TC Weekend | Get into the swing of spring with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and more!

TC Weekend is back, a sure sign of spring! We've selected a few choice events to help you ease into the season. From Earth Day cleanups and One Day in the Twn Cities to literary readings and art showings, there's plenty on tap to help you get out and about this weekend!

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Clean-up parks on Earth Day, join Friends of Lake Hiawatha

Map from 1892. Rice Lake, a shallow marsh then, was dredged in the '20s for recreation purposes (which made it deeper for fishing/swimming/watercraft, and shrank the footprint for installation of golf course to the west), and renamed Lake Hiawatha. More old maps of the neighborhood can be found here http://www.standish-ericsson.org/historical-maps.html

Looking for some way to celebrate Earth Day locally?

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Minneapolis council member Blong Yang, on 100 days in office: "Don't lose faith in government"

Fifth Ward Council Member Blong Yang told NorthNews the most surprising aspect of his new job is how much hard work it is. He said there are lots of meetings with developers and business people, though he is, at 100 days in office, getting a chance to tackle the agendas on which he ran, and hoping to hear more from resident constituents.

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People’s Gallery on University in St. Paul welcomes local artists

The People’s Gallery collective, from left: Gennie Alberti, Ayanna Murata,Theresa Jarosz Alberti and Bob Alberti. (Photo by Lori Hamilton)

The People’s Gallery is ready for action.

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St. Paul District 12 zoning proposal meets opposition

The St. Anthony Park Community Council has tabled a proposal to change the zoning code in north St. Anthony Park to allow additional dwelling units to be built on single-family lots. The council is considering creating an ad hoc committee or task force to study housing density in District 12 and hear neighbors’ views about the zoning proposal.

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15 for its 15th: Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation to host grant challenge to improve neighborhood

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation is hosting a $15,000 grant challenge. The competition will open May 11 with an announcement at the special Music in the Park/Community Foundation anniversary concerts featuring the New Standards.

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St. Anthony Park Area Seniors wants to know what seniors want

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors is launching a study with a Wilder Foundation research team to find out what prospective clients may want from the organization.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Love Loring shows off the Loring Park Community

Love Loring, an annual fundraiser organized by the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, featured music, food, a silent auction, and an opportunity for community members to get together and talk about neighborhood issues. The event, held on April 10th at the Woman's Club of Minneapolis, was also dedicated to long-time neighborhood volunteer Gary Gliem, who passed away late last year.

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Transportation, 'revitalization' and safety on the table at 'Bringing Broadway Back' forum

Jamil Ford, Alissa Pier, Paul Bauknight and Paula Pentel, during their panel discussion. It was noted that in the map behind them, the compass direction north is down, the river is at the left. (Photo by Margo Ashmore)

Which comes first, reduction of negative factors, or positive development? That chicken-egg question was the heart of the matter when about 45 community leaders, developers, residents, business owners and city planners gathered at the YMCA on West Broadway April 17 in the morning, to discuss plans to improve the area, addressing a campaign pledge of City Council Member Blong Yang to hold a “summit” on the issue. The objective was to develop “solutions, visions and improvements to revitalize West Broadway.”

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Eastside Food Co-op plans to buy Love Lines spot for expansion

A designer’s bird’s eye view of the expanded store with expanded parking lot. Detailed plans need to be drawn up, and additional funds raised before construction can start. (Rendering courtesy EFC)

If you could provide more customer parking and keep delivery trucks off the streets, wouldn’t it be worth a few hundred thousand more dollars (of a $2 million increase) in funding an expansion? With plans to buy the former Love Lines site to the south of its store, that’s what the Eastside Food Cooperative (EFC) plans to ask members at a meeting April 17.

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