Neighborhood notebook

Annual Palio Festival

Residents of Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East and East Isles neighborhoods will parade to the annual Palio festival on Sept. 26. After the parades join together in Kenwood Park, participants will enjoy food, games, art and music activities from 1–3:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Kenwood Park and Recreation Center and neighborhood improvement projects. For more information contact Amy Sanborn at [email protected] or Shanti Mittra at [email protected]

Hazardous waste drop

Several Southwest neighborhoods are teaming with Hennepin County to offer a household hazardous waste drop on Oct. 9 at the Minneapolis Park Board Southside Operations Center, 3800 Bryant Ave. S.

Residents of Minneapolis can drop off batteries, fire extinguishers, paint, pesticides, harmful chemicals and many other items. For a full list of acceptable and non-acceptable items, visit the Hennepin County website, or follow this link:

The drop off is sponsored by the neighborhood associations of East Harriet, Kingfield, Lyndale, CARAG and ECCO.

Residents must bring their IDs to verify they live in Minneapolis. The drop-off runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bryn Mawr

Bryn Mawr to host Washburn Games

Children ages 5–12 will have the chance to participate in more than 15 supervised sporting activities when Bryn Mawr Meadows hosts the first-ever Washburn Games on Oct. 3.

Sponsored by Washburn Center for Children, a children’s community mental health center with its main offices in Whittier, the games are meant to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues and raise money for the center. To register or view a full list of events, go to

The cost for the games is $10 per child. Children who collect at least $100 in donations to Washburn Center for Children play for free and are also entered in a drawing for a $1,000 educational grant.

Registration is limited to the first 500 children who sign up.

East Calhoun

September social

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is hosting a potluck social on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 6–7:30 p.m. The event will take place on the lawn of the Greenhouse Condos at 36th and Hennepin. Bring a dish to share. For more details visit,


Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church unveils unique food shelf

A new and growing food shelf at Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church is using technology to give shoppers a more dignified and efficient way to buy food.

The Minneapolis Market was founded in February when the Upper Room, an independent church in St. Louis Park, teamed with Redeemer to set up shelves in the basement of the church.

What’s different, however, is that the food shelf uses a credit card-style system to allow shoppers to pick the food they want within their monthly budget of points that are added to a card.

Heigl Technologies of Bloomington donated the software and cards. Co-owner Dustin Heigl, a member of Upper Room, said no other food
shelf he knows of uses the exact same method.

Instead of giving the needy a big bag of assorted food, the card system allows shoppers to pick the items they need the most. Sometimes, Heigl said,
the needy will be get items in a pre-sorted bag that they can’t use and will throw out.

“We’ve set it up so it’s actually like a full-on grocery store,” he said. “Having that sense of choice, it makes it a more dignified environment, but it also serves the person in need better.”

Heigl said Upper Room studied the area around the church and found that a strong need existed in the neighborhood for a food shelf. Since February the people the Minneapolis Market serves has spiked sharply and now about 325 people use it.

Heigl said they are forced to turn people away because they don’t have the volunteers and donations to keep up.

“There’s people we turn away every week, so there’s definitely a need there.”

To become a sponsor ($10 a month for a year, which feeds one person) or make a one-time donation, visit


Annual board meeting set for Oct. 13

The Fulton Neighborhood Association is holding its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pershing Park. New board members will be elected, elected officials will give updates and award recipients of Friends of Fulton and B.L.E.N.D. will be honored.

Six seats with two-year terms are open. Residents wishing to be on the board must be 18 years old, live or own property in the Fulton neighborhood or be the sole representative of a business, religious institution or school in the neighborhood.

To add your name to the ballot, contact the neighborhood group by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 922-3106. You can also put your name on the ballot at the meeting.

Neighborhood notebook

Linden Hills

9/11 Tribute preparing for year nine

It’s been nearly nine years since the 9/11 attacks, and the Linden Hills community is once again doing its part to keep the events of that day on the minds and hearts of Twin Cities’ residents.

For the ninth consecutive year, Bob Bayers, owner of Bayers Do It Best Hardware, is producing the “9-11 Tribute: Our Community Remembers” memorial concert at the Lake Harriet Band Shell. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11.

“We are not letting people forget,” said Bayers, who wants people to remember 9/11 the way the previous generation remembers Pearl Harbor.

The 90-minute program features a 58-person chorus and a 64-person orchestra performing patriotic songs. Also included is a flag processional and tribute, a candlelight vigil with 2,000 candles and fireworks. Bayers has 500 small American flags ready for attendees.

Bayers said the event will once again include a flashback production in which the hosts — John Lauritsen and Heather Brown of WCCO — will read a script of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As they read the reports of the four plane crashes, banners will roll down to expose the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s moving,” Bayers said, “as you start seeing these banners start lowering as these planes crash, as towers fall. There’s usually not a dry eye in the place when that is done each year.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more on the concert visit


Neighbor associations want input on Nicollet Avenue reconstruction

As the City of Minneapolis prepares to reconstruct Nicollet Avenue between 31st and 40th streets in 2012 and 2013, the Lyndale and Kingfield neighborhood associations are seeking the input of residents on how the street should be designed.

There is a survey posted on the Lyndale Neighborhood Association website. Visit

The survey asks 10 question that determine how the construction should be completed and how it might affect residents and businesses.

The survey is open until Sept. 30. The results will be used by the Nicollet Avenue Reconstruction Steering Committee to determine how best to design the corridor.


Annual meeting includes vote on NRP plan

CARAG will present its Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Phase II action plan for neighborhood approval at its September annual meeting.

In addition to electing representatives to the nine-member CARAG Board of Directors, neighborhood residents will vote on acceptance of the NRP action plan, which outlines the organization’s plans to distribute more than $750,000 in NRP funds. NRP rules require at least 70 percent of the total Phase II funding amount be spent on neighborhood housing.

The Phase II action plan also outlines strategies to improve neighborhood safety with energy efficient lighting, graffiti prevention and property design that increase “eyes on the street.” Some funding will go to organize block and apartment clubs, and to create a neighborhood safety committee.

The action plan also includes strategies to improve bicycle routes and bicycle parking; to encourage shoppers to visit neighborhood businesses; and to preserve and increase public boulevard trees and plantings. The entire plan is available for download at

The CARAG annual meeting is 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Sept. 21 at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. The event begins with a dinner for neighborhood residents, with the business meeting scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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. It starts at Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 35th & Irving.

Free Energy Workshop

The workshop will teach homeowners simple techniques for reducing energy use and saving money. There is free childcare for parents attending the event. To reserve a spot, contact Ashley Robertson at 335-5869 or [email protected]


Celebrating autumn

The Fulton Fall Festival will be held Sept. 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., at Pershing Park, 48th & Chowen. It will feature the second annual Fulton food drive for Joyce Food Shelf. During the festival, people will build a giant canned food sculpture.

Other events lined up for the festival include live music, a silent auction, pony rides and a petting zoo.

For more information, contact Steve Young at 926-8000 or Rhea Sullivan at 386-6974.


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.

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.

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