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Archive for May, 2011

Pershing Park May Update

Summer Program Registration
Registration is now open.  Programs can be viewed online at  On the webpage, select “Active Net Program Registration” under “Quick Links.”  Register online, in person or over the phone.  Please call 612-370-4928 if you have any questions.

Special Olympics
Bocce Ball – Wednesdays, June 22-Aug. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., ages 6 and up, $30.

Community Special Event (Mark Your Calendars)
Pershing “Summer Chill” Ice Cream Social – Wed., June 22, 6-8 p.m., all ages, FREE.  It’s time to “chill” with friends, neighbors and family and enjoy FREE ice cream.  Hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Kids can enjoy the Moon Walk and other fun activities. 

Categories: Parks, Things To Do

The 45th Annual Edina Art Fair June 3-5

Art Fair hours:  Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sunday, June 5 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The official first art fair of the year and the second largest in the State, the Edina Art Fair will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2011. This year’s event will boast 340 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada.  The Edina Art Fair was recently ranked 48th Best Art Fair in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine and #69 in the Top 100 Fine Art Fairs for 2011 by the Art Fair Source Book.

In addition to physical works of art, don’t forget to visit the following:

Food Courts – Enjoy all of your fair food favorites at one of our two food court locations. Edina 5-0 Mall lot on 49½ Street and 50th Street and Ewing Avenue.
Kid’s Art Zone – Located on 50th Street by the fountain, future artists discover their creative talents while having fun. Kids and kids at heart are welcome. Enjoy sand art, face painting and much more!
Foot in the Fair – Showcasing juried artwork made by the talented Edina Public School students in the Edina 5-0 Mall lot on 49½ Street.
M&I Bank Entertainment Stage – Performances for everyone! Kid’s band and puppet show as well cooking demos, fashion and live music; including jazz, swing and Latin performances. Stage located in the Edina 5-0 Mall Lot.

For more information on the Edina Art Fair or to sign up to volunteer please visit

Categories: Arts, Things To Do

Cost Share Grants for Stormwater Management

As property owners make plans for their gardens and landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is kicking off a program that offers grants for projects that protect water resources by stabilizing shorelines and streambanks or utilizing stormwater best management practices (BMPs).

The MCWD’s Cost Share programs help property owners make improvements that prevent runoff.  Eligible projects for Stormwater BMP Cost Share grants include rain gardens, which filter stormwater, and pervious pavement, which allows rain to pass through the material to a drainage system below. 

Who’s Eligible:  Private property owners (residential, non-profit organizations, private schools and businesses, homeowner and lake associations).  Public entities also considered for shoreline or streambank stabilization grants.
Examples of Eligible Practices:  Rain gardens, native plantings, permeable pavers, etc. or using native plants to stabilize shorelines and streambanks.
Cost Share Percentage:  Grants will be issued for up to 50% of project’s cost.
Maximum Grants:  $2,500 cap for residential stormwater BMPs.  $5,000 cap for residential shoreline or streambank stabilization.  No set maximum for other proposals, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and how to apply, contact Aldis Kurmis, MCWD Cost Share Specialist, or 952-641-4523.  For more information about the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, visit

Categories: Environment

Serve on the Linden Hills Co-op Board of Directors

Use your skills and talents to guide the future of the co-op

Did you know that the Linden Hills Co-op is governed by 6,500 of your neighbors?  The co-op is governed by nine Board Directors elected by the active membership, with each director serving a three-year term.  

This fall, there will be three board seats open.  Meetings are held once a month and a delicious dinner from the co-op’s deli is provided.  Board members also receive a quarterly stipend in the form of a co-op gift card.

Learn more on the co-op website.  Members can download an application or pick one up at the customer service desk.   All applications must be received by July 15, 2011.  The Board election will be held at the annual meeting in October.

Categories: Environment, Things To Do

Fabulous Fulton Plant Sale June 3, 4, 5

Whether you’re planning a new landscaping project or just a pot of color for the front steps, we have the plants for you.  Please visit our new location at the corner of 51st & Ewing and make your selections.  Your support will help reforest Fulton neighborhood. 

The Fulton Plant Sale, June 3-5, wouldn’t be possible without your help. 

Here’s how you can contribute:

Donate your plants.  Most perennials, including hosta, benefit from being divided every few years and will appreciate the extra room.  For more information about dividing your plants, visit

Please consider volunteering your time.  Two-hour shifts are available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  The last shift starts at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a great way to meet new people from around the neighborhood, the Twin Cities, the state and the country.  Plant knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.  Hennepin County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

To schedule your volunteer time, donate plants or for more information, contact Mary at 612-922-1591 or

Categories: Environment, Things To Do

Five Tips for a Safer Neighborhood

From Crime Prevention Specialist Amy Lavender

  1. Leave your front lights on from dusk till dawn.
  2. Say “hi” to people in your neighborhood! (Burglars want to go unnoticed.)
  3. Call 911 with any suspicious activity.  Use words like “trespassing, lurking, casing.”
  4. Send an email with your concerns to Amy Lavender Crime Prevention Specialist at
  5. Sign up for the new Fifth Precinct newsletter for updates about upcoming Crime Prevention workshops, safety tips, officer interviews and much more at  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Join Our Quarterly Newsletter.”

If you’d like to sign up for the monthly Fulton Safety Update, enter your email address in the window on the blue side bar of the top page of this website that reads “Email Newsletter” and check “Safety Update.”

Categories: Safety

Corn Gluten Meal: Natural, Organic Weed Control & Fertilizer

Corn Gluten Meal is an organic by-product of the corn milling process.  It interferes with the seed germination process.  It does not kill living plants and adds Nitrogen to your lawn.  Apply corn gluten meal at 20 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft., then water.  Apply twice a year for 3-4 years, in late April to early May and in mid-August.

For more information, search “corn gluten meal” at the U of M Extension web site:

Categories: Environment