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The Friday before Nicollet Open Streets was an interesting day around the community center, everywhere I went that day you could see the final pieces falling into place for the event on Sunday. I have to admit it was kind of fun and impressive watching the gears of the City’s special event machine start moving along after months of planning.
For the past couple of years, my colleague from Kingfield, Sarah Linnes-Robinson and I have been talking about having the Lyndale and Kingfield Neighborhood Associations partner on a community event that would celebrate the neighborhoods, show off what a great area the Nicollet corridor is becoming, and promote neighborhood businesses.
On a recent Sunday, a two-mile stretch of Nicollet Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street was closed to motorized traffic and open for biking, walking, dining, dancing, hula hooping, poetry reading, dragon dancing and more.
Open Streets events allow people of all ages to experience streets in a new way, promoting healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation, and community connections. An estimated 9,500 people ventured off the sidewalk into the street for the Nicollet Open Streets event Sunday, Sept. 14.
The Lyndale Bike Patrol Program has ended for another year. We were very fortunate that so many people donated funds to this program again this year. This year we were able to raise a total of $4,353.94.
Business Notes are short updates about what’s happening with Lyndale area businesses.
Schatzlein Saddle Shop-413 West Lake St
During October selected brand Boots on sale and Men’s Levi Jeans will be on sale. New flannel shirts have arrived for the season. Open Late Thursday Night till 8pm. 612-825-2459 | www.SSaddle.com
Jungle Theater – 2951 Lyndale Ave
On Golden Pond starring Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr, November 7th to December 21st. A warm and witty American classic explores the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long and happy marriage. 612-822-7063 | jungletheater.com
November 4th marks another general election in the State of Minnesota, which will shape the political landscape for the next few years. All of our state’s executive offices are up for election as are the all the seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives, several state judicial seats, a United States Senate seat, and all eight of Minnesota’s seats in the United States House of Representatives. These elections offer an important opportunity for our neighborhood to make our voices heard.
Another summer has come and gone for the graffiti cleanup program. Once again we had two very dependable hardworking people removing or painting over graffiti throughout our neighborhood. This job can be very rewarding and also very frustrating. It is so rewarding to see how clean an electrical box or a traffic pole is after all the graffiti has been removed, but a day or two later you are so frustrated to find those same two sites have been tagged again. Public art is great, but when you paint on property without the owners’ permission that is not art, it is criminal activity and it ends up making a neighborhood look very trashy. Graffiti is like a contagious virus, you see it one place and pretty soon everyone has it.
Celebrate Halloween nearby Lyndale at Halloween Spooktacular! The event is on October 31st from 6:30 – 8pm at the Bryant Square Park! We’ll have a dance, treats and bonfire. This event is free and good for all ages.
Families of all ages are invited to Lyndale Farmstead Park an all-new Halloween Party on October 31st from 6-8pm. We want to see your costumes! We still need volunteers to help us plan this updated party. Contact us at 612-370-4948 if you have ideas or would like to help.
This October Lyndale wraps up another season of the Lyndale Food Share. Over the course of the summer, we collected right around 100 pounds of produce grown in our neighborhood! We distributed the produce at the Lyndale Community Dinner at Zion Lutheran to over twenty families, including more than forty children.
I want to extend a special thanks to all of the volunteers who grew vegetables to donate, spent time distributing the products, wrote and shared recipes, and helped make the distribution happen.
If you're interestd in helping with this program next year, let me know at email@example.com.
It’s been a very busy summer around the Lyndale Community Center. In the past few months we’ve had to say good-bye to several long-time LNA staff members as they move across the country and on to the next steps in their careers. It’s also given us the opportunity to welcome a number of new people to the team.
One of the biggest challenges for a small organization like LNA is trying to have the resources and to create an environment where staff stays for a long-time. A part of what makes it hard is in the nonprofit world compensation is largely based on the size of an organization’s budget; which means the most skilled and experienced workers often end up working for the biggest organizations.
Should Minneapolis residents be able to build additional, small dwellings on their property?
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) also-called "granny flats" or "mother-in-law apartments" are already allowed in some parts of the city including the North Phillips Overlay District, which covers the Ventura Village neighborhood, and parts of Phillips West and East Phillips. Advocates want the policy to extend city-wide and say the extra dwellings create more housing options for aging families.
2014 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2014.
3009 Nicollet Avenue
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
36th & Lyndale BP
3551 Lyndale Ave S
Zion Lutheran Church
128 W 33rd St
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Crema Cafe - The Home of Sonny's Ice Cream
3401 Lyndale Ave S
317 W Lake St
Prima Land, Inc.
PO Box 188
Redeemer Health & Rehab
625 W 31st St
3255 Lyndale Ave
3149 Nicollet Ave
Lake Wine & Spirits
404 W Lake St
MN Teen Challenge
1619 Portland Ave S
3510 Nicollet Ave S
3043 Nicollet Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave
Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Nicollet Ace Hardware
3805 Nicollet Ave
615 W Lake St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Ave
3019 Lyndale Ave S
4005 Nicollet Ave
3355 Blaisdell Ave S
Become a Sponsor Today!
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