Archive for October, 2010

Open House & Library Celebration – 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6

Join the Friends of Linden Hills Library as they celebrate our neighborhood gem and launch their new group with an afternoon of free activities for the entire family.

  • Listen to live Swedish folk music by the Tjärnbloms Trio
  • Enjoy free refreshments
  • Put on your thinking caps for the library trivia treasure hunt
  • Top O’ The Hour Story Times and much more!

Special guests include Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson, Library Foundation of Hennepin County Executive Director Stu Wilson, as well as other local dignitaries who will be present to celebrate and support the Linden Hills Library.

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

Neighborhood Policing Plan Meeting Oct. 26, 7 p.m.

Crime Prevention Specialist Amy Lavender will attend the Safety Committee meeting on Tues., Oct. 26 to develop the Neighborhood Policing Plan for the coming year.  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S.

Fulton Crime Synopsis
by Amy Lavender
06/01/2010-08/31/2010

Summer in the Fulton neighborhood was peaceful, as usual.  There was actually a slight decrease in Part 1* crimes during the summer of 2010.  There were 32 reported incidents versus 35 in 2009.  All of the incident were property crimes, not crimes against persons.

Burglary

Burglaries increased slightly in 2010. 

  • Eight were garage burglaries.  All of them were open or unlocked overhead or service doors.  This type of crime is easily preventable. 
  • Please remember to lock and close doors.
  • One house burglary was domestic related. 
  • The other house burglary possibly involved known suspects.  The case is still under investigation

NOTE:  The Crime Prevention Specialist is available for free residential security surveys.

Theft

The majority of the crimes in Fulton were thefts.  Many of them involved unsecured property.

  • Bikes-one locked and two unlocked.  Titanium or U-locks are recommended.
  • Theft from motor vehicles-five were locked and seven were unlocked.  The common denominator is that valuables were taken from each one of the vehicles.  Please remove all valuables.
  • One shoplifting incident
  • Five miscellaneous thefts-items from yards or sheds left unsecure

*Part 1 crimes include: homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson

Categories: Safety

Fantastic Fulton Fall Festival

Many thanks to all who attended this year’s fantastic Fulton Fall Festival on September 11.  With your help, we were able to give 1,029 pounds of food to a very grateful Joyce Uptown Food Shelf plus $218 in cash donations.  We also raised over $1,250, which will help fund the activities of the Fulton Neighborhood Association.

The winner of the $100 gift certificate was Claire C. Nelson.  Claire opted to give her money to local Fire Station 28. 

Many thanks to all who contributed to this great annual event.  A special thanks to the members of the Community Engagement Committee who worked so hard to make the event happen.

The Fulton Festival was made possible by the generous donations of the following sponsors and contributors. 

Please thank them by patronizing their establishments!

Our Food Sponsors are:  Broder’s Pasta Bar (Pizza Donation), Bruegger’s (Bagel Donation), Caribou Coffee, Aunt Sharon’s Cookies

Our Platinum Sponsors are:  The Bead Monkey, Lifecycle Real Estate

Our Gold Sponsors are:  Curves on 50th (and Silent Auction), Jerry’s Food Stores, White Space Architecture

Our Silver Sponsors are:  KC Groves Tree Experts

A Special Thanks To:  Simply Jane Art Studio & Leonardo’s Basement, Fulton Farmers Market, Friends of the Linden Hills Library, Southwest High School Marching Band, Southwest Community Education, Pershing Park, Fulton Neighborhood Association

Silent Auction donors: 50th & France Chiropractic * Alexa McDowell * All J’s Tire Center * Anderson Cleaners * Angelic Beauty * Arthur Murray Dance Studio * Artistic Floors and Designs * Bayer’s Do It Best Hardware * Beaujo’s * Bibelot Shops * Breadsmith * Brown & Greene Floral * Buffalo Wild Wings * Burger Jones * Café Maude * Coffee & Tea Ltd. * Curves for Women * Dairy Queen * Dunn Bros. * Edina Grill * Famous Dave’s BBQ * The Fixx Workout Studio * Fulton Beer * Gallery 360 * Il Gatto * Kristine Johansen * Linden Hills Co-op * Linden Hills Florist * The Malt Shop * Mary Nolte * Michelangelo’s Pizza * Moss Envy * Peterson Portraits * Point of Balance Pilates * Salut Bar Americain * Southwest Community Education * Summit Brewery * Sunnyside Gardens * Tiny Acorn Photo Studio * The UPS Store * Uniquely Yours * Wild Rumpus* Zumbro Cafe

Look for your November Fulton Neighborhood News (published in mid-November) for more “thank yous” and visit the Photo Gallery for Festival photos.

For more info about the Festival or how to get involved, e-mail us at community@fultonneighborhood.org or call 612-922-3106.

Categories: Community Engagement, News

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Fulton homeowners can still take advantage of Fulton’s low interest energy efficiency loans. Community Energy Services, a one-stop residential energy program, is helping homes start saving before these upcoming Winter months.  Fulton homeowners are invited to attend a FREE educational workshop:

Thursday, October 7th, 6:30 p.m.
Windom Open School (5821 Wentworth Ave. S.)

Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30 p.m.
Washburn High School (201 W. 49th St.)

Tuesday, November 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Minnehaha Academy South Campus (4200 West River Parkway)

To reserve your spot at a workshop or for more workshop dates contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or arobertson@mncee.org.

Participants of Community Energy Services are eligible to receive a customized home energy visit which includes diagnostic tests as well as installation of energy and money saving materials, energy tracking and feedback and access to specialized rebates.  Up to $400 in services and materials for a co-pay of only $30!

For more information visit www.mnces.org.  For more information about Fulton energy efficiency loans, visit /get-involved/housing-zoning/.

Community Energy Services is a partnership with the Fulton Neighborhood Association, Center for Energy and Environment, City of Minneapolis, CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy with funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Categories: Housing, News

Pershing Park October Update

Fall Programs
Space is still available in some fall programs.  Check online for program availability at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/ or call Pershing Park at 612-370-4928. 

SWAC Winter Sports (Hockey, Wrestling and Basketball) Registration
Winter Sports registration begins the week of October 18 through the “mail-in” system or online at http://www.swac.info/.  “Mail-in” registration forms will be available at Pershing Park.

Winter Park Program Registration
Program registration begins on Monday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. for park programs.  Winter programs will be available on-line for viewing on November 30 at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/.

Upcoming Special Events

  • Pre-School Halloween Party (at Pershing Park) – Friday, October 29, 10-11:30 a.m., FREE.
  • Halloween at the Hills (at Linden Hills Park) – Saturday, October 31, 6-8 p.m., FREE.
Categories: Parks, Things To Do

School Board Candidates Forum October 28

KIAA is sponsoring a School Board Candidates Forum, featuring the four At-Large Candidates seeking the two available At-Large-citywide-elected Director positions on the Minneapolis Board of Education.  This is an opportunity to hear directly from the four people who “made it” through the August Primary Election, and whose names will appear on the November 2 Election Ballot.

The Forum will occur 6 days prior to the Election:

Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Kenwood Park Center, Multipurpose Room

This will be these candidates’ final scheduled forum.  The Minneapolis League of Women Voters is providing the moderator and time-keeper.  All candidates will give an opening and a closing statement; during the forum, all audience questions will be submitted in writing, and all candidates will have an opportunity to respond to all questions. (This is a common format.)

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

SW Community Ed Family Halloween Party, Thurs., Oct. 29

Plan to attend the annual Family Halloween Party on Thurs., Oct. 29 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Southwest High School.  The party is co-sponsored by Southwest Community School, Pershing Park, Linden Hills Park, Lake Harriet Community School, and Linden Hills and Washburn Branch Libraries.  The party is open to all interested families, regardless of where you live.  There will be a $2.00 entry fee per person at the door (up to four people).  Activities include carnival games, a raffle for door prizes, a Moonwalk, magic shows, puppet shows, treats and prizes, and lots of fun things for children ages 1-99! The puppet and magic shows are free and the carnival games are 25 cents each (prizes for everyone every time you play). 

The party will be held at Southwest High School (go to the Abbott side of our building and enter through the N.E. door #17).  All youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  No scary or inappropriate costumes please.  Please bring a food donation to help out the Metro Food Shelf.

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

50th & France Hosts Annual Pumpkin Fest, Sat., Oct. 30

Come enjoy fun kids’ activities including trick-or-treating, balloon artists, horse trolley rides, and pin-the-face-on-the-pumpkin. The Edina High School Mascot, the Hornet, will be here from 11 a.m. to noon. Join our costume parade and contest at 12:30 p.m. by the fountain on W. 50th Street and have a chance to win a prize for best costume!  Pets are welcome too!  Trick-or-treating from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and all other activities from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

Southwest Community Education Fall Trips

Join SW Community Education on one of their 2010-2011 Southwest recreation trips.  These trips are popular, so we encourage you to plan ahead.  Mail your registration form (available online in the Fall 2010 brochure on the Community Education website) and check to:

Southwest Community Ed.
3414 W. 47th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Coordinator: Tom Neiman

Trip #1.  Saturday, October 9, 2010.  Apple ‘n Cheese Trip.  Don’t miss our annual fall harvest trip!  We’ll start out at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market for produce and other interesting bargains. Then, we’ll head to the Bass Lake Cheese Factory in Bass Lake, Wisconsin.  Bass Lake has GREAT-tasting cheese (they produce it using only natural vegetable based processes). They provide all the local area food co-ops with their natural cheeses. After our cheese stop, we’ll head into Stillwater. You can bring a picnic lunch, eat in a local restaurant, or just do some shopping.  After lunch, we’ll make a stop at Aamodt’s Apple Orchards & Winery for you to pick up your favorite apples and apple products.  Finally, we’ll take a stop for shopping and ice cream in Afton, Minnesota – a perfect way to end a wonderful fall day.  Whew!  It’s going to be a busy day, but you can be sure you’ll have some of your favorite fall vegetables & treats to last the whole winter! The coach bus will leave the Chowen Ave. parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and we’ll return there at 5:00 p.m. Cost: Adults $35.00.  The cost covers transportation, coffee & sweet rolls from Wuollet’s.

Trip #2.  Saturday, November 6, 2010.  St. Croix River Ramble Trip.  Enjoy a ramble down the St. Croix valley on a beautiful fall day!  You will be able to visit some of your favorite sights and shops in Minnesota and Wisconsin, because we’ll be cruising along both sides of the St. Croix River.  The trip includes stops at the Red Wing Pottery Outlet Mall, the Lark Toy Shop in Kellogg, Minnesota, the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, the Antique Mall in Wabasha, the Amish and Scandinavian shops in Stockholm, Wisconsin, and more.  We’ll enjoy lunch at the famous Pioneer Supper Club in Wabasha. The coach bus will leave the Chowen Ave. parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and we will return around 6:00 p.m.  Cost:  $50.00.  The cost covers your coach bus transportation, coffee & sweet rolls, and lunch including the tax & tip.

Categories: Things To Do