May 19th Jackson Landing Walk & GROW Social Event

Jim Stephenson will guide our nature walk at Jackson Landing. He will
explain its history, local conservation and restoration work. Learn why
preserving this and other Westport/Waunakee conservation areas is important and how to help. For the walk meet at the Jackson Landing Conservancy Park Shelter – Town of Westport at 5:30 (near the Willows Tavern off CTH M)

Join us for good food and conversation at Athens Grill (6:30+). We will have handouts on other local conservation areas and an update on Friends of Six Mile Creek cleanup efforts.

All are Welcome! Organized by GROW (Grassroot Organization of Waunakee/Westport). This is our annual Earth Day Event, a bit delayed (but so is spring). To learn about future events and activities please check out GROW’s Facebook Page:

Sept 19: Meet Dane County Sheriff Barrett

The Waunakee GROW group invites everyone in the community to meet our new Dane County Sheriff, Kalvin Barrett at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 19th. Held at the Peaceful Valley park shelter at 2111 Peaceful Valley Parkway, Waunakee.

Sheriff Barrett will introduce himself and discuss current issues, challenges and visions for the future of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Q & A will follow. Waunakee Police Chief Adam Kreitzman will be present to help answer questions related to the Waunakee Police and the Dane County Sheriff Department’s roles. 

This free public event will follow current Covid guidelines for outdoor events. For more social distancing bring your lawn chairs & masks. 

Sponsored by the Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee

Meet the Democratic US Senate Candidates – Sunday July 18, 3-5 pm Waunakee

Meet the Democratic U.s. Senate Candidates - July 18 3-5 Waunakee

Meet the Candidates: U.S. Senate Candidates July 18th


The Waunakee/Westport Dems and the Grassroots Organization of Waunakee will be gathering for a special outdoor “Meet the Candidates” event on Sunday, July 18 at Schumacher Farm Park from 3-5 pm. We have invited our elected officials and the Democratic Candidates for the 2022 U.S. Senate race to speak.

We encourage you to come and join us to hear why each candidate is the best one for the US Senate job. Learn how you can help win the 2022 elections. And enjoy the relaxing farm setting in the company of your neighbors & friends.

Please bring an an easily sharable appetizer if you’re able. We will provide water and lemonade. There are picnic tables for seating, but we suggest you bring a lawn chair for your comfort.

See you there!!!

Martin Luther King Jr Day – WNC Donation

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day join in to support local families in need by donating to our local Waunakee Neighborhood Connection organization (WNC). The WNC provides free need-based programs and services. Many of our neighbors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are facing family crises which have increased demands for WNC services.

To donate go to…/support/ or call 608-849-5740.

WNC is located at 208 S Century Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597 Consider funding the Neighbor to Neighbor Crisis Fund which provides direct financial assistance to help families experiencing unexpected crises. Or the general Pulse Fund that supports community & educational programs, upkeep & utilities, store merchandise and supplies.

Household and personal items can also be dropped at WNC’s location 208 S Century Ave, Waunakee on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am to 4pm. Items needed are Bed Pillows & Cases, Sheets, Blankets, Toilet Paper, Shampoo & Conditioners, Body Wash, Good quality kids & adult Face Masks, Baby Diapers & Baby supplies, Cleaning supplies and other household items. For more information about WNC check their website:

This fundraising drive is encouraged by the Grassroots Organization of Waunakee group

An Evening with Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Ed Fallone

Meet the Candidate, Ed Fallone, Candidate for the
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Sunday, November 10, 6:30 pm
EMS Building, 201 North Klein Drive, Waunakee

Snacks and Drinks provided.

Candidate Ed Fallone –
For more than 25 years, Ed Fallone has taught Wisconsin’s future Supreme Court judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Now he’s running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to bring independence, integrity, and fairness back to the highest court in our state.

The son of a public school teacher and a stay-at-home mother, Ed learned the value of hard work and the importance of standing up for what is right at an early age. After graduating at the top of his law school class, he was recruited to work at one of the nation’s leading law firms in Washington, D.C. But a desire to make an impact in the lives of young people inspired Ed to move to Wisconsin to teach at Marquette University Law School.

In 2013, Ed earned more than 360,000 votes in his first run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He also earned endorsements from across the state, including from the Wausau Daily
Herald, the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Capitol Times, Fair Wisconsin, and Equality Wisconsin.

Ed and his wife Heidi, have lived in Wisconsin for more than 26 years where they raised their two children, Emma and Andrew.

Meet the Candidate: An Evening with Judge Jill Karofsky – Sunday Oct 20th 6:30

All are welcome – Bring Your Friends

Ending Gerrymandering: Fair Maps Wisconsin: Doug Poland —Sunday Sept 22, 5:30


Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) and Middleton Action Team (MAT) and will host a talk on Gerrymandering on September 22 starting at 5:30 pm at Common Ground Restaurant, 2644 Branch St., Middleton.  A potluck dinner is provided at 5:30 pm. The speakers will be Dave Travis at 6 pm and Doug Poland at 6:30.

Support to end partisan gerrymandering is widespread in Wisconsin. A recent Marquette University Law School poll showed that 72% of Wisconsinites want to ban gerrymandering in Wisconsin including 63% of Republicans and 76% of independents.  Now is the time to take the job of drawing maps out of the hands of politicians and allowing a nonpartisan legal staff to draw the lines.

Our first speaker Dave Travis is a former State Representative from Madison and will provide a historical perspective of the issue. He served from

1979-2009 and during that worked with reapportionment of legislative districts several times. Prior to that he was Director of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Our Main Speaker is Doug Poland. Poland co-lead on the trial counsel for the plaintiffs who successfully challenged the Wis. Assembly Legislative Districts before three-judge Federal panels in 2012 and 2016.  He was part of the legal team who represented the respondents before the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford, and he recently represented the plaintiffs in the remand of the case to the District Court on gerrymandering.  Doug earned a Juris Doctor summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

He is a Member of Rathje Woodward LLC, and the founding member of the firm’s Madison office We hope you will join us.  A $5.00 charge will cover room fee.


For more information: & to help us plan for dinner, please tell us if you are coming or interested on FB.