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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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 [email protected]