Neighborhood notebook

THE WEDGE

LHENA hires new newspaper editor

Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association hired a new editor for its monthly newspaper, The Wedge.

Wedge resident Quentin Skinner took over with the July issues of The Wedge. Best known as the theater critic for City Pages, Skinner also has written two novels set in the Wedge, where he has lived for 15 years, according to an announcement posted Aug. 2 on thewedge.org.

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WHITTIER

Rex Hardware demolished

Wrecking crews in early August demolished the former Rex Hardware building at 2601 Lyndale Ave. S.

The demolition came 11 weeks after the Minneapolis City Council overturned a Heritage Preservation Commission ruling stating the building is a historic landmark. It was a hardware store from 1914 to 2005.

The owner of the site, SMJ Investments LLC, obtained permits in 2007 to construct a 16-unit condominium and retail building. The housing market crashed and the company’s financing fell apart.

Machelle Norling of SMJ said Aug. 11 that the company has no immediate plans for construction.

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LYNDALE

Fitness classes offered at Lyndale Farmstead Park

The Volunteers of America Southwest Senior Center, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Community Education Board are sponsoring classes for people 50 and older to get their body and brain into gear.

The classes will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13–17 and Oct. 4–8 at the Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Ave. S. Each session cost $35.

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or click on voamn.org.

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WINDOM

Catch a movie and eat ice cream at Windom Park

The Windom Community Council on Aug. 26 is hosting a Movie Night and Ice Cream Social at 7:30 p.m. in Windom Park.

The featured movie to be played at dusk is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

There will also be free root beer floats, a raffle, neighborhood history books, face painting and concession stand treats.

The Center for Energy and Environment will be on hand to give residents information on upcoming workshops for an energy program in Windom.

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EAST CALHOUN

Annual Labor Day Parade and Party

The parade will feature the Southwest High Marching Band. It runs 3–6 p.m. on Sept. 6 and will be followed by games, potluck and bingo. It’s free for all East Calhoun residents.

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EAST Harriet

A yoga gathering for moms

Sarah Longacre of Blooma, a prenatal and postnatal yoga studio and wellness center in Edina, is organizing a yoga event for moms at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Aug. 28.

Dubbed “Bellyrama,” the yoga gathering is a celebration of motherhood.

When asked what inspired the idea for the event, Longacre said: “For me it is what would happen if we could get mothers, whether you’re pregnant or not, all standing on their mats together — looking in one another’s eyes and just honoring and being present with that sensation that we’re all moms and we’re in this together.”

The event will give moms and moms-to-be a chance to take time to care for themselves and realize there’s a whole community out there they can draw strength and support from.

The benefits of doing yoga during a pregnancy and post-pregnancy are many, including decreased blood pressure, notes Longacre.

“For prenatal [women], it’s by far the best form of exercise,” she said.

About 70 percent of the women who go to Blooma, 3919 44th St., are new to yoga. Besides yoga classes, the studio offers wellness services, childbirth education and supportive community for families.

For more information about Blooma and Bellyrama, visit the studio’s website at blooma.com.

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Linden Hills

Register for 5K by Sept. 9

Participants have until noon on Sept. 9 to register for the People for the Parks Race for the Bandshell at Lake Harriet.

The family-friendly run/walk/jog will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 12. The event raises money for improvements around Lake Harriet.

Registration before Sept. 9 is $20 for adults and $15 for kids under 18. Day of race registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 18.

Register at peopleforparks.net.

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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 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 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]

Neighborhood notebook

East Isles

NRP Steering Committee

The East Isles NRP Steering Committee will meet Aug. 10, 7–9 p.m., in the Gable Room at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. Contact Monica Smith, East Isles NRP Consultant at 612-821-0131 or [email protected]

Ice cream social

The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) Ice Cream Social is set for Aug. 19, 6–9 p.m., at Joanne Levin Triangle Park, 1600 W. 26th St. The neighborhood will have ice cream from Kowalski’s and cookies from Isles Bun & Coffee. There will be an exotic petting zoo, face painting and fun-jump bouncers for kids. Go to eastisles.org for details.

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East Calhoun

Emerald Ash Borer presentation

Ralph Sievert, director of forestry for the Minneapolis Parks, will be discussing the latest findings on Emerald Ash Borer and options for preventative treatment on Aug. 16,
7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

August social

The ECCO board is holding a potluck social on Aug. 11, 6–7:30 p.m., at Lake Calhoun (near the 33rd Street stairs). Bring a dish to share.

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Lynnhurst

Summer Festival

The 15th annual Lynnhurst Summer Festival will feature food, music by Red Gallagher, games and more on Aug. 11. This year’s event will be a Zero Waste event. Festivities run Aug. 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m., at Lynnhurst Park, West 50th Street & Minnehaha Parkway.

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Stevens Square

Plymouth hosts FaNFair music festival Aug. 21

Local music, street food and fun children’s activities were on tap for the FaNFair Neighborhood Music Festival 2 p.m.–8 p.m. Aug. 21 in the parking lot of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S.

FaNFair, which stands for Franklin and Nicollet Fair, will include music from Wain McFarlane and Friends, The Copper Street Brass Quintet, Pete Hofmann and the Measured Doses and several others. The music ranges from rock to hip-hop to Japanese taiko drumming.

For more information on the all-ages festival, visit plymouth.org/fanfair.

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KENNY

Kenny Summerfest set for Aug 14.

The Belfast Cowboys will headline Kenny neighborhood’s annual Kennyfest Aug. 14 in Kenny Park.

Kennyfest runs from 5–10 p.m.

Other bands playing at the festival’s Borton Volvo stage include the Twin Town Guitar Band and One Time.

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KINGFIELD

No August board meeting

Due to National Night Out, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association will not hold a board meeting in August. The next board meeting will be held Sept. 8.

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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 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 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 [email protected]