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?

New Alder Person Barabara Harrington-McKinney We are now in Madison Alder District 1, here is information on our representative and a link to information the City Council acts on related to our neighborhood.

What’s coming up in our neighborhood?

No St Patrick’s Day parade this year, but lots of themed celebrations and food options to get in the mood. I encourage our neighborhood residents to get out the green on March 17th and look forward to Spring. Share your kiddos, dogs, or self rockin Green and enjoy a day to celebrate. Share photos to or on our Facebook page.

Calling all school-age parents: Enrollment for 2022-23 school year is open at MMSD including 4k and 5k and information for those living in the area which attends MCPASD.

Our neighborhood has seen a few flags, lights, and signs of support for Ukraine, consider joining the support by looking at these ways to support the Ukrainian humanitarian causes and for those that want to show support for our neighbors with family and connections involved in the conflict. Other ideas: post a flag, change your lights, put up a sign, get that chalk back out once the snow goes away… Here are some images and ideas.

Mark Your Calendars

We’re working on planning a Party in the Park! We have the weekend of May 21/22 tentatively on the calendar. More details will follow soon.

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

Sections to expand…

Kids Corner

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.

Look for St Patty’s pictures in this section for April!

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 Thorn’s

This month we get introduced to the Thorn family, including the association treasurer Jeffrey, and his wife Jenn, son Jackson, who will be 2 in April, and their two cattle dogs Yogi and Luka. They moved to Birchwood Point South in July of 2019. This is their first home that they have owned in Madison, but have lived in the Madison area since college with the exception of a 2 year stint in Brooklyn, NY from 2017-2019. Jeffrey willingly took the role as treasurer because he wanted to get more involved with the community. Since he deals with a lot of numbers in his job, the Treasurer seemed like the perfect fit.

They (formally) met in the summer of 2014 through mutual friends. Both attended UW-Madison, but actually didn't meet until the year after they finished college. “As we got to know each other, we discovered that we hung out with a lot of the same friend groups in college, and probably were at several of the same gatherings. We started dating soon after we met. From there, we moved into an apartment together and adopted our first dog, Yogi. After that, we had a brief 2 year stint living in Brooklyn, New York. While still living in New York, we got married in August of 2018.”

After a bit more time in New York, they decided it was time to move back and officially call Madison, WI home. They moved into their first home in July of 2019, and promptly adopted a second dog, Luka. By April of 2020, they welcomed their first child, Jackson into the world. Since then, they have loved watching him grow, and have loved making their house into a home.

“We like this neighborhood because there are plenty of families that are in the same stage of life as us, with young children. There is a mix of families in other stages of life as well, so we also appreciate the diversity of the neighborhood. We are always willing to offer a helping hand with tasks, watching pets or watching children. In other words, we like to be "neighborly."

As a family, they like going on walks, and playing in the backyard. Jackson loves to toss the ball for the dogs and watch them run. As avid Wisconsinites and Badgers they also love cheering on all of the Wisconsin college and professional sports teams.

“We like Madison because it is a good mix of small town feel and city life. There are also plenty of areas to enjoy nature and the outdoors.”

Jackson likes "Wheels on the Bus" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." Jenn and Jeffrey like all sorts of music, but favorite is 90s alternative music. Jenn is a teacher, so public education has always been important. They also rescued both of our dogs, so we support the local animal rescues. Puerto Rico was their favorite vacation since it was our honeymoon and they love relaxing on the beach or by the pool. The pandemic has limited family travel, but with Spring break coming they are going to Florida at the end of March for our first big trip as a whole family.

Thanks to the Thorn family for sharing who they are and giving back to our neighborhood and community as association treasurer and as a school teacher at Allis Elementary.

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.

Community Events and Resources

Sunday, March 13

Daylight Savings

Reminder: Set your clock forward!!

Thursday, March 17

Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 20

First Day of Spring!

Blood Drives

American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Amid this crisis, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.The Red Cross asks the country to roll up a sleeve to help ensure people receive the care they need. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

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

If you would like to submit an item for this Monthly magazine, please email

Sponsors of our Association

Business Ads

As our community and membership continue to grow, we recognize the importance of supporting local and family owned businesses right here in Birchwood-Oaks. We'd love to feature your Business Ad in an upcoming newsletter! Please contact us at, and include your name, business name, location, phone number, website, email address and applicable logo and/or pictures!

*Please continue to let your neighbors know about the NA and encourage them to sign up to receive info and updates to build our community

If you would like to donate to the neighborhood association please donate to Jeffrey Thorn Venmo

Ali Reinhard – Secretary & Interim President
Bridget Boyer – Interim Vice President
Jeffrey Thorn – Treasurer

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