Neighborhood News

Nov. 1 event raises money for prison books

The Women’s Prison Book Project will have their fourth annual silent auction Saturday, Nov. 1 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money to help women in prison get books and education.

The WPBP is an organization started nine years ago to send free books and educational resources to incarcerated women to help them connect to the outside world.

Some items up for bid include gifts, desserts, theater tickets, and gift certificates for restaurants and bodywork. Final bids will be taken by 8 p.m. For more information about the organization, see www.prisonactivist.org/wpbp. — Robyn Repya

Energy-saving workshop is Oct. 23 A workshop to provide homeowners with tips to conserve energy and save money will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park at 41st Street and Nicollet Avenue.

Attendees will receive a free "weatherization" kit and can meet with housing specialists, heat and window contractors, and other energy-saving professionals.

The workshop, sponsored by The Center for Energy and the Environment, is free and anyone can attend. For more information about the workshop or CEE, see www.mncee.org or call 335-5881. — Robyn Repya

Day of the Dead event planned Nov. 1 for Greenway The Peace Coffee Organization is hosting a Midtown Greenway event Saturday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., to celebrate the Latino holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The celebration will feature a commemorative mural and procession down the greenway.

The celebration will begin with candle decorating at Old Arizona Studios, 2821 Nicollet Ave., at 4 p.m., followed by the procession on the Midtown Greenway, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Nicollet Avenue intersection.

The procession, consisting of puppets, candles and flowers, will go west along the greenway to the Bryant Avenue intersection, where a mural will be unveiled. As part of the procession, there will be altars lining the greenway honoring the dead, and organizers encourage people to bring photos or decorations in remembrance of their loved ones who have died.

Following the festivities, there will be a 5:30 p.m. gathering in the parking lot of Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., with live music and Day of the Dead bread and beverages. For more information on the celebration contact, Peace Coffee at 870-3440. — Robyn Repya

Washburn library hosts Oct. 24-25 book sale The Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library is having a half-price sale at its bookshop at the Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S., on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

The store sells used library materials as well as books donated by the public. All profits are used to support library programs. The bookshop is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the days of the sale. Call 630-6170 for more information. — Michael Metzger

Wedge condo waiver denied The City Council unanimously denied a moratorium waiver in September for development of the site located at 2401 Dupont Ave. S. Building owners want to build 33 condominium units with an underground parking lot on a site that now contains a Stop and Buy market, a hair salon and a few apartments.

The moratorium in the Lowry Hill East (Wedge) neighborhood was put in place through the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA), so it can work with the city on a rezoning plan.

The Dupont lot is currently zoned R2B, which allows a two-family home; the building owners need a waiver to change the zoning to R6 to allow for multifamily use.

John Parod, who co-owns the 1902 building, said it needs to be renovated, and by obtaining the house next door, he can make the 33-unit project with 33 underground parking spaces more valuable for the neighborhood.

This project’s size has more than doubled compared to Parod’s 2002 proposal to the neighborhood board, which featured a 16-unit apartment building.

Wedge residents have expressed opposition to the waiver at numerous neighborhood and city meetings, prompting the LHENA board to pass a motion recommending the city deny the waiver or refuse to entertain it.

Residents and LHENA members said granting a waiver would negate the moratorium’s purpose: to push higher-density properties to the neighborhood’s edges on commercial streets. — Robyn Repya

Wellstone Music Day concert is Oct. 25 Southwest High School senior Ona Abderholden Keller is organizing a concert as part of Wellstone World Music Day, Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Southwest Auditorium, 3414 W. 47th St.

The event is to commemorate the work of the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plan crash a year from the concert date. Abderholden Keller said the event will feature High School bands, Suzuki violinists and hopefully some adult musical acts.

Abderholden Keller said her mom worked for Wellstone for a long time, but aside from the personal connection, she recognized him as an important figure to kids at Southwest, so she wanted to get involved in the national music day.

She said "I think he really reached out to young people — more than any other elected official," Abderholden Keller. "People at my school were really sad when he died."

Although the concert is free, she said they’d be accepting donations, which we’ll be split between the Wellstone Action group and the Southwest High School chapter of the Young Democrats Society. For more information about the event, call Abderholden Keller at 724-5023. — Robyn Repya

SW congregations hold Oct. 25 Wellstone tribute Members of several Southwest congregations will stage an interfaith tribute to Sen. Paul Wellstone, Sheila Wellstone, their two pilots and three campaign workers on the first anniversary of their fatal plane crash. The "Community Gathering of Hope and Remembrance" will be Saturday, Oct. 25 at First Universalist Church, 34th Street and Dupont Avenue South, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The event will include a memorial candle lighting, music from the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus and folksinger Larry Long, audio excerpts from two Wellstone speeches, and comments from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

"Paul and Sheila Wellstone were loved by many in Southwest," said Minneapolis State Rep. Frank Hornstein, an event organizer. "We feel it is important to gather as a community on a day when many of us will be reliving the tragic events of last Oct. 25th."

A reception will follow the service. For more information, contact Rev. Mariann Budde at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 922-0396. — David Brauer

Park Board seeks comment on Bryn Mawr tot lot The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plans to upgrade the tot lot at West 24th Street and Drew Avenue South in Bryn Mawr and invites residents to discuss and comment on improvements.

The first of three meetings is Monday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Jones Harrison Home, 3700 Cedar Lake Road. Plans include new play equipment, benches, picnic tables and landscaping.

For more information, contact Planner Belinda Davis at 230-6465. — Scott Russell