We have a new way to live, learn and laugh as a neighborhood!

This digital publication has been established to build community and connect our neighbors along with supporting our greater community in the Madison area. We recognized that without a community gathering space or town square we needed to look to multiple means to connect each other as neighbors and collectively work to build our community. The Birchwood-Oaks Neighborhood Association was established to do just that!

Please feel free to forward this publication and encourage neighbors to sign up to become a member of this association using this form.

What’s happened around our neighborhood recently?

Was held May 4th at Fire Station #12 and joined via Zoom, we had over 25 neighborhood members participate in the meeting. Minutes for the meeting can be viewed here. We appreciate the participation and engagement with this group and look forward to continued expansion and impact for our neighborhood. Please reach out if you feel you have a skill, time, or a passion to add to the leadership of this group.

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

Mark Your Calendars

Save the date for our Spring Party in the Park!!

When: Sunday, May 22nd - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Thousand Oaks Park in the 1000 Oaks subdivision

Join us in Thousand Oaks Park and meet new and established neighbors! We'll have lawn games like Giant Jenga, Ladder Golf and we'll be hosting a bags tournament!! We'll also have some fun for the kids like bubbles and chalk.


This year's community-wide garage sale will take place from Thursday, June 9 through Saturday, June 11. More specific details will follow, but we wanted to let people know the date asap so you can start planning and cleaning out your basements.

If you have specific suggestions regarding the sale this year, please email them to

Garage sale sign up form - start emptying out those closets and storage areas for the neighborhood garage sale in June!

Sections to expand…

Kids Corner

We’d love to spotlight our many neighborhood kiddos’ joy, duties; promote entrepreneurial items like lemonade stands, yard work, snow removal, etc. If you have an item to share, please complete this form and we will follow up for details.

Family Profile - Getting to know your neighbors

We would like to feature a neighborhood family and get to know a little about each other in this neighborhood profile. Submit pictures, answer a questionnaire, tell us a little bit about each of these highlighted families in our neighborhood. If you would be willing and able to be a featured family please email and we will get you featured.

This month…. Meet the Calloways

This month we get to know a little bit about Kamal and Christin Calloway and sons Jackson and Kaleb. Christin and Kamal met by happenstance in Madison in 2012. She had moved to Madison from Boston after completing her Masters of Education at Harvard University. Kamal moved to Madison from Chicago for an administrative fellowship in healthcare. They met one fateful night at a law school networking event around Christin’s birthday and Kamal knew she was the one. They were married in their church on the south side of Madison 8-9 months later. They have lived in Madison for 10 years now which is far longer than both of them thought they would ever be. Early inhabitants of Birchwood Point, as they purchased our first home in 2017 and lived there for five years, recently sold that home and built a new home in Birchwood Point South. They like this area as they were seeking an area of town that was safe with great schools, easy access to the airport in close proximity to our jobs. As they finish up 5 years in the neighborhood they like the walkable aspect of the neighborhood and the parks for children. And of course, it’s nice and quiet. Christin and Kamal had their first child together during the pandemic. Jackson was born on Easter Sunday April 4, 2021 and is the most memorable moment they have from their time in the neighborhood.

This also precipitated a change of regular pastimes as Disney sing alongs is now a family favorite. Currently Encanto is a regular showing on our television screen. Jackson absolutely loves the movie. Like many of us Napping is a favored treat 😴 “The days are always busy so if we can catch some extra zzzz’sss we’re happy.” They also we love music so love to turn on some tunes and dance with each other

Our favorite way to spend time with family is always around the dinner table with great food. Christin’s mother who we affectionately call Momma Deb. She doesn’t live with us so we have to fend for ourselves until her next visit. One of our favorite family memories is driving up to the Dells for Christmas one year where the kids (nieces and nephews) who were younger at the time actually thought it was the north pole for a while until they saw some signs that it was actually Wisconsin and they called us out on it. It was hilarious. Playing checkers on thanksgiving is another family tradition.

Their ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles is their strongest identifier. Both do great work in the community. “We are passionate about improving Black maternal health and closing the educational gap between privileged vs. disenfranchised children. We show kindness to others by sharing our blessings with those who are less fortunate than us because life circumstances can change on a dime and you never know when you may be on the receiving end of a kind gesture.”

They traveled to the continent of Africa in 2018 for a wedding that was held in two countries. The first wedding was in Lagos, Nigeria and the second wedding was in Cape Town, South Africa. During that journey we also stopped in Paris and Kenya. There is so much to tell about the amazing culture of the African continent I’d be writing all day. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13”

The next place on our travel bucket list is the Maldives. We enjoy places that are awe inspiring and offer peace and tranquility to connect with the world.

Kamal was part of the initial neighborhood group regarding racial justice and equity in the Birchwood Point and Madison community that met early in the pandemic, specifically supporting Madison Roots LLC of which Kamal is a leader and we look forward to reimagining and getting that group back up and running to support causes locally and globally from our neighborhood.

By Jeremy Schlitz


We also would like to feature birth/death/anniversary/graduation and other milestone announcements. Please submit via this recognition form what you’d like to be announced next month.

Winnie Schlitz turned 7 on May 3rd


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Community Events and Resources

Streets Division Update

  • Spring yard waste collection is now over. Do not place yard waste at the curb for pick-up. Curbside yard waste pickup will resume in the fall.

  • You can take yard waste and other items to one of the Streets Division drop-off sites. Here is the website for the hours and locations of the sites:

Brush collection is ongoing. To learn when you should set out brush at your home for pickup, go to

Support a Utility Box Installation

To help grow this popular community art project citywide, Friends of Madison Arts Commission developed a program to Support a Utility Box Installation in your neighborhood. In developing this program, the Madison Arts Commission intended this program to highlight, encourage and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. Artists are compensated $500 for a license of each image used in the program. This project’s funds will be used to pay artists and cover the costs of installing the art on utility boxes. Contributions of any size are welcome, but a $2,500 contribution will fully cover the cost of a box wrap in your neighborhood and a box in a neighborhood where there aren’t as many financial resources

New potential parks

The City of Madison Parks Division is beginning the master planning process for parks located within your neighborhood boundaries as part of a larger far west parks planning effort. Acer Park, 10327 Shady Birch Trl, is considered a neighborhood park. Birchwood Point Park, 10305 Hazy Sky Pkwy, is considered a mini park. Neither currently offer any amenities. We will also be undertaking the master planning process for Acacia Ridge Park, 9251 Watts Rd, during this process.

The overall master planning process will include completing an inventory and analysis of the existing conditions on each parcel, engaging residents through public information meetings, gathering public input through several strategies, and completing a conceptual plan for facilities that will be offered in each park.

City of Madison Parks will be holding a kick-off public information meeting for local residents, during which we will introduce the project and gather feedback/input. The meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, 6/23 from 5:30-7:00PM. We will also be sending out postcards and posting information at the park closer to the meeting date.

If anyone cannot attend the meeting and would like to submit comments, they can contact me directly or take the survey which will be available on the webpage after 6/23/22.

Sarah Close
Landscape Architect
City of Madison Parks Division
City-County Building, Rm 104
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 263-6850

City CARES Team for Mental Health Emergencies Now Answering Calls City-Wide

On September 1, 2021, the City of Madison launched its Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (CARES) Team to respond to nonviolent 911 calls for mental health emergencies. The City announced that CARES Teams, made up of community paramedics and crisis workers, would spend a year learning and innovating before expanding the program in future budgets.

Submitted articles: Please consider penning an article or repurposing something you created and want to share with your neighbors

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Ali Reinhard – Vice President & Interim President
Bridget Boyer – Community Events Coordinator
Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer
Briehl - Secretary

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