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: tinyurl.com/35b7rfa.
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 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 washburngames.org.
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.
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, eastcalhoun.org.
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 minneapolismarket.org.
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.