Editor’s note: After the Journal went to press, organizers of the Abonimable Snow Dash cancelled the race.
A winter race with a twist
THEODORE WIRTH PARK — Minneapolis has hosted plenty of outdoor winter activities, but the Abominable Snow Dash proves there are still novel ways to get people out into the cold.
Planned for Saturday, Feb. 25, the Abominable Snow Dash is a multi-part winter race featuring running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snow tubing. There will also be music, coffee, beer and even appearances by the Abominable Snowman.
“We were looking for something new, something innovative,” said organizer Nate Harrington. “We thought this would be up the alley of many people.”
The race begins at 3:30 a.m. at the Chalet area of Theodore Wirth Park with festivities planned until noon. The running, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing portions of the race are each 5K, and participants will snow tube down to the finish line in the final leg of the race.
Registration for the race is available for individuals or teams, or for just the running and tubing portions of the race. Entry fees vary based on the chosen option. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bolder Options, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that helps at-risk youth achieve goals and boost self-esteem through physical activities with a mentor, such as 5K races.
As for the Abominable Snowman, Herrington said that he’s come to town in search of quality winter activities and has been spotted around town throughout the month of February.
“He’s been scoping out town, getting a feel for what’s going on in Minneapolis in the winter,” Herrington said. “He’s been getting a great reaction wherever he goes.”
Student artists honored at MCAD
Eighteen student artists from two Southwest-area schools were included in the annual Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in February.
Eight of the students from Southwest High School and The Blake School were Gold Key award winners and have the chance to be included in a national competition held in March in New York City. The Gold Key award winners include Marissa Nicol, Maya Powell and Lauren Skager from Southwest and Duncan Conway, Michael Meline, C.C. Lucas, Janice Chung and Brynne Swearingen from Blake.
Silver Key award winners who appeared in the Minnesota exhibition include Claire Nyquist, Audrey Wuest, Rose Peterson and Abigail Thill from Southwest and John Chipoco, Zoe Kosieradzki, Clement Moore, Nefertiti Johnson, Anton Berman and Sihoon Moon from Blake.
A jury of art educators from around the country reviewed the 1,376 individual artworks and 170 portfolios submitted for this year’s statewide competition, which was open to students in grades 7–12. They awarded just 133 gold and 167 silver keys for individual artworks and 11 gold and 16 silver keys for portfolio entries.
Tree Task Force meeting
EAST CALHOUN — The task force group will discuss information about the safety of chemical treatments and strategies for fighting the Emerald Ash Borer in the neighborhood on Feb. 21, 7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving 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@example.com