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It’s FMA Live! and everything’s in motion
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
“Everything’s in motion” shouted out JJ, Eric and Katie as they performed a high energy hip hop dance at Washington Technology Middle School in St. Paul on April 16 and 17. They were here with FMA Live! a show that travels cross-country to promote Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion.
A store with sole
by Hillary Kline, Minnesota Daily
Her heel broke on her favorite pair of gold, strappy heels. Preparing to graduate this spring, English senior Kiranjeet Kaur desperately wanted to find a place that would fix them. That’s when she turned to Jim Picard , owner of Fast Eddie’s Shoe Repair & Care in Dinkytown .
7th Annual Standish, Ericsson, and Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale!
by Staff, SENA
Saturday, June 13 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Start spring-cleaning now for the largest neighborhood garage sale in Minneapolis! The 7th Annual Standish, Ericsson, and Corcoran Neighborhood Garage Sale will be on Sat., June 13. The garage sale is a community-wide event that extends from Lake St. to the Minnehaha Pkwy. and from Cedar Ave. to Hiawatha Ave. Last year’s event involved over 130 households, brought approximately $25,000 into the neighborhoods, and recycled thousands of items. The sale will be held rain or shine.
Landlords form new neighborhood group in Marcy-Holmes
by Sarah Phemister and Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
A group of landlords, as well as a representative of the Minnesota Greek Alumni Association, have formed a new neighborhood organization in response to what they see as poor development decisions made by the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association (MHNA), as well as bylaws that shut out certain community members. MHNA is the city’s officially designated neighborhood group for the area.
Intersecting visions for Lexington-Larpenteur
by Dave Healy, Park Bugle
What should the Lexington-Larpenteur intersection look like?
Paths and progress in Falcon Heights
by Jean Larson, Park Bugle
I run down the embankment from Cleveland Avenue, just south of Larpenteur, and head for a thin strip of woods at the edge of the soccer field. Seventy years ago this place was not so different — or was it?
Farmers’ markets kick off 2009 season
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
The Midtown and Mill City farmers’ markets open for the season in early May.
Crossover crossroads: Bedlam Theatre and the Bryant-Lake Bowl
by Jay Gabler, mnartists.org
Dylan and Van Ronk had Gerde’s Folk City. Pollock and de Kooning had the Cedar Tavern. Scrimshaw and Serrand have Bedlam and the BLB.
E.p. atelier closes its doors
by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
As of April 17th, the recession has claimed a cultural casualty near the Elliot Park neighborhood, just outside downtown: the upscale coffee shop e.p. atelier has called it a day. More than somewhere to buy coffee, soup, and sandwiches and bury your face in a computer screen—certainly, you could do those things—it was a place of community with paintings, drawings, a library of books and magazines to sit and read, a place with chess and other board games you could sit and play and, in general, a place folk could gather and get to know one another.
by Scott Russell, The Bridge
April 16 was “open mosque” night at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center at 504 Cedar Ave., the former home of Bedlam Theatre in the building that houses, at the other end, Palmer’s Bar.
New group working to improve Cedar Avenue
by Ann King, SENA News
Cedar Avenue United (CAU), a grassroots organization that started last September, wants to make Cedar Ave. safer and more liveable. The avenue, which is a county road, runs from Franklin Ave. on the north to the Crosstown freeway on the south, passing through or forming the border between 11 Minneapolis neighborhoods. It is the western border of both the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods. Because it’s an artery from the Crosstown into the city, its traffic is very heavy. According to the City of Minneapolis 10-year traffic plan, Cedar Ave. is over capacity. The high volume of traffic makes it not only a busy street but also a noisy one.
Como Pool plan on way to City Hall
by Anne Holzman, Park Bugle
A task force appointed by the city of St. Paul was close to an agreement in April on a design for replacing and upgrading Como Pool. They are expected to submit their recommendations to Parks and Recreation staff in May.
IGGERS DIGEST | So many dim sum, so few mouths
by Jeremy Iggers • Four foodies showed up on Sunday for our outing to the Pagoda in Dinkytown, for the opening weekend of Pagoda’s new dim sum brunch. Between the four of us, we split about a dozen different dishes, ranging from beef balls and shark fin dumplings to sticky rice with chicken and Chinese sausage and tofu skin rolls stuffed with pork and shrimp.
Roseville Library temporarily relocates
by D. Perry Kidder, Park Bugle
The temporary Roseville branch of the Ramsey County Library will hold its grand opening Saturday, May 2, at 2680 Arthur St., a block west of Fairview Avenue and County Road C.
Happy little feet for 25 years
by Phyllis Stenerson, Uptown Neighborhood News
Little feet have found little shoes in Uptown for the past 25 years. Lots of little shoes. When Shoe Zoo opened, it was one of the few shoe stores in the country offering a wide variety of footwear for children. It still is.
Host a racer for the Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix
by Staff, Uptown Neighborhood News
The Minnesota Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix will be coming to town June 10-14 and that means that John and Jacqueline Teisberg will put fresh sheets on the beds in their extra bedrooms, clear out some space in the refrigerator and stock the guest bathroom with extra shampoo and conditioner. (This is considered to be prime housing, since many hosts just provide floor space for air mattresses, which the cyclists are grateful to have.) That’s about all it takes to prepare to host cyclists who will compete in the Nature Valley Grand Prix, one of the country’s top rated pro stage cycling races which will draw 300 competitors to Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Uptown Minneapolis, Mankato and Stillwater for five days this summer.