Neighborhood news

No nude dude in Kingfield, according to art facilitator

Kingfield resident Garth Galbraith started occupying the retail space at 3802 Grand Ave. S., between Bakery on Grand, 3804 Grand Ave. S. and Luckygirl Gourmet Grocery, 3800 Grand Ave. S. in January, filling it with works of art visible through the windows. He said for now he’s not opening a business, but that hasn’t stopped neighborhood speculation of activities there.

The weekend of Valentine’s Day, shop lights were on at night and Galbraith hosted performance art, visible through the windows. Business owners and residents rumored nudity was involved, prompting someone to leave an unsigned note on the window, threatening legal recourse for nudity in the neighborhood.

This isn’t the neighborhood’s first complaint about nudity at their growing business node at 38th and Grand. Last summer a mural being painted on a node business featured breasts, sparking a neighborhood controversy and the eventual covering up of the offending body parts.

Luckygirl owner Nikki Brovold, said Galbraith’s exhibition is just performance art, something for people to view on their way to dinner next door. Galbraith clarified that nudity was not involved in the performance. He seemed frustrated by the leaving of an unsigned note, referencing what he said is an unfounded complaint.

Galbraith, an artist himself, said he might open up something in the space to the public eventually but until then he’s not saying much. However, he joked about the incident, saying maybe at the next art exhibition he should give neighborhood residents something to squawk about.

Stevens Square condo gets parking variance

Fife Pointe at Pleasant, a nine-unit condominium project at 1926 Pleasant Ave. S in the Stevens Square neighborhood, was granted a variance permitting parking area in the front yard closer than 6 feet from the dwelling. The Minneapolis Planning Commission approved the variance at its Feb. 9 meeting.

Fife Point will also be allowed to have one fewer parking spot than the city’s normal one-stall-per-unit minimum.

Whole Foods hosts West Calhoun benefit

Whole Foods Market, 3060 Excelsior Blvd., is hosting another CommUnity Support Day on Monday, March 15, this time to benefit the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council (WCNC). The event will raise money to build solar-powered bus shelters, one just outside of Calhoun Commons — a first for the neighborhood.

The event will also feature in-store activities such as a coloring contest for kids 3-9 years old and "Build Your Own Bus Station" event for kids 10 to 13. Live music and food samples will also be available. For more information on Whole Foods events, see

Midtown Greenway workshop is March 13

The Midtown Greenway Coalition is hosting a planning workshop for the corridor on Saturday, March 13, at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meeting will focus on developing a green space plan, in addition to planning for 2004 events and community participation opportunities. Gardening resources, including information on buckthorn removal and native plantings will also be available.

For more information on the workshop, call Theresa Nelson at 879-0103 or visit the Midtown Greenway Coalition’s Web site at