Opinion Exchange.................................... 2 Crime & Safety ...................................... 4 CARAG Minutes ...................................... 8 Film Reviews & Schedule ................ 9 ECCO Minutes ....................................... 10 Events Calendar..................................... 11
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DECEMBER 2013 - Volume 9 - Number 12

Robyne Robinson to Lead Airport Arts and Culture
Ex-TV Anchor and CARAG resident takes new role at MSP
By Lyndel Owens
After a lengthy and distinguished career in broadcast journalism, Uptown resident and well-known ambassador of the arts, Robyne Robinson, has taken on a newly created position as arts and culture director of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. The position has been in the works for many years, and Robinson is charged with curating the impression of Minnesota that travelers will leave with. Her plans range from hosting live performances to a viewing room in concourse C that screens Minnesota-based creations and creators. Some programs are already scheduled for this holiday season, and many will come to fruition in 2014-2015. Her objective is to “create a real partnership with theater, music institutions, galleries, and museROBINSON page 12

Kids line up for the MinneLoppet on the Mall in Uptown.

Building Around Buzza

Robyne Robinson

Loppet Slides Slighty Out of Uptown
‘Loppet Village’ will move to northwest corner of Lake Calhoun for 2014
By Gabrielle Landsverk
The 2014 City of Lakes Loppet, “The Urban Cross Country Ski Festival”, is moving its trails to a new home this year on the edges of Uptown. In the past, the three-day Nordic racing extravaganza’s courses have began and ended in Uptown, making it one of Uptown’s biggest public events, second only to the Uptown Art Fair, The upcoming Loppet, scheduled to take place Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, will skirt the edges of Uptown, sending racers and spectators across Lake Calhoun to the Minikahda Club golf course and extending north to Theodore Wirth Park. LOPPET page 5

(Photo by Kat Singer)

The upscale units proposed wrap around the northeast corner of the Buzza building (right).

(Digital illustration by BKV group)

Owner Dominium proposing upscale units on existing property
By Bruce Cochran
In November, representatives of BKV Architects and Dominium Apartments met with the Lowry Hill East Zoning and Planning Committee to present a development concept for a six story luxury apartment building in the Wedge. Just south of the Midtown Greenway, the plan calls for the building to be located on the northeast side of the Buzza Lofts property between Dupont and Colfax Avenues facing 29th Street. The planned 130 units would be situated over the current parking lot for the Buzza apartments and would have two stories of underground parking. If the project is built as planned the six story building will visually occlude the northwest corner of the historic Buzza building. The owners are not seeking any building variances at this time.

Bender and Hodges Win Big in Ward 10
By Gary Farland
Lisa Bender won all precincts in the Tenth Ward in her race for the City Council seat. DFL-endorsed Bender won with 64.2 percent of the vote in the first voting round to defeat incumbent Meg Tuthill who received 30 percent of the votes. Votes were closest in precinct 10-3A, East Calhoun, where Bender received 375 votes to Tuthill’s 307.CARAG, 10-4 and 10-6, voted 853 for Bender and 350 for Tuthill. Nate Griggs received 3.9 percent of the votes and Scott Hargarten received 1.7 percent. The Tenth Ward map illustrates the percentages obtained by Bender in each precinct. Bender was especially strong in the newest area to be included in Ward 10, the Whittier neighborhood. In the mayoral race, Betsy Hodges won 53 percent of the votes in the first ballot round in the Tenth Ward, compared to Mark Andrew with 25.6 percent. Citywide, her first choice votes came to 36.6 percent, compared to Mark Andrew with 24.74 percent. After the
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This One’s For You

Neighbors celebrated the spirit of community on Oct. 30 at the annual Hennepin Lake Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Calhoun Square. One-hundred percent of proceeds went directly to Uptown neighborhoods. (Photo by
Amber Kissner)

In 2012 Dominium purchased the Buzza Building which was built in 1904 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. Utilizing a combination of federal and state tax credits, environmental clean-up grants, and tax-exempt bonds provided by the City, Dominium converted the building to 136 units of affordable housing for tenants earning less than 60% of Area Medium Income (AMI: the dollar amount where half the population earns less and half earns more).

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Opinion Exchange
Fair Share Property Tax
Recently, Mayor Rybak talked about the big “2 percent off property taxes.”   Whoo-hoo. Those of us homeowners who pay 6 percent, 10 percent, and even upwards to 20 percent of our income toward property taxes are still not impressed. Property taxes are based on unrealized gains. Property taxes tax our most valued citizens, our seniors, right out of their homes. Property taxes are the most regressive tax we have in this state. We can do better. Minnesota can do better. Sixty-five percent of homeowners in the metro area here are paying more than 3.6 percent of their gross income toward property taxes. Seventy-five percent of homeowners in SW & SE Hennepin County are paying more than 3.6 percent! (Google: “Voss Report”) That’s a lot of moola when you are living on a fixed income. We can have what is being called “Fair Share Property Tax.” In a nutshell, homestead property owners would be taxed a variable percent (3.6 percent in the Metro, for example) of their income. Everything would stay the same for the most part. The Assessors would still assess. We would still pay our property taxes twice a year.  What would change is at the end of the year property taxes would be adjusted to reflect the 3.6 percent.  So that means, if you paid in more than 3.6 percent of your gross income toward property taxes, you would get the difference back.  Likewise, if you paid less than the 3.6 percent, you would need to send in a check. The cities would still get their money for all the services we enjoy. The schools would still get the money for the education they provide our children. With “Fair Share Property Tax,” the only difference is 65 percent [in the Metro] of us would be happier. Many of us would now know we can stay in the homes and neighborhoods we help build and improve. This isn’t a communist plot. This is what fair means. It is never fair and it is most certainly not “Minnesota Nice” to tax people out of their homes, those homes DEADLINE for they may have spent the better submissions to part of 50 or more years buildThe Uptown ing and improving. We should Neighborhood News reward those homeowners who is THE 15TH OF THE have put down roots. We should PREVIOUS MONTH not ask them to leave.

In the previous issue, a UNN headline incorrectly stated “City Sues 1800 Lake Development.” As written in the copy and reconfirmed as of this issue’s press deadline, the City has authorized a lawsuit against Lake and Knox LLC, the owner of the 1800 Lake building but the City has not yet filed the lawsuit. Authorization of a lawsuit means the City Council approved the City’s authority to sue Lake and Knox LLC. The City accuses the building owner of illegally discharging water from an underground garage into the Chain of Lakes.

‘Tis the Season, So Watch Out
As I’m sure many UNN readers feel, I find myself very angry about the recent string of strongarm robberies in the neighborhood. It’s difficult to reconcile the fact we live in a wonderful area surrounded by beneficent neighbors and the ongoing reality that crime can penetrate that bubble because that’s what crime means—breaking the rules. When the majority of us operate as we should in terms of the moral standards established by the tenets of the social contract, not only are we frustrated when that trust is broken by others we also feel violated. Those are valid reactions when others ignore the Golden Rule. However, the key must be finding balance between awareness and empowerment rather than fear. As neighbors we can boost the safety of our communities most. Many of the streets in Uptown are poorly lit, which makes them prime locations for targeting victims, especially when alone. The MPD recommends keeping porch lights on during the night and I couldn’t agree more. The street lamps are not sufficient. Part of the balance we must strike is knowing that while the holiday season should be about giving and compassion it would be naïve to ignore that others consider this time opportune for taking. The combination of early darkness, cold weather and general optimism we feel during the holiday season adds to a sense of complicity and makes us less vigilant. But the November incidents are a harsh reminder that our safety also depends on the decisions we make and those decisions start with awareness and engagement. Report suspicious activity. Avoid solitary walks and stick to well-lit streets when possible. Be aware of your surroundings and should you be targeted, remember that your personal safety is worth more than the objects and money requested no matter what. We can’t stop everyone from making a bad decision that negatively impacts an innocent person but we can be proactive neighbors and we can increase the safety in our neighborhoods by making sure crime isn’t a one-way conversation. Talk to
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You Can Have Joy and Peace During your Holidays
By Dr. Katie Fahnel, D.C.
For most of us, the holiday season is the busiest time of year, and we set high expectations for ourselves because we wish to create special moments and joyful memories. Wouldn’t it be great if you could move gracefully and easily through what should be the most wonderful time of the year? To have joyful holidays, follow these simple tips: in the world is the PERFECT time to schedule that massage, see your therapist, see your chiropractor or acupuncturist, and make sure you are fully restored and rejuvenated to navigate your hectic schedule more effectively.

Be Present With Family
Time with family can be bittersweet. Family friction often stems from us having forgotten how to just BE with each other. By practicing being present, you can manifest more family peace. If a conflict does arise, first pay attention and acknowledge any physical sensations. Is your blood pressure rising or bodily tension building? Then, ask yourself, “What is this really about? Am I dwelling on something that happened in the past or worrying about the future?” If there’s something that needs resolution, then resolve it so it’s not cluttering your mind and interfering with being in the moment.

Don’t Over-Commit Yourself
The holiday season is busy, and to better manage your activities, it is important to be proactive with planning. Be realistic about what you are really capable of doing, so you don’t feel rushed between activities. If unexpected requests arise, only say “Yes” to the things that are supportive of your priorities, and remember that it’s OK to say “No.”

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I welcome questions and comments: Anja Curiskis East Calhoun

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Take care of YOU
Get enough quality sleep. Feeling exhausted and irritated is the perfect storm to experience holiday burnout. Also, make sure you schedule that appointment for self-care—whatever it is that helps you do life better. When it seems like you have NO time

Eat an Abundance of Healthy Food
Eating a wide variety of colorful produce from The Wedge or enjoying a healthy dinner at
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Uptown Neighborhood News wants to hear from the community
A representative from House of Charity answers questions at the Uptown Coffee Festival. Attendees sampled the latest in coffee offerings and desserts at the Uptown Coffee Festival. All proceeds from the event benefit House of Charity which “helps struggling individuals meet their basic human needs of food and shelter while reducing barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency.” (Photo by Amber Kissner)
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 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 to confirm and/or request time on the agenda. Copyright © 2013 Uptown Neighborhood News

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Jack Zipes Presents New Book on Folklore
torical analysis and summary explaining the importance of and cultural differences between the tales. Examples of the sections include “Dangerous Wolves and Naive Girls” and “Wild and Golden Men.” During the presentations, Zipes explained that in the 1800s people began to realize these tales were being lost and needed to be recorded. Thus, various folklorists, especially with the encouragement of the Grimm Brothers in Germany, collected tales that they had to translate from many dialects. Because the Grimm Brothers gradually transformed the tales into understandable contemporary language and concepts, Zipes often analyzed other writers who tried to more literally adhere to original language to provide more insight into the original cultures and regional differences. Zipes then translated tales into contemporary American language in order to best express the original meaning to readers. Eighteen artists, students at Anglia Ruskin University in

England, designed illustrations for individual sections. Each student’s artwork reflected how they personally reacted to the stories of each section rather than trying to reflect the historical time period. Though often associated with children in contemporary media, Zipes explained the tales were not written for children but rather as accounts of those struggling during that time period, particularly the hardships of the lower classes. The tales offered hope and expressed wish fulfillment, often narrating how persons in the ZIPES page 11

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf Braces for Future
After four decades of quietly feeding the hungry in the heart of Uptown, Joyce Uptown Food Shelf is bracing itself for a spike in demand for its services as Food Stamp benefit cuts take effect, adding to a turbulent year for the organization. When Joyce Church closed in December 2012 due to dwindling membership and lack of parking, a rumor circulated that the food shelf was also closing. “Not so,” says Becky Spence, director of the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, which relocated to 3041 Fremont Ave. S. after the church closed. “We’re still here but in critical need of donations for the clients we serve.” Relying heavily on community support, the food shelf last year served 266,900 pounds of food to 13,000 individuals, ranging from families to individuals of all ages and many cultures, in chronic need or temporary economic distress. The food shelf’s service area is Southwest Minneapolis, bounded by 25th Street and 62/ Crosstown, France and Lyndale Avenues, and including the Chain of Lakes. “The community’s largely upscale curb appeal can be misleading,” says Spence, the sole person on staff. “You may be comfortable living in this neighborhood, but you don’t know if your neighbor is going to the food shelf.” The only requirement for using the food shelf is a picture ID and proof of an address within the service area, and the stigma of need keeps people silent. With Food Stamp benefit reductions now in effect, Spence is bracing for a big jump in demand for the food shelf’s services, among both the unemployed and the underemployed. More than half of adult food shelf clients are employed, says Spence. “They’re just not making enough.” Clients are provided with a three-day supply of nutritionally balanced food once a month, based on the number in their household. In addition, clients are also interviewed to discern if cultural, dietary or other factors may be relevant to their needs. The food shelf also supplies nonfood items including soap, shampoo, laundry soap, paper towels, toothbrushes and toilet paper. To address the need for people who work during the day, the Uptown Rotary staffs the food shelf one evening a week. Rotary member Chris Dokken has been

Demand is up, donations are down one year after church closure
volunteering at the food shelf for over 17 years, and appreciates the tangible nature of the work. “It’s something that I can do that I really know helps someone,” said Dokken. “It’s not just writing a check. I meet the people and get a glimpse into their lives. They are not the losers and dead beats as society tries to paint them. Some of them live very heroic lives and it’s important for me to be reminded of that.” Dokken also brings her teenage son to work at the food shelf. “I want him to know that there are people out there suffering and they need help. He needs to understand that the purpose of his life is not just contained in the little safe bubble we’ve created for him to grow up in; that he matters and can personally make a difference.”

Local authors Jack Zipes and wife Carol Dines after Zipes presented his take on folk and fairy tales at Magers & Quinn, Nov. 7. Zipes and Dines are longtime residents of East Calhoun. (Photo by Gary Farland)

By Gary Farland
East Calhoun resident and local author Jack Zipes gathered and analyzed 182 tales in his book “The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy Tales.” Zipes, a professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and author of more than 15 books on the subject, presented his new book Nov. 7 at Magers and Quinn. Zipes is a Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and is the author of more than 15 books and many articles on the subject. According to Zipes, our lives are inundated with folk and fairy tales, whether we are conscious of them or not. Thus, it is important to understand where these tales came from and how people have used them to adapt to the changing conditions in the world. There is a debate among scholars as to whether the tales began in an ancient oral tradition or whether writers beginning

in the 17th century wrote them and then were retold orally by commoners. Zipes disregards the latter thesis, citing how many stories have very early origins prior to the 17th century. He uses the term “folk tales” to refer to the oral tradition stories, while the term “fairy tales” refers more precisely to those based in the literary tradition. To support his thesis that the tales originated from oral peasant traditions and were only later written down by educated classes, Zipes spent years researching the presence and role of those tales during the 1800s in Western Europe. Zipes argues that prior to the 1800s the upper classes dismissed the oral tales but came to realize the stories contained insights into a culture’s soul. Zipes collected these stories, many of which he translated himself, and grouped them into 18 types. In each section he presents about 10 tales from various European countries. For each section Zipes wrote a brief his-

About the Food Shelf
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, Inc. is an outreach program of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church. Food comes from four major sources: donations of food from individuals, churches, organizations and food drives; Emergency Foodshelf Network, a coalition of 26 HenneFOOD page 4

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crime & safety
String of strong-arm Crimes By Location robberies hits Uptown
By Jessica Van Gilder
Three separate robberies occurred in a short time period in a few blocks area Friday Nov. 8, followed by a similar robbery on Nov. 15. Another robbery occurred Nov. 20. At approximately 9:40 p.m., at 34th Street West and Harriet Avenue South, a woman had just parked her car and was walking across the street when a male suspect approached her. He displayed a gun and demanded her cell phone. She handed it over and he fled. She was uninjured. At approximately 9:50 p.m. at 33rd Street West and Holmes Avenue South, a woman was walking her dog when a suspect grabbed her shoulder and demanded her valuables. She replied that she didn’t have anything; he demanded again and she gave the same response. Then the suspect pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the victim and repeated the demand. She screamed and he fled without taking anything. She was uninjured. At approximately 10 p.m. at 32nd Street West and Bryant Avenue South, two women were walking on 32nd Street when they observed two males exiting a vehicle. These men approached the women. One woman was hit in the head and her items were stolen. One of the suspects grabbed the other woman’s purse; there was a brief struggle in which she tried to hold onto it and she was hit. Her purse was stolen. “The only other robbery that fits that exact same trend of female victim with suspects displaying a gun was on Nov. 15 at about 5 a.m.,” said Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist for Fifth Precinct Crime Prevention. “A woman on the 3100 block of Bryant Avenue South was approached by two black males wearing dark clothing. One displayed a gun and demanded her items. They stole her phone. She was uninjured.” All of the victims in these incidents are adult females. Two of the victims live in the area. No one has been arrested in connection to these robberies yet, according to Adams. Another robbery took place Nov. 20 about 8:30 p.m. A man was walking near 32nd Street West and Calhoun Parkway East when he was robbed by two suspects who hit him with an unknown object. His wallet was stolen. He was transported to the hospital for his injuries. In response to these crimes, Adams said there will be additional patrols in the area from the Fifth Precinct as well as an extra squad funded by the Uptown bar and restaurant establishments that will patrol the neighborhoods around Thanksgiving weekend. “Additionally, our Community Response Team has teamed up with uniformed patrols to perform weekly robbery suppression details, including in transit areas,” Adams said. Additionally, Adams emphasized the importance of calling 911 at the time suspicious activity is seen. “We are asking the community to report any suspicious behavior. It’s important they call as soon as they can and not try to report it the day afterward, as the people are gone at that time. Good words they can use to describe the activity they see to the 911 operator are: loitering, lurking, casing or prowling.” ROBBERIES page 9

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government surplus commodities. Financial donations are used to purchase food at a deep discount. Approximately a dozen area churches participate in periodic food drives to stock the shelves. Area businesses including Wedge Co-op, Whole Foods and Linden Hills Co-op provide weekly shipments of fresh produce. Other businesses, organizations and individuals provide cash, food and non-food items and volunteer support. The Joyce Uptown Food Shelf is open Monday-Friday from 1-3:45 p.m. The Uptown Rotary staffs the food shelf on Thursday evenings from 5-6:45 p.m. Those interested in donating or volunteering are asked to call 612-8254431 or

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attribution of second and third choices Hodges received just under 49 percent of total votes compared to 31 percent for Mark Andrew. Even though Hodges did not attain the 50 percent plus one, the remaining ballots did not go to either candidate making her the victor with the most votes. The only other candidates with sizable first choice citywide votes were Don Samuels with 10.5 percent and Cam Winton with 9.5 percent. Tenth Ward voters were slightly more approving of the City Charter proposals, both plain-language charter amendments, than the whole City. The first proposal will amend the City Charter to be redrafted for brevity and in plain language, reorganize the Charter into nine articles and remove certain provisions previously required to create ordinances. The proposal does not alter the existing roles of City boards and commissions. The second approved proposal will specifically rewrite Charter provisions relating to the sale of liquor and wine to be written in plain modern language. Both proposals were passed with 79 percent or higher approval ratings both in Ward 10 and citywide. The Board of Estimate and Taxation race required second and third choice attribution since no candidate received the necessary 1/3 plus one in the first ballot counting. After counting ranked choice votes, incumbents Carol Becker and David WheelLOPPET from 1

er received 49 and 33.5 percent to win the seats, respectively. However, both received enough votes in the Tenth Ward to win on the first ballot, with Becker getting 51.6 percent and Wheeler 34.1 percent. Two incumbents, John Erwin and Annie Young, won two of the at-large seats for Park Board. New member Meg Forney, former editor of the UNN and current resident of West Calhoun, won the third seat. The race required second and third choice attribution. Eventually Erwin received 25 percent, Annie Young 23.4 percent and Meg Forney 18.5 percent, citywide. Incumbent Anita Tabb won the Park Board District 4, which encompasses East Calhoun, election on the first ballot, defeating Bobby Davis 79 to 20.0 percent. Incumbent Brad Bourn also won on the first ballot in District 6, which includes the CARAG neighborhood, defeating Josh Neiman 64 to 34 percent. The results mean quite a few changes for City government come January. Seven new Council members were elected, with six returning. Hodges will replace Mayor R.T. Rybak, who is completing his third term in office after announcing his decision not to seek a fourth term last December. For more information on the 2013 election results can be found at Gary Farland resides in the East Calhoun neighborhood. ing things.” The change also accomodates a longer course. In collaboration with Minikahda Golf Club the 2014 Loppet will be four kilometers longer than last year, for a total of a 26.2 miles, or a full marathon. Along with the added length, the new trails will feature more hills and challenging terrain. “[This year will have] different, and we think better, courses,”
Percentage of votes received by Lisa Bender by precinct.

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DFL-endorsed Bender won with 64.2 percent of the vote in the first voting round to defeat incumbent Meg Tuthill who received 30 percent of the votes.







Munger said. Each day of the event features a variety of classic and freestyle skiing, and other activities like the Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet and Minneosta Youth Ski League SuperCarnival. In order to complete in the Loppet Challenge, skiers must complete both Saturday’s Hoigaard’s Classic race as well as the Loppet Freestyle on Sunday. Skiers who manage the top cumulative times in each

The three-day Loppet festival will offer a variety of events near Uptown, and many of the pointto-point races will still start in Uptown, or begin in Wirth Park and finish in Uptown. Most of the action this year, however, is centered around Lake Calhoun, where the “Loppet Village” and shorter courses, such as the Jr. Loppet, are located. “Lake Calhoun will play a more prominent role this year,” said event director John Munger and explained the move made sense for a variety of reasons. “We’ve kind of gotten spread out over the years,” Munger said, adding that this took away from the Loppet Festival’s sense of unity. “We really wanted a more centralized festival atmosphere.” Accessibility was also an important consideration in the decision, according to Munger, both in terms of participant transportation to and parking at the event, as well as minimizing disruption to local traffic. “We think it will be easier traffic wise,” Munger said. “That allows us to do some more excit-

age class will receive hand-crafted prizes, according to the event website. Two new events expected to be particularly exciting for spectators include the Snowshoe Loppet and the Dogsled Loppet. To further entice both skiers and spectators, local Surly Brewing Company will host a beer garden that includes food trucks each day of the festival.

Munger said the changes, including the new location, have been well received. “We’ve only had positive feedback,” Munger added. Participant registration is currently more than double what it was by this time last year. “We’re really very excited about this year.” For more information about City of Lakes Loppet, or to register as a participant or spectator, visit

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By Beth Marsh
Five Guys Burgers and Fries got its start in 1986 when five brothers opened their first restaurant in Arlington, Va., and the chain currently operates more than over 150 franchised locations. The Uptown location opened in 2012. My dinner companions had given glowing reports about their previous visits to other Five Guys locations, so I was interested to see whether the food lived up to the hype. The décor is minimalistic, with the company’s trademark redand-white checkerboard trim and an abundance of stainless steel; the staff is clean-cut, helpful, and pleasant. The restaurant obviously discourages customers from overstaying their welcome by having loud ‘80s music blasting well above conversational level. Signs at each parking place outside the restaurant also

warn patrons that their vehicles parked for more than 30 minutes will be towed. Burgers and fries are not thought to be a healthy meal, but Five Guys makes it somewhat healthier because they use 100 percent fresh, never ammoniated beef, with no fillers, preservatives, or pink slime. Fries are cooked only in peanut oil so vegans can enjoy them as well. In addition to the burgers and fries, Five Guys also serves hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches. The burgers are well done, juicy, and a little brown around the edges. By offering a limited menu, Five Guys fries up a great burger that you can personalize by adding selections from over a dozen toppings, including mustard, barbeque sauce, jalapenos and fried onions. The French fry servings are ample, with ten-

der, lightly salted, skin-on potato slices fried to a golden brown. Because everything is made to order at Five Guys, you will not see batches of pre-cooked food sitting under heat lamps. We munched on the free salted in the shell peanuts during our ten-minute wait. The free-refill drinks are overpriced, run-ofthe-mill, serve-yourself varieties of Coca-Cola products and iced tea. Does Uptown need another fastfood restaurant? My answer is an unequivocal Yes. Because this time of year can be even more hectic than usual, the next time you get a burger craving, forgo the Golden Arches and take a break at Five Guys Burgers and Fries—a quick, reasonably priced, tasty way to satisfy your burger fixation. If you are in a FIVE page 9

The tree was probably planted when the house was built, maybe a hundred years ago when the boulevard was dirt. I met it the day we moved in. It stood behind Noel, as he welcomed me to the neighbornhood and said that if my kids needed anything, he would help out, and he would tell us when they stepped out of line. The tree was bare, and stood in mute support.
The tree was an elm like the rest, but odd: it was chained to the street. At least that is what it seemed—a large log chain and lock circled the tree, sitting on the ground like a prison sentence. I wondered about that chain when I walked the dogs each day, past the tree, someitmes three times a day, until the snow covered it up. The next spring the mystery was solved. The tree secured Noel’s fishing boat and motor, connected by the chain. Later Noel gave up fishing, and took to woodworking. He made, along with planters for his wife Judy and birdhouses for every neighbor, squirrel twirlers—a contraption that he affixed to the tree that invited squirrels to jump and get the corn on a cob. The cob was stuck on a swinging board. When the squirrel jumped on the cob, the board would upend and the squirrel would twirl until upside-down. Just the thing to watch from the porch on a Sunday morning with coffee. Then he took up decoration, and one early November day bought on sale at Fleet Farm, a dozen witch splats, to grace all the elm trees of the street. The neighbors obliged his whimsy, and ate soup and cider annually the third Saturday on October as ladders were employed to hoist the witch splats on the trees. Cars would slow or stop on Aldrich Avenue for the week or two before Halloween to see the fleet of black hats, capes and brooms all down the row. Mostly though, the tree offered dappled light patterns on the grass in the morning, shade for the annual National Night Out party on Noel and Judy’s lawn, and branches for nests and cardinals and crows and squirrels, even after Noel passed on and the board fell off of the squirrel twirler bracket. On All Hallow’s Eve, the tree crew from the City of Lakes, Minneapolis, came and cut down the elm, now diseased. They kindly took the witch splat off, and left it on the grass in front of Judy’s house. As they cut up the tree for chipping and compost, did the crew wonder about the wood bracket 10 feet up, that remnant of whimsical Sunday mornings? Nancy Riestenberg resides in the CARAG neighborhood.

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‘...but What do those pictures mean?’
Photos by Bruce Cochran

Air quality testing begins
The City of Minneapolis is studying air quality with 120 canisters placed throughout the city in November. The canisters collected air samples and will be analysed. The study is sampling air quality for 77 chemicals and will update air quality data last collected in 2006. Minneapolis air quality is among the best of large metropolitan

A description of ‘Art Outside the Box’ installations in CARAG
In November the UNN reported the unveiling of covered utility boxes in CARAG. The community project, spearheaded by the Uptown Association, who also partnered with the City and the CARAG neighborhood presented several artist-designed wraps of neighborhood utility boxes to help prevent graffiti. This month we follow up with the meanings behind each Minneapolis artist’s representations.

areas in the U.S. Still, the area has air quality issues that contribute to asthma, lung disease, heart disease and other health problems. Most air pollution comes from fossil fuel combustion for transportation and electricity generation.

‘Entwined’ (Southern alley on 35th between Aldrich & Bryant)
“Entwined” by artist Gail Katz-James represents the mixing of various strands of identity into one person’s character. Bent and welded steel rod, covered with hardware, define various forms that undulate and twist, weaving into one irregular surface, much the way a sense of self evolves. Katz-James’s work combines non-traditional materials like washers, wire and small toys with traditional fiber techniques like knot-less netting and weaving.  

‘Neon Fish’ (SE corner 35th & Hennepin)
Kirk Sklar’s first medium is jewelry, and he has won awards at art festivals around the Midwest for his work. Sklar also enjoys photography, and his koi fish image was created for the utility box project. Sklar says koi fish with the look of neon graffiti is an interesting blend of Zen and the urban experience.

Check out CB2, Francesca's Collections, H&M, Atmosfere, Timberland, Kitchen Window, For Tonight, Bay Street Shoes, Sox Appeal and our other great retailers for fun holiday gifts. At the corner of life and style, we are Uptown.

‘You Are Here’ (SW corner 32nd & Lyndale)
This ‘map’ has no marked features or labels, so it won’t help you get anywhere unless you’ve been there before. When you look at it, you will see *your* Minneapolis, and when you look around the back, you’ll see a familiar message presented in a new way. Mark LaCroix is a filmmaker and designer, whose work has traveled the world, from Canadian television to CNN, from the Google Play App Store to the Cannes Film Festival.

‘Tomato’ (SW corner 32nd & Hennepin)
Cindy Lindgren is an illustrator who creates art for cards, prints and surface textile designs. Lindgren’s Cherry Tomatoes illustration highlights the importance of locally grown fresh food, whether grown in your own yard or purchased at the local farmer’s markets.

8 - DECEMBER 2013

CARAG report
Lake St. 36th St.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

The CARAG Board meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7 pm  at Bryant Park Community Center, 31st and Bryant. All CARAG residents are welcome and urged to attend.

mann, Carol Bouska, Cameron Conway, Jay Lindgren, Maura Lynch, Nancy Riestenberg, Samantha Strong. Excused Absence: Courtney Blair The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.

November that cause concern for neighbors. MPD Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams will be invited to an upcoming meeting to discuss crime prevention. The Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting was a big success on October 30. CARAG sold 80 tickets in advance, which goes directly to the neighborhood. Thank you to Pat Flethan and event sponsors for their support. Thank you also to Cindy Christian for coordinating CARAG’s ticket sales, volunteers, and zero waste efforts.

to make yourself available to CARAG.

Business of the Month
Bobian is scheduled to come out to the January CARAG meeting. MSP Fair Skies, Kevin Terrell Terrell is a member of MSP Fair

tion strategy. CARAG neighbors will vote on this item at the January CARAG meeting. Motion, Seconded to contract NRP Phase 2 funds for home improvement loans- $109,000 for the 1-3 Unit Loan Program, $109,000 for the 4+ Unit Loan Program, and $75,000 for the Garage Improvements Loan Program. Approved. Motion, Seconded to revise the NRP Phase 2 home loan programs guidelines- 1.) Eliminate income limits, 2.) Reduce the interest rate to 2.99 percent, 3.) Increase the maximum loan amount for the garage program to $10,000, and 4.) Allow solar panels as an eligible improvement (after an energy audit). Approved. Motion, Seconded to release the $8,000 to VOA Southwest Senior Center for programming and capital improvements. Approved.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, November 19, 2013. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the December 2013 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by Michelle Beauliu.

Michelle Beaulieu, Diana Boege-

Hennepin Ave.

Building a Framework

Replacing Jason Deavalon Salon, Calhoun Beach Framing is moving from 4959 Penn Ave. S. to 1517 Lake St. to open on Jan. 2, 2014. The business boasts low prices by volume purchasing and 15 years of experience. More info at (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7pm Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
On the agenda… • Council Member-elect Lisa Bender • Bobian • Community Updates • And More

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Lyndale Ave.

Community Forum
Uptown Association sponsored the Art Outside the Box event on November 2, which featured the new utility box wraps throughout the neighborhood. CARAG contributed NRP funds to support this project and additional wraps at 34th and Lyndale. There have been armed robberies in the Uptown area in early

MSP Fair Skies is working with elected officials to slow down implementation of RNAV.
Skies, which is made up of residents from southwest Minneapolis, and Edina. The organization has been working to get more information about the FAA’s proposal to change flight plans concentrating more flights into fewer paths over Minneapolis and Edina. The FAA is implementing a new system called RNAV throughout the country in order to improve efficiency, safety, and on-time performance. However, it is not clear whether the program does any of these things, but will significantly increase the number of flights over fewer areas. MSP Fair Skies is working with elected officials to slow down implementation of RNAV. Go to for more information and get involved.

Agenda & Minutes
Motion, Seconded to approve the agenda as proposed. Motion, Seconded to approve the October 15 CARAG Neighborhood Meeting minutes. Approved.

Bryant Square Park Report
The Halloween Party on October 31 was a huge success drawing more than 400 attendees. Depending upon the weather, the skating rink and warming room will open in mid-December through February. The warming room is open 3-9PM 7 days a week and free skate rentals are available.

Treasurer’s Report
Neighborhood Priority Plan: Engel presented a proposed 2013 NPP that describes how CARAG will continue to work on implementing the NRP Phase 2 Action Plan. The NPP will be voted on at the January CARAG meeting. Engel presented a proposed, revised Community Participation Program budget for July 1, 2012- December 31, 2013. The revision covers administrative costs for the time period rather than using NRP funds. Motion, Seconded to approve the CPP budget as proposed. Approved. Adjourn: The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

City Council Report
Council Member Tuthill was unable to attend the meeting due to City budget meetings. Thank you CM Tuthill for four years of service and willingness

NRP Implementation Committee: Jay Lindgren
The Implementation Committee is proposing an NRP Plan Modification moving $1,000 from two strategies- Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and Organize Crime Prevention Seminars- to the Graffiti Preven-

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting

Happy Holidays!
No Meeting in December
Help CARAG reach the goal of $2,000 by the end of the year. Your contribution will keep our neighborhood strong supporting housing, transportation, crime prevention, communitybuilding, and park improvements. Send checks (payable to “CARAG”): 3612 Bryant Avenue S. Mpls., MN 55409 or contribute online at

Donate NOW to CARAG!

Yesterday’s Child
Wedge resident, Miriam Schwartz, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program, has been cast as the Manicurist in the prestigious Guthrie’s upcoming show Born Yesterday. Garson Kanin’s comedic Broadway triumph-turned-1950 film opens Nov. 29 and runs through Jan. 5 at the Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St. More info at, 612.377.2224. (Photo by Bill Habermann)



Short Redhead Reel Reviews
By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it)] “12 Years a Slave” (R) (4)
[Violence/cruelty, some nudity, and brief sexuality.] — A riveting, gut-churning, disturbing, violent, well-acted, factually based, star-dotted (Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano, and Bill Camp), 133-minute film based on Solomon Northrup’s horrifying biography in which a free, proud, literate African-American violinist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who lives with his wife (Kelsey Scott) and two children (Quvenzhané Wallis and Cameron Zeigler) in Saratoga, N.Y., is abducted and shackled by two clever kidnappers (Scoot McNairy and Taran Killam), sold by a ruthless slave trader (Paul Giamatti) with other black slaves (Lupita Nyong’o, et al.) to a plantation owner (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Louisiana, and then his life really becomes a living hell when he is eventually sold to a cruel, zealous master (Michael Fassbender) and his jealous wife (Sarah Paulson). after her younger brother (Julian Lehmann) suddenly dies and her mother (Heike Makatsch) can no longer care for her in 1938 and then finds herself the crush of a smitten, blonde neighborhood boy (Nico Liersch) and keeping a dangerous secret when her foster parents hide a Jew (Ben Schnetzer) in their basement to honor a commitment they made to his parents years earlier while foolishly borrowing banned books from the Nazi-loving local mayor (Rainer Bock) and his compassionate wife (Barbara Auer).

“The Book Thief” (PG-13) (3.5)
[Some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.] — Roger Allam narrates this gut-wrenching, heartwarming, well-acted, 130-minute film in which an illiterate, book-cherishing, free-spirited girl (Sophie Nélisse) is sent to live with an accordion-playing, kindhearted German (Geoffrey Rush) and his grumpy wife (Emily Watson)

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (PG-13) (4)
[Intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening

images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, and language.]­ A thrilling, engaging, creative, action-packed, star-studded (Stanley Tucci, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lenny Kravitz, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Toby Jones, Jena Malone, and Patrick St. Esprit ), 146-minute sequel in which the two teenage District 12 triumphant tributes (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) of the 74th Hunger Games are forced by the menacing, duplicitous president (Donald Sutherland) to travel to the districts on a victory tour to promote the Capitol and then must reenter The Quarter Quell Hunger Games with other participants (Amanda Plummer, Jack Quaid, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Daniel Bernhardt, et al.) where they are threatened by fierce lightning storms, poisonous gas, and teeth-baring mandrill baboons.

Appalachian Mountains.

“Philomena” (R) (4)
[Some language.] — After cruel, greedy, heartless nuns sold her young son to a wealthy American couple 50 years earlier while she worked off her debt as a shamed single mother (Sophie Kennedy Clark) in the abbey in this charming, heartbreaking, well-acted, factually inspired, 96-minute film, which is based on Martin Sixsmith novel “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” a hopeful retired Irish nurse (Dame Judi Dench) heads to Washington, D.C., with a British journalist (Steve Coogan) with the encouragement of her daughter (Charlie Murphy) to find her long-lost son.

“Out of the Furnace” (R) (3.5)
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 Hennepin-Lake Liquors Isles Bun & Coffee It’s Greek to Me Joyce Food Shelf Joyce United Methodist Church Kowalski’s Market Magers & Quinn Mohn Electric & Lighting Lagoon Theatre Parents Automotive Pizza Luce Rainbow Foods Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Cafe Southwest Senior Center Subway Spyhouse Coffee Shop Uptown Diner Tea Garden Treetops At Calhoun Vail Place Walker Place The Wedge Co-op YWCA (Uptown)
Toby Cryns of Might Mo! Design offers tips on delegating during CoCo’s Naked Launch, a free lunch time series devoted to showcasing the talents of CoCo members. CoCo is a co-working and collaborative business space that opened its third space this year below CVS Pharmacy at 1010 Lake St. CoCo offers small business owners and independent workers an alternative to working from home. More info at
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Co-Co a Go-Go

FIVE from 6

hurry call ahead or order online for takeout. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, I rate Five Guys Burgers and Fries as follows: Food = 4, Beverages = 3, Service = 4, and Atmosphere = 3. Beth Marsh is a longtime resident and fan of South Minneapolis. During off-hours from her proofreading and copy-editing day job for an advertising agency, she enjoys movies and creative writing, and she is in the process of illustrating her children’s book.

[Strong violence, language, and drug content.] — The seedy underbelly of society is exposed in this gritty, extremely dark, violent, well-acted, 116-minute film in which a responsible Pennsylvania mill worker (Christian Bale) loses his girlfriend (Zoe Saldana) to the police chief (Forest Whitaker) when he is sent to prison for vehicular homicide while trying to watch out for his depressed, PTSD-afflicted, angry younger brother (Casey Affleck) who is trying to fit back into society after serving as a soldier in the Middle East and erasing a huge debt by foolishly and recklessly getting involved with a fight promoter (Willem Dafoe) who reluctantly sets him up with a ruthless, drug dealing boxing promoter (Woody Harrelson) who runs illegal, underground, bare-knuckled matches in the

Uptown December Film Schedule
Listed in order of release date and subject to change. Please see for final titles, dates and times.


1320 Lagoon Ave. • 612.823.3020 The Armstrong Lie Out of The Furnace

12/13 Go For Sisters 12/18 American Hussle 12/25 August: Osage County


2906 Henn. Ave. • 612.392.0402 12/13 The Last Days On Mars 12/20 Inside Llewyn Davis *Opens either at Lagoon or Uptown

Jefferson Elementary
December Calendar
2 4 6 7 Site Council, 5pm, Media Center Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), 7pm, Media Center Tree Orders Due Walking Wednesday Picture Re-takes Tree Pick-Up/Delivery

Suspect Descriptions
34/Harriet: Black male, 5’8”-5’10”, medium build, 20-25 years old, with a mask over his lower face 33/Holmes: Black male, 5’5”-5’6”, medium build, 20-30 years old 32/Bryant: Two black males, 5’10”-6’, light builds, 25-30 years old, dark complexions, one with cornrows.

Holiday Tree Sale
Support Jefferson School by reserving your tree today. Orders are due December 2. The Balsam Fir trees are freshly cut and Minnesota grown. 5-6 foot tree: $40 7-8 foot tree: $50 6-7 foot tree: $45 8-9 foot tree: $55

What you can do
Call 911 on suspicious activity at the time you see it! If you have information on this or any other crimes, you can anonymously report tips via text or app. Text MPD (your tip) to 847 411 (Tip 411), or download the free MPD Tip 411 app through Google Play or the App store. These tips are 100% anonymous! NOT to be used as a replacement for 911 or 311. Do not resist! Cooperate with the robber. Do whatever he asks but don’t volunteer to do anything else. Remain calm. You will be able to give police a better description. Observe the robber’s physical appearance, mannerisms, scars or marks, peculiarities, clothing, jewelry. Become a block leader if your block does not have one. You will receive automated alerts of crimes like this if they occur in a 1.5 to 2 block radius around your home. We ask only that you forward it to your neighbors. For more information about personal safety and other crime prevention techniques, or to become a block leader, contact your Crime Prevention Specialist: 34/Harriet: Amy Lavender at 32/Bryant and 33/Holmes: Chelsea Adams at

Pick up at Jefferson from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on December 7 or have it delivered for $5 extra. Order forms are available in the main office or call 612.668.2749 or email elizabeth.hale@
Jefferson Community School, 1200 W. 26th St. Community Contact: Elizabeth Hale, 612.668.2749

10 - DECEMBER 2013

ECCO report
Lake St. 36th St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

ECCO meets the first Thursday of each month, 7 pm at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 34th & Irving. All ECCO residents are welcome and urged to attend.

ic vote prior to publication. Board Members Present: Sarah Sponheim, President; Harry Savage, Co-VP; Linda Todd, Co-VP; Andrew Bornhoft; Anja Curiskis; Susie Goldstein; Liz Heyman; Lara Norkus-Crampton; Jim Smith; and David Tompkins. Board Member Absent: Emily Balogh, Kate Davenport, and Heather Wulfsberg. Guests: 10th Ward Council Member Meg Tuthill and Kay
Lyndale Ave.

Andersen, resident. ECCO Board President Sarah Sponheim called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

the December meeting.


Officer Elections
The following officers were elected: Linda Todd, President; Andrew Bornhoft, Vice- President; and Susie Goldstein, Treasurer. The Secretary position remains open.

President’s Report: Sarah Sponheim
Sarah and Monica represented ECCO at the 10th Ward Get-Together hosted by Council Member Tuthill on October 21. The event allowed neighborhoods to showcase their work and share ideas. ECCO and other Ward 10 neighborhoods organized a forum for Ward 10 City Council candidates on October 22. The Uptown Association (UA) is accepting applications for new board members. The UA is also asking for neighborhood input for specific topics, questions or concerns that we would like to see addressed by a panel of new elected officials and stakeholders in our community at its January Annual Meeting.  Sarah will solicit suggestions via email to be sent to the UA by the Nov. 20 deadline.

Hennepin Ave.

ECCO Board Meeting Minutes for November 7, 2013 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church Minutes recorded and submitted by Monica Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electron-


Ward 10 City Council Member Meg Tuthill
The City continues to work with the owner of 1800 Lake (Lake & Knox) for a solution to the groundwater discharge into the lagoon. The temporary solution for this winter will be to run a pipe across the ice to a lesser-used area of Lake Calhoun (at the owner’s expense). The property owner believes that they have a new permanent solution to present to the City for approval. 2014 Budget Public Hearings: November 19 and December 11, both meetings begin at 6:05 pm in Room 317, City Hall. CM Tuthill thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the neighborhood. This is her last meeting as the Ward 10 Council Member. Kay Andersen, resident and former ECCO Board member, attended the meeting to suggest that the board should have a yearly review of the ECCO bylaws and to preface each visit from a presenter/developer with the reminder that the ECCO Board is an independent, non-partisan organization. The board will review the bylaws at

Staff Report: Monica Smith
Board members sold 99 tickets for the Wine Tasting Fundraiser, netting $2,480 for ECCO. The board approved a draft of the application for the next three-year cycle of the Community Participation Program (CPP). The allocation for 2014 is $24,412 of which $10K will be reserved for a Neighborhood Priority Plan. An overall ECCO budget for 2014 was also approved. The majority of the expenses for staff will be paid by ECCO’s NRP funds. In June 2013, the ECCO Board approved an annual report filing to the MN Attorney General. The board voted to change position and not submit the report because the AG’s office lists ECCO as exempt from filing. ECCO will host a Holiday Caroling Party on Wednesday, December 18. Meet at St. Mary’s at 6:30 pm. We will carol from 7-8 and end the evening with socializing and refreshments at the home of Judy and Michael

Etched in History

Committee Reports
Livability Committee The FAA is proposing implementing a new navigation system at MSP airport that will result in a significant increase in flights departing over Uptown (135 a day vs. the current 20-30). Individual action is needed
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Ryan McArdle watches his son Luke draw the future with an Etch A Sketch, a toy from the ‘50s. The retro games were part the Kindergarten Sock Hop celebrating 50 days of school at Kenwood Elementary on November 14. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting

7:00 -9:00 p.m. St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S Guest speaker from Metro Transit to discuss the Lake St and Midtown Greenway transit study. All are welcome.
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Holiday Caroling Party

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Meet at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Ave S Kick off the holiday season by spreading good cheer! Gather at St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. We’ll bundle up and sing our way through the streets of East Calhoun from 7 - 8 p.m. End the evening with hot cider, snacks and social time at the home of Judy and Michael Shields. Bring the whole family. Invite your friends and neighbors. Singers of all ability are welcome! RSVP to Monica Smith at or 612-821-0131.

Uptown Green Team Meeting

7:00 p.m. Jefferson School, 1200 W 26th St, Second Floor Library Intro to Energy Literacy with guest speaker Timothy Denherder-Thomas Note: There will not be an East Calhoun Green Team meeting on December 11.
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Livability Committee Meeting 7:00 p.m. St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave S
The Livability Committee reviews current zoning proposals in the neighborhood and addresses safety/crime concerns, traffic/parking, as well as any events that impact the neighborhood (such as the Loppet and Art Fair).

7:00 p.m.

The ECCO Board extends its thanks to SARAH SPONHEIM for her exceptional leadership as Board President,
2011- 2013 and to GLEN CHRISTIANSON for his outstanding service as Board Treasurer, 2009- 2013.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. Send a request to or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.

The East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO) invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by ECCO. Should you require an accommodation in order to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting Monica Smith at 612-821-0131 or at least five days before our event.



community events calendar
(Please send your calendar listings to with the subject line: Community Calendar. Submit by the 15th of each month to be included, space permitting, in the next issue.)


frame for 8” x 8” frame, $40 per item for 9” x 11” frame or mirror. Choose either Tuesday, December 3 or Wednesday, December 4. Light snacks will be served. The Southwest Senior Center works with over 800 seniors each year through its social work, exercise, adult day program, senior dining, and educational, health and wellness programs. Their goal is to enable seniors to live independently with dignity and respect.

and wonderful running. The US Marines will be there to collect toys for local children in need. Bring a new, non-gift wrapped toy to the Reindeer Run and receive a Noodles & Company “BOGO” certificate. Radio Disney will provide music and loads of fun activities and games for children and adults. Hot chocolate and coffee will be available compliments of The Salvation Army.


Dunn Brothers - 7:30pm 3348 Hennepin Ave • 612.822.3292
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, capital punishment, perception and anything else in between. Bring your questions and prepare to engage your mind.



Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm 810 Lake St • 612.825.8949

Incarnation Church - 9am-2pm 3801 Pleasant Ave • 612.225.6251



Bar Louie - 5:30pm-7:30pm 1348 Lagoon Ave • 612.824.1529
Celebrate the season and join the Uptown Association for their final Monday Night Mingle of 2013 at Bar Louie. Their annual holiday party is a jolly time full of merry mingling, giveaways from Uptown businesses, and complimentary appetizers.



Very Die Hard Christmas is presented by Dana’s Boys and Mainly Me Productions. Yippee Ki-Yay, Father Christmas! Back by popular demand, it’s the return of everyone’s favorite Christmas story. “High above the city of L.A., a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. One man has managed to escape. An off-duty cop is hiding somewhere inside. He’s alone, tired...and he doesn’t like Christmas.” From the creative minds of Mainly Me Productions and Dana’s Boys comes the holiday treat with all the trimmings: singing, dancing and bloodshed. Don’t miss the new yuletide tradition which proves once and for all that Die Hard is a Christmas movie: A Very Die Hard Christmas. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 10pm (doors 9:30pm) and Sundays, December 8, 15 and 22 at 9pm (doors 8:30pm) Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 day of show

Incarnation Church Annual Bake and Boutique Sale is December 7-8, and is the annual fundraiser for their food shelf. The event features mittens, scarves, baked goods, a holiday boutique and silent auction. Saturday with will host a soup lunch and Sunday with host a pancake breakfast, 8:30am to Noon.

that the creation of a work of art is a two-fold event involving thinking and doing. These two forms of generative activity bounce data back and forth between the different modes of engagement within an artist. Both remain unique and cloistered within the parameters of their nature: i.e. ‘hammering a nail into the wall and thinking about hammering a nail into the wall’ are intimately related but neither produce a result without the mutual engagement of the other. These links between the mind and hand of the artist have been severed - disconnected physically, socio-economically, and experientially – while a complicated exchange has been created between all parties.

St. Mary’s Church - 6:30pm-8:30pm 3450 Irving Ave • 612.821.0131
Kick off the holiday season by spreading good cheer. Gather at St. Mary’s at 6:30pm. Then sing your way through the streets of East Calhoun from 7 to 8pm. End the evening with hot cider, snacks and social time at the home of Judy and Michael Shields. Singers of all abilities are welcome. RSVP to Monica Smith at



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Bryant Square Park - 1pm 3101 Bryant Ave • 952.926.4205
The Audubon Society presents Barbara & Ted Galambos on their world travels. Join the program and enjoy refreshments.



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RULES: The correct answer to this question wins: Where in Uptown can you still find an awning sign for “The New Uptown Diner”? Email your answer to
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The next meeting of the Policy Advisory Committee is November 13. The final chance for public input on the analysis will be at two Open Houses, 6-8 pm on November 20 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S and November 21 at Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave S. Metro Transit staff will give a presentation to the ECCO Board at the December 5 meeting. writers and another ad sales rep. They continue to operate with a “comfortable deficit.”

Southwest Senior Center - 6:30pm 3612 Bryant Ave • 612.822.3194
This is your chance to put your mosaic skills to work on a project, of your own and contribute to Volunteers of America, Minnesota’s Southwest Senior Center. During the fundraiser you’ll get the chance to design and create your own mosaic to bring home or give as a gift. They’ll grout it for you. The donation is $30 per


David Petersen Gallery - 7-9pm 2018 Lyndale Ave • 612.276.6541
You Must Stand This While Reading There is a group exhibition featuring seven internationally exhibiting artists from New York, London, Berlin, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. Curated by Nathan Coutts, the show features the work of Cynthia Daignault, Isa Gagarin, Jeff Grant, Jack Lavendar, Adam Marnie, Ruairiadh O’Connell and Jesse Willenbring. The opening night reception is December 14, and the show runs through February 8, 2014. This exhibition has set up a simple proposition:


Lake Harriet - 8am Bandshell • 612.747.5019
Join the herd for the 26th year of Reindeer running presented by Twin Cities Orthopedic and OneMain Financial. The 26th Annual Xperience Fitness Reindeer Run will feature fun activities


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Common Roots or Ecopolitan will nourish your body and help to deter any dietary “indiscretions.” Remember to drink an abundance of water to help flush the body of toxins. When indulgence does happen, enjoy it, savor it, and don’t feel guilty! Check in with your body to really know if you are full or if you mentally feel the need to eat. Don’t be shy about using supplements to support your body during this time.

Move Your Body
Movement is a great way to let off some steam. Even though it’s cold, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of the paths around Calhoun or Lake of the Isles. Remember movement can be FUN! Dance away at your holiday party or take that Zumba class at the YWCA you’ve always been curious about. Everyone wants the holidays to be an easy and relaxing time with loved ones. By following these simple tips, not only will your holidays be stress-free, they will be positively joyful. Dr. Katie Fahnel, D.C. is the owner of Body Harmony Chiropractic ( in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood.

to: attend a Metropolitan Airports Commission meeting on November 20, 1:30 pm at MAC’s General Offices Building, 6040 28th Ave S; send comments to elected officials; and to sign a petition opposing the proposal at The ECCO Board authorized the Livability Committee to go forward with the following recommendations: Send a e-blast to our distribution list with information about the proposal and include a sample letter that individuals can send to elected officials. Designate a representative to serve on MSPFairSkies. Send letters from the board to our federal elected officials, the Park Board and to the Uptown Association. Next committee meeting is November 19, 7 pm at St. Mary’s. The agenda will include continued discussion about the proposed mixed-use development at Lake and James (NE corner) and Southwest LRT.

The redesigned website (www. was launched in early October. In one month, the site had 570 page views. Ideas for content are encouraged. A link to the Uptown Neighborhood News will be added. Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. Next meeting is Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

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lower classes proved themselves or wronged an injustice. But the tales were often warnings too; child exploitation is a common theme for instance. Zipes also discussed how today’s children’s literature has a tendency to avoid reality. He recommended the book “Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children” by Elizabeth Young-Bruehl, which discusses the extent of child abuse in our culture as reflected in cutthroat competition and standardized testing. Zipes also helped found Neighborhood Bridges 15 years ago, a program devised in partnership with Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis that encourages youth to become creative storytellers and interact with the storytelling process on multiple levels, especially using creative drama. Both Zipes and his wife and fellow author Carol Dines have long been activists for various causes. Dines has served on the ECCO Board and won a number of writing awards. Her latest book, “The Queen’s Soprano,” was reviewed in the UNN in 2006. Gary Farland resides in the East Calhoun neighborhood.

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The Midtown Greenway Coalition is concerned about large sections of double-track rail being proposed for the Greenway in the Midtown Corridor Alternatives Analysis. The Greenway Coalition prefers a single-track design.

Not since February 2011 has the Lyn-Lake Theater had aspirations for life. The space was to be the home of the new Uptown Bar but negotiations broke down between involved parties. Now, nearly two years later the Lyn-Lake building, built in 1914 has been leased for a taproom. (Photo
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ums, as well as individual artists to really bring more of Minnesota arts to travelers,” Robinson says. “It is a gift to travelers. We want them to walk away with a wonderful impression of the state, let alone the Twin Cities.” She hopes to catapult the airport to the same status as the Denver, Miami, or Sacramento airports by highlighting Minnesota’s environment, economics and arts culture. “We need to have a thriving arts base because in terms of business, the 21st century business owner wants someone who thinks creatively and outside the box and works well with different, diverse people. It benefits the entire state if people go away with an idea of who we are. It means you may want to come back, or you may want to put down roots here. “ Robinson finds herself mining connections she generated as an anchor with Fox Channel 9 and especially as host of the a pioneering segment, “The Buzz.” The pioneering spirit arts focus behind “The Buzz” is present in her vision for the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport, and for the state at large. “I think I’m going to do many of the same things I was able to do at Channel 9, such as give a wider view of what we do here in terms of arts and culture, and to give artists a bigger platform. That’s important to me.”

Her love of Minnesota began when she moved to the state, and “embraced it wholeheartedly,” in 1990. Since then she’s established herself as an arts enthusiast and is a recognized jewelry artist in her own right. Her pieces, created under her label Rox, feature semi-precious stones. She also founded a non-profit that sponsored artists with micro-loans. On her love of the Twin Cities she adds, “I just knew I wanted to be a part of this community, so I just jumped in with both feet to try to do as much as I could.” Robinson likens her position with MSP to holding “the key to an amazing opportunity to be part of a really wonderful city. I want to provide that. I love living here and I want people to love it too. I’m really passionate about the Twin Cities because it has so much to offer and people just don’t know.”
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the MPD, your neighbors and local businesses about public safety. Get involved. Ask questions. Complacency does not suit our community. UNN Editorials represent the researched and written opinions of UNN Editor Jessica Van Gilder and UNN Art Director Bruce Cochran, which are independent of the newsroom and managing board.

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The website says “Everything You Knew You Were Looking For.” Now open in Lyn-Lake, co-owners Anna Nelson and Will Determan bring you men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Serendipity Road is located in a previous armed services recruiting center at 2944 Lyndale Avenue. More info at or 612.886.1710. (Photo by Anna Nelson)

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