48th annual Uptown Art Fair Aug. 5–7
The Uptown Art Fair is back and big as ever.
This year’s fest will take place Aug. 5–Aug. 7. The theme is “Art Meets Life.” As always, the heart of the festivities will be Lake & Hennepin.
Megan Orr, associate director of the fair, said 355 artists will be featured.
“We bring both local and international artists,” she said.
This year’s commemorative artist has deep local ties. After years as a linebacker for the Vikings, Matt Blair has established himself as a renown wildlife and landscape photographer.
One of his prints, “Calhoun Sails,” is this year’s featured print.
Festivities include a family clay art station, youth art fair, performance stage and wine garden, an expo aiming to inform older adult about arts education opportunities and an Uptown information booth, among others.
Ranked the top art fair in Minnesota by Harris Guide, the even has grown into a nationally recognized festival attracting more than 375,000 people throughout the weekend.
More information about the Uptown Art Fair can be found at www.uptownartfair.com.
CARAG hires neighborhood safety organizer
The Calhoun Area Residents Group (CARAG) neighborhood board has hired Zack Farley as its new part-time neighborhood safety organizer.
Farley, a two-year veteran of the CARAG board, said he’ll focus on organizing block and apartment crime prevention clubs and engage in grassroots efforts to educate residents and promote best crime prevention practices.
In his first couple weeks on the job, Farley said he’s identified graffiti, car break-ins and breaking and entering into residences as recurring crime issues in the neighborhood.
“CARAG isn’t overburdened with crime, but this is an opportunity to still be proactive and make sure you don’t see an uptick, to keep on the lookout,” Farley said.
Farley’s position, which is funded through Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds, will exist for at least one year.
He encouraged any area residents with crime questions or concerns to e-mail him at [email protected] or call him at 226-5469.
Neighborhood walking tour on July 27
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 27, the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association is offering a walking tour of Lyndale Park and adjoining stately residents just east of Lake Harriet.
The tour, which is to be guided by Peter Sussman, costs $5, and will depart from the intersection of 42nd & Fremont.
For more information, check out eastharriet.org.
No August meeting
The Kenwood Isles Area Association Board of Directors will not hold a monthly meeting in August.
The group will resume monthly board meetings 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. The board normally meets on the first Monday of the month, but will meet one week later in September because of the Labor Day holiday.
Dine Out for LHENA is Aug. 9
The Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association holds its next Dine Out for LHENA neighborhood fundraiser 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Aug. 9 at Common Roots Café, 2558 Lyndale Ave. S.
Mention LHENA while placing an order to direct 25 percent of sales to LHENA for support of neighborhood programs and services.
No August meeting
The ECCO board will not be meeting in August. The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 1.
The EIRA board won’t meet in August in observation of National Night Out on Aug. 2. The next meeting is Sept. 6.
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 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.
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