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The following is a question and answer by LNA Board Member Natasha Villanueva about what it is like to serve on the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) Board of Directors.
Why did you decide to serve on the board?
I love learning and being in the know about goings on in the neighborhood, volunteerism has always formed an important part of my life, I have the opportunity to make a difference, and I enjoy working on a successful team.
After four successful years, the Lyn Lake Street Festival has become a signature community event that promotes Lyn Lake as a great place to come too. It’s also a gift to the surrounding communities that support local businesses. After a one year hiatus, the festival is slated to return on Sunday, June 8th and moves to a new location in the parking lot behind The Jungle Theater and Fuji Ya on Garfield between 29th and Lake Street from noon to 8 PM.
The Lyndale Neighborhood Business Association (LNBA) meeting was April 8, 2014 at Hibachi Buffet.
Council Member Elizabeth Glidden gave us some updates on the reopening of Nicollet Avenue and the 35W & Lake Transit Access Project. The City is in the process of designating a redevelopment area around Lake and Nicollet. The project is in motion but there is no timeframe as to when the street will actually be open. There are many steps that need to be completed before that happens. When the 35W Transit Access Project is completed the projection is that it will accommodate 100 busses per hour.
In April the City of Minneapolis took its first formal step towards reopening Nicollet Avenue by creating a Redevelopment Plan for the area around Nicollet and Lake.
According to the City the plan’s purpose is to “to facilitate redevelopment activities that support the City of Minneapolis’ goals for the area, including re-opening Nicollet Avenue across Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway, improving access to Interstate I-35W from Lake Street, blight removal and revitalization of the commercial area.”
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.
On May 20th the Lyndale Neighborhood Association (LNA) is hosting a brand new event aimed at helping our community members’ improve their careers!
LNA is committed to serving the needs of the Lyndale community. When we ask community members what they need, we get a lot of different answers. One thing we hear all the time is people are interested in better jobs and want more and easier access to careers!
A career you love is central to a fulfilled life for so many reasons it’s almost impossible to list them: personal and financial well-being, improved health, stronger families, vibrant community, the list goes on and on. At LNA we have been asking ourselves what can we do to help?
Hundreds of Lyndale neighbors and friends attended the 2014 Lyndale Open House, held at the Lyndale Community School on Friday, April 11. This year’s theme was “Get Connected!”, and the event provided many opportunities to do just that.
The South Minneapolis Housing Fair was Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Minneapolis Sports Center, 2121 East Lake Street. It was a free event which started at 10:00am and ended at 3:00pm. We had a good variety of exhibitors so attendees were able to talk with contractors, plumbers, window companies, master gardeners, heating & air conditioning companies, roofing and exterior contractors, tree maintenance, concrete experts, real estate agents, financial services, neighborhood associations and many other exhibitors. Due to hiring a new fair coordinator this year, we were late getting out the invites and thus there were fewer exhibitors.
Litter 'Outta' Lyndale, a longstanding semiannual tradition in our neighborhood, happened Saturday, April 26th. It was a great day—cool but clear, before a week of forecasted rain. LNA saw over 20 volunteers—enough to make the day a success.
Long-term Environment Committee members cleaned LNA’s rain gardens on Blaisdell and behind the Lyndale Community Center. Other volunteers walked up and down the streets, picking up trash around bus stops and other places trash has accumulated.
Thanks to all who came out to make our neighborhood look good. Look for our other neighborhood cleanup in the fall! We’ll be cleaning the streets before the Nicollet Open Streets on September 14th, so we can really show off our neighborhood.
Hopefully by the time you read this, spring will actually have arrived.
May is a good time to plant small trees and shrubs and if the soil has warmed up you can also direct seed some vegetables and flowers. Annual Phlox, Bachelor Buttons, California Poppies, Cosmos and Sweet Pea all do well in cooler soil. You can seed onions, peas, spinach, radish and leaf lettuce. Do not plant onion sets until the soil is warm.
Monday, September 226:30 pm to 8:00 pm
At the September General Membership Meeting we will be having a community discussion and vote on changing the name of General Membership Meetings and hearing from the Seward Co-Op about the new store being built on 38th 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.
Wednesday, October 16:30 pm to 8:00 pm
HP&D Committee meeting is Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Lyndale Community Center (3537 Nicollet)
Tuesday, October 146:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:30 pm the Crime & Safety Committee is touring the Strategic Information Center of the police department.
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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Twin City Daily Planet Neighborhood News
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- North Minneapolis residents fight out-of-state investors, poor maintenance
- Debate continues on what to do at Upper Harbor Terminal site
- Hamline University expansion plans threaten neighborhood
- TCE lawsuit inches on, Southeast Como organizes outreach