NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Clean up Lake Hiawatha tonight, attend Mosaic Fest tomorrow


There are two community events planned in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood this week.

On Thursday, May 16, volunteer for an hour to perform a quick clean-up of the Lake Hiawatha shoreline.

SENA will supply: Bags, cotton gloves, and grabber/pickup tools.
You supply: You, in shoes/boots that can get dirty, and long pants to protect legs when walking through brush.

To show their appreciation for taking care of the neighborhood, Buster’s on 28th is offering to buy the first 12oz beer/pop afterwards for all participants.

“Meet some new neighbors, clean the lake, and get a free drink,” urges SENA staff member Bob Kambeitz . “It’s a win, win, win! We’ll be meeting at the Lake Hiawatha Park building (at the corner of 44th st and 27th Ave.).”

Email bobk @ if you plan to attend. Please include how many will be in your party.

Roosevelt High School’s annual Mosaic Festival is set for this Friday, May 17 from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Mosaic Fest is an annual event at Roosevelt, celebrating the cultural mosaic that makes our community special.

In fair weather, meet on the practice football field just south of the school building (enter on 30th Ave S/40th St S via the parking lot.) If it rains, the event will be in the school gym.

Food trucks will be in the parking lot. Student groups will sell cultural foods including Arabic, Asian, French and Oromo. Bring some cash to buy tickets for food items.

There will be a talent show, featuring student singers, the Jazz combo, Aztec and Oromo dance, and a Somali fashion show. There will be information and activity booths for kids of all ages.

“We hope to see you there! Come out and celebrate spring’s arrival,” urges Julia Schumacher.

•  Annual Neighborhood Blood drive will be on Garage Sale Saturday –June 15, 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. outside of Nokomis Pet Clinic (2917 E 42nd St).  There wil be juice and cookies.