Shoreham Yards Community Conversation: Wed. July 13

Bike Center Concept Picture

Join your neighbors for a community conversation about Shoreham Yards and an activity center concept that features a velodrome, retail and multi-purpose space. This meeting is co-hosted by Columbia Park Neighborhood Association and Shoreham Area Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.

Columbia Manor

3300 Central Avenue NE


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Have a Safe and Fun Independence Day

Celebrate the Fourth of July during Minneapolis Red, White and Boom, a two-day July 4th clipart

celebration hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The event, held along the downtown Minneapolis Riverfront, features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family, and the grand finale – fireworks!

On Monday, July 4, Father Hennepin Bluff Park will offer FREE family activities in the Family Fun Zone, 6–9:30 pm including balloon twisters, caricature artists, and hair and face painting. Bands performing this year are as follows:

Father Hennepin Bluff Park                                                     Mill Ruins Park

6–7:30 pm Matthew Hannah                                                         6–7:30 pm Plaid Brixx
8-10 pm Funktion Junction                                                           8–10 pm Dylan Jakobsen

Boom Island Park

8:30–9:45 pm Minnesota Orchestra (NEW this year!)

The Red, White and Boom Celebration closes with a spectacular fireworks display along the Riverfront at 10 pm. For more information please go to

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City Organics Recycling Update

Citywide Organics Roll-Out is Complete

Organics recycling carts have now been delivered citywide to more than 38,200 residents who have signed up, and by the end of June, we’ll have collected more organics in 2016 than in all of 2015.  You can still sign up to receive a green organics recycling cart, and you’ll get yours within a couple weeks. There is no extra charge to have your organics picked up every week on your collection day.  Sign up online or by calling Solid Waste & Recycling at  612-673-2917.


Common Organics Recycling No-No’s

Please remember that the following items are not accepted in the green organics recycling carts:

  • Yard waste
  • Milk cartons (these may go in your blue recycling cart)
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Pet and human waste products including: pet waste, litter or bedding, diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene products (State will not allow compost facilities to accept these)
  • Shiny, lined food service items including hot and cold cups, paper plates with designs on them, paper ice-cream tubs, and takeout containers that are not labeled as certified compostable (Check on BPI website to verify if products are BPI certified compostable)


Calling Recycling Block Leaders

As of June 27th, over 100 residents have signed up to become Recycling Block Leaders spreading the word about recycling, organics recycling, waste reduction, reuse and more on their block.  Recycling Block Leaders will receive email updates from the City and pass this information along to your neighbors.  Educational topics will change over time.  The first priority will be to encourage neighbors to participate in the organics recycling program and to answer any questions they have on what’s acceptable and what is not.  Recycling block leaders can order educational resources, like brochures, yard signs and more, to distribute to their neighbors.  Sign up to be a Recycling Block Leader today by contacting Recycling Program Aide Laura Horner at or 612-673-3318.

Learn more about Recycling Block Leader program here.


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Draft Agenda for the 2016 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting and Potluck Picnic of the Columbia Park Neighborhood Association will be held Monday June 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm at Hi-View Park 3474 2nd ST NE under the tent, following the Grand Re-opening of the playground and the Turtle pool at 5:30pm. Bring a dish to share, the MPRB Pop Up Park will be on site for the evening for the kids.

Columbia Park Draft Meeting Agenda for Annual Meeting June 20, 2016

5:30 – Grand Re-Opening of the Turtle Pool and playground at Hi View, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)

Potluck Picnic starts at 6:30

7:00- Call to Order for Board Actions


– Approval of the Agenda (crime and safety update to be inserted to accommodate the presenting officer)
– Approval of the Draft minutes for May 16, 2016 CPNA meeting
– Treasurer’s Report- Receive and File May 2016 (re stated) and June 2016

– General Meeting
– Old Business

Dot-mocracy boards, please put up your dots for your top 4 priorities, if you haven’t filled out the neighborhood survey please do and put it in the box and lastly, please make sure you have signed in for the evening and if you are interested in our usual volunteer opportunities for the year please sign up and you will be contacted as they come up.  These include Adopt a Highway with Marshall Terrace along University AV, one in spring, one in the fall; Earth Day, April 2017, National Night Out  first Tuesday in August. Block Clubs…if you are interested in serving as a block club leader we can connect you to the 2nd Precinct

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ANNUAL MEETING Monday June 20th

Please join us at the annual meeting!  This year we will be starting at 5:30 with the grand re-opening of the playground and new Turtle Pool at Hi- View Park with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  They will have a ribbon cutting as well as face painting and ice cream snacks.  This will be followed by our Potluck Picnic and board elections meeting under the BIG TENT.  Please bring your completed survey on neighborhood priorities you received via mail  in the June Newsletter.

2016 Annual meeting sign

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Learn to Swim with the Park Board

swimming instructer teaching young child to swim clipart

Jim Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, Lake Nokomis, Wirth Beach & Webber Pool

Summer Swimming lessons for various ages and skill levels are available at Lupient Water Park, North Commons Water Park, Lake Nokomis Beach, Wirth Beach and Webber Natural Swimming Pool. Youth swim lessons are offered for various ages and skill levels.

  • Parent-Tot: For children ages 1–4 accompanied by a parent. Participants focus on water adjustment activities and supported movements
  • Pre-Level 1: Introductory class for ages 3–4. Water adjustment and further skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with combined skills for basic forms of swimming and appropriate water safety skills
  • Level 1: For the non-swimmer ages 4–5 years and older. Participants become familiar with the aquatic environment and create a strong foundation to aquatics and safety skills
  • Level 2: For beginner swimmers, 5 years of age and older. Students learn water safety and fundamentals of basic swimming
  • Level 3: Students increase swimming skills, learn basic stroke development, and practice deep water safety
  • Level 4: Students develop confidence in strokes and safety skills beyond earlier levels.
  • Jr. Lifeguard: Students learn basic content in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding/ CPR/ First AID for the Professional Rescuer

Two-week sessions are held starting June 20 through mid-August with eight lessons per session. The first session at Webber Natural Swimming Pool starts June 21. Lesson fees are $55 for Minneapolis residents and $65 for non-residents with scholarships available. Email for more information.


Register for swim lessons online at or visit Classes, Lessons & Clubs on the MPRB website to learn more.

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MWMO Water Workshops

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization will be hosting a series of free “Water Wednesdays” workshops to demonstrate sustainable yard care, gardening and landscaping practices. Each Water Wednesday workshop will take place in the evening at the MWMO’s Stormwater Park and Learning Center in Northeast Minneapolis at 2522 Marshall ST NE

Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden Habitat – June 8

Raingardens for Clean Water – July 13

Your Fall Yard – Aug. 10


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CM Reich Community Forum 6/9/2016

Car-Free and Car-Light Living:

Transportation Options in the Urban Environment

Could you live without a car? Would you live without a car? Or downsize from two to one? Significant investment has been made in the past decade in multi-modal transportation options, from light rail and high-frequency bus service to bicycle infrastructure and car- and bicycle-share programs like Nice Ride, Car2Go, HOURCAR and others, all of which make car-free and/or car-light lifestyles more viable in Minneapolis.

Join Council Member Reich and your friends and neighbors on Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue NE for a discussion about our City’s changing transportation landscape. Guest panelists will include Gene Tierney, founder of the non-profit organization CarFreeLifeMetro Transit planner Kyle Burrows; Nice Ride executive director Bill Dossett; and Center for Energy & Environment president Chris Duffrin.

For questions or further information, contact Lisa Brock at or 612-673-2201.

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Grand Re-opening of the Pool and Playground at Hi-View Park and the Columbia Park Neighborhood Annual Potluck Picnic and Board Elections Meeting.  Monday June 20, 2016 at Hi-View Park 3474 2nd ST NE, Under the big tent!!!

Under the tent the 2015 CPNA Annual Meeting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony starts at 5:30pm

Potluck to follow…  Meeting at 6:30.

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Learn to do Safe Canning for this years crop!

Free HACCP workshops   Picture of canned food.

on fermenting and canning plans

Bring your fermenting and canning Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans to this free workshop! You will get hands-on assistance from the City of Minneapolis Health Department HACCP team to help with your HACCP plans.

HACCP plan templates for canning and fermenting are available on the city website at

Yogurt, crème fraiche, kombucha and kimchi are examples of common fermented products.

The workshop is being held twice – once in English and once in Spanish.

Monday, June 20 
ENGLISH language workshop
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis MN 55401

Monday, junio 27
SPANISH language workshop
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis MN 55401

Please register. We would like to know how many people plan to attend.

To register, email or call Leslie Foreman at 612-673-3544.

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