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Updated Tuesday Sept 2

Calendar Upcoming Meetings & Events:  Monarch Festival, Sept 6;  NEBA Block Party, Sept 7;   Crime Meeting, Sept 11;   Exec, Sept 18;  Board, Sept 25; Calendar page

New ItemNeighborhood Safety Meeting Sept 11. Join a discussion on the recent spate of crime in our neighborhood with representatives of the MPD. Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls (5212 41st Avenue S), 7-8pm including Q&A. (9/01/14)

Click for more info.New ItemRESCHEDULED AGAIN: Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup - Lake Hiawatha Site, now Sunday, Sept 7: The Minnehaha Creek Cleanup has been re-scheduled due to dangerously high water in Minnehaha Creek and surrounding lakes.The Minnehaha Creek Cleanup has outgrown its old boundaries and is expanding creek-wide to collect even more trash! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, trash bags and gloves. Following the cleanup, Leinenkugelís will provide a free BBQ lunch at Lake Hiawatha Park and, for those 21 or older with a valid ID, free Leinenkugelís beer (limit of two per person). There will be prizes for kids and adults, music and fun! Sunday, September 7, 9am until Noon. More info and registration (6/10)

Ward 12New itemWard 12 holds monthly neighborhood office hours in the 'hood, Join CM Andrew Johnson's Senior Policy Aide Ilhan Omar, to discuss what is going on in Ward 12. Bring your concerns or questions to these informal sessions. Walk-ins are welcome. Friday, Sept 12, 11:30-1:30pm at the NENA office, 3000 E 50th St. (9/02)


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Minneapolis Monarch FestivalMpls Monarch Festival is coming Saturday, Sept 6. Join us at this fun, family-oriented event honoring our State butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration to the mountains of central Mexico. Free activities include Monarch tag and release, games, art, educational displays, and a live stage with music & Aztec dance. Food vendors and natural plant vendors will be on hand. or

Garden clippersNew ItemThe Nokomis Block Party, Sept 7 will be bigger and better than ever! Bring your families and friends and rock on down to the 34th Ave and 50th-51st St (by Oxendales). Outdoor festivities food (roast corn!), kids activities, a classic car show, dunk tank, vendors including local farmers, live music and more. More information  (9/01)

Garden clippersNew ItemNokomis Naturescape Gardening, Tuesday, Sept 2, 6-8pm Extra help is needed to ready the gardens for the Monarch Festival.   Gateway Gardens: Saturday, Sept 6 (during the Monarch festival?) is the next meet & weed, 9-10:30am. Volunteers welcome!    Read the update: Volunteer Gardens Info & More  (8/114)

New ItemMonarch Festival Volunteers Needed: Saturday, Sept 6, 10am - 4pm at Lake Nokomis Park We need volunteers to help with games, art activities, set up, clean up and other activities at the Festival. Give us a few hours and you'll be rewarded with lots of smiles and a new volunteer T-shirt. Please complete the application and return it to Rita at NENA. You can find the application at the office or online: (8/21)


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click for more on the Monarch classesNew ItemGrowing Monarch Habitat Workshop Thank you to all 67 people who attended the workshop.  It is wonderful to see urban and suburban residents willing to create much needed monarch habitat. (6/02)

Click for SMHF WebsiteSouth Mpls Housing Fair, Thank you to all who attended the 2014 Fair on 4/05. It was nice visiting with many of you! If you didn't get there, stop by the office to pick up a free copy of the contractors and services resource guide. Or stop by the website any time to check out the Fair's list of contractors, financial resources, archtitects and designers that specialize in our local area. SMHF Website. (Updated 4/07/14)

Click for the NBNYE pageThe Night Before New Years Eve: Thank you to everyone who attended Minneapolisí most popular, kid-friendly, early New Yearís celebration on December 30. It was a great crowd and a fun night for all!  Special thanks to all of you who volunteered your time for the event!  We wish all of you a wonderful 2014! (1/02/14)


Home improvement loansHome Improvement loans are back!: NENA has funding available for Home Improvement Loans through our administrator, the Center for Energy and Environment. The program offers low interest loans for eligible home improvements and City code violations. For more information on the Improvement loans, please visit the Center for Energy and Environment (, call (612) 335-5830, or email You may also pick up an application at the NENA office, 3000 East 50th St. (5/18)

The Emerald City Globe Award.Minneapolis wins 2009 Emerald City Globe Award  Our city was selected from 174 other candidates to receive the coveted 2009 Emerald City Award for its work in green promotion. Read the Press Release in the Lighter Side. (April 1, 2009)  There's more, like the Glowing Walleyes, the Sharks in Minnehaha Creek and the Viking Timbers in Lake Nokomis. They're all in the Lighter Side.


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