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In Lyndale, neighbors are from different cultures and speak multiple languages; we do not like to try new things if we can keep our ordinary routines going. The toughest challenge we face, and fear to face, is leaving our comfort zone, speaking a new language, or just putting on others’ shoes for few minutes.
Finding a home at InnerCity Tennis
When Ray Ranallo retired, he suddenly had a lot of free time on his hands and needed to find something to fill that time with. He remembered playing tennis socially as a child, so he decided to give it a shot.
A few years after beginning to play tennis again, Ray found that the sport is also a vehicle to impact youth. He found a fit with the non-profit organization InnerCity Tennis (ICT) and has continued to volunteer with them for almost 20 years.
Today, 90-year old Ray, who hails from Lyndale’s west neighbor, the ECCO Neighborhood, is one of ICT’s most committed volunteers. He enjoys being part of youngsters' lives. “I enjoy the kids. Smiling kids tell me they are having a good time,” said Ray.
“If I’m driving down the road, I’m the guy who would stop and help someone stuck in a snowbank. Maybe that’s why I work at a park. It allows me to help people every day.” This is Mike Fox, the new Director of Painter Park. He’s talking about the unexpected ways he gets to serve people at the parks. “You wouldn’t believe the kind of calls we get. One time, we got a misdialed call from a woman in California. She was looking for a veterinary clinic for her sister’s cat here in Minnesota. We were on the internet, looking for places near her sister. It feels good to help people out that way.”
Attendence at the March Environment Committee Meeting included: Melissa Chapman, Jasmine Burch, Patrick Doyle, Martha Hrncir, Lenief Heimstead, Brittany Pentek, Jennifer Arnold
On Saturday, May 10th, community members will gather in Painter Park from 1 to 4 pm to celebrate the traditional Latin American Día del Niño (day of the child), combined with a tribute to mothers.
Irene Gomez, one of the women helping plan this year’s event, explained that Día del Niño is a annual celebration in Mexico in the schools. “A committee of parents gets together,” she said, “And they decide on the games, raffles, piñatas, prizes and sweets that make the event fun.”
This spring voters in Hennepin County District 3 will go to the polls and vote in a special election to fill the Hennepin County Commissioner position that was previously held by Gail Dorfman. Dorfman recently resigned to become the Executive Director of St. Stephens Human Services.
Another year, another Lyndale Walkers “Walk-A-Thon Kick-Off” party. Each spring the Lyndale Walkers get together, enjoy a potluck dinner and sign up for the Lyndale Walk-A-Thon, which is scheduled walks during the week of May 4th through May 10th.
This is the 22nd year this citizen patrol has been active in our neighborhood. Throughout the year, groups of two or more community members are out walking, meeting, and greeting people and helping identify areas of concern around safety issues.
The anxiety builds every year as we anxiously await the thaw. As the warmth sets in, our feet set out. This year, set out to explore your community with a little more wonder, and what you’ll find is the wonder of community. Wonder, this was the resounding message of two of Lyndale’s beloved community anchors. Let’s begin our journey of community wondering.
Meet Caleb Cooper, the executive director at the Blaisdell YMCA. Caleb and his wife Crystal and their two children, Carter and Cali, have been here for a year now. After fourteen years with the YMCA, his career finds him here with us in Lyndale. In asking Caleb what the YMCA's role in community is, Caleb says it is about community and adjusting as needed to that community.
This month we take a look at LNA’s Housing, Planning & Development Committee.
Focus: Housing and development issues in the neighborhood.
What they do: The Housing, Planning, & Development Committee meets and works with developers on development projects. Reviews variance, zoning and license requests and gives guidance to various neighborhood projects.
Some current projects include:
While working two jobs during the fourth quarter of 2010 four colleagues experienced health problems: a preventable work injury with three ambulance ER visits, a middle of the night stroke, heartburn that was really heart attacks, and a migraine that was really a grape-fruit sized brain tumor. Miraculously they all survived with their own long recovery journeys. There was one partial recovery and three full recoveries…. Yes, miracles do exist and some of them are our colleagues, friends, families and ourselves.
Sunday, September 1412:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Enjoy our main street by ped or pedal as the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) & Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) host the first annual Nicollet Open Streets event from 12 - 5 PM between Lake and 46th Street!
Friday, September 266:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Join us on Friday, September 26th for Lyndale's annual Fall Gala! Featuring a wine tasting and exciting silent and live auction items. Come to have fun and support a good cause at the same time.
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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