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< Moai Adorning this East Calhoun home is a replica of statues carved by the Polynesian ancestors of Easter Island in the South Pacific. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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OCTOBER 2011 • Volume 7, Number 10

Uptown Never Tasted So Good
Community wine tasting fundraiser on October 26
Nine neighborhood organizations surrounding Uptown will receive all of the proceeds from a winetasting fundraiser to be held Wednesday, October 26, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Calhoun Square, Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street.
(Photo by Michael Sharp) This 29th annual event will feature sampling of over 400 wines and gourmet appetizers by renowned chef Tim McKee. The sponsors are Hennepin Lake Liquor Store, Il Gatto (a Parasole restaurant), Calhoun Square and Great Clips. TASTeD page 9

Don’t Get Towed Fall street
cleaning begins October 24
Fall street sweeping is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 24. Watch for temporary no parking signs. Each spring and fall, Public Works crews sweep every mile of the City’s more than 1,100 miles of streets – curb to curb – to help keep the neighborhoods clean and livable and to protect the waterways. Leaves and other debris on the streets can clog storm drains and pollute the lakes and rivers. Street sweeping usually takes about five weeks to complete. TOweD page 9

Duplex Fire Takes The Life Of Local Resident

Bikeway Grand Opening
Bryant Avenue connects north and south

Minneapolis Fire Crew responded to the early morning blaze on Bryant Avenue in the CARAG neighborhood. (Photo by Tony Acker)

The candy Parade
Halloween continues in Uptown
Sean McDonnell, speaking on behalf of Bike/Walk Twin Cities, explains the strategy behind a bike boulevard. Standing at the northern-most point of the new Bryant Bike Boulevard, Sean says that the boulevard is for all bikers. He hopes the safety and comfort provided by this bikeway motivate people who are on the edge of their decision to leave their car at home occasionally. This street is now an example of that strategy.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)

One person was killed and two were injured when a duplex at 3317 Bryant Avenue was destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning, September 14 that started at about 5:15 am. James (Jay) Beck IV died. He was 28 years old. Beck’s roommate, Alex Franzen, was hospitalized and has been released. A visiting friend had minor injuries. It’s known that fire started on the second floor porch but the cause has not been determined. The duplex was destroyed and has been demolished. The neighboring house at 3315 Bryant Avenue sustained fire, water and

By Bruce Cochran
What used to be a “four bag night” of trick or treaters on Halloween at our house every year has gradually dwindled down to nothing. I don’t know what to expect this year, but like last year I’m planning on purchasing MY favorite candy because I’m almost certain I won’t see one Target costume, one face painted Dracula, one ballerina or even one of those really tall kids without a costume that just stand there like statues half hoping you won’t card them. It got me thinking about the past, present and future of Halloween in our country and Uptown. Are kids done trick or treating? Is there a perception of “stranger danger” by parents? What about that famous razor blade in the apple? Are city demographics changing? And where does this oddball tradition come from? Halloween as modern Americans know it is a product of various other traditions carried out in the past and combined to form what we now know. One of the earliest festivals connected to the history of Halloween is the Samhain (pronounced cANDy page 11

Binturong, Kotamundi And Kinkachoo! Oh My!

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The Bryant Avenue Bikeway is the longest of the new bike routes in Minneapolis, providing a north-south route for bicycle commuters from West 58th Street to downtown Minneapolis (via the bicycle/pedestrian BiKewAy page 11

Peter Gros displays a monitor lizard to a Joyce preschooler. He suggests giving kids “success stories” about our planet so they don’t get discouraged about helping it. He says it’s about “creating hope for kids.” (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Burglary a “Significant Loss”
H & B Gallery at 2730 Hennepin Avenue, was victim to a burglary on September 12 sometime before 6 am. The speed of the burglary suggests the perpetrators were familiar with the property and knew about security cameras. The store was entered and the safe was removed in under 3 minutes. A police report filed with the Minneapolis Police Department stated the theft was a “significant loss.” This type of safe removal fits a pattern of other thefts in the Twin Cities recently. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Wild Kingdom Visits Joyce Preschool
By Phyllis Stenerson
What if your teacher told you a special guest was visiting school today and bringing along a few friends – a kotamundi, kinkachoo, honey bear, anaconda snake, California king snake, binturong, lizard, tarantuala, alligator and Eurasian eagle owl? Seems fantastical? It really happened at a preschool in Uptown. Peter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, BiNTURONG page 7 

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Money And Politics – A Toxic Brew
Editorial by Phyllis Stenerson
All issues in society are interwoven, each impacting the other in some way. Perhaps most glaring and egregious is the link between money and political power. Over the last 30 years wealth has shifted upward. Wages for the working class declined while the cost of living rose. The top 10% of earners got over 90% of all income leaving about 10% to be spread across the bottom 90% of workers. The average CEO is paid $275 to every $1 earned by regular employees. “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Warren Buffett Income disparity, unemployment, poverty, homelessness and hunger in America are at record highs. The middle class is in deep trouble. It may take more than a generation for families to regain financial stability. “In the general course of human nature, a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.” Alexander Hamilton
From the September 2011 UNN

Over the next months I’ll be sharing some information about politics and government with the intent of contributing to public civic education, stimulating thinking and promoting dialogue. There was a time when subjects that were not considered polite conversation included politics, money, race, power, sex and religion. That’s what we need to talk about plus much more. Most analysts report the rich pay proportionately less in taxes than the working class. Taxes on capital gains and dividends have decreased while payroll taxes for regular workers have gone up. This is not a coincidence or happenstance of history. Money is buying power and influence, overpowering the voices of average citizens. It’s been a creeping plague for the past 30 years and is causing a crisis in democracy. “We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals. We know now that it is bad economics.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Political campaigns have become outrageously expensive with races for Congressional candidates routinely costing more than million dollars and major campaigns topping a billion dollars. Billions of dollars are spent on skilled lobbyists to influence political decisions. Since a Supreme Court ruling in 2008 called Citizens United, corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence public policy with very little accountability. For example, the Tea Party started as a grassroots movement but was quickly taken over by Americans for Prosperity, an organization abundantly funded by billionaire oilmen Charles and David Koch and run by experienced, professional organizers. The only power sufficient to overcome organized money is organized people. Big money is turning America into a plutocracy or oligarchy. Democracy is government by the people and for the people – informed, organized, energized regular people. “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few but we can’t have both.” Louis D. Brandeis (Information to put this commentary into context can be found at www.

Uptown Neighborhood News wants yOU

Is there a reporter, writer or photographer inside you that needs to come out? Is there something you want to tell or show the community? Your talent is needed by the Uptown Neighborhood News. UNN is a community newspaper sponsored by the CARAG and East Calhoun neighborhood associations and published monthly. It’s distributed free door to door in ECCO and CARAG and at businesses and organizations throughout Uptown. It takes more than 140 characters to tell some stories. For that, there is the newspaper. The UNN tells Uptown’s stories. Community voices and perspectives are needed. E-mail us with your ideas. Phyllis Stenerson, Editor

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Learn to review arts events – Wednesday, October 5, 7 pm to 10 pm. Taught by Daily Planet arts editor Jay Gabler, sponsored by Twin Cities Media Alliance/Twin City Daily Planet. This class is free, but enrollment is limited; to register, e-mail To receive information about other writing classes being planned, e-mail

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Write to us, provided you write fewer than 250 words. Your letter may be edited and we don't know if it will be published, but we will certainly try to do so. We need to know your name, address, phone number and neighborhood. Send to by the deadline each month.

Opinions Policy
Please submit your opinion pieces to the editor. We encourage thoughtful essays about anything that’s going on in the neighborhood. On occasion, we will solicit contrasting views on one subject and run multiple opinions. We reserve the right to edit for space or clarity, taste and legal concerns.

Back To School
East Calhoun students started back to school at Kenwood School on a beautiful August 29th morning. (Photo by Courtney Cushing Kiernat)

Divine Liturgy Sunday 9:30 am Fr. Paul Paris (612) 825-9595

UpTOwn nEighBORhOOd nEws
Uptown Neighborhood News is a monthly publication of Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) in cooperation with the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO). UNN covers the news of Uptown and is delivered free to households within the area bounded by Lyndale Ave. S. and Lake Calhoun, between Lake Street and 36th St. W. Extra copies are distributed to businesses in the Uptown area, along Lake Street, and Lyndale and Hennepin Aves. Circulation is 5,200, with a pass-along readership of 10,000. Publication and 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. Articles, letters to the editor and story ideas are welcomed and encouraged. The editor reserves the right to edit for length, clarity, relevance to the area or other reasons. Editorial and advertising guidelines are available. Please contact the editor: NewS, TiPS & LeTTeRS TO The eDiTOR UNN 3612 Bryant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55409 eDiTOR Phyllis Stenerson (CARAG) ASSiSTANT eDiTOR Bruce Cochran (CARAG) ART DiRecTiON & PRODUcTiON Bruce Cochran ADveRTiSiNG Susan Hagler (CARAG) 612.825.7780 MANAGiNG BOARD Appointed/Elected Representatives: Ralph Knox, President (ECCO) Virgil McDill, Vice Chair (CARAG) Elizabeth Walke, Treasurer (CARAG) Linda Todd, Secretary (ECCO) Ruth Cain (ECCO) Samantha Strong (CARAG) cONTRiBUTiNG PhOTOGRAPheRS Tony Acker, Bruce Cochran, Bethany Heemeyer, Courtney Cushing Kiernat, Michael Sharp cONTRiBUTiNG wRiTeRS Bruce Cochran, John Darlington, Rich Reeder, Wendy Schadewald, Monica Smith, Phyllis Stenerson, Meg Tuthill NewSPAPeR ciRcULATiON CARAG/ECCO/Uptown Circulation: Bill Boudreau, Justin Jagoe 5Th PReciNcT cOMMUNiTy ATTORNey Lisa Godon 612.673.2005
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Looking for a moving experience?
Whether you’re worshiping in the theater or gallery space with us at Intermedia Arts for the next 3-4 months, making the move with us to our new space at 28th & Garfield or making dinner with us to share at Simpson Shelter, we think you’ll have a moving experience. Check us out. Jesus didn’t reject anyone. Neither do we. SuNdayS 9:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Christian ed. For all ages Worship in the Intermedia arts Gallery or Theater

Public is invited to Uptown Neighborhood News Board Meetings
Uptown Neighborhood News is managed by a board of local citizens. The ECCO Board and the CARAG Board each appoint three representatives. Uptown residents are urged to participate in their community newspaper by submitting news items, writing letters to the editor and/or attending Board meetings. UNN Managing Board meetings are open to the public. Anyone is invited to observe and a time for public comments will be scheduled. Meetings are held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South. Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and held the first Monday of the month, unless otherwise scheduled.

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A home Of your Own
By Phyllis Stenerson
This is the first of a planned series of articles about owning a home in Uptown, with an emphasis on firsttime home buyers. We have lots of renters in Uptown and housing that ranges in price from modest to luxury. We also have lots of expertise in our community to help newcomers to the real estate market find their way around. The “word on the street” is that there’s never been a better time to buy, that there are a lot of houses available, that housing prices and interest rates are at an all-time low and that it’s a “buyer’s market.” “Conventional wisdom” about buying a house has been flipped inside out over the past few years and Uptown has unique characteristics that make generalizations not always applicable. “What is right for you?” This is the most important question says Judy Shields, a long-time realtor, resident of the East Calhoun Neighborhood and member of the ECCO Board of Directors. Home buying is a major financial commitment and a life experience loaded with emotions. It’s deeply personal and decisions need to be made that work for each individual. Judy says there are four big decisions home buyers need to make: 1 – Is it the right time to buy? Is this the right time for my lifestyle, my family plans, my career plans and, last but not least, my financial situation? 2 – What kind of a house am I looking for? Does it fit with my mortgage eligibility? 3 – How do I get the best price and terms for my dream home? There are nuances to every situation so expert advice is essential. 4 – What about the inspections? Be involved so you know what you’re getting into in terms of potential repairs. We’re seeking questions from potential home buyers who need answers. And input from professionals who have answers for questions first-time home buyers may not even know they need to ask. Send your questions, answers and suggestions for important topics regarding real estate to the Editor at Judy Shields, Realtor, can be reached at 952.221.1723 or

The Last Round
Kowalski’s ends liquor store race
By Bruce Cochran

walker Library Update

This recently shuttered BP Gas Station at 2700 Hennepin was the site for one of the three competing proposals for a new liquor store in Uptown. Kowalski’s application for an addition to their store was the winner. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

Designs for the new Walker Library and the adjoining park land at Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue have been previewed at community open houses. Information is available to the public at www.minneapolisparks. org/default.asp?PageID=1289.

Boehlke Given Lifetime Achievement Award
Bain Boehlke, founder and artistic director of the Jungle Theater, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Ivey Awards. This is the seventh annual awards ceremony celebrating local professional theater.

Kowalski’s won approval on September 19 from the Minneapolis Planning Commission to build a liquor store adjacent to its grocery store at 2440 Hennepin Avenue. It will be constructed on the current patio seating area. LAST page 5

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FiRe from 1 smoke damage and was evacuated. The residents and their dogs were not injured and were given emergency shelter by the Red Cross. “I heard someone yell ‘fire’ and opened the shades and saw the second floor deck blazing,” said Tony Acker who lives across the street. “Ran out of the house and was very relieved to see the first fire truck turning from 34th onto Bryant. The only thought was, did the people inside make it out? The intensity of the flames was incredible.

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“Burglary of dwelling” includes garages, attached or unattached.

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Jay Beck and Alex Franzen were servers at Burger Jones restaurant in Calhoun Village on West Lake Street. Beck also worked at the Re-Cycle Bike Shop at 2327 Hennepin Avenue. A fundraiser was held at Burger Jones on Saturday, September 24, to help Alex who lost all his belongings in the fire. Donations can be made to Alex’s Fund c/o Kip Clayton, Parosole Restaurant Holdings, 5032 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55410.


“We wanted to help but thought, “This was the first really cold what can we do?” said Mary morning of the fall. It was 44 Ann. “The house was absolutely degrees that morning but we could engulfed in flames. It was horrifying. Then the roof feel the heat across of the house next the street,” Tony door started on fire added. “Several of and the trees startus wondered why ed catching fire. the fire department We all wondered, was not getting where are the hoses on the buildpeople? We hoped ing ASAP. In talkthey had run out ing with a fireman the back door. that afternoon he stated that first and “Of course, later, foremost, it was a when we learned life saving mission. of the death, we Property was secwere all devasondary. The firetated,” Mary Ann TONY ACKER men know what continued. Neighthey are doing. It bors keep wanderwas touching to see ing over to the site of the house. a neighbor (Gen) ensuring that the We are all so affected by having kids in the neighboring house who witnessed this terrible thing. I can’t evacuated were given blankets to stop thinking about it and about stay warm.” the family and friends who lost a

“It was 44 degrees that morning but we could feel the heat across the street.”

Tony’s next-door neighbor, Mary Ann Knox, also was awakened by the noise and ran outside.

wonderful young man.”

New cARAG Safety coordinator

Paul Buchel joined CARAG as the new Safety Coordinator. He is a recent University of Minnesota graduate with experience in organizing and community participation. Paul replaces Zack Farley who moved on to pursue another job. As Safety Coordinator, Paul will organize block clubs and promote ways to prevent crime in the neighborhood. He can be contacted at 612.823.2520 or

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One Minneapolis, One Read: community Shares a Book and conversation
The book The Grace of Silence by Minneapolis native and National Public Radio host Michele Norris was chosen for One Minneapolis, One Read that kicked off on September 13. This memoir describes the experience of the Norris family as the first black family on their block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood. Norris also details her discovery of race-based family secrets. For more information go to www. A major One Read event will be held Monday, October 3 at 7 pm at the Guthrie Theater. Join Michele Norris with MPR News host Kerri Miller for a discussion of The Grace of Silence. A dessert reception will follow. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students and limited income. Purchase tickets at or call 612.377.2224. TUThiLL page 11

Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 charities Present Donation To N.i.P.
Minneapolis Firefighters have a long history of volunteering to help at local charities. This tradition continued when the Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 charities presented a check to the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) at 2431 Hennepin Avenue. Two years ago, firefighter Captain Mike Dahlberg was on the receiving end of Madison Fire Local 311’s generosity. This sparked the idea for Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 to establish its own charity. The firefighters picked up the idea, filed for non-profit status and the Local 82 charity was born. The Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP) was one of the first to receive a check issued by the Firefighters of Minneapolis. 100% of the money that the active and retired firefighters give to L82 Charity will go back into the community or to help other firefighters and their families throughout the country, just as the Madison firefighters helped one of Minneapolis firefighters. NIP’s Community Clinic offers medical, dental and counseling services including comprehensive services for adolescent and adult survivors of sexual assault and incest, specialized services for the GLBT community and individual therapy. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. Contact NIP at or 612.374.3125. Thank you to Minneapolis Firefighters Local 82 for supporting our community through your generous gift to NIP, one of our great community resources!

Openings on Minneapolis Boards and commissions
Applications are now being accepted for over 80 open positions on 16 boards and commissions that the City Council and Mayor will appoint this fall. The City is seeking applicants with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to strengthen the work of the City. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 30, 2011; however the positions are open until filled. For a full list of appointment opportunities and position descriptions, visit www.

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Fall Street Sweeping begins
Fall street sweeping will begin Monday, October 24 and will last four weeks. Watch for temporary no parking signs. Also, please watch for more information in our October newsletter.

Shawn Phelts, owner of Elements Of Creativity Tattoo & Piercing at 38th and Nicollet Ave., has signed a lease for Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio at 2817 Hennepin Ave. With a healthy business schedule at his Nicollet location, Phelts describes his confidence entering an already busy Uptown tattoo market. “We’ve been busy here and we hope to take what we know here and bring it over to Uptown.” He hopes to open by November. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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Rental Property Owner 6-8:30 p.m. workshop Tues., Oct. 18,
Minneapolis Police Department 5th Precinct, 3101 Nicollet Avenue S.
This free workshop is designed for rental property owners in Minneapolis. (You must own rental property in Minneapolis. This information is Minneapolis-specific and does not replace education in other municipalities.) The workshops provide pertinent, up-to-date information on how to manage your property, what services the city provides and has speakers including veteran rental property owners in the city. LAST ffrom 3 That approval ended the last round of a short race in early September between three parties to secure the Planning Commission’s approval for a retail liquor store in the north Uptown area. Due to a proximity law adopted by the city earlier this year only one liquor store can be opened in that area. At the same meeting an application was heard for a proposal by Abdo Market House LLC. That request was for the site (shown on page 3) of the recently shuttered BP Gas Station, 2700 Hennepin Avenue. That proposal was denied because the property ownership was in transition. The third proposal was submitted by Daniel and Pierre Kerkinni for the space at 2653 Hennepin Avenue but ruled out because it was not scheduled to be heard until a later date. This group had previously requested to put a liquor store in the old US Bank plaza space at 2546 Hennepin Avenue.

6 • Uptown neighborhood news but they’re a bit higher priced, and we were on a budget. The menu is fun to peruse and we elected to start off with the featured soup of the day, French onion (not typically a soup that I’d order). We were pleasantly surprised to find the cup hearty, rich, flavorful, cheesy, chewy and quite scrumptious. The deviled egg that comes in two halves was an excellent surprise appetizer. It comes on

a small, narrow plate, lined with garlic, onions and oregano. These hummus and the eggs were deviled three items were certainly enough with bacon bits and small pieces of for two people but, as pasta lovers, arugula. We we couldn’t split an order resist the papof the perfectly pardelle that cooked mussels was combined which were with sautéed RICH REEDER smothered in asparagus and a delectable a Catalan goat tomato puree and pungent sau- cheese. We both rated the mussage sauce, nicely seasoned with sels as “sensational” and the pasta “quite good.”

The Lowry cafe
A Restaurant Review
By Rich Reeder
It’s Wednesday evening at 8 pm. This fairly new cafe at 22nd and Hennepin was overflowing to the gills. Even the bar was packed and the only setback of the evening was that the Twins were on the bar TV, grudgingly plowing to the end of a grim season. When the server brought the wine/beer menu, my first response was “Wowser Dowser.” While the phrase may have not had a lotta relevant meaning, she nodded knowingly: “I know.” There was a terrific list of about 30 tap beers (from everywhere. She was eager to have me try a couple ‘til I settled on a darker ale which was perfect for a cool autumn evening. My dining partner ordered the Zinfandel and she too found the wine list intriguing and lengthy. The cafe has 10 wines from the barrel,

“Wowser Dowser.”

Park Area Going To The Dogs
A parking lot in Lyndale Farmstead Park, 3900 Bryant Avenue South, has been recommended as the site for a new dog park in South Minneapolis. This recommendation of the Citizen Advisory Committee now goes to the Planning Committee of the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB). A public hearing will be held with the date being posted on the MPRB web site

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No wonder the Lowry was packed. The variety of food and drink choices was plentiful and the prices were extremely reasonable. We’re going back for the steak with pierogis, maybe the meatloaf, but definitely more beer tastings! Oh, and there’s plenty of parking. Rich Reeder lives in CARAG.

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• with this coupon • Food only • exp. 10.31.11 “Spike” and Karen Compton of Barkley’s Mobile Dog Treats,, celebrate Dog Day at the Uptown Market on Sept. 11. Located on 29th St. between Lyndale and Dupont Avenues, the Uptown Market is closed for the year and will open every Sunday, next spring. For more information, please visit www. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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BiNTURONG from 1 appeared with some of his animal friends on Thursday, September 22 at Joyce Preschool located in the Joyce United Methodist Church building, 1219 West 31st Street. Gros tells the audience interesting and unique facts about the animals with the audience and weaves education about conservation and wildlife appreciation throughout his presentation. He emphasizes the many positive actions being taken around the world to preserve and restore natural resources. Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom first appeared on television in 1963 with its original host, Marlin Perkins. The show gave many people their first opportunity to see wild animals in their native habitat around the world. It received numerous awards. If you’re looking for some nostalgia, past episodes can be watched at youtube. com/wildkingdomtv. Dayana Reyes-Zanaska is a member of the Joyce Board of Directors and an employee of Mutual of Omaha based in the Bloomington, MN office. She persuaded decision makers to include the preschool in their tour that also visited several other locations in Minnesota. Joyce Preschool has been providing early education to children and families for over 40 years and two-way Spanish-English immersion programming since 1995. The school has a strong emphasis on kindergarten readiness, parent involvement in education and development of early literacy skills. Joyce operates as a 501.c.3 nonprofit and provides scholarships to more than half its students each

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year. For more information about the Joyce Preschool visit or contact Laura Tompkins at 612.823.2447 or laura.tompkins@joycepreschool. org.

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Joyce United Methodist Church at 1219 W. 31st St. was struck by lightning on August 17. Fire crews responded to the ensuing fire. Fire damage and later rain damage which caused water to leak all of the way to the basement is currently under repair with scaffolding. The work is estimated to be done by late October. (Fire photo by Jeffery Alspaugh, Scaffolding photo by Bruce Cochran)

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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.

Jason Lord, Scott Engel, Executive Coordinator. Absent: Carol Bouska, Samantha Strong A Delicious Meal was served, compliments of Pizza Luce. Meeting Called to Order at 6:35 p.m. by Diana. A total of 65 were present.

Carol Bouska, Diana Boegemann, Samantha Strong, Dan Janney, Jason Lord, and Erick Petersen. Motion: to accept the slate of nominations. Carried. (no “nays” or abstentions). Thank you to out-going Board Members: Holly Buchannan, Julie Cohen, Zack Farley, and John Darlington.

to operations only; MPRB will strive for greater efficiency for 2013 to avoid future program/service cuts. Superintendent Miller took questions from the audience covering a wide variety of topics from native Park plantings, invasive species plan, street sweeping, storm gutter runoff, the Conservation Fund to the new dog park.

Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting raised $3692 for CARAG

Treasurer’s Report: Scott engel presented 2012 budget for approval
Motion to approve fiscal year 2012 budgets for CARAG operations, NRP Administrative, and the Uptown Neighborhood News. . Carried: (No “nays” or abstentions).

Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG), Annual Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, September 20, 2011. DRAFT: Subject to approval at the October 2011 CARAG Meeting. Minutes recorded and submitted by John Darlington.
Board Directors in Attendance: Diana Boegemann, Chair, Holly Buchanan, Julie Cohen, John Darlington, Zack Farley, Dan Janney,

Be An Artist For A Few hours
Mural Project Needs Volunteers
Southwest Senior Center and CARAG need volunteers to help build the community mosaic that will be installed at the Bryant Avenue Market, 3200 Bryant Avenue. People of all ages are welcome, so come have some fun, learn how to mosaic, and help improve the neighborhood. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Workshops are being held at the Southwest Senior Center, 3612 Bryant Avenue, on Saturday, September 17, 9 am to noon; Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Friday, September 23, 1 pm to 3 pm and Tuesday, September 27, 1 pm to 3 pm. Contact Mary Ann Schoenberger at Southwest Senior Center, Volunteers of America of Minnesota, 612.822.3194 or, for more information and to register for the workshops.

The mural image includes snowflake designs and was created by Sharra Frank.

Hennepin Ave.

Bryant Square Park (3101 Bryant Ave S)
On the agenda…
• New CARAG Board of Directors • City Council Member Meg Tuthill • Community Updates
Welcome 2011/2012 Carag Board Of Directors Diana Boegeman, Carol Bouska, Melissa Davidson, Steve Green, Daniel Jenney, Jason Lorde, Erick Petersen, Nancy Riestenberg, Samantha Strong Thank you to Pizza Luce and Bull Run Coffee for their generous donations to the CARAG Neighborhood Annual Meeting. Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Wednesday, October 26 6:00-9:00pm @ Calhoun Square (3001 Hennepin Avenue) Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door Go to to purchase tickets online or call CARAG at 612.823.2520. The Wine Tasting is back again as a fall event! Sample from over 400 varieties of wine while mingling with your neighbors. ALL proceeds of tickets purchased from CARAG benefit activities of the organization. Event Sponsors: Hennepin Lake Liquors, Calhoun Square, Great Clips, Il Gato, and area neighborhood organizations including CARAG.

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

CARAG | 3612 Bryant Avenue S | Minneapolis, MN 55409 | | 612.823.2520

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The meeting agenda was approved by consensus.

Minneapolis Park Board Superintendent Jayne Miller
Miller was introduced by Ward 10 Councilmember Meg Tuthill. Superintendent Miller presented information on the following: Riverfront Development: (“River First” Project); New playground at Lake Harriet; 2012 MPRB proposed budget to be presented October 19: no program/service cuts – cuts confined

Board of Director Nominations: Julie cohen
Steve Green, Melissa Davidson, Nancy Riestenberg were nominated. Sally Hohen was removed from ballot. Nominated at the August meeting:

cARAG year in Review: Julie and Diana presented colorful/informative video
• Chilly Chili Fest: over 200 attended, and over $800. raised for Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. • New neighborhood website thanks to volunteer Kyle Reicks • Earth Day Clean-Up day • 1st Annual Dodge Ball Tournament • CARAG Super Sale • 14th Annual Garden Tour • CARAG sponsored bike decorating station during the June 12 Open Streets Minneapolis • Aldrich Arts Collaborative (mural project completed at 36th and Bryant) • CARAG Safety Task Force members attended all the National Night Out events in CARAG on August 2nd • Kids of CARAG Car Wash special thanks to Julie Cohen, Zack Farley • CARAG sponsored parking during Uptown Art Fair; raised $780. for neighborhood; special thanks to Nancy and Keith Sjoquist • The 2nd annual CARAG Kickball Game took place in August. Kids and adults played the game prior to the CARAG Sponsored Movie in the Park-“Tron:Legacy” • Upcoming: MOSAIC mural at Bryant Avenue Market-a VOA Southwest Senior Center and CARAG project. • CARAG volunteer opportunities abound: consult website for listing • CARAG serves as fiscal agent for Uptown Neighborhood News

community input/ Announcements: Diana
• Leslie Foreman (assistant to Meg Tuthill) celebrated “Bike Boulevard” and announced September 24 event. (Consult City Council website for information). • Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting tickets are available for $25 in advance, or $30. at the door. Cindy Christian endorsed H.L.C.W.T. and upcoming “Green Event.” • Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorffman gave update on County Library/Park/Greenway project. • CARAG Architecture Tour date and logistics to be determined. • Paul Buchel, CARAG’s new Safety Coordinator introduced his plan. He envisions an approach that would involve stroll patrols, engaging residents in reporting concerns-from problem properties to suspicious activity and organizing residents to improve communication and awareness about issues of crime and safety in CARAG. • Thank you to Pizza Luce` for providing the most delicious lasagne, salads and great bread for our meeting • Thank you to Bull Run for providing Coffee. • Thank you to all the park employees who helped set up our meeting space. Next Meeting of CARAG Neighborhood is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, at Bryant Square Park. Meeting was adjourned by Diana at

CARAG Neighborhood Meeting
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00pm

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community engagement in 140 characters Or Less
The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) and Waite Park Community Council will challenge each other in October in a race to 300 Twitter followers. Twitter has become an increasingly important supplement to the organizations’ neighborhood outreach efforts. More than 200 people have subscribed to each neighborhood’s Twitter stream, making them two of the most followed accounts among all Minneapolis neighborhood organizations on Twitter. “The goal is to build awareness for Minneapolis neighborhood organizations, as well as show how social media can help create stronger neighborhoods,” said Jeffrey Martin, president of the Waite Park Community Council. The contest will kick-off on October 1 and continue until one organization reaches 300 followers. The winner will receive a small prize from the other organization, to be presented at a future neighborhood meeting. CARAG (@CARAGmpls) represents the heart of Uptown in southwest Minneapolis. The neighborhood is bounded by Lake Street and 36th Street to the north and south and Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue to the west and east. Waite Park (@WaiteParkCC) is a mostly residential neighborhood in the city’s northeast corner, bound on the north by 37th Avenue, on the east by Stinson Boulevard, on the south by Saint Anthony Parkway and on the west by Central Avenue. Contacts: Jeffrey Martin, Waite Park Community Council, or Zack Farley, Calhoun Area Residents Action Group,

OCTOBER 2011 key, lonely, for-hire getaway stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) foolishly decides to help an attractive neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and her young son (Kaden Leos) by being involved in a pawnshop heist in Los Angeles with her ex-con husband (Oscar Isaac) and a mysterious woman (Christina Hendricks) to help him pay off money he owes to the wrong people in this tension-filled, well-acted, well-paced, violent film, he ends up endangering not only his own life, but that of the mother and his mechanic friend (Bryan Cranston) when two gangsters (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman) come after the $1 million that belongs to the East Coast mob.

Uptown neighborhood news • 9 . Thomas) takes credit for her stellar work at a agribusiness firm in Paris and toys with her affections and that of her duplicitous lover (Patrick Mille) who refuses to stand up for himself in this gripping, intriguing, well-acted, unpredictable 2010 thriller, her smart, highly organized protégé (Ludivine Sagnier), who is supported by a coworker (Guillaume Marquet), plots her revenge. Brandon Jay McClaren, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons, Travis Nelson, Alexander Arsenault, Adam Beauchesne, and Joseph Sutherland) and the sheriff (Philip Granger) mistake the two innocent bumpkins as kidnapping psycho killers while the two best friends believe that the irrational students are fulfilling some kind of strange suicide pact.

Short Redhead Reel Reviews
Rating Legend: (4=Don’t miss, 3=Good, 2=Worth a look, 1=Forget it) “Brighton Rock” (NR) (3)
An engaging, dark, star-studded (Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Andy Serkis), 2010 remake of the 1947 film noir thriller, based on Graham Greene’s 1939 novel, in which a revenge-driven, coldblooded, brooding, 17-yearold thug (Sam Riley) seduces an innocent, childlike British waitress (Andrea Riseborough) in an English seaside resort town in 1964 to prevent her from revealing his involvement in the murder of another gangster (Sean Harris) while plotting his rise in the mobster ranks.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (R) (3)
[Violence and terror.] — An eerie, suspenseful, well-paced, 2010 remake of the 1973 thriller in which evil gnomes, who feast on the bones and teeth of children, terrorize a young girl (Bailee Madison) when she moves into a creepy Rhode Island mansion that her divorced father (Guy Pearce) and his interior decorator girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are renovating.

“Main Street” (PG) (2)
[Mild thematic elements, brief language and smoking.] [Opens October 7] — While a sleazy Texas businessman (Colin Firth) woos both a financially strapped elderly woman (Ellen Burstyn), who constantly seeks the advice of her niece (Patricia Clarkson), to store toxic hazardous waste at her warehouse and the skeptical mayor (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) to build a plant in his small North Carolina town in this lackluster, quirky, unevenpaced film, a policeman (Orlando Bloom), who lives with his mother (Margo Martindale) and is studying to be a lawyer, tries to woo her former girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn) who is dating a married attorney (Andrew McCarty).

“The way” (PG-13) (3)
[Some thematic elements, drug use, and smoking.] — Gorgeous landscapes, striking photography, and historical landmarks dot this inspirational, touching, 2010 film, partially based on Jack Hilt’s “Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route in Spain,” in which a grieving ophthalmologist (Martin Sheen) heads to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, after the tragic accidental death of his 40-year-old son (Emilio Estevez) in the Pyrenees and decides to continue on the 485-mile journey that his son started to become a pilgrim by walking the Camino de Santiago (aka The Way of Saint James) where he meets a boisterous Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) trying to lose weight, a traumatized and cigarette-addicted divorced Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) dealing with abuse issues, a creatively stagnant Irish novelist (James Nesbitt) trying to get back his writing mojo, and a lively New York priest coping with cancer.
©1986 through 2011 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

“Drive” (R) (3.5)
[Strong brutal bloody violence, language, and some nudity.] — After a steely, soft-spoken, low-

“Love crime” (NR) (3)
[Subtitled] — When her ungrateful, ambitious, taunting, ruthless, sociopathic boss (Kristen Scott

TASTeD from 1 Tickets being sold in advance by neighborhood volunteers are $25 each with all proceeds going to the organization that sells the ticket. Tickets at the door are $30 each with proceeds shared by the four founding neighborhood groups. Neighborhoods participating are Calhoun Area Residents Action Council (CARAG), East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO), Lyndale, Kenwood, Cedar Isles Dean, Whittier, East Isles, Lowry Hill and Lowry Hill East. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for most organizations.

from a central dispenser rather then individual water bottles. All wine bottles will be recycled. Pat Fleetham (pfleetham@yahoo. com) is the lead organizer and

com or 952.221.1723) or Heather Wulfsberg ( or 612.812.6971). Other neighborhood contacts are East Isles - Amy Sanborn amysanborn18@gmail. com or 612.868.8664; Lowry Hill East, lhena@thewedge. org; Cedar Isles Dean, david.nitrox@gmail. com; Whittier, marian@whittieralliance. org; Lyndale, mark@; Kenwood, smurphymn@; Lowry Hill,

“Tucker & Dale vs. evil” (R) (3.5)
[Bloody horror violence, language, and brief nudity.] — When two dimwitted, kindhearted, beerguzzling hillbillies (Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk) in West Virginia head to an isolated, rundown, fixer-upper, vacation cabin in the Appalachian Mountains and end up saving a beautiful, drowning college student (Katrina Bowden) in this wacky, hilarious, entertaining, imaginative, violent, 88-minute horror spoof of such films as “Cabin Fever,” “Friday the 13th,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” bloody bodies begin to pile up after one grisly accident leads to another and the missing girl’s college buddies (Jesse Moss,

More than $13,500 was raised in the 2010 event and given directly to the neighborhood organiPhil Colich, owner of Hennepin Lake Liquor, with his wife Sue on zations. In the 28 years the left at the 2010 Wine Tasting. Pat Sharp is on the right. (Photo by of this event more than Michael Sharp) $303,500.00 has been raised for programs to For the second year, this will be a volunteer. Cindy Christian from benefit the greater Uptown resiZero Waste Initiative. As much of CARAG (christian_cindy@hot- dential community. the waste from the event as pos-, 612.824.4096) is headsible will be composted includ- ing up the recycling project. Many ing corn-based compostable wine volunteers from all neighborhoods cups. Appetizers will be served are also involved. on napkins and guests will be able To purchase tickets through the to clean their palettes with water CARAG neighborhood contact the office at 612.823.2520, go to or call Cindy Christian at 612.824.4096. For the ECCO neighborhood contact Judy Shields (jshields@cbburnet.

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7:59 p.m. Thank you to all who participated in the success and enjoyment of the evening.

The East Calhoun Community Organization Says

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• “No Parking signs” – City crews will post “No Parking” signs at least 24 hours before sweeping any streets. Parking will be banned from 7 am to 4:30 pm on the day a street is swept. Vehicles not removed will be towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot: www. • Use the Street Sweeping Schedule Lookup to find out which week your street is scheduled to be swept. The application is available for the duration of the sweep. The schedule is updated frequently during the sweep to reflect the actual progress of street sweeping: • Phone calls to residents – During the spring and fall sweeps, in addition to the “No Parking” signs that will be posted the day before sweepers come through, the City will make about 3,500 automated phone calls each evening to let residents know their street will be swept the next day. Listed, residential telephone numbers will be called.

to These Labor Day Celebration Sponsors
1st National Bank of the Lakes Accent Arts Alt Bike Shop Amigo Service Center Amore Victoria Autopia Ben and Jerry’s Calhoun Store Bobby Bead Borankovich Message Therapy Brave New Workshop Bremer Bank Bruegger’s Bagels Caffery’s Deli & Subs Cal Surf Chiang Mai Thai Chipotle Comedy Sports Cowboy Slim’s Davanni’s Drink Uptown Dunn Bros Coffee el meson Famous Dave’s Fusion Granite City Food & Brewery Half Price Books Herkimer Homemade Pizza Company* Infinitea Teahouse Jerry’s Hardware Jungle Theater Kowalski’s Market Landmark Theatres Lee’s Shoe Lucia’s Magers & Quinn My Sister’s Closet Noodles* Old Chicago* Once Upon A Child Penn Cycle Pizza Lucé Punch Pizza Rainbow Foods Rinata Roat Osha Rudolph’s Sa Bel Salonspa Salon Levante Sebastian Joe’s Sonny’s Ice Cream* Specs Optical St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church St. Paul Saints Baseball Starbucks* State Farm - Uptown Stella’s Fish Café Tatters The Chair Salon The Eatery The Lowry The Tea Garden The UPS Store Tin Fish Top Shelf Toppers Pizza Trader Joes Uncommon Grounds Uptown Association Williams Pub Wuollet’s Bakery*
* These sponsors contributed food for this event.

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ECCO report
Lake St. 36th St.

East Calhoun Community Organization

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.

Meg Tuthill (city council Member, ward 10)
• The City Council is looking for funding to prevent laying off 10 firefighters. • The Mayor will present the 2012 budget on September 12 • The City has received applications for three new liquor stores on Hennepin (Kowalski’s, replacing the BP station at 2700 Hennepin and 2652 Hennepin). Only one will be allowed (restrictions requiring 2,000 ft door-to-door between liquor stores). Let CM Tuthill know if you have a preference. • CM Tuthill thanked Sarah Sponheim for her work to bring the one-sort recycling pilot to East Calhoun. • A concern was raised about the speed of traffic on the 3300 block of Holmes and the number of young children on the block. CM Tuthill said a traffic wagon could be requested.
Lyndale Ave.

Labor Day parade. They will provide organics composting at the dinner and have an information table. Two upcoming Waste Watchers events: Waste Loss Fair, on September 24, 9 to 10 am at St. Mary’s and Tour de Compost, September 27 at 7 pm. Sarah is involved with making the Wine Tasting Fundraiser a green event.

Nancy Ward has begun inviting guest speakers. The agenda will include information about forming a tree committee. Café Crema is

donating ice cream. Davanni’s will be contacted for pizza donation. Heather Wulfsberg to ask Mesa

Hennepin Ave.

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ECCO Meeting Minutes for September 1, 2011. (East Calhoun Neighborhood Monthly Meeting) Minutes recorded and submitted by Monica Smith.

Board members: Nancy Ward (President), Sarah Sponheim (Vice President), Glen Christianson (Treasurer), Brad Durham, Blake Harper, Jim Smith, Linda Todd and Heather Wulfsberg. Monica Smith (NRP), Meg Tuthill (City Council Member, Ward 10) and other residents were also in attendance. ECCO Board President Nancy Ward called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m.

Open Forum
Sarah Wisneski and Lucinda Redd, residents of the Greenhouse Condos, 3540 Hennepin attended the meeting to discuss partnering with the condo association to beautify the green space on the corner of 36th and Hennepin. Sarah Sponheim and Jim Smith volunteered to meet with them to explore options.


Social Committee
Wine Tasting Fundraiser: Wednesday, October 26, 6 to 9 pm at Calhoun Square. Judy Shields and Heather Wulfsberg are ECCO’s co-chairs for the event. 100% of the proceeds from tickets sold by ECCO in advance come back to the neighborhood. The ECCO Board unanimously approved a motion to have Heather Wulfsberg interface with the three other neighborhoods bordering Lake and Hennepin to discuss the feasibility of a percentage of the proceeds from the Wine Tasting be allocated to police buy-back for the Uptown area. Labor Day: All the plans are in place for the Labor Day celebration. Board members to help fill in where additional volunteer help is needed. Nancy Ward will bring nametags for board members to wear at the event. Monthly socials: The next social will be candlelight social near the trolley path in November. Annual meeting: The annual meeting will be Thursday, October 6.

Sarah Sponheim, Green Team
One-sort recycling has come to East Calhoun for a one-year pilot program. The City conducted a waste sort of 100 ECCO households on the last day of the multi-sort recycling program to establish a baseline. Giving feedback to the City is encouraged. Door knocking by Green Team members will begin soon. The City is piloting a dual-sort pilot in Seward (recycling is up 18%). The Green Team will be marching with green and blue carts in the

David pronounces Loukoumades slowly, as he describes the precise cooking time of the pastry made of deep fried dough soaked in sugar syrup, honey and cinnamon, at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church Annual Greek Festival on September 11.
(Photo by Bruce Cochran)


Join us for the

East Calhoun Neighborhood Annual Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Pizza & Social at 6:00 pm Agenda items
✱ Find out what’s happening
in the neighborhood about: trees, energy, ecology, safety, NRP and more! Your ideas, interests, and feedback invited!


29th Annual Hennepin Lake Community

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave S Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at the door
For advanced ticket sales to support the East Calhoun neighborhood, contact Heather Wulfsberg at 612-812-6971, or Judy Shields at 952-221-1723, 100% of proceeds go directly to neighborhood associations.
Join the Green Team to make this a Zero Waste Event! Volunteers are needed. Contact Cindy Christian at to sign up.

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Ave. S. Meeting 6:45-8:30 pm
New board members needed!
Four positions on the ECCO Board are up for election this year. A term is two years long. Nominations are made and voted upon at the annual meeting. Responsibilities are: Age 18 or older, ECCO resident, attendance at monthly board meetings on the first Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm, and participation in at least one committee. Standing committees are: Environment, Social Events, Safety, and Zoning. Time commitments for each vary. Could this be you?

SPONSORS: Calhoun Square, il Gatto (Parasole), Great Clips and Hennepin Lake Liquor

✱ Elect new ECCO board

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watch your waste
One-sort Recycling pilot program underway in East Calhoun! Compost with a Green Cart! Sign up by calling Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917. Save space and money: downsize from a large trash cart to a small one. Request the change by calling Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling.


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elected officials

Free pizza dinner, bring your specialty for the dessert potluck. Free professionally staffed childcare.
Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to learn more about our events. Send a request to or call Monica Smith at 612-821-0131.

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cANDy from 1 sow-am or sow-in) which literally translated means summer’s end. It was a Celtic agricultural festival. This was originally considered a pagan festival but when the Christian Church welcomed new members they created All Hallow Even or the eve of All Saints’ Day on November 1. This allowed new members to continue their preChristian traditions. The full title continued to be abbreviated until its current title Halloween. The holiday traditions were primarily brought to this country by the Irish and to a smaller extent by the Scots. Throughout its history it has gone through many changes and characteristics: hooliganism, youthful rowdiness, bonfire night, romanticism, spirit worship and political expression, but always a culturally subversive holiday. This is mostly because there has never bean a real sponsor for Halloween. It is a protean force that has adapted and changed over time. And yet one thing the Halloween has almost always accomplished is its direct and indirect community building power. Through community parties, but more so for trick or treating, Halloween is the National Night Out of October. It’s had its share of growing pains too. Arson, tipping over outhouses, breaking fences, soaping windows, removing homeowner’s front stairs and even roving packs of youngsters essentially holding shopkeepers and homeowners ransom for a treat. The vandalism and tricks wore on the communities until they decided to sponsor civic festivals to keep the kids occupied. One of the earliest adopters of these community Halloween parties was Anoka, Minnesota in 1925. So although some communities across the country still experience vandalism and pranks, Uptown for the most part is still about the trick or treating, commercial and private parties, as well as park sponsored events, among other things. Uptown Beat Officer Robert Illetschko admits that most of the nighttime rowdiness of Halloween in Uptown is more about people exaggerating their party attitude and just doing more of the same stuff that happens on any other rowdy Saturday night in Uptown. At Calhoun Square this year there will be a HallowEve Festival on October 29 from 1pm to 5 pm with trick or treating, a costume contest, craft Stations, pumpkin carving contest, photo station and the Teddy Bear Band. For those interested in organized activity on Halloween, Bryant Square Park is holding its annual party with music, a bonfire with marshmallows, dancing and other activities for little kids. The Wedge neighborhood is holding Halloween Hauntings: a haunted evening of scary stories told in one of the Wedge’s famous old houses. See www.thewedge. org for current information. But if you’re still holding out for that door to door sugar rush you can still find hot spots in Uptown where the trick or treat tradition is still strong. From my informal poll of local parents I discovered that some kids still trick or treat locally in the neighborhood, some kids still show up in cars from other neighborhoods, but no one is influenced by the perception of “stranger danger.” Some parents just like to take advantage of organized events because it can be easier. And what about the famous razor in the apple? Well from almost every source I read as well as a sociological study that was done, there have only been two documented incidents due to dangerous treats on Halloween. And the “razor blade” was essentially a rumor that still survives today. But with the transient residents and all of the apartment buildings, it can be tricky to locate participating neighborhoods. Sometimes streets lose all of their young kids at once and the fun moves over a block. For now some of those popular blocks for candy collection are still right here in Uptown. Peter Krembs and Rob Jeddloh have had a steady flow of regular neighborhood kids over the last decade that usually start with a party at a local home and then continue down their block at Irving and 28th Street in East Isles. According to Wedge resident Quinton Skinner, the middle of the neighborhood near Bryant and Colfax, is where he has found it “to be most in the spirit of things.” Over in the East Calhoun Neighborhood, Anja Curiskis says that she has seen a mix of kids from outside as well as inside the neighborhood and they go through “a couple bags of candy each year” near 35th and Humbolt. In CARAG Diana Boegemann joins her entire block in decorating their boulevard with witches in the trees about a week before Halloween. She says that on Aldrich Avenue they get a healthy trove of kids on their way to the Annual Bryant Square Park Halloween Party. So fire up the pumpkin, ignore the dentist and leave the porch light on because I might just dress up as that tall kid that looks just a little bit guilty because he’s probably way too old to trick or treat, and you’ll know it because he had a little trouble parallel parking. Bruce Cochran is Assistant Editor, Art Director and in charge of Production for the Uptown Neighborhood News and lives in CARAG. Sources for this article include The World Book Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia Britannica but mostly Halloween: From Page Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers. TUThiLL from 5

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innovative Tree canopy Map
Did you know nearly 32 percent of Minneapolis is covered by tree canopy? Find out more from a new mapping study of the Minneapolis tree canopy now available online. The map can help neighborhoods strategically plan and target resources for the greatest return on our tree canopy, including reduced storm water runoff and reduced energy consumption. Staff plans to update maps following events such as the May tornado in north Minneapolis. For more information and to see the map, visit www.

Blaisdell and 1st Avenue Bike Lane celebration
The celebration for the Blaisdell and 1st Ave bike lane completion will be October 9 from noon to 3 pm. The event will begin at Martin Luther King Park (40th Street and Nicollet Avenue), then proceed to family friendly celebration stations along the north/south route. The 5th precinct will be a station focusing on bike safety. More stations will be announced at the park. For more information visit

energy efficiency Loans For Multi unit Buildings
Low interest loans to provide financing for energy efficiency upgrades to large (structures of four stories or more containing more than 10 dwelling units) multi-family rental properties are available from the City of Minneapolis’ Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). CPED established the city-wide program to remove financial barriers to allow property owners to make energy efficiency improvements. Loans will be structured in such a way that the energy savings would fully or substantially offset the debt service on the loan. For more information check out loan_program.asp or contact Jessica Green at 612.673.5232.

east calhoun Kicks Off Single Sort Recycling Pilot Program
The Single Sort Recycling Pilot Program was launched with a press event on August 15 in the Willard Hay neighborhood. East Calhoun and Willard Hay are the two Minneapolis neighborhoods chosen for this year long pilot program. All East Calhoun residents should have received their new single sort cart. If you live in East Calhoun and have questions about single sort recycling project please contact Sarah Sponheim at or 612.824.2613.

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Zoning Committee
The home at 3332 Irving Avenue will be demolished and a new 2,500 sq ft single-family home will be built in its place. CB2 construction is underway at 31st and Hennepin. CM Tuthill to send information to Nancy Ward regarding a proposal to eliminate the CUP process being considered by City Council.

income cap for the loan program. A motion to remove the income cap and make the loan available to all did not pass. The issue will be tabled until the November meeting.

Decision making between meetings
Nancy Ward proposed a change to the ECCO bylaws to accommodate decision-making between meetings. Current ECCO Bylaw: Article 8, Section 4 Action by Consent. Any action that may be taken at a meeting of the directors may be taken without a meeting if authorized in writing and signed by 2/3 of the directors. Proposed bylaw change to Article 8, Section 4: Any action required or permitted to be taken at a Board meeting may be taken by written action, or by electronic mail, signed by the number of Directors that would be required to take the same action at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which all Directors were present. See binding policies, which govern these decision-making processes. Proposed new policy: Action by Consent Policies Consent actions are reserved for conditions which arise without notice, where decisions or input that relate to the good of the neighborhood are required between regular board meetings. Any Executive Committee member can call for a consent action. The

date and time which ends decisionmaking will be specified when consent action is posted. Three business days are the typical period for decision-making, but can be extended by decision of the Executive Committee. Reasonable effort by those posting the consent action item shall also be made to notify Directors by telephone, at the time of giving written notice. Quorum requirements for electronic or written reply are the same as at regular board meetings. Lack of response will not be considered to be either a yea or nay vote. If a quorum is not met, the action fails. An electronic signature (name) satisfies the requirement of a signature so long as the electronic communication containing the electronic signature sets forth sufficient information from which the board can reasonably conclude that the communication was actually sent by the purported sender. The board unanimously approved a motion to change the bylaws and accept the new policy with the following addition: Identify the officer positions by adding “(President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary)” after the words “Executive Committee” in paragraph 2 of the new policy. Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m. Next meeting: Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 6 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.

East Calhoun residents celebrated Labor Day with their annual parade and picnic. The parade was led by the Southwest High School marching band followed by a few hundred ECCO residents including children on decorated bikes, scooters and strollers. Pictured above are Alexander in his favorite outfit and Penelope accompanied by their mom at left. (Photo by Bruce Cochran)

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NRP Report
ECCO’s executive committee will meet to discuss a possible pay raise for Monica Smith. A proposal will be presented at the November ECCO Board meeting. ECCO is currently in first place for the CES challenge grant. The contest runs through the end of September. An Awards Ceremony will be held on October 25. Board and community members are invited to attend. More information to come soon. The Board discussed ECCO’s NRP housing program. Grant and loan money is still available for home improvement. The loan program has not been well used. A concern was raised that the income cap ($75,600 for a family of four) may be too restrictive for many residents to qualify for the loan. The board discussed raising or removing the

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community events calendar
(Editor’s Note: We will run community event listings every month on this page. Contact to submit your event information by the 15th of each month to be included in the next issue.)


INTERMEDIA ARTS 2822 Lyndale Ave. S • 612.871.4444
School, work, family, the life of a teen there are bound to be some loose ends. The Youth Leadership Council at Intermedia Arts is pleased to present a multi-disciplinary exhibit of artwork made by Minnesota teens. This exhibit is intended to offer many different youth perspectives about the world and creative expression, and shows how there is no single definition for youth culture. So forget what you think you know about teens and come check out this show of youth art. $3 suggested donation.

Walker Methodist Health Center 3737 Bryant Ave. • 612.827.5931
The South Minneapolis Coalition for Grief Support is going to have a fall series that runs from Thursday, September 29 through Thursday, December 8. Each session starts at 6:15pm with registration and refreshments, followed by a speaker at 6:30pm and small group discussions until 8pm. Look for the schedule of speakers at

included the MBTI as a key instrument in helping students to better understand themselves and their relationships. Social hour 6:30pm. $4, members. $6, non-members. $10, families/couples.


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Once Upon A Crime Bookstore - 6:30pm 604 West 26th St. • 612.870.3785
October’s book is “Bone Chamber” by Robin Burcell and facilitated by Michael Allan Mallory.

Walker Library - 2-4pm 2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400
Using LEGO WeDo sets, the computer program Scratch (a free computer programming language), and simple materials, team up with other problem-solvers and compete to find the best solution to the challenge they give you. Registration is required, begins Sept. 21. Register online or by phone. Grades 4-6.



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.

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Bryant Lake Bowl - 3pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
The new documentary Farmageddon sheds light on the plight of small familyscale farms. The farmers tell their stories in their own words, inspiring us to support them and preserve our right to access their foods, whether through direct farmerconsumer sales, farmers’ markets, co-ops or food buying clubs. As the film’s director Kristin Canty states, the crux of the issue is “simply about freedom of food choice, because without it, we simply aren’t free.” “Kristin Canty’s Farmageddon is well-titled. It’s an eye-popping wake-up call revealing how the USDA and FDA have increasingly waged war on America’s small farmers even when they can prove they are contributing healthful products to our food supply.”– Los Angeles Times. Tix: $5.

ACTing wORkshOps: dUkE iT OUT


Twin Cities in Motion - 7:55am Twin Cities • 651.289.7700
30th running of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon: Minneapolis to St. Paul including Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is called “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America®” for 26.2 good reasons. With mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards, the scenery can’t be beat. Add 300,000 screaming fans, 10 Cheer Zones, over a dozen course entertainment acts, and you’ve got an experience that you’ll never forget.

Walker Library - 6:30-8pm 2880 Hennepin Ave. • 952.847.8400
Learn the secrets of safe stage combat. Fight and fall without hurting anyone-just like the actors on stage. It looks real, but it’s just pretend. No experience necessary.

The UNN’s Contest Giveaway Returns In November. Stay Tuned...



Bryant Lake Bowl - 7pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949
“So smart and harrowing and frightening and beautiful that it’s a revelation.” - Space City Rock. Blackfish celebrate the release of their 8-CD collection of improvised concerts recorded while on tour across the USA. They will create their expansive sound and conjure their intricate duets from a myriad of instruments, effects and looping pedals.


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First Unitarian Society - 7pm 900 Mt. Curve Ave. • 651.414.0545
Joe Sherin, M.A. and specialist in counseling, will introduce the history, development and uses of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in education, work and relationships in an open public meeting of the Theosophical Society. Getting familiar with the MB types and your specific type, Sherin claims, can help you understand how the world works and how you function within it. Many people report that the insights they gain through this understanding helps them to value their uniqueness and that of others. Sherin is a licensed psychologist and has worked for 32 years in the Minnesota Community College System, primarily as a counselor, and at Century College. He routinely has

ThE EThnOphARmOCOlOgy OF EnERgy dRinks
BRYANT LAKE BOWL - 7pm 810 W. Lake St. • 612.825.8949

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TEAm ORThO mOnsTER dAsh 5k & 5k-9
Lake Harriet Bandshell - 11am 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy.


Professor George Weiblen, curator of plants at the Bell Museum, explores the diversity of plant-derived drugs that stimulate people around the world. Throughout history and across the globe, we have sought stimulation in a countless variety of drinks. The special ingredients of all “energy” drinks are molecules derived from plants that affect our senses. What are they and where did they come from? Who discovered their effects? How much is too much? And why do we prefer to share our plant-derived drugs in social groups? This caffeinated conversation aims to expose the ethnobotany behind our favorite beverages. Professor Weiblen has studied plants on five continents over the past twenty-five years. His collaborations with native peoples on the tropical island of New Guinea to document traditional uses of plants for food, recreation, and medicine shed light on cultural practices here at home.

The course around Lake Harriet includes a performance long-sleeved running shirt, a stained-glass finisher’s medal, trick or treating on the course and costume contest. Run with your dog in the 5K-9.

REspOnding TO ViOlEnCE in OUR COmmUniTy


Joyce United Methodist Church - Noon 1219 W. 31st St. • 822.5288
Potluck & a Presentation. They’re taking this quarter’s theme, “Christian Responses to Violence in Our World” to the local level, and will be talking about issues of violence, assault, and abuse in our own neighborhoods. Judi Nelson from The Sojourner Project will present.

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Through October 2011, 50% off Joiners Fee, and a Fast Start orientation for all new members. Good on new adult and family memberships, some restrictions apply. Offer ends October 31.