Neighborhood notebook

CARAG

Neighborhood seeking safety coordinator

CARAG is seeking a neighborhood safety coordinator to organize block clubs and share crime prevention information with neighbors, CARAG Executive Coordinator Scott Engel said.

Engel said the CARAG Board of Directors approved a plan to hire a safety coordinator to work about 10–15 hours per week. The board set aside $20,000 from the neighborhood’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program Phase II funds for a two-year contract.

A 2009 survey of CARAG residents found crime was the top concern among respondents, “which is sort of surprising, since the crime rate is relatively low,” Engel said.

He said the job description would be posted on the neighborhood’s website, carag.org.

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Linden Hills

Lake Harriet outdoor concerts resume May 30

Lake Harriet’s daily outdoor concert series began on May 30 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Show times are Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Performances take place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.

The Minneapolis Pops Orchestra will return for it 62nd season with five consecutive weeks of Saturday and Sunday performances beginning July 2.

For more information, check out the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s website.

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Southwest-wide

Rec center hours expanded at Southwest parks

On May 31, expanded service hours take effect at a number of Southwest parks.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, recreation centers at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst and Whittier parks will now be open from Monday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Fridays noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.

Recreation centers at the Armatage, Bryant Square and Pershing parks will be open Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Finally, recreation centers at Kenny, Lyndale Farmstead, Painter and Loring parks will be open Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Lyndale

‘Graffiti busters’ get to work in Lyndale

In early June, for the third consecutive summer, two part-time “graffiti busters” will hit Lyndale streets and begin their seasonal quest to make the neighborhood a cleaner place.

The workers will wrap selected utility boxes with graffiti-resistant material and scrub tags from public and private properties.

Last year, graffiti busters removed more than 200 tags from the neighborhood. Mark Hinds, executive director of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, said he expects that effort to be replicated this year, though this will be the first summer the graffiti-resistant wraps will be installed.

“It’s not a little job,” Hinds said, adding that, as always, some tags will remain even after a full summer of work.

An artist will be hired to create a design for the utility box wraps, Hinds added.

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East Calhoun

Ash tree update

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is hosting a community meeting on a proposed ash replacement program on June 2, 7–9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

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ECCO

Super Sale

The Super Sale sponsored by ECCO is June 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be yard sales throughout the neighborhood — Lake Street to 36th Street and Hennepin to East Calhoun Boulevard.


Waste Loss workshop

There will be a Waste Loss Workshop on June 11, 9–10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Green Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. There will be tips on ways to reduce household garbage and save money through green cart (organics) recycling, backyard composting and material recycling. RSVP to greenteam@eastcalhoun.org.

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East Isles

Levin Triangle Park community meeting

The Park Board is soliciting feedback on plans for Levin Triangle improvements on June 6, 6:30 p.m., at Kenwood Park Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. In advance of the meeting, residents are encouraged to fill out a survey at minneapolisparks.org.

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STEVENS SQUARE


Neighborhood mobile camera a possibility

The Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) Board of Directors approved a plan to explore the purchase of mobile camera unit to track or deter crime in the neighborhood.

The board voted May 17 to direct staff to look into camera options, as well as a possible partnership with the Minneapolis Police Department Fifth Precinct either on the purchase of the camera, its use or both. SSCO Executive Director Steven Gallagher said the type of mobile camera unit under consideration was similar to one operated by the Downtown Improvement District and would cost about $22,000.

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THE WEDGE

LHENA officers elected

Katherine Himes was re-elected president of the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Board of Directors at its May 18 meeting.

Also elected were Daniel Haley (treasurer) and Shae Walker (secretary). There were multiple vice presidential candidates, but because some were not present the board voted to table the vote until its June meeting.


Dine Out for LHENA

moto-i hosts the next Dine Out for LHENA fundraiser Monday, June 6.

A portion of proceeds from food and drinks sales that day at moto-i, 2940 Lyndale Ave. S., will support the neighborhood organization.

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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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 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 Thursday 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 smckenzie@mnpubs.com.

Neighborhood notebook

Great Streets grants

Southwest business associations are set to receive more than $50,000 from the city’s Great Streets Neighborhood Program.

The program supports technical assistance — planning, financial management and education in legal and tax matters — for Minneapolis small businesses.

Southwest recipients include: the Lake Street Council, which will receive $30,000 for business recruitment and marketing assistance; the Nicollet East Harriet Business Association, which will receive $15,250 for construction mitigation, business technical assistance and marketing; and the Uptown Association, which will receive $9,025 for business education and an Adopt-a-Block program.

In total, the Great Streets program will distribute nearly $500,000 to business associations throughout the city.  

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East Calhoun

Spring into fun

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is hosting a potluck dinner and game time on May 16, 6–7:30 p.m. Festivities will be at Lake Calhoun on 33rd Street. For more details, go to eastcalhoun.org.

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Cedar-Isles-Dean

Burglary prevention workshop

Crime prevention specialist Chelsea Adams is holding a burglary prevention workshop May 24, 6:30 p.m., at Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. There will be tips on using landscaping and lighting to deter crime.

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Whittier

Executive committee re-elected

Erica Christ was re-elected chair of the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors April 28.

Other members of the board’s executive committee we re-elected to their positions as well, including: Erin Sjoquist, vice chair; Tom Bissen, treasurer; and Laura Jean, secretary.


Whittier supports late-night hours for pizza joint

A Slice of New York’s bid for extended late-night business hours won support from the Whittier Alliance Board of Directors in April.

The board voted to support a request from the pizza restaurant, located at 2407 Nicollet Ave. S., to remain open until 1 a.m. Sunday–Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Its current license allows the business to operate 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

A public hearing on the application for extended hours was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 16 in room 317 of City Hall, 350 S. 5th St.

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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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. 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 Thursday 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 smckenzie@mnpubs.com.

Neighborhood notebook

Lyndale Avenue to go car-free June 12

Southwest will be host to the first Minneapolis event inspired by the worldwide ciclovía movement when 20 blocks of Lyndale Avenue South close to motor vehicle traffic on a Sunday in June.

Organizers of Minneapolis Open Streets got city approval in April to close a two-mile stretch of Lyndale between 22nd and 42nd streets 10 a.m.–2 p.m. June 12. While vehicles will still be able to cross Lyndale at signal-controlled intersections, the street itself will be reserved for bicyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and others using non-motorized transportation.

Colin Harris of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the local, volunteer-run bicycle advocacy group behind Minneapolis Open Streets, said it was inspired by similar car-free events known as ciclovías. First held in Bogota, Colombia, ciclovías (also spelled cyclovias) have spread to cities around the world, including San Francisco, New York and even the Fargo-Morehead area, Harris said.

He said the event aimed to promote sustainable transportation options and active living, boost foot traffic to area businesses and encourage a fresh look at public spaces. Harris reported overwhelming support from businesses and residents when organizers went door-to-door seeking approval for the street closings in February and March.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota contributed $20,000 to the event, and national advocacy group Bikes Belong awarded a $5,000 grant to support the event. The total cost was estimated at $30,000, Harris said.

“It’s not a race,” he said. “There’s no starting or ending point. People can just move around, go either direction, do it again, stop for coffee.

“Just try to experience the street in a new way.”

For more information, go to openstreetsmpls.com.

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Cedar-Isles-Dean Annual meeting

The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association (CIDNA) is holding its annual meeting and board elections Wednesday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Ave. The meeting is a chance to learn more about the University of Minnesota Capstone Project, Lake Street/Excelsior Boulevard traffic study and more.

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East Isles NRP meeting

The East Isles Residents Association is holding a NRP Steering Committee meeting on May 10, 7 p.m., at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St. The meeting is a chance to learn more about East Isles NRP Phase II.

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Linden Hills: Register now for May 14 garage sales

The deadline for Linden Hills residents to register for the neighborhood’s spring garage sale event is May 8.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Garage Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m.­–2 p.m. May 14. Registration costs $10 and includes promotion of the sale in local newspapers, including the Southwest Journal and Star Tribune, placement of street and yard signs and inclusion on a garage sale map.

To register, go to lindenhills.org. Those who have questions or wish to volunteer for the event should contact garage sale coordinator Christina Cassano at 208-1205 or pumpsog@yahoo.com.

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37th annual Linden Hills Festival scheduled for May 15

The 37th annual Linden Hills Festival will take place Sunday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Linden Hills Park.

The festivities include a silent auction, art fair and music. A kickoff parade is scheduled for 11 a.m., and vintage buses will be circulating throughout the day in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.

On Saturday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., the neighborhood will be the scene of a garage sale extravaganza. Up to 100 households are expected to participate.

And once again, the May 15 festival will be a “zero waste” event. Everything used at the festival should be recyclable or compostable, meaning no styrofoam cups, balloons, plastic lids or straws.

Last year, the 4,000-person event produced less than one bag of trash, according to LHiNC chair Lesley Lydell. The neighborhood is looking to improve on that remarkable effort this year.

For more information about the event and garage sale or to sign up to volunteer, visit www.lindenhills.org/whatwedo/festival.php.

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Lynnhurst: Phase II meeting

The Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association will be voting on its NRP Phase II action plan at its May 12 board meeting. The neighborhood is invited to vote on the plan. The board meets 6 p.m. at the Lynnhurst Community Center, 50th & West Minnehaha Parkway.

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Whittier: May Day Soiree benefit is May 5

The 11th annual May Day Soiree to benefit the Whittier Alliance neighborhood organization is 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. May 5 at Blaisdell Manor, 2322 Blaisdell Avenue.

There will be a raffle drawing for two iPad 2s, entertainment by the Parisota Hot Club and jazz vocalist Lucia Newell, “heavy appetizers” provided by neighborhood restaurants, cocktails and a silent auction. Proceeds support the Whittier Alliance.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For tickets, call 871-7756 or e-mail alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn at marian@whittieralliance.org.

For more information go to whittieralliance.org.