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Fulton Festival Volunteers Needed – Sign Up Today

Fulton's Fall Festival is fast approaching.  The big day is Saturday, September 11, 2010,  from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pershing Park.

All volunteers will receive 6 free tickets to spend at the festival. 

Volunteer shifts include:

  • 9-11 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Festival activities
  • 1 p.m.-3 p.m. – Festival activities
  • 3 -4:30 p.m. – Clean up

Festival activities include: 

  • Information table/sign in
  • Ticket sales
  • Silent auction
  • Serving food
  • Supervising inflatable jumpers (Children's Activities)
  • Supervising pony rides
  • Supervising petting zoo
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Trash disposal (compost/recycling/trash)
  • Art Swap

Please contact Courtney to volunteer for a shift at   Please include this information:

  1. Name,
  2. Cell phone number,
  3. E-mail address,
  4. Shift time preference,
  5. Activity you would like to sign up for — whether it is set up, clean up or one of the Festival activities listed above.

Thanks so much for your help!  We couldn't do it without you.  If you have questions, call Rhea at 612-922-3106.

Categories: Community Engagement, Things To Do

AFS Seeking Host Families, Volunteers

AFS is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,400 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. Last year, 13 of those students came directly to the Minneapolis area, and AFS is always looking for more host families!

AFS-USA has opportunities to host, be a liaison, and volunteer. If you are interested or know someone who would make a great host family, please pass this information on and visit the AFS website or call 800-876-2377.

Categories: Community Engagement

Ensuring Community Representation in City Hall

Every ten years the City of Minneapolis redraws its voting lines to reflect population shifts within the city. The last round of redistricting in 2001 left many voters feeling disenfranchised because the process was used by political parties to draw the districts to their political advantage, without respecting community lines. 

This fall, there will be question on the ballot in Minneapolis to remove political parties from the redistricting process. This Charter Amendment is being supported by Common Cause Minnesota and the League of Women Voters, Minnesota. This change will let voters take back the process from party insiders and instill a more transparent redistricting process. 

If approved by voters, the amendment will call for the Charter Commission to appoint an advisory group to develop the new ward boundaries. This group should reflect the geographic and ethnic diversity of the city. The Charter Commission is the best body to handle the redistricting process because its members are appointed at-large by a non-partisan district judge. This is the best way to remove the political parties and their special interests from the process.

To find out more information on this effort call 612-605-7978 or visit

Categories: Community Engagement

National Night Out Free Street Closure Deadline Extended to July 21

 The NNO committee of the Minneapolis Police Department has extended the deadline for free street closure permit applications to July 21 for National Night Out events. Beginning July 22 there will be a $100 fee for closing your street–there will be no exceptions, and no street-closure permits will be allowed after July 30.

The city asks that you register your event, even if you are not blocking your street. It is easy to do online or by calling 311 or 612-673-3000.  

NNO packets will be mailed beginning next week. If you register online and do not receive your packet by July 29, call 612-673-3082.

Categories: Community Engagement, Safety

OverExposure Photography Exhibit

OverExposure is proud to present 40 x 5 a photography exhibition of 40 Twin Cities neighborhoods created during 2009/2010 for the final phase of its three-year documentary project, "What's New?"  The exhibition includes images from Fulton neighborhood.

EXHIBITION DATES:  June 30, 2010 – July 28, 2010
WHERE:  Intermedia Arts
              2822 Lyndale Avenue South
              Minneapolis, MN.  55408
ARTIST RECEPTION: 7/24/10  7-10 p.m.
EXHIBITION HOURS: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                           Saturday: 12-5 p.m.
 For more information, visit

Categories: Arts, Things To Do

Pershing Park July Update

Children's Program Highlights – Friday Field Trips.  Space is still available in some of the July and August programs. Visit for specifics or pick up a summer program at Pershing. 

Summer Guides – Available at Pershing Park or at  The guide contains an overview of: facilities, a park system map, things to do and see, an event calendar, music, movies and eats and special offers.

Community Special Event (Mark Your Calendars) 
Outdoor Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey – Tues., Aug. 18, 8:30 -10:30 p.m.  All ages, FREE.
Check out a citywide listing of Outdoor Movies, Concerts at Lake Harriet and other venues at

SWAC Fall Sports Registration – Begins the week of July 12 for soccer and volleyball.  Register online or download a mail-in form at or pick up a mail-in form at Pershing Park or Linden Hills Park.

Fall Program Registration – Begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 9.  Programs can be viewed at starting Aug. 1.  Register online, in person or over the phone at 612-370-4928.

School Year Recreation Plus Registration Is Now Open!  Rec+ is a safe, fun, friendly and affordable before- and after-school childcare for children grades K-6.  Kids can enjoy games, sports, art, get homework help, play outdoors, go on field trips, get exercise, gain social skills and HAVE FUN!  The program runs from Sept. 2010-June 2011.  Fees are as follows:  Before School:  $150/month; After School:  $181/month. 

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

At Large School Board Candidates: Who will speak for you?

The Board of Education for Minneapolis Public Schools is elected by the community to bring their voice to the table around educational policy.  Nine candidates are seeking two at-large seats.  The primary on August 19th will narrow the field to four.  Plan to attend the pre-primary at-large candidate forum to hear the candidates and decide who would best represent you.

Wednesday July 21 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.  – Q & A ; 8:30-9:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet
Ramsey Fine Arts School – 1 West 49th Street (enter door #1 on West 50th Street)

Learn more about the candidates:

Categories: Things To Do

B.L.E.N.D. Award Deadline July 30

The 2010 B.L.E.N.D. Award is proudly sponsored by the following neighborhoods:  Armatage, East Harriet Farmstead, Fulton, Kingfield, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, and Windom.

The participating neighborhood associations and councils are issuing a call for submissions for the 2010 B.L.E.N.D. Award, which recognizes builders, architects, designers and property owners whose projects respect existing neighborhood design aesthetics. We have also included landscape projects as a submission category this year and are looking forward to having submissions in that category. Projects involving commercial buildings are also eligible for submission.  Eligible projects include new buildings, renovation or additions to existing buildings, and landscape projects that have been completed since July 1, 2005; projects must be located within the boundaries of the participating Southwest neighborhoods. A jury of design professionals and neighborhood residents will select projects to be awarded. Recipients of the 2010 B.L.E.N.D. Award will be announced the week of Aug. 16, 2010.

There has been a change to the date and location of the awards presentation:  The awards will be presented during the Fulton Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting, Wed., Oct. 13, at  7 p.m., Pershing Park, 3523 West 48th Street.

If you have a remodel, addition, new home, or landscape project completed within the last five years and your project is located in a Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood, please consider submitting this year.  For more information, visit the B.L.E.N.D. Award website at or contact Phil Rader at

Submission deadline is Fri., July 30, 2010, at 5:00 p.m.

Categories: Housing, Zoning

Ladies’ Night Out – Thurs., July 29, 4-9 p.m.

Call your friends and join us for the 7th Ladies Night Out Event on Thursday, July 29 from 4-9 p.m. Your experience begins by picking up your exclusive ladies night out signature pink bag, at the outdoor water fountain on 50th Street or in front of Arthur Murray Dance Studio on France Ave., inviting you to over 45 participating stores. The first 100 people to pick up their pink bag will get a free exclusive 50th and France umbrella! While you explore the stores, you will find yourself spoiled with treats and refreshments, brow and make-up consultations, amazing discounts, giveaways, gift card drawings from over 20 stores and much more!  Listen to a delightful jazz performance by Gypsy Mania from 5-8 pm. 50th & France is the ultimate shopping experience and will indulge all of your senses. 50th and France offers free parking in the three on-site parking ramps!

Ladies Night Out will kick off the start to Crazy Days. Save 25-50% and sometimes even more on some items, see you at the sidewalk sale at 50th & France in Edina July 30 to August 1.

Categories: Things To Do

Fulton Plant Sale A Smashing Success

The total sales for the 2010 Fulton Plant Sale came to $4,002, topping the 2009 all-time record high by $634.  The Fulton Environment Committee wishes to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all those involved in making it so successful. These funds could not have been raised without all the volunteer hours, the donations and the folks that came even in the rain to purchase plants.

The funds raised will go a long way towards reforesting Fulton neighborhood. Considering the fact that the city of Minneapolis does not have enough money to replace all of the trees lost due to disease, neglect, damage and old age, this is a great way to help keep Fulton Green.

If you wish to donate to the Fulton tree fund, there is still time.  You may make your tax deductible check payable to "Friends of Fulton" indicating "tree fund" and mail it to:

Fulton Neighborhood Association
Attn: Rhea Sullivan
3523 W. 48th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Plant Sale Tip:  Save your plastic plant containers from year to year to refill for plant sale donations or you can recycle them at Home Depot. Next year's plant sale: June 3-5, 2011.

Categories: Community Engagement, Environment