Neighborhood notebook // Empty Bowls fundraiser raises money to fight hunger

KINGFIELD — More than 200 people attended the Kingfield neighborhood’s first Empty Bowls even on Feb. 9, an event organizers say raised $3,500.

Proceeds will go to Nicollet Square, which provides low-rent housing to around 40 youth between 16- and 21-years-old from its location at 3700 Nicollet Ave. The group needs to raise around $300,000 a year to pay for the transition coaches and employment services they offer.

At the Empty Bowls event, guests were invited to choose handmade, donated ceramic bowls and fill them with soup made by volunteers and residents of Nicollet Square.

The bowls were kept by guests to serve as reminders that hunger and housing remain issues in the community.


Uptown Market agreement approved

CARAG — A new memorandum of understanding between the Uptown Market and CARAG Board of Directors was approved Feb. 21.

The neighborhood association serves as the fiscal agent for the weekly farmers market and craft fair, which is preparing to begin its fourth season in June after ending a disappointing 2011 season with a $4,500 deficit. The memorandum of understanding gives CARAG the opportunity in March for an up or down vote on whether it should work with the market for another summer.

Uptown Market Chair Brendan Jordan said volunteer “burnout” hampered vendor recruitment efforts last year. The market also spent more than $4,000 on city permits in 2011, costs associated with closing a portion of West 29th Street to traffic every Sunday.

Market Treasurer Adam Faitek said there was a “90-percent or higher” chance the market would relocate to a nearby private parking lot this season to avoid paying those fees. A location would be finalized by the March vote, Faitek said.

The market is also lowering some vendor fees. Vendors who signed up for one of the weekly markets that same week paid a $40 fee last year, but all vendor fees will be just $25 per event this season, Jordan said.

Jordan said last year’s deficit was covered by the market’s cash reserves. What he described as a very conservative projection for the upcoming season has the non-profit, volunteer-run market ending 2012 with a small surplus.


Alliance: Keep Whittier whole

WHITTIER — The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors passed a motion Feb. 23 opposing a redistricting proposal that would split the neighborhood between two City Council wards.

All of Whittier is currently within Ward 6, represented by Council Member Robert Lilligren, but the Charter Commission’s draft redistricting plan would split the city’s most-populous neighborhood between wards 6 and 10, the latter represented by Council Member Meg Tuthill. The motion approved by Alliance board members suggested including all of Whittier in the redrawn Ward 10 by moving its proposed eastern boundary from 1st Avenue to Interstate 35W.

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Southwest neighborhood group meeting times

Armatage Neighborhood Association (ANA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Armatage Park, 57th & Russell.

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA):  Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Bryn Mawr School, 252 Upton Ave. S.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) meeting: Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) meeting: Board meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave.

East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO): Board meets 1st Thursday monthly at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA): Board meets 1st Wednesday monthly at Walker Methodist, 3737 Bryant Ave. S. (Health Service door)

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Pershing Park, 3523 W. 48th St.

Kenny Neighborhood Association (KNA): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Kenny Park Building, 1328 W. 58th St.

Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA): Board meets 1st Monday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA): Board meets 2nd Wednesday monthly at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st & Nicollet.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association (LHNA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at Kenwood Neighborhood Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave.

Lowry Hill East (Wedge): Board meets 3rd Wednesday monthly at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA): General membership meetings are on the 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at 6 p.m. at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.

Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 3rd Thursday monthly at the Loring-Nicollet Community Center, 1925 Nicollet Ave. S.

Tangletown Neighborhood Association (TNA): Board meets 3rd Monday monthly at Fuller Park, 4800 Grand Ave.

West Calhoun Neighborhood Council: Board meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Ave. S.

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St.

Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.

For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.