Neighborhood notebook

City nearing final decision on Nicollet redesign

The City Council’s Transportation & Public Works Committee will consider staff’s recommendation for the redesign of Nicollet Ave. S. on Aug. 23.

Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward) supports a general street width of 44 feet for Nicollet from Lake to 40th Street, but a group of about three dozen Nicollet business owners have signed a petition asking for a width no narrower than 46 feet.

Assuming Transportation & Public Works makes a recommendation on Aug. 23, the full City Council will make a final decision about the redesign at its Sept. 2 meeting.  

Construction work is slated to begin next spring.

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East Harriet

EHFNA elects new board president

Donovan Hart was elected new East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association (EHFNA) president during EHFNA’s August meeting, replacing Nicholas Petersen.

Petersen and his wife are moving to the Field neighborhood.

Since EHFNA holds its annual board elections in October and the appointment is only for the rest of Petersen’s term, Hart may only preside over the September and October meetings. He said, however, he’s open to the idea of serving a full term as president.

Hart can be reached at ledono@aol.com.

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East Calhoun

Annual Labor Day celebration

The East Calhoun Community Organization is holding its annual Labor Day celebration on Monday, Sept. 5, 3–6 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 35th & Irving. A parade featuring the Southwest High marching band starts at 3 p.m. followed by children’s games, a potluck dinner and bingo.

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East Isles

NRP steering committee

The committee will be reviewing priorities for implementing NRP Phase II on Aug. 23, 7–9 p.m., at the Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

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Kingfield

Freedom Form #2 rededication event scheduled Aug. 28

Minneapolis will join the nation in celebrating the MLK memorial in Washington D.C. on Aug. 28 by rededicating the Freedom Form #2 sculpture in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

On that day, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., a rededication event will be held at 4055 Nicollet Ave. S. featuring speakers, music, refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the form’s sculptor.

For more about the event, which is presented by the city’s Park & Recreation Board and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Council, contact Jennifer Ringgold at 230-6464.

Neighborhood notebook

Lyndale

Lyndale Harvest Festival scheduled for Aug. 10

The Youth Farm and Market Project’s (YFMP) annual Lyndale Harvest Festival is coming up Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 128 W. 33rd St.

The event features a free community meal, tours of the organization’s urban farms and performances by youth involved in YFMP.

For more information, check out YFMP’s website at youthfarm.net.

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East Calhoun

Obstacle Course Croquet

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) is holding an Obstacle Course Croquet Social on Aug. 11, 6–7:30 p.m., at Lake Calhoun near 33rd St. A potluck dinner will follow the game.

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East Isles

Ice cream social

The East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) holds its annual ice cream social for East Isles neighbors on Aug. 17, 6–9 p.m., at Joanne Levin Triangle Park, Irving Avenue and West 26th Street.

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Whittier

Alliance wants garbage burner impact studied

The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors passed a resolution July 28 calling on the City Council to require the operator of the Downtown garbage burner to complete an environmental impact statement before the council considers a request to increase its use.

Whittier Alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn said the Whittier and Stevens Square neighborhoods in Southwest were among several “hot spots” impacted by emissions from the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center (HERC), which burns about 1,000 pounds of trash daily. HERC operator Covanta is expected to request a conditional use permit to increase the burner’s capacity again later this year after a request in 2009 was rejected.

Biehn said an environmental impact statement would outline the potential health and environmental impacts of increased use in greater detail than the environmental assessment worksheet Covanta already provided the City.

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Windom

Windom Festival

The festival on Aug. 20, 5–9 p.m., will feature a silent auction, music, movies, games and food provided by Bobby & Steve’s. The event is at Windom Spanish Dual Immersion School, 5843 Wentworth Ave. S.

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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 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, click on “Resources.”
Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at smckenzie@mnpubs.com.