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  Updated 4/17

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

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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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Growing Monarch Habitat workshop, May 31

 (goldenrod)NENA's annual habitat workshop will be offered on Saturday, May 31, 9:30-11am at the Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Pkwy.

The workshop will show how you can make a difference in saving monarch butterflies and other pollinator populations devastated by habitat loss. Monarch butterflies need milkweed to reproduce. They are the only plants that monarch caterpillars eat, so increasing the availability of milkweed is critical to the survival of the monarch migration, as well as the Minnesota monarch population. Small urban gardens can make a big difference in making up for the loss of rural habitat.

The workshop discussion will include the Monarch butterfly life cycle, migration and required habitat needs; the best native plants for monarchs, and how to plan your garden.

The class is presented by Vicki Joy Bonk, a NENA volunteer who has served as the Nokomis Naturescape park stewardship leader for 15 years.

A “Garden-to-Go” kit is included in the registration cost of $25. It has a selection of native plants (milkweed, nectar and shelter) and instructions for starting your own monarch garden.

To register, download the form here (PDF) or from the Monarch festival's website or call the NENA office (612-724-5652) for a copy.

Attendance is free if you do not need the kit.

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Become a Library Tutor

Interested in making a difference in the lives of students this year?  Nokomis Library is seeking volunteers for their Homework Help program.

Starting in January, The Library will offer drop-in homework assistance to K-12 students on
Mondays and Thursdays 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Many two-hour shifts are available for new volunteers.

To get started, fill out a Hennepin County Library Volunteer Application and indicate your interest in Nokomis Library's Homework Hub program. Go to, and under Library Information, select Support Your Library. Or, go directly to their Volunteer page

Thanks for your help in our students' success.

(Posted by Lisa Stuart on the Nokomis eDemocracy listserve, 12/19)

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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.

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 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)


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: