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JOIN Communities of Light (COL) at the MayDay Parade Workshops!

BYI Rebirthing Communities/COL CHAT leader hosting a Communities of Light lantern-decorating table at the MayDay workshop 2016.

It’s April and time for MayDay Workshops facilitated by Heart of the Beast Theatre as we prepare for the 43rd annual MayDay Parade and Festival! Communities of Light/BYI Rebirthing Communities CHAT bring people together for the common good and provide a different environment for creativity as we prepare for the Annual MayDay Parade. The COL MayDay lantern (icosahedron) decorating workshops are bright, colorful, and always delightfully engaging.

Community comes together to provide workshops where you can be creative even if you’re not an artist. Almost anything goes, and we’re there to help you coordinate and guide the direction of your color selections. We welcome your ideas on how to decorate our community-made solar lanterns. You can even join us in the COL section of the MayDay Parade on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Communities of Light’s MayDay Workshop location:

Avalon Theatre, corner of East Lake Street & 15th Ave. S., Mpls.

MayDay workshop schedule: OPENS: Saturday, April 8

  • SaturdaysApril 8, 15, 22, 29—8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, April 11,18, 25—6:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, April 13, 20, 27—6:30-9:30 p.m.

(NOTE: Communities Of Light is NOT available on Sat. mornings.

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Featuring the Exciting Work of COMMUNITIES OF LIGHT CO-OP/BYI Rebirthing Communities CHAT (Community Health Action Team)

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45 Year Momentum at an ALL-TIME HIGH! PHILLIPS AQUATIC CENTER

At the Phillips Aquatic Center

March Madness

By Denny Bennett

March, 2017 will be long remembered as a big month in the history of the Phillips Aquatics Center! On Tuesday, March 28th at 1:00 PM, at the Phillips Community Center, the ceremonial groundbreaking took place. Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s (MPRB) Superintendent Jayne Miller led the festivities, and the crowd heard from elected officials, key donors and me. MPRB is planed the details of the event, and had the obligatory golden shovels and pre-softened dirt.

To me, this public display of “digging in” was like a wedding, in the sense that all who participate are saying loudly and publicly, “I’m all in!” From this day forward, we can all relax a little bit. This thing is real, and once declared publicly at a groundbreaking, there are no “take-backs”! Just like a wedding, there was even a reception with light refreshments afterwards, and for entertainment, people took a tour of the “before” version of the old pool.

In January, while I heralded the joy of this dream coming true, I also dedicated a few column inches to explain how important items got left out due to budget constraints. Specifically, there were two projects that were designated as “optional” and as a result, not included in the planned construction:

  • Existing locker room upgrade – $162,000
  • Fitness & teen center relocation and remodeling – $116,000

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South High Foundation Donates to “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund”

Kimberly Adams, Honorary Co-chair of the “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund” and Denny Bennett, Mpls. Swims President receive a $1,394.00 Gift for the Fund from Judy Ayers, South High Foundation President on behalf of the Foundation.

On Tuesday, March 14, the Friends of South High Foundation presented a check for $1,394.00 to Denny Bennett, president of Minneapolis Swims, and Kimberly Adams, Honorary Co-chair of the “Sha-Kym Adams Learn to Swim Fund” and mother of the late Sha-Kym Adams. Foundation President Judy Ayers presented the check during the Foundation’s monthly board meeting. Many of Sha-Kym’s extended family members attended the presentation, and his sister, Renae Rowe, read a meaningful poem.

Minneapolis Swims created this fund with the help of Sha-Kym’s parents, Kimberly Adams & Sharrod Rowe, to provide scholarships for swimming instruction, helping eliminate financial barriers that may exist for people to learn to swim. Kimberly’s hope is “that no parent ever have to go through what we went through.”

Sha-Kym Adams was a sophomore at South High School when he drowned in August 2014, while trying to swim out to the raft on Lake Nokomis with some teammates after a football practice.

To donate to the fund, go to our Facebook page and follow the link, or send contributions c/o Minneapolis Swims, 2323 11th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

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South High Sends Swimmer to State Meet

Dutch Franko-Dynes from South High School qualified to compete in the 2017 MSHSL Boys AA Swim & Dive Championships, which took place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus on March 3 and 4. Dutch finished 11th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.85.

The South High School swim team, coached by Jeff Sanders, sent junior Dutch Franko-Dynes to the 2017 MSHSL Boys AA Swim & Dive Championships, which took place at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus on March 3 and 4. Dutch finished 11th in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.85.

Dutch, who was selected as a team captain for next year, is looking forward to the opening of the Phillips Aquatics Center, as the team currently does not have a home pool to practice in. Said Coach Sanders, “Having a pool with starting blocks to be able to practice starts and streamlining, and just having practice at the same time every day, and now the fitness center, it will be a game-changer for us. I’m so proud of what Dutch, and so many of the other swimmers have accomplished without our own pool. Hopefully, this will bring even more kids out!”

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April 2017 Alley Newspaper

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1418 East Lake Street QORAXLOW-“Handsome”-RESTAURANT 1414 East Lake Proposes an addition for Q Coffee

DISElslOS, is designing and consulting with the Owners of Quruxlow Restaurant at 1414 East Lake Street to construct Phase II of the Project at the corner of East Lake Street and 15th Avenue So. to be a Coffee Shop called Q’ Coffee which would fill in the vacant corner and complete the development of this site. It should also help reduce the problems associated with drug and prostitution traffic at this corner. The 3rd Police Precinct has been very supportive of our efforts to help clean up this area and this would be an extension of that effort. The Restaurant hours-of-operation are from 9:00a – 12:00 Midnight. The Coffee Shop would open from 7:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The coffee / espresso service, which is currently offered in the Restaurant, would be relocated to this new addition. We plan to offer Caribou products as part of their “we proudly brew” program and also serve assorted pastries and Sambusas from the Restaurant. Q’ Coffee will share our large parking lot at 14**^ Avenue South and East Lake Street and we will continue to monitor the lot with existing security cameras and lighting. There are also existing cameras and lights on our Restaurant and we would relocate and add cameras and lighting to provide security for this new addition.

BY Excerpts from City of Mpls. Planning Application, and drawings and text by DISENOS Design Co./JEFF McELMURY, adapted BY HARVEY WINJE

QORAXLOW RESTAURANT 1414 East Lake (the building formerly Kaplan Bros. Clothing after Kawasaki Motorcycle and in 1950’s Peterson Chrysler-Plymouth) owner, Osman Mohamed  (Osman & Lul Properties, LLC), is seeking required approvals from the City to build an addition to the restaurant for a coffee shop, Q Coffee, in the vacant space that at one time was the driveway of a gas station whose building (to be demolished) is at the middle of that lot up against a later addition that abuts the alley and is now the very large kitchen of the restaurant.

Qoraxlow means Handsome and is also the name of Osman and Lul Restaurants at Cedar Ave. and East Lake St. (1821 E. Lake), 1202 E.Lake, and 2910 Pillsbury Ave.  Osman Mohamed is also the Founder of The Somali Museum of Minnesota 1516 East Lake Street, Suite 011.

Here are some excerpted comments by Mpls. City Planning Staff to this application to build:

BUILDING PLACEMENT AND DESIGN ·The building is located within eight feet of the front lot line and corner lot line abutting E. Lake Street and 15th Ave S, respectively. · The placement of the building maximizes natural surveillance and visibility, and facilitates pedestrian access and circulation. · All accessory parking is located on a separate lot owned by the applicant and on the same block.  · The building is oriented so that at least one principal entrance faces the front property line. · All principal entrances are clearly defined and emphasized through the use of architectural features. The front entrance is marked by a parapet wall with a decorative cornice and an interior chandelier.  · The walls provide architectural detail and contain windows in order to create visual interest. · Exterior proposed materials are Stone Tile, Brick, and Stucco as primary exterior materials. · There are no parking garages. 

ACCESS AND CIRCULATION · There are clear and well-lit walkways at least four feet in width connecting building entrances to the adjacent public sidewalk and on-site parking facilities. The building is built up to the sidewalk and is including pedestrian scale lighting at both entrances and along the building frontage facing Lake St. Read the rest of this entry »

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Midtown Phillips Changes on 13th Ave., 14th Ave. and Lake Street

Changes 13th and 14th Avenues, 28th Street to the Greenway

BY HARVEY WINJE

The Greenway Market, 2825 13th Ave So. in the building recently occupied by Wentworth Aircraft for many years after it was Sears & Roebucks Service Center for decades, is proposing to keep current uses the same while adding more retail shops.

A new proposal is for five Townhomes with Granny units above the garage and some green space for children to play east of the Market and fronting, level with the Midtown Greenway. There is an opportunity to Tour the Greenway Market Tuesday March 28, 6:30-8pm before the Midtown Community Meeting at Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th at 7:15pm, previously Dayton-Rogers, metals Mfg. company for decades.

See Midtown Phillips NEWS on page 4 for more details. 

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Persistence by Phillips Community: 3rd Opening in 2018!

BY HARVEY WINJE

Persistence often prevails when the community is “between a rock and a hard place.”  Here is one of those times and places.

Five other Junior High Schools had been built in Minneapolis between 1917 and 1926 when Phillips Jr. High School and Sanford Junior High School were built four years before the Great Depression.  The same blueprint was used for Phillips and Sanford except Sanford originally had less classrooms.  Sanford Junior High is still used today complete with a very large addition providing more space at 36th Street and 42nd Avenue.

Phillips Junior High School had a pool and gym added in 1972.  However, Phillips Jr. High  was closed in 1982 due to demographic shifts caused by highways and other societal factors. It was demolished in 1987 despite vehement neighborhood objections to not reusing it for housing, community space, offices, factory, school and/or combined multiple use.  In a contradictory decision, the Mpls. School Board bought Mt. Sinai Hospital four years later, 3 blocks away from Phillips School site and remodeled it with excessive costs into a special magnet school.

The neighborhood lobbied successfully to keep the Pool and Gym addition to the old Phillips Jr. High but its heat source boiler was in the primary school building now demolished!  With no heat, the newer addition  suffered damage, causing it to be closed until neighborhood pressure and fundraising produced a $1.5M renovation budget.  The Pool and Gym reopened under a 20- year contract with the Boys and Girls Club in exchange for programming and maintaining the building. Maintenance was deferred and the building was closed for extensive renovations in 2009.

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NO POOL APRIL FOOL in 2017! Phillips Aquatics Center Groundbreaking this Month!

BY DENNY BENNETT

MARCH 2017

You’ll definitely notice the activity beginning on Monday, March 27th. Fencing goes up around the southeast end of the building and parking lot, the roll-off dumpsters hit the scene, and there will be activity much earlier than usual. Selective demolition inside the pool area will have begun!

APRIL 2017

By the following week, the heavy equipment will be outside, and weather permitting, April will start the month with outdoor demolition. Next comes the excavation, and then the foundation for the new addition, which will contain the new, 25-yard, 4-lane, warm water, learn- to-swim pool.

May 2017

May should be a stunning month as the addition takes shape! The whole look of the Phillips Community Center will have changed by the end of May as this new structure now has walls and a roof, after just two months. You’ll be able to practically hear the people splashing in the pool inside!

June and July 2017

June & July are the months where it looks like nothing is happening on the new addition, but some of the most important things are getting taken care of before further work is done. Plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning systems get installed and routed throughout the space. A high percentage of the work done in these months will end up getting covered up, and you’ll never see it, but you sure will appreciate it.

At the other end of the building however, the west entrance will likely be closed, as the new entry is constructed during these same two months. Although not nearly as dramatic as the new addition on the front of the building, this too will be fun to watch as it changes the look of the building.

While all of this is happening, you will also see big changes taking place outside as the parking lot gets expanded and reconfigured to best utilize space. The summer of 2017 will definitely be a good one for taking public transportation to the Phillips Community Center, as parking will be very tight during this time.

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