Grass Cutting graduate work needs survey takers by July 21

Chance to help out…

Madeline Leslie is a graduate student in Applied Plant Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Her thesis project involves conducting a survey in order to learn more about what lawn maintenance practices residents use most often in the Twin Cities Metro area; this will also help inform university extension and outreach efforts.The survey is short, and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, including watching a 4 minute video. As an incentive to participants, every respondent will have their names entered (if they choose) in a drawing for a $50 gift card to either or Target. The drawing will be held in mid August.
Survey Link


The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations Department is
excited to invite you to participate in an upcoming discussion about
equitable community engagement for all of Minneapolis. Please join City
leaders from the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC)
and the Health, Environment, and Community Engagement (HECE) Committee for
a citywide forum on what an engaged community looks like for all our
There are two options to get involved in this discussion:

*Thursday, July 31st*
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center

*Saturday, August 2nd*
Folwell Recreation Center
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Preliminary Work Starting at St Anthony Parkway Bridge

Centerpoint Energy is beginning work on replacing and relocating gas mains in and around the bridge replacement project area. You can expect to see this gas main replacement work occurring on Columbia St, 31st Ave, California St, St. Anthony Parkway, and Main Street between now and Labor Day. There may be temporary lane closures or detours required to complete the work–please follow the posted signs. Additional utility relocation work will occur by Excel Energy (electrical), but the work has not yet been scheduled. Please visit the project website for more project information and construction updates:

Hi View Pool and Playground Meetings

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be redoing the pool and playground at Hi View Park. There will be three public meetings about what features and styles we would like for the new look. The meetings will all be at the Columbia Manor from 6-7:30 pm on the following dates…
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Puppet Show and Potluck Picnic Thursday June 26th

Come join the neighbors for a family friendly picnic and puppet show at the Columbia Park picnic shelter on Thursday June 26th. The picnic starts at 6:30 and the show is at 7:00pm. Columbia Park neighbor and puppeteer Margo McCreary and her troop will perform the ON-TIME CIRCUS! The show includes puppets, clowning and live music and is sure to be a hit with the younger set. For more information on the performance check out our June Newsletter.

Metro Blooms looking for Garden Evaluators


Blooming Boulevards’ efforts to promote and recognize boulevard gardens began in 1983 under the leadership of the City of Minneapolis’ Committee on Urban Environment (CUE). Member Nate Siegel was so impressed with the beautiful boulevard flower gardens on a visit to Vancouver, B.C., that he started a similar program to beautify Minneapolis.

In 2002, Friends of CUE formed a nonprofit to enable us to secure donations and grants to help carry on our mission of promoting and celebrating Minneapolis gardens.
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MNDOT Roadside Planting Rescheduled to Saturday June 14th

Looking south from 36th AV NE

Well, the weather did not cooperate. Our June 7th date was rained out….please come on the 14th, Same time, same place. If you would like to help unload the plants, that will be at 8:00am.
Come volunteer Saturday June 14, 2014 starting at 9:30 am. We will be planting the trees, and shrubs to regreen right of way along University AV NE. If you have them bring shovels to plant and rakes to spread wood chips. Our partners at Hennepin County will provide a Sentence to Serve crew to aide us and the Minneapolis and Recreation Board water truck will come give us the first watering of the area.