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Minneapolis Park Board leads by example with energy savings pilot project

Energy efficiency improvements coming to five rec centers

Green means more to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) than the ideal color of lawns and trees. Green also means practicing environmental sustainability – Living Green. The MPRB leads by example when it comes to green living. Organic gardening techniques are being implemented at Longfellow Gardens. The Rec Plus childcare program uses reusable plates, bowls, cups and flatware. The Minneapolis Bike Tour uses tap water instead of bottled water, and composts food waste.

The latest example is a pilot project to implement enhancements at five recreation centers. The McKinstry Energy Efficiency Project, which was recently approved by the MPRB Board of Commissioners, will set in motion improvements to the Lake Nokomis, Logan, Matthews, McRae and Pershing recreation centers.
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City expands efforts to support Lowertown vitality

Expanded parking validation program allows patrons to park free at Lowertown Parking Ramp on weeknights and weekends

SAINT PAUL – Starting today, the weekend validated parking program at Lowertown Parking Ramp will be expanded to every night of the week. Customers can now enjoy validated parking from participating retailers during the following periods:

• Evenings: from 4:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. the next day
• Weekends: Friday from 4:00 p.m. through Monday at 5:00 a.m.
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Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageant

Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageantWhat can you get for $3.39 these days? For Woodbury resident, Jahreya Evans it meant winning first-runner-up honors in the Miss Photogenic competition at the Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/ St. Paul pageant. A week before the July 18th competition at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Jahreya snapped a picture of herself with her digital camera while seated in her parent’s car. After convincing them she had created a winning photograph, Miss Evans entered the self-portrait into the contest and nearly won the whole thing gaining the coveted spot as the First Runner -Up in that category. Miss Evans says the honor will help in forwarding her desire to be a model in print media.

Miss Evans was originally accepted for the competition based on the details contained in her application and her mastery of an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis/ Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.
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Businesses and artists celebrate North Minneapolis

Businesses and artists celebrate North MinneapolisSince 2006, FLOW has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. Highlighting the uniqueness of North Minneapolis, this free, family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases artists of all ages who live and/or work in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a self-guided art event featuring visual and performing artists at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway in North Minneapolis.

Start your crawl at the Penn & Broadway cluster, where the new 5 Points building will be open to the public. Now home to KMOJ, this building has already installed façades by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, and work has begun for a kinetic sculpture and bus shelter. Three floors of visual art, art-making activities, photo-booth and the 5 Points Lounge with food, beer & wine and a stage will bring new life to this historic building on West Broadway.
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Searching for African American Descendants of Fergus Falls, Minnesota

We are planning a historical trip to Fergus Falls, MN, August 20-21, 2010.  This trip will include a visit with the Historical Society on Friday, Aug. 20, to learn how and when Blacks came to Fergus Falls, primarily from Kentucky; a trip to the cemetery and a tour of where Blacks lived, went to school, worked, and worshiped.  There will be a picnic Saturday, Aug. 21 at Pebble Lake.  Please contact Jeff  Tate at (612) 281-1052, Jon Anderson at (612) 919-6735 or Sylvia Loveless Amos at (612) 302-3102 for more information.

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregation

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregationThe Rev. Donna Dempewolf joined Living Spirit United Methodist Church on July 1, 2010 as the new Pastor. Living Spirit UMC is committed to serving all of God’s children by breaking barriers of race, class, ethnicity, and fear. The congregation is a culturally and racially diverse, inclusive community. It was formed by the joining together of the former Asbury UMC and Oakland UMC churches in 2009.

“I’m looking forward to meeting neighbors and friends in South Minneapolis. Our diversity is a gift from God, something we must simply celebrate,” said Dempewolf. “My life has been enriched by the people I’ve met along the way, especially those whose backgrounds differ from my own.”
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Dog park proposal meeting

The Minneapolis Park Board will host a community conversation on a proposal for a dog park on Thursday, July 22,, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Martin Luther King Park Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The Park Board currently has installed dog parks in 4 of its 6 park districts. One area not served by a dog park is south central and southwest Minneapolis.

Neighbors from Kingfield and Bryant neighborhoods have organized to request support from the Park Board for a dog park location in MLK Park. Three potential locations have been proposed:  1) The NE corner of the park (behind the tennis bubble and next to the pedestrian bridge over I-35W); 2) The SW corner of the park (along the soundwall near 42nd Street); 3) The NW corner of the park (at the corner of Nicollet and 40th Street).
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