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January 2014 Uptown Neighborhood News

January 2014 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Published by UptownNews
Monthly newspaper for Uptown: Covering CARAG, East Calhoun (ECCO), East Isles (EIRA) and Lowry Hill East (LHENA/Wedge)
Monthly newspaper for Uptown: Covering CARAG, East Calhoun (ECCO), East Isles (EIRA) and Lowry Hill East (LHENA/Wedge)

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Crime & Safety
Film Reviews
ECCO Minutes
Events Calendar
 - Volume 10 - Number 1
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Crisp winter nights, hearty laughter and second helpings of mechanically dispensed pork products showing at Bryant Lake Bowl on Jan. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 (More events on page 11)
Your Community-Supported News Source
and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
 Win Free Movie tickets from Landmark Theaters
(see details on page 11)
Happy “New” Year!
Curtiss A. Reveals Artistic B-Side
 Musician’s art now at the Corner Store
 By Bruce Cochran
If the strength of the creative process manifests itself in the sheer quantity of mediums through which it speaks, then the artist that is able to crystallize the essence of that creative process through a vari-ety of mediums begins to reveal the unconscious energy behind that creativity.Local musician Curt Almsted, known by his stage name as Curtiss A. is primarily recognized for his annual tribute to John Lennon at First Avenue. Curtiss A. mostly plays throughout the Twin Cities with his band, The Jerks of Fate, but also performs with other combinations of bands.After a storied history of musical performance that began in 1969 with his first band Wire, Almsted took time off after a family tragedy and pursued his art. Leveraging the communicative power of visual art he describes his collages as a need “to see stuff that wasn’t togeth-er, together.” His work is vast. Collages placed frame to frame cover a very large gallery wall. Giving further depth to his artistic motivations, Cur-tiss A. clarifies part of his philosophy. “I’m not anti-government, I’m anti-establishment, [...] more interested in questioning authority, [...]
Ward 10 vision highlights transit changes
 By Lyndel Owens
If Ward 10 were to make a few New Year’s resolutions, what would they be and why? Over the past month I’ve popped this question to folks in the neigh-borhood to spur their municipal imaginations. It’s common knowl-edge that the area, with its summer-migration of new graduates, infectious sense of fun, and trendy small businesses, has a lot to offer. In fact, as Ward 10’s newly elected city council member Lisa Bender states, “our whole city is going through a renaissance right now.” So, if on the chilly walk back home from bringing in the New Year
 Lake Calhoun Center to go solar with contest
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) of Commis-sioners passed a resolution that identified seven MPRB sustainable solar energy projects to be completed by 2015 through an Xcel Ener-gy solar grant of more than $969,000.
MoZaic East Approved
Lyn-Lake Brewery First to Test Taproom Ordinance in Uptown
 New brewery brings city code to a head
 By Bruce Cochran
The taproom description written into Minneapolis’ City Ordinance in early 2012 is facing its first real test in Uptown. The Lyn-Lake Brewery, scheduled to open in the long vacated Lyndale Theater building at 2930 Lyndale Ave., will test the economics of the taproom description.The 30 year old 60/40 restaurant code requires businesses to have their receipts total at least 60 percent food and no more than 40 per-
Bender talks 2014 Resolutions
Curtiss A. at First Avenue.This view looking southwest of MoZaic East,
designed by Perkins & Will Architects shows the adjacent Midtown Green-way in the foreground as well as MoZaic Phase I in the background at right.
(Photo illustration courtesy of Perkins & Will Architects)
 Ackerberg Phase II contrasts with bold strokes
What began as just an idea presented to the community in June 2013, quickly gained acceptance because of its engaging architectural lines. On December 2, 2013, MoZaic East won approval from the City’s Plan-ning Commission. The 8-story development is actually a composite of three connected buildings. Retain-ing the Lagoon Theater directly to the south, the project replaces the surface lot at Lagoon and Fremont Avenues. With 40 underground parking spaces and ground floor retail space the office building could generate more daytime traffic to the Uptown core.
This solar shelter is an example of what could become of a Lake Calhoun refectory area for a solar power project contest.
(Photo courtesy of MPRB)
Ward 10’s Council Member Elect Lisa Bender.
City Parks Looking for In-
If the Lyn-Lake Brewery receives the necessary approvals it could open as early as June.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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Uptown Neighborhood News wants to hear from the community
News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of the month to uptownnews@yahoo.com or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409.All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the right to decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address, phone number, e-mail and neighborhood.UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents. UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are open to the public. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to confirm and/or request time on the agenda.
Copyright © 2014 Uptown Neighborhood News 
 Jessica Van Gilder
Art Direction and Production
Bruce Cochran
 Susan Hagler
Jenny Anderson 952.848.0925
Managing Board
Ralph Knox,
 President (ECCO)
Elizabeth Walke,
Treasurer (CARAG)
Anja Curiskis,
Nancy Riestenberg
Pat Rounds
Samantha Strong
Contributing Photographers
 Bruce Cochran, Beth Marsh, Eileen Sabes, Christian Spraungel
Contributing Writers
 Bruce Cochran, Beth Marsh, Dave McIntosh, Lyndel Owens, Wendy Schadewald, Monica Smith, Jessica Van Gilder
Newspaper Circulation
 CARAG/ECCO/Uptown Circulation: Bill Boudreau, Justin Jagoe
for submissions to The Uptown Neighborhood News is 
(email: uptownnews @yahoo.com) 
Divine Liturgy Sunday 9:30 am
Fr. Paul Paris Fr. Thomas Alatzakis
3450 Irving Ave. South (overlooking Lake Calhoun)
www.stmarysgoc.org (612) 825-9595
CARAG Neighborhood
612.823.2520 carag@carag.org 
East Isles Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastisles.org 
ECCO Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastcalhoun.org 
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org
Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 6 bbourn@minneapolisparks.org
Anita Tabb
612.230.6400 ext. 4 atabb@minneapolisparks.org 
Mpls. Public Schools
612.668.0000 answers@mpls.k12.mn.us 
City Councilperson (Ward 10) Lisa BenderMayor Betsy HodgesState Senator (60) D. Scott Dibble
651.296.4191 sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn 
State Representative (61A) Frank Hornstein
651.296.9281 rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn 
State Representative (61B)Paul Thissen
651.296.5375 rep.paul.thissen@house.mn 
Governor Mark Dayton
651.201.3400 mark.dayton@state.mn.us 
U.S. Congressman (5th) Keith Ellison
612.522.1212 www.ellison.house.gov 
U.S. Senator Al Franken
202.224.5641 info@franken.senate.gov 
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
202.224.3244 www.klobuchar.senate.gov 
President Barack Obama
202.456.1111 comments@whitehouse.gov 
610 W. 28th St.Minneapolis MN 55408 612.825.3019 Lyndaleucc.org
Lyndale United Church of Christ
in SpringHouse Ministry Center
(3 churches, 1 building)
Join us Sunday mornings for a powerful experience of community and encountering God’s presence. 
9:15am Education For All Ages 10:30am Worship
Check us out on Twitter @lyndaleuccon Facebook LyndaleUCC or www.LyndaleUCC.org
Sundays: 8:30am Traditional Service 9:15am Sunday School & Youth 9:40am Adult Ed 10:30am Jazz Worship
Christ tended to attract an assorted crowd, too.
Part of SpringHouse Ministry Center 
 IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THESE SELECT LOCATIONSBremer BankBrueggers BagelsBryant Square ParkCheapo RecordsChiang Mai ThaiCommon Roots CafeDunn Bros (Hennepin & 34th) Dunn Bros (Lake & Bryant)Falafel KingFamous Dave’s BBQGigi’s CaféHealth Resource CenterHennepin-Lake LiquorsIsles Bun & CoffeeIt’s Greek to MeJoyce Food ShelfJoyce United Methodist ChurchKowalski’s MarketMagers & QuinnMohn Electric & LightingLagoon TheatreParents AutomotivePizza LuceRainbow FoodsSebastian Joe’s Ice Cream CafeSouthwest Senior CenterSubwaySpyhouse Coffee ShopUptown DinerTea GardenTreetops At CalhounVail PlaceWalker PlaceThe Wedge Co-opYWCA (Uptown)
Nearly 30 businesses and indi-viduals have been identified as nominees for the 2013 Business of Community Awards.Nominations were accepted from the public for Large Busi-ness of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Community Leader of the ayear.All nominees will received rec-ognition at Uptown Talks: An Evening of Community, Cuisine and Conversation on Jan. 28, the Uptown Association’s Annual Event. Tickets for the event can be purchased at uptownassocia-tion.com.Each nominee will be ranked with the following point system, and winners will be presented with a plaque and certificate at Uptown Talks.Small Business Nomi-nees: Bremer Bank, CB2, Central Bank, ChiroCenter Chiro-practic, Davanni’s, Dunn Bro’s Coffee, Eleni’s Tailoring, Joyce
Mary Trondson, left, and Katie Rolstad, right, engaged in the Uptown  Association’s Annual Holiday Mingle.
 A robust crowd turned out for the Bar Louie event in spite of snow and single digit temperatures. More info at uptownassociation.com.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Blended Spirits
UA highlights community-oriented businesses, individuals
Food Shelf, Lucia’s, Magers and Quinn, Midwest Makeup Sup-ply, Origami, Uptown Cleaners, Uptown Dermatology, Landreau Insurance GroupLarge Business Nominees: The Ackerberg Group, Amore Vic-toria, Apple, Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group, Kitchen Window, Sons of NorwayCommunity Leader Nom-inees: Jenna & Alex Victo-ria, Dwight Carlson, Meg Tuthill, Nancy Sjoquist, Paul “Pash” Pashibin, Randy Stanley, Stuart Ackerberg, Tom Stuts-manThe winners are determined by a selection committee comprised of past awardees, a member of a local neighborhood association, and a UA board representative based on the following criteria.
Large Business of the Year
Demonstrated business
growth (ex. Percent change in sales and/or gross profit, grown in employees)
Innovative customer service,
management and/or market-ing practices
• Recognition for excellence in
its industry
Imagination and ability to
remain competitive
Maintains a responsible and
rewarding workplace environ-ment for employees
• Provides support to their com
-munity (financial, or in-kind)
Small Business of the Year
Demonstrated business
growth (ex. Percent change in sales and/or gross profit, grown in employees)
Innovative customer service,
management and/or market-ing practices
• Recognition for excellence in
its industry
Imagination and ability to
remain competitive
Maintains a responsible and
rewarding workplace environ-ment for employees
• Provides support to their com
-munity (financial, or in-kind)
Community Leader
• Proven track record of volun
-teerism within the Uptown community
• Nominee actively participates
on committees that support the Uptown community
• Length of participation (if in
first year, then what exempli-fied the nominee’s volunteer service?)
• Level of commitment (time,
hands-on effort, financial sup-port, in-kind donations)
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Loppet Ski Festival
 Friday, Jan. 31
Time Event
Vendor Village, Registration and Packet Pickup in tent in Loppet Village in the Calhoun Commons 
Finn Sisu Sprint Finals – Loppet Festival Area 
Surly Brewing Beer Garden 
Saturday, Feb. 1
Time Event
Packet pickup for point-to-point classic events (REI Tour, Half- Loppet and Hoigaard’s Classic) at Wirth Park Chalet 
REI Tour Classic 
Half-Loppet Classic 
Hoigaard’s Classic 
Southwest Journal Snow Sculpture Contest in field adjacent to Executive Center and on Executive Center land 
Vendor Village, Registration and Packet Pickup in tent in Loppet Village in the Calhoun Commons Area of Uptown 
Captain Ken’s Kubb Tournament 
Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet 
Surly Brewing Beer Garden 
Ski-O Loppet 
Minnesota Youth Ski League SuperCarnival 
Finals: Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet 
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet & One-Dog National Championship 
Cook County Minne-Loppet 
Rossignol Junior Loppet – Loppet Village 
Park Nicollet Luminary Loppet 
Post-Luminary Party 
Sunday, Feb. 2
Packet pickup at Wirth Park Chalet 
REI Tour Freestyle 
Half-Loppet Freestyle 
Loppet Freestyle waves start 
Surly Brewing Beer Garden, Vendor Village 
MYSL SuperCarnival 
Snowshoe Loppet 
Chuck & Don’s Point-to-Point Skijoring Loppet & Subaru Two-Dog National Championship 
Penn Cycle Fat Tire Loppet 
Awards Ceremony – Big Tent 
Subaru Dogsled Loppet For a complete schedule of events see loppet.org.
City reception honors elected officials
The Minneapolis City Council hosted a public reception in the City Hall Rotunda December 13 honoring the service of Mayor R. T. Rybak and Council Members Diane Hofstede (Ward 3), Don Samuels (Ward 5), Robert Lilligren (Ward 6), Gary Schiff (Ward 9), Meg Tuthill (Ward 10), Sandy Colvin Roy (Ward 12), and Betsy Hodges (Ward 13), who all leave their current elected position at the end of 2013. Council-elect Lisa Bender will become the new City Council Member for Ward 10 starting in 2014.
Council Member Meg Tuthill addresses the crowd in the City Hall Rotunda while Barbara Johnson, (Ward 4), at left, and Mayor R. T. Rybak, at right, look on.
(Photo courtesy of City of Minneapolis)
Tuthill Signs-Off at City Hall
Metro Transit Seeks Input to Shape Service Improvement Plan
 Now through February
Metro Transit is asking for customer and community feedback to help develop a 10- to 15-year plan for expansion of its bus system. When complete, the Service Improvement Plan will guide improvements to Metro Transit’s network of local and express bus service in the years ahead as additional funding becomes available.Through February 2014, Metro Transit is soliciting feedback through a survey posted at www.metrotransit.org/sip. The brief survey is designed to collect data on travel patterns and priorities of travelers, as well as to solicit suggestions for chang-es to bus service. Metro Transit is also partnering with com-munity groups and promoting the Service Improvement Plan throughout the transit system in an effort to maximize input. This feedback will help to inform a draft plan that will be pre-sented to the public next year for additional comment before being finalized.Printed materials about the Service Improvement Plan for group distribution are also available upon request at sip@metrotransit.org.
Align Pilates
3021 Holmes Ave. 612.343.7500 alignpilates.com
Awaken Pilates
2937 Lyndale Ave. 612.824.1722 awakenpilates.com
Barre Bliss
2920 Bryant Ave. 612.817.2866 barrebliss.com
Calhoun Beach Club
2925 Dean Pkwy. 612.925.8300 calhounbeachfitness.com
Core Power Yoga
2930 Emerson Ave. 612.822.9642 corepoweryoga.com
Custom Fitness Uptown
1221 Lake St., #104 612.886.2642 customfitnessuptown.com
Kingfield Crossfit
716 34th St. 612.600.0888 crossfitkingfield.com
LA Fitness
3001 Hennepin Ave. 612.392.0395 lafitness.com
Kingfield Crossfit recommends trying clubs to find the one that’s right. Open now at 716 34th Street, this newest addition to the Uptown Fitness list is dedicated to providing dynamic workouts that teach proper mobility, increase strength and empower each participant. Crossfit is a specific “brand” of fitness that combines Olympic lifting, gymnastics, plyometrics and power-based intervals. More information at crossfitkingfield.com.If exercise is part of your new year’s goals, and you’d like to sample what’s out there, the UNN has com-piled a list of local fitness clubs below:
Kingfield Crossfit moved into 716 34th St. previously occupied by the alternative cycling apparel store Twin Six.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)
One More Fitness Option in Uptown
 Kingfield Crossfit joins busy Uptown fitness scene
LifePower Uptown
2901 Hennepin Ave. 612.822.0600 lifepoweryoga.com
The Movement Minneapolis
2100B Lyndale Ave. 763.210.2191 movementminneapolis.com
One Yoga
721 26th St. 612.872.6347 one-yoga.org
The Shed: Fitness Studio
2800 Lyndale Ave. 612.720.2121 theshedfitness.com
TwinTown CrossFit
723 26th St. 612.208.1490 twintowncrossfit.com
UpZone Nutrition
1406 Lake St. 763.242.0847
X2 Fitness: A Place for Women
 2538 Hennepin Ave. 612.787.2551 x2fitnessmpls.com
YWCA Uptown
2808 Hennepin Ave. 612.874.7131 ywcampls.org

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