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At the beginning of December, the Environment Committee’s most dedicated members gathered at Holly’s house for a Holiday Celebration. Lenief, Martha, Shannon, Trish, and Jennifer all came to share food and good conversation.
Over Holly’s delicious rosemary potatoes and Martha’s squash soup, we shared conversation about our families. Because we were all thinking of the holidays we talked about visits to or from family and whether or not we would like our parents to live near us. The conversation wound its way through kale salad to stories of our mothers and grandmothers. We talked about their travels and their bravery.
It was a fun was to celebrate our hard work this year, out of the cold and far from environmental concerns.
While holiday shopping at the Northern Sun progressive merchandise store, I came across a T-shirt imprinted with this message: THE LIFESTYLE YOU ORDERED IS CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK. I really liked the shirt and the message, because I have believed for some time that the lifestyle we all take for granted is not sustainable and before long will actually be “out of stock” for most of us.
The December 10th meeting of the Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association was a social hour. We met at Cause Spirits & Sound Bar, had a very tasty lunch, and chatted about what was happening in the neighborhood.
Jerry commented on how fortunate he is to have a son that is a painter, when his business got tagged with graffiti a few weeks back. The box wraps came into the conversation when we were talking about graffiti. Everyone was glad to hear we had very little tagging on the utility boxes that had been wrapped and that when the wrapped ones do get get tagged they clean up really easy.
Are you a business that wants to start recycling? Maybe improve the recycling program you already have? Hennepin County is now offering grants of up to $50,000 for businesses to start or improve programs to divert recyclables and organics (food and non-recyclable paper) from the trash.
Nearly two-thirds of waste created at businesses is recyclable. Having a strong recycling program conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, can help a business’s bottom line, and demonstrates their commitment to sustainability to their customers.
There’s nearly half million tons of waste per year, and almost 30 percent of that waste consists of food and food-soiled paper. Hennepin County can help you find organics management options that match your needs.
Tues, Nov 5, 2013
Attendance: Lisa Lewis, Martha Hrncir, Lenief Heimstead, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Arnold
Report back from Pesticide meeting with MPRB, attended by Matt Johnson and Jennifer Arnold:
Parks apparently are not as liberal with chemical usage as we had feared. The EPA Integrated Pest Management policy is used mainly used on premier fields, golf courses and ornamental gardens; it is applied as a spot treatment by trained professionals. Jennifer will ask the MPRB to do more to publicize their policies and products.
Discussion of winter sustainability event:
Past 30 days’ crimes and police activity report presented by Attorney Jennifer Saunders and Officer Patino. The move into fall has brought the usual seasonal changes in the types of crimes. In the summer, there are many garage burglaries. In the colder weather, criminals move inside, so there are more burglaries of houses and of cars left running to warm up. Reminder to secure house doors and windows! An individual tied to the murder at Champions has been charged and was arrested in North Dakota.
The November meeting was on Tuesday, November 12th at Dulono’s Pizza from noon to 1:00pm
I was having a conversation recently with someone who was asked to join the board of an organization where she regularly volunteers. I could tell the idea of serving on the board kind of terrorized her, but I could also understand why the director asked her – she’s helpful, thoughtful, and dedicated to the organization’s mission.
One thing I’ve learned as someone who has asked a lot of people to join boards is that serving on a board isn’t for everyone and it definitely should not be seen as a reward for service or the pinnacle of someone’s involvement.
Here are some security tips for the holidays
Credit cards are as good as cash and clerks rarely check identification. Most credit card companies hold the owner responsible for all purchases until the card is reported lost. To prevent credit card loss:
As we gather and give thanks for all the things in life we cherish, we ask you to consider making a year end gift to the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, so we can continue working with you to make Lyndale one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The end of the year is a special time for nonprofits, a time that determines their direction for the coming year and lets organizations put the financial resources in place to accomplish their missions.
Tuesday, April 226:00 pm to 7:30 pm
The City of Minneapolis made a major upgrade to Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and 40th Street, including work on the storm sewer system and planting trees. Dave Romm, who lives at Nicollet and Lake, photographed the old streetcar rails, the installation of the new street, what's beneath the asphalt and other aspects of the project, from spring of 2012 through the finishing touches today.
Saturday, April 2610:00 am to 1:00 pm
Monday, April 286:30 pm to 8:00 pm
At the April General Membership meeting we will hear from Hennepin County Commissioner Candidate Ben Schweigert, learn about upcoming improvements at Painter Park, get to meet the Park's new Director Mike Fox, and find out how to get involved in the Lyndale Food Share.
Saturday, May 310:30 am to 11:30 am
The Lyndale Social Club would like to invite you to join a docent led tour of the Art in Bloom Event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This yearly event features thousands of fresh flowers in arrangements inspired by art from the museum's collection.
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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