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East Isles Residents’ Association holds board elections

EAST ISLES — Nancy Johnston was elected East Isles Residents’ Association [EIRA] president at the group’s annual meeting in April.

Other officers elected at the annual meeting were: Mark Lofstrom, vice president; Peter Levine, treasurer; and Michael T’Kach, secretary. EIRA board members serve for one year.


Kenwood holding annual meeting

Kenwood — Neighborhood safety will be the main topic of conversation at the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) annual meeting 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. May 4.

A Minneapolis Police Department crime prevention specialist planned to attend the meeting and answer questions from neighbors. The schedule for the annual meeting also included : a City Council update from Council Member Lisa Goodman (Ward 7); a report on Lake of the Isles Parkway resurfacing; discussion of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; a report on the Kenwood School Environmental Improvement Project; and a discussion of Southwest Transitway planning.

In addition to discussion of neighborhood news, KIAA board member elections will be held.


Kingfield annual meeting set

KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) will host its annual meeting April 20 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 41st Street and Nicollet Avenue. Food from local restaurants including Victor’s 1959 Café, Butter Bakery Cafe and Anodyne will be served an hour before the meeting. The agenda includes an update on neighborhood happenings and board elections.

Nearby Leonardo’s Basement is offering free childcare from 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m. for children age 5-12, but those interested in the service should pre-register with KFNA, which can be reached at 823-5980 or

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All-neighbor meet-up planned for Ward 8

KINGFIELD — City Council member Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward) will host a ward-wide meeting April 25 called Called Celebrating Connections on Chicago Avenue and 38th Street. The meeting is meant to connect neighbors and discuss community issues. The event will include food, entertainment and a variety of presentations.

It’s scheduled for April 25 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S.


43rd & Upton updates offered each month

LINDEN HILLS — The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) is making time at its regular meetings each month for updates from Mark Dwyer, a neighborhood resident planning a development at 43rd & Upton. Dwyer is available for questions and comments at the meetings or can be reached at LHiNC meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St. For more information about the proposed development, visit www.our or   


Update on new plan for neighborhood engagement

LOWRY HILL — David Rubedor introduced himself to the Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association board of directors on March 9 and outlined his plans as the senior project manager of the newly created department of Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) for the City of Minneapolis.

The NCR is part of the City Coordinator’s office and is supported by the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC), another newly formed department. The NCEC will have $12 million per year from tax increment funding districts.  Approximately $11 million per year will be available to neighborhood organizations.   

The NCR will focus on five general tasks: promoting neighborhood vitality by allowing neighborhoods to continue to set priorities and plan and implement projects, ensuring access to city services for all residents and implementing outreach to non-English speaking or disabled citizens, encouraging community participation and engagement in city government, incorporating community participation into city projects, and fostering strategic partnerships with corporations, universities and foundations.


Interested in a backyard CSA?

Backyard harvest — a new nonprofit matching farmers with homeowners and renters to create backyard gardens — is launching a pilot program this year in South Minneapolis and the Morningside neighborhood of Edina.

The group has plans for three different garden sizes. As part of the program, a personal urban farmer will install and maintain the garden and leave the vegetables at your door. Prices range from $1,025 to $1,295. For more information, contact Krista Leraas at or visit

(Note: This brief has been updated to correct misinformation about how many families the gardens can feed.)


Getting ready  for garage sale season

TANGLETOWN — More than 60 households are expected to be part of this year’s Tangletown Garage Sale, May 1–2, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Those interested, must register by April 24. Yellow signs will be in front of participating homes. More information can be found at


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 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 Community School, 2620 Grand Ave.

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

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