Neighborhood notebook

EAST HARRIET

Locus Architecture unveiling time capsule contents

During renovation work, Locus Architecture discovered a 1940 time capsule tucked into the ceiling of their building at 708 W. 40th St.

The company will display the contents of the capsule for public viewing during their renovation celebration, scheduled for Nov. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In a press release, Locus notes that the capsule mostly contained issues of the Minneapolis Star Journal. The Nov. 4 event reveals “objects unseen and untouched for seventy years as news — now historic — and modern art,” the release notes.

Refreshments, discussion and a quiz generated from the papers will accompany the exhibition.

For more information about the renovation celebration, check out Locus’ website at locusarchitecture.com.

LINDEN HILLS

2011 Neighborhood Treasures announced

Rep. Frank Hornstein and Sen. Scott Dibble presented Linden Hills’ 2011 Neighborhood Treasures awards during the neighborhood’s annual meeting on Oct. 13.

Three members of the neighborhood’s communications committee, Nancy Felice, Susan Tapp and Sara Boehnke, were recognized for their “outstanding efforts in keeping the community informed,” according to the neighborhood’s website.

Linda Haug of Café Twenty Eight was acknowledged “for her delicious service and neighborhood dedication,” and the volunteer group Friends of the Linden Hills Library was recognized for its dedication “in supporting one of the foundations of out community, the local library,” the website added.

FULTON

Meeting about sewer improvements scheduled

The Metropolitan Council is holding a public hearing on Nov. 2 to inform property owners about its Minneapolis Interceptor Rehabilitation Project Draft Facility Plan.

The hearing will take place at the Pershing Park Recreation Center, 3523 W. 48th St., beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The draft plan calls for installation of new linings for over six miles of sanitary sewer and the rehabilition of approximately 690 maintenance holes. Project goals include the safeguarding of local lakes and creeks by preventing overflows and blockages.

More information about the meeting can be found at metrocouncil.org/meetings/public_hearings.htm.

CARAG

Snow route switch

Two CARAG neighborhood streets that had been snow emergency routes will revert back to normal winter parking rules Nov. 1.

City crews are scheduled to take down the snow emergency route signs on Dupont and Emerson avenues between Lake and 36th streets and also replace the blue street name signs — indicated a snow route — with green signs.

EAST CALHOUN

Candle Light Dessert Social

Meet at the 34th Street entrance to the Loon Lake Trolley Path for the social on Nov. 10, 6–7 p.m. Be sure to bring a candle or lantern and a dessert to share.

EAST ISLES

NRP Steering Committee

Residents are urged to attend the meeting Nov. 8, 7–9 p.m., at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St., to help set priorities for NRP Phase II.

— Dylan Thomas and Aaron Rupar

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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 Recreation Center, 425 W. 26 St.

Windom Community Council: Board meets 2nd Thursday monthly at Windom Community Center, 5821 Wentworth Ave.

Send neighborhood news to Journal editor Sarah McKenzie at [email protected]

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KENWOOD

Board chair resigns

Sam Murphy resigned as chair of the Kenwood Isles Area Association Board of Directors, it was announced at the group’s Oct. 3 meeting.

Board Member Larry Moran moved into the chair position on the board. Board Member Pat Scott announced her intention to resign in December at the same meeting, and afterward Board Member Kathy Williams announced her intention to also leave the board at the end of the year in an email.


CARAG

Neighborhood fundraiser wine tasting set for Oct. 26

The 29th annual Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting is scheduled for Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Calhoun Square.

Festivities include a sampling of more than 400 wines and food prepared by renown chef Tim McKee. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

All proceeds benefit Southwest neighborhood associations. Last year the event raised more than $13,500. Over the past 28 years, the wine tasting has raised a total of $303,500.

Sponsors are Calhoun Square, Parasole, Great Clips and Hennepin Lake Liquors.

Tickets can be purchased from Southwest neighborhood associations.


Loring Park

Loring Corners owner planning business incubator

According to Joseph Whitney, he’s been incubating businesses for a long time. But now he’s making it official.

With the pending departure of advertising firm Olson from the Loring Corners, a group of buildings near Loring Park owned by Whitney, he was left with 125,000 square feet of vacant office space. Whitney decided to devote 10,000 square feet of that space to fledgling companies and individuals, creating a business
 incubator called Cornerstone Ventures,
1635 Hennepin Ave.

Cornerstone Ventures’ working motto is “startups built to compete,” and Whitney will have a hand in that building process. He plans to invest $250,000 of his own money into the incubator and says he thinks it could turn into a $1 million investment fund.

The incubator will offer office space and other support at no cost, but Whitney is not simply giving away money.

“It’s not free, it’s making an investment in their business,” he said. “We have capital available to fund business plans, prototypes, etcetera, but we’re taking equity too.”

Whitney plans to enlist 10–15 companies along with freelancers, focusing on web developers, software developers and graphic designers.

As for his prior experience in the business incubation business, Whitney said: “To a certain extent I’ve been doing this for 25–30 years since I’ve owned this building.”

He explained that dealing with so many small tenants has made him accustomed to taking chances, such as betting that multiple months’ worth of late rent will show once business picks up.

Playing the long game has suited Whitney in the past, and Cornerstone Ventures could be seen as a part of that game.

“I want to stimulate business but, frankly, I really think it’s good to have a steady stream of business renters for the offices,” he said. “It’s an investment in the future of the buildings.”

Cornerstone Ventures is currently in a soft launch phase, but the project has a tentative official launch date of Feb. 15, Whitney said.

Inquiring companies and freelancers may contact Cornerstone Ventures at [email protected]

Whittier

Neighborhood cleanup is Oct. 29

Whittier residents are invited to join their neighbors at the Whittier Neighborhood Fall Cleanup 1–4 p.m. Oct. 29.

Teams will sweep Whittier streets for trash and graffiti before convening at 3 p.m. in Whittier Park, 425 W. 26th St., for a “trash talk.” The gathering will include warm beverages donated by the neighborhood’s Spyhouse Coffee Shop and an awards ceremony with prizes for the cleanup teams in the categories of Most Interesting Trash, Most New Connections, Best Costume and Best-Dressed Team.

Trash teams should contact Whittier Alliance Community Organizer Jen Wendland to register at [email protected] or 871-7756.

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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 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]

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Calhoun area

CARAG races for Twitter followers

The Calhoun Area Resource Group (CARAG) and Waite Park neighborhood organizations planned a race to 300 Twitter followers in October.

Of the Minneapolis neighborhood organizations using the popular social networking site, CARAG and Waite Park are among the most popular. As of Sept. 26, 245 Twitter users followed @CARAGmpls and 249 followed @waiteparkcc.

In keeping with Twitter’s 140-character limit on messages, both neighborhoods used the social network to for short news blasts on neighborhood news and events.

The race began Oct. 1. The first to reach 300 followers was to get a prize from the other neighborhood organization.

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Lyndale

Community center celebrates grand reopening

The grand reopening of the Lyndale Community Center will be celebrated during a fundraiser event on Oct. 14 from 6–9 p.m. at the Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s headquarters, 3537 Nicollet Ave. S.

Ground was broken in early August on renovations designed to solve water long-term water issues, create a new community gathering space and showcase the building as a model of sustainable renovation.  

The event will feature a wine and cheese tasting sponsored by Lake Wine and Spirits and a silent auction featuring items from local businesses. For more information about the renovations and the grand reopening event, see lyndale.org/environment/building.

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East Calhoun

East Calhoun neighborhood annual meeting

There will be an election of new board members and a chance to learn more about neighborhood issues and activities on Oct. 6, 6–8:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. For more info, go to eastcalhoun.org.

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Linden Hills

Annual meeting scheduled for Oct. 13

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.

The event features council elections, guest speakers and information about what LHiNC has been up to during the past year. Linden Hills Treasure award winners will also be recognized.

For more information about the meeting, check out lindenhills.org.

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East Isles

Semi-annual members meeting

There will be updates from elected officials on neighborhood issues on Oct. 4, 7–9 p.m., Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

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NRP Steering Committee meeting

The agenda for the meeting is setting priorities for implementing the NRP Phase II plan. It will be Oct. 11, 7–9 p.m., at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

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WHITTIER

Neighborhood clears path for property purchase

The Whittier Alliance Board of Directors on Sept. 22 approved a series of modifications to its Neighborhood Revitalization Program [NRP] plans that would give the organization greater leeway to purchase a commercial or residential property in the neighborhood.

Whittier Alliance Executive Director Marian Biehn said the organization could now purchase and rehabilitate a neighborhood commercial or residential property, even a foreclosed property. While improving the neighborhood’s property stock, such an investment could also help to protect Whittier’s remaining NRP funds.

Neighborhoods were alarmed last December when the city froze the $12.68 million remaining in the program to help soften the blow of increased property taxes. Although a portion of that money later was released to neighborhoods, some neighborhood activists remain wary of the city’s plans for the funds.

The Whittier Alliance, by investing its funds in a neighborhood property, aims to put them beyond the reach of the city. Any income from the investment would come back to the neighborhood.

The Whittier board of directors also passed motions authorizing Biehn to spend up to $325,000 on a property pending board approval, a figure supported by NRP staff and the organization’s accountant. Another motion passed authorizing Biehn to hire a real estate professional and attorney to assist in a purchase.

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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 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]