Neighborhood notebook // National Night Out

CITYWIDE

The city’s 26th annual National Night Out (NNO) is set for Aug. 4.

Minneapolis boasts one of the highest participation rates for the event in the country.

The annual event is intended to give neighbors a chance to bond, talk about ways to improve safety in the area and meet with police officers.

Block clubs and neighborhood groups throughout the city are involved in NNO. For more information about this year’s event, visit ci.minneapolis.mn.us/nno/ or call 311.

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EAST CALHOUN

Upcoming ECCO meetings  

Here’s a roundup of August events for the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO):

• ECCO board and community meeting: Aug. 6, 7–9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

• ECCO NRP Steering Committee meeting: Aug. 12, 7–9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

• Community barbecue: The ECCO board is hosting a barbecue for residents on Aug. 19, 6–7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Art Park, Lake Street and Lake Calhoun Parkway. (Hot dogs and soft drinks provided. Please bring a salad or dessert to share).

In 2008, Minneapolis was honored as the top National Night Out organizer for cities with populations above 300,000. The event, held on Aug. 5, drew more than 60,000 people to 1,111 separate events.

That was the six time in eight years Minneapolis’ National Night Out efforts were honored as being best among the country’s largest cities.

St. Paul was honored as having the best NNO attendance for the second-largest tier of cities. Texas was named the top state.

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EAST ISLES

Uptown Diner wins support for 24-hour operation

The Uptown Diner’s efforts to resume 24-hour operation on the weekends won support from the East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) Board of Directors July 7.

The Uptown Diner, 2548 Hennepin Ave. S., was forced to suspend its Thursday, Friday and Saturday overnight service earlier in the summer when it was discovered the restaurant did not have the proper permit. The restaurant’s owners applied for a conditional use permit with the city, and were seeking neighborhood support.

The EIRA Board voted to support the conditional use permit on the condition that the owners take steps to reduce noise and improve safety in the restaurant parking lot.

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STEVENS SQUARE

Arts organization mural wins support

Plans for an exterior mural on the Stevens Square Center for the Arts building won support from the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) Board of Directors July 16.

Eric Farseth, a board member of the arts center, presented plans for a mural that would be about 15–20 feet wide and two stories tall on the south wall of the building at 1905 3rd Ave. S. The mural is intended to both spruce up the wall and better identify the arts center, Farseth said.

Farseth said the arts center still had to secure permission from building owner JAS Apartments for the mural. If approved, the project could begin as soon as early August.

— Dylan Thomas and Sarah McKenzie

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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): Board meets 3rd Tuesday monthly at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA): 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.

For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to southwestjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected]