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Archive for April, 2011

Fulton Farmers Market Opens Sat., May 21

The excitement centered around the opening day of market has been tremendous. The organization has been busy completing the many tasks for a successful season. We want to thank again all the folks who have volunteered their time to assist with the market.

We have over 20 vendors committed to the market. Vendors include – general and specialty vegetables:  Weed Patch, Waxwing Farm, Uproot Farm, Peter’s Pumpkins, Garden of Egan, Pine Acres Farm, Yer Yang and Savanna Vue.  Fruits and berries:  Mary Dirty Face Farm, Sweetland. Meats and eggs: Alaska Organics, Brauchers and Singing Hills for cheese.  Bakery and prepared foods:  Sunstreet, Patisserie 46, Big River Pizza, Gai Gai Thai, Chef Shack and Public House Coffee.  Jerry Stanton for pickles and canned goods. We will have a variety of plant vendors for the early weeks of the season and craft vendors for your enjoyment.

We expect that the market will develop into the local gathering spot for  neighbors to get to know each other and have a cup of coffee or prepared foods while buying their locally produced vegetables, fruits, cheeses, breads and pastries.

The Fulton Market values your input and thoughts. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@fultonmarketmn) and our website for additional information.  To volunteer at the Market or to help staff the FNA table, e-mail   

When:   Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. from May 21 through end of October

Where:  Lake Harriet Methodist Church Parking lot, 4901 Chowen Ave. S.

Categories: Community Engagement, News, Things To Do

Steve Young Honored by MPRB as Volunteer of the Year

Marc Holtey (left), Steve Young (center) and Nikki Friederich

Congratulations to Steve Young, FNA President, who was honored on April 20 as a Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Volunteer of the Year for 2010.  Steve and nine other recipients were recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 20 at MPRB Headquarters, located at 2117 West River Road. 

Steve Young, Fulton Neighborhood Association board member, wears many hats in the community. Since 2000, Steve has served as a volunteer coach for Pershing/Linden Hills (SWAC) youth soccer. In 2008, Steve began coordinating the Fulton Fall Festival, the park’s largest annual event. Steve and the rest of the festival committee recruit volunteers to assist with serving food, selling tickets, monitoring the silent auction, and supervising children’s activities. In 2010, the event generated money for the Fulton Neighborhood Association, a local food shelf, and Pershing Park. In June 2009, Steve proposed the idea of installing irrigation at Pershing Park atheletic fields and began actively securing funding and collaborative partners for the project. The field improvement and irrigation project is set to begin in July, 2011. “Steve brings leadership, community building, a spirit of volunteerism, responsiveness and creativity to the programs, events and roles he assumes,” said recreation staff member, Marc Holtey. “He has also inspired other community members to volunteer. We have appreciated his ideas, support and feedback over the years.”

In addition to the award, in Steve’s honor Pershing Park will receive $500.  The funds will be used to support the Park’s Youth Gardening program.  We are proud of you, Steve!  Thanks for your commitment to the parks and to the Fulton community.

Categories: News, Parks

Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale June 3-5

Spring is here and the Fulton Neighborhood Plant Sale is not far behind.  Your plants and other garden-related items are needed.   Now is the time your plants start to emerge from the long winter.  It’s a great time to divide them, as it’s easy to see where to dig.  The plants also have plenty of time to adjust to their pots and to look great for the sale.  Check out this article for more information about dividing your plants.

Your donations help raise the needed funds to purchase additional boulevard trees.  We could not have reached the nearly $4,000 in proceeds last year without all of your contributions.

If you’re not able to donate plants, please consider donating your time.  We’d like a 2 hour time commitment, but will take any amount of time you’re able to give.  Please contact Mary Nolte for more information or to volunteer your time at or 612-922-1591.

Categories: Environment, News, Things To Do

Pershing Park April Update

Summer Program Registration

Registration begins on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m.  Check online for program information at  Copies of the program are available at Pershing Park.

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

2011 Minneapolis and Saint Paul Home Tour

Two Fulton Homes on Tour
The free, self-guided tour Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 1-5 p.m., gives homeowners inspiration and ideas on how to improve their homes. Thirty-eight Minneapolis homes will showcase a variety, from new kitchens, baths, and suites to whole-house makeovers, and everything from energy efficiency to additions that blend with the neighborhood. Even some rental properties and historic homes.

Fulton homes on tour: #35 – 4717 Vincent and #36 – 4929 Abbott

On the tour, visitors talk directly with homeowners; and in many cases, their contractors, architects, and other trades people are available. According to a 2010 survey, 39 percent of visitors are checking out neighborhoods and 5 percent are looking to buy. This is an opportunity to show off our neighborhoods. 

To plan your tour, visit or pick up a copy of the Home Tour Guide with maps and descriptions of all the homes at local libraries in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Categories: Housing, News, Things To Do

Co-Recreational Dodgeball Invitational May 14

Join Commissioner Brad Bourn and Superintendent Jayne Miller at the 1st Annual Southwest Neighborhoods Co-Rec Dodgeball Invitational on Saturday, May 14 at Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

Tournament will start at 9:30 a.m.  Guaranteed two-game minimum. 

Round up your competitive neighborhood residents and sign up for an awesome tournament of Adult Co-Rec Dodgeball. The winning team will be presented with a traveling trophy to represent their neighborhood and enjoy a bowling party compliments of Bryant Lake Bowl.

Registration deadline is May 6.  For more information, contact Carmen Wilson at 612-290-8107.  

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

Linden Hills Tennis Courts Project

Trey, a 3rd grader, just had his birthday party. Instead of presents, he asked for donations to rebuild the Linden Hills Tennis Courts.  He raised $125 for the cause.  This is how important tennis is to Minneapolis.

A group of neighbors began a grassroots effort to rebuild the courts and is working with the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) and the Minneapolis Park Board.  Due to budget cuts, the Park Board is unable to fund the project.  The group is applying for grants, but the majority of the $200,000 needed will come from private donations.

The Linden Hills courts are home to SWAC, Southwest High School boys and girls tennis teams, the Park Board tennis programs and ICT.  Every summer ICT reaches 100+ neighborhood kids with its program at Linden Hills park.  This year all tennis programs have been moved to Pershing Park.

The next fundraising event will be a community garage sale held on the tennis courts May 14 during the Linden Hills Festival.  If you wish to donate something to the event please contact the park at 612-370-4913.  It is an easy way to support the courts with a donated item you no longer need.

For up-to-date information on planned events, please visit our website.  To donate please make checks payable to LHiNC and mail to LHiNC, P.O. Box 24049, Minneapolis, MN 55424. Please note “Tennis Courts” in the memo line.

Categories: News, Parks

Guided Walks at Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Join the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis for guided bird walks at Roberts Bird Sanctuary every Saturday between April 23 and May 28. The walks start at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Shelter and last about an hour. They will not take place if it is raining heavily or if there is thunder and/or lightning in the area. The walks are free and open to everyone.  

Categories: Parks, Things To Do