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“you had Me At goodbye”

Crime & Safety ...................................... 4
CARAG News ............................................... 8
Film Reviews................................................ 9
ECCO News ................................................ 10
Business ........................................................ 11
Events Calendar .....................................12
ApriL 2011 • Volume 7, Number 4
< Fire Starter (Photo by Bethany Heemeyer)
The inaugural Winter Wonder Blast fundraiser at Calhoun
Beach Club on March 4 raised money for Special Olympics.
(See upcoming April events on page 12.)
Your Community-Supported News Source • Covering the Uptown AreA and the Neighborhoods of CARAG and ECCO
EARTH DAY 4. 2 2 . 1 1
U P T O WN - MI N N E A P O L I S - MN
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climate change 2011
Global Perspective + Local Roots = A “Solutions Revolution”
By Sarah Sponheim
Alec Neal, a 26-year-old artist and activist living
in West Calhoun, has what it takes to tackle cli-
mate change: vision, focus, endurance, youth and
hope. An art major and soccer player
while a student at University of
Wisconsin-Madison, Alec says
his life changed course dra-
matically when he and
his partner, Katherine
Ball, attended the 2009
United Nations (UN)
Climate Change
Conference in
Copenhagen, Den-
mark, where they
participated in Kli-
maforum09. Unlike
the exclusive UN
Conference, Klima-
forum09 was open to
everyone who wanted to
attend. Alec and Katherine
returned to the United States
with a valuable “international
vision” of climate change issues and
a passionate resolve to address them. They
began making plans immediately to attend the
2010 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun,
The couple envisioned a cross-
country trip from Portland,
Oregon, where they were
living at the time, to Wash-
ington, D.C. Along the way,
they would film a documen-
tary about “local communi-
ties’ solutions to the climate
crisis.” It was Katherine’s idea
to bicycle, even though neither
she nor Alec had long-distance
bicycling experience.
Alec and Katherine embarked
on their journey from Port-
land on August 17, 2010. Over the course of three
months and over 3,000 miles, they conducted over
sixty interviews with “grass roots to grass tops,” a
wide range of climate change activists
in all but one of the states Alec
and Katherine passed
through. Many of
the solutions
they discov-
ered are documented on the trip’s website (www.
solutionsrevolution.org). Projects ranged from a
wind farm on the coast of Washington state, built
by the nonprofit Coastal Community
Action Program to benefit local
residents in need, to promising
work at Montana State Uni-
versity by professor Gary
Strobel with a fungus
capable of produc-
ing a type of biofuel
called “mycodiesel,”
to a presentation of
the city of Chicago’s
aggressive Climate
Action Plan by the
City’s Commissioner
of the Department of
the Environment, to
a farm in downtown
Detroit created to enrich
the lives of students at the
Catherine Ferguson Acad-
emy for pregnant teens.
As they crossed the country, Alec and
Katherine accrued a small entourage. Malkolm
Boothroyd, an 18-year-old Canadian from White-
horse, Yukon, biked from Anchorage, Alaska to
join Alec and Katherine in
Glacier Park, Montana. Paul
Thompson, a teacher and cli-
mate change activist from
Edina, came on in Minneapo-
lis as support crew and driver
of a Toyota Prius “sagwagon.”
Don “Peace Rider” Ross, a
peace activist from Fairbanks,
Alaska, joined up in Chicago.
Reaching Washington, D.C.
in November 2010, the cli-
mate change activists entered
a political atmosphere where
the issue of climate change was
overshadowed by the recent midterm elections
that ushered a Republican majority into the House
of Representatives, and by the failure of the still-
seated Democratically-ruled Congress
to pass the American Clean
Energy and Security
Act (Waxman-
Markey Bill).
You are here
springfest returns
Joyce Food Shelf Fundraiser is April 10
The third annual fundraiser for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf will fea-
ture a regular or vegetarian old-fashioned “church hot dish” dinner with
fancy desserts from area restaurants, music, entertainment and a special
visit from antiques appraiser Mark Thompson. The fee for the first item
appraised is $5 and each additional item is $3. You need not purchase a
meal ticket to have items appraised.
The event will be held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church at 35th
and Irving Avenue from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Adult meals are $15 and
children under 12 are FREE. For tickets, information or to volunteer,
contact Becky at the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf at joyce@visi.com or
This event is sponsored by the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf Board, St. Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church and the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO).
Amore Victoria is proposing a rooftop deck to the right of the billboard. (Photo by BruceCochran)
“through interviews
conducted in many
politicians’ offices,
Alec ‘found his
voice and learned
how to speak up.’”
By Bruce Cochran
seasonal roof deck at Amore victoria
The restaurant at 1601 Lake Street has applied for an expansion of prem-
ises for an expanding seating area and rooftop deck. They will also need
to expand their kitchen and add an elevator to access the deck. Maximum
rouNdup page 5
page 7
“You Had Me At Goodbye,” oil on linen, 108” x 60”, 2010 by Robert McCann.
By Bruce Cochran
Soo Visual Arts Center at 2638 Lyndale Avenue presents “You Had Me
at Goodbye: Work by Robert McCann.” If Picasso was able to create a
variety of visual perspectives all crammed into one painting and call it
Cubism, then McCann is adapting Cubism to his own needs. The Michi-
goodBye page 3
proposals update
Ordinances and proposals affecting Uptown

Uptown neighborhood news www.carag.org APRIL 2011
CARAG Neighborhood
East Isles Neighborhood
ECCO Neighborhood
Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood
Minneapolis Information
Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn
612.230.6443 ext. 4
Bob Fine
612.230.6443 ext. 6
Mpls. Public Schools
City Councilperson (10)
Meg Tuthill
Mayor R.T. Rybak
State Representative (60A)
Marion Greene
State Representative (60B)
Frank Hornstein
State Senator (60)
D. Scott Dibble
Governor Mark Dayton
U.S. Congressman (5th)
Keith Ellison
U.S. Senator
Al Franken
U.S. Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Barack Obama
Uptown neighborhood news
Uptown Neighborhood News 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 Ave. S. and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th St. W. Extra copies are
distributed to businesses in the Uptown area, along Lake Street, and Lyndale and Hennepin
Aves. Circulation is 5,200, with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribu-
tion is before the first of every month.
Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to resi-
dents. Articles, letters to the editor and story ideas are welcomed and encouraged. The editor
reserves the right to edit for length, clarity, relevance to the area or other reasons. Editorial
and advertising guidelines are available. Please contact the editor:
News, tips & letters to the editor
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Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG)
AssistANt editor
Bruce Cochran (CARAG)
Art directioN & productioN
Bruce Cochran
Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780
MANAgiNg BoArd
Appointed/Elected Representatives:
Ralph Knox, President (ECCO)
Virgil McDill, Vice Chair (CARAG)
Elizabeth Walke, Treasurer (CARAG)

Linda Todd, Secretary (ECCO)
Ruth Cain (ECCO)
Samantha Strong (CARAG)
coNtriButiNg photogrAphers
Bruce Cochran, Bethany Heemeyer
coNtriButiNg writers
Bruce Cochran, Julie Cohen,
John Darlington, Lara Norkus-Crampton,
Frank Hornstein, Katherine St. Martin,
Wendy Schadewald, Sarah Sponheim,
Phyllis Stenerson, Meg Tuthill, Nancy Ward
NewspAper circulAtioN
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sees fit. But we will see fit to publish most things.
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uptown Neighborhood
News Board Meetings
Uptown Neighborhood News
is managed by a board of local
citizens. The ECCO Board
and the CARAG Board each
appoint three representatives.
Uptown residents are urged
to participate in their commu-
nity newspaper by submitting
news items, writing letters to
the editor and/or attending
Board meetings.
UNN Managing Board meet-
ings are open to the public.
Anyone is invited to observe
and a time for public com-
ments will be scheduled.
Meetings are held at St. Mary’s
Greek Orthodox Church, 3450
Irving Avenue South.
Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. and held the first Mon-
day of the month, unless oth-
erwise scheduled.
Sundays AND Easter, too
8:30am Traditional Worship
10:30am Jazz Worship
7pm Maundy Thursday
7pm Good Friday
English Lutheran Church
Now worshiping
at Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale So.
The March UNN incor-
rectly stated the last name of
LHENA Vice President as
Mark Lescher. His correct
last name is Greenwald.
2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
Lyndale Church Back On Lyndale Avenue
125 years ago Lyndale Church started on the
Wedge (NW) corner of Lake and Lyndale.
We’re back.
We are sharing space with Intermedia Arts
(and Salem Church) at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.
Come check us out.
9:15 a.m. Christian education for all
10:30 a.m. Worship in either the Intermedia
Arts theater or gallery
No matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you’re welcome here.
this earth day, Act to stop hennepin
county’s garbage Burner expansion
By Lara Norkus-Crampton and Frank Hornstein
On Earth Day, we are reminded to
“think globally and act locally.”
One of the most important and
immediate local issues this Earth
Day season is Hennepin County’s
plan to expand garbage burning
at the downtown incinerator. The
proposal to burn up to 20% more
waste comes despite viable recy-
cling and composting alternatives.
Hennepin County has done little
to increase recycling rates since the
burner began operations. In fact,
Hennepin recycles as much waste
as it did shortly after the burner
opened in 1989. About half of
what is burned consists of news-
paper, cardboard, office paper and
food waste. Most of these items can
be recycled or composted.
Incineration emits harmful dioxin
and heavy metals into the air, such
as lead and mercury. The garbage
burner also contributes to global
warming with its greenhouse gas
emissions. Hennepin County casts
the incinerator as an “alterna-
tive to landfilling,” yet a quarter
of the garbage delivered to the
incinerator winds up as toxic ash
which is buried in Dakota County
and Wisconsin. The combustion
process concentrates heavy metals
in the ash making ash landfilling
expensive and environmentally
challenging. The incinerator’s elec-
tricity generation is minimal with
far more energy and environmen-
tal benefits accruing from com-
posting and recycling waste, rather
than burning it.
The best waste management plan is
a more aggressive effort to recycle
and compost the over 500 tons of
paper, cardboard, food waste and
plastics that are burned every day
downtown. A recent state study
indicated that a 75% recycling and
composting rate is attainable by
2025 and constitutes an important
local strategy to address climate
change and save energy.
Instead of expanding the garbage
incinerator, the county should build
on successful curbside compost-
ing programs pioneered by several
Minneapolis neighborhoods. Resi-
dents can now separate food waste
and non recyclable paper products
for collection. The city and county
also need to develop and imple-
ment policies to significantly ramp
up business and multi-unit build-
ing recycling rates.
State law requires that the city of
Minneapolis must approve a con-
ditional use permit for Hennepin
County’s burner expansion pro-
posal. The City Council may dis-
cuss this issue later in the spring or
During the first Earth Day in
1970, recycling was not a wide-
spread practice. Forty-one years
later, curbside recycling and com-
posting programs are popular,
walker library update
The Walker Library Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met
on March 1 to hear an update on the pre-design activities for the new
Walker Library. VJAA architects Jennifer Yoos and Eric West talked
about the potential to reuse parts of the existing building and building
size, scale and orientation. A single level library with a two-story pres-
ence will meet the objectives outlined by the CAC including flexible,
welcoming spaces that are fully accessible to all visitors. A parking study
includes underground spaces to accommodate library customers and
staff. The architects reviewed sustainability strategies including use of
recycled, local, renewable and sustainable materials; additional insula-
tion; high quality glazing systems; advanced lighting controls and day-
light harvesting. Discussions are underway with the Minneapolis Park
and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Planning Department con-
cerning building site and access issues.
For further information contact Lois Lenroot-Ernt, Capital Projects
Office, Hennepin County Library,
llenroot@hclib.org, 952.847.8555
BurNer page 7
APRIL 2011 www.carag.org Uptown neighborhood news

deAdliNe for
submissions to
The Uptown
Neighborhood News
is April 15
(email: uptownnews
Tax Preparation
Jack D. Manders, CPA
1900 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
greene is planted
Legislator placed on Legacy Amendment
Division for cultivating environment
By Phyllis Stenerson
In her first term in the
Minnesota State Legisla-
ture, Marion Greene was
assigned to a committee
with significant impact
on the environment
– The Legacy Amend-
ment Division. Greene
represents District 60A
that includes the north
end of the Uptown area
in the Minnesota State
Legislature and was
elected in 2010.
“I’m delighted to be
on the Legacy Fund
Committee as I support
strongly our vote in 2008
to invest in our land,
water, parks, history and arts legacies,” said Greene, “In fact, it strikes
me as such a fantastically Minnesota thing to do! Because the Fund is
only in its third year, this is a chance to shape the philosophy behind how
the money is spent and to make sure that the funding supplements, and
doesn’t supplant, our state’s on-going investment in these areas.
Minnesota voters approved a proposed Clean Water, Land and Legacy
Vail Place, at 1412 West 36th Street, celebrated 30 years at their Annual Meet-
ing at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church on March 15. Dr. Barbara Andres, an expert
in leadership and organizational issues in the nonprofit sector was the keynote
speaker. The mission of Vail Place is to transform the lives of people with mental ill-
ness through recovery-oriented community support services that empower them to
achieve self-sufficiency. More info available at www.vailplace.org (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Celebrating Health
update on rules For outdoor dining Areas
By Council Member Meg Tuthill
I have proposed several changes to
the ordinance on outdoor dining
areas (Title 14 Ch. 360.100). The
proposed changes are an effort to
put balance back into our commu-
Last May I brought together area
restaurant/bar owners, residents
and city staff to discuss late night
issues in the Uptown area. Efforts
to address the issues last summer
were unsuccessful. There is quite
a bit of misinformation floating
around about the proposed chang-
es. I am NOT suggesting banning
outdoor patios or serving drinks
outdoors. Heaven knows this is
one of my favorite things about
The proposed ordinance changes
would more clearly define outdoor
customer capacity; require out-
door amplified music be turned
off after 10 p.m.; post information
requesting that patrons be respect-
ful of neighbors when leaving
and include a phone number for
a manager; provide licensing and
communities with better tools to
monitor outdoor areas so they do
not negatively affect the surround-
ing communities; and address
safety issues resulting from over
occupancy. The changes would not
shut down outdoor patios; prevent
liquor from being served outdoors;
affect special events or apply to
Keep in mind these were the
original proposals. The draft of
the proposed changes has been
sent back to staff for revisions. I
expect the revised draft to be ready
by the end of March. Businesses
already define indoor capacity in
their business plan. The ordinance
change will simply clarify capaci-
ties between indoor and outdoor
areas. Outdoor areas include both
patio and rooftop seating.
One of the questions I’ve been
asked is, “Why isn’t the noise
problem addressed by the noise
ordinance already on the books?”
What city staff found last summer
is that because of the aggregate
noise level and the close proxim-
ity to one another it is impossible
to determine a noise level for one
I’ve received comments stating
this is a generational issue. It’s not.
People of every age - including
under 30 - have said they are not
asking for quiet 24/7, just the abil-
ity to sleep at night. Uptown did
not always rock and roll past 2 a.m.
Not too long ago many restaurants
revisiting Beach rules
By Bruce Cochran
After a very long winter it may be encouraging to know there are some
proposed changes for city beaches in the works. In an effort to “enhance
enjoyment” at city beaches, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
(MPRB) is reviewing current beach operations including rules for guard-
ed and unguarded beaches.
Information and final plans will be presented to the MPRB at the April
6 meeting for floating swimming docks with the hope of having them in
place this summer. The docks will be purchased from a budgeted capital
expense, two of which will be at Thomas Beach on Lake Calhoun and
Lake Harriet North Beach.
Bruce Cochran is Assistant Editor, Art Director and in charge of Production
for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.
gan based artist creates oil paint-
ings that are at once haunting and
disturbing while simultaneously
alienating and lonely.
By placing random sociological
and pedestrian events in juxtapo-
sitions across sprawling canvasses,
McCann is able to co-opt Picasso’s
technique to create a form of Con-
textual Cubism.
The Opening Reception is Satur-
day, April 9, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
and the show runs through May
22. More information at www.
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Uptown neighborhood news www.carag.org APRIL 2011
crime & safety
“burglary of dwelling” includes
garages, attached or unattached.
chelsea Adams, Crime prevention specialist
612.673.2819 or Chelsea.Adams@ci.minneapolis.mn.us
5th precinct: sectors 1&2: (Uptown)
crimes By location February 19 - March 21
Mon - Fri 6:30am-3pm
sat. & sun. 7am-2pm
36th St & Bryant ave S • 612-825-3718
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Lyn-Lake Barbershop
Jayson Dallmann - Propietor
3019 Lyndale Avenue South
Hours: Tues - Fri. 11am-7pm | Sat. 9am-4:30pm | (Afterhours by Appointment)
Josh Dibley and Shaun Laden, Uptown residents, coached the Pershing Park
basketball team to the MYAS Rec State Championships in the 6th Grade Divi-
sion, winning second place. Pictured are the coaches and a few of the players.
A Spirited Team
closed at 11 p.m. and Minneapolis’
universal bar close time was 1 a.m.
Currently in the ordinance are sev-
eral provisions that are not chang-
ing. Prohibiting serving beverages
in an original glass container after
11:00 p.m. on a patio, businesses
picking up trash around their
establishment and the ability of
the City Council to impose limits
on businesses are currently in the
A February 9 industry meeting on
the changes was attended by about
a dozen people. Most were down-
town business owners or man-
agers. I also recently met with a
group of Uptown Restaurant/Bar
owners and managers to discuss
the proposed changes. When the
revised draft is complete there will
be another industry meeting. As
outdoor dining areas proliferate
across the city, let’s make sure the
tools are in place to maintain a bal-
ance between vibrant businesses
and healthy communities.
Meg Tuthill represents Ward 10 on
the Minneapolis City Council.
city Monitors landlords
New site for substandard rental properties
The City of Minneapolis has launched a website aimed at sending a mes-
sage to rental property owners who don’t follow rental licensing stan-
dards. The new site posts the names of property owners who have had
their rental licenses revoked, properties condemned or demolished and
those who have been ruled ineligible to hold a rental license for five
For information on how Minneapolis is holding property owners account-
able for how they maintain their properties, visit www.ci.minneapolis.
officers of the year
On April 19 Uptown Beat Officers Adam Chard and Robert Illetschko
will be awarded “2010 Officers of the Year” Awards for the Fifth Precinct
for the for their outstanding police work in the Uptown Area.
Because beat officers are not part of the 911 response team they are able
to focus on one geographic area by walking, biking and the use of squad
cars to respond to local requests by businesses and residents
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Bastille day Kid’s parade
under discussion
Barbette is working on plans for it’s Bastille Day Block Party on Sunday,
July 17 at Lake Street and Irving Avenue. Although the annual event
includes kids activities, this year Kim Bartmann, owner of Barbette wants
to organize a kid’s parade that would begin at Triangle Park and march
south down Irving Avenue toward Lake Street to the event site. Irving
would be blocked off between Triangle Park and Lake Street for up to
one hour for the parade. Complicating the plan is that Triangle Park is
scheduled for renovation this summer and those dates have not been set.
Her request was made to the East Isles Residents Association (EIRA)
on March 1. The board was generally supportive of the idea of an event
and invited Bartmann to return to the board in May with more details.
At the Uptown Association’s monthly Monday Night Mingle at Aura was (left to
right), Bethany Barankovich of Barankovich Massage Therapy, Brad Albertson,
ECCO resident and Alison Anderson, Store Manager at Columbia Sportwear.
More information at www.uptownassociation.com (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
That “Monday Night Aura”
deck capacity will be 124 people.
Any music will be allowed as long
it is not live. Their six off street
parking spaces as required by their
current business model will not
change. In addition the restaurant
currently shares 27 spaces with the
neighboring salon next door which
closes at 4 p.m. When the UNN
went to press there was a neigh-
borhood meeting to gather public
opinion scheduled for March 23 at
Bryant Square Park.
Mobile Food carts
The city is considering
expanding the Mobile Food
Vending ordinance to areas
outside of the Downtown
Improvement District. In
January Council Mem-
ber Meg Tuthill’s office
requested feedback from
the Tenth Ward about the
possibility of food carts in
Uptown. Her office has
received more comments in sup-
port of mobile food vending than
opposed. She supports expanding
mobile food vendors in Uptown
but will wait to see a final draft of
the ordinance before commenting.
sampling tobacco
at golden leaf
In the fall of 2010 the Minneapolis
Regulatory, Energy and Environ-
ment Committee asked the City
Council to approve an amendment
to the Minneapolis Code of Ordi-
nances relating to Licenses and
Business Regulations involving
Tobacco Dealers. The proposed
amendment included a new pro-
vision that would have prohibited
indoor use of tobacco samples in
tobacco shops. If it had passed,
Minneapolis tobacco shops like
Golden Leaf Tobacco at 3032 Hen-
nepin Avenue would no longer
have been able to allow sampling
of tobacco products in their store.
(See UNN story December 2010).
Comments were sought from the
industry shortly after and the pro-
posal is still under review at this
dance Floor at uptown
Uptown Cafeteria submitted a
request for an Entertainment
Class upgrade from Class E to B
to allow for customer dancing.
But by mid-March that request
was withdrawn. If it had been
approved, the side room off the bar
on the northeast corner of the res-
taurant would have been allowed
to host dancing with amplified
music. That portion of the restau-
rant faces an empty lot, Cowboy
Slims and Stella’s Fish Cafe. With
that upgrade the restaurant would
also have been allowed to have live
music and open windows dur-
ing any of their approved operat-
ing hours. During the application
and approval process the City had
hoped to negotiate closed windows
during any amplified music event.
Parasole Restaurant Holdings said
the request was only for sock hops
and special events. When asked
why the request was withdrawn,
Randy Stanley, Divisional Vice
President for Parasole, said that
“although there was neighbor-
hood concern, that was not the
determining factor. We found the
CARAG Neighborhood receptive
but concerned about the idea, and
also interested in some conditions
but willing to work with us.” The
idea is also being considered for
potentially “another direction” or
“another time.”
off-sale liquor stores
A proposal authored by Coun-
cil Member Meg Tuthill to limit
the distance required between
a church or school and a liquor
store has passed. The new law
now requires liquor
stores to be at least
300 feet from their
property line to the
property line of the
church or school. It
replaces the law that
only required that
distance from door
to door. In Uptown
that means that a
proposal to put a
liquor store at 26th
and Hennepin across the street
from Jefferson Elementary will
not be allowed. (See UNN story
March 2011).
Bar crowd Noise in uptown
In March the UNN reported on
this package proposal authored by
Council Member Tuthill on res-
taurant and bar owners outside
of downtown. (See UNN story
March 2011). Some of the proposal
key points included:
• Outdoor occupancy limited by the
amount of seats available
• All outdoor amplified music must
be turned off by 10 p.m.
• Only outdoor tables could be
served. Patrons would not be
allowed to be served at an outdoor
• Businesses must clean up trash
after the closing of the bar within
100 feet of the establishment.
Since then the proposal has been
returned to city staff for industry
and community input and presen-
tation for a later date.
NAR’s sustainable property designation
rouNdup from 1
parking restrictions thaw
Three month ban officially over
On March 21 Minneapolis lifted the Winter Parking Restrictions that
went into effect on December 17, 2010. Limiting parking to one side of
most neighborhood streets created more reliable access for emergency
responses. Parking is now permitted on both sides of streets, unless oth-
erwise posted. Signs limiting parking to one side of some Snow Emer-
gency routes will soon be removed, however drivers should continue to
follow those posted signs as long as they are in place.
The view from Stella’s penthouse dining deck looking down on
their bar deck with Cowboy Slim’s to the left and Uptown Cafeteria
to the right (out of view.) (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Tickets available at the food shelf or call 612.825.4431
Benefiting Joyce
Uptown food Shelf
Sun., April 10, 4-8
St. Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church
(35th & Irving Ave. S.)
Hot dish meal
with music and
entertainment for
all ages. $15, children
12 and under FREE.
2 0 1 1
“Trash or
Mark Thompson
First item $5,
second item $3,
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Now you have a clinic as welcoming as the neighborhood.
2810 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis 612-545-9000 whittierclinic.org
and easy scheduling, plus walk-in, same-day and after-hours care.
We accept all major insurance plans and, like our neighborhood, we
welcome everyone. Visit us at whittierclinic.org or call 612-545-9000.
Please stop by our beautiful new clinic. We’d love to see you.
Room for everyone.
Welcome to your new home for health care, with services and specialties
that cover Whittier like a hug: family medicine and pediatrics, orthopaedics,
physical therapy, cardiology, prenatal care, whatever your family needs.
We’re at 28th and Nicollet, right in the heart of Eat Street, with convenient hours
The 65 Phase 1 Nice Ride stations, which include Uptown and eight north Minne-
apolis stations installs, started on March 28. The Minneapolis bike rental system is
expected to be operational again this year by April 7. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Nice Ride Rollout
earth day celebration
Aims to Move you
Sunday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
how, And where, does
your garden grow?
by Nancy Ward
Snow may still cover the soil in places, but gardens are already grow-
ing strongly!
Urban agriculture is happening across America, from rooftops in
Manhattan to cooling Los Angeles with “green wall” plantings. Here
in the Heartland, the growing impulse is creating major BUZZ.
Gardeners, being the creative types, are seeing possibility in new
ways, in small spaces. Backyard gardens have jumped the boundaries
into front yards. Patios and apartment terraces sprout pots of flow-
ers and tomatoes. Greens slip into lightly shaded spots between other
plants, and stay cool longer into the summer. Sunny boulevards of
grass become a bountiful harvest. Neighbors plant together, sharing
the work and the pickings. They plant fruit trees of different kinds
and trade fruits. More variety, more pleasure. If they can do it, so can
The Twin Cities are home to an amazing number of resources. Here
are a few: Gardening Matters (www.gardeningmatters.org) offers
classes to support the development and vitality of community gardens.
They also host a list serve where you can get your questions answered
and find a huge number of generous folks to share this greening good
work. Gardening Matters is partnering with Homegrown Minneapo-
lis, a city initiative, and a wide range of other groups to start an excit-
ing new program this year. This is helping to expand and strengthen
the gardening communities in three low income neighborhoods in
Metro Blooms (www.metroblooms.org) offers classes on rain gar-
dens and ways to catch and use natural moisture. The Permaculture
Research Institute (www.pricoldclimate.org) offers a variety of ways
to learn about and apply an approach based on natural systems. Class-
es by the Food Preservation Network (foodpreservationnetwork.net)
help with next steps. Official city policies are in the works to support
the development of local food production. Check out the Urban Agri-
culture Plan on the City’s Zoning Department site. Look for addi-
tional city land being offered for gardens. And talk to your neighbors.
You just don’t know what could grow out of a spring conversation!
Nancy Ward lives in ECCO and is President of the ECCO neighborhood
Amendment in the 2008 election.
This initiative created the Outdoor
Heritage Fund to restore, protect,
and enhance wetlands, prairies,
forests, and habitat for game, fish,
and wildlife; a Clean Water Fund
to protect, enhance, and restore
water quality in lakes, rivers,
streams, and groundwater; a Parks
and Trails Fund to support parks
and trails of regional or statewide
significance; and Arts and Cul-
tural Heritage Fund for arts, arts
education and arts access, and to
preserve Minnesota’s history and
cultural heritage.
Other committee assignments
include State Government Finance
and Government Operations and
Elections. The latter includes the
Metropolitan Sports Commission
so it would handle Vikings stadi-
um bills. Marion says no bills have
been introduced.
Not confined to her Committee
Assignments, Marion can work
on any issue she chooses. She
introduced the “Age 3 to Grade
3” legislative proposal for a pilot
program to assure that the learn-
ing gap is eliminated by the end
of third grade and that children
begin kindergarten with literacy
readiness. An innovative feature is
that schools collaborate with pre-
kindergarten providers to assure
focused teaching and continuity
for students as well as provide spe-
cialized training for teachers.
guest speaker from Transit for
Livable Communities; bike safety;
and information on local garden-
ing and cooperative food buying
plus prize drawings. Outside there
will be bike maintenance tips and
tire pressure checks for bikes and
autos with air if needed.
First Universalist Church is at
3400 Dupont Avenue, www.Firs-
tUniv.org. Contact Roberta Avi-
dor at roberta.avidor@gmail.com
or phone 612.827.0545.
The Earth Day celebration at First
Universalist Church is Sunday,
April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. The theme is transportation
and how our choices affect the
community and the world. How
can you and your family reduce
your carbon footprint when it
comes to moving around? Bike,
hoof, bus and carpool!
Attractions will include interactive
exhibit from Metro Transit show-
ing how to put a bike on a bus; a
Marion is married to Bart Cannon
and has two stepdaughters. She is
taking a leave of absence during
the legislative session from her
job as a health policy analyst for
St. Jude Medical. She can be con-
tacted at Representative Marion
Greene, 331 State Office Building,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Boulevard, St Paul, MN 55155,
651.296.0171, rep.marion.greene@
greeNe from 3
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Now you have a clinic as welcoming as the neighborhood.
2810 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis 612-545-9000 whittierclinic.org
and easy scheduling, plus walk-in, same-day and after-hours care.
We accept all major insurance plans and, like our neighborhood, we
welcome everyone. Visit us at whittierclinic.org or call 612-545-9000.
Please stop by our beautiful new clinic. We’d love to see you.
Room for everyone.
Welcome to your new home for health care, with services and specialties
that cover Whittier like a hug: family medicine and pediatrics, orthopaedics,
physical therapy, cardiology, prenatal care, whatever your family needs.
We’re at 28th and Nicollet, right in the heart of Eat Street, with convenient hours
Interviewing politicians or staffers from twenty Congressional offices,
Alec and his crew lobbied for concrete and timely efforts to address their
environmental concerns. Alec describes the experience as “disheartening
but empowering.” Disheartening because he observed a situation where
“neither side of Congress was taking the initiative” to introduce or sup-
port comprehensive climate change legislation. Empowering because
through interviews conducted in many politicians’ offices, Alec “found
his voice and learned how to speak up.”
The last leg of the journey comprised travel to Cancun by bus and plane.
There, Alec and Katherine again participated in Klimaforum10. Along
with Paul Thompson they also served as delegates to the UN Confer-
ence, representing the Will Steger Foundation of Minnesota.
Alec feels the talks in Cancun were less organized than the ones in
Copenhagen. Meeting locations were geographically dispersed which
prevented the type of massive civic assemblies that focused international
attention on Copenhagen. The absence of mass protests at Cancun, says
Alec, may have “lessened the pressure on the UN talks” and conveyed
the “detrimental message” that “the climate change movement is becom-
ing more fragmented.” He identifies another shortcoming of the UN
talks as the mandate that any binding resolution must be unanimously
endorsed by all participating nations. Although the Cancun talks failed
to produce the leadership and progress necessary to mitigate climate
change in the near term, Alec notes that these talks represent the only
truly global effort underway. It’s crucial that this effort be sustained as it
will be at this year’s talks in Durban, South Africa.
Back home in Minneapolis, Alec is maintaining a local focus. He’s work-
ing for his family’s business, Heartland Inc., and inspiring others by
speaking about his journey with Paul Thompson. Alec is looking for
help to produce the documentary while trying to blend his artistic cre-
ativity with a passionate desire to avert the climate crisis. (See Alec’s art-
work at www.alecneal.com).
Sarah Sponheim lives with her family in ECCO.
Derek Traxler, owner of PC Doodle at 2655 Hennepin holds a self contained
electric wheel and solar panel. The store now installs these Golden Motor
Technology wheels onto your existing bike for power assisted pedalling.
One wheel or two may be installed for more torque. Users plug in the battery
at home overnight into a standard electric socket. The optional solar panel,
installed at home has the potential to create a zero carbon footprint by offering
100%-solar battery charging. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
A Solar
earth day clean up in ecco
Help clean up what may be buried under all the snow
earth day clean up in cArAg
By Julie Cohen
Help us keep our Uptown neighborhoods clean and green! Join your CARAG neighbors for the 17th
Annual Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Bryant Square
Park, 3101 Bryant Avenue. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board will supply trash bags and a limited
supply of gloves (bring your own gloves if you have them). Local CARAG businesses will donate coffee and
breakfast. You provide the planetary T.L.C (tender loving care). No pre-registration required. For more
information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org.
Julie Cohen lives in CARAG.
restaurants get greener
The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), the Lake Street Council,
Energy Smart, and the Food Service Energy Leadership Program are
providing a free equipment upgrade that will save restaurants hundreds
of dollars a year - at no cost. Restaurants including Lucia’s, Las Mojarras,
Fuji-Ya and many other favorites have already signed on. More infor-
mation at http://bit.ly/prsvrelease311 or contact Michelle Vigen, CERTs
Campaign and Metrics Coordinator, 612.626.0455, vigen010@umn.edu
cost-effective and create jobs. They
can and must be the centerpiece of
a sustainable waste management
strategy for Hennepin County and
Lara Norkus Crampton is a Regis-
tered Nurse and resident of East Cal-
houn. Frank Hornstein represents
the Uptown neighborhoods of East
Calhoun and CARAG in the Minne-
apolis House of Representatives
lake calhoun clean up
Saturday, April 16
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Meet at the Tin Fish
3000 East Calhoun Parkway
No pre-registration is required.
Bring your own work glove. Trash
bags and directions will be pro-
vided. Volunteers needed to staff
the registration table on Saturday,
April 16 between 9:30 a.m. and
noon. Please contact Monica
Smith at 612.821.0131 or nrp@
eastcalhoun.org to help.
cliMAte from 1
BurNer from 2

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the UpTowN
Neighborhood News
is Now AvAilABle At these
select locAtioNs
Bremer Bank
Brueggers Bagels
Bryant square park
cheapo records
chiang Mai thai
common roots cafe
dunn Bros
(hennepin & 34th)
dunn Bros
(lake & Bryant)
Falafel King
Famous dave’s BBQ
gigi’s café
health resource center
it’s greek to Me
Joyce Food shelf
Joyce united
Methodist church
Kowalski’s Market
Magers & Quinn Booksellers
parents Automotive
pizza luce
rainbow Foods
sebastian Joe’s
ice cream cafe
southwest senior center
spyhouse coffee shop
uptown diner
uptown theatre
urban Bean
tea garden
treetops At calhoun
vail place
walker library
walker place
ywcA (uptown)
Calhoun Area Residents Action Group CARAG report

Lake St.
36th St.


The CARAG Board
meets the third
Tuesday of each
month, 7 p.m.
at Bryant Park
Community Center,
31st and Bryant.
All CARAG residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.
CARAG neighbors enjoyed chili, learned about upcoming events and won door
prizes at the Annual CARAG Chilly Chili Fest on February 27 at Bryant Square Park.
(Photo by Bethany Heemeyer)
Chili Chilly
Calhoun Area Residents Action
Group (CARAG), Monthly
Neighborhood Meeting Minutes,
March 15, 2011. DRAFT: Subject
to approval at the April 19, 2011
CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded
and submitted by John Darlington.
Board of Directors Attending:
Diana Boegemann, Chair, Carol
Bouska, Julie Cohen, John Darling-
ton, Zack Farley, Jason Lord, Will
O’Keefe, Samantha Strong, Scott
Engel, Executive Coordinator of
Meeting called to order at 7:08 p.m.
by Diana Boegemann.
Meeting Agenda
Minutes from February
Reviewed and approved.
Bryant square park update:
John outlaw
(CSA Team Leader and District
Coordinator), reported for Julie
Sandin on the following spring 2011
• Spring Field Trips
• Earth Day Clean Up, April 16,
9:30 a.m. at Bryant Square Park
• Families Around the World
• Youth Baseball
• Spring Break activities for youth
will include pizza making, foos-
ball tournament, crafts, Wii
games, movies, dodge ball, cookie
making and floor hockey.
• All Minneapolis Park and Recre-
ation Board information can be
found on the MPRB ActiveNet
site beginning the first week of
• Registration for Summer pro-
grams begins on Saturday, April
16, at 9 a.m. at Bryant Square
ward 10 council Member
Meg tuthill: staff member
leslie Foreman
• Presented 2010 budget review in
• Distributed postcards for contact-
ing Senate District 60 legislators
regarding pension relief for the
• Commented on potholes and
instructed to call 311 for immedi-
ate attention.
• Plant a $25 tree in your yard.
Beginning March 14, the city is
offering 1,500 six to eight foot
trees on a first-come-first-served
• Uptown Cafeteria withdrew
application for upgraded liquor
license. Many comments were
received by community members,
but most not in favor.
• Outdoor Patio Ordinance has
been sent back to City staff for
• Applications for Board and Com-
mission vacancies will be reviewed
beginning Monday, April 4. Visit
the City’s website to review the
vacancies or contact the City
Clerk at 612.673.3358 with ques-
• Cam Gordon is working on ordi-
nance to require recycling at all
public properties. Updates at
future neighborhood meetings.
• Amore Victoria has applied for
an upgraded license which would
expand its capacity to 124 diners,
including expanded rooftop din-
ing. A public hearing is scheduled
for March 23, 2011, from 6 to 7
p.m. at Bryant Square Park.
Nrp phase two Kick-off:
carol Bouska
Neighbors participated in break-out
groups, brainstorming tasks, goals,
approximate timelines, responsibili-
ties and over-all scope of the work
for these NRP Phase 2 programs:
• Crime and Safety
• Housing
• Transportation
• Community Building and Beauti-
• Economic Development
• Seniors
treasurer’s report:
samantha strong
• CARAG account balances and
register reports were distrib-
uted; CARAG has a balance
of: $21,749.80 in cash and asset
• Uptown Neighborhood News
(UNN) also solvent and doing
“very, very well.” (Elizabeth
• Motion: (Samantha) to extend cur-
rent lease agreement with Volun-
teers of America for an additional
year at $210 per month. Carried.
• CARAG’s Community Partici-
pation Program application was
approved; $34,000 will be allo-
cated over time for office and staff
uptown Market update:
shaun laden
Shaun presented for board action
three documents around strengthen-
ing status and operation of Uptown
• Memo Of Understanding. There
was consensus around changing
language to require only one liai-
son appointed by CARAG. The
amended MOU was voted on and
• Committee Procedures document
was voted on and Carried.
• Accounting Procedures document
was voted on and Carried.
• Megan Gamble was hired as a
contract Development Coordina-
tor through May to fundraise for
the market.
Announcements: diana
• “Open Streets” program (five mile
corridor with no motor vehicles
for a day) was presented by Colin
Harris of the East Harriet Neigh-
borhood. “Open Streets” will take
place on Sunday, June 12, from 10-
2 p.m. on Lyndale Avenue from
Franklin Avenue to 42nd Street.
“Open Streets” is becoming popu-
lar nation-wide and overseas and
lends itself to family participation
and an overall sense of neighbor-
liness in participating communi-
• Matt Perry from East Har-
riet Neighborhood Community
Engagement Committee solicited
volunteers for an election process
exploratory group which seeks
upgraded inclusiveness around
gender, ethnicity and diversity in
general. The meeting will take
place on April 16 from 9 to 12.
Check the EHNA website for
• Julie Cohen announced that Bry-
ant Square Park will serve as a
clean up site for the Minneapolis
Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday,
April 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Volunteers are needed to clean
up Bryant Square Park, CARAG
and surrounding Uptown neigh-
borhoods, and the Greenway.
Diane adjourned the meeting at
8:56 p.m.
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• Council Member
Meg Tuthill
• Zoning & Development
• And More!
CARAG Earth Day
Clean Up
Saturday, April 16
Bryant Square Park
Rec Center
Join your CARAG neighbors for
the 17th Annual Minneapolis
Earth Day Clean Up. Trash bags
and a limited supply of gloves
will be provided (bring your own
gloves if you have them).
• Coffee & breakfast provided
by local CARAG businesses
• No pre-registration required
For more information, visit
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7pm
Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
CARAG Super Sale
The Neighborhood Garage Sale
Saturday, May 21, 8am-4pm
• Only $10 to Register
• Metro-Wide Advertising
• Sale Yard Sign
• Maps Listing 50+ Sales
Registration Form
Sale Location: Front Back Side Inside Bryant Square Park (Circle)
Refreshments: Yes No (Circle)
Describe Your Sale Items (40 letters or less):
Fee: $10 (Checks payable to CARAG)
Deadline: 6pm, Wednesday, May 18
Send/Deliver Registration to: Rick Pritchett 3236 Colfax Ave S
More Info: 822.3330 or www.carag.org
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George of “The Monkey Kings” band entertains passersby outside Calhoun
Square on a balmy 40 degree day in March. Playing guitar and singing since he was
15, his specialty is Rastafarian music. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
Monkey Business
shop And walk to wellness day
Uptown Minneapolis will host a day of shopping, dining and wellness education on Saturday, April 9 from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. to encourage everyone to take steps towards living healthier lifestyles.
Nearly 30 Uptown retailers, salons and restaurants are offering specials ranging from free appetizers and deep-
ly discounted merchandise to drawings for door prizes. Participation is free and open to the public. Uptown
Association is partnering with the American Heart Association and window displays have been designed by
students from the University of Minnesota.
The first 200 participants to check in at Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Avenue, will receive complimentary
gift bags and pedometers, as well as a complete listing of specials and a map highlighting each of the participat-
ing businesses. The map will outline a variety of walking routes, ranging from easy to advanced, that will allow
shoppers to take advantage of the best discounts while burning off the most calories according to their desired
activity level.
For a schedule of events, maps and complete listing of participating businesses and discounts go to www.
uptownminneapolis.com. For information contact Megan Orr, Uptown Association Assistant Director,
612.823.4581 or megan@uptownminneapolis.com
10th ward News
From Council Member Meg Tuthill
Contact Meg at 612.673.2210, meg.tuthill@ci.minneapolis.mn.us, Office
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit us at www.ci.minneapolis.
short redhead reel reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look,
1=Forget it) www.shortredheadreelreviews.com
“Black death” (r) (2.5)
[Strong brutal violence, and some
language.] — A violent, bloody,
action-packed 2010 film in which
a novice British monk (Eddie
Redmayne) with ulterior motives
to find the woman (Kimberley
Nixon) he loves leaves his monas-
tery in 1348 against the advice of
the concerned abbot (David War-
ner) to escort the bishop’s envoy
(Sean Bean) and his ruthless band
of mercenary soldiers (Johnny
Harris, John Lynch, Andy Nyman,
Emun Elliott, Tygo Gernandt,
Jamie Ballard, et al.) to an isolated
village beyond the great marsh in
the hopes of finding a heretical
necromancer witch (Carice van
Houten) practicing black magic
and her pagan followers (Tim
McInnerny) during the bubonic
plague in England.
“the conspirator” (pg-13) (2)
[Some violent content.] [Opens
4/15] — A factually fascinating,
albeit slow-paced, dry, disappoint-
ing, star-studded (Tom Wilkinson,
Kevin Kline, Danny Huston, Evan
Rachel Wood, Colm Meaney, Jus-
tin Long, Alexis Bledel, Shea
Whigham, et al.), Robert Redford
historical drama in which tena-
cious, 28-year-old Union Army
Captain Frederick Aiken (James
McAvoy) is reluctantly assigned to
defend with all of the cards stacked
against him surprisingly unsympa-
thetic, widowed boardinghouse
owner Mary Surratt (Robin Wright
Penn) after she is put on trial with
flimsy, circumstantial evidence for
conspiracy with other Confederate
sympathizers (Stephen Root, John
Michael Weatherly, Jeremy Tuttle,
Norman Reedus, Jonathan Groff,
et al.) to assassinate President
Abraham Lincoln, Vice President
Andrew Johnson (Dennis Clark),
and the secretary of state after
actor John Wilkes Booth (Toby
Kebbell) pulled the trigger at the
Ford Theater in April 1865.
“heartbeats” (Nr) (2.5)
[Subtitled] — Inevitable heart-
break, rivalry, and jealousy ensue
in this low-key, quirky, 95-minute,
French-Canadian film in which
two longtime friends (Monica
Chokru and Niels Schneider) in
Montreal vie for the affections of a
hunky blonde (Xavier Dolan) they
meet one night at dinner.
“Jane eyre” (pg-13) (3.5)
[Some thematic elements, includ-
ing a nude image and brief violent
content.] — Striking cinematog-
raphy dominates this touching,
heartbreaking, moor-dotted, well-
acted film based on the 1847 Char-
lotte Brontë romantic classic in
which an orphaned, strong-willed
English girl (Amelia Clarkson) is
rejected by her wealthy, neglectful,
cruel aunt (Sally Hawkins); sur-
vives an education at a school run
by an abusive, strict staff (Simon
McBurney, et al.); overcomes her
tragic, dark past when she is hired
by a longtime housekeeper (Dame
Judy Dench) to be the governess
(Mia Wasikowska) for the French-
speaking ward (Romy Settbon
Moore) of a wealthy, secretive,
handsome cynic (Michael Fass-
bender); and subsequently, is
befriended by a kindhearted mis-
sionary (Jamie Bell) and his two
sisters (Holliday Grainger and
Tamzin Merchant) during the
“the lincoln lawyer” (r) (3.5)
[Some violence, sexual content and
language.] — An attention-grab-
bing, well-written, well-paced,
twist-filled, star-studded (Josh
Lucas, Marisa Tomei, Michael
Peña, Trace Adkins, Pell James,
Shea Whigham, Bob Gunton, and
Bryan Cranston) film in which a
clever, smooth-talking, sleazebag
lawyer (Matthew McConaughey),
who works with an investiga-
tor (William H. Macy) and a bail
bondsman (John Leguizamo), is
hired by a wealthy real estate agent
(Frances Fisher) to defend her
spoiled, cocky son (Ryan Phillippe)
in Beverly Hills when he is arrest-
ed for brutally beating and raping
a prostitute (Margarita Levieva) in
Beverly Hills.
©1986 through 2010 by Wendy
Schadewald. The preceding films were
reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who
has been a Twin Cities film critic since
1986. To see more of her film reviews
see www.shortredheadreelreviews.com
trees available
The City of Minneapolis is offering
1,500 six to eight foot trees for only
$25 to residents, businesses and
nonprofits. Trees are first come,
first served and sell out every year.
Limit one tree per property owner.
Trees may be picked up on May 21
to May 23. For more information
on trees and how to order yours,
go to www.treetrust.org or call
Bike project updates
The City is in the process of deter-
mining the low bidder for the Bry-
ant Bike Boulevard and the First
and Blaisdell bike lane projects.
The construction schedule will be
determined once the contractor is
on board.
Assistance with
energy bills
Low income residents who need
assistance paying their gas or elec-
tric bill or making their home more
energy efficient may be eligible for
help. Community Action of Min-
neapolis is accepting applications
for energy assistance. Funding is
limited and available first-come,
first-served. For more information
including detailed income guide-
lines, call 612.335.5837 or visit
property tax refunds
Homeowners may be eligible for a
property tax refund from the State
depending on income levels and
the size of their property tax bill.
For more information on property
tax refunds and to find out if you
qualify, visit taxes.state.mn.us/
potholes on roads
Road crews are making temporary
patches during the winter months
on potholes caused by seasonal
freeze-and-thaw cycles. To report
a pothole for repairs, drivers can
call 311, Monday through Friday,
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East Calhoun Community Organization
ECCO report
ECCO meets the
first Thursday
of each month,
7 p.m. at St.
Mary’s Greek
Orthodox Church,
34th & Irving. All
ECCO residents
are welcome and
urged to attend.

Lake St.
36th St.


Tooned In
Lake Calhoun Clean Up
Saturday, April 16
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Meet at the Tin Fish
3000 East Calhoun Parkway
Join your East Calhoun neighbors in
helping keep Minneapolis a beautiful
place to live and play!
No pre-registration is required.
Bring your own work glove. Trash bags
and directions will be provided.
The Minneapolis Earth Day Watershed Clean Up
is a collaborative effort between volunteers, the
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and City of
Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling. For more
information: www.minneapolisearthday.com.
Minneapolis Recycle Run
5K Fun Run and Kids Half Mile
Sunday, April 17
9:00 a.m.
Lake Harriet Band Shell
Burn some energy on a 5K walk or run
around Lake Harriet. There is also a half
mile run for kids! Proceeds from the
Minneapolis Recycle Run help support
the Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up.
Details and registration information is
available at:
earth day
Contact Monica Smith
at 612-821-0131 or
nrp@eastcalhoun.org for
questions about the
Lake Calhoun Clean Up.
Join us for our next
ECCO Board and
Neighborhood Meeting
Visit our Facebook page: East Calhoun
Community Organization
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by sending
a request to nrp@eastcalhoun.org.
All are welcome
Thursday, April 7
7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Avenue South
Agenda includes:
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Anita Tabb
Ward 10 City Council Member Meg Tuthill
Amore Victoria presents plans for rooftop dining
The ECCO Board invites you to bring your ideas
for the neighborhood!
ECCO Meeting Minutes for Janu-
ary 3, 2011. (East Calhoun Neigh-
borhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes
recorded and submitted by Katherine
St. Martin.
Board members: Nancy Ward
(President), Sarah Sponheim (Vice
President), Katherine St. Martin
(Secretary), Tim Norkus-Crampton,
Heather Wulfsberg, Kaitryne Dur-
ham, Blake Harper, Linda Todd,
Jim Smith, Monica Smith (NRP),
Meg Tuthill (City Council Repre-
sentative), Nick Kakos (NRP Policy
Board), Tim Springer (Midtown
Greenway Coalition), Becky Spence
(Joyce Uptown Food Shelf)
Minutes from February 3rd
Becky Spence opened the com-
munity forum discussion with the
announcement that Joyce Uptown
Food Shelf annual Hot Dish Potluck
fundraiser with an additional theme
this year of “Trash or Treasure?”
antiques appraising event on Sun-
day, April 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 pm at
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.
She requested that the ECCO board
consider continuing to sponsor the
annual event with a donation. The
Board unanimously moved to dis-
cuss the potential of sponsoring the
Joyce Food Shelf.
Board members asked Becky to give
some details on the scope of opera-
tions at Joyce. The food shelf (started
in 1969) supports a huge area of resi-
dents from 31st Street in the North
to Fremont Street in the South
between France Street in the West to
35W on the Eastern boundary and
feeds approximately 40 families per
day. The food shelf receives food in
bulk at 12 cents a pound and distrib-
utes this food for free to struggling
residents. There are five paid part-
time employees and the rest of the
operation is conducted through vol-
unteers. They are planning on 250 to
300 people at the annual fundraiser.
The Board made the decision to vote
on this sponsorship issue during the
charity sponsorship agenda item at
the end of the meeting.
Nancy read a letter to the Board
from a person who committed a
non-violent street crime within
the neighborhood and completed
their community service through
the Restorative Community Action
Justice Group. This letter was par-
ticularly moving because it was not a
required part of the community ser-
vice, but rather an unsolicited for-
mal apology to the community for
disrespecting our home. The Board
sincerely appreciated the sentiment.
Tim Springer, representing the Mid-
town Greenway Coalition, asked the
Board to endorse a Greenway Coali-
tion proposal to include the Green-
way in the design concept for the
new Walker Library.
Background Situation- The Walker
Library construction project was
approved as a Hennepin County
project to bring the Library out
from underground and redesign
a new building. This project has
an assigned Community Advi-
sory Committee currently creat-
ing design proposals to present for
approval. The Midtown Greenway
Coalition would like the design for
the Library to incorporate the Park
Board owned land (a section of the
Mall) between the Greenway and
the Library into the overall Library
design proposal.
The Midtown Greenway Coalition
needs to show support and inter-
est in the concept of expanding the
scope of the Library design to incor-
porate this parkland by petitioning
the local neighborhood community
groups. The Greenway Coalition
is always interested in creating a
planned connection between the
Greenway and surrounding public
spaces. They also feel that this nexus
of public spaces should create a gath-
ering space at the Greenway level in
order to support a future train sta-
tion at the Hennepin transportation
The Board unanimously moved to
endorse the Greenway Coalition’s
petition to incorporate the Green-
way into the Library design discus-
sion at the Community Advisory
Committee’s level.
Meg tuthill (city council
There are three crews constantly
working on fixing potholes on any
City streets. If you see a pothole that
needs attention, please call 311.
There is a public hearing to gather
public opinion regarding Amore
Victoria’s request for an expansion to
include a rooftop dining area. Amore
Victoria’s expansion will include
construction of an elevator to access
a rooftop dining area, and a kitchen
expansion at 1601 Lake Street West.
If approved they intend to have a
seasonal rooftop dining area which
will have a maximum capacity for
124 people. Meg is opposed to this
expansion for two reasons:
The business currently has six off
street parking spaces as required
by the City of Minneapolis zon-
ing requirements. This will not
change because the seasonal seat-
ing on the roof does not require off
street parking. She felt that it was
irresponsible to add 124 seats to the
restaurant capacity while maintain-
ing only six off street parking spaces;
the residents of Uptown would feel
increased parking stress on their
neighborhood streets.
Meg also stressed that while a
vibrant business community should
be encouraged in Uptown, there
must be a balance between this busi-
ness community and the neighbor-
hoods. She expressed concern for
the neighboring apartment build-
ing and single-family homes within
The ECCO neighborhood sponsored “Meet at the Movies” at the Suburban
World Theatre at 3022 Hennepin Ave. on March 13. Kids ate free and watched vin-
tage cartoons at this pancake breakfast. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)
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On February 28 Owner Andrea Altamirano opened Candela at 2827 ½ Hennepin
Ave. to sell affordable handbags, accessories and art.
Cars-R-Coffins (CRC) coffee shop
closed after five years at 3346 Lyndale
Ave. For his legacy, owner Tom Everson
hoped he had “created a comfortable
space for cyclists and the community
where they could hang out, have coffee
and read eclectic literature.” Bull Run
Coffee replaces CRC coffee shop on
April 1. Coffee and tea, as well as retail
whole bean bags will be offered. “We’re
offering a premier coffee experience
not found in may places in the Twin Cit-
ies,” said Brent Ringate, co-owner.
Nancy gave a summary of her dili-
gent research over the past month
into the funding inequities existent
between neighborhoods when the
City seized control of all NRP funds
and froze a large amount of the
funding. Linda prompted some clar-
ifying discussion regarding whether
or not there was a direct correlation
between neighborhood foreclosure
rates and NRP funding and the
Board came to consensus that while
the foreclosure rates are certainly
indicative of the neighborhoods in
the most need and NRP funding
does include rehabilitative programs
for foreclosed-on homes, the fund-
ing itself cannot prevent foreclosure.
Nancy’s main point was that these
neighborhoods in the greatest need
saw the most funding freeze and
that the City had no legal right to
seize control of this State allocated
The Board unanimously moved to
write a supporting statement for
pursuing legislation to protect the
original NRP allocations:
Be it resolved that the ECCO neigh-
borhood association supports the
efforts of the NRP Chair and the
NRP Director to develop and pur-
sue passage of legislation that will
preserve and protect all NRP funds
that have been appropriated to NRP
in accordance with state statutes and
present City ordinances for now and
in the future and urges them to take
all steps necessary to secure passage
of any such legislation.
Monica announced that the City
approved ECCO’s application for
the 2011 proposed budget and appli-
cation for the City’s $18,000 allocated
to ECCO based on the NCR neigh-
borhood funds. However, the chari-
table funding section of the budget
was removed because it did not fit
the operational and staffing defini-
tion that the funds were tagged for.
Monica proposed using the ECCO
internal budget for these charitable
donations as discussed during the
February meeting.
The Board unanimously moved to
support a charitable donation of $500
The owners of Double Danger Comics
at 818 Lake St. have closed their store
to revamp and reopen as Puff n’ Stuff
Gifts and Novelty on May 1. They will
carry retro, weird and unusual gifts.
to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf.
Social Committee
Monica announced the “Meet at the
Movies” Social event for the ECCO
neighborhood. The social event
will center around the Suburban
World Theater’s showing of vintage
cartoons from 10 a.m. to noon on
Sunday March 13. A free pancake
breakfast will be provided to ECCO
kids under the age of 12 and break-
fast will be available for purchase for
Zoning Committee
The main topic for the zoning
committee was Amore Victoria’s
Cynthia Rae, a retail clothing store
at 2817 Hennepin opened on March
1 and features local designer work by
Rae. Her motto is “fun, funky and highly
proposed expansion. The commit-
tee emphasized that this is the first
attempt to put an rooftop dining
in ECCO and the Board proposed
that committee member, Jim, draw
up a draft statement and send to
the group for consensus before the
March 23rd public opinion meeting
so that ECCO’s concerns regarding
the late night sound so close to resi-
dential homes and lack of parking
are adequately presented.
Meeting adjourned.
Next ECCO Meeting will be held on
April 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. inside St. Mary’s
Greek Orthodox Church.
earshot and bedroom eye level of the
proposed outdoor seating. There are
also some zoning concerns regard-
ing expansion over other busi-
nesses for the City to consider. Meg
encouraged residents of all opinions
to attend the City’s Public Hear-
ing March 23, at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at
Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant
Avenue. As always, you can contact
Meg’s office at 612.673.2210 or meg.
committee reports
Safety Committee
Meg contributed the sad fact that
residents of Uptown have had their
car windows broken in order to use
the garage door opener to break in
and steal from resident’s garages.
Please be aware of this trend and
keep your garage door opener hid-
den if you are parking outside.
NRP Committee and Agenda
Discussion Item of NRP funding
freeze by City of Minneapolis
Nancy began this discussion by
soliciting a Board member to repre-
sent ECCO at the April 16 NCEC
meeting. The purpose of the City-
wide all-neighborhood meeting
is to review recommendations for
uniform selection procedures to pro-
mote diversity on the commission
and to adopt coordinated election
process improvements. Linda Todd
volunteered to attend this meeting.
New Business turnover
Viva Brazil opens this Spring at 913 W. Lake St. to replace outgoing Favor Cafe.
Eyeswear Optical Shop opens April
15 at 904 ½ Lake St.
(All photos by Bruce Cochran)
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The UNN is
Giving Away . . .
3 pairs
of Tickets for
“The Lincoln Lawyer”
(Courtesy of Landmark Theatres)
RULES: 3 entries will be chosen at random by April 11.
Submit your answer to the following question by April
10 to enter! What advertiser in this issue would you be
most likely to patronize in the next month?
Email your answer to unn612@gmail.com
(March winners are not eligible. One entry per email address)
(Editor’s Note: We will run community event
listings every month on this page. Contact
uptownnews@yahoo.com to submit your
event information by the 15th of each month
to be included in the next issue.)
soCrAtes CAFe
Dunn Brothers - 7:30pm
3348 Hennepin Ave.
The Socrates Cafe is an open meeting.
The evening is spent discussing a short
list of questions of philosophy that range
all over the map from self identity, capi-
tal punishment, perception and anything
else in between.
eAst isLes (eirA)
AnnUAL Meeting
Grace-Trinity Church - 7pm
1430 W. 28th St. • 612.872.8266
Their will be a NRP Phase II Plan presentation
and vote to approve, among other items.
FiFth eLeMent: open MiC
Fifth Element - 7pm
2411 Hennepin Ave. • 612.377.0044
Every Thursday in Fifth Element they have
one of their exclusive Hip Hop community
commitment. When a Christian gives
an atheist the Heimlich Maneuver, love
sparks and lives change in this award-win-
ning Broadway hit about two men in love,
two parents in denial, and two friends
on speed dial. Next Fall takes a funny
and provocative look at what it means to
“believe”—and what it may cost us not
to. Directed by Joel Sass, this thought-
provoking and always human play about
faith, love and commitment examines
the five-year relationship between atheist
Adam (Ivey Award-winning Garry Geiken)
and fundamentalist Christian Luke (Neil
Skoy, in his professional debut). Tickets are
Friends oF the wALKer
LibrArY spring booK sALe
Walker Library - 10am-4pm
2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400
Friends of the Walker Library will be host-
ing a book sale to raise funds for their
library. The sale will feature hundreds of
adult and children’s literature in hardcover
and paperback. Most books are priced at
$1 or less. Entrance to the sale is free and
open to the public. Book scanners are per-
mitted at 12pm. A bag sale will take place
from 3-4pm, the bag will cost $5. For more
information contact the Friends directly
at walker@supporthclib.org The Friends
of the Walker Library supports the local
library through volunteering in the library,
raising funds, and speaking up in the com-
munity on behalf of library programs, ser-
vices and value to the community.
“no More bLUes” FeAtUring
Connie eVingson with gUest
trUMpeter ChArLes LAZArUs
JUNGLE THEATER - 4pm & 7:30pm
2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
Connie Evingson begins the second sea-
son of her popular Jazz At The Jungle
series with No More Blues, a concert
celebrating the role of trumpet in jazz.
community events calendar
events; Open Mic (1st Thursdays), Cut Class
(2nd Thursdays), Last Of The Record Buy-
ers (3rd Thursdays), & Hip Hop Trivia (4th
Thursdays). All Thursday in-store events
are free and all ages. Good ole fashioned
Open Mic–anyone and everyone who
wants to display and/or polish their skills
is welcome to come thru and grab the
mic. Welcome to bring in your own beats
(must be on CD), sign up and get busy.
Hosted by Big Quarters. Sign up starts at
6pm, get there early to get on.
8, 9, 21–FRI, SAT, THU
the tonY AwArd noMinee
“neXt FALL”
JUNGLE THEATER - 4pm & 7:30pm
2951 Lyndale Ave. • 612.822.7063
The Tony Award nominee Next Fall
explores the meaning of faith, love and
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5 at Lake Calhoun raised money for Special Olympics. (Photo by Bethany Heemeyer)
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2 Entrees
A Bottle of Wine
A Round of Bowling
Date Night

810 west Lake $treet NPL$
Available 9pm to Midgnight
2841 Hennepin Ave. • 612.870.1918
Hennepin Ave. in heart of Uptown
nachos art DiP
Evingson will be joined by special guest
trumpeter Charles Lazarus of the Minneso-
ta Orchestra for a program of Latin, Bebop,
Dixieland and Jazz standards especially
selected for trumpet and vocals. Program
selections include compositions by Duke
Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos
Jobim and others, as well as original com-
positions by Lazarus. Tickets are $25.
MAster gArdener:
hArdY roses For
northern CLiMAtes
Walker Library - 10:30am-Noon
2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400
Shrub roses are a low-maintenance alter-
native to hybrid tea roses. Learn about
environmental and cultural factors of rais-
ing hardy shrub roses, the advantages of
growing them, and classifications of roses.
Popular varieties are highlighted in slides.
Bring your questions, too. Open to the
public and free of charge. Registration
required. Presented in collaboration with
the Hennepin County Master Gardeners,
University of Minnesota Extension.
CAFe sCientiFiQUe: soLAr
power’s bright FUtUre
Bryant-Lake Bowl - 7pm
810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
The amount of energy from sunlight strik-
ing the earth in a single hour is greater than
all of the energy consumed on the planet
in an entire year. University mechanical
engineering professor Jane Davidson will
shed light on how solar technology helps
us harvest and store solar energy for use
in our homes, workplaces and automo-
biles. Hear about solutions on the horizon
to make this abundant energy resource a
more efficient and widely available fuel.
The cost is $5-$12. Tickets available at the
door and online.
Y rUn MinneApoLis 5K & 10K
Lake Calhoun - 8:30am
Thomas Beach • 612.371.8740
8:30am-Kid’s Run; 9:00am-10K; 9:05am-5K.
Fees are $10-$35. Registration fee includes
a commemorative shirt. The race will be
a certified course and will be chip timed.
The 5K race will do 1 loop around the lake
and 10K will do 2 loops. Pre Race Packet
Pick Up: Shirts, numbers, and timing chips
can be picked up before the race day at
the downtown YMCA on Thursday, April
21 and Friday, April 22, located at 30 South
9th Street. Proceeds from the Y Run will go
to support the downtown Minneapolis
YPartners Campaign to support the mis-
sion of the YMCA.

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