Lyndale Community Pictures

Women's Leadership Program

LNA's Women's Leadership Program Latina Cohort

October Lyndale Neighborhood Meeting

Lisa Lyons presents information on Accessory Dwelling Units

Lyndale at the Heart Walk

The Bassais Family at the Heart Walk

Dia Del Nino

Pepina showing off her dance moves with Mariachi Estrella

Litter Outta Lyndale

Cleaning up the Blaisdell Rain Garden

Board Thank You Calls

LNA Board Members Eric, Melissa, and Natasha make thank you calls and invite people to the Open House

La Posada Poster

Love Lyndale

Curiosities of Lyndale

How to set up a shelf

Curiosities of Lyndale

Curiosities of Lyndale

Freshly installed boxes at Nicollet and 36th

Fish Fest 2013

Lula and the dancing bear

Fish Fest 2013

Steve waiting for the water balloons

Litter "outta" Lyndale

Saturday was cold, but we still picked up a ton of trash!

Clowning Around at Día del Niño

Dance time!

LNA's Neighborhoods, USA presentation at April General Membership

Mark and Gaby share about Lyndale's Club de Niños project

April's General Membership Greeters

2013 Lyndale Open House

The Taste of Lyndale Was a Big Success

2012 Community Service Award

Richelle presents Teen Challenge with their Community Serivce Award

2012 Community Service Award

Richelle presents Holly Reckel with her 2012 Community Service Award

January General Membership

Rep Susan Allen discusses the upcoming legislative session

LNA Holiday Greeting

Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Lyndale Women's Leadership Program Cohort visits City Hall

La Posada (2011)

A dancer from Mexico Lindo

Museum in the Streets

Joyce Wisdom at Kick-off Event

Eating for Art

Join us for Eating for Art this year on Thursday, September 20th

Live Nicollet Feature on Goda Cafe

Moussa Doualeh, owner of Goda Café at 3400 Nicollet Ave. in the Lyndale Neighborhood, learned to cook watching his father in Somalia.

Live Nicollet Banner

Live Nicollet Banner

Curiosities of Lyndale

Curiosities of Lyndale

Live Nicollet

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Curiosities of Lyndale

A mock for the Curiosities of Lyndale Project

2011 Fish Fest

A scene from the 2011 Fish Fest

Passport to Lyndale

Passport to Lyndale

Passport to Lyndale

Passport to Lyndale

Join us on March 22nd for the Lyndale Open House

Lyndale Community Center

Lyndale Community Center (3537 Nicollet Avenue)

2011 Lyndale Open House

Community Voices - Ed Janezich

Police Commendation

Myrtle recieves a commendation from the 5th Precinct

Horn Towers Puppet Show

Puppet Show at Horn Towers


Salsaabrosa regularly appears at LNA's La Posada

2011 Lyndale Community Service Award Winners

John Meegan and Jeannie Wiener recieve their 2011 Lyndale Community Service Awards

Fish Fest Updates

Júntese con su vecindario el sábado, 14 de junio de 5-8:30 pm para el Festival del Pescado anual de Lyndale en el Acuario de Garfield (la 33 y la Garfield). En el Festival del Pescado de este año, tendremos tacos de pescado, música en vivo del Tom Hunter Blues Band, y otras actividades buenas.

Este año tendremos una celebración especial, porque Xcel Energy recientemente vendió el edificio y la persona que lo compró está planeando a convertirlo en una casa de una sola familia. Así que el evento del año que viene posiblemente será una celebración bien distinta.

Join your neighborhood on Saturday, June 14th from 5:00-8:30 pm for Lyndale's annual Fish Fest at the Garfield Aquarium (33rd and Garfield). At this year's Fish Fest, we'll have Fish Tacos, live music from the Tom Hunter Blues Band, and lots of great activities.

This year will be a special celebration, because Xcel Energy recentenly sold the building and the person who is buying it is planning on converting it to a single family home.  So next year's event may be a very different celebration.

On Saturday, June 14th, the Lyndale Neighborhood will be celebrating our annual Fish Fest on the street in front of the Garfield Aquarium on 33rd and Garfield. To prepare us for the annual festival, I interviewed Lyndale’s Steve Lick to discover the origins of the fish murals and the celebration.

In the early 90s, Steve Lick and his friend Leisa Luis moved to Minneapolis from Colorado. Steve lived near the substation on the corner of 33rd and Garfield, and the building caught his eye. It was a bit of an eyesore in the neighborhood with boarded up windows, but he saw potential in it. The structure reminded him of the Shed Aquarium in Chicago, which he had visited as a kid. He imagined covering the boards with paintings of fish.

El Sábado, 14 de junio, la Asociación del Vecindario Lyndale celebrará el Festival del Pescado, nuestra carnaval anual en la calle en frente del “tanque de peses” en la 33 y la Garfield. Para preparar para nuestro festival anual, yo entreviste a Steve Lick, un residente de Lyndale, para descubrir los orígenes del mural de peces y la celebración.

En los principios de los 90, Steve Lick y su amiga Leisa Luis se mudaron a Minneapolis de Colorado. Steve vive cerca al sub estación en la esquina de la 33 y la Garfield, y el edifico le llamó la atención. Era tan feo, con ventanas cubiertas con madera, pero en ello él vio potencial. La estructura le acordó del Acuario Shed en Chicago, que había visitado de niño. Imaginaba cubrir la madera con un mural de peses.

Fish Fest is such a long-standing tradition in Lyndale that I don’t have much to figure out as the main LNA staff organizer for this year’s event.

We know, after so many years of this community-organized event, that what folks want is to come together for delicious fish tacos, music, and great conversation with their neighbors.

I’m excited to share the few details about the food, music, event and that will be changing for this year.

This year’s Fish Fest will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. As always, the festivities will take place on 33rd Street between Garfield & Harriet Avenues – right in front of the Garfield Aquarium building. 

We’re just starting to plan this year’s celebration, but we’re sure that great food, cool music, fun activities and your favorite neighbors will be part of this year’s event!  You can also be sure that it will be a low-waste event, since we’ll be using compostable cups and utensils and we’ll have compost bins brought in from the City of Minneapolis. 

This year’s Fish Fest will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. As always, the festivities will take place on 33rd Street between Garfi eld & Harriet Avenues – right in front of the Garfield Aquarium building.

This year’s Fish Fest will feature Hot Club of Minneapolis, which will be a new musical act for the event. Hot Club of Minneapolis plays gypsy jazz and ws recently featured as a part of the Hosmer Music Series. El Meson’s famous Fish Tacos will be back. To help round out the meal, we are also asking people to bring cornbread or a dessert to share.

By Mark Hinds

This year’s Fish Fest will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. As always, the festivities will take place on 33rd Street between Garfield & Harriet Avenues – right in front of the Garfield Aquarium building. 

We’re just starting to plan this year’s celebration, but we’re pretty sure that great food, cool music, and lots of fun things to do will be a part of this year’s event.  You can also be sure that it will be a low-waste event, since we’ll be using compostable cups and utensils and we’ll have compost bins brought in from the City of Minneapolis. 

Recent Fish Fest Galleries

Painting the Murals at the Garfield Aquarium

Fish Fest (2012)

Fish Fest 2011

About the Communty Section

At LNA we are working hard on creating a neighborhood where all our community members are involved.  Do you have an idea for a better Lyndale or want to get connected to one of our great community partners.  Contact Jennifer to find out more about our work and how you can get involved.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 24
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us at the November Lyndale Neighborhood Meeting where we will be hearing about the results of the Nicollet Votes Project, talking about Lyndale's priorities for the City's budget, hearing an update from our Women's Leadership Program, and having a community vote on LNA's 2015 Budget.

Volunteer Special

Event Ambassador:
It’s that time again!  La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event.  Food, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season.  We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, and just general help with the merriment. Choose a role and help us make the day run smoothly!

Set up: 2-4pm

Help make the place look beautiful! You’ll hang papel picado banners, cover the tables, put everything in order, and make everything look festive!

Kid’s Activities: 4-5:30pm

We anticipate having 4 activity stations for kids.  Each station needs at least 2 volunteers. There will be all the materials you’ll need to do the activity.      

Paper Flowers: Help kids create paper flowers. We’ll have instructions to ensure your success!    

Maracas: Help kids assemble and decorate their own noisemaker!

Metal Tooling: In the vein of traditional metal working, help kids create beautiful pieces by drawing on tin foil.  Good times. 

Face-painting: Draw on kids’ faces with the crayon/pencils.  Make kids into fantastical creatures.         

Photographers: 4-7:30

Take pictures of the event.  We’d love to get shots of kids doing different activities, community members interacting with each other, the volunteers in action, and the dancers.  Pictures should be dropped off at LNA at a later date.   

Welcome Table/Registration 4-5:30 and 5:30-7:00

Greet people as they arrive, show them the coat rack, let them know what’s going on in the program, have community members sign up on our attendance sheet and put on a name tag. 

Santa’s Elves 4:00-5:30 and 6:15-7:00

Please make sure Santa has everything he needs.  Because of time it takes to print the pictures, we are going to have contact sheets for people to sign up so their pictures can be sent to them. You’ll need to help people fill out the sheets, and explain to them that within the next week we will be emailing or printing out the pictures and mailing them out.  Also help with the flow, the lines, and bringing kids up to Santa.  People are welcome to take pictures with their own cameras.

Social Butterfly

Your job is to flit and float and fly.  While doing that just circulate around the event and talk to people.  Answer any questions people may have about the event or LNA and help them get engaged.  Connect people who should know each other and try to notice any wallflowers who are looking uncomfortable and in need of a friendly chat. You mariposas are the key to people feeling like they belong and want to get involved in Lyndale. 

Food Servers 4:30-6:00 and 6:00-7:30

This is a very important role—we all need to eat! First shift will take photos of the kitchen, set up the food and begin serving at five pm. Second shift will take over at six, finish serving food, and begin cleanup by seven.


This is seriously a fun job.  At 7:15 you get to pass out gift bags to kids as they leave the event.

Clean up

And…..scene.  Time to look about proudly at all the good cheer and community building going on and pack it up.  Decorations need to come down and everything that was brought in needs to be brought out. There will be some designated transport vehicles that we will put everything in. Sweep, remove tape.

Contact Jennifer ( – 824-9402 ext. 12) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.