Neighborhood news - July 20

The project team has recently launched Phase II of engagement for the New Nicollet Redevelopment project (the former Kmart site). They are asking for feedback on the conceptual design of both the new Nicollet Ave and future public spaces on the former Kmart site. An online survey closes on Friday, Aug. 4 at 4 p.m. There will be a Community Workshop on Tuesday, July 25 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center (310 East 38th St.), or give feedback at the LNA General Membership meeting on Monday, July 24 at Painter Park.
‘ Rosa Mexicano’ by Ivonne Yáñez
The exhibit “Rosa Mexicano” by Ivonne Yáñez explores the theme of magic and color by interpreting traditional objects from her home country of Mexico through soft sculpture, installation, and painting. The exhibition runs Aug. 5-Sept. 3 at Soo Visual Arts Center (2909 Bryant Ave. S.). Running at the same time will be “Delicate and Filled with Dynamite” by Aaron S. Coleman. Aaron S. Coleman’s exhibition is about how wounds from injustice can be transformed into a vehicle to transport those inflicted with scars into a better future, or at least a more hopeful one. *Please note update from the date in the print edition of the Connector.
Clothing Swap on Aug. 19
The Tangletown Neighborhood Association Environmental Committee is holding a Clothing Swap on Saturday, Aug.19, 10 a.m.-1p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Bring clothing items you no longer want or need (in clean, wearable condition – something you would give to a friend) to share in the swap (maximum 10 items), then “shop” the items others have brought. Mens, womens, and kids clothing of all sizes to be included. If bringing donations, please start at the check-in table.
East Bde Maka Ska, East Isles, Lowry Hill, and Kenwood will hold a Neighborhood Super Sale on Sept. 9. If you plan to host a garage or yard sale, start setting things aside, and look for a sale registration announcement soon.
Help eradicate Japanese beetles
If you live in the Twin Cities Metro Area, Extension entomologist, Vera Krishik, and her team need your help. They are looking for Japanese beetle grubs to collect this summer through October. In Minnesota, Japanese beetle grubs grow underground most of the year until they emerge in late June – just in time to wreak havoc on your roses, basil, fruiting plants, and practically anything else in your garden. Collecting the grubs is part of a larger research effort to eradicate Japanese beetle from Minnesota, eventually. How do you know whether you have Japanese beetle grubs before they emerge as adult beetles? Dead grass that pulls away easily is one good indication.
If you think you have Japanese beetle grubs, please email Vera Krishik at


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