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Here we are at the end of a very long year hoping you haven’t quite finished all of your Christmas shopping and that you’ve got room for one or two more gifts from our great businesses along Nicollet Avenue.
This will be our final Live Nicollet Update before we end this year’s campaign and wrap everything up with a nice little bow. For those of you who have been waiting for a new leader board we apologize, we’ve been getting so many people stopping in the office with receipts from their travels up and down Nicollet that we haven’t been able to keep up. Just know that we have all those sign-in sheets, emails, and pictures and will be tallying up all of the points in the new year.
At it’s November meeting the Environment Committee took a look to see how it did on its work plan for 2012 and to look ahead to what the committee wanted to accomplish in 2013.
The past year has been a successful year for the committee. As a team they continued to take care of the Blaisdell Raingarden, starting with a big clean-up in the spring with volunteers from St. Olaf. If you haven’t been up to the rain garden recently, you should stop by and check it out, it’s a nice green space located on the corner of 32nd and Blaisdell that is intended as a respite for the whole neighborhood.
I’m sitting at the new Butter this morning with the sun streaming through the big plate glass windows thinking about everything that has happened in Lyndale over the past year.
The biggest change in the neighborhood has easily been the reconstruction of Nicollet Avenue. It can be hard to remember how different the street and the corridor looked at this time last year, with all of the deep potholes and crumbling curbs and even though the construction over the past year was difficult, especially for the businesses along Nicollet, the new street should hopefully make the area more inviting for years to come.
In a year full of fun activities and growing programs, some of the highlights were:
LNA would like to encourage you to Give Local this holiday season and support your neighborhood. Your financial contributions are critical to helping LNA build one of the most connected and engaged neighborhoods in Minnesota.
Did you know that over the past year your support has helped LNA:
Sometimes it can seem ironic when you see the big fancy ads encouraging people to shop local; with their slick production value they can seem a long way from the corner store we visit everyday. What can get forgotten behind the glitz and the gloss is how valuable our local neighborhood businesses are to our quality of life.
The one thing we hope you take away from this year’s Live Nicollet campaign is the incredible richness we have in our local business community. In our little stretch of Nicollet Avenue, we have a fantastic group of local businesses that are here to serve your needs, whether you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, something tasty to eat, or a good deal on insurance.
During the month of December you can check out paintings by Philip Hoffman at the Lyndale Community Art Gallery.
Philip's work draws from art history, nature, and 50 years of living on this planet. When he views art, he is drawn to composition and then the color and lighting, with content almost not being factor. That is why he is drawn to abstraction. He is influenced by the way that nature creates a scene, by bringing the elements together and letting them battle it out for supremacy.
Over the next few weeks you’ll be receiving a request or two from LNA asking you to support your neighborhood financially. I thought it would make sense to take a moment and let you know why we’re asking you to contribute your hard earned money to the neighborhood and what your donation supports.
I also wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the incredible generosity Lyndale community members show everyday towards LNA and each other. Lyndale is truly a unique neighborhood, in the way people are involved and in the way they give their time and money.
On Thursday, November 15th, thousands of Minnesotans will come together to raise millions of dollars in just 24 hours. Donate on Give to the Max Day through GiveMN and your gift could potentially become $1,000 bigger! Drawings each hour means LNA has 24 opportunities to get the “golden ticket” of one thousand extra dollars. What’s more; each and every dollar you donate up to $5,000 will be matched by a grant from McKnight. So join fellow Minnesotans, click here, and Give to the Max!
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The Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is an award-winning, nationally recognized community-based organization in South Minneapolis on the cutting edge of community development. LNA is currently seeking an experienced community leader to serve as LNA’s Lead Community Organizer.
This is a new full-time position with benefits. The Lead Organizer will be responsible for leading LNA’s Organizing Team. LNA’s Organizing Team is responsible for leading the neighborhood’s efforts to build and maintain the web of relationships in the community that allow ideas, opportunities, and resources from residents and businesses to emerge and become reality.
The Lyndale Voter Guide was put together by the Lyndale Neighborhood Association to provide Lyndale Community Members with information on the the local candidates running for office. Lyndale residents who live in precinct 8-1 vote at Horn Towers and residents who live in precinct 8-2 vote at Painter Park.
Tuesday, May 286:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Join us at the May General Membership meeting to hear from Minneapolis Mayoral candidates Mark Andrew & Cam Winton, learn about the noise mitigation process for the I35W Access project, and Avenues for Youth. We will also be having a community vote on a request from Teen Challenge for a variance for expansion of services.
Tuesday, June 46:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Monthly Committee Meeting for the LNA Environment Committee. The Environment Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the Month.
Saturday, June 155:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for one of the best Lyndale events of the year.
Friday, June 217:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Join fellow Lyndalians for an evening of board games and cocktails. Indulge your competitive self and have fun showing off your gaming skills. Just picture yourself tipping your head back in conquest, fancy intoxicant in hand. Sweet sweet victory.
2013 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2013.
Amigo Service Center
3544 Lyndale Ave
3009 Nicollet Avenue
Zion Lutheran Church
128 West 33rd St.
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
301 W Lake St
3335 Blaisdell Ave
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Lake Wine and Spirits
404 W Lake Street
3510 Nicollet Ave
5462 Nicollet Ave
3501 Nicollet Avenue
Crema Cafe - The Home of Sonny's Ice Cream
3401 Lyndale Ave S
3244 Blaisdell Ave S # 7
Champion's Sports Bar & Grill
105 W Lake St.
26 Oak Grove Street
3416 Nicollet Ave
3447 Lyndale Ave
3043 Nicollet Ave
116 E 32nd St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Avenue
Schatzlein Saddle Shop
413 W Lake St
Redeemer Health and Rehab Center
625 W 31st
3019 Lyndale Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave