A late breaking addition to Celebrate 38: KQRS will be broadcasting live from Nicollet Ace Hardware, 10 am-noon!

Don’t forget to join us by noon at 38th and Pleasant to be part of the Family Sidewalk Parade! Come 10-12 for the diverse performances and kid activities. We’ll follow the bagpipes up 38th to Nicollet…where you’ll find lots of free treats, free artistic facepainting, and more live music! And plan to be at 38th & Grand by happy hour time, 2:30-4:30. More on our Celebrate 38th page.

The RiverLake Greenway is Coming!  Community Open House, Wed Sept 22, 6:30 pm, Bethel Church, 4120 17th Ave S.

The RiverLake Greenway is a bicycle boulevard/bicycle project from Lake Harriet to the Mississippi River, running primarily along 40th Street. The project was initiated in 1997 by residents, has involved dozens of community meetings, and has been approved by all area neighborhood associations. Construction will start in late September/early October.

You can learn more about plan details and construction timelines at: Community Open House, Wed Sept 22, 6:30 pm, Bethel Church, 4120 17th Ave S. You can view detailed project layout information at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/riverlake/

What’s the same? Traffic along 40th Street will remain 2-way and parking is allowed on both sides of the street. All local access to driveways, alleys, and streets is preserved.

What’s new? Traffic calming measures like medians and bump-outs will help make 40th Street a preferred route for bicyclists and pedestrians – allowing local access but discouraging traffic from using 40th Street as a destination route or cut-through street. Share-the-road lane markings for bicycles and many newly planted trees are also featured on 40th Street.

Click here for more details of local changes on our RiverLake Greenway page.

Questions may be directed to: Don Pflaum, Project Manager, (612) 673-2129 or Donald.pflaum@ci.minneapolis.mn.us Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, (612) 673-2208 or Elizabeth.glidden@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

THIS Friday, September 24th 7:30am – 9am

SPECIAL SEPTEMBER LOCATION! South City Café 3405 Chicago Ave S

As the importance of public services is highlighted due to lean economic times and this critical gubernatorial election year, this month’s Early Mornings with Elizabeth will focus on public service as exemplified by city employees.

Come learn about COOL CITY JOBS held by your Ward 8 neighbors and hear why they believe public service is important. We have a great line-up of dedicated city employees for you to meet, featuring Julie Meintsma of the Clerk’s office, Marie Asgian of the Water Department, Dan Huff with Environmental Services/Regulatory Services, Dana Beasley of the Assessor’s office, Tim Baynard of the Fire Department, and more!  Early-Mornings-with-Elizabeth-September-2010

Saturday, October 2 from 1:00-3:00pm

Washburn Library opened its doors to the public on September 7, 1970.  Join us as we celebrate this neighborhood gem!

Meet library staff from then and now
Put on your thinking caps and complete the Washburn Library trivia treasure hunt
Listen to local historians and storytellers
Create a page for our time capsule scrapbook

Special guests include Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, and Stu Wilson, Executive Director of the Library Foundation of Hennepin County.  Former library staff, current library boad members and other local dignitaries will also join us to commemorate this milestone anniversary.  We hope to see you there!

For more information, visit http://www.supporthclib.org/washburn, or look for us on Facebook under “Friends of the Washburn Library”

There is a meeting of the KFNA Dogpark Committee tonight, Monday 9/20 at 7 pm at Curran’s, 4201 Nicollet, in the back room. Business agenda 7-8 pm.

The Classical Academy of Art (708 West 40th Street)
The Classical Academy of Art is now enrolling for Fall art classes! Located off of 40th & Lyndale, the Renaissance-inspired serves both adult and youth, beginners to advanced. There are a wide variety of classes to choose from such as oil painting, figure drawing basic drawing and more.  See website for complete class descriptions and schedule at www.classical-academy.com

Please note: We also have classes available for homeschooled children during the day and after-school/weekend classes for kids/teens. Adult classes are offered throughout the day/evening & weekends.

Catherine Kleve

The Center for Performing Arts (3754 Pleasant)
New to CPA are Kindermusik classes on Sat and Monday mornings lead by Jill Olson.  Her life-long love for music led her to a career as a professional violinist and a Kindermusik educator. With over fifteen years of experience teaching music to young children, Jill is delighted to pass on her love for music to another generation. Jill is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She is a sought after Suzuki Violin teacher and an active performer in the Minneapolis area. Kindermusik provides developmentally based early childhood education through the vehicles of music and movement. Kindermusik prepares children to become better learners, and is an opportunity for parents and children to have special bonding time scheduled into each week. Together we will joyfully sing, listen and dance to activities specially designed to help your child grow. For more information and to register call 612-600-5449.

Don’t forget to check out the fall schedule for Young Dance at the CPA which among their offerings, include movement classes especially for boys.  youngdance.org. 
New Adult  Classes include traditional Hula Dance with Hālau Hula o Ka Hoku Ākau, (Hula School of The Star of The Northern Sky),  a Hawaiian cultural dance school dedicated to preserving the mana`o (knowledge) of hula , the culture and traditions of the Hawaiian people through education and performance. Registration for new students for our fall term starts September 19th, 2010. All interested students should call 612-205-5103.

On-going adult classes at CPA include Zumba fitness, dance improv, monthly circle dance, yoga, tai chi, karate, Rosen Movement, aikido, and Middle Eastern dance.  As always, CPA offers music lessons in piano, guitar, percussion and voice; and health arts sessions in Pilates, fitness, gyrotonics, massage, and counseling.

See the website for calendar and more information: www.centerforperformingarts.net .

Art for all Ages by Barton Community Education (4237 Colfax)

BCE is expanding their after school art class offerings to “ART FOR ALL AGES”.  Our philosophy is “there is an artist in everyone”. The new program kicks off MEA week (October 21 and 22 when school is out) with a variety of offerings for kids and families such as Circus workshop, Photography, Hula Hooping, Drawing, Singing and more!  The following week (Oct 26) a series of 6 week classes will begin on Tuesdays and Thursday with classes @ 4:00, 5:15 and 6:30.  There are classes for all ages!  You can try… drums, theater, group music lessons, Make your own Mosaic, Spanish Puppet Theater, Family Yoga, Voice, Drawing and much more.

Our all age cast musical: HONK is presented by The Southwest Theater Project.  HONK is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Ugly Duckling!   HONK won an Oliver Award (equivalent to an American Tony Award) for Best Musical… beating out the Lion King… don’t miss it!  Performances: are Friday, December 3rd  @ 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 4th@ 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th  @ 4:00 p.m

For a catalog of class offerings go to the Mpls Public Schools Community Education website @ http://commed.mpls.k12.mn.us/ or call The Barton Community Education Coordinator @ 612-668-3585 or cindy.smedberg@mpls.k12.mn.us . 

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (3749 Chicago)
We’re still working on a few last minute details, but assuming all goes well we’ll start our first classes in mid-October.  The first semester line- up includes:
Jewelry Sampler – Mondays from 6-9 p.m.
Build your Own Propane Forge – Mondays from 6-9 p.m.
Blacksmithing Basics – Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.
Oxy-Acetylene Found Object Sculpture – Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m.
Gifts in Glass – Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
If you’d like to register or get class details please give us a call at 612-294-0400.  Please be sure to leave your name, phone number and the class you are interested in.   Please note we won’t be collecting payment from students until we have all permits in hand and start dates confirmed, but we’d like to get you on the list!

Celebrate 38th!Join your neighbors on Saturday September 25th for the 2010 edition of Celebrate 38th! A whole day’s worth of food, drink, live performances, activities, prizes, surprises and MORE!

Come to 38th and Pleasant, 9:30 am-12 noon to enjoy a kid-friendly morning, with diverse live performances on an outdoor stage, free sample classes, free pumpkins, a chance to check out the Center for Performing Arts and the community garden, and to get ready (face painting and family flag making) for the…

Family Sidewalk Parade at noon! Follow the bagpipes up 38th Street, from Pleasant to Nicollet. Bring the whole family–including dogs!

Eat and explore 38th and Nicollet 11 am – 2 pm! Plenty of free food, live music, and plenty to see and do while you enjoy a lunch from the grill and a variety of snacks, topped off with Nicollet Pothole ice cream!

Spend the afternoon at 38th and Grand, with a happy hour, good eats, lots of unique local shopping opportunities, and get your caricature done while you’re there!

For more details, check out our Celebrate 38th page. See you in 10 days on 38th Street!

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