Neighborhood notebook

BRYN MAWR

Grant will fund chimney swift tower

The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association (BMNA) Board of Directors voted June 9 to accept a $700 grant from Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis to construct a chimney swift tower in JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden in Theodore Wirth Park.

The tower will provide a nesting area for chimney swifts, a native bird that is in decline due to loss of habitat. The grant will pay for Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board staff to build the tower.

The BMNA Board agreed to donate up to $150 for an information kiosk to accompany the tower.

CARAG

No July meeting

The CARAG Board of Directors will not meet in July. The next meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S.

EAST ISLES

NRP meeting

The East Isles NRP Steering Committee will meet June 29, 4–6 p.m., in the Gable Room at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

Those interested in the NRP process and anyone who would like to serve on the NRP Phase II Steering Committee or subcommittee are encouraged to attend. Contact Monica Smith, the East Isles NRP consultant, at 821-0131 or nrp@eastcalhoun.org for more
information.

 
KENWOOD

Donation to fund Kenwood school project

A $2,000 donation from the Kenwood Isles Area Association (KIAA) will partially fund the second phase of an environmental improvement project at Kenwood Community School, 2013 Penn Ave. S.

The KIAA Board of Directors voted June 7 to make the contribution to a project that aims to replace a chain link fence surrounding the school playground, add a student garden and add a brick pillar to one corner of the playground. A previous phase of the project replaced chain link fencing and added another brick pillar.

The total cost of phase two of the project was estimated at nearly $40,000. Sales of engraved bricks, to be installed in the pillars, also support the project.

Meeting rescheduled

The July 5 KIAA meeting was rescheduled to the following Monday, July 12, because of the Fourth of July holiday.


KINGFIELD

Blackbird Café requests parking variance

A public hearing is scheduled for July 1 at 4:30 p.m. in room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., to discuss Blackbird Café’s application for a variance to reduce parking spaces at its new site. The restaurant, which lost its original space at 50th Street and Bryant Avenue to a fire in February, is moving this fall to a new space at 38th Street and Nicollet Avenue. It is seeking a reduction in parking spaces from five to zero.

The Kingfield Neighborhood Association board voted to support the variance request. The public hearing will take place before the Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment.

LYNDALE

Annual meeting

The Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting is set for June 28, from 6–7 p.m. at Painter Park, 620 34th St. W. The meeting will include board elections, a year-in-review, presentations of the Lyndale Community Service Award, and the neighborhood’s annual dessert contest.

Live music from Al’s Roackabilly Quartet will follow from 7–9 p.m. Go to lyndale.org for more details.

(If you have neighborhood news tips, please send them to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.)

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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) 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. (** No meeting in July)

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 Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. (** No meeting in August)

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): General membership meetings are on the 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 www.swjournal.com and click on “Resources.” Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.

Neighborhood notebook

ECCO

Summer solstice social

The ECCO Board is hosting a potluck social on Tuesday, June 22 from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Art Park, East Calhoun Parkway at Lake Street. Bring a dish to share, beverages will be provided. Please check the website in case of bad weather: eastcalhoun.org.

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Kingfield

Dog park supporters to host fundraiser

Supporters of a proposed off-leash dog area at Martin Luther King Park will host a fundraiser June 19, from 3–6 p.m. at 4244 Nicollet Ave. S. The event, called Yappy Hour, will feature a cash bar and snacks for dogs and humans. Proceeds will go toward organizing efforts for the dog park. All attending dogs must be on leashes. Rau+Barber, Victor’s 1959 Cafe, Anodyne and other area businesses are sponsoring the fundraiser. Call 823-5980 or e-mail dogpark@kingfield.org with questions.

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LYNDALE

Promoting kindness

LNA launched a project this month encouraging residents to perform kind acts for others in an effort to build community and promote the neighborhood.

Residents who do something nice for another person, such as helping out with a heavy load or sending an anonymous gift, can let the neighborhood association know and have a flower posted in the LNA office window to recognize the act. Called the Random Acts of Kindness project, the effort will continue through June.

“We wanted to encourage everyone to take a moment and do something nice for someone else, be it a friend across the country, a neighbor, or a passing stranger. Everyone always appreciates when people do nice things for them,” said Randy Ferguson, volunteer leader for the project, in a prepared statement.

Residents who wish to record their kind acts can fill out postcards distributed throughout the neighborhood, e-mail kindness@lyndale.org or call 824-9402, extension 19.

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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) 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): General membership meetings are on the 4th Monday monthly at Painter Park, 34th & Lyndale.

Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association (LYNAS): Board meets 2nd Monday monthly at 6 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.