Neighborhood notebook

FULTON

BLEND AWARD WINNERS: The Fulton Neighborhood Association (FNA) has selected three winners for its Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design (BLEND) Awards. The award recognizes builders, architects and designers whose projects are in line with the current neighborhood aesthetic. The winners are Choice Wood Company for a 3,200-square-foot home built at 5308 Russell Ave. S.; Reuter Construction and Bryan Anderson Architecture for an addition to 5257 Washburn Ave. S.; and Choice Wood Company for renovation at 2515 52nd St. W. An awards ceremony will take place during the FNA meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12.

NOW HIRING: The FNA is looking for a new neighborhood coordinator, as Rhea Sullivan, the board’s current coordinator, is resigning. Board members would like the new employee to be knowledgeable of grant application procedures and technologically savvy.

CRIME IS DOWN: Reports of crime are down in the area this summer. Most of the incidences that occurred were burglaries of unlocked cars and garages.

ELECTIONS: The FNA is holding elections on Sept. 12. There are five open seats on the 11-person board this year. Terms are staggered and two years long. Neighborhood residents are invited to attend the meeting and cast their votes.

FESTIVAL: The FNA is looking for volunteers to help out at the Sept. 15 Fulton festival. Contact Brian Erickson at [email protected] to schedule a time slot. The board will also have tables for rent for local businesses. The cost is $25; contact Mary Rogers at 920-3622 for more information.

LINDEN HILLS

FESTIVAL: The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) made $16,731 from its summer festival. The silent auction took in $9,393; the art fair made $2,190; and visitors purchased $2,734 worth of food.

PARK SIGN: LHiNC has approved a plan to install a new sign at Linden Hills Park. The old sign broke, and the Park Board didn’t have plans to replace it, so LHiNC has decided to fund the project with Phase I NPR money. The Park Board estimates it will cost $5,000 and they’re in the process of seeking the lowest bidder.

INCORPORATION: LHiNC has decided to create a committee that will examine the board’s current articles of incorporation, suggest changes, and bring their conclusions back to the board for approval.

BANDSHELL BASH: On Sept. 9 People for the Parks is hosting a Bandshell Bash at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The event will begin with a 5k race to raise money for the area — $20 for adults and $15 for kids. There will also be art on display, food, face painting, free concerts and a moonwalk.

THE WEDGE

LATER HOURS OPPOSED: The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) voted unanimously to support a CARAG neighborhood resolution opposing later hours for a West Lake Street restaurant. Restaurant Miami, 913 W. Lake St., applied to extend its hours from 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 p.m. on the other nights of the week, to 2 a.m. daily and add patio seating. The restaurant is located in CARAG, just across the street from LHENA’s southern border. The City Council was to decide on the later hours Aug. 22.

WINDOM

YOUTH CORPS: Nokomis Healthy Seniors, a program that provides community services to the elderly, is teaming up with Windom to form a Youth Corps. With a couple days notice, volunteer youngsters accompanied by an adult will be available to help seniors with simple outdoor tasks, such as carrying groceries from a car. For more information, call the Windom South Community Center at 370-4980.

NOW HIRING: The Windom Community Council (WCC) Business Committee is looking for a coordinator to deal with administrative tasks such as advertising, mailing, NRP contracts and communication among businesses. The paid employee would be expected to work six to 10 hours a month. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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 1st Tuesday 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 Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at 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 Coldwell Banker Burnet Building, 5516 Lyndale Ave. S.

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 Residents Inc. (LHRI): 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): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

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

Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at 1707 3rd Ave. S. in the community room.

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 Whole Foods (classroom), 3060 Excelsior Blvd.

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.

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.”

Neighborhood notebook

SOUTHWEST-WIDE

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: City officials called on community leaders to honor a moment of silence for the victims of the bridge collapse during National Night Out gatherings on Aug. 7. The moment of silence was observed from 6:05–6:06 p.m., which coincided with the time of the bridge collapse on Aug. 1. The faith community also honored the moment of silence by ringing bells as did City Hall’s clock tower. For more information on the bridge collapse and its aftermath, go to www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/minneapolisresponds/.

GREAT CITY DESIGN TEAMS: Mayor R.T. Rybak’s Great City Design Teams are calling for proposals from neighborhood groups and other community organizations. The design teams assists neighborhoods in crafting development visions for underdeveloped sites. Southwest areas involved in the first round of projects include 18th & Nicollet and 40th & Lyndale. Applications are due Aug. 16. For more information, contact Destin Nygard, co-chair of the Mayor’s Great City Design Teams, at [email protected] or visit www.greatcitydesignteams.org.

EAST CALHOUN

PARK UPDATE: Gateway Art Park at the corner of Lake Street and East Calhoun Parkway received a makeover and will be rededicated Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.

The ceremony will take place at the park. Artist Philip Rickey, who created the park’s sculptures, is expected to attend.

LYNDALE

CARWASH: Youth and staff from the Blaisdell YMCA Summer Program organized a carwash and lemonade sale Aug. 2 to raise money for the Red Cross in support of the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse. They raised $300, said YMCA Youth Development Director Jessica McDonald. She said the kids were excited to be part of helping those affected by the disaster.

WHITTIER

TRANSIT REPRESENTATIVE NAMED: The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors appointed Board Member Alex Bauman to represent Whittier on the Southwest Transitway community advisory committee. The committee will help guide development of a proposed light rail transit line connecting Eden Prairie and Downtown Minneapolis.

— Compiled by Dylan Thomas, Jake Weyer and Sarah McKenzie

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 1st Tuesday 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 Lyndale Farmstead Park Building, 3900 Bryant Ave.

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA): Board meets 1st Tuesday monthly at 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 Coldwell Banker Burnet Building, 5516 Lyndale Ave. S.

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 Residents Inc. (LHRI): 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): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

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

Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at 1707 3rd Ave. S. in the community room.

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 Whole Foods (classroom), 3060 Excelsior Blvd.

Whittier Alliance: Board meets 4th Thursday monthly at the Whittier Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.

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.”]