Crime & Safety ...................................... 4 CARAG News ............................................... 8 Film Reviews................................................ 9 ECCO News ................................................ 10 Events Calendar..................................... 11

By Mary Lingen, as part series of oil paintings highlighting the seasons. (See more on page 11.)

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December 2010 • Volume 6, Number 12

Smoke Signals
By Bruce Cochran

Proposed ordinance changes make statement
The Minneapolis Regulatory, Energy and Environment Committee has asked the City Council to approve an amendment to Title 13, Chapter 281 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Licenses and Business Regulations: Tobacco Dealers. The proposed amendment includes a new provision that would prohibit indoor use of tobacco samples in tobacco shops. If that proposal to change the ordinance passes, Minneapolis tobacco shops like Golden Leaf Tobacco at 3032 Hennepin Avenue will no longer be able to allow sampling of tobacco products in their store. So the store is opposing the changes and working on a petition of 500 signatures and growing in support of their position. The primary reason for their opposition is the resulting harm it will do to their business. “The ability to permit sampling of premium tobacco products differentiates Golden Leaf from Internet and catalogue companies.

Salem + Lyndale + Bartmann Buys Gigi’s Brighton = Greenleaf
SMoke page 7

This rendering is looking northeast at the Intersection of Lyndale Ave. and W. 28th St. The corner building will be the new apartment/ commerical project Greenleaf and the rehabilitated Salem English Lutheran/Lyndale United Church of Christ project is to the right behind the trees.

Casey’s Bar, Harriet Concession also aquired

By Phyllis Stenerson
Two Minneapolis churches and a local developer broke ground on Friday, November 19 for a new building at the northeast corner of 28th Street and Lyndale Avenue. In the process they celebrated a groundbreaking collaboration that benefits all parties and the larger community. Salem English Lutheran Church, Lyndale United Church of Christ and Brighton Development have been working for the last four years on a partnership that will revitalize the neighborhood and strengthen two religious communities. When the project is com-

pleted in 2011, the neighborhood will have new affordable housing and retail space and Lyndale and Salem Churches will have a renovated historic ministry center that they will both call home. Greenleaf is the name selected for the new project, inspired by its location in the Whittier Neighborhood that is named after John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier was one of the American “Fireside Poets” of the late 19th Century. Through this agreement, Brighton Development is building 63 one- and two-bedroom affordable

housing units along with some commercial space. Brighton’s purchase of that land from Salem, along with Lyndale’s sale of their old building, will allow for the rehabilitation of part of the historic Salem church facility which was built in 1904. Salem and Lyndale will then share the renovated ministry center to serve their congregations going forward. As the historic portion of the current project is renovated, the more recent addition will be demolished and replaced with new construction. GreenLeaf page 5

A staff member keeps track of some Gigi’s inventory out on the sidewalk while the interior of the restaurant gets a quick two day face-lift. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

By Bruce Cochran
Gigi’s Cafe at 822 West 36th Street was officially sold in early November by Alex Woehrlin to Kim Bartmann. Bartmann is the current owner of Cafe Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, Red Stag Supper Club and in a purchase option agreement for Casey’s Bar at 3510 Nicollet Avenue. Bartmann is looking forward to the Gigi’s ownership and said “I sort of missed the coffee shop business.” Bartmann has had a 20 year ongoing relationship GiGi’S page 7

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another Step Toward a new Walker Library
By Phyllis Stenerson
Vincent James Associates, the architectural firm selected to design the new Walker Library, met with neighborhood people on November 18 to launch the next phase of the project. Representatives from the Minneapolis firm along with representatives from the Hennepin County Library system presented basic steps in the process and anticipated timeline. The new library will be built on the site of the existing library at the northwest corner of Lagoon and Hennepin Avenues. LiBrary page 5

(see page 11 for details)

Mayor R.T. Rybak joined local business owners from the Metro Independent Business Association to deliver their message of “Buy Local/BuySmart” on November 22 and First Tech at 2640 Hennepin Ave. to holiday shoppers. The group’s mission is to encourage a “buy local” behavior to help keep revenue in the neighborhood. (Photo by
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Marion Greene Will represent District 60a in Minnesota house of representatives
Marion Greene has won the race to represent District 60A in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Greene, a first-time candidate, secured 78 percent* of the vote against the Republican candidate, Brian Gruber. She received the DFL endorsement in February. District 60A has been represented by House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher for 12 years. Kelliher relinquished her seat to run for governor this year. Greene is a health care policy analyst at St. Jude Medical. Minnesota’s next legislative session convenes in January 2011. *Unofficial results from Minnesota Secretary of State

Damian Wagner, an ECCO Neighborhood resident spoke before a November audience at the Apple Store to introduce his movie and sound installation. Wagner is a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional evolutionary artist. He works with an extensive variety of mediums: painting, sculpture, video, music composition and sound design. More info at (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Letter to the Editor
halloween Thank you
Thank you to the ECCO residents who made my sons first Trick-OrTreat outing so much fun! It was wonderful to see such a festive Halloween atmosphere! If anyone living on Humboldt or Irving remembers a dashing TrickOr-Treating Airline pilot, my 5 year old pilot says thank you! -Bobby Davis, ECCO Resident

Low-cost vaccinations available December 3
Hennepin County is offering low-cost vaccinations for people of all ages who lack health insurance or whose health insurance does not cover vaccines. The Downtown Minneapolis Clinic will be December 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hennepin DeaDLine for Health Services Building, 525 submissions to Portland Avenue South. For more the Uptown information about low-cost vaccinations go call 612.348.2884 or go neighborhood news to is DeCeMBer 15

Stop and James Greenway Go Ave. change only City recommends
By Bruce Cochran
At the monthly meeting of the East Isles Resident Association (EIRA), Steve Mosing and Shaun Murphy of the Public Works Department of the City of Minneapolis announced that they would recommend removal of the stop signs for users of the Midtown Greenway at the intersection of James Avenue and the Greenway only. Although the James stop was no surprise to many, what was surprising was new numbers presented that revealed an equal match between cars and bikes on the other two intersections under consideration. “I’m confused about how initial counts were high on Irving and Humbolt,” said Tim Springer of the Midtown Greenway Coalition(MGC). Mosing and Murphy explained that the new numbers represented a more comprehensive count at those locations. At Humbolt and Irving Avenues cars verses bikes equaled about 2,400 a day for both but only 500 cars for James. These figures and the ensuing decision disappointed Springer and Michael T’Kach, also of MGC who for awhile have been interested in making the Greenway more efficient for commuting. Springer conceded, “We advocate the idea of removing stops signs (for cyclists) on all three intersections but only if the EIRA approves of it. We’re not suggesting these changes now but maybe over a year’s time. We are not only an advocate for, but are interested in fostering, biking.” There were EIRA residents at the meeting that were visibly in support of the city’s decision not to remove Greenway stops at Humbolt or Irving. Jerome Ryan stated, “I think eliminating the stop signs would send the wrong message. I cross there about 14 times a day, depending on whatever my kids are doing.” Mosing and Murphy explained that some enhancements would still be made to all three intersections to increase communication and safety. SToP page 5 UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

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100% Participation in CeS Program in Ward 10
We are very happy to report that the 10th Ward is the first ward to achieve 100% participation by our neighborhoods in the Community Energy Service (CES) program. Thank you so much for each neighborhood’s efforts to bring this program to our residents. This program works with homeowners to increase energy efficiency and cut energy costs in homes. Watch for more information on upcoming workshops.

Meet with Meg!
Join us for Meet with Meg for lunch on Tuesday, December 14 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the 5th Precinct’s Community Room, 3101 Nicollet Avenue. Meet with Meg is a time for you to talk with her, ask questions, and voice concerns. Bring your sack lunch! Cookies and lemonade will be provided! Meet with Meg will be held the second Tuesday of every month. As always, we are looking for your input on who you would like to see/hear from at Meet with Meg for Lunch. We would like to start inviting local and city officials to Meet with Meg in the new year and we need your help! If you have any ideas of whom you would like to hear from or of a topic that is of interest to you, please email 10th Ward associate Breanna Patsch at breanna.patsch@ci.minneapolis. Attention: If you want help translating this information into a language other than Hmong, Spanish

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Winter heating Costs
Are you a tenant, landlord or home owner who is worried about the price of heating costs this winter? If so, call Community Action of Minneapolis at 612.335.5911 to see if you qualify for their weatherization or energy assistance programs.

Use Lights and reflectors when Biking
With the days getting darker earlier, please remember to use lights and reflectors when riding your bike. We love to see people continuing to bike, even in the impending cold weather, and we want to make each of you are safe and seen by other drivers.

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Kathleen Baxter, the part-time unofficial animated spokesperson and advocate for the Betsy Tacy books is also a Children’s Literature Consultant. She spoke in early November at Mager’s & Quinn Booksellers for The Maud Hart Lovelace Society to celebrate the reissue of the final three Betsy-Tacy books. The books are written by Lovelace, a native of Uptown. One of the author’s fans was on hand from the CARAG Neighborhood. Juanita Bernard, school teacher, daycare owner and one of the two original CARAG Neighborhood creators said, “Our motivation is to keep this Minnesota author, with her timeless stories alive” (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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Be the Light
The 30th annual winter solstice service will be held at First Universalist Church on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:30 p.m. with an evening of food, meditation, chanting, and celebrating the darkness. Winter Solstice has been observed at First Universalist, since 1980, beginning with a small group of women, and carefully nurtured over the years through the oral traditions of the Under Northern Skies Women’s Ritual Circle. Everyone is invited to this magical, powerful evening to honor the dark and celebrate the return of the light with ritual, story, chanting, quiet reflection, candlelight and music. The evening begins with quiet meditation and an open labyrinth walk in the social hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. The last walk of the day begins at 6:20 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come early to allow enough time to walk the labyrinth. The sanctuary opens at 7 p.m. and the Winter Solstice Ritual begins at 7:30 p.m. Following the service there will

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crime & safety
Dunn Bros robbery
Local owner Sanjeev Azad stays positive
By Bruce Cochran
On October 27 two men entered the Dunn Bros at 1506 West Lake Street at 9:52 p.m., near the closing time of 10 p.m. In about three minutes they used a gun to force the two women working to empty the register and the safe. Before leaving the store they ordered the women to the floor and kicked one of the women’s heads. Then they tied up the two employees before finally fleeing the store. In addition to this store Sanjeev Azad has owned two other Dunn Bros coffee shops for a combined total of 19 years. He also owns the shops at Lake Street and Bryant and 34th Street and Hennepin. In all of that time this is his first robbery. Azad had this to say, “Most shocking is why would you go over the top, the violence wasn’t called for, they already cleaned the safe. The women followed the (store robbery) Sanjeev Azad takes time out to enjoy one “on the protocol to a ‘t’. The first house” at Dunn, 1506 W. Lake St. (Photo by Bruce Cochran) week after the event every employee had a natural reaction and it was a little tough but they have slowly put it behind them now. Time heals all wounds.” he added. Azad downplays the potential for robbery in his stores but knows it could still happen. During training he talks to his employees about the potential of a robbery if it happens not when it happens. He lets them know it could happen and that in this job they are exposed at a register. That means there is a chance they could be robbed. He lets them know so they can make an informed decision about accepting the job. After the two men fled the shop the two women were able to get free from their ropes. The two men were apprehended shortly after and are facing aggravated robbery and kidnapping charges. All of the money that was stolen was returned. When asked what he could do to prevent future robberies Azad responded confidently and resolutely, “The best thing I can do is make connections,” referring to the help and goodwill he received from his customers. “Within the first 30 seconds of the incident, three customers in the store had already called 911.” “You have to look on the bright side,” he added. “Right after the event the woman who was not kicked ran over to the freezer and grabbed a freezer pack for the other woman’s head. Then one of the customers also ran to the back to help the women.” “And the support I received from my customers after the incident was very appreciated and heart warming.” Azad said he received positive comments, cards and even cookies from customers. “They all showed a great deal of sympathy towards my employees, me and my business.”

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GreenLeaf from 1 “This project shows that when people come together around a common goal, amazing things can happen,” said Rev. Don Portwood, Pastor at Lyndale United Church of Christ. “We are emerging from a creative wilderness time for our congregation with renewed spirit, a strengthened sense of community and a deep appreciation for all the people who helped make this project happen.” “We’ve been in the ‘wilderness’ for four years now and that brings challenges and blessings. We continue to grow in numbers and to become a stronger community,” The renovated church will have two separate sanctuaries with a gathering area in between. Salem and Lyndale will continue to operate independently, but will share responsibility for the building. It’s an arrangement that could become a model for other churches throughout the country that are facing their own challenges maintaining large, aging facilities. Figuring out how to bring together all the right parties to make this deal happen was a major challenge, but it is one that brings great satisfaction.

Uptown neighborhood news • 5 . of the church communities. It’s a great example of how groups can come together to find innovative solutions in seeking the common good.” The groundbreaking ceremony featured remarks from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Dan Bartholomay, City Council Member Robert Lillegren and Christine Hobrough regional president of U.S. Bank. After the ceremony, attendees walked to Salem Church for a look at the renovations that are already in progress. The project is being financed by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, U.S. Bank and Park Midway Bank. Salem and Lyndale will move into the renovated church in late summer of 2011. Greenbrier will open in the fall of 2011. Phyllis Stenerson is editor of the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG.

Four years ago, Salem and Lyndale were both strug“This kind of project gling to survive, trying to can’t happen without a lot Pictured above at the groundbreaking is the Rev. Don maintain large, old church- Portwood, Pastor at Lyndale United Church of Christ, of creative thinking and es with small congregations. Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis and Rev. Jen Nagel of dedication,” said Peggy That’s when Salem decided Salem English Lutheran Church. (Photo by Doug Malchow) Lucas, Brighton Developto move out of their buildment partner. “We have ing to share Lyndale’s facility, sav- said Rev. Jen Nagel, Pastor at been amazed at the incredible ing on costs and allowing time to Salem English Lutheran Church. support from the state of Minneredevelop the land for good uses “The old Salem Church was on the sota, Hennepin County, the City and ideally a space for ministry. verge of collapse and limiting our of Minneapolis and the MetroIn the spring of 2009, Lyndale sold ministry. To renew it as a ministry politan Council, along with both its building to New Wine Church, center that we can share with Lynforcing both congregations to set dale and the wider community is a up temporarily at the nearby Inter- great opportunity. We’re grateful media Arts building. Now, with for the many people and organizathe groundbreaking of Greenleaf, tions that have worked tirelessly to the two churches can see the finish bring this project together.” line of their combined journey for a permanent home. SToP from 2 “Our recommendation from Public Works is only to enhance the intersections at Humbolt and Irving, not change the stops.” These enhancements will include lights, tree trimming(completed), marked crosswalks, stop sign reflectivity and location(closer to trail) and adding panels below the stop signs that read “3-way LiBrary from 1 They will meet again with the community after the pre-design phase with an early February 2011 date anticipated. Another meeting about the schematic design phase is expected to follow in about a month. A date for a third meeting toward end of the schematic phase has not been set. Plans will be reviewed by the Hennepin County Board at critical points in the process. Design is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Bids for construction will be requested during January or February of 2012. Construction is expected to take 12 to 14 months with completion in mid-2013. The complexity of the project including demolition and stop” and a “Midtown Greenway” street sign. Also to change is pulling back some of the fencing that hinders visibility of the trail on all three intersections.
Bruce Cochran is Art Director in charge of production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG. He does all of his reporting by bike and loves a well controlled intersection.

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Several new kiosks and stores opened their doors in November for holiday shoppers. Shown above is kiosk vendor Parichart Wallen of “From The East” Fair Trade accessories from Thailand. She’s modeling a puppy dog combo hat and mittens from neighboring store Fashion Accessories, Fair Trade retail from Nepal. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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Minneapolis Snow emergency Parking rules
Day 1 - 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (overnight)
A Snow Emergency will be declared no later than 6 p.m. on any given day. At 9 p.m. on that day, Snow Emergency parking rules begin. Park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes (these streets DO NOT have the red sign: Snow Emergency Route). Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means that the street is completely cleared and plowed to the full width of that side of the street. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed before parking. Emergency Route and you may park on parkways. Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.). After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means that the street is completely cleared and plowed to the full width of that side of the street. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed before parking.

Snow Shoveling
Keeping our sidewalks free of ice and snow is the neighborly thing to do, and it’s the law. For your own benefit and to help your neighbors, people pushing strollers or using wheelchairs, and the many people in Minneapolis who walk, please do your part. Minneapolis Ordinance requires that property owners clear sidewalks after the end of a snowfall within 24 hours for homes and duplexes, four daytime hours for apartment and commercial buildings. (daytime hours begin at 8 am)

Day 2 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At 8 a.m., Day Two parking rules begin. Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.). Park on either side of streets with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.) Do not park on either side of parkways. After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means that the street is completely cleared and plowed to the full width of that side of the street. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed before parking.

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Development Update
Mozaic Project
Application by The Ackerberg Group for a conditional use permit for a phased Planned Unit Development located at 1320 Lagoon Avenue and 2900, 2904 and 2908 Fremont Avenue was approved by the Minneapolis City Planning Commission on November 15. The project will include a 10-story structure with ground level restaurant/commercial space, six floors of an open parking ramp and three floors of office space.

CB2/Calhoun Square
The Planning Commission at its November 1 meeting laid over Calhoun Square/CB2 to the December 13 meeting. Planning Commission Committee of the Whole meeting. Calhoun Square has submitted a proposal to construct a one-story, 24foot high, retail building at the northeast corner of Hennepin Avenue and 31st Street that would house the CB2 home furnishing store. Plans previously approved by the Planning Commission in 2005 and 2008 call for a five-story, mixed-use building on the site with two commercial floors, three residential floors above and underground parking. CARAG voted at its October 19 monthly neighborhood meeting to recommend that the Planning Commission deny approval of the project.

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DECEmbEr 2010 GiGi’S from 1 with coffee distributor Woehrlin. She appreciates the neighborhood’s loyalty to Gigi’s under Woehrlin’s watch and is adamant about being faithful to them. But coffee isn’t the only reason Bartmann is excited about Gigi’s. The new site will also be a staging area and support location for the Lake Harriet Bandshell concession building. Bartmann recently won the Park Board’s selection process for running that business. Because the Bandshell location is protected under historic preservation its small space cannot be modified. That means it limits what a chef can prepare on site. The big picture for Gigi’s is a remodel and rebranding with a name change in February 2011. Bartmann will be working very closely with kitchen and house staff over the transition period. She closed the shop soon after the sale for two days of limited remodeling. A few things got moved around and some new paint went up but Gigi’s Cafe remained very recognizable afterward. As Bartmann has done with her other establishments she wants to focus on the local and the sustainable when it comes to serving food at Gigi’s. She currently sits on the board of the Land Stewardship Project, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1982 to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland, to promote sustainable agriculture and to develop sustainable communities. Early risers will be happy about the new hours. Gigi’s will be open at 7 a.m. everyday. And on the other

Uptown neighborhood news • 7 . side of the daylight, Bartmann assures there will be no change to the alcohol license. But expect to see a few more customers as free wireless service will be available and potentially some more bike racks. Specific changes for the menu include adding small breakfast scrambles, oatmeal and fruit. She also wants to provide more fresh salads and fresh chai tea from scratch. On the service side there will be improvements made to reduce the food-to-table service time. And the to-go program will be improved and expanded. Bartmann would like to give the young families in the area a simpler offering of some family-style comfort foods like fresh roast chicken dinners. “It’s hard to feed the whole family Chinese when you’ve got a two year old that eats very little variety.” And save room because Bartmann says that “Pies, pies, pies are coming to the bakery case.”

Thomas Harlan inside his Uptown Golden Leaf Tobacco store.

(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

SMoke from 1
Our customers value the opportunity to sample and discuss premium products,” said Thomas Harlan, owner and general manager for Golden Leaf Tobacco. Council Member Elizabeth Glidden from Ward 8, chair of the Tobacco committee and author of the proposal had this to say. “We believe sampling has been abused. People aren’t just sampling their cigars, they’re finishing them. It is extremely hard to regulate cigar sampling. This area for sampling is a lounge and provides an unfair advantage to this business.” Grant Wilson from Licenses & Consumer Services Division says that the bill is simply just bringing Minneapolis up to speed as required by state law. The mass of the ordinance was to modernize the language of sampling tobacco. Harlan disagrees. He believes the original state law allows for flexibility at the city level and doesn’t need this modification. Wilson says “Because the City of Minneapolis regulates and licenses tobacco dealers it is important for the city to amend and align it (the

ordinance), and specifically to align it with the new definition that’s built into the state statute; tobacco products instead of tobacco and tobacco related devices, lozenges, toothpicks, strips, etc.” Another reason Harlan opposes the bill is what he believes are it’s implications for a slippery slope to a more stringent ordinance prohibiting smoking even outside restaurants. He references at least two Uptown restaurant and bar owners that told him they are watching this very closely. Glidden responds “absolutely not. We are just making city language consistent with state law.” Mayor Rybak has said that he is familiar with the proposal and has yet to study the details. “A lot of time in government you have to set priorities. This is not my top priority by any stretch. Be certain I understand the problem but I want to move very slowly.” A hearing was on the proposed ordinance was scheduled for November 29 as the UNN went to press. Council Member Glidden can be reached at Elizabeth.Glidden@ or 612.673.2208

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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 p.m. at Bryant Park Community Center, 31st and Bryant. All CARAG residents are welcome and urged to attend.

Meeting agenda
Reviewed and Approved

Ward 10 Council Member Meg Tuthill
Meg welcomed the new and returning members of the CARAG Board of Directors. • Reported on the success of the recent wine tasting held at Calhoun Square on the 2nd floor mezzanine. • The Property Tax public forum will be November 18 at 6:05 pm at City Hall. Meg will be there until the last citizen is heard from. • Reported that the meeting of the Greenway Coalition and the East Isles Neighborhood: One stop sign (on James Avenue) will be removed; the Irving and Humboldt signs will remain. • Uptown Business Association will be forming a sub-group to discuss late-night noise issues with neighbors and Uptown business owners. It should be up and running in two months. • Snow Plow Alerts: Pay careful attention to Snow Emergency Alerts. If you have a land-line phone, you will be called; otherwise you can request to get a text message and you can rely on local radio and TV announcements, as well as social media (Facebook and Twitter) updates. Expect to be ticketed and towed if you are in violation. • The "Heading Home Hennepin" homeless initiative will be training volunteers at the Convention Center on December 13. Search for “Heading Home Hennepin" on Google for more information about volunteering. • The Planning Commission has held over CB2 vote until the December 13 meeting.

Minutes from october Board Meeting
Reviewed and approved revised minutes

lis and is in support of Kingfield Neighborhood’s efforts toward that end.” Motion seconded and CARRIED. CARAG will draft a letter of encouragement for the Kingfield Dog Park Task Force.

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, November 16, 2010. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the December 21 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by John Darlington.

Bryant Square Park Update
Julie Sandin, Bryant Square Park Director, provided an update that was read by Diana Boegemann: • The Bryant Square skating rink is scheduled to open Saturday, December 11. The Warming Room will be open 7 days a week, weather permitting. • Bryant Square Park and MLK neighborhoods will co-sponsor a youth wrestling team. Register at either Park. • Julie and the Park staff thank all the CARAG neighbors who attended the Bryant Square Park's annual Halloween Party on October 31. • Jayne Miller has been selected by the Board of Commissioners as the next Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board superintendent. Jane comes from Ann Arbor, Mich.

Proposed City of Minneapolis Budget: Latonia Green and Patrick Todd
Latonia Green (Accounting Manager for the City of Minneapolis) and Patrick Todd (from the City Assessor’s Office) presented the Mayor’s Proposed Budget for 2011. Some highlights: • The 2011 budget is $1.364 Billion • From 2002 to 2011 city revenue has undergone a major shift from local government aid (State of Minnesota) to local property tax • Minneapolis residents can anticipate a 15% to 18% increase in local taxes in 2011 • Truth in Taxation Statements should arrive at your homes this week. Contact information is on the statement. • The Mayor's recommended budget documents are available on the City's website: www. Copies of the presentation were distributed to all in attendance and is available at the CARAG office.

for October was reviewed. The account does not reflect the $2,200 (88 tickets sold by CARAG) nor the shared take at the door (dollar amount not known) • Community Participation Program: a draft of the CPP tentative allocation dollars was distributed. Funds received by each neighborhood have yet to be confirmed and will be based on the 2010 Census and further discussion.

Board of Directors attending
Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Julie Cohen, John Darlington, Zack Farley, Dan Jenney, Jason Lord, Will O’Keefe, Samantha Strong. CARAG Executive Coordinator: Scott Engel

CARAG Board President, Diana Boegemann welcomed all CARAG members (residents, business owners and property owners) and guests and gave a brief overview of the organization.

find The right School for your Child

The annual Information Fair for Minneapolis Public Schools is on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Parents can learn more about the school choices for children in grades Pre-K- 8 with principals, teachers and coordinators available to answer questions. Parents of kindergarten students will be given tips for preparing for school. Parking validation is available at the Loring parking ramp next to the Hyattt Regency for two hours. School Choice request cards are due February 8, 2011. For more information call the MPS Student Placement office at 612.668.1840.

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nrP (neighborhood revitalization Program) Steering Committee
A motion “that the CARAG Board approve revisions to the NRP Phase 2 Action Plan brought by the NRP Steering Committee, including a few word changes (adding “businesses” to many of the strategies) and a roll over of $153,964 in NRP Phase 1 funds to Phase 2 for neighborhood projects. Motion to accept, seconded and Approved. CArAG DeCeMBer MeetInG: Scheduled for December 21 and will take the form of a holiday party and celebration. The CARAG Board will provide treats and refreshments for all. Meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

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Carag Treasurer’s report
• CARAG's Operations Account

Correction to the caption under the photo of the CARAG Board in the November issue of Uptown Neighborhood News. Elected to serve on the CARAG neighborhood association’s Board of Directors for the coming year are Diana Boegemann, Carol Bouska, Jason Lord and Will O’Keefe plus Dan Jenney and Holly Buchanan, a married couple, who will share a seat. John Darlington, Samantha Strong, Zach Farley and Julie Cohen will serve second terms.

Martin Luther king (MLk) Dog Park: Charlie Dean
Charlie Dean from the Kingfield Neighborhood provided a history of the “Kingfield Dog Park Task Force” and requested a letter of support from CARAG “for a continued discussion in support of the concept of a dog park at MLK Park, including an ongoing discussion with members of the opposition.” The controversy centers on the appropriateness of a dog park located on “sacred ground.” Will O’Keefe moved the following: “CARAG recognizes the need for an off-leash dog park in Southwest Minneapo-

Scott Sansby and Alan Dworsky play for a DVD they’re shooting for Dworsky’s drum teaching profession. Sansby, at left is a longtime Uptown resident and business owner from the ‘70s. The two are pictured atop his residence and building at James Ave. and Lake St. Sansby is on the washboard with bones and Dworsky is on tom- toms with the accompaniment of Senegalese (at 15o N. Latitude) music on the beatbox. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

The numbers are in
Final earnings for the 2010 Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting
final ticket sales report by neighborhood
Neighborhood CARAG CIDNA ECCO EIRA KIAA LNA LHENA LHNA Whittier (Calhoun Area Residents Action Group) (Cedar-Isles-Dean Neighborhood Association) (East Calhoun Community Organization) (East Isles Resident Assocation) (Kenwood Isles Area Association) (Lyndale Neighborhood Association) (Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association) (Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association) (Whittier Alliance) Tickets Earnings 88 23 117 44 8 28 57 30 17 $2,200 $575 $2,925 $1,100 $200 $700 $1,425 $750 $425

Additional ticket sale revenue will flow to the founding neighborhoods: CARAG, ECCO, EIRA and LHENA 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales from the October 20 event went back to the neighborhoods. Source: Pat Fleetahm, Wine Tasting Director and Volunteer

The Uptown neighborhood news iS noW avaiLaBLe aT TheSe SeLeCT LoCaTionS amelia Booksmart Bremer Bank Bryant Square Park Cheapo records Chiang Mai Thai Common roots Cafe Dunn Brothers (Lake & Bryant) Dunn Brothers (Lake & humbolt) Dunn Brothers (hennepin & 34th) falafel king famous Dave’s BBQ first Universalist Church Gigi’s Café health resource Center hennepin-Lake Liquors it’s Greek to Me Joyce food Shelf Joyce United Methodist Church kowalski’s Market Magers & Quinn Booksellers Parents automotive Pizza Luce rainbow foods St. Mary’s Greek orthodox Church Sebastian Joe’s ice Cream Cafe Southwest Senior Center Subway Spyhouse Coffee Shop Uptown Diner Uptown Theatre Urban Bean Treetops at Calhoun vail Place Walker Library Walker Place yWCa (Uptown)

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Uptown neighborhood news • 9 . December 6 at 6pm to register. Mitch Waukau is the Director at Painter Park, 620 34th Street West, 612.370.4911.

Short redhead reel reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) “127 hours” (r) (3.5)
[Language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images.] — An intense, gut-wrenching, factually based film, which is based on Ralston’s bestselling memoir “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” in which adventurous, spirited, courageous mountain climber Aaron Ralston (James Franco), who hallucinates and daydreams about his girlfriend (Clémence Poésy), the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara), and his parents (Treat Williams and Kate Burton), when he gets trapped by an 800-pound boulder in the remote Blue John Canyon in Utah in 2003 for more than five days and must resort to horrific, unimaginable measures to escape. journalist Wayne Barrett, political consultant and strategist Roger Stone, New York senate leader Joseph Bruno, campaign manager Jimmy Siegel and national financial campaign director Kristian Stiles, Columbia law professor Scott Horton, AIG executive Richard Beattie, painter Hubert Woldrup, various female escorts such as Ashley Alexandra Dupré and Cecil Suwal, and last but not least Eliot Spitzer himself to examine the successes and failures in the blemished career of charismatic, hypocritical New York Governor Eliot Spitzer who as “The Sheriff of Wall Street” investigated environmental abuses and insurance fraud and prosecuted corrupt bankers and CEOs (such as Kenneth Langone, Dick “Punky” Grasso, Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, and John C. Whitehead) for illegal financial shenanigans and securities fraud while as a married man and alleged moral politician was involved in the seedy world of escorts.
©1986 through 2010 by Wendy Schadewald. The preceding films were reviewed by Wendy Schadewald, who has been a Twin Cities film critic since 1986. To see more of her film reviews see

Painter Park Update
By Mitch Waukau
Winter Registration starts Monday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Winter programs run from Monday, January 3 to Saturday, March 26. There will be four new programs starting in the winter session. The first two new programs come from the same company which is called Abrakadoodle and they specialize in kid’s art programs. The first program is called Twoosy Doodlers and this class focuses on young children starting at 20 months old and going through four years old with a parent. The second program is called Messy Art class with the age range focusing on two year olds through five year olds. The two other new programs focus on adults and seniors. The adults will be introduced to Adult Kick Fit which focuses on strength and conditioning drills while getting a great workout. The last program is Senior Stretch Yoga and will help increase muscular strength and endurance. For any information on these new programs call Painter Park 612.370.4911 and ask for Mitch or stop by the park to grab a winter brochure to see what Painter Park has to offer for the winter season. The Painter Park kinder klub preschool program will be extending to five days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday program will start at 10:30 a.m. and run till 1:30 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday program will start at 9 a.m. and run until 12.p.m. There is an option to have a 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. time, but you must inquire at Painter Park. Space is limited so don’t hesitate to register on Monday, December 6 at 6 p.m. because the kinder klub preschool program will fill up fast. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is using a new system to register for programs starting this winter, so either call or stop down at the park on Monday,

“Client 9: The rise and fall of eliot Spitzer” (r) (3.5)
[Some sexual material, nudity and language.] — The controversial, eye-opening, informative, two-hour, Alex Gibney political documentary that consists of news clips and interviews with former advisor Lloyd Constantine, writer Peter Elkind, communications director Darren Dopp, editor Frederick Dicker,

Dressed to Impress
CARAG resident and man about town Colin “takes five” from his busy schedule to pose for the UNN as “Daddy” Warbucks from the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” Many other young personalities were seen parading around the First Annual HallowEve Festival at Calhoun Square on October 30. All donations from the event benefitted UNICEF. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Uptown Christmas Trees
Philanthropy and Environmental options
This year Uptown residents have two unique options for purchasing Christmas trees. Jefferson Community School Parent Teacher Association is holding a fundraiser for the school by selling Balsam Fir trees. The trees vary in price from $40 to $55 and size from five to nine feet tall. The freshly cut, Minnesota grown trees can be ordered now and then picked up at Jefferson on December 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The school is located at 1200 West 26th Street. Trees can also be delivered for a $5 fee. Checks should be made payable to Jefferson PTA. All proceeds benefit Jefferson Community School. Funding will help support family events, field trips, arts integration program, classroom supplies and athletic activities. For more information please call 612.668.2749 Amelia Flower & Garden Shoppe at 910 West 36th Street is offering organic free-range Christmas trees in an effort to save old growth white pine forests. The young seven to twelve foot Balsam Firs enable you will to help protect the old growth white pine forests in the north woods from wildfire. By removing them, the land owners are reducing fuel load and creating openings for white and red pine seedlings. To avoid soil compaction, the fir trees are best cut in the fall and winter which means the freshest trees for the consumer. For more information please call Amelia at 612.208.1205

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CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, December 21 at 7pm
On the agenda… - Hot Cider & Holiday Goodies - Winterizing Your Home - Council Member Meg Tuthill Update - And More

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DECEmbEr 2010

ECCO report
Lake St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

• The CES home energy visits were completed in 69 ECCO households; this high level of participation may lead to a city participation grant • CEE is also managing the Phase II housing grant and loan pro36th St. grams. Eligible projects include Social/SeCSe improvements to home energy ECCO Meeting Minutes for Novem• The Wine Tasting Fundraiser was efficiency and/or exterior repairs ber 4, 2010. (East Calhoun Neigha huge success with ECCO selling or improvements. The Matching borhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes 117 tickets in advance of the event Grant Program features a matchrecorded and submitted by Katherine for a total of $2,900. The Social Meg tuthill (City Council): Breing grant of 25% NRP funds to St. Martin. Committee raised $2,900 plus the 75% homeowner funds, with a anna Patsch (on behalf of Meg door ticket amount, which will maximum grant of $3,000. There Tuthill) attendance arrive soon from Hennepin Lake are no income limits. The Low and Liquor. Board members: Heather Wul- 1. Be aware that the 2010 Fall Street Interest Loan program offers 4% Sweep and Leaf Colfsberg, Blake Harper, Gael Ellis, fixed rate loans lection is ongoing Katherine St. Martin, Sarah Sponwith flexible through Thanksgivheim, Glen Christianson, Brad terms with a ing. Please keep an eye Durham/Kaitryne Durham, Tim maximum out for the “No ParkNorkus Crampton, Nancy Ward loan of $7,500. ing” signs that will (President) Household appear before your income limstreet is swept. Megan Harper, Breanna Patsch, its apply. For Monica Smith, Steve Carlton, Phyl- 2. Upcoming meeting on more informalis Stenerson November 16 at the tion, please go MLK Recreation Cento the NRP Board Member Introductions and ter Building to discuss section of our Group Photo community safety website: www. with the Minneapolis eastcalhoun. ECCO Board (from left to right): Katherine St. Martin, Gael Ellis, Blake Harper, police. announcements, org. So far Nancy Ward, Glen Christianson, Sarah Sponheim, Brad Durham, Heather 3. If you are interested Wulfsberg and Tim Norkus-Crampton. Board members missing from photo there are few Community forum review completed in attending the next are: Kaitryne Durham, Judy Shields, Jim Smith and Linda Todd. Uptown neighborhood news: applications opportunity to “Meet Phyllis Stenerson (Uptown Neighbut the community has until Janwith Meg” on Tuesday, Novem- • Next “Neighborhood Social” will borhood News Editor) be a candlelight social on Wednesuary 14, 2010. ber 16 at noon at the 5th Precinct day November 17 at the dead end • The Tree Treatment Grant proThe Uptown News is soliciting sugor inquiring/suggesting potential of 34th Street from 6 p.m. to 7 gestions for future articles as well as discussion topics contact her office gram expired November 1, but p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate welcoming articles written by comat 612-673-2210 or meg.tuthill@ will be restarted again in the will be served. The following munity members on relevant topics spring. This program will reimsocial will be held after the holiof interest. Upcoming articles to burse homeowners up to $250 for 4. The Greenway Coalition meets days in January 2011. The next look for include pieces on the Walklicensed professional treatment with East Isles Neighborhood to Social Committee chair is encourer Library building project as well of elm trees to prevent Dutch discuss removing the stop signs aged to think of something new as the proposed Mosaic project adjaElm Disease, oak trees to treat in an open discussion forum at and fun 2011. All ideas are welcent to the Lagoon Theater. www. chestnut borer, and/or green ash 7:15 pm on Tuesday November 9 come for neighborhood building trees to prevent or treat infestaat Grace Trinity Church. All are social events for 2011, and beyond. tion by the Emerald Ash Borer. invited. Some ideas offered included a proposed Crate and Barrel 2 This program includes trees winter event at Suburban World (CB2) project: Nancy Ward Committee reports: on the boulevard and/or on the Theater and a skating party on (ECCO President) owner’s property. The application treasurers report the lake. for the tree treatment grants can Nancy addressed the status of the be downloaded from the ECCO proposed building project for a CB2 • The ECCO Board is in good environment/Green team financial condition. The Excel board website or contact Monica store at the Northeast corner of Hen• Committee chair Sarah Sponheim budget document reflects the Smith 612.821.0131. There is nepin and 31st Street (across from gave an update of the committee opening of a separate savings $2,000 of available funding in this The Paper Source). This project will activities and plans. account for ECCO in order to program. The Board will need to go before the City Planning Commisultimately save on transfer fees. • The Green Team is exploring the consider re-authorizing funding sion on December 13th. The project possibility of applying for a comThe document’s new formatting in the spring. is currently being opposed by the munity power grant from the demonstrates the balance in the CARAG neighborhood organiza• Home Security Grant - East Calcounty for as much as $5,000 for separate accounts. Income for the tion. ECCO’s Zoning Committee houn NRP funds will reimburse their “Waste Watchers” program year is approximately as expected will meet and bring a proposal to the homeowners up to $250 for home for 2011. This initiative would except for the delay of the Wine next ECCO Board meeting. The security upgrades (until remainencourage the neighborhood to ing phase I funds are used up, reduce waste through the use of then up to $100); one grant per the organics program as well as household. The grants do not Join us for our next an education and publicity camcover monthly service fees for paign (lawn signs) to promote security systems. The application wise waste management within for the home security grants can the community. be downloaded from the ECCO • It is not too late to get a cart for board website or contact Monica organics recycling. Contact MonSmith 612.821.0131. ica Smith,, • Nicholas Kakos (NRP Policy to sign up for organics recycling
Hennepin Ave. Lyndale Ave.

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

project positives are the potential benefit to the commercial district; the mutual productivity that a CB2 store might create for all Calhoun Square businesses. The negative aspects of the project are primarily the current one-story building plan and modern grey exterior of the store, which could potentially detract from the current multistory and largely brick aesthetic features of the area. Another objection is that the design does not conform to the Uptown Small Area Plan (USAP).

Tasting fundraiser check from Hennepin Lake and Liquor and $2,000 pending from a CPED grant. Expenses have been about as expected, except that Nancy Ward was able to significantly reduce our insurance expenses this year from $1,000 to $150 and we spent less on the website administration.


nrp report

Board Protection Neighborhood Representative) • Nick will be running for his 16th year on the NRP Policy Board. His message for ECCO was that despite dramatic changes to the NRP program including cut allotments and transition of control from neighborhood representatives to city council members, there are still remaining funds tagged for housing improvements. He wants to remain on the board in order to ensure that those funds are allocated as they were intended to be. The board recognized his long time dedication to the East Calhoun neighborhood.


vision/Goal Setting
• Nancy opened the floor for discussion on where the new board members see the ECCO going in 2011 and emphasized that as the committees are organized and integrate new leadership, each committee should be thinking about its focus area for this year. There was unanimous agreement that the overarching vision is to grow community involvement but a larger discussion needs to take place on what the ECCO board wants to focus on and how the committees can support that larger focused mission through their own (perhaps overlapping) goals. This agenda item will receive more focus and time at the December meeting. • Katherine will create an ECCO Board Member Facebook Page Trial (in conjunction with Monica) in order to facilitate discussion and brain storming between meetings as well as familiarize the members with the application. If the trial is a success, the board may decide to create a community page in order to spread awareness for future events. The trial will be completed for review by Monica no later than Sunday November 14.

election of officers and Committee Positions
The following were nominated to be ECCO board officers and accepted the nomination: · President: Nancy Ward · Vice President: Sarah Sponheim · Treasurer: Glen Christianson · Secretary: Katherine St. Martin The following volunteered to join (Chair*) a committee: • Zoning Committee: Heather Wulfsberg, Blake Harper, Tim Norkus Crampton • SECSE/Social Committee: Judy Shields (by proxy), Katherine St. Martin, Nancy Ward

ECCO Board and Neighborhood Meeting
Thursday, December 2 7:00 p.m.

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St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church 3450 Irving Avenue South Planning for 2011. Bring your ideas, your dreams, your concerns. Learn what’s happening in your neighborhood. Help create the best ECCO ever!
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It’s all about you!
Your ideas, inspiration and action.

Bring ’em on!

ECCO’s Green Team, Social Events, Neighborhood and Zoning committees want you. No experience required.
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Uptown neighborhood news • 11 .

community events calendar
Unwrapped: The History of Christmas. This documentary reveals the Pagan roots of many of today’s traditions and shows how many traditions that we consider ancient are recent inventions. It studies the material side of our cultural celebration of Christmas, including trees, shopping and songs. Stephen Nissenbaum, historian at the University of Massachusetts, reminds us that Christmas in old England was really like a carnival similar to today’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans. An open discussion will follow the showing of this documentary. Refreshments. Free of charge.

This Month’s Contest: The UNN is Giving Away . . .
3 Chipotle Gift Cards: Good For Dinner For Four! 2 Lagoon Cinema Tickets: Good For “127 Hours“
(Compliments of Chipotle Mexican Grill)

This is an oil painting by Mary Lingen as part of a series highlighting the seasons. A selection of this series is currently on display through the end of the year at Bank of the Lakes at 3100 Hennepin Ave. Lingen’s work is a combination of computer illustration and freehand painting for a visual immediacy with graphic dynamics. (Editor’s Note: We will run community event listings every month on this page. Contact to submit your event information by the 10th of each month to be included in the next issue.) in a row, John Munger, Artistic Director of Third Rabbit Dance, presents his oneman solo version of The Nutcracker as a psychotic day-fantasy in the mind of Drosselmeyer, supposedly Clara’s kindly and magical uncle. Munger has danced professionally in over 200 performances of the traditional “Nutcracker” spanning 39 years and over half a dozen roles. But this is something different. This remount of last year’s hit is refined, improved, but true to the original. You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, and you’ll be glad you saw something different in December, for a change. The climax of Nutbuster! is a pas de deux as harrowing as just about anything you’re likely to see on a local stage. Tickets: $10.


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Dec 10-16 – Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an “archeological” dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his father Rauno (Jorma Tommila), a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare—a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.

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est Spiritual Pigs are chosen because there is a common thread between them and/ or she feels that Purest Spiritual Pigs works can grow by their collaborating. More info at Tickets: $8-$15 pay what you can.

3348 Hennepin Ave. Tues, 7:30pm, Weekly
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.

810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Fri, Sat, Dec 10, 11, 10pm – Purest Spiritual Pigs’ The Swine Show presented by Purest Spiritual Pigs. Cinematic, choreographic, audio-fantastic. Picture a freight train, carrying Dadaists, a Gene Kelly handbook and the soundtrack for Dantes’ Inferno. Now, picture a derailment. Music, performance art, choreography, video. Artists include: Cody Bourdot, Jaime Carrera, Alicia Dvorak, Sarah Gordon, Natasha Hassett, Tyler Jensen, Jeffry Lusiak, Raymond Rea, Heather Spear, and Helena Thompson. Recently featured on “All Things Considered,” Purest Spiritual Pigs is a project instigated by Helena Thompson. The intent of Purest Spiritual Pigs is to amass a revolving door of artists for collaboration. These works include: music, visual, conceptual and performing arts. The artists that Thompson invites into Pur-

2411 Hennepin Ave. • 612.377.0044
Thur, Dec 9, 7pm – Fifth Element 2nd Thursdays Cut Class. Attention all DJs, aspiring DJs as well, there’s a pair of turntables open and ready for action. Come thru and share you techniques and build your skills with DJ Anton, DJ Bach, & Spoons. Every Thursday Fifth Element has one of four exclusive Hip Hop community events; Open Mic (1st Thursdays), Cut Class (2nd Thursdays), Last Of The Record Buyers (3rd Thursdays), & Hip Hop Trivia (4th Thursdays). All Thursday in-store events start at 7pm and are FREE and all ages.


2605 Hennepin Ave. S. • 612.332.6620
Through Jan 29 – Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming. The Brave New Workshop will help audiences break from the family fumbles of the holiday season, and cheer as the all-star holiday line-up takes the field for Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming. The Brave New Workshop will spike the holiday season with seasonal favorites and all new sketches and songs to leave audiences laughing through the New Year. This show will sell out, so reserve your tickets today.

Calhoun Square • 612.870.1230
Dec 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30, 8pm, 10:30pm – A Christmas Carol: Unscripted and Uncensored. A holiday classic. For the past two years, the well–known improv theater (voted Best Improv Theater in the Twin Cities 2010 by City Pages) has performed this classic holiday story with an improvised twist. We all know the classic tale by Charles Dickens featuring Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and a host of ghosts, but this time the audience is in charge. Throughout the performance audience members will get to yell out suggestions, provide dialogue for characters and even cast some of the roles in the show! “Everyone loves A Christmas Carol,” says director Doug Neithercott, “but they have never been part of a production as fun and interactive as this! Take that Guthrie Theatre!” A Christmas Carol: Unscripted and Uncensored is directed by ComedySportz Improv Theater Artistic Director Doug Neithercott and features several members of the ComedySportz Improv Troupe. Tickets are $12, $11 with the donation of a nonperishable food item and $10 for students with ID. This show is recommended for ages 18 and older.

810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Tues, Dec 21, 7 pm, Cafe Scientifique - The Ultimate in Going Green: New Research into Postmortem Options. Consumers are increasingly interested in the environmental impact of their personal choices, including their own end of life decisions. John Troyer, Deputy Director of the University of Bath’s Centre for Death and Society, will discuss the environmental impact of traditional burial and cremation practices. Tickets: $5-$12.


Are you planning to make energy-related or exterior improvements to your home? The East Calhoun NRP program has financing options to make your project more affordable!
Matching Grant Program A matching grant of 25% NRP funds to 75% homeowner funds, with a maximum grant of $3,000. Low Interest Loan Program 4% fixed rate loan with flexible terms, with a maximum loan of $7,500. Household income limits apply.

810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Saturdays, Nov 27, 28, Dec 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 – The Harty Boys Save Christmas: This Time It’s Seasonal, presented by Comedy Suitcase, written by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen. “These people know how to craft a good comedy show” - TC Daily Planet. From the creators of the top selling show of the 2009 MN Fringe Festival, The Harty Boys in The Case of the Limping Platypus, comes an all-new Harty Boys adventure. Join sibling detectives Fred and Jack Harty as they battle a Christmas hating criminal bent on destroying the Twin Cities’ most precious holiday traditions. The Harty Boys Save Christmas blends local humor, social satire and smart physical comedy to create a holiday show for kids and adults alike. Featuring Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen as The Harty Boys, Ari Hoptman as their dad, world famous detective, Philmore Harty Leslie Ball as their mom, long suffering forensic criminologist, Lana Harty Sulia Altenberg as their brainy girl pal Becca, Morgan Karen Weiss Thompson as their arch foe Santa Claus and Matt Rein as everybody else. Tickets: $15/$12 in advance or with a Fringe button and $6 kids 12 and under.

900 Mount Curve Ave. • 651.414.0545
Mon, Dec. 20, 7pm – The Theosophical Society will host an open public screening of the History Channel classic Christmas

eCCo from 10
• Safety Committee: Nancy Ward*, Heather Wulfsberg, Gail Ellis • Green Team: Sarah Sponheim*, Glen Christianson, Nancy Ward, Brad/Kaitryne Durham • Uptown Neighborhood News Representative: Linda Todd, Ralph Knox, TBD The point was raised that the Board should consider sending a representative to the Midtown Greenway meetings to support the Greenway Coalition versus Xcel energy in the debate over potential overhead Greenway power lines: representative TBD Meeting adjourned. Next ECCO Meeting will be held on December 2 at 7 p.m. inside St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

Application Due Date

January 14, 2011*
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* A complete application for these programs includes bids, proof of income (loan only), and a signed application. Completed applications are due on or before 4 p.m. on January 14, 2011. If more applications are received than can be funded, a lottery will take place.


810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
Wed, Dec, 8, 15, 22, 7pm – Nutbuster! The Ballet presented by Third Rabbit Dance Ensemble. “The original fairytale by E.T.A. Hoffman was violent and mysterious, but the traditional ballet is confectionary. Let’s get back to the truth. For the second year

Program available for East Calhoun residential property only.

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