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Open Streets MPLS 2018 on E. Lake Street

Open Streets MPLS 2018 on E. Lake Street

TIMOTHY MCCALLMembers of the Living History Society at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Lake Street gate demonstrate toys as they used to be–when "Legos" (and pretty much all other toys) were made of wood. Kids marvel at hoop skirts and bonnets.   TIMOTHY MCCALLThe Alley Newspaper “Did You Know” History Exhibit and survey table while left to right Dave Logsdon of Veterans for Peace talks with Harvey Winje and Lee Leichentritt conducting surveys and inquiring passersby about familiarity with The Alley. Folks who completed a survey were entered into a drawing for a $10. Gift Certificate at Welna Hardware.   TIMOTHY MCCALLOPEN STREETS MPLS 2018 on E. Lake Street Sunday July 22nd extended from Elliot Avenue West of the Midtown Global Market (the tower in the distance) seven blocks east to the Avalon Theatre—home of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre—where, outside its doors, was a performance bandstand, HOBT info presenters (inside art, too), information tables by Midtown Phillips Improvement Association information, East Phillips Improvement Association and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005. The Alley Newspaper was adjacent with its “Did You Know” History Exhibit and sought completion of Reader Surveys to inform The Alley’s Transition Team.   TIMOTHY MCCALLThese Roosters from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre wandered East Lake Street safely while motorized traffic was prohibited

Visit Lake Street USA Coupon Book: BuyOneGetOne

Visit Lake Street USA Coupon Book: BuyOneGetOne

By Carstens Smith Chocolate is a wonderful Valentine’s gift, but the Lake Street Council is giving visitors to the street a host of other great options. The Visit Lake Street USA Coupon Book contains more than 80 coupons for dining, shopping, and entertainment along the six-mile-corridor. Most of these coupons are “Buy One, Get One Free” (BOGO) You can catch up with a friend over coffee (your treat) at Blue Moon or Peace Coffee or, on a more romantic note, have a glass of house wine at Gandhi Mahal and your date need not know that his or her glass was free. The Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante lets you bring a date for free to their dance club but if it’s tranquility you are seeking, Moksha Yoga will give you a pass for five free classes when you purchase a five-class pass. Of course, you do have the option of keeping the pass for yourself, too. But think of the good karma you can accrue by sharing it. A chance to learn something new is always a gift. Learn to make stained glass with the one you love at Glass Endeavors. Or make kransekake (crown cake) together at Ingebretsen’s with their coupon for “Purchase a Class, Bring a Friend for Free!” Ingebretsen’s offers cooking, needlework, woodworking, and Nordic culture classes. In keeping with the Scandinavian ethos of caring for the environment, they have added classes on sustainable living by Karen Olson-Johnson and a workshop on building birdhouses with recycled materials by Harvey Winje. You can pick up your FREE coupon book at one of the many participating businesses (check the Lake Street Council’s Facebook page for a listing) and enjoy a happy and affordable Valentine’s Day. (The coupons are good until June 30, 2013, so you can be romantic on the cheap for months.)

Lake Street Council Update

Change is constant on Lake Street, and some big changes recently extended to the Lake Street Council Board of Directors. At our annual meeting we welcomed a new board president, vice president, and director at-large. Get to know them a little better here. President: Dave Burrill, Ryan Companies Dave is a key part in the success of the Midtown Exchange and has taken a lead role in working towards a more active and prosperous Lake Street. Dave has more than 28 years of management experience behind him, and currently serves as Director of Management at Ryan Companies. Vice President: Candice Washington, Abbott Northwestern Hospital With her 22 years of service at Abbott Northwestern and as a resident of Phillips, Candice’s knowledge of and experience with Lake Street and its communities is incredibly valuable. Candice is currently Manager of Emergency Preparedness and Community Relations for Abbott Northwestern. Director At-Large: Morgan Zehner, Zehner Consulting Morgan brings a variety of needed skills to our board, including fundraising development, marketing research and strategy, strategic planning, and technical assistance. He founded Zehner Consulting in June of 2008 and is a is a proud resident of Powderhorn. Wrapping utility boxes Lake Street Council is working with the City of Minneapolis to wrap City-owned utility boxes with eye-catching designs. This is a perfect way to prevent graffiti and to turn an ugly utility box into a piece of art, and we want to make this process easier for everyone involved. The City of Minneapolis is hiring artists to design 12 pre-approved wrap covers for utility boxes. LSC is very interested giving the utility boxes on our corridor this facelift, and we are looking for businesses in the area to sponsor the wraps. If you are interested in sponsoring a utility box near your business or property, please contact ZoeAna Martinez at 612-822-1912 today. We are still in the process of working out [...]

Return to Street Cars?

Return to Street Cars?

By Joyce Wisdom Meetings about street cars in Mpls. are happening at various levels of policy making.  . The Twin City Rapid Transit Company opened the Lake Street Station in 1910.  It was one of six car-houses for the Mpls/StP. system.  In 1920 TCRT had 530 miles of track, 1,021 streetcars & 238 million riders. Lake Street Station housed 180 streetcars and 500 employees: motormen and conductors,, mechanics and cleaners and a few office workers. The station ran 24/7. Twice a day the number of streetcars doubled for rush hours. The system was dismantled in 1954 in favor of buses.  The Lake Street Station was demolished. The land was redeveloped as Hi-Lake Shopping Center. Good news: Before and After photos & history at 62 such Historic places on Lake Street  beginning late June 2012;  Watch for Lake Street Council’s “Museum in the Streets.”  It will be very exciting and informative.

Winter Solstice celebrated in stories, dance, and runes

Winter Solstice celebrated in stories, dance, and runes

By Carsten Smith The winter solstice marks the time when the days slowly begin to lengthen and the light returns to the world. Celebrated as “Jul” (yule) in Scandinavian countries, Nordic Roots storyteller and singer Kari Tauring and folk dancer Carol Sersland, along with Tapestry Folk Dance Center, bring the joy of this festival of light to the Tapestry Folkdance Center on Sunday, December 18 from 6 to 8 pm. “This Jultid Celebration will be an interactive performance, suitable for all ages and all activity levels,” says Kari Tauring. Kari received a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Folk and Traditional Arts Grant to develop a series of workshops and two celebrations. The Jultid Celebration is the first and in March, there will be the Ostara, a holiday that merges into our contemporary Easter celebration. The Jultid celebration is open to everyone. While some of the participants will have attended the story hours and dance workshops that Carol and Kari have been leading throughout the fall, “There are enough people who will know the dances that everyone else can just join in!” says Kari. The dances will be at different levels, so experienced folk dancers will be challenged and complete beginners will find dances tailored to them. Of course, the Jultide will include traditional, seasonal food. Attendees will receive a Jul gift of a rune on a string as they enter the dance space. Runes are the traditional Norse alphabet and each rune has a special meaning beyond its use as a letter. Kari, Carol, and Stavers in the House (musicians who create rhythms with stavs, or staffs) will present an Opening Toast and special program to welcome all to the Jultide. And then, the dancing begins! If you would like to join Carol and Kari for a workshop before the Jultid, please come to the Tapestry Folkdance Center on December 4 from 1 to 3:30. $10 for adults; $15 for families up to 5 people. The Jultid Celebration is December 18 [...]

Old Arizona: “Bridging” Community, Café, and Classroom

by Brittany Gilbertson, Lake Street Council Intern “When we bought our building in the 1980’s, this was the fourth leading corner for drug traffic and prostitution,” says Elizabeth Trumble, co-founder of 29th and Nicollet’s Old Arizona, and Executive Director of the Arizona Bridge Project. “Each year, we saw the prostitutes getting younger and younger and our concerns for the girls in this neighborhood and others like it grew stronger.” For the past 16 years, Old Arizona has been doing something about it. They have served over 1,800 inner city girls by providing free, after-school and summer arts programming, with an ever-evolving selection of classes and employment opportunities in a positive, supportive setting. “Our concern for girls also arose from the lack of understanding in the juvenile system, a system that can be of concern in general but especially troublesome for girls. Girls have social needs not met by the justice system and their strong desire to belong to a group leads some girls to gangs and other unhealthy decisions,” says Trumble. Throughout the years, youth programs at Old Arizona have offered a safe place for girls to belong and have provided a social setting where they are encouraged to follow their dreams and their voices are heard. “Some of the girls we worked with are now in their thirties. Many have come back and thanked us for believing in them, and said “Growing up, people laughed at my dreams. You didn’t. You supported them,’” Trumble says. (more…)

50’s emigrants found romance, jobs, home, and business ownership Right on Lake Street

50’s emigrants found romance, jobs, home, and business ownership Right on Lake Street

By Carol Blair as told to Chris Oien Carol and her husband were involved with Soderberg’s Floral at 3305 E. Lake St. for almost 50 years, and owned it for 30 of them. She remembers how they got started there and what it was like. To see the full interview, go to www.youtube.com/visitlakestreet My name is Carol Blair, my husband is Lyle Eugene Blair, sometimes call him Gene. My husband started working at Soderberg’s in 1957, and we got married in 1959. He graduated from high school in 1956 from Huntley, Minnesota. He stayed on the farm and helped his dad, and got a chauffeur’s license so he could take grain or cattle to market. He worked for one year and came up in the fall of 1957 to go to North Central Bible College. He was looking for work for about a week, and they had a bulletin board at the school where they listed job opportunities. So his roommate came in and said, could I have a ride to Soderberg’s Floral, they’re looking for a driver. Both of them ended up going in and talking to the Soderbergs. After a little discussion, the Soderbergs told them, one of you guys come back, we don’t care which one. On the way back to the school, they discussed the situation that my husband had a car and his roommate didn’t, and he had a chauffeur’s license, so it fell to my husband to start working there. (more…)

Lake Street Council Annual Awards

The Lake Street Council (LSC) announced 2011 Annual Awards during 43rd Annual Meeting at Safari Restaurant and Banquet Hall, 3010 4th Avenue South March 15th. “Each of these businesses has shown exemplary innovation and community responsibility,” Joyce Wisdom, LSC Executive Director, said. “They are committed to the betterment and economic vitality of Lake Street.” Best New Lake Street Business Start Up Lake Wine & Cheese, Binh and Christina Le Binh and Christina took the former G & L Furniture store, which had been looking a little shabby, and extensively remodeled it for Lake Wine & Cheese. The Le family has a background in food/beverage retail and restaurants, operating the Arby’s and Ben and Jerry’s outposts at MSP Airport and the Metro Liquor Warehouse in St. Paul, along with a few other businesses around the country. They bring a focus on customer service to this business. Lake Wine and Cheese is a stylish concept, combining the liquor store with cheese shop/deli/gourmet foodstuff retail, operated by Ken Liss. Lake Wine and Cheese feels like a cozy, European-style market. (more…)

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