Neighborhood notebook

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 smckenzie@mnpubs.com

Neighborhood notebook

East Harriet

Studying on the high seas

Soren Walljasper has spent years on lakes Harriet and Calhoun honing his sailing abilities.

His next sailing trip is going to bring him into a bit larger waters.

Walljasper, a 17-year-old junior at Washburn High School left on Jan. 25 for a four-month program called Ocean Classroom in which he and 21 other students will sail from the Caribbean Islands to Boston on a 130-foot schooner called the Harvey Gamage.

The students eat and sleep on the boat while studying subjects such as marine biology, navigation, maritime literature and history. About half the time will be spent on the boat, where the students will assume a host of responsibilities, and the rest will be spent at stops along the route.

The trip includes a 17-day stretch between Trinidad and Puerto Rico in which land will be nowhere in sight.

“I’ve never been able to look out and not see the horizon, so this is a bit different,” Walljasper said during a recent interview at his home, where he was studying for his last finals and beginning to pack for the trip.

Walljasper was attracted to the trip after his sailing partner, Wyatt Richard, went on the trip last year. He has been preparing for the trip for the last year, saving money from his job as a sailing instructor and bypassing usual trips to northern Minnesota to pay for the tuition.

Faced with another $7,000 in costs, he recently sent a letter and video explaining the trip to his friends, family and neighbors, who contributed the needed amount in less than two months.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time writing thank you notes lately,” Walljasper said.

Walljasper’s hope is that the trip will widen his view of the world and make him a better sailor and leader — skills he hopes to share when he gets home and returns to his job as a sailing instructor. Long-term, sailing could become a career.

“I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do, but I know I’ll be sailing for the rest of my life,” he said.

Crime alert issued following robberies on Midtown Greenway  

Three people were robbed on the Midtown Greenway in January.

In the most recent incident reported to police on Jan. 16, a cyclist was knocked off the bike by two robbers demanding money on the Greenway near 12th Avenue South at 10:30 p.m., according to a crime alert. The cyclist had injuries to the face and the robbers got away with the victim’s backpack.

Two people walking along the Greenway near Elliot Ave. S. were robbed a gunpoint by two men on Jan. 9 at 11:20 p.m. They were not injured, but had a cell phone, cash and credit cards stolen.

Similar suspect descriptions have been reported to police. In one case, they were described as Native American or Hispanic men around 20 to 25 years old. In the other incident, they were described as Native American men between the ages of 18 and 22. They were about 6 feet tall and were wearing black hoodies.

East Calhoun

Green Team meeting

Alex Gehrig, program coordinator for Minnesota Waters, will discuss details of a storm drain stenciling project on Feb. 8, 7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S.

East Isles

NRP Steering Committee meeting

Residents are invited to the meeting to discuss details of the neighborhood’s NRP Phase II Plan on Feb. 16, 7–9 p.m., at Grace-Trinity Community Church, 1430 W. 28th St.

STEVENS SQUARE

Board supports Whittier’s vision for I-35W

The Stevens Square Community Organization Board of Directors went on record with its support of a vision for the I­nterstate 35W Transit/Access project developed by the Whittier neighborhood.

While the full scope of the project is yet to be determined, Hennepin County’s plan calls for reconstructing I-35W between Downtown and 32nd Street and adding new highway exit and entrance ramps at several locations, among other significant changes. One component of the estimated $224-million project is a new transit station at I-35W and Lake Street that would connect bike and pedestrian traffic on the Midtown Greenway with buses at street level and the developing bus-rapid transit system on the highway.

West Calhoun

Celebrating inventors

The Bakken Museum is celebrating National Inventor’s Day with a series of events, including a reading by the author of “Good News – I Failed: A Story of Inventing in Minnesota.”

Events at the museum, located at 3537 Zenith Ave. S, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The date, Thomas Edison’s birthday, has served as National Inventor’s Day since 1983.

Activities include a show about Edison and his rival Tesla, an inventor’s challenge and a reading by writer Doug Cornelius, the author of “Good News – I Failed: A Story of Inventing in Minnesota.”

Cornelius is the son of Minnesota inventor Richard Cornelius whose family owned the West Winds Mansion, the building that now houses the Bakken museum.

For more information about the events visit thebakken.org.

WHITTIER

Dog days of Whittier is Feb. 19

The eighth-annual Dog Days of Whittier is 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Feb. 19 at Washburn Fair Oaks Park, located directly north of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The community-building event is a chance for neighborhood residents who have pets, and even those who don’t, to meet and mingle in the park. Activities include a bonfire, photo booth and prize drawings. Representatives from local pet-friendly businesses will be at the event with samples of their products.

Support for fire-damaged residence

The Whittier Alliance is seeking ways to support the owners of a potentially historic neighborhood home damaged in a December fire.

The Board of Directors voted to have neighborhood staff attempt to work with the owners of 2222 Pillsbury Avenue. The home preserves examples of work by famed Minneapolis interior designer John Bradstreet (1845–1914), as do several other Whittier homes.

The board voted down an earlier motion to ask Ward 6 City Council Member Robert Lilligren to pursue a historic designation for the home.

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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 smckenzie@mnpubs.com.