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Tuesday
Dec072010

Finally - The Utility Lines are Gone!

The last of the utility poles on South 2nd Street between Portland and Chicago came down December 6.

Residents on the river-facing side of the Mill District City Apartments can now enjoy a view free of power lines.

This stretch of 2nd Street South will come alive in the Spring with trees and neighborhood appropriate lamp posts.

Monday
Dec062010

Today at Mill City Museum - Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board Meeting


Time:  3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Mill City Museum

You are invited to attend this public meeting of Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
 
A note of interest is that this will be the final meeting for Chair Nina Archabal. She will be honored for her 22 years of exceptional service to, and accomplishments for, the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
 
There are several exciting updates planned, including a presentation of the East Bank visualization project, consisting of a computer fly-through model and photographic documentation of the Pillsbury A Mill tunnels.
 
Please RSVP to Pat Naidl at patrick.naidl@mnhs.org to confirm your attendance.

Meeting Agenda:

I.   Welcome and Call to Order   
II.  *Approval of the June 28, 2010 minutes (Addendum I)
III. Report on Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition
IV.  Presentation of East Bank Energy Center Documentation Project
V.   Brief updates on projects
      a. Greening the Riverfront Series
      b. East Bank Coordination
         1. East Bank Falls
         2. Dakota Conference and Consultation
      c. Timeline for Historic District Design Guidelines
VI.  Farewell to Nina Archabal
VII. Adjourn

Monday
Dec062010

Leaving the Past Behind to Get Healthy Now

This is the third in an ongoing series of personal health and fitness success stories, brought to us by Mill City Times Fitness Expert, Andrea Austin.

A lot of us can relate to Brad's story.  If you're pushed to do something that doesn't interest you as a child, chances are you will not continue that activity as an adult.  In Brads case it was sports - but as he discovered, the metabolism of youth is fleeting and weight is going to pack on if unchecked.

Below,  Brad demonstrates how the RealRyder cycle used in the 5pm Friday Happy Hour spin class at 501SP1N allows you to move from side to side.  It's a feature that makes this class a more challenging workout. 

Email Andrea andrea@tweakmyworkout.com if you'd like to try a complimentary RealRyder spin class, or if you have a fitness or nutrition question. 

Friday
Dec032010

This Weekend in Mill City / December 03-05 

It's an action packed weekend in the Mill City, my hometown.  Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis:

Friday, December 3

Mentor Reading: Jonis Agee with Anna Henderson and Katie Leo at The Loft

Jeff Arundel Holiday Show at Aster Cafe

Members Double Discount Holiday Shopping Weekend at Mill City Museum

Live Music at the 501 Club

Saturday, December 4

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Bake and Craft Sale

Game On! Gamers' Army at Minneapolis Central Library

Snow Play at MCBA

Second Story Presents Authors Pete Hautman and Steve Brezenoff at The Loft

Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation Guided Walk

Members Double Discount Holiday Shopping Weekend at Mill City Museum

Washburn A Mill Tour

Architecture Tour at the Guthrie

Live Music at the 501 Club

Sunday, December 5

1850s Holiday Party at the Ard Godfrey House

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Bake and Craft Sale

Marbled Paper, Holiday Cards and Tags Class at MCBA

Members Double Discount Holiday Shopping Weekend at Mill City Museum

Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills

Weekend Brunch

Saturday

Brunch at Spoonriver

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar. 

Thursday
Dec022010

Winter Pet Care Tips - An Ongoing Series from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM

This is the fifth installment of Pet Tips from Curtis L. Sanford, DVM.

Toxic Plants and Holiday/Winter Products:
Plants and other items associated with the winter and the Holiday season can be toxic to your pets. What follows is a general guide. Please consult your veterinarian, animal poison control, and the manufacturer for specifics. Remember, the earlier you seek treatment, the better for your pet!

Low toxicity-- Poinsettia leaves/stems; balsam/pine/cedar/fir; angel hair (spun glass); Christmas tree preservatives; snow sprays/snow flock; tree ornaments; super glue; Styrofoam; icicles (tinsel); and crayons/paints.

Moderate toxicity-- Fireplace colors/salts; plastic model cement Moderate to high toxicity holly berries and leaves; bubbling lights (methylene chloride); snow scenes (may contain salmonella); aftershaves/perfumes/alcoholic beverages; and chocolate (dark is more toxic than milk).

Highly toxic-- mistletoe (especially berries); epoxy adhesives; and antifreeze. Please note that some items have special problems. For example, whereas angel hair is usually considered to be of low toxicity, it can irritate eyes, skin, and the gastrointestinal tract; the content of Christmas tree preservatives varies and often effects depend upon the amount ingested; Styrofoam, small parts from Christmas tree ornaments and toys, as well as tinsel, can cause mechanical obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract; snow flock can cause problems if sprayed into the mouth and inhaled; and chocolate, of any type, should never be given to a pet. Antifreeze deserves special mention because even a very small amount can be rapidly fatal to pets.

Other Holiday Concerns:
If you plan to take your pet with you during holiday visits, make sure that your pet is welcome first (with all the activity, it may be better to board your pet or hire a pet sitter).  Holiday treats, such as rich, fatty food scraps, bones from fish, pork and poultry, alcoholic beverages, and chocolate, can be harmful or toxic to pets. Do not allow friends and relatives to give your pet special treats - it could ruin everyone's holiday (including your veterinarian's). Do not allow pets to play with ribbons, yarn, or six-pack beverage holders and don't put ribbons or yarn around your pets neck. If you want to decorate your pet, invest in a holiday collar. These last for many years, are more attractive, and are a lot safer! Cover or tack down electrical cords.

Dr. Sanford is a Veterinarian and Owner/Founder of Minneapolis Veterinary Hospital in the Mill District.   He can be contacted at 612-746-0300 or mplsvet@live.com.

Wednesday
Dec012010

Tonight - MacPhail Community Youth Choir Winter Concert 

Time: 7:00pm tonight

Location:  MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 South 2nd Street

Cost: Free

This concert will be directed by J.D.Steele, and music will include pop, jazz, gospel and East African selections as well as compostions by members of the choir.

About the Choir

The MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC) brings together youth in grades 9-12 throughout the Twin Cities area for music and friendship. The choir is led by Twin Cities’ artist J.D. Steele, of the famous Steele Family, who brings his dynamic style and passion for music to the group, which is free and open to students of all skill levels and talents. This group of energetic young people performs many styles of music including jazz, gospel, pop and East African. 

Throughout the year, the MCYC performs at different events and venues in the Twin Cities area. In the Spring of 2010, they sang at the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival with Shangilia, a youth performance group from Nairobi, Kenya.

Wednesday
Dec012010

Join Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation for a Guided Walk

No plans for 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, December 4?  How about some fresh air and exercise!

Experts are studying whether a waterfall may be restored to St. Anthony Falls’ East Channel, just below Main Street.  Join the Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation for a walk and information on this topic.

Restoring the East Channel Falls: Shaping our Riverfront Future

Guides:
David Wiggins, Park Ranger National Park Service
Cordelia Pierson, Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation

On this walk, we will look closely at the limestone faces proposed for restoring a waterfall to the East Channel of the Mississippi River.  We will review historical photographs and maps to understand the channel’s natural and industrial past and its possible future.

Meeting Place:
300 Main Street Southeast, by the “Lower Trail” sign on Main Street, across from the Pillsbury A Mill, a National Landmark.  Off-trail shoes are required.

Registration:
Please register today: Email Cordelia.pierson@gmail.com with your name and number of people with you to receive confirmation by email.  Program is free; donations are welcome to the Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation, a charitable organization.

This walk will help orient you for a public meeting:
December 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at Mill City Museum, you can learn about the proposal from Barr Engineering, and learn about other current riverfront projects.  All are welcome.

The Minneapolis Riverfront Corporation: A Great River for a Great City.

Tuesday
Nov302010

Convenient Toys for Tots Drop off Sites in the Mill District 

According to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Minneapolis website, the 2009 local Toys for Tots campaign distributed over 350,000 toys to children in the community.

The need is still great in 2010, and it's easy to contribute a toy or two at one of the convenient drop off sites here in our neighborhood, such as:

Ticket King, 212 Chicago Avenue South, 651-298-8100
Aloft,  900 Washington Avenue South, 612-455-8414
Bridgewater Lofts, 215 10th Avenue South, 952-292-7235 or 612-341-4000

Click here for a full list of drop off sites in Minnesota (listed in alphabetical order by city name). 

Monday
Nov292010

Annual Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association Meeting December 14 

Location:  Central Library, Pohlad Hall

In addition to a line up of interesting speakers, elections will be held for the Board of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA).   There are four seats up for election, and currently three incumbents are running.  The terms are two years.  If you know of anyone who might have an interest in running, please contact Christie Rock at 612-659-1279.

Agenda 

6:00pm  Welcome and DMNA Update by Board Chair Carletta Sweet
              * Presentation of the DMNA Phase II NRP Plan for community approval
 
6:15pm  7th Ward Update by Council Member Lisa Goodman and reports from other elected officials

6:30pm  Presentation on efforts to end homelessness in Downtown Minneapolis.  How DMNA NRP funds
              are helping address the problem in the Downtown community.  Guest presenters include:
              * Cathy tenBroeke from Heading Home Hennepin
              * Monica Nilsson from St. Stephen’s Human Services
 
6:55pm  Presentation by Sarah Harris regarding the Downtown Improvement District

7:10pm  DMNA Board Directors Elections Facilitated by the League of Women Voters
              To be eligible to vote you must live, work or own property in either the Downtown
              East or Downtown West neighborhoods.

7:20pm  Crime and Safety Update by the Minneapolis Police Department First Precinct 

7:40pm  Announcement of new DMNA Board Directors by the League of Women Voters

7:45pm  Adjournment

Sunday
Nov282010

Enhancing Communities - It's a Family Thing

As mentioned in previous posts, we live at the Bridgewater Lofts.  When residents bring up requests or concerns during Association meetings, developer Jim Stanton has always responded positively.

It was not surprising, then, to read about his daughter Debbie Woodward in "The queen of Northrup King" article from the November 22-December 5 issue of the Journal.

Artists at the Mill City Farmer's Market had mentioned the Northrup King Building, but we haven't had a chance to visit it.  It is now on our Must See list.

Saturday
Nov272010

MacPhail Center for Music Presents Two Performances of Handel’s “Messiah” 

MacPhail Center for Music presents Sonomento in concert with the MacPhail Baroque Players, performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

Two concert dates and locations:

December 11, 7:30pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis

December 13, 7:30pm at St. Catherine University, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul

Musical director, Craig Fields, with featured soloists: Sally Clayburn, mezzo-soprano; Gerry Schmidt, bass; Colyn Tvete, tenor; Amy Wolf, soprano; and Gail Olszewski, harpsichordist.

Sonomento is one of MacPhail’s finest choir ensembles, performing vocal music from the Renaissance to the present in a small ensemble setting.

Suggested donations: $15 for adults and $5 for students and children.

For more information call 612-321-0100.

Friday
Nov262010

Agenda for December 6 Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board Meeting

The public is invited to attend the December 6 Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board Meeting. It is scheduled for 3:30pm-5:00pm at Mill City Museum.

Please RSVP to Pat Naidl at patrick.naidl@mnhs.org to confirm your attendance.

Meeting Agenda:

I.   Welcome and Call to Order   
II.  *Approval of the June 28, 2010 minutes (Addendum I)
III. Report on Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition
IV.  Presentation of East Bank Energy Center Documentation Project
V.   Brief updates on projects
      a. Greening the Riverfront Series
      b. East Bank Coordination
         1. East Bank Falls
         2. Dakota Conference and Consultation
      c. Timeline for Historic District Design Guidelines
VI.  Farewell to Nina Archabal
VII. Adjourn

A note of interest: This will be the final meeting for Chair Nina Archabal. She will be honored for her 22 years of exceptional service to, and accomplishments for, the Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Board.

Thursday
Nov252010

Turkey Day 5K!

Happy Thanksgiving, Mill District neighbors!

It was a beautiful, sunny single-digit morning, and the Turkey Day 5K participants were out in full force:

 

Wednesday
Nov242010

Another Unique Story from MacPhail Center for Music

I recently signed up to be on MacPhail's email list, and received my first e-newsletter earlier this week.  The following story is an excerpt from that newsletter, and is a great example of the unique things happening at MacPhail:

MICHAEL SAYS STOP!

Michael is an excitable toddler who receives Early Childhood Music Classes through a partnership between his pre-school and MacPhail.  

Before learning music with MacPhail, Michael had few language skills.  He did not speak, but communicated through expressive grunts and gestures.  When his friends at school could not understand him, he became frustrated and would push them and make an expression indicating that he wanted them to "stop". 

Michael was very motivated by music and loved a large African drum in his classroom.  In class, his MacPhail Early Childhood Music teacher started to sing a song that encouraged impulse control.  They sang, "We tap and we tap and we STOP."  Michael quickly caught on and after singing the song three to four times, he said his first word: "STOP". 

Michael now has a large vocabulary.  MacPhail's teaching artist who works with Michael tells us that his vocabulary has flourished.  In fact, last time she saw him he shared a story about butterflies and caterpillars with great articulation.

Click here if you'd like to sign up for future MacPhail e-newsletters.

Tuesday
Nov232010

Mill District Residents Create Their Own Green Space

I'm sharing this story because it's such a neat example of Mill District residents taking the initiative to improve their surroundings.

We live at the Bridgewater Lofts, a large development of roughly 280 residential units with retail on the ground floor.  The building is U-shaped, and many residents overlook an interior courtyard.  The courtyard, which is not visible from the street, had become an eyesore for residents whose balconies offer a view of it.

Bridgewater resident Ann Napp took the initiative to start a Garden Club, with an initial goal of transforming that area.  The first meeting took place in August of 2009.

To assist with the project, Garden Club member Mark Zimmerman contacted the graduate studies coordinator in both the Landscape Architecture program and the Horticulture Department at the U of M. Sandy Meulners and Sarah Ash, grads in the Landscape Architecture program, met with the Garden Club and developed a very thorough and creative plan.

Several Garden Club committees were formed to handle different stages of the courtyard project. Bricks were purchased from Menards and delivered in the spring of 2010.  Jim Stanton (Shamrock Development) generously agreed to cover the cost of installing an irrigation system.  Mickman Brothers delivered dirt for the new raised beds, and they also installed the irrigation system.

Some of the large trees and shrubs were delivered from Gertens. Subsequent smaller orders of shrubs, bulbs and some perennials from several garden centers were hauled by Garden Club members.  All of the plant material was installed by the Club. Most of the tools were purchased with either budgeted funds or funds raised by the Garden Club from donations, and a few hand tools were donated.

In addition to the courtyard project, the Garden Club also took on care of the main entrance planters, as well as planters in the pool area and the patio off the community room.  This actually saved the Association money over having an outside contractor take care of these seasonal plantings. Equally beneficial to the cost savings was how beautiful the planters turned out.

Peter Zenner, Bridgewater resident and Garden Club member, put together this video of phase one of the courtyard project, which was completed this year.

I asked Mark if he had any advice for members of other Associations who might be considering a Garden Club.  Here are his thoughts:

  • Start small, and pick a project with high visibility to Association members.
  • Plan well, and raise as much money as you can to have the most impact.
  • Make it a social event.
  • Go for the big display. If you make a great impression early on, you'll have much better luck raising money and expanding your projects later on.
  • Get people to take ownership and pride in the project, and they're more likely to stick it out.

If you have a story about a positive effort being made by your condo or apartment building residents, please let us know - we'd love to share it on Mill City Times!

Monday
Nov222010

You Don't Have to be Overweight to be Out of Shape

This is the second in an ongoing series of personal health and fitness success stories, brought to us by Mill City Times Fitness Expert, Andrea Austin.

I met Caroline Friday night after her RealRyder spin class led by Andrea at 501SP1N.  She explained how working long hours led her away from her previous atheletic lifestyle, and how she turned that around. 

Below, Caroline shows off her lean physique while perched on a RealRyder bike.  The 5pm Friday Happy Hour RealRyder spin class is just one of the cardio activities Caroline uses to stay fit without getting into a rut.

Email Andrea andrea@tweakmyworkout.com if you'd like to try a complimentary class, or if you have a fitness or nutrition question.

Sunday
Nov212010

Behind the Scenes of A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie

In case you missed the article by Rohan Preston in todays Star Tribune, here is the link

Friday
Nov192010

This Weekend in Mill City / November 19-21

Events this weekend in and around the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis:

Friday, November 19

Book Arts Roundtable: Hamilton Wood Type Museum "Road Show" at MCBA

Zenon Dance Company at the Sourthern Theater

Backstage Tour at the Guthrie

Live Music at the 501 Club

Saturday, November 20

9th Annual Book Arts Fest: Unique Holiday Shopping at MCBA

Childish Movies at the Central Library

Mill City Farmers Market at Local D'lish

Washburn A Mill Tour

Grown Near Home: Winter Vegetables at Mill City Museum

Zenon Dance Company at the Sourthern Theater

Live Music at the 501 Club

Sunday, November 21

Accordo at Southern Theater

Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers at the Dome

Weekend Brunch

Saturday

Brunch at Spoonriver

Reservations recommended

10:00am - 2:00pm

See the menu

Sunday

Brunch at Spill the Wine
1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-339-3388

brunch buffet 10am- 2pm Sunday
$12/person (kids 3 and under eat free, 4-12 years are 1/2 price!)

includes: eggs, bacon, french toast, hash browns, fresh salad and fruit, pastries, build your own omlette bar and more...

featuring absolut bloody bar for $5.

also offering fair trade coffee and full bar. 

Thursday
Nov182010

Tonight - Jazz Thursdays Series at the MacPhail Center for Music

Location:  MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 South 2nd Street

Cost: Adults $10, Students $5

Time:
Q&A with artists 7:00pm–7:30pm
Concert begins at 8:00pm

Location:  MacPhail Center for Music, Antonello Hall, 501 South 2nd Street

Cost: Adults $10, Students $5

Jazz Thursdays: Meditations and Revelations, celebrating the works of jazz great Charles Mingus. “So Long Eric” featuring Mike Lewis, saxophone; Greg Lewis, trumpet; J.T. Bates, drums; Adam Linz, double bass; Bryan Nichols, piano.
 
Half politician, Half musician. Half New World explorer. Charles Mingus set the new standard for intensity in jazz. From wild highs to beautiful lows his music has shaped young musicians all over the world to ask, “Why is Governor Faubus so ridiculous?”

For more information call 612-321-0100.

The MacPhail Center for Music is located in the Historic Mill District of Minneapolis.

 

Thursday
Nov182010

Curious George Visits the Library Today

Time: 10:30am–11:30am

Location: Central Children's Library

Curious George Visits the Minneapolis Central Library

Preschool-Grade 2. Join Curious George and "The Man in the Yellow Hat" for monkeyshines and shenanigans. Enjoy stories, activities and games!