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Phone: 612-724-5652,  Fax: 612-724-2770

Nokomis East Neighborhood
Association, (NENA)
3000 East 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Serving Keewaydin, Wenonah, Morris Park, and Minnehaha
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Special Notices

NCR Letter regarding December 11th NENA Meeting

Please take a moment to read the letter from NCR regarding December 11th NENA Meeting.


Office hours

The NENA office is open and operating. Maria (current staff) and Board Members are answering phone calls and emails. Coming soon, regular office hours will be posted and we look forward to chatting with anyone who stops by.


Interested in volunteering on the NENA board?

Learn about what makes a good Board Member and a few Board Member Expectations. Then, fill out the Prospective Board Member Questionnaire.


 Heads Up!
Updated November 21, 2014

Calendar Upcoming Meetings:

Membership/Town Meeting, Thu, Dec 11, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Keewaydin School Lunchroom.
Members will nominate candidates for the Board to appoint to fill the Board vacancies. As such, this advertisement has been placed in the Longfellow Messenger and digitally distributed via Twitter and Facebook to encourage community members to join the NENA Board of Directors. We look forward to seeing you there!

Special Board Meeting, Thu, Dec 11, 8:30 to 9:00 PM, at the Keewaydin School Lunchroom.
Board to formally appoint new Board members.

Board (TBD) Meeting, Thu, Dec 18, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at (TBD).

Previous Meetings


Calendar Upcoming Events:

NEBA Tree Lighting event, Sat, Nov 29, 4:00 to 6:00 PM, at the Oxendale's Market Parking Lot.

NENA Night Before New Year's Eve party, Thu, Dec 30, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Nokomis Community Center.

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Thank you to the community members who have attended our meetings, reached out by phone or email, and those who have already committed to helping out during our transition. There are countless ways to get involved - from volunteering for an upcoming event to joining the Board of Directors.

Please email either or if you would like more information about volunteering with NENA.

   Public statement by the NENA Board of Directors regarding staff changes.

Adopted by the NENA Board on November 6, 2014

The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) is making a change in administrative leadership because, despite significant effort over several months, the Board has been unable to rebuild and maintain a positive working relationship with existing staff. The Board has regretfully concluded that a change in NENA's day-to-day management was necessary. Maria Fernanda Alcaraz will continue, as Community Outreach Specialist, working with NENA's Latino community.

Over the next few months the Board will refocus the organization's energy on serving the neighborhood and its residents by: encouraging resident participation; fostering neighborhood communication and engagement; and managing projects that maintain and improve the character and vitality of the neighborhood.

The NENA Board will continue to communicate with neighborhood residents through the NENA website and will resume regular, monthly Membership/Town Meetings beginning in December. Membership Meetings are to communicate, to listen and to engage our neighbors, businesses and other organizations in a grass roots planning process for NENA projects and activities going forward.

Board members and current staff will be responding to email, phone messages and walk-in traffic, until NENA can hire an interim Director to reorganize and manage day-to-day operations. We regret any delays and inconveniences this may cause.

The Board will meet next on November 13th and 20th, both Thursdays, in the Keewaydin School Lunchroom, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. As usual, the public is invited to attend. Dates, times and locations of other upcoming Board and Membership meetings will be posted on the NENA website and announced in the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger.

NENA Contact information:
Email: general contact Board Chair, Kent Knopp-Schwyn   inquiries about volunteer opportunities
Phone: (612) 724-5652  

Download PDF version of this Board Statement here Statement


Sugar Skull.    Dia de los Muertos: The Latino Community celebrated "Dia de los Muertos" on Saturday, November 1st, 2014, at the Keewaydin Community Center. "Dia de los Muertos", or "Day of the Dead", is a traditional Mexican Holiday in which families honor the deceased by building "ofrendas" or altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Maria Fernanda Alcaraz, the Community Outreach Specialist for NENA along with community volunteers built an altar to teach children about the tradition and used it as a centerpiece for the event. Seven families, approximately 35 people, came together to share traditional food and drink, participate in a costume contest, face painting, coloring activities, mask skulls decoration and music, all under the context of the cultural holiday. It was a fun, festive event that promoted Mexican cultural roots and brought residents with a common interest together. Thank you to U-Care for the beautiful souvenir bags! If you are interested in planning or participating in future cultural activities, please contact, or (11/04/14)


Click for the NBNYE page The 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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