Linden Hills Luminaria
Linden Hills had a festive glow in December thanks to local artist Jennifer Hedberg and the Linden Hills Business Association.
Intricate ice globes and sculptures lit up the area around 43rd & Upton until Christmas to give the neighborhood a winter glow. The cluster of candlelit ice lanterns lined the blocks in each of the four directions from 43rd Avenue and Upton Avenue.
Jennifer Shea Hedberg, better known as “The Ice Wrangler,” has been creating these glowing ice lanterns for three decades now. She started when she was a child, and says that the thickness of her globes happened by accident. Hedberg and her husband had made an ice lantern for their daughter and by accident, forgot about it outside. Hedberg came back to find that the lantern had become much thicker, and that it had created lines that shot through the glass, which doesn’t occur when the ice is thinner. Hedberg says, “The freezing pattern is so unique. It looks like things in nature, like a dandelion or a starburst. All sorts of beautiful things.”
She more recently has started to sell a kit complete with directions on how to make your own ice globe lantern for her friend’s boutique in Minnetonka. She brought her first 50 kits to the store, and those sold out right away. Since then she has picked up stores like Patina and The General Store in Minnetonka.
— Vanessa El-Hakeem
Here come the kites
The tenth annual KiteFest on Lake Harriet is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 8.
Kites will be flown on the north end of the lake, and many other activities are scheduled on land near the Lake Harriet band shell.
Minnesota Kite Society members will fly big kites throughout the day and will also teach attendees how to fly their own. KiteFest goers can bring their own kites or buy one at the lake.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an ice fishing expo to teach kids how to ice fish and give them safety tips. The DNR will provide all equipment.
The festival will also feature horse-drawn wagon rides, a kid’s medallion hunt and a marshmallow roast. Attendees can warm up by a blazing fire and drink hot chocolate and apple cider.
Concerned about NRP, SSCO advances salaries
Stevens Square Community Organization’s two full-time staff members will get six months of pay in advance.
Anticipating the city’s budget woes may spur further reductions in the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) funds available to neighborhood organizations, the SSCO Board of Directors voted Dec. 16 to pay out in one lump sum the salaries of Executive Director Steven Gallagher and Safety Coordinator Dave Delvoye through June 30, the end of SSCO’s fiscal year. Gallagher and Delvoye will be required to sign agreements to pay back portions of their salaries if their employment is terminated before June 30.
In December, the City Council approved plans to freeze unallocated NRP funds to help balance the budget. Since then, some neighborhood activists have expressed concerns about a possible additional claw back.
SSCO planned to prepay about $50,000 to Gallagher and Delvoye, combined. The SSCO Board of Directors will issue a letter to neighborhood residents explaining the decision.
— Nick Halter and Dylan Thomas
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 Walker Methodist, 3737 Bryant Ave. S. (Health Service door)
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.
For more information about Southwest neighborhood organizations, go to southwestjournal.com and click on “Resources.”