This year marks the tenth and final time Bob Bayers will produce the Linden Hills 9/11 tribute.
Bayers, owner of Bayers Do it Best Hardware at 43rd & Upton, said he hopes neighborhood volunteers will step up in future years and continue organizing an event that obviously means a great deal to him.
Asked why he had chosen to make the tenth-anniversary tribute his final one, Bayers said that with his business facing stiffer competition than ever, he is simply no longer able to invest the hundreds of hours needed to produce the 90-minute tribute.
“I’m leaving it as a gift to the community,” he said.
This year’s tribute begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Lake Harriet Bandshell with a display by first responders. Police, fire fighters, paramedics and all the branches of the military will be represented.
A concert featuring a large chorus and orchestra performing patriotic songs begins at 7 p.m., with fireworks concluding the tribute.
WCCO-TV reporters Jason DeRusha and Esme Murphy will host the event.
Bayers teared up when describing how red and blue banners adorned with the names of the 2,996 victims of the 9/11 attacks unfurl as the orchestra plays. He said he has a hard time keeping his emotions at bay when thinking about the symbolism of the banners unfurling as hosts read flashback reports of the suicide attacks that brought the Twin Towers down.
“The world has not been the same since,” he said.
The event is free and open to the public. For more on the concert visit our911tribute.com.
CIDNA Fall Festival
The Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association Fall Festival is 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Park Siding Park at the intersection of West 28th Street and Dean Court.
Festivities include a moon walk, face painting, food and more. Visit with neighbors, meet elected officials and learn more about issues in the neighborhood.
Non-perishable food donations will be collected for Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. The event is free and will be held rain or shine.
Annual Labor Day Celebration
East Calhoun’s annual Labor Day Celebration is 3 p.m.–6 p.m. Sept. 5 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.
A parade featuring the Southwest High School marching band at 3 p.m. will be followed by games for children, a potluck dinner and bingo. The event is free for all East Calhoun residents.
Meeting location to change in September
The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors will begin meeting in the Whittier Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St., in September.
The board previously held its September through May meetings in the adjacent Whittier International Elementary School, while summer meetings were held at rotating locations.
NRP committee to set Phase II priorities
The East Isles Residents Association has scheduled a 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Sept. 13 meeting at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St., to review priorities for its Neighborhood Revitalization Program Phase II plan.
The Mall/Walker Library Design Concept Meeting
The next public meeting on the redesign of the Walker Library was scheduled for 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the library, 2800 Hennepin Ave. S.
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 Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St.
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]