eastside Express is not a child care alternative. Parents/guardians must be reachable during camp hours and prepared to pick up their children should the weather turn or the child not wish to participate in camp activities.

Donate to Eastside Express Please consider donating to support Eastside Express. The Marquette Neighborhood Association is a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to MNA are deductible under section 170 of the code.

Marquette Neighborhood Garage Sale is on June 6th!
The Marquette Neighborhood Association will sponsor a community garage sale on Saturday, June 6th, 2015. We will provide the advertisement and signs - you provide the garage or yard and stuff. For homeowners and renters this is an opportunity to clear out your clutter. For shoppers it is a chance to find a treasure. And if you want to just get rid of what doesn't sell, a St. Vinnie's truck will stop by at the end of the sale (around 3:00 PM) to pick up donations. We will print a neighborhood map showing the sale locations. If you want to be listed on the map, please send Lynn Lee an email ( by May 16th with the address of your sale. There will also be a Face Book event page to come. *This community event is sponsored by the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA). If you are not a member please consider joining. MNA will have a table the Waterfront Festival and Orton Park Festival membership is only $5.

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Summer Festivals
Summer is coming!!! Marquette Waterfront Festival/La Fete de Marquette/Orton Park Festival

Orton Park Festival 50 for 50 Campaign
Help make the 50th Anniversary of our beloved neighborhood festival the very best ever! For a donation of $50 or more you will receive a 50th Anniversary Festival t-shirt. Please send preferences for size and unisex/women's fit to:

2015 Chili Dinner

The Marquette Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Chili Dinner to raise money for the Peat-Piper scholarships on Saturday, March 7th at the Wilmar Center. Dinner served from 5-9:00 pm. The North Westerns, an old time jazz/western swing band, will provide music from 7-8:30 pm.

MNA's annual Chili Dinner offers meat & veggie chilis and all the fixin's, donated by the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Lazy Jane's, Eldorado Grill, Batch Bakehouse, Madison Sourdough, Smokin' Cantina, Jenifer Street Market, Star Liquor and Ground Zero. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for pre-teens.

The North Westerns, an old time jazz/western swing band,, will provide music from 7-8:30 pm.

The MNA/Peat-Piper Scholarship Fund awards four $1000 scholarships to students graduating from high school or its equivalent. The scholarships provide money for post-secondary education for children with "significant ties" to the Marquette Neighborhood who demonstrate financial need. Significant ties may include having lived, worked, volunteered, attended school, or participated in community programming in the Marquette Neighborhood.

Hope to see you there!


Marquette Neighborhood - 2013 Great Places in America

American Planning Association Designates Madison's 'Marquette' a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for 2013

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What's Coming Up?

Monthly MNA Board Meeting
April 16, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Board meetings are usually held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.

Orton Park Festival August 21-24

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Welcome to the Marquette Neighborhood Association!

The Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) was formed on May 24, 1968 with an elected board and a paid membership to promote the general economic and social well-being of the Marquette Neighborhood, an area located a half-mile from the city center of Madison, Wisconsin.

MNA's mission is to improve the neighborhood through citizen involvement and participation utilizing all appropriate means including:

  • Foreseeing and calling attention to emerging trends and problems before they reach crisis proportions.

  • Serving as the neighborhood's voice for those policies and programs that improve the health, safety and well being of the neighborhood, for both its residents and the community as a whole;

  • Providing means for widespread study and discussion of all pertinent issues and questions.

  • Educating citizens, members and non-members, in the processes, problems and potentials relating to the neighborhood's development and the importance of preserving the neighborhoods rich history going back over 150 years.

  • Fostering neighborhood interest and participation in community issues.

  • Generating and sustaining a spirit of neighborhood and community among area residents.

  • Recognizing the special relationship between the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and MNA and encouraging participation and financial support of the important programs the Center provides, including after school programs, food pantry, health classes, and educational programs.

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The Marquette Neighborhood Association is a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to MNA are deductible under section 170 of the code.

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