The 4th Annual B.L.E.N.D Awards has expanded to include all of Southwest Minneapolis with the inclusion this year, of Kingfield, Tangletown, and Windom neighborhoods.

The 2010 B.L.E.N.D. Award is proudly sponsored by the following Neighborhoods: Armatage, East Harriet Farmstead, Fulton, Kingfield, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, and Windom. The participating Neighborhood Associations and Councils are issuing a call for submissions for the 2010 B.L.E.N.D. AWARD, which recognizes builders, architects, designers, and property owners whose projects respect existing neighborhood design aesthetics. We have also included Landscape projects as a submission category this year and are looking forward to having submissions in that category. The submission deadline is Friday, July 30th, 2009 5:00 p.m.

Eligible projects include new buildings, renovation or additions to existing buildings, and landscape projects that have been completed since July 1, 2005; projects must be located within the boundaries of the participating southwest neighborhoods. A jury of design professionals and neighborhood residents will select projects to be awarded. Recipients of the 2010 B.L.E.N.D. Award will be announced the week of August 16, 2010.

BLEND stands for Buildings and Landscapes Enhancing the Neighborhood through Design. “The name and the award represent the residents’ recognition of interest in their neighborhood and encouragement of progress while balancing a need for compatibility,” said Phil Rader, AIA, an architect on the Fulton Neighborhood Association’s Zoning Committee.

The B.L.E.N.D. AWARD was featured in the 2010 Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour. See their website www.MSPhomeTour.com. You can read the feature article at http://msphometour.com/files/2010_Home_Tour_Pg14.pdf

If you have a remodel, addition, new home, or landscape project completed within the last 5 years and your project is located in a Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood, please consider submitting this year Details of participating neighborhoods, project categories, mailing instructions, eligibility, and submission guidelines can be found on the BLEND Award web site www.blendaward.org -or- by contacting Phil Rader prader@philrader.com.

By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune

Last update: July 26

On one side are staunch dog advocates who believe an off-leash park on a portion of Martin Luther King Memorial Park in south Minneapolis is just the thing they need to exercise and socialize their pooches.

On the other are those who believe the 18 1/2-acre park is hallowed ground, named for the greatest civil rights leader in American history, and not a place where dogs should run loose.

“This was supposed to be a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King,” says Ed Christopher, 84, a retired postal clerk, who circulated petitions against a dog park. “They don’t send dogs into a veterans cemetery.”

Park officials asked both sides to meet last week to discuss the proposal. An informal poll by meeting organizers found 47 in favor of an enclosed dog park on the King site, 30 against, and three maybes.

On one side are staunch dog advocates who believe an off-leash park on a portion of Martin Luther King Memorial Park in south Minneapolis is just the thing they need to exercise and socialize their pooches.

On the other are those who believe the 18 1/2-acre park is hallowed ground, named for the greatest civil rights leader in American history, and not a place where dogs should run loose.

“This was supposed to be a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King,” says Ed Christopher, 84, a retired postal clerk, who circulated petitions against a dog park. “They don’t send dogs into a veterans cemetery.”

Park officials asked both sides to meet last week to discuss the proposal. An informal poll by meeting organizers found 47 in favor of an enclosed dog park on the King site, 30 against, and three maybes.

Read more from the article here.  To learn more about the Kingfield Dogpark proposal read here.

South Minneapolis resident Moira Bateman(of Kingfield) is one of five local artists whose artworks have been selected for display in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s “Powerhouse Plants”  2010 summer exhibition celebrating all things green and growing – fuel for our bodies, our lives and our imaginations. 

Bateman’s work “Field to Table” is a large wooden dining table whose center is a planted field of produce grown by her collaborator, David Van Eeckhout, a local organic farmer.  The table supports an abundance of green plants with the first crop rotation consisting of red sails lettuce, bright lights chard, winner kohlrabi (green) kolibri kohlrabi (red), red giant mustard, green wave mustard and renegade spinach.  New crops such as tomato, peppers, beans, leeks and kale will be rotated into the piece throughout the 2010 growing season.  Surrounding this “groaning” table are 10 antique, wooden chairs of diverse shapes, all painted off-white.  
One might say this woman sure knows how to set a table! Bateman, who is also a landscape architect, explains this very engaging work:  “What we’re trying to say with this is ‘support locally grown’ food.  The field is coming right out of your table, it’s so close.  Let’s get as few steps between us and our food as possible.” Read more

Friday, July 30th 
7:30 – 9am
Turtle Bread
4762 Chicago Ave S
In the Pizza Biga Room
 
Have you heard?  Minneapolis is the #1 Bicycling City in the United States!  In the 8th Ward, the River Lake Greenway along 40th Street is slated for construction in Sept/Oct 2010, plus in 2011 we will soon see bike lanes and traffic calming amenities for bike routes on 17th Street (also called the Southern Bike Connection), Blaisdell, and 1st Avenue. 
 
How can we continue to increase bicycle ridership opportunities and participation?  What will it take to make sure that men, women, and children from all communities see bicycling as great way to have fun, get exercise, and commute to work and school? 
 
We have a panel of bicycling experts to help stimulate conversation about how we can increase bicycling participation in Minneapolis.  Our featured guests are:
 
• Julie Danzl, the coordinator of Safe Routes to School, a program encouraging innovative bike and walk to school programs.
 
• We will have a Minneapolis Bicycle Ambassador talk about their efforts to provide education and outreach citywide. www.bikewalktwincities.org/ambassadors
 
• Finally, we are joined by Ward 8 resident, Louis Moore, President of The Major Taylor Bicycling Club, the premier African American bicycling club in Minnesota. www.majortaylorminnesota.org
 
Join us to talk about bicycling and share your ideas on how to increase bicycle ridership and commuting in Minneapolis!
 
Free coffee courtesy of Turtle Bread!
8th Ward Office: (612) 673-2208 or 
elizabeth.glidden@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

Experience Corps www.experiencecorps.org, a program of Volunteers of America of MN, provides trained volunteer tutors ages 50+ to help students in K-3 classrooms improve their reading skills.  In 2009-2010, 6 tutors provided 763 hours of tutoring to students at Lyndale School.   Experience Corps tutors volunteer at least 5 hours per week, during the school day, for the school year.  For more information on becoming a tutor, call Maria at 612-708-5651 or send an email to: mricke@voamn.org .  Stipends are available for those who volunteer 10 or 15 hours per week.
 
Snapshot of Schools

Lyndale Community School
Lyndale Community School, located at 312 W 34th St, is an ethnically diverse K -5 public school serving the neighborhoods of Kingfield, Lyndale, and East Harriet.  Last year, 6 Experience Corps tutors served over 763 hours at Lyndale School.

Stonebridge Community School
Stonebridge Community School, located at 4530 Lyndale Ave S, is a public charter school serving grades K – 5.  Stonebridge is a small community school focused on reading, writing, and math and needs tutors to work 1:1 with targeted students.  Last year, 6 Experience Corps tutors served over 1600 hours at Stonebridge School. 
 
Maria Ricke
Experience Corps Field Coordinator
Volunteers of America of Minnesota
612.708.5651
www.voamn.org

Since last fall, Kingfield has had 317 neighbors attend the workshops led by Center for Energy and Environment(CEE) and 315 of these households have followed up and had a home energy assessment performed or are scheduled for one, for which KFNA picked up the tab!  The deal still holds through this summer… 

Home energy assessment workshops are still going on in other neighborhoods and you can attend, including:

Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30 p.m. at Sibley Park (1900 40th St. E)
Tuesday, July 27th, 6:30 p.m. at Folwell Park (1615 Dowling Ave. N)
Thursday, August 12th, 6:30 p.m. Longfellow Community Center (3435 36th Ave. S)
 Please RSVP to Ashley Robertson, arobertson@mncee.org, at CEE if you want to attend one of these!

NNO Reminder! The deadline for registering your event on-line and blocking off your street for FREE is JULY 14!  After July 14, the fee will be $100 to block off the street.

You may register right up until August 3 for any non-street or alley-blocking event. Register on-line using this link: https://apps.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/blockeventapp/

Click on ‘more’ for registration troubleshooting, and the guidelines for the…

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2010 CALL FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS!

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