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 In the Neighborhood
  Updated 7/17/14

New itemThe latest 11th and 12th Ward City Council Updates/Newsletters

Looking for somewhere to go or something to do in Nokomis East? Check our expanded Parks & Recreation Section

Lake Nokomis
Longfellow Gardens

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Welcome Home!  The Neighborhood section is where you will find topical information on living and working in the Nokomis East neighborhood--and even a little about our good neighbors in the surrounding areas.

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E. Minnehaha Parkway resurfacing starts the week of July 14:

This work will involve milling and replacing the top 7 inches of asphalt. Minor curb and gutter replacement as well as the replacement of pedestrian ramps will also occur. Two sections of the parkway will be impacted by this work.

  1. The first section will be between Cedar Avenue and Longfellow Avenue.
  2. The other section will begin at Woodlawn and extend to 38th Avenue S.

Both eastbound and westbound sides of the parkway will be impacted by this work. Detours, no parking and road closures will be in place so please pay attention to any posted signage.

The work began the week of July 14th and will last 5 to 7 weeks. Please visit the City of Minneapolis project page at http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cip/all/WCMS1P-118631 for more detailed information.

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Grand Opening of Minnehaha Park Playgrounds

Minneapolis Parks and Recreation logo

Wabun Playground -- Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm
North Plateau Playground – Thursday, July 31, 6:30 pm

The North Plateau Playground along Godfrey Rd (often referred to as "the Parkway") will open early in the week of Monday, June 16, and the Wabun playground is currently scheduled to re-open on July 25, but both will be celebrated at an event on July 31.

A concert by Charanga Tropical is scheduled for 7 pm at the Minnehaha Park bandshell. Please plan on attending the grand opening celebrations! For more information on the Minnehaha Park Playgrounds renovation project, please visit the project webpage.

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Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring - Trees and Plants!

The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area and the Mississippi River Fund are hosting educational and entertaining events for the Twin Cities this Summer!

Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring - Trees & Plants
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Noon
July's Second Saturday at Coldwater Spring is all about trees and plants. Come hear about the mystery of the cottonwoods and other stories about what's growing at the park. Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge and everyone can try free, family-friendly adventures including geoocaching, a scavenger hunt, and a make-and-take activity. No registration needed; just show up, ready to play.

Bike with a Ranger - The Gorge
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM - 1pm at the Ford Dam visitor center
Biking is a great way to explore the Mississippi River on a 7-mile guided tour by a national park ranger!
$8 / $5 for Mississippi River Fund Members; Kids under 10 ride free.
Registration is required 24 hours prior to event.

For more information, please call 651-291-8164 or email info@missriverfund.org. To register for events, please click on event links or see: www.missriverfund.org/events.

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Gateway Gardens Update
Has been moved to its own Nokomis East page.

Gateway Gardens Facebook Page And don't forget: Nokomis East Gateway Gardens is on Facebook

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City offers Graffiti Solutions webpage
Creative responses to graffiti include murals, landscaping and more.
(2/11/08)

Stop Graffiti Now!The City of Minneapolis has a webpage to allow neighbors to share creative tips for preventing graffiti. "Every day I see more and more creativity from neighbors who are using art and landscaping to prevent graffiti," 9th Ward Council Member Gary Schiff said. I hope this website becomes a tool for neighbors to submit their own photos and share ideas across the city.

The webpage www.minneapolismn.gov/graffiti/ shows examples such as landscaping, murals and types of fencing that deter graffiti. Residents are encouraged to send in photos of their own efforts, and share helpful tips. Graffiti often collects on large flat blank surfaces, such as buildings, garages and flat fences. Landscaping, like ivy or other clinging plants helps to reduce the likelihood of graffiti on a surface. Some fences are less likely to be spray painted such as fences with board gaps, alternating boards or lattices.

Report Graffiti online.

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Radon detection kits available from County

Hennepin County is offering radon detection kits to enable you to test for the presence of this invisible, odorless and dangerous gas in your home.

Radon, a naturally occurring gaseous form of ionizing radiation, has been ranked by the Surgeon General as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists Hennepin County as a high-potential radon region, where one in every three homes is likely to have elevated radon levels.

Kits are $9, or two for $17.

These tests can be purchased at home building centers or in person at:
1011 First Street So., Suite 215, Hopkins, MN 55343
or by mailing the form (link below) to the same address, along with a personal check made out to Hennepin County Treasurer.

Online order form, Or call (612) 543-5225.

(Updated 5/02/13)

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United States Geological Survey

Minnehaha Creek monitoring. The USGS now provides real-time monitoring of the creek's level and flow, as measured under the Highway 55 bridge. Website (12/06/05)

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Rides for Seniors

Nokomis Healthy SeniorsAre you a senior citizen in need of a ride to medical or dental appointment? If you live east of 35W and south of 42nd St., the Nokomis Health Seniors program has volunteer drivers who are ready and eager to help seniors get to and from the necessary appointments they may have.

To schedule a ride, or for more information about Nokomis Healthy Seniors, call the help line at (612)729-5499. Office hours are 8am to 4pm. Voice mail is available after hours. (6/07/05)

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Twin Cities Free MarketDo you have forgotten kid toys collecting dust in the attic? Have exercise equipment in the basement that could be someone else’s treasure? Thinking about fixing up the garage to watch those Vikings? Try the Twin Cities Free Market! Residents can log into a website where they can post their old stuff online and browse the free items other residents have posted. There are 300-400 new items listed every week. Some recent items include a gas grill, landscape rocks, a pet carrier and a cast-iron sink.

Participating in the Twin Cities Free Market keeps reusable goods out of the trash, and helps people avoid buying new, which is great for the environment and the pocketbook. In Hennepin County alone, it's estimated that 32 million pounds of usable clothing and household goods are thrown away each year - that's enough to fill shopping carts lined up from Minneapolis to Milwaukee.

In 2003, The Free Market had more than 8,000 listings and facilitated more than 4,000 exchanges, amounting to more than 500 tons of materials. The Twin Cities Free Market is funded in part by Hennepin County.

Want to give it a try? Just visit: www.twincitiesfreemarket.org/

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