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Nov 27th

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Wirth Lake Area improvements focus on water quality, natural resources and picnic areas

Park Board approves Phase III plan following public input

It won’t be long before visitors to Theodore Wirth Regional Park will be able to take a sunset stroll on a boardwalk along Wirth Lake, listen to an outdoor concert overlooking the lake and get a glimpse of urban wildlife. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners (MPRB) at its July 21 meeting approved the Wirth Beach Phase III site improvements. Approval follows recommendations from the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), and feedback from public hearings held on June 16 and on July 7.

The project, officially called Wirth Beach Phase 3, includes the area surrounding the lake and the picnic area south of Glenwood Ave. The approved plan includes a trail loop around the lake and family picnic areas with shelters for 250, 50 and 25 people. A promenade along the east side of the lake will feature a performance area, restrooms and concessions, art and play features and lake shore overlooks. Eco-friendly parking lots will accommodate visitors to the park. The western lakeshore focuses on supporting wildlife habitat and preserving natural areas.
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UnitedHealthcare and KaBOOM! hosted Design Day for new playground at Oak Park Center

UnitedHealthcare and KaBOOM! hosted Design Day for new playground at Oak Park CenterUnitedHealthcare and organizers from KaBOOM! hosted a Design Day for children at Pillsbury United Communities' Oak Park Center last week. Children from the Center had the opportunity to put crayon to paper and draw their dream playgrounds, which will later become a reality. Elements from the children's drawings will be incorporated into the final design for the new community playground which will be built at the Center in September. Design Day was also the first meeting of the planning committee what will work for the next eight weeks to prepare for the playground's construction.
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Gardens, opera and food – A great summertime combination!

J.D. Rivers’ Children’s Garden at Theodore Wirth Park sets the perfect stage for Tales of Hoffmann: A Picnic Operetta at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29. The garden is located at Glenwood Ave. and Washburn in Theodore Wirth Park.

Hoffmann is a globetrotting poet following his romantic whims across Europe encountering fantastical adventures with robots, evil magicians and ghosts. The performance by Mixed Precipitation performance initiative is perfect for opera lovers, gardeners, kids and “foodies,” as locally-sourced food samplings from the garden are prepared fresh and served to translate the events of the story.

Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Please call 612-619-2112. The operetta is free, but donations are appreciated. ASL services are provided. The presentation at J. D. Rivers’ is one of 12 selected community gardens in the Twin Cities. This performance is supported by grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the St. Louis Park Arts and Culture Grant and the Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation, in partnership with MPRB Environmental Education Division.

For more information visit www.mixedprecipitation.wordpress.com.

Minneapolis Park Board leads by example with energy savings pilot project

Energy efficiency improvements coming to five rec centers

Green means more to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) than the ideal color of lawns and trees. Green also means practicing environmental sustainability – Living Green. The MPRB leads by example when it comes to green living. Organic gardening techniques are being implemented at Longfellow Gardens. The Rec Plus childcare program uses reusable plates, bowls, cups and flatware. The Minneapolis Bike Tour uses tap water instead of bottled water, and composts food waste.

The latest example is a pilot project to implement enhancements at five recreation centers. The McKinstry Energy Efficiency Project, which was recently approved by the MPRB Board of Commissioners, will set in motion improvements to the Lake Nokomis, Logan, Matthews, McRae and Pershing recreation centers.
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City expands efforts to support Lowertown vitality

Expanded parking validation program allows patrons to park free at Lowertown Parking Ramp on weeknights and weekends

SAINT PAUL – Starting today, the weekend validated parking program at Lowertown Parking Ramp will be expanded to every night of the week. Customers can now enjoy validated parking from participating retailers during the following periods:

• Evenings: from 4:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m. the next day
• Weekends: Friday from 4:00 p.m. through Monday at 5:00 a.m.
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Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageant

Woodbury student First Runner Up in teen pageantWhat can you get for $3.39 these days? For Woodbury resident, Jahreya Evans it meant winning first-runner-up honors in the Miss Photogenic competition at the Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/ St. Paul pageant. A week before the July 18th competition at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Jahreya snapped a picture of herself with her digital camera while seated in her parent’s car. After convincing them she had created a winning photograph, Miss Evans entered the self-portrait into the contest and nearly won the whole thing gaining the coveted spot as the First Runner -Up in that category. Miss Evans says the honor will help in forwarding her desire to be a model in print media.

Miss Evans was originally accepted for the competition based on the details contained in her application and her mastery of an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis/ Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.
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Businesses and artists celebrate North Minneapolis

Businesses and artists celebrate North MinneapolisSince 2006, FLOW has become the premier art event in North Minneapolis. Highlighting the uniqueness of North Minneapolis, this free, family event is a unique collaboration between the business and arts communities that showcases artists of all ages who live and/or work in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a self-guided art event featuring visual and performing artists at businesses, studios and organizations along West Broadway in North Minneapolis.

Start your crawl at the Penn & Broadway cluster, where the new 5 Points building will be open to the public. Now home to KMOJ, this building has already installed façades by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, and work has begun for a kinetic sculpture and bus shelter. Three floors of visual art, art-making activities, photo-booth and the 5 Points Lounge with food, beer & wine and a stage will bring new life to this historic building on West Broadway.
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