Welcome to the East Harriet Neighborhood
East Harriet is bordered by 36th Street on the north and 46th Street to the south. Lyndale Avenue is the eastern boundary; Lake Harriet and Lakewood Cemetery largely make up the western border of the neighborhood. In addition to these Minneapolis landmarks, Lyndale Park Gardens and Rose Gardens, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary are located within East Harriet. Many houses in the neighborhood are two-story homes, set back from the streets.
Lake Harriet 2017 KiteFest January 28
The 16th Annual KiteFest is scheduled Saturday, January 28, 2017 from noon to 4 pm at Lake Harriet.
Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet! Fun, free, family festival activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, ice fishing and a sled pull with Hell Bent Fitness on the lake, and a marshmallow roast. Minnesota Kite Society experts will demonstrate maneuvering spectacular kites throughout the day, offer their expertise to kite flying enthusiasts and to those who are new to the pastime. Bring your own kite, or buy an inexpensive one at the lake.
The Kite Festival is a family oriented, outdoor event which takes place onSaturday, January 28th, 2017 from noon to 4 pm. The Kite Festival is great for all ages and abilities. Held at the north end of Lake Harriet near the Bandshell (4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway). Free Parking is available on site in parking lots and on-street parking throughout the neighborhood. West Lake Harriet Parkway delays are expected. Allow ample time to find a spot and walk to the venue.
Food and hot drinks will be available for purchase.
KiteFest Volunteers Needed
More information and updates can be found on our KiteFest webpage including an easy volunteer Form allowing you to select your event and time and click submit. Volunteers are needed for the following:
Ice Skating at Lyndale Park
Lyndale Farmstead Ice Skating Rink Open!
Two IMPORTANT Reminders about the rink!
Upcoming Skating Events:
Loaner Skates are always available in the warming house free of charge
Cheap Date Night: Music on the Ice
Saturday February 4, 8-10 pm
Skate to music on the Ice provided by DJ's, with an outdoor fire to gather around. To honor Black History Month, music by black artists will be played on Feb. 4.
Family Skating Nights
Saturday, February 18, 6-8 pm
Join us for skating with your whole family. The park building will be open, and you are welcome to play indoor board games, table tennis, or foosball.
Family Skating Party: Music on the Ice
Sunday, January 22, 1-3 pm
Tuesday, January 31, 3-5 pm
Enjoy skating with music on the ice provided by DJ's and a fire to gather around. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.
Skating: First Steps on Ice
Session 1 January 7 - 21, 11am to Noon
Session 2 January 28 - February 11, 11 am to Noon
Get your pre-schoolers out to enjoy the season of skating, snow and hot chocolate. Half hour lesson time and half hour skating practice time. Some loaner skates are available or bring your own.
Join other families for Indoor Playtime at Lyndale Farmstead Park on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 am-noon.
Lyndale Farmstead Park Winter Hours
August 24 2015-June 7 2016
Monday-Thursday: 3-9 pm
Friday: 3-6 pm
School release days - Noon to 9 pm
Check here for Holidays and School Release Schedules
More on Lyndale Farmstead Park
Ann Lynch, Park Director, Retiring
Ann Lynch, Lyndale Farmstead Park director for the past 22 years, will be retiring on January 31, 2017. You will have an opportunity to visit with Ann, share memories and extend your appreciation at a Mid-Winter Celebration on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 10 am to 9 pm.
Ann was born and raised in East Harriet and later returned to the neighborhood to raise her family. At that time, she recognized the need for neighborhood improvements and became involved in the East Harriet Farmstead Neighborhood Association and served on the board in the 90's when the City was making Neighborhood Revitalization funds (NRP) available. East Harriet saw the need for a full time park building which was being rented as day care at the time and decided to dedicate NRP funds to hire a park director. Ann was hired as part time staff in 1995 and became the full time director in 2000 and has served in that position up to today.
In addition to reclaiming the Recreation Center for community programming, Ann was instrumental in the early community-building efforts which included winter indoor play time for toddlers/preschoolers and parents, first used book sale and plant swap, the bi-annual Garden Teas in collaboration with the Southwest Senior Center, successful soccer and field & track programs, and initiating the kite festival.
The Lake Harriet Kite Festival began as a spring event and was first held on the field in Lyndale Farmstead Park. It became a winter festival when the idea of a frozen lake would provide more sky space to fly the big kites. Now in its 16th year, the Kite Festival has grown to a regional event attracting over 6000 people.
Over the years, Ann has enjoyed getting to know two generations of residents participating in Egg Hunts, Halloween Parties, Summer Kick-Offs, Tee ball and Coach Pitch Baseball, Art in the Park, Soccer, Kid's tennis classes and skating classes, Family Skating Nights and Music on the Ice, Saturday dance classes and Tai Kwon Do. "So many happy memories, and none of them would have been possible without the support of the neighborhood, the part time park staff, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board".
Anne's future plans are still in the works but don't be surprised if you see her in a hammock next summer, hanging in the trees below the Superintendent's House, watching the slack-liners walking the line at sunset.
Mid Winter Celebration at Lyndale Farmstead Park Jan 31
Mid Winter Celebration!
Tuesday, January 31, 207
10 am to 9 pm (Extended hours!)
Take a break midway through this long winter to celebrate our Minneapolis Parks with neighbors, friends, and park staff from several departments. The Open House at Lyndale Farmstead Park will offer extended hours for kid's activities, Golden Hockey Puck hunt, ping pong, and skating, with Music on the Ice from 3- 5 pm. Learn more about our park system, meet and converse with someone you don't know, build a snow sculpture. All are welcome!
Walker Methodist Open House Jan 18
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 1 - 3 pm
Walker Methodist Place, 3701 Bryant Avenue South
Music, delicious food, and more! Join us at Walker Methodist Place for an Open House
Music by the Lake String Quartet and delicious house made appetizers and refreshments created by Chef Jon Cekalla. Tours of our beautifully renovated senior living community that features independent and assisted living apartments with gorgeous views of the Minneapolis skyline. For more information, contact Jennifer Miller, Director of Sales & Marketing. 612-827-8508 or email@example.com
Pastimes Memory Care
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 3:30 - 5 pm
Walker Methodist Health Center, Fellowship Hall
3737 Bryant Ave S.
Walker Methodist welcomes you for coffee and conversation. Pastime; A Memory Cafe is for people with memory loss and their caregivers to experience a relaxing, fun, and comfortable setting with others. A chance to socialize, laugh, and return to a time before memory loss. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to Anne Tabatt firstname.lastname@example.org or phone:612.804.7925
SWBA Happy Hour January 31
January 31, 2017
Saguaro - 5309 Lyndale Ave S
You are invited to attend a happy hour hosted by Southwest Business Association (SWBA) on January 31.
SWBA represents all your favorite SouthWest Minneapolis businesses including those in your neighborhood. This is an opportunity for business owners and the community they serve to come together and share ideas, make newconnections, and discuss how we can work together to improve our communities.
There will be free appetizers, drink specials and a chance to win prizes! Be sure to check out their website at www.experiencesouthwest.com and
download their mobile app on your devices to search for a list of area businesses.
Valentine Event at Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Love Birds in the Sanctuary
Tuesday, February 14, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Roberts Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis (east entrance at the Visitors Shelter, near the Peace Garden parking lot on Roseway Road)
Thomas Sadler Roberts, founding member of the American Ornithologists' Union, author of Birds of Minnesota, and namesake of Roberts Bird Sanctuary, was born on February 16, 1858. Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary will celebrate Dr. Roberts' birthday with a Valentine's Day event in the Sanctuary. Munch on heart shaped cookies and sip on hot cocoa while strolling through the Sanctuary appreciating the beauty and love in this wonderful undeveloped natural area reserved for birds and other wildlife. Walk and listen for the calls of owls!
This free event is for singles, couples and families who want to celebrate their love of birds and Nature. Be prepared for winter trail conditions--wear boots and bring a flashlight! Please also bring your own cup for the hot cocoa.
For further information, visit Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary on Facebook, or www.friendsofroberts.org.
Shredded Tire Waste Education and Action Session Feb 1
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Linden Hills Recreation Center
3100 W 43rd St
Shredded tire waste is now used as a play surface on 47 elementary playgrounds in the MPS school district. Chemicals detected in shredded tire material include carcinogens, neruotoxins, respiratory/eye/skin irritants and reproductive and developmental toxins.
Please Join the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council Environment Committee and Play It Safe Minneapolis for an Education and Action Session advocating for the removal and replacement of shredded waste tires and crumb rubber on playgrounds. Save the date and spread the word to your neighbors, school board representatives, PTA, and city council representatives.
For more information, go to http://evite.me/TRFKn9BdQe.
Upcoming EHFNA Meetings
Nest Board Meeting
February 1, 2017
7 - 8:30 pm
Walker Health Center 3737 Bryant Ave S
East Harriet welcomes all residents to attend. Should you require an accommodation in order to participate, please let us know 10 days prior to the meeting date by emailing, email@example.com.
Upcoming EHFNA Committee Meetings:
Thur., Jan 12 Community Building, Parks & Environment, 7-8:30pm | Location TBA
Mon., Jan 16, Crime, Safety, Transportation & Noise, 7-8pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S) Mon. Dec 19 Meeting CANCELED
Tues., Jan 31: Housing, Zoning, Business & Schools, 7-8pm | Walker Health Services (3737 Bryant Ave S) Tues. Dec 27 Meeting CANCELED
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