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< Happy Valentine’s Day “Mistress Ginger Cooks: Love Songs to Turn Up the Heat”: a cabaret at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Feb. 13,14. (More events on page 11)

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FEBRUARY 2014 - Volume 10 - Number 2

FAA Continues Safety Review of MSP Flight Path Changes
by Jessica Van Gilder
Pending the results of the Safety Management Study currently underway by the Federal Aviation Administration, the initial implementation of the Performance-Based Navigation /Required Navigation (PBN/RNAV) for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is scheduled for July 2014, starting with arrival procedures, with full implementation coming September 2014 to include departure procedures.
This temporary wastewater discharge pipe was installed in mid-January to reroute water out of the Lagoon to the north side of Lake Calhoun. This photo was taken atop this wood bridge installed for pedestrians and skiers to navigate over the pipe. 1800 Lake is located in the top center background behind the trees. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Parks is Second to Sue 1800 Lake for Discharge

The status of the Safety Management Study remains unclear however and the timeline for implementation of PBN/RNAV as well.
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The City filed suit Dec. 2013 for alleged illegal groundwater discharge into Minneapolis Chain of Lakes
A second complaint was filed in January against the owners of 1800 Lake for alleged “unpermitted discharge of groundwater to the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes.” The Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board’s (MPRB) suit claims that water being pumped from the apartment building into the nearby lagoon between Lake of the Isles and Calhoun “threatens public safety, damages property, and harms the environment,” adding that it creates “a hazard to cross-county skiers and others,” essentially making the ice unsafe in winter. Although a temporary permit was issued for the builder to pump water out during the construction in 2011, the suit claims that permit has expired. It states that the building requires a “DNR Water Appropriations Permit authorizing permanent dewatering.” As a precautionary measure, for a second year in a row MPRB installed a temporary diversion pipe in mid-January to move discharge into Lake Calhoun.

Balancing the Books

Library President discusses trends while maintaining core services

Chef Sarah Master in the kitchen at Barbettte.

(Photo by Lyndel Owens)

By Lyndel Owens
Chef Sarah Master is accustomed to meeting challenges and working under pressure. As the goalie of the inaugural University of Minnesota women’s hockey team she thrived on competition; as a team member of Marcus Samuelsson’s on ABC’s “The Taste,” Master has shown her penchant for winning – and also for comradery. Fittingly, months after filming, her only give-away is that she still texts with her team members. An atmosphere of teamwork can be found in unlikely places, from an ice rink to a restaurant. It was this sense of community that Master found in the restaurants of New Orleans, a city she intended to be a rest stop on her way to graduate school, that hooked her on a life CHEF page 9

In this view looking southwest of the front of the library construction crews have completed most of the work on the exterior of the building and are now focusing on the interior. The Hennepin County Library, Walker Branch is estimated to open this spring.

By Gabby Landsverk, Photos by Lyndel Owens
(The UNN asks Jill Joseph, Hennepin County Library Board President about the present and future of libraries.) What are the most major changes in the daily operations, the most visible changes in libraries? The mission and the vision of the libraries have not changed.  Our mission at Hennepin County Libraries is about nourishing, transforming lives, and building
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Caucuses Coming up again Feb. 4
By Gary Farland
2014 will be a big election year, with races at the school board, county and state levels. All caucuses will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., with check-in beginning at 6:30 p.m. Already races are heating up, especially with a number of announced candidates for the District 3 county commissioner and the secretary of state races. The Republicans of Senate District 61, which includes East Calhoun and CARAG, will have all senate district precincts meeting at the Burroughs Elementary School, 1601 W. 50th St. The Green Party will be having all precincts of the 5th Congressional District meeting at 4200 Cedar Ave. S. CAUCUS page 12

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RNAV uses GPS and other technology to guide planes on tighter flight paths. In this case, 30 departure tracks would be focused into seven.
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Letter to the Editor
Write your representatives
Dear Uptown Neighbors and Businesses, You may not be aware that the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing implementation of a new navigation system to the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport called Performance Based Navigation/ Required Navigation (PBN/RNAV). It will radically increase air traffic over Lake Calhoun and our East Calhoun businesses and homes as well as those of many of our neighbors. The proposed shift in flight patterns will condense 30 flight paths into 7 air superhighways, most of which will run directly over the heart of Southwest Minneapolis. Plane arrivals and departures over East Calhoun could go from 20-30 flights per day to 135 flights per day. (See graphic below.) We urge you to become informed of these proposed changes and how they will impact the livability of your neighborhood, lakes and parks. Below are links with additional information and ways to let your opinion be heard. Please read and respond quickly. WRITE page 3

Letter to the Editor
Airplane noise and what to do about it
Generally speaking, the proposed PBN/RNAV for MSP entails procedures designed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to consolidate airplane departure and arrival pathways with the aim to save fuel and increase safety without changing the noise patterns too drastically overall. But tell that to the folks who live under the new traffic corridors and you’ll hear concerns and complaints abound. Close-in Western and Northwestern suburbs have dealt with this issue for years and it appears we are ramping up for another round of pros and cons in the very near future. I suggest we get involved and remain active by supplying commentary from our various communities to the governing bodies that are making decisions about airport traffic—the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). Both have active updated websites so we can’t plead ignorance if something happens and we are not pleased with the outcome. In addition to official web resources the community-based action group MSP Fairskies Coalition offers substantial information on the issue and advocacy opportunities via their website, mspfairskies.com. Plus neighborhood groups, like ECCO’s Livability Committee, are staying in tune as well and you can get involved by attending MAC’s MSP Noise Public Input meetings too. We have ample opportunity to voice our opinions and concerns and take an informed stance for or against the changes proposed by the FAA. From the community standpoint, most topics I am hearing deal with “concentrated noise corridors” versus sharing the noise with all, home values that decline with additional noise pollution and even discussions on physical and mental issues with additional noise. Whatever your concerns, we would all be well-served to get answers to these questions, especially when it comes to the FAA’s planned but yet to be completed analysis about environmental and safety impact that was discussed with the community last fall. More information on PBN/RNAV can be found at the following sources: macnoise.com mspfairskies.com faa.gov/nextgen/library/media/getsmart_pbn.pdf

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News tips, story ideas, articles, photos with captions, letters to the editor and commentary are welcomed and encouraged. Send by the 15th of the month to uptownnews@yahoo.com or UNN, 3612 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. All submissions must be relevant to Uptown. Letters to the Editor are limited to 250 words. High resolution photos are required. We reserve the right to decide whether or not a piece will be published and to edit for space, clarity, appropriateness or legal concerns. We need to know your name, address, phone number, e-mail and neighborhood. UNN is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Avenue and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th Street. Copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area. Circulation is 5,200 with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and distribution is before the first of every month. Contributors are area residents who volunteer their time to bring the news of the area to residents. UNN is managed by a board of local citizens with the ECCO and CARAG Boards each appointing three representatives. Monthly meetings are held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue from 7 pm to 9 pm the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled. Meetings are open to the public. Contact uptownnews@yahoo.com to confirm and/or request time on the agenda. Copyright © 2014 Uptown Neighborhood News

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“The FAA is still reviewing the safety of the partial procedures recommended by the Metropolitan Airports Council in November 2012.  Our study is still open, and no conclusions have been drawn,” said Elizabeth Isham Cory, FAA External Communications/Public Affairs. The Federal Aviation Admin-

istration last engaged with the CARAG and ECCO community in late fall to discuss the potential impacts of PBN/RNAV. Opponents of the plan, which will redirect concentrated flight paths over the Southwest Minneapolis and Edina, with higher density over Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Under the PBN/RNAV proposal Southwest Minneapolis and Edina would experience an increase by five times in noise and number of departures, according to Kevin Terrell, Management Consultant at Katana Consulting. Terrell provides an overview of RNAV at MSP noise impacts at slideshare.net/poebel. Currently no PBN/RNAV procedures have been implemented at MSP, though the MAC board stated in fall of 2012 that it supported the implementation of RNAV procedures proposed by the FAA, with the exception of the departure procedures off Runways 30L and 30R, which

are the pathways impacting Uptown. Opponents of the FAA’s plan have proposed the potential of a partial implementation of PBN/RNAV at MSP, which would be considered in the FAA’s Safety Management Study that is underway. The combination of PBN/ RNAV procedures are components of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) that began in 2012 and is at least partially in effect at more than 30 airports nationwide. In an effort to improve air traffic flow in metropolitan areas, PBN uses technologies like satellite-based Area Navigation (RNAV) with the aim of optimizing flight paths. According to the FAA, NextGen improvements enable the FAA to arrange traffic more precisely on more direct routes, which enhances safety, reduces delays, saves fuel and reduces aircraft exhaust emissions. More information about NextGen and PBN can be found at faa.gov/nextgen.

Jefferson Elementary Selected for Academic Gap-Closing

CITIZEN ACTION
CARAG Neighborhood
612.823.2520 carag@carag.org

East Isles Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastisles.org

ECCO Neighborhood
612.821.0131 nrp@eastcalhoun.org 612.377.5023 lhena@thewedge.org 311

Lowry Hill E. Neighborhood Minneapolis Information Mpls. Park & Rec. Board
Brad Bourn 612.230.6443 ext. 6 bbourn@minneapolisparks.org Anita Tabb 612.230.6400 ext. 4 atabb@minneapolisparks.org

Jefferson Elementary serves children residing in the 3B Area of Southwest Minneapolis. (Map courtesy of MPS)

Wedge school is one of 13 in plan
In a letter to the community, Superintendent of Schools, Bernadeia Johnson has outlined a strategy to improve achievement for the 20132014 school year. Beginning immediately Johnson has selected Jefferson as well as 12 other schools for “several high impact short-term strategies to intentionally focus more resources and support.” The plan is “designed to accelerate student achievement and kick start student growth in the second half of the school year.” Specifically, the strategy plans to benefit 50 percent of students of color with extra support in the district and one-third of students who are partially proficient.” The plan also emphasizes that it in no way takes away resources or staffing from any other school in the district. Underscoring the potential broad appeal of the project is the statement that “the efforts at the 13 schools will function as a learning lab that can benefit schools across Minneapolis Public Schools.” Andersen, Anthony, Anwatin, Bancroft, Bryn Mawr, Folwell, Nellie Stone Johnson, Pillsbury, Sanford, Seward, Sullivan and Whittier were other schools named in the midyear strategy. More details about the strategy can be found at mpls.k12.mn.us/short-term_strategies. html.

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Log on to the FairSkies coalition and watch the short video to learn of the potentially severe effects of this proposed change. mspfairskies. com Please write or call your federal and state legislators, your City Council Member and your Metropolitan Airport Commission Representative. We’ve included a sample letter from which you can write your letter. The list of our representatives can be found in this Uptown News and on the ECCO website, eastcalhoun.org. Sign the petition at mspfairskies.com/make-your-voice-heard/. Additional information can also be found on the South Metro Airport Action Council website: quiettheskies.org. Thank you! East Calhoun Community Organization Board

City Councilperson (Ward 10) Lisa Bender
612.669.3286 lisapbender@gmail.com

Mayor Betsy Hodges State Senator (60) D. Scott Dibble

612.673.2100 Betsy.Hodges@minneapolismn.gov.

651.296.4191 sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn

State Representative (61A) Frank Hornstein
651.296.9281 rep.frank.hornstein@house.mn

State Representative (61B) Paul Thissen
651.296.5375 rep.paul.thissen@house.mn 651.201.3400 mark.dayton@state.mn.us

Governor Mark Dayton U.S. Congressman (5th) Keith Ellison
612.522.1212 www.ellison.house.gov

Sample Letter
Dear ______________ My name is _____________. I’m a resident of ____________ in Minneapolis. I am troubled by the PBN/RNAV proposed changes to the flight patterns into and from Minneapolis-St. Paul airport that will radically increase noise and environmental damage to my neighborhood, and to the Minneapolis lakes and parks beloved by so many. I implore you to listen to my concern. Please work with my neighborhood organization to find a way to balance the growth of the airport with the livability of our neighborhoods and the viability of the Minneapolis parks system. Sincerely, _________________________ (Your name/ contact information)

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crime & safety
Five Armed Robberies Crimes By Location in Southwest
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Aggravated Assaults Arson Auto Theft Burglary Business Burglary Residential Domestic Aggr. Assault Larceny (Other Theft) Narcotics Arrest R Rape Robbery Business Robbery Person Shooting *Sound of Shots Fired Theft from Motor Vehicle
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On December 31, 2013, five businesses in South Minneapolis were robbed at gunpoint. The above photo of the suspect was taken from surveillance video at one of the victim businesses. As of UNN press deadline no suspect had been detained in connection to the robberies. (Screen capture provided by MPD)

Businesses hit on the morning of Dec. 31
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On December 31, 2013, between 4-6:30 a.m., five businesses in South Minneapolis were robbed at gunpoint. The suspect appears to be the same person in each of the robberies. Of the five robberies, one was a Walgreens and four were SuperAmericas.  The robberies were reported in this order: • Super America - 6000 Portland Avenue South • Walgreens - 2426 Hennepin Avenue • Super America – 2501 Hennepin Avenue • Super America – 2200 Lyndale Avenue • Super America – 4320 E. Lake Street
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The suspect is described as a heavy-set black male, 20- to 30-years-

The above photo of the suspect was taken from surveillance video at one of the victim businesses. (Screen capture provided by MPD)

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Take a ‘Walk’ but ‘Don’t Walk’
Pedestrian Committee suggests improvements to Lagoon Ave, 29th Street
By Bruce Cochran
After Kathleen Mayell spent more than a decade in New York and Boston she realized that everyone walks at some point or another. “Pedestrian needs are universal,” she realized. By joining the Minneapolis Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC), Mayell saw the opportunity to enhance the pedestrian experience in her own community. The PAC meets to advise the City on recommended priorities for pedestrian improvements throughout Minneapolis. Mayell describes how being a parent of young children means that she spends a lot of her free time walking, which usually means trying to navigate a stroller too. That gave her first-hand experience of some the challenging pedestrian walkways near her residence in Uptown. The Committee’s most recent meeting last year prioritized some of the most problematic streets for walking taken from the Pedestrian Master Plan for the City. Of those eight locations, the Committee highlighted major issues with two streets located in Uptown.

29th Street

This view looking east down Lagoon Avenue shows a very narrow and crowded sidewalk. Not only did pedestrians have to trek around the usual narrow sidewalk filled with signs and posts, but on the this particularly cold January day, one car physically blocked the sidewalk while another ‘parked’ car in the snow bank appeared to accentuate how busy Lagoon’s car traffic can feel to the average pedestrian. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

(between Fremont and Lyndale Avenues)

Along this street the group found a sidewalk gap–no sidewalks on either side of block behind Rainbow Foods and no sidewalks on the north side of the entire stretch. Also noted is that this area is a heavily used pedestrian corridor that is experiencing “increasing density of residential

development recently completed and currently underway on the south side of 29th Street, as well as to the north of the Midtown Greenway.” Shaun Murphy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for Minneapolis Public Works, who also sits on the PAC describes this section as the West Pedestrian Connection according to the

Pedestrian Master Plan and that it already has designated funds of $700,000 for 2014 and 2015.

Lagoon Avenue

(between Lake Calhoun Parkway and Dupont Avenue)

on its heavy use being next to the lakes, narrow sidewalks, large vehicle access points, and overall “uncomfortable” environment “particularly due to the large volume of fast-moving, one-directional vehicular traffic.” This section of roadway awaits funding designation from the City. Bruce Cochran is Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and resides in CARAG.

Already designated in the Master Plan, this stretch of road has been described as having crash incidence, a multi-lane roadway, a deficient sidewalk, and deficient environment, which all contribute to its impediment to pedestrian movement. The Committee prioritized it based

ROBBERIES from 4 old, dressed in all black with a black knit hat, and a black face mask covering the lower portion of his face. In at least two of the robberies he was wearing glasses. He brandished a black semi-automatic handgun in each of the robberies. Loss from these robberies includes cash and a small amount of narcotics (from Walgreens).

Sgt. Walter Carlson of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Robbery Unit is coordinating the investigation. Anyone with information about these robberies or the possible identity of the suspect is asked to call Sgt. Carlson at 612.673.3856. Additionally, anyone with any information about this case may also send a text to 847 411 (tip 411), enter MPD and the tip or call the tipline at 612.692.TIPS (8477). All texts are anonymous. 
This section of 29th Street looking east shows not only robust growth just to the north across the Greenway to the left, but a virtual ‘no-man’s land’ for pedestrians to navigate. In addition to no sidewalk on the north side, this section behind Rainbow Foods has no sidewalk on the south side. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Additionally, an armed robbery of a business occurred at about 10 a.m. at Lake Street West and Knox Avenue South. Loss included money. IT appears to be a different suspect description than the others. This is an ongoing investigation and the MPD does not have additional information at this time. If you have information on this case, please do not contact Sgt. Carlson but you can report anonymously via the tip line information provided above. There were no known injuries in any of these incidents.

The Uptown Girl has Moved! New Faces of Green Spaces
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) held its annual meeting January 2, and elected its officers for 2014. Commissioners elected Liz Wielinski as President and Scott Vreeland as Vice President. New incoming Commissioner At Large Meg Forney and 5th District Steffanie Musich along with the returning commissioners were sworn in to office by Hennepin County District Court Judge Pamela Alexander. (Back Row) Hennepin County District Court Judge Pamela Alexander, Vice-President Scott Vreeland, Commissioner John Erwin, Commissioner Jon Olson, Commissioner Meg Forney, Commissioner Steffanie Musich and Commissioner Brad Bourn.
(Front Row) Commissioner Annie Young, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and President Liz Wielinski. (Submitted Photo)

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Olympic Cravings?
Review: Hammer & Sickle
By Beth Marsh
The new Hammer & Sickle restaurant and vodka bar lies between the Lagoon Theater and Bar Abilene. Don’t look for the restaurant’s name or address. Look for a red door with a black hammer and sickle handle. Inside, diners will find a small venue with a red and black decorating theme. Many familiar Russian dishes are on the menu that have become American favorites, such as Chicken Kiev, Beef Stroganoff, and Cabbage Rolls, but be aware that you will find some surprising twists in the preparation. comprised of potato, chorizo, and an overwhelming jalapeno flavor. Even the addition of cool sour crèam was not enough to squelch the overpowering spiciness. This dish is not for the faint of heart, but if you love the extra kick of jalapeno, give it a try. The Comrade, which contains potato and cheese and is topped with caramelized onion, bacon, and sour cream, sounds more appealing to my reserved taste on a subsequent visit. From the Sashlik (Russian-style BBQ skewers) menu, we sampled chunks of deliciously tender, seasoned lamb, served on a skewer with overcooked but tasty vegetables served atop delicate rice pilaf.

sauce, a variety of cheeses and cold meats, and several desserts, including mile-high cheesecake. Our server was helpful and pleasant and he would always find out the answers to any questions that we had about the food and drinks. With subdued lighting in the evening and blaring soul music, Hammer & Sickle’s atmosphere is somewhat contradictory. I couldn’t help thinking: Is this a late-night bar with a full Russian-themed menu, or is it a place where Uptowners meet for a comfort-food meal? Considering the great food, this is a place that deserves a try for any diner with a sense of adventure. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, I rate Hammer & Sickle as follows: Food = 5, Beverages = 4, Service = 4, and Atmosphere = 3. Enter through the red door and see for yourself.
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Seniors and Students Got the Beat
By Mary Ann Schoenberger
Clapping, stomping, singing and making sounds of all sorts, nine seniors and five students became a “human orchestra” under the direction of Zach Bagaason of Big Quarters. After introducing themselves and listening to some bars of each person’s favorite song, the group spent the first of eight sessions learning about beat making and music production. The project, which is taking place at Volunteers of America—MN’s Southwest Senior Center, is being coordinated by Intermedia Arts and funded by the State Arts Board. “We wanted to do these programs so that we could bring creative and vibrant art activities to an intergenerational group and have the participants share some of their life experiences and hopefully learn from each other,” said Michael Hay, Intermedia’s Youth Program Director. During the next month, the seniors and students will discuss music production and create some music together. Bagaason said that by the end of the session, the group will have recorded some songs that they can take home on CD. “I look forward,” Bagaason said, “to teaching this group that is so eager to learn and engage with something new, as well as learn from their experiences with music.” It’s clear that there is a wide range of musical taste, with Bonnie Bond, 72, picking Elvis Presley’s “Jail House Rock” as a favorite and Morgan, 12, choosing “Radioactive” by Magic Dragons. But everyone was excited about working together to make sounds and beats that Bagaason recorded on different tracks and then merged together. “I love the energy and variety,” said program participant Marilyn Lustig. The project is the third GenArts project, a series of intergenerational arts programming bringing together seniors from the Center and youth. “Having these generations together is really going to broaden our perspectives about music and each other,” said Kathy Webster, the Center’s adult day program assistant. GenArts will culminate with an opening featuring all three of the intergenerational projects at Intermedia Arts Feb. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Intermedia Art, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.

My companion and I started our dinner with two choices from the ZakusTo accompany ki (small plate) our meal, we menu. The Picchose a flight nic Board for of four infused two arrived vodkas. We on a wooden gave the dill cutting board, flavored and with slices of the honey infuproschiutto and sion a thumbs pastrami, paired up. The horsewith several soft radish was too cheeses, rye toast bitingly strong, (Photo by Bruce Cochran) tips, and half of and the cherry a Russian hardhad the cloyboiled egg with ing flavor of Nyquil. its white tinted with beet juice Wines, beers, and an array of and its creamy yolk seasoned vodkas are on the drink menu. with horseradish. A bowl of sour-cream topped Borshch (also On Saturday and Sunday, from known as borscht) contained 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hammer & mildly flavored chopped beets Sickle puts on a European bufwith the unusual addition of fet brunch. This is a great way to try a variety of foods, such as shredded, cooked lamb. an Eggs Benedict, French toast, From the Varenyky/Pieroge fresh fruit, pickled vegetables, menu, we ordered The Cholo, blintzes with house-made apple

Hours
Monday–Friday: 5pm-2am Saturday–Sunday: 9am-2am Brunch: Saturday–Sunday: 10am-2pm

Prices
Zakuski (small plates): $6-$14 Shashlik (Russian-style BBQ skewers): $10 Varenyky/Pieroge: $10 Large plates: $12- $22 Sweets: $6 Caviar flights $65-$150 Brunch: $12.95

Drinks
Beer: On tap: $6-$12; bottles & cans: $5-$6 Wine by the glass: $7- $11 Vodka flights: $20- $30

Parking
Public pay-by-the-hour parking in rear ramp or at meters on Lagoon and surrounding streets.

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.

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For more information about the program or for a schedule of Center events, contact Mary Ann Schoenberger at mschoenberger@voamn.org or 612-822-3194. Volunteers of America—MN’s Southwest Senior Center is located at 3612 Bryant Ave. S. The Center provides programs and services for people 50 and up, including an adult day program, senior dining, social work services, exercise classes, a comseeking an additional puter lab, and educational and representative for our cultural opportunities. I look forward to teaching this group that is so eager to learn and engage with something new, as well as learn from their experiences with music.

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Garden Mausoleum award is one of 27 total awards

Lakewood Mausoleum Wins National Architecture Award

HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has won a national 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture for Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum at 3600 Hennepin Ave. Since 1949, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has celebrated outstanding architecture through the Honor Awards program. The design was led by Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, and John Cook, FAIA, Vice Presidents with HGA. The Mausoleum has established itself as one of the Twin Cities’ most important landmarks since opening in spring 2012. Built into a hillside with nearly three-quarters of its massing underground to preserve Lakewood’s pastoral quality, the 24,500 square foot, two level Mausoleum includes six crypt rooms, six columbaria (funeral urn rooms), three family crypt (burial) rooms, a committal room and support spaces for 10,000 interments. The textural exterior features split-faced gray granite, white mosaic-marble trim and bronze doors. Inside, light filters through skylights and lantern-windows as a diverse material palette— mahogany, marble, onyx, bronze and glass—interacts with the natural light within a serene setting. “Funerary architecture is an incredible opportunity to create something meaningful for a community,” Soranno said. “The Mausoleum allows visitors to

The exterior of the Mausoleum.

(Photo by Lyndel Owens)

experience a sense of peace and calm in an environment conducive to contemplation and healing.” The Lakewood of Cemetery Garden Mausoleum has received 27 awards since 2010, including the AIA National Honor Award and the 2014 Tucker Design Award (Building Stone Institute). A complete list of awards received can be found at http:// hga.com/work/lakewood-cemetery-garden-mausoleum.

About Lakewood Cemetery
Founded in 1871, Lakewood Cemetery is a nonprofit association, open to all people. They “provide memorialization in a place of beauty and solace — giving comfort to families and individuals by meeting final needs with compassion and dignity.”

The New ‘Space Invaders’
Douglas Flanders & Associates celebrates its new location with a grand opening on February 15, 6 to 9 p.m. The new gallery space at 818 Lake St. replaces Rusty Quarters retro video arcade. More info at flandersart.com.
(Submitted Photo)

An interior view looking out to the Cemetery.

(Photo by Lyndel Owens)

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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.

Michelle Beaulieu, Samantha Strong

Bryant Square Park Update: Julie Sandin
The skating rink warming room is open 7 days a week until February 17. Skates are available at the park for no charge. Friday evenings are family skate nights from 5:30-7:30 with hot cocoa and cookes There are several field trips available for youth, ages 6-12: February 14: Minnesota History Museum, $13 fee March 28: Tropix Waterpark, $15 fee April 1: Science Museum and Omni Theater, $14 fee April 3: Cosmic Bowling, $17 fee New yoga classes are available

Introductions: Diana Boegemann
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. Board Members and attendees were introduced.

for adults at all levels on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Mondays at 7:45 p.m. for $8 fee/class. Call BSP (612) 370-4907 or minneapolisparks.org for more info.

The loan program has lifted the income limit and has increased eligible improvements. Home energy audits are now available at a reduced rate of $30 due to a CARAG supplement. These audits provide valuable information on how to reduce energy use and costs and include installation of materials. For more information, contact CEE at 612- 225-5884, or CARAG at 612 825-2320 or carag@carag.org

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, January 21, 2014. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the February 2014 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by Michelle Beauliu. Board Members Attending: Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Cameron Conway, Jay Lindgren, Maura Lynch, Nancy Riestenberg. Excused Absences:

Hennepin Ave.
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A ‘Dunn’ Deal
Sanjeev Azad, an independent franchisee with Dunn Bros Coffee, who owns three locations in Uptown, is relocating the 1506 Lake St. location. The 22-year-old store at Lake Street and Humboldt Avenue will be reborn at 2528 Hennepin Ave., most recently occupied by Muddy Paws Cheesecake. “We are happy and very excited to announce that we will be moving into a better location,” said Azad. In addition to coffee Azad is also interested in serving a broader spectrum of sandwiches, salads and tap beer. The new location is due to open this spring. (Photo by

Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
On the agenda… • Council Member Lisa Bender • CARAG Board of Director Vacancy • And More!
CARAG Chilly Chili Fest
Sunday, February 23 Community Partners

Join the CARAG E-update at www.carag.org to receive emails about CARAG activities and events.

CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 www.carag.org | carag@carag.org | 612.823.2520

Lyndale Ave.

City Council Update: Council Member Lisa Bender
Bender outlined her first term priorities: Redevelopment of Lake and Nicollet (now in 10th Ward) Nicollet-Central Streetcar line Protected bikeways Curbside organics pickup. Bender is on four Council committees and is planning the following outreach events: Monthly newsletter Monday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. “open office hours” at rotating coffee shops in the 10th Ward neighborhoods Monthly events. The first event on February 19, 8 a.m., will focus on Housing and Homelessness Bender can be reached at 612673-2210 or lisa.bender@minneapolismn.gov

Community Forum: All
Some attendees mentioned concern about lack of snow shoveling on sidewalks. Neighbors are encouraged to report un-shoveled sidewalks to 311.

Agenda & Minutes: Diana Boegemann
Motion, Seconded to approve the agenda. Approved. Motion, Seconded to approve the December Board Meeting minutes. Approved.

Land Use and Transportation Committee: Cameron Conroy
Conroy stated that the Land Use and Transportation Committee was asked to review an application to change zoning from residential R2B to commercial C1 at 34th and Lyndale. The current use is commercial with nonconforming use applications for each new business rental. The C1 license would eliminate applications or each new rental. The Committee did not have a quorum and will review the request at the February 11th Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting, which is open to the public. A City Planning representative will be at the meeting to assist with questions and concerns. The Committee will make a recommendation to the CARAG board, who will vote via email so that the application can go to the City Council Planning Commission on February 13th.

Crime and Safety Report: Chelsea Adams, 5th precinct Officers Christine Patino and Jonahs S. Novak and Sgt. Ryan Johnson
Adams reported an increase in theft and robberies in 2013 for CARAG and had suggestions and requests to address the issue. Request: CARAG needs more block leaders. This takes minimal time and helps to deter crime. For information or to volunteer, contact Chelsea.adams@ minneapolismn.gov What can you do to prevent crime? Lock doors on your house and garage Register your valuables, especially computers, bikes and equipment. If an item is recovered and it is not registered, it cannot be released back to you, the owner. Remove valuables from your vehicle. Even bags without valuables can tempt a break-in. If you have any concerns with a person loitering, especially in your alley, do not hesitate to call 911.

NRP Implementation Report: Jay Lindgren/Scott Engel
Engel proposed a NRP Plan Modification presented at the November meeting, to reallocate $1000 from Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and $1000 from Crime Prevention Seminars to Graffiti Prevention. Motion, Seconded, Approved. The city has reduced the NRP loan amount to 66.2% of the original amount. Engel proposed a vote to confirm the reductions in NRP Phase 2 amounts to the 66.2 levels. Motion, Seconded, Approved. Engel proposed to contract $164,000 for the Residential 1-3 Unit Loan Program, $164,000 for the Residential 4-10 Unit NRP Loan Program and $70,000 for the Garage Improvement Loan Program. This motion will allow the allocated funds to be available for contract. Motion, Seconded, Approved.

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm

Bryant Square Park Rec Center

12:30-3pm (Free childcare provided)

We can’t guarantee it will be cold outside, but we can promise there will be delicious, hot chili and fabulous door prizes from area businesses. Join your neighbors for a bowl or two of chili to benefit the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. Stick around to meet new friends, learn about CARAG neighborhood activities, and your chance to win a door prize.

CARAG Home Loan Programs: Nate Phelps, Center for Energy and the Environment
Phelps reviewed the newly revised CARAG home loan programs with reduced interest rate of 2.99 percent. Loans are available for: Residential 1-3 units – Exterior improvements Residential 4-10 units – Exterior improvements Garage – Garage and driveway repair or replacement improvements

Treasurer’s Report: Scott Engel
Engel made available the income statement and balance sheet for December 2013. A motion to approve the Neighborhood Priority Plan presented at the November 19, 2013 CARAG Meeting was brought forward for final vote. Seconded and approved. Meeting Adjourned: 8:40 p.m.

Food Drive Bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, which is located in CARAG.

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of crafting in the kitchen. Master had planned on being a teacher but life dished up something different. “I grew up playing hockey, so being in a kitchen is a lot like being in a locker room. I really got into the whole atmosphere, the vibe of it, the comradery. Everybody seemed like they were having a good time but working really hard.” So, she adds, “I eventually decided to go to culinary school instead of getting my Master degree.” Master chose to remain in New Orleans to attend culinary school at Delgado College for two years. She felt she had a lot to catch up on, especially since most of her culinary peers had been in the field years before she entered at age 22. “I was way behind. I didn’t know how to cut anything. I remember the first time I tried to dice a tomato the person looked at me like I was crazy.” She persevered by following a learning regime that consisted of reading and memorizing techniques from cookbooks in addition to both fulltime work and school. Her effort paid off, and she was able to Master French cooking techniques in America’s most Francophone city. It was a natural fit for her, and an intentional focus. “Everywhere I worked in New Orleans was pretty much French style. It’s all French technique really.” In addition to her familiarity with New Orleans French cuisine, she’s traveled to France multiple times and studied the language for three years in college, which helped her master the terminology. The French approach to food was also enticing. “I love the bistro culture. I love that neighborhood feeling. Where it’s really comfortable but you can get great food for a decent price. I’ve always loved that. I loved that in Paris so I knew that when I came up here I wanted to work in a place like that. That’s my dream, that’s the type of place I want to open.” Flash forward about a decade later and it’s arguable to claim that Chef Master has achieved that dream. She’s the executive chef at a top-tier restaurant, and she’s on the forefront of making sustainably-sourced food available in the Twin Cities. But this past summer she realized she was ready for a new challenge. Auditions for “The Taste” were almost as grueling as the show’s actual cooking challenges. “It was nerve-wracking,” says Master. “It was just kind of an insane experience, nothing like I’ve done before.” After getting past the screening rounds, which including producers calling her family, friends, and husband, Chef Master was flown to California for a filmed audition with “The Taste’s” four mentors: Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelsson, Anthony Bourdain, and Ludo Lefebvre.

In L.A. she was taken to a soundstage and asked to prepare a dish in an hour, a dish that would determine her participation in the show. “You’re in a trailer with 34 other people, then suddenly they grab you out,” Master explains, “they hand you your basket of food then take you into the kitchen. They stick a camera in your face and ask you a bunch of questions: ‘rae you nervous?’ ‘Are you going to be ready on time?’ I just wanted to make sure I was going to finish [cooking] on time.” After plating her creation she was whisked to receive feedback from the four mentors, each of who sampled only one bite from her plate. “At that point they don’t care what your back story is or who you are or where you’re from they’ve already made their decision,” she reflects “Yea, I was sweatin’ a little bit. I was pretty nervous up there.” “The Taste” features 16 contestants evenly split into four teams, with each team under the guidance of one of the mentor chefs. Mentor chefs picked their teams by sampling one bite from each chef’s dish. More than half of the hopeful contestants were sent home. First one mentor chef declined to have Master on their team, then another. Finally, it was Samuelsson’s turn. Samuelsson, an award winning chef and owner of multiple restaurants, began asking about her life, wondering where she was from, and added that, recalls Master, “it felt like you were flirting with me with these flavors.” He asked her to join his team; she was officially on the show. “I couldn’t believe it. Everything I had worked for in my life up to this point was all based on that one bite of food.” Master had a long-term vision that sustained her throughout the process: her dream of opening her own restaurant. In fact, that was one of her main motivations for going on the show. Master hoped a potential partner would view the show and think, “this kid has what it takes.” For awhile she and her husband have been considering ideas but, she says, “I kind of needed the reality TV monster to kick me in the butt a little bit to get me out there actually talking about it. It was something I needed to do, and I just can’t believe that I did it.” Participating in “The Taste” refreshed Master. “You’re around all of these amazing cooks, amazing chefs that are bouncing ideas off of each other. We would sit down at the bar at the end of the day; it was really fun to be able to bounce ideas off one another.” Throughout the duration of filming Master worked to find her own groove amid the varying cooking challenges that make “The Taste” so intriguing. Each episode has a theme, and each team is assigned to create a variation on that theme.

“A lot of the challenges up to this point [in the show] have been styles that I don’t really do. Kind of trashy late night food and things like that,” she says, referring to episode three in which contestants had to make “Guilty Pleasures.” I love to eat that food, but I don’t necessarily cook it. I struggled a little bit at the beginning trying to figure out my place in that kind of food.” Her style of cooking, as a restaurant chef accustomed to creating entire dishes, was much different from the approach required for a one-bite competition in which judges make their decision based on one spoonful sampling. “I had a really hard time at the beginning because I wanted to cook in the competition like a restaurant chef. I can’t take the style of food I do [at Barbette’s] and think it’s going to work for a one-bite competition.” For Master, her style is all about storytelling. In their future restaurant, she says she and her husband dream of “being able to tell our story, through food. Because that’s the best way I communicate.”

Master has succeeded in sharing her story of being a female chef in the Midwest determined to open her own restaurant. “One of the reasons I wanted to go on the show was to prove that Minneapolis is a really legit food town. There are really exciting and amazing things happening

here and I just wanted people to know that. As a female chef from Minneapolis, and the Midwest in general, I wanted to get out there and show this is what we do and we do it really well.”
Lyndel Owens resides in CARAG.

Floored

The Flooring Expo: Stainmaster Flooring Center replaces the Running Room at 2801 Hennepin Ave. One of six stores in the Twin Cities, the new store boasts: “67 years in business, the absolute best warranties anywhere in the industry and installation of any type of flooring” More info at flooringexpo. com or 612.588.9999. (Photo by Lyndel Owens)

Short Redhead Reel Reviews
By Wendy Schadewald [Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) shortredheadreelreviews.com] “47 Ronin” (PG-13) (2.5)
[Intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements.] — Terrific cinematography highlights this factually inspired, fascinating, violent, 2-hour film in which 47 legendary Samurai warriors (Hiroyuki Sanada, et al.) and a half-breed (Keanu Reeves), who was raised by demons, risk their lives to revenge the death of their beloved master (Min Tanaka) at the hands of a ruthless, power-hungry shogun (Tadanobu Asano) and a blue-eyed, browneyed, shape-shifting witch (Rinko Kikuchi) in feudal Japan. gripping, intense, heartbreaking, 115-minute, 2012 film in which a Danish community ostracizes a divorced, kindhearted, kindergarten teacher (Mads Mikkelsen) after a young schoolgirl (Annika Wedderkopp) accuses him of sexual abuse.

“Walking with Dinosaurs” (PG) (3)
[Creature action and peril, and mild rude humor.] — John Leguizamo narrates this educational, family-oriented, colorful,
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“Inside Llewyn Davis” (R) (3.5)
[Language, including some sexual references.] — A poignant, engaging, well-acted, star-studded (John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, and Garret Hedlund), 105-minute, Coen brother film about a talented, homeless, down-onhis-luck folk singer (Oscar Isaac) as he struggles to make a living with his music during one cold winter week in Greenwich Village in 1961 while dealing with an angry, pregnant friend (Carey Mulligan).

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

“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” (PG-13) (2.5)
[Crude and sexual content, drug use, language, and comic violence.] — Looney, wacky ad-libbing dominates this wacky, over-the-top, cameo-dotted (Harrison Ford, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Jim Carrey, Kayne West, Dylan Baker, Amy Poehler, Liam Neeson, Vince Vaughn, John C. Reilly, Fred Willard, Tina Fey, Kirsten Dunst, Will Smith, Luke Wilson, and Sacha Baron Cohen), 2-hour comedy in which a crass, racist San Diego anchorman (Will Ferrell) reunites his dimwitted team (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner) when he is hired by an African-American executive (Megan Good) to work at a 24-hour global news network where they stir things up during their first broadcast.

LAGOON CINEMA
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“Saving Mr. Banks” (PG-13) (3)
[Thematic elements, including some unsettling images.] — While gruff, cantankerous, controlling, stubborn English novelist P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) causes problems left and right for the amenable Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), his dedicated staff (Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Melanie Paxson, and Kathy Baker), and a chauffeur (Paul Giamatti) during meetings in 1961 to film her beloved book “Mary Poppins” and initially refuses to sign the studio contract in this entertaining, factually based, 2-hour film, she reminisces about her childhood growing up with her alcoholic father (Colin Farrell), her frustrated mother (Ruth Wilson), two younger sisters, and a nanny/ housekeeper (Rachel Griffiths).

UPTOWN THEATRE
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“The Hunt” (R) (3.5)
[Sexual content, including a graphic image, violence, and language.] [Subtitled] [DVD only] — An Oscar-nominated,

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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.

hoft, Vice-President; Susie Goldstein, Treasurer; Emily Balogh; Kate Davenport; Paul Harstad; Harry Savage; David Tompkins; and Heather Wulfsberg. Board Members Absent: Anja Curiskis, Liz Heyman and Lara Norkus-Crampton. Guest: resident Ben Jilek ECCO Board President Linda Todd called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Sarah Sponheim and Jim Smith have resigned from the ECCO Board. Notes were sent to both Sarah and Jim thanking them for their dedication and service to the neighborhood. Board alternate Paul Harstad was elevated

to board member. The board is seeking candidates for one open board seat.

Park Rec Center. The expenses for the CPP funding cycle ending 12/31/13 were reviewed. All of the funds were spent. ECCO’s NPP funds reserved for the 36th Street bikeway have been committed but not yet paid. Linda Todd will follow up with city planners on the status of the project. The annual report for the 2013 CPP program is due March 14. A draft will be reviewed at the February board meeting. The ECCO Board signed thank you notes to Council Member Meg Tuthill and her staff and voted to include gift cards to area restaurants. The board also approved sending a thank you gift to Sarah Sponheim for her service as ECCO President and Chair of the Green Team. The Uptown Association’s annual meeting is January 28. ECCO will have an information table at the Expo portion of the event. Several board members are interested in attending the meeting. The board voted to use CPP funds to subsidize the ticket price for interested board members (ECCO will pay $20 of the ticket price, and board members will be responsible for the balance). Neighborhood and Community Relations is hosting the 2nd Annual Community Connec-

Treasurer’s Report: Susie Goldstein
Wine Tasting revenue from the door sales was $1,104 bringing ECCO’s total revenue from the event to $3,609. We are awaiting the final grant payment for the raingarden project. ECCO’s 2014 budget will be reviewed at the February board meeting.

tions Conference on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event is free. Registration will open mid-February. Home Security Grant program: the board will discuss possible changes to the program at the February meeting. The December 18 caroling party was a wonderful event. Special thanks to Judy and Michael Shields for opening their home for the post-caroling party.

Hennepin Ave.

Lyndale Ave.

ECCO Meeting Minutes for January 2, 2014. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by Monica Smith and approved by the ECCO Board by electronic vote prior to publication.

Attendance
Board Members Present: Linda Todd, President; Andrew Born-

LAKE CALHOUN

Staff Report: Monica Smith
Community meetings for the Southwest LRT project will be held on January 7, 5-7:30 at Kenwood Community Center and January 9, 5-7:30 pm at St Louis

Committee Reports
Livability Committee: Kate Davenport The December meeting included a presentation by the architect for a new single family home to be built at 3336 Humboldt Ave and a discussion about Southwest Light Rail Transit. Heather Wulfsberg will co-chair the Livability Committee along with Kate Davenport. The committee has changed their regular meeting date to the third Monday of the month. The next meeting is Monday, January 20, 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s. The agenda will include a presentation by Lake & Irving (1513 W Lake St) to discuss their application for Class C1 entertainment license (to allow for live enterECCO page 11

Rise and Shine
For the past three year’s Bogart’s Donuts has made a name for itself at the Fulton and Kingfeild’s farmers markets. Now the owners have signed a lease for the Bogart’s Doughnut Co. to be located at 36th Street and Bryant Avenue. The donut and coffee shop takes the place of the previously owned Amelia Flower & Garden Shoppe, 910 36th St. (Photo by Lyndel Owens)

EAST CALHOUN EVENTS & NEWS
FEBRUARY EVENTS
T H U R S D AY, F E B R U A R Y 6 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Ave S

The agenda includes 10th Ward Council Member Lisa Bender. The complete agenda will be posted on www.eastcalhoun.org by February 4th. Residents are invited and encouraged to participate. M O N D AY, F E B R U A R Y 1 7

Livability Committee St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Ave S

7:00 p.m.

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. in February 2014. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at Dunn Bros. Coffee at 34th and Hennepin.

Note: The East Calhoun Green Team will not be meeting

Save the Date: 2nd Annual East Calhoun Bicycle Festival on
Saturday, May 31st!

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Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. Send a request to nrp@eastcalhoun.org 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 nrp@eastcalhoun.org at least five days before our event.

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WAYS TO LOVE YOUR COMMUNITY
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Get a Green Cart for compost! (It’s free and reduces waste.) Help plan an ECCO event!

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Join MSP Fair Skies Coalition and support sensible air traffic www.mspfairskies.com. Attend an ECCO Board Meeting!

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CONTACT YOUR BOARD for more information and ideas on how to get involved at: nrp@eastcalhoun.org

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

2–SUNDAY

BIG GAY SUPER BOWL PARTY

8–SATURDAY

Uptown Cafeteria & Support Group 3001 Hennepin Ave • 612.877.7263 uptowncafeteria.com
Make Uptown Cafeteria your destination for the super bowl this year! Don’t miss a play as you take in the spectacle on 10 TVs and a big screen from 4 to 10pm. While you’re at it, bid on items in the silent auction to benefit the Aliveness Project, get all-day happy hour specials, and celebrate each touchdown with jello shots. Call for reservations.

VALENTINE’S DAY TC 5K RUN/WALK

13– THURSDAY
WINTER SNOW BUILD
MPRB Painter Park - 6pm-8pm 620 34th St • 612.370.4780 minneapolisparks.org
Wake yourself from hibernation and join the Winter Snow Build at Painter Park Recreation Center. This mid-winter event is for the whole family. The event will have a contest for the most creative project built out of snow (small fun prizes). A Bonfire and hot chocolate will be on hand to help keep you warm during this great community event.

15-SATURDAY

UKULELE ALLEY CARTOON EXTRAVAGONZO
Bryant Lake Bowl - Noon 810 Lake St. • 612.825.8949 bryantlakebowl.com

Twin Cities in Motion - 10am Lake Harriet • 651.289.7700 tcmevents.org
The Valentine’s Day TC 5K Run/Walk is the Twin Cities’ oldest winter running event! The top three male and top three female finishers in the TC 5K will receive awards to be redeemed at the TCM Photo Stop tent. Don’t forget to dress to impress. Costume prizes will be awarded to the “Best Male Costume,” “Best Female Costume,” “Cutest Couple” and more. Prizes will also be awarded randomly at Packet Pick Up, to the “middle of the pack” and at the post-race party.

TUESDAYS

SOCRATES CAFE

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.

Luke the Uke and DJ Mistor Gosh, have mined the cartoon archives for a family matinee like no other. The ExtravaGONZO presents classic animation with music, laughs and lots of surprises guaranteed to start your weekend right. Join the family-friendly fun for kids of all ages.

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SHAKESPEARE’S WILL

The Jungle Theater 2951 Lyndale Ave • 612.822.7063 jungletheater.com
The Jungle Theater presents the regional premiere of Shakespeare’s Will, written by award-winning Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen. After the death of William Shakespeare, his widow, Anne Hathaway (played by Cathy Fuller in her Jungle debut), recalls her life with – and without – the enigmatic poet. Artistic Director Bain Boehlke designs and directs an imaginative story of a wife and mother who made tremendous sacrifices for love and life, opening February 7 and running through March 23. Featuring music from the Elizabethan era with a compelling period soundscape created by C. Andrew Mayer, the dynamic one-woman play showcases theatricality, humor and brashness on Boehlke’s beautifully-designed set, inspired by elements from Hathaway’s Cottage, which still exists near Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare’s Will premiered in 2005 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, and has played to enthusiastic audiences in numerous theaters across the United States and Canada, including the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2011. The 2007 U.S. premiere was produced by Leonard Nimoy. The Shakespeare’s Will creative team also includes Bill Devins, Amelia Cheever, John Novak and John Stillwell.

HOUSE PARTY: NEW PAINTINGS OPENING RECEPTION
SooVAC Art Gallery - 6-9pm 2638 Lyndale Ave. • 612.871.2263 soovac.org

JAN. 31–FEB. 2

This Month The UNN is Giving Away . . .

CITY OF LAKES LOPPET

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The City of Lakes Loppet Festival will attract more than 10,000 people participating in 21 winter events from cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding to a snow sculpture contest and ice­ bike racing. “The City of Lakes Loppet is like no other event in the country given the broad range of activities and competitions that comprise the festival,” said John Munger, the executive director of the Loppet Foundation. “Over the course of the weekend we will have people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels participating in the weekend’s festivities.” The orchestration of the event, which will draw participants from at least 28 states and five countries and attract more than 20,000 spectators, is largely managed by an extensive team of volunteers. Proceeds from the festival beyond operational costs advance the Loppet Foundation’s youth programs and stewardship efforts, which help the entire community enjoy the outdoors throughout the year.

Soo Visual Arts Center Presents: House Party: New Paintings by Eric Syvertson, Feb. 8-Mar. 22. House Party creates a complex allegory exploring how the current oil boom in his home state of North Dakota is analogous to a party mentality. The consequences of over indulgence are ignored and the attraction of instant gratification is embraced. Images hinting at a lawn littered with plastic cups and other trash points only to the more permanent disruption of spider webs of pipeline altering the landscape. The hyperrealism of his oil paintings create stark moody vignettes of a party at the apex of its reverie and the morning after. Borrowing screen shots from YouTube party videos as reference material, Syvertson sees the compositions as a collaboration “between the unknown party goer and myself as I curate and render moments from their videos.” The crude disposable nature of the video clip is lost by the act of painting; it becomes a moment of significance. Eric Syvertson received his BFA at Minnesota State University. Eric has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. This will be his first solo exhibition in Minnesota.

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RULES: The most creative answer to this question wins: What is your description of love? Email your answer to unn612@gmail.com.
[January answer: “new” appeared 68 times. Previous month’s winners are not eligible.]
ping New York City stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) from 1987 to the his arrest by an FBI agent (Kyle Chandler) for illegal money shenanigans. ©1986 through 2014 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, log on to www. shortredheadreelreviews.com.

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80-minute, 3D film filled with terrific, lifelike creatures and initially follows two siblings (Charlie Rowe and Angourie Rice) and their paleontologist uncle (Karl Urban) as they search for dinosaur remains in Alaska, and it ends up following a pint-sized herbivore Pachyrhinosaurus (voiceover by Justin Long) and his ambitious brother (voiceover by Skyler Stone) and smitten girlfriend (voiceover by Tiya Sircar) as they face dangers from the environment and carnivorous

dinosaurs while migrating with the herd during the Cretaceous era.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” (R) (2.5)
[Sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.] — Vulgar language and nudity punctuate this Oscar-nominated, crass, drawn-out, factually based, star-studded (Jonah Hill. Matthew McConaughey, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Spike Jonze, Jon Favreau, Shea Whigham,

and Jean Dujardin), 3-hour, Martin Scorsese film based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir that chronicles the rise and fall of smooth-talking, ambitious, cocaine-snorting, Quaalude-pop-

Bender Joins Council Members for Oath of Office

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tainment of up to 5 musicians).  Green Team: David Tompkins Sarah Sponheim resigned as the chair of the Green Team. David Tompkins will meet with Sarah to discuss ideas for the future of team. The Green Team will not meet in January. Midtown Greenway Coalition: Harry Savage Meet Mayor Betsy Hodges at a transportation rally at noon on January 3 on the Midtown Greenway at Fifth Avenue.

members for electronic approval. Information will go to residents in an eblast and to the Uptown Neighborhood News. The Board discussed the idea of joining the Uptown Association but decided against it at this time.

Focus of 2014 Board Activity
The Board brainstormed ideas for areas of focus for 2014. Ideas included: impacts to the local ecosystem, transportation, livability issues (noise, parking, crime) and RNAV. The Livability Committee will work on prioritizing the ideas and present a plan to the ECCO Board. Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m. Next meeting is Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

President’s Report: Linda Todd
RNAV: In December, the ECCO Board electronically approved sending letters to Senators Klobuchar and Franken. There has been no response. Regarding communication with residents: Linda will email a draft to board

City Clerk Casey Carl (back turned, foreground) leads the oath of office for the 2014 City (Left to Right) Jacob Frey (Ward 3), Andrew Johnson (Ward 12), Abdi Warsame (Ward 6), Alondra Cano Blong Yang (Ward 5), Lisa Bender (Ward 10), Cam Gordon (Ward 2), John Quincy (Ward 11), Elizabeth Glidden Barbara Johnson (Ward 4), Lisa Goodman (Ward 7), (Seated) Mayor Betsy Hodges, (Out of View) Kevin Reich Linea Palmisano (Ward 13). (Submitted Photo)

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The new Minneapolis mayor and council members were formally sworn in and the Council has started its work for 2014. Following the January 6 inauguration ceremony, the council voted to name Barbara Johnson as council president and Elizabeth Glidden as council vice president. The City Council also approved a slate of standing committees and committee leadership. “Minneapolis can be more than just a great city,” Mayor Betsy Hodges said in her inaugural address. “We need to be a new city: shining as a beacon brightly enough to show our nation and the world that when we come together as a people, in government and in community, it is possible to be transformed.”

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community together. We still have that same mission and our vision is a community where all people have equal and open access. Now what has changed is the way in which some of these services are delivered. What we try to do is continually stay current with the times, we will always keep our book and our meeting spaces and our programs for children and our classes.  But we also have evolved to offer public computers and Internet access and more options for literacy and learning.  It’s not that we’re changing our focus, we are enhancing, I would say, our access and delivery system.  Some people will always want the hardcover book and magazines.  But I think we can reach a whole new population by offering more and more items digitally.   Do you feel like libraries are filling a gap in terms of information access and supplying a service that wouldn’t otherwise be available to the public? We do supply access to some members of the public that wouldn’t otherwise have access to computers and the Internet […] The other way we address that issue is that we offer a lot of classes. Forty-one of our locations offer classes from very basic computer skills all the way to how to use Microsoft office programs and how to apply for a job online. There is a segment of the community that wouldn’t need that type of classroom experience or that type of access but there’s another part of the community that does and the libraries have always been such an important part in playing that role, of providing equal and open access.
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As we’re moving into the digital era, a lot of people have been talking about how we’re moving from a top-down method of access and information to a bottom-up model. Is personalizing services and the experience of each patron something libraries are tapping into as well? Well, we do, but we tread a fine line because one of the aspects that’s very important to the library is to maintain the privacy of a person’s information so we do not maintain and keep longterm files on patron usages.  

abridge between more traditional cataloguing of information and the new era of digital media? Yes. We definitely are a leader across the country in terms of the technology which we have applied to library science.  We are one of six libraries that just passed the one million mark in terms of downloads of digital books and movies for 2013. At the same time, that’s still a small percentage of our overall circulation of hardcopy books.

both. And then there’s still the idea that we still like to offer a space where some people like to come and read quietly and have their classes or their space with their children and child-reading time. There’s still that glamour of the book itself, the hard-copy book. Do you feel as though building a community is in any way threatened by digital media? No, I think it’s enhanced. One of the ways that we are able to really reach the patrons that we do is

always balancing. So far, the e-books are going really well but they are expensive. It’s a constant challenge for those that are buying media for the library. Are there things in particular that you’re excited about in the future for this library system, or for library science in general? The thing I’m most excited about for this library system is that it has set a goal to be a national leader, and they will do this through technology innovation, through a very knowledgeable staff and we’re looking for more outside sources of funding to really keep our technology current and up-to-date.  That draws more patrons into the library. I’m really optimistic.  I think that we have been able to work with every segment of the population, including new arrivals to this country, young people and our senior population. Are there any obstacles facing libraries due to new technologies?

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It sounds like you’re trying to avoid becoming a sort of Netflix for books. Absolutely.  We do not want that. Is there a particular reason? It’s just one of the tenets that the library is based on. We feel that what a person reads or checks out or accesses at the library, as long as it’s not illegal, is within their own purveyance and we don’t want to keep track of it. Do you envision libraries as

Although the trend is moving toward increased digital use, there still an extremely large segment that is using hard copy books, and may in fact prefer that. […] I think if you were to take an existing library and suddenly remove all the books, you’d have a lot of very upset patrons. Speaking for myself, I check out hardcopy books, I check out E-books.  It depends on the availability and where I’m going to be reading them. I like them

through our website. You can get the word out digitally and then people can personalize it for themselves. Have there been any challenges that libraries have faced from digital media or the Internet? The key is that we always want to address the digital divide […] The challenge is that we don’t want to leave a segment of the population behind. And we’re always balancing the expense— computers are expensive, digital formats are expensive, new technologies are expensive, so we’re

No, I think that as long the libraries continue to be funded, and I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t be, I think that we are in a very unique and wonderful position to overcome a lot of what you would call the ills of society.  I see the library as always having a place, and as I said, our goals are always the same: nourishing minds, transforming lives, and building community. It’s just the way that we do it is different.  So actually, it’s wonderful that we have the technology and other forms of communication available to us because we just do it better.

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) will hold separate meetings for all precincts in Minneapolis. DFLers can find their precinct caucus location and view an informational video at dfl.org. In East Calhoun and CARAG this includes:

East Calhoun Ward 10, Precinct 3 will meet at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. The Precinct 3 boundaries are from Lake Street to 36th Street, and from the Lake Calhoun to Hennepin Avenue. This precinct will elect 35 delegates to the Senate District Convention, two to the Hennepin County

Convention, and 14 to the Minneapolis City Convention, all with the same number of alternates. CARAG Ward 10, Precinct 4 will meet at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Ave. S. Precinct 4 goes from Lake Street to 33rd Street, and from Hennepin to Lyndale Avenue. This precinct will elect 37 delegates to the Senate District, two to the County, and 15 to the City Conventions, with the same number of alternates. CARAG Ward 10, Precinct 6 will meet at Jefferson Elementary School, 1200 W. 26th St. Precinct 6 goes from 33rd Street to 36th Street, and from Hennepin to Lyndale Avenues. This precinct will elect 46 delegates to the Senate District, three to the County, and 19 to the City Conventions, with the same number of alternates. DFL Senate District 61 will meet March 15 at Washburn High School. The delegates will nominate candidates for the Minnesota House and will elect delegates to the Minnesota State DFL Convention. East Calhoun and CARAG are in House District 61B which is presently represented by Speaker of the House Paul

Thissen. The DFL State Convention will be held May 30 in Duluth, and will nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor and U.S. Senator. The Republican Party will also hold its state convention on the same weekend in Rochester. All of these offices are currently held by DFLers who are running for re-election, except for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. Two DFLers have announced they are running for this office, State Representatives Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center and Steve Simon of St. Louis Park. Delegates in the 5th Congressional District will also attend a 5th District Convention where it is expected that U.S. Representative Keith Ellison will be nominated. The DFL Hennepin County Convention will be held April 6 at Ramsey Middle School which will be held in conjunction with the DFL District 3 Convention. The countywide convention will nominate for Hennepin County Sheriff and Attorney. East Calhoun and CARAG are in county commissioner District

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3 where the incumbent Gail Dorfman is retiring. Because she is leaving more than six months before the Nov. 4 election, there will likely need to be a special election within several months. The announced candidates include former State Rep. Marion Greene, public policy consultant Katie Hatt, former State Senator Ken Kelash, St. Louis Park City Council Member Anne Mavity and Hennepin County prosecutor Ben Schweigert. The DFL City Convention will be held April 26 to select nominees for the Minneapolis School Board. The elections in November will be for members from the city eastern districts 1, 3 and 5, and two at-large seats. East Calhoun and CARAG are in District 4. Board Chair Richard Mammen has announced that he will not seek re-election to his at-large seat, while at-large incumbent Rebecca Gagnon has indicated that she will run. Caucus locations for all parties can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State website, sos. state.umn.us. Gary Farland resides in East Calhoun.

East Isles, Lowry Hill and Kenwood Isles Neighborhood Associations held their annual Lake of the Isles Skating Party–complete with blazing fire, hot cocoa, cookies and winter fun. (Photo by StuartWainstock.com)