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Updated Thursday Aug 14

Calendar Upcoming Meetings & Events:  Housing Group, Aug 18;  Board, Aug 28. Calendar page

Road construction updateE. Minnehaha Parkway resurfacing starts the week of Aug 4: This work will involve milling and replacing top 7" of asphalt, minor curb and gutter replacement and the replacement of pedestrian ramps. Two sections: between Cedar Avenue and Longfellow and Woodllawn and 38th Ave. Expect detours and road closures. More infop and links (updated 7/21)

Click for more info.New ItemRESCHEDULED AGAIN: Annual Minnehaha Creek Cleanup - Lake Hiawatha Site, now 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)


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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 ItemNokomis Naturescape Gardening, Tuesday, Aug 19, 6-8pm Extra help is needed to ready the gardens for the Monarch Festival.   Gateway Gardens: Saturday, Aug 23 is the next meet & weed, 9-10:30am. Volunteers welcome!    Read the update: Volunteer Gardens Info & More  (8/114)

Free showsMusic at the Falls: Minnehaha Falls bandshell. Free. Shows start at 7pm
Thursday, August 14 - Hubcap, Funk, rock, Latin, jazz
Friday, August 15 - Doug Otto & the Getaways, Rockin' country and blues
Wednesday, August 20 - Patchouli, Indie-acoustic guitar duo
Thursday, August 21 - The KGB Band, Blues & Classic Rock
Friday, August 22 - Lingua Luna, Folk
Complete schedule
. (updated 8/14)

Morris Park FestivalNew ItemRecent upgrades at Minnehaha Falls may have been damaged by flooding: Star Tribune article by Bill McAuliffe, July 14, 2014. "Recent rains and flooding have almost certainly damaged parts of $7 million worth of shoreline, walkway, vegetative and other improvements installed in 2010-11." Read the article (7/18)


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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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