HOOT RETURNS: Journal columnist Jim Walsh’s (aka Mad Ripple) Hootenanny is returning with two new locations. After two years of hosting local musicians in the basement of Java Jack’s at 46th & Bryant, the Hoot is moving onto the Beat Coffeehouse, 1414 W. 28th St., 6:30–9:30 p.m. every Thursday beginning Jan. 1. You can also catch the Hoot every last Sunday of the month at Bootleggers, 323 1st Ave. N., from 7–10 p.m. The first show was Dec. 28. The lineup for the Jan. 1 Hoot includes the Mad Ripple, Holly Munox (Aviette) and Suzanne Vallie, among others. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/madripplemusic.
KITE FESTIVAL: The East Harriet Neighborhood Association and Linden Hills Neighborhood Council will host their annual Winter Kite Festival Jan. 10 on Lake Harriet. The event is scheduled from noon–4 p.m. and will include kite flying, rides on a horse-drawn wagon, a children’s scavenger hunt, marshmallow roasting and more. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Minnesota Kite Society, Lyndale Farmstead Park and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are sponsoring the event. An alternate date of Jan. 17 is planned in case of bad weather. Call the Winter Kite Festival Hotline at 370-4948 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 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): Board meets 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.
Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Monday monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.
Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO): Board meets 2nd 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 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, click on "Resources." Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org.