This week is the final week of Aldrich Arts’ Mural Classes — and we could use your help!  Due to extreme weather this month–thunderstorms or extreme heat–we had to cancel some classes and are behind on the mural painting. 

This means we’d like to invite YOU to join us this week as we work together–students, neighbors and artists–to finish the beautiful mural at 36th & Bryant. 

Please CALL Asst Artist Megan Patry (612-655-2540) is you are interested volunteering (as times may be flexible).  We invite you to join us at the following times: 

Monday    12-3pm

Wednesday after 2pm

Friday 12-7pm

We hope to see you this week — and hope to celebrate with you on Saturday at the



Art, Kids’ Activities, and Mural Unveiling!

see for more info

Friday, July 29th
7:30 – 9am
Turtle Bread
4762 Chicago Ave S
In the Pizza Biga Room

Lauded for the “Minnesota Miracle,” transparent government processes and other milestones, Minnesota was viewed as a model of good government for decades. Today, Minnesota’s State government shutdown puts us in the national spotlight. Minnesota is not a “State that Works,” but one with a broken budget process, heightened political positioning, and pledges to ideology that have replaced responsible governing practices.

Our speakers are experienced participants in and observers of local, state, and national politics. We welcome former Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher, author and Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist Lori Sturdevant, and Fair Vote Executive Director Jeanne Massey to share their insights on what is broken and what can we do to bring responsible reform to Minnesota politics.

Please join Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden and be part of this exciting discussion!
Andrea Jenkins, Senior Policy Aide
Office of Elizabeth Glidden
8th Ward City Council Office
(612) 673-2208

The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), established by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) to recommend a preferred location and design for a dog off-leash recreation in the Sixth Park District, has identified a short list of possible sites. Now the committee would like comments from neighbors. Those interested in commenting on the proposed sites may complete a survey and/or attend a public meeting July 25 at 6:30 p.m., Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway. Comments and survey results will inform the committee’s final recommendations for a preferred site and design.
The dog park search area extends from Minnehaha Creek north to W 36th Street and from I-35W west to Lake Harriet/Kings Highway. Several sites have been reviewed and the three sites remaining are:

• Lyndale Farmstead Park, South of the Operations Center Wall along Kings Highway
• Lyndale Farmstead Park, Southside Operations Center lower parking lot
• Minnehaha Creek east of Pleasant Avenue

Maps of the sites, as well as a link to the survey, can be found on the MPRB website: Sixth Park District Dog Park ( Paper surveys are available by calling 612-230-6400.
To learn more about the Sixth Park District Dog Park project, visit the MPRB’s Dog Park project page. Individuals may view ongoing correspondence between CAC members by visiting the CAC online forum .

Community Energy Services (CES), is a program dedicated to reducing energy in Minneapolis homes, is working hard to refocus homeowners toward thinking about their energy use.   Already implemented in over 4,000 Minneapolis homes, CES aims to lower energy consumption, therefore lowering utility bills.  Following a free workshop where homeowners learn valuable money saving strategies, homeowners choose whether they would like to receive a home visit from two of Center for Energy and Environment’s energy professionals for a co-pay of only $30 and a value of $400!

At this home visit, energy and money saving materials may be installed including programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs, high efficiency showerheads and various other products so the homeowner is left with immediate means to reduce energy use.  Blower door and combustion safety tests will also be performed allowing the homeowner the knowledge of how their home is performing on both a safety and functionality level. 

Altogether, CES provides an enormous opportunity to Minneapolis residents by helping homeowners save money on energy bills instantly, as well as giving advice on investments including energy efficiency upgrades such as heating and insulation.

Upcoming workshop dates:

Tuesday, August 9th at 6:30 p.m.: Lucy Craft Laney Community School (3333 Penn Ave. N)

Thursday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m. : Burroughs Community School (1601 W 50th St.)

Tuesday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m.: VOA Southwest Center (3612 Bryant Ave. S)

For more information on the program or for more workshop dates, visit the CES website at: To RSVP for a workshop contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or

Saturday, July 23 at 6pm (The Parade cruise begins at 6pm at the Rose Gardens and travels around Lake Harriet and ends at  the Rose Gardens.)

Amber from Transit for Livable Communities is helping lead the “mode-shift” charge in Kingfield and will be leading a group of neighbors to this Satruday evening July 23rd BikeArt Ride/Parade around Lake Harriet.  Meet Amber at the Kingfield Farmers’ Market, 4310 Nicollet Avenue South, at 5 PM this Saturday, and plan on departing via bicycle by 5:15 PM to the Rose Garden to line up for the parade!  If you have questions contact amber at

Feel free to decorate your bike at home, or participate in an ArtBike Workshop earlier that day to get ready for the parade!  Details are below! Read more

The corner of 46th & Grand will be celebrating Community with Live Music, Amazing Food & Hot Summer Art!  Sunday August 14 12:00-9:00pm!

Join us for our 2nd Annual Block party on the Corner of 46th & Grand. Featuring the ColorWheel Gallery & our Amazing Neighbors! Cafe Ena will be outside selling Mexican Style Street food, Kings Wine Bar will have a stage with Live Local Music & will be grilling outside & Patisserie 46 will have their cart outside, scooping up the most heavenly, homemade ice cream around. The ColorWheel will be exhibiting “Hot Summer Art” Celebrate with outside art demonstrations, colorful hair extensions, face painting, balloon twisting & other surprises all day. featuring Local Artists, Tammy Ortegon, Eileen Espinosa, Jessie Lawson, Jennifer Kunin, Lori Greene, Gloria Larsen & Yilma Wouldemehen. Jewelry by Cheri Meyer, Ideal Jewels & many more.

The ColorWheel also carries locally made, natural body products, Funky, Rock n Roll Baby T-shirts & Feminist T-shirts. The gallery has an always changing art & gift selection, promoting diverse voices & social change. For more info #612 823 5693

Lee Family Memorial

In July 1931, Arthur Lee, his wife Edith, and their daughter Mary moved into their newly-purchased home at 4600 Columbus Ave. in south Minneapolis. They were among the first African-American families to purchase a home south of 38th St.

Sadly, approximately 3,000 white residents from the neighborhood and the city held racial demonstrations against the Lee family for several nights that July, to try to force the family out of their home. Some of the mob threw stones at the house, defaced the home with black paint, and shouted threats at the family. Supported by friends, co-workers, and attorney Lena Olive Smith, the family was able to live in the home for more than a year.

Read more about the Lee Family and the July 16th Commemorative Event here.

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