Kenwood Neighborhood News Update June 1, 2014
Kenwood Isles Area Association Board Meeting Monday June 2, 7pm
All residents are welcome at tomorrow night’s board meeting at the Kenwood Recreation Center. The meeting will begin at 7pm and adjourn at 8:30 pm. Guests will include Marion Greene who will introduce herself and talk about her newly elected position as Hennepin County Commissioner. As usual, LRT discussion will be on the agenda, along with Kenwood area news. Finally, new officers will be elected for the 2014-2015 KIAA Board of Directors. Join us for a lively and interesting meeting.
More Kenwood News
KIAA members have been actively inviting the neighborhood to join Nextdoor Kenwood. This is a useful online forum for spreading information about SWLRT, posting information about neighborhood events, finding lost pets, and getting recommendations for babysitters and roofers! Nextdoor Kenwood was started by a Penn Ave neighbor in July, 2013. Members must have a verifiable physical address to join. Thus far, 170 neighbors have joined which represents 139/626 possible Kenwood households. Follow this link to join: https://kenwoodhennepin.nextdoor.com/news_feed/
The Kenwood Elementary School Green Team is hosting a community rummage sale on Saturday, June 14 in the gym of the Kenwood Rec Center from 9-2 PM. Concessions and coffee/drinks also for sale. This would be a good day to put on a garage sale of your own! All proceeds to benefit Kenwood Elementary School. If you would like to donate items for the sale, please drop them off on Friday June 13 at the Rec Center during set up from 4-6 PM. Contact Angie Erdrich email@example.com for more information or if you would like to help. Please shop!
LETTER FROM JOYCE FOOD SHELF MAY 2014
Dear Kenwood Isles Area Association Members,
On behalf of all of the volunteers and staff at the Joyce Uptown Food shelf we thank you for your donation of a total of $200 for our food shelf. This comes at a time when it is a challenge to keep up with the demand of an increase in clients needing food. We appreciate all that you do to continue to support us. The generosity and commitment of people like you makes a big difference, thank you.
Becky Spence, Director
Kenwood Received Top 10 Great Neighborhood Designation
On Monday, May 5 during the Annual KIAA Annual Gathering, City of Minneapolis Director of Long Range Planning Kjersti Monson presented Minneapolis Council Member Lisa Goodman and board and members of KIAA with the American Planning Association (APA) plaque designating the Kenwood neighborhood as one of the top 10 Greatest Neighborhoods in the United States in 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program.
In June, Theatre Pro Rata will open Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performing in Twin Cities metro area parks.
Twelfth Night is William Shakespeare’s light-hearted comedy set in the land of
Illyria. Disguises, mistaken identities, and the chaos of love take center stage
as Viola washes ashore after her ship wrecks off the coast and, disguising
herself as a boy for safety, is immediately embroiled in the amorous
machinations of the Duke and Olivia.
In addition to the usual mix of Pro Rata’s own actors, the cast features theater
veterans like former Ivey Awards host Charles Numrich along with returning
Pro Rata performers and local favorites Katherine Kupiecki and David
Friday, June 20 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis
Saturday, June 21 @ 6:30pm at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis
Performances are free and open to the public. The ‘rain plan’ would move the production into the Rec Center/Kenwood School gym.
Free Movie in Kenwood Park
The movie Sandlot will play Thursday night, June 26 around 9:15pm across from the Recreation Center on Field #2.
Crime and Safety
Safety reminder tips from Kathy Williams, block club leader:
- Leave your front door lights on all night
- If you have a security system, arm it whenever you’re away.
- Call 911 to report any suspicious activity
- Get to know your neighbors
Information from the Minneapolis Housing Inspector regarding their proactive annual inspection of neighborhoods for environmental and nuisance violations. Typical violations are:
- Grass and weeds taller than 8 inches
- Inoperable vehicles including those with expired license tabs
- Garbage, litter, and junk
- Brush and branches
- Vegetation overhanging the sidewalk, alley, or street
Door-to-door Magazine Salespeople
This PDF details what to do when someone knocks on your door asking for money or selling magazine subscriptions. This document also goes on to say how teens are often taken across state borders to sell magazines.
MPRB announces volunteer awards for 3013
Youth Rising Star Award Recipient
Ethan Cunningham a volunteer at Kenwood Park, volunteers 16-20 hours per month. He assists with various RecPlus activities, fundamental and squirts basketball, special events and meeting room set-up at Kenwood. Cunningham is reliable, patient and willing to learn new responsibilities.
The RecPlus kids, parents, and staff have a high level of respect and appreciation for Cunningham and his work. He has developed a rapport with both the kids and staff, and is a mature young man, with a cool, calm demeanor and a quiet confidence. Cunningham takes initiative, understands his role as a volunteer at Kenwood and is a great asset to Kenwood Park – and the community.
Hennepin County: Compost bins for sale
Backyard composting is a great way to turn food and yard waste into a nutrient-rich resource, and Hennepin County is selling compost bins to help you get started. Bins are 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet, made of cedar and wire mesh, and cost $45. There are two options for purchasing a bin:
- Purchase a bin at the Hennepin County Drop-off Facility in Brooklyn Park. No pre-order needed. Cash or check only. Bins are for sale during regular drop-off facility hours.
- Pre-order online to pick up during an event. Bins are built by Sentencing to Service (STS) Homes crews, which is an on-the-job carpenter training program for incarcerated men and women.
- For more information or to order a bin, visit www.hennepin.us/composting
Hold off pruning ash trees until fall
Even with our late spring and chilly temperatures, conditions are now warm enough for beetles that attack and kill ash trees. Emerald ash borers are present in Minneapolis and are normally active from May through Labor Day. Homeowners who have ash trees in their yards should not prune them at this time of year or move any part of an ash tree (firewood, branches, etc.) while the pests are active. Inadvertently moving the pests helps them spread to uncontaminated areas. For more information on emerald ash borers, visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture emerald ash borer Web page or the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s emerald ash borer Web page.
Lunch with Lisa will return August 20
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