The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) is a group of representatives of Minneapolis neighborhood and cultural communities brought together to advise the Mayor and City Council on a wide range of community engagement issues. The NCEC is responsible for developing guidelines for the City’s principal neighborhood funding program, the Community Participation Program (CPP). The Commission also works to broaden participation on advisory boards and commissions, develops recommendations for improving the City’s public participation process and reviews the business plan for the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.NCEC is seeking a representative for District 8, which covers the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood. The term runs through the end of June, 2014. Applications can be found here. Please contact Howard Blin with any questions (Howard.Blin@minneapolismn.gov; 612-673-3163).
Wednesday December 4
Fireside Theology at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 26th Ave S), potluck at 6pm and discussion at 6:30pm. The group will discuss issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals.Hiawatha Landscape Improvements Open Houseat the Corcoran Park Recreation Center (3334 20th Ave S), 6:30-7:30pm. Hennepin County is coordinating the efforts to come up with a long-term plan to improve and restore the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets. The current landscape is deteriorated with noticeable gaps in the tree canopy. This Open House is one of two being held to garner the public’s opinions on the initial concepts and answer any questions or concerns about the landscaping process. The next open house will be Monday, December 9th at the Hiawatha School Park Rec Center (4305 E 42nd St), 6:30-7:30pm.More information can be found here.
Thursday December 5
Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret (3010 Minnehaha Ave) 7:30-9:30pm. This performance is free and will feature spoken word and storytelling artists as well as singers and song writers. There will be free coffee and baked goods available for event attendees. For more information about the performers visit the event website.
Friday December 6
Seward Winter Frolic Kick Off Party 6:30-9:30pm at the Playwright’s Center (2301 E Franklin Ave), $15/person or $25/couple. This party will feature local artists and food to celebrate the 14th Annual Seward Art Crawl. The Art Crawl itself will run Saturday the 7th from 10am-5pm and Sunday the 8th from 12pm-5pm. More information about the Art Crawl and Kick Off Party can be found here.
Saturday December 7
Creativity and Conversation at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 36th Ave S) 10am-12pm. Join others for conversation, Christmas music, and cookie baking. More information here. Craft Fair at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave), 1-5pm. Crafts will range in price depending on the crafters. A portion of the proceeds from craft sales will be donated to the Free Space. For more information visit the website.
Personal Permaculture with Transition Longfellow at the Riverview Cafe (3753 42nd Ave S), 10:30am-12pm. This month’s topic is Creatively Use and Respond to Change.
Free Concert by Lake Wobegon Brass Band at Christ Church Lutheran (3244 34th Ave S) 7pm. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit theLSS Metro Homeless Youth programs. The concert will feature newly composed works and old favorites. For more information go here.
Sunday December 8
Science Day at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Avenue) 1-4pm. The Free Space will be hosting a day of inquiry, curiosity, exploration and good company. This event will feature scientific presentations and demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own presentation or experiment. This event is appropriate for all ages.
Monday December 9
Hiawatha Landscape Improvements Open House at the. Hennepin County is coordinating the efforts to come up with a long-term plan to improve and restore the landscaping along Hiawatha Avenue from 32nd to 46th streets. The current landscape is deteriorated with noticeable gaps in the tree canopy. This Open House is the second of two being held to garner the public’s opinions on the initial concepts and answer any questions or concerns about the landscaping process.Home Security Demonstration at Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct (3000 Minnehaha Ave). With the recent uptick in burglaries the MPD is offering this class on how best to protect your home. The Demonstration will be from 6:30-8pm. For more information and to RSVP contact Don Greeley, Crime Prevention Specialist (email@example.com; (612)-673-3482).
Tuesday December 10
More than Honey Movie Showing at Beez Kneez Honey House (2204 Minnehaha Ave) 6:30-9pm. A discussion of the movie will follow the showing. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated. Find out more about the event here, and more aboutthe movie here.
Wednesday December 11
Fireside Theology at Bethany Lutheran Church (3901 26th Ave S), potluck at 6pm and discussion at 6:30pm. The group will discuss issues of faith using the “Animate Faith” DVD series and journals.
2013 Minneapolis Garden Awardees Revealed at Metro Blooms’ Garden Award Event
The top 2013 Minneapolis Garden Awards were presented at Metro Blooms’ Annual Garden Awards event on November 7, 2013.
The following award descriptions can be requested in full, as can contact information. Photos from the event and of these amazing gardens can be accessed on Metro Blooms’ Facebook page, as well as on the Metro Blooms website, www.metroblooms.org
Best Business Garden was presented to Northbound Smokehouse and Brewpub, Amy Johnson (manager) and Russ Henry (gardener) 2716 East 38th St. With a variance from the city, they were able to turn a small grassy area into a full-fledged garden patio with three French drains that redirect surface and ground water away from the area. Hops were incorporated into the patio design which includes raised planter boxes containing lime green sweet potato vines that also lend nutrition for the tropical plans and annuals within.
Best Business Raingarden was presented to the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Mark Hinz, Executive Director. The Association has made its home in a historic two-story building for the past 15 years at 3537 Nicollet Ave. With help from volunteers and a planning grant from the MWMO, they hired an engineering firm to determine how to deal with run-off and to put long term stormwater management techniques into place. They incorporated permeable pavers, downspouts and four rain barrels that combined, capture 100 percent of their roof runoff and redirect it to their raingardens. The raingardens contain native plants that seed and spread themselves along with a combination of junipers, grasses, and flowering natives which attract pollinators.
Best Alley Garden was presented to Mary Knoblauch and Marty Carlson, homeowners, 2401 Russell Ave. So. With help from Martin Marko, of Euro Garden Design, the homeowners were able to make changes to their existing garden while breathing new life into this very visible garden. A major change came with a new retaining wall along the sidewalk which uses different sizes and shapes of stone to create a mosaic appearance. Terracing rows of vivid colored annuals add waves of brightness to the shaded background. Along the deck at the back of the home large window boxes of vining plants and colorful annuals help to complete the Best Alley Garden in the city.
Best Congregation Raingarden was presented to Mount Olivet Church, 5025 Knox Ave. So. The church and its’ surrounding campus is adorned by gardens of exceptional beauty. Although pristine in appearance, the gardens have their challenges for the gardener, such as a high water table and a peat bog underground, both of which have been problematic. The raingarden consists of a healthy swale that abuts a driveway and sports a variety of grasses, native perennials and pops of color from annuals. The church continues to create gardens and implements assertive recycling efforts to teach by example how to be good caretakers of our earth and water resources.
Best Shade Garden was presented to Cathy and Bob Broady, homeowners, 3852 Lyndale Ave. So. These wonderful shade gardens are in the boulevard spaces and the backyard. There is an artistic array of shade plants, shrubs, groundcovers and walkways. A variety of hostas, native plants and other plants containing a variety of hues and textures, along with stacks of rocks, provide many dimensions to the planting areas. Pots of annuals, coleus, and vines add color and winter creeper fills the space between the shrubs. The only green lawn area is the center of their backyard.
Best Hillside Garden was presented to Sheryl and Rick Erickson, homeowners, 5608 Girard Ave. So. This garden perches at the crest of a dauntingly steep hill. The hillside is a lush, North Shore-inspired urban forest, complete with dark, iron-tinged boulders, native birches and switch-back trails weaving their way through the plants, shrubs and grasses. The Ericksons worked with a landscaper, Field Outdoor Spaces to install hardscaping to tackle the front-bank project. Rather than using retaining walls, they worked with two different types of boulders and Chilton Stone. As stones were placed, they installed piping for irrigation under them. A dry streambed of stones and sedges channels water from one of the downspouts onto the hillside and into a compact raingarden at the top edge of the bank. The plants used needed to be low maintenance and shade tolerant.
Best Residential Raingarden was presented to Mary Nolte, homeowner, 5240 Beard Ave. So. This raingarden was started in the spring of 2003 to help alleviate the flooding problems in the Fulton neighborhood. The kidney shaped garden is filled with native plants forming a perfect blend of color and contrast foliage to make the raingarden as striking as her companion flower bed along the other side of the sidewalk. A second raingarden is viewable from the alley, containing native trees, shrubs and plants.
Best Residential Garden was presented to Wyn Huynh and Bob Zehrer, homeowners, 2406 Irving Ave. So. This property contains not a single blade of grass among the hundreds of types of plants and trees that populate it. What may appear as grass is actually a carpet of woolly thyme preventing erosion of the steep slope while providing fragrance and color. Unexpected surprises are contained within the garden, such as a masterful incorporation of water, pots, rocks, and tree stumps, interspersed with tropical plants that are started in the basement over the winter.
Best Corporate Raingarden was presented to Coloplast, 1601 West River Rd. No. The United States headquarters is housed in this company’s beautiful LEED Silver certified building along the Mississippi River in north Minneapolis. The large raingarden and green space that ties the complex together was designed 5 years ago by Damon Farber Associates and is intended to reflect the four seasons of Minnesota and its’ ecosystems as well as the flow of the river. A mixture of native grasses, ground covers, shrubs, stands of paper birches and other trees reap the benefit of the rain that runs from the downspouts and off the roof. Berms and undulating landscaping lends depth and dimension. In the back of the building, two large underground stormwater storage tanks collect surface run off from the city’s storm sewers. The back parking lot also has curb cuts to divert run-off to several small recessed raingardens.
Best Container Garden was presented to the African Development Center/Afro Deli & Coffee, 1931 So. 5th St. The patio and container gardens help create an inviting, relaxing gathering space in the busy Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood and are the result of the vision for the streetscape of the owner, Hussein Samatar, who passed away in August. The vibrant green, orange and black building housing the ADC and deli are complemented by the array of black, ochre and terra-cotta glazed pots edging the building, the massive black containers anchoring the patio and hanging planters in the shaded seating area. Flowering vines, curly willow twigs, and annuals crowd together in a profusion of colors reminiscent of the owner’s native Somalia. In the winter landscape firm Eufloria plants containers with evergreens and lights and the ADC and deli staff keep the containers watered, deadheaded and free of debris and trash year round.
Best Cottage Garden was presented to Cyn Bloom, homeowner, 3410 46th Ave. So. This garden is beautiful from spring through fall and the front yard and boulevard burst with greenery and colorful flowers. Window boxes are also filled with spider plants, tomatoes and herbs in the garden mix. The gardener likes to freely spread seeds around to see what will develop. The garden is a mix of perennials, wildflowers, shade-loving plants and hand built garden ornaments. Cyn’s garden is a delight to passersby, and welcomes bees and butterflies with their favorite plants, avoiding pesticide use.
If you’d like to recognize a gardener, you can nominate your favorite garden for a 2014 Minneapolis Garden Award online at www.metroblooms.org. Nominations for a 2014 award are due July 8.
For more information on a specific award winner or pictures of any of these award-winning gardens, please contact Barbara Speltz at 612-801-9321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cub Foods on Lake Street and the Lake Street Council have given LCC 10 vouchers for free turkeys for Longfellow families. If you or someone you know is in need and has not gotten a Thanksgiving turkey yet please tell them to call or email the LCC office to arrange a pick-up of the voucher (email@example.com; 612-722-4529)
The voucher is good only on Tuesday November 26th at 11:30am. Kevin Williams from the Minnesota Vikings will be at Cub Foods to visit with the families who have the vouchers.
Thank you for your interest in donating to LCC on Give to the Max Day! The blessing and curse of Minnesota is that so many people want to give they have crashed the Give MN website! We don’t want to stop you from donating today, so here is a link to our PayPal account. We appreciate any and all donations!
The LCC Staff
The Longfellow Community Council is Longfellow’s neighborhood organization, and we’re dedicated to making Longfellow the best neighborhood it can be. We’re the neighborhood’s “go-to” source for questions about development, safety, livability, and building community. LCC listens to your feedback about what’s important to you in Longfellow. Then we organize events and work with our neighbors, policy makers, and government officials to improve our neighborhood.
We cannot do any of those things without the support from our neighbors in Longfellow. We are constantly working for the neighborhood to provide programs that residents ask for and connecting people with services they need. With your help we are making a new name for Longfellow and rejuvenating the sense of community that makes this neighborhood home to more than 20,000 people. Thank you for your support this year, and we hope to continue a successful partnership with all of our neighbors!
Election Day November 5th!
This year will be the first time Minneapolis uses the Ranked Choice Voting system. Find your voting location and learn more about the candidates in the links below:
Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services
Your Complete Election Day Prep from My Broadsheet
List of Mayoral Candidates from the Star Tribune
List of City Council Candidates for the Longfellow area
List of Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board Candidates
A Guide to the Plain Language Charter
The Weather Forecast For November 5th
Thanks for voting!
Buy your tickets to this Sunday’s Chili Cook Off and be entered to win!
*tickets are no longer available for pre-sale. Please join us at Zeke’s Unchained Animal–tickets will be available at the door!
Attendees who buy in advance save $2 per ticket! Come eat delicious chili, cornbread, and try out the suggested beer pairings from Summit Brewery at Zeke’s Unchained Animal! The cook off is from 5-7pm, and will include kids activities and neighborly camaraderie!
Thanks to Forage Modern Workshop we now also have a beautiful door prize! For every ticket you buy your name will be entered to win a Blue Backseat Blanket made by Pierrepont Hicks–a value of $198! If you buy your ticket early you will be entered twice!
Please join us on Sunday, November 3rd!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
As you’ve likely heard, we’re using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to elect our mayor, city council members, park board representatives and member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Nov. 5. Adopted by the voters in 2006 and used for the first time in 2009, RCV will get its first big test in this year’s open, competitive mayoral election.
Ranked Choice Voting works just like two elections – a primary and a general election,– but it’s done in a single trip to the polls. It has eliminated the low-turnout August primary, when historically a tiny, unrepresentative group of voters culled the field to just two choices for everyone else.
RCV allows you to identify two backup choices in case your #1 candidate doesn’t gather enough support to make it past the early rounds of counting. That means choosing your favorite, plus two other candidates you could live with – and marking them in order of preference on your ballot.
Identifying second and third choices isn’t mandatory, but it’s smart. Ranking your ballot 1-2-3 gives you more choice and gives your ballot more power.
Each ballot will have three columns. Simply mark the ballot left to right, indicating your first choice in the first column, your second choice in the next column, and your third choice in the column after that.
“Bullet voting,” marking just one choice or marking the same candidate in all three columns, is identical to only picking a first choice. It’s just like voting in the primary, but sitting out the general election if your first choice doesn’t make it through.
Fully ranking your ballot in the mayoral and other multicandidate races means that if your favorite candidate doesn’t gather enough support in early rounds of counting and is eliminated, your vote will transfer to your next choice and you’ll continue to be part of the decision-making process.
Identifying three candidates that are acceptable to you takes a bit more effort than choosing one, to be sure. But it’s worth it, and ensures there’s a bigger chance you’ll help elect someone you like – or could live with.
Click here to see a video about how Ranked Choice voting works:
And click here to download your sample ballot.
Happy Election Day, and remember to rank your ballot on Nov. 5! Thanks for all you do to make our neighborhood, and our city, stronger.
The LCC Staff
The Best Meeting Ever
Thank you to everyone who came to The Best Meeting Ever! It was a blast and we are once again reassured that we are The Best Neighborhood Ever! Thank you especially to everyone who volunteered or donated to the event!
Chili Cook Off
The Longfellow Annual Chili Cook Off Fundraiser is Sunday November 3rd at Zeke’s Unchained Animal (3508 E Lake St) from 5-7pm! Tickets are on sale now, get them online here! If you would like to get your tickets in person, please visit the LCC office (2727 26th Ave S). If you want to compete with the reigning Chili Champ for Best Neighborhood Chili check out theentry rules and guidelines here!
LCC is seeking applicants for the Housing and Environment Coordinator. The job is full-time and comes with benefits. Please pass the information along to interested parties. The deadline is Friday, November 1, 2013.
Saturday October 26
Friends of the East Lake Library Book Sale! This sale runs on Saturday 10/26 from 10am-6pm and Sunday 10/27 from 12-3pm. $5 Bag Sales begin at 3pm on Saturday and all day Sunday. Adult hardcover books are $1.00; children’s books and adult paperbacks are $.50. The sale will be at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St).
Sunday October 27
The Birchwood Cafe Anniversary Party and Kickstarter Kickoff! Join the Birchwood Cafe (3311 E 25th St) staff and supporters as they turn 18 and celebrate from 5-9pm with food, drinks and treats. They will be launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund a location expansion project. More information here.
Tuesday October 29
Environment and Transportation Committee will be meeting at Hiawatha Park (4305 42nd St E) from 6:30-8pm. For more information contact Jessica (email@example.com).
Wednesday October 30
Rise Up Singing at Minnehaha Free Space (4737 Minnehaha Ave), 6:30-9:15pm. Bring a water bottle and snacks for yourself or to share. The RiseUp Singing songbook is used–loan copies are available. Instruments are welcome. For more information contact The Free Space Coordinators, Sarah and Phil (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday October 31
Happy Halloween! Here are some events happening in the neighborhood on All Hallows Eve!
To get the weekly events round up in your inbox every Friday, email Jessica (email@example.com).
Longfellow Community Council
Job Title: Housing and Environment Coordinator
Reports To: Executive Director
Hours Per Week: 40
Pay Rate: $14-18/per hour DOQ
The Housing and Environment Coordinator provides staff support to Longfellow Community Council’s (LCC) efforts related to implementing LCC’s NRP Phase II housing, development, environment and transportation strategies.
- Work with community residents to develop and implement the housing, environment and transportation strategies in LCC’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and Strategic Plans
- Work with community residents to organize events and meetings to build the capacity of the community to understand and evaluate housing and mixed-use development proposals and develop housing programs.
- Assist LCC and its committees to research information on proposed zoning and planning applications in the neighborhood. Communicate with City Planning and Zoning staff on relevant timelines and application requirements. Communicate with applicants, organize community meetings to solicit input on proposals and communicate results to appropriate City staff and departments
- Provide administrative staff support to LCC’s Neighborhood Development Committee
- Provide administrative staff support to LCC’s Environment & Transportation Committee
- Meet with potential developers and facilitate a community engagement process to allow resident input on proposed projects
- Work with City Council members on initiatives related to housing, development, business, environment and transportation
- Monitor energy related projects in the neighborhood
- Coordinate an annual Share the Road event to encourage education about car, bike and pedestrian safety
- Provide information to residents about loan programs and other housing resources
- Help plan community building and fundraising events
- Assist with researching and writing grant requests and reports
- Market and advertise LCC programs, events and activities
- Other projects and duties as assigned by Executive Director
- 4-year degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Familiarity with City and County policies and processes related to housing, zoning and economic development
- Community organizing experience
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Familiarity with NRP and Minneapolis neighborhood organizations
- Experience working with volunteers and people of diverse cultures & backgrounds
- Familiarity with City and County policies and processes related to biking and transit
- Desire to work in a collaborative office and as a team with staff and volunteers
- Familiarity with Macintosh computer systems
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and familiarity with Facebook, Yahoo Groups and other social media
- Health and Dental coverage. Paid Time Off.
To apply, send cover letter, resume and references to:
Melanie Majors, Executive Director
Longfellow Community Council
2727 26th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls or unscheduled appointments
Resumes will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013
Please join LCC and your neighbors for THE BEST MEETING EVER! The meeting will Tuesday October 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Minnehaha Academy (3100 W River Pkwy) with a Resource Fair to beforehand starting at 5:30pm!
Plan on attending and coming hungry, because we already have a lot of food from local businesses lined up to serve the community!
Once again we are donating food to the Minnehaha Food Shelf. For every non perishable food item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket! There is a limit of 10 tickets per person, but more food donations are welcome! Here is a glimpse at our raffle prizes!
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and donors!
Seward Co-Op Grocery & Deli
The Rail Station Bar & Grill
Midori’s Floating World Cafe
El Nuevo Rodeo
Dairy Queen on Lake St
Dairy Queen on Minnehaha Ave
The Tiny Diner Farm
Zeke’s Unchained Animal
Mother Earth Gardens
Riverstone Salon & Spa
T-shirts, tote bags, and stickers will be available for purchase!
Ward 12 City Council candidates will have the opportunity to discuss local issues at a candidate forum to be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 10-11 a.m. The forum will be held at the Midtown YWCA (2121 E. Lake Street).
Candidates participating in the forum will include Charlie Casserly (Independent), Ben Gisselman (DFL), Andrew Johnson (DFL) and Chris Lautenschlager (Green). While Johnson and Lautenschlager did participate in a forum this spring, this is the first opportunity residents will have to hear Casserly and Gisselman share their positions on local issues in a forum setting.
Audience members are invited to submit questions for the candidates during the forum.
The event will be moderated by Rebekah Peterson, editor of My Broadsheet, and Gerry Tyrrell.
The forum is sponsored by My Broadsheet, an online news site covering the Longfellow, Hiawatha, Seward, Howe and Cooper neighborhoods.
Fall is the best time to fertilize lawns and control weeds. Here are some tips for keeping a healthy fall lawn that looks nice and protects the health of nearby lakes and streams:
Mow – Mow often, leave clippings on the lawn and leave your grass 2.5 to 3 inches high. This strengthens roots and retains moisture for a green, resilient lawn.
Fertilize – Mid-to late October is the best time to fertilize your lawn. Fertilizer provides grass with nutrients for spring growth. Use “zero phosphorus” fertilizer (look for a middle number of 0 on the package). Water your lawn for 1 to 2 hours after application.
Control Weeds – September is the best time to treat dandelions, plantain, clover and creeping Charlie. Limited numbers of weeds should be removed by hand or spot-treated with herbicide.
Sweep up – Sweep up and reuse lawn care products that fall on streets, sidewalks and driveways
Rake – Rake leaves to keep them out of storm drains and nearby water bodies, where they release phosphorus and other unwanted nutrients. Keep them away from driveways, streets and sidewalks.
What to do with leaves – There are a few ways you can get rid of leaves:
- Compost – Recycles nutrients
- Mulch – Use leaves as mulch, either whole or shredded
- Mow – If there is less than 2 inches of leaves on your lawn, leave them in place and make several passes over them with a power mower. This provides your lawn valuable nutrients and makes it look like you just raked!
- Bag – Rake and bag your leaves for pick-up by city crews. Some towns compost bagged leaves.
This blog post was submitted by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting the water resources of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed in parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and its western suburbs.
Starting January 1st, 2014, a community art project will begin that highlights the Longfellow neighborhood. There will be seven photographers each assigned a day of the week to photograph something different in the community that consists of the Howe, Hiawatha, Longfellow, and Cooper neighborhoods. Similar projects are being done in the Powderhorn neighborhood and Prospect Park‘s updated photos are being displayed at Overflow Espresso Cafe.
Upcoming Information Sessions:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 6-7pm
Peace Coffee Wonderland Park – Brew Lab
3262 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Saturday, November 2, 2013 – 12-1pm
East Lake Library – Conference Room
2727 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Guthrie at email@example.com with questions/comments.
All experiences welcome.
Saturday October 12
Lake Nokomis Community School (5625 23rd Ave S) is hosting a celebration of the Keewaydin Campus expansion. The event starts at 8:45am. There will be a 15 minute ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a pancake breakfast, a Walk-A-Thon and tours of the school. More information here.
Lady Slipper, a female vocal trio, will be performing contemporary latin and Japanese music with baroque classics in period costume at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St) from 10:30-11:30am. This is a free event. More information here.
An interactive performance featuring Latin American folk music will be at the East Lake Library (2727 E Lake St) 2-5pm to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. More information here.
Big River Yoga’s Grand Opening (336 E 25th St) will feature free yoga classes and food from the Birchwood Cafe all weekend long. Go to theirwebsite for a schedule of classes.
Sunday October 13
Art Jam at Minnehaha Free Space (3747 Minnehaha Ave) 5-8pm. Bring art supplies and any project you’re working on to the Free Space and socialize while creating.
Monday October 14
Neighborhood Development Committee at LCC’s office (2727 26th Ave S) from 6:30-8pm. Contact Spencer with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
River Gorge Committee at Hiawatha School Park (E 42nd St & 44th Ave S) meets from 6:30-8pm. Contact JoAnna with any questions (email@example.com).
Tuesday October 15
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be hosting a public house to hear community ideas for solar energy demonstration projectsin the Minneapolis park system. Possibilities could include roof panels, fence-mounted panels, shade canopies or other techniques. The meeting will be from 5-7pm at the MPRB Administrative offices (2117 W River Road). More information here.
Wednesday October 16
The City of Minneapolis will be conducting a city wide air quality monitoring project for volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They are seeking volunteers to place an air sampler on their property from November 4-7. Anyone who is interested in hearing more about the program and volunteering to help should email Jenni Lansing (firstname.lastname@example.org). October 16 is the last day to express an interest in volunteering.
Thursday October 17
Alley Atlas Show opening event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts 7-9pm. This community art project is an ongoing effort to name alleyways throughout Minneapolis. Read more about the project and the opening eventhere.
Hennepin County Bike Plan public workshop, 6-8pm at the St Louis Park Rec Center(3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park). The first Hennepin County Bike Plan was produced in 1997 and provided a vision of a bike-friendly community and biking options. This plan needs an extensive revamp and community input. The meeting seeks comments and feedback on shaping the vision and priorities for biking in the county, preferences for bikeways, and barriers to biking. More information here.
The Best Meeting Ever
LCC’s Annual General Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6pm-8pm at Minnehaha Academy (3000 W River Pkwy). The meeting will cover a variety of topics that matter to the community, and it will also have our official launch of the new branding package! Plan on attending and coming hungry, because we have a lot of food from local businesses lined up to serve the community!Once again we are asking for food donations to the Minnehaha Food Shelf. For every non perishable food item you donate you will receive a raffle ticket! There is a limit of 10 tickets per person, but more food donations are welcome! Raffle prizes thus far include items from Harriet Brewing, The Fix Fitness Studio, Moon Palace Books and more!
Note! The entrance to the meeting will be to the North of the doors facing the parking lot. Signs will be posted.
The Best Resource Fair Ever
Before the Best Meeting Ever is the Best Resource Fair Ever! Come talk to representatives of local non profit organizations and businesses. If your organization is interested in having a table visit theLCC website or email Jessica (email@example.com). The Resource Fair runs from 5:30-6pm at the Minnehaha Academy (3100 W River Parkway).
LCC’s Annual Chili Cook Off
The event will be from 5-7pm on Sunday, November 3rd at Zeke’s Unchained Animal (3508 E Lake St). Tickets are available for purchase on our website now! With ticket purchase comes all the chili you can eat (until it runs out), corn bread, dessert, activities for kids, the chance to win a fabulous door prize and an opportunity to spend time with your friends and neighbors! Water will be provided, and more drinks will be available for purchase. Think you have the best chili in the neighborhood? Check out entry rules and guidelines here!