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Updated Tuesday Sept 30

Calendar Upcoming Meetings & Events: Exec, Oct 9;  Board, Oct 23. Calendar page

National Park ServiceNew ItemSecond Saturday at Coldwater Spring -Rocks and Fossils The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is hosting entertaining events for families on the Second Saturday of each month. Saturday, Oct 11, 9:00 AM to Noon, families can come to Coldwater Spring for easy-to-do, free activities: All about trading post days. You'll see and hear what life was like at Camp Coldwater in 1835 when more than hundred people, including blacksmiths, settlers, and traders, lived at Coldwater Spring. Kids activities. More info (9/09)

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, Oct 10, 11:30-1:30pm at the NENA office, 3000 E 50th St. (9/02)


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New ItemRuination: City of Dust, Oct 18 & 19:  It is the year 2314 and Minneapolis is abandoned and covered in dust. Teams of explorers brave the harsh conditions to dig the ruins. Which deadly problem ruined the city? This is the mystery you must solve. Bring your bicycle (helmet too), a cell phone and your curiosity. Ruination is a multiplayer game using the landscape as a game board. On bicycles, players will travel to specific points around Lakes Nokomis & Hiawatha and Minnehaha Creek to discover clues and compete for answers. A reward awaits where the mystery is revealed. This event is designed to be challenging for adults, but is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Approximate playing time is 2-­3 hours. Players register for a specific start time. Pre-registration required. More Information (9/30)

Garden clippersNew ItemNokomis Naturescape Gardening, Tuesday, Sept 30, 5-7pm.  Gateway Gardens: Saturday, Oct 4 is the next meet & weed, 9-10:30am. Volunteers welcome!    Read the update: Volunteer Gardens Info & More  (9/25/14)

Minneapolis Monarch FestivalMpls Monarch Festival. Thank You, Thank You, and Thank You again to the 96 volunteers who made the 2014 Festival a great success. You all worked hard, and without you we couldn't have done it. We wish we could thank you all individually. This year's event was bigger and better attended than ever! Photos and more links on or

New Item Sassy Spoon to open in 3 Tiers location. The Sassy Spoon food truck is getting a permanent location at 5011 34th Ave. S.  Owner Tamara Brown has signed a lease and plans to open later this fall. Brown plans to offer her signature sweet-potato hash and other favorites, like braised pork with a ginger slaw and sesame turkey meatballs. She also plans beer and wine plus serve brunch on weekends. Read article in the Business Journal  (9/04)


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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 Minneapolis’ most popular, kid-friendly, early New Year’s 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)


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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