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Kenwood Neighborhood News Update September 24, 2015

31st  Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fund Raiser

Wednesday October 28, 2015 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$25.00 advance / $35.00 at the door

Join your neighbors at the 31st Hennepin-Lake Community Wine Tasting fundraiser on Wednesday, October 28th at Calhoun Square! Guests will be able to sample over 400 varieties of Crazy Monkey wines along with light appetizers by renowned Chef Todd McDonald of Parella Restaurant.

 All proceeds benefit neighborhood organizations in the Uptown area. Tickets are $25 in advance, and sales by KIAA will go to positive programming initiatives at East Cedar Beach.  We helped make real change at the beach this year — let’s keep the momentum going!   Contact Jeanette Colby at [email protected] to purchase tickets.

Many thanks to generous sponsors Parella, Calhoun Square, Great Clips, and Hennepin Lake Liquor.


In child and adult sizes!

In ANY condition!

Kenwood Elementary School

Shoe Drive Fundraiser

Donate your used athletic shoes (shoe laces tied together)

Collection bins Located at:  Kenwood School lobby and Rec Center lobby

Ending:  Friday, September 25th

Shoes are sent to developing nations, used for disaster relief or recycled for playground materials depending on shoe condition.  We will raise funds for our school based on how many we collect!

See or [email protected] for more information.

Our goal:  50 bags of shoes (one bag = approx 25 adult shoes).  Soccer cleats, hiking/work boots also accepted.  Sorry, no sandals, pumps, dress shoes.

School fundraiser:  [email protected]

Students can track the shoes and learn about the need for athletic shoes all over the world.

Kenwood Elementary School

2013 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (612) 668-2760



September 29 public forum on funding neighborhood parks is co-sponsored by City Park Alliance and the McKnight Foundation.

Minneapolis’ neighborhood parks are at a critical juncture. Funding reductions have left a multi-million dollar gap in the resources needed to program, operate, repair, and improve these highly used and aging neighborhood parks. Park systems across the country are facing similar issues. But older park systems with aging structures and features, like Minneapolis, may have the most difficult challenge of all.

On Tuesday, September 29 from 6–8:30 pm, join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at a public forum to hear how cities with valued park systems have tackled this funding challenge. Panel members include:

·      Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation

·       Joe Wynns, Former Director, Indianapolis Parks and Recreation

·       Warren Jimenez, Assistant Director of Portland Parks and Recreation

·       Liam Kavanaugh, First Deputy Commissioner at New York City Parks and Recreation

Architecture critic Linda Mack will serve as moderator.

Closing the Gap: Insider Insights for Park Funding will be held at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. The event is co-sponsored by City Parks Alliance and The McKnight Foundation.

The forum is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required as space is limited. Attendees should register by noon, September 28 by emailing name and number attending to [email protected] or calling 612-313-7789.

Over this summer, the Minneapolis Park Board has led dozens of meetings throughout Minneapolis to inform citizens of the state of neighborhood parks. Staff and leadership has also been gathering feedback on what Minneapolis residents want in parks over the next 25 to 30 years through the RecQuest and Service Area Master planning process. Minneapolis citizens are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions by completing an online survey located at The survey is open through September 30.

For more information about Closing the Gap: Investing in Our Neighborhood Parks, visit To sign up to receive email updates about Closing the Gap, RecQuest or Service Area Master Plans, visit

Contact Robin Smothers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Phone: 612-230-6410


Learn how to save money and help the environment at the inaugural Minneapolis Energy Fair sponsored by NRG Energy. This family friendly event will feature a variety of presenters highlighting ways to make your home energy efficient with the opportunity to learn more about solar options for your home.

Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy, Center for Energy and Environment, and Clean Energy Resource Team representatives will be on site to answer questions and provide information on signing up for money saving programs.

·         Kid’s activities

·         Xcel Energy sponsored free LED lightbulbs

·         Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy sponsored free Home Energy Squad Visits

·         Grand prize giveaway

·         Complimentary continental breakfast

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)

 Where: Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Questions? Contact Michael Rainville, 612-767-8074.   For more information:

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The City of Minneapolis is leading an area-wide multimodal transportation study for the West Lake LRT Station area. You are invited to a workshop to help review proposed changes to the area around the planned West Lake LRT Station.

The format will be casual and attendees may come and go as they please. There will be information about the project as well as opportunities to provide feedback on the study results thus far.

The goal of the study is to provide recommendations to address pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and motorized travel within the West Lake Station area, which may become projects that can be implemented as a part of the construction of the Southwest LRT or other future investments in the area.

The City of Minneapolis has been working on this study with Met Council, Hennepin County, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the City of St Louis Park. The study emphasizes bicycle and pedestrian needs, challenges, and opportunities in the vicinity of the West Lake Station. This workshop is an opportunity for all people in the area to contribute to the study and help shape the way people get around the West Lake area.

Please stop by between 5pm-7pm on October 7th. The workshop will be held in the Centrum room of the Jones-Harrison Residence, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to provide comments if you are unable to attend the workshop. You may reach me by telephone at (612) 673-3638 or via email at [email protected] Information regarding the project is also available on the City of Minneapolis website at the following address:

Nathan Koster, AICP, Project Manager, 309 2nd Avenue S – Rm 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401




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You do not have to contribute to be a member. Contributions are welcome however. If you wish to contribute, please send your tax-deductible check to: KIAA, P.O. Box 3660, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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