Neighborhood news - Nov 30, 2023

The Blaisdell Y is excited to share that they will undergo renovations to improve member experiences. The renovations will began the week of Monday, Nov. 27 and are anticipated to take four weeks to complete. Blaisdell Y will be setting up a temporary fitness floor to accommodate member workouts. LNA’s English classes at the Blaisdell Y will not be impacted by the renovations.
 Shelley Carthen Watson - President and CEO of YWCA - provided an update regarding the Uptown and Downtown YWCA buildings at the East Isles Neighborhood Association monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14. According to Watson, there has been a lot of interest in the building from corporations, non-profits and developers. Little interest has been shown by fitness facilities. Bids for the place are due at the end of November, and the YWCA plans to make a decision within a week or two after that.
The East Isles Neighborhood Association is developing a working group to interact with whoever becomes the new owner of the property.  The working group’s goal will be to provide community input and feedback regarding the use of the space. Contact the association if you’re interested in participating:
Paint-a-Bowl is a ceramics event held in conjunction with February’s Empty Bowls fundraiser for the food insecure in the community. It’s a no-pressure, easy way to connect with neighbors and express yourself with paint, open to all. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. at MLK Park. All invited to paint bowls for the Souper Bowl Sunday Empty Bowls event. 
Kingfield’s 2nd Annual Holidazzle Parade will ight up Grand Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 9. Holidazzle is open to Kingfield and surrounding neighborhoods. Bring the kids and put on your best holiday lights as people travel en masse down Grand Avenue in memory of the downtown Holidazzle of yore.
The interior of the Midtown Global Market has undergone many changes over the past year to enhance the visitor experience, including updates in paint and patterns, new electronic wayfinding signage, bathroom updates, and much more. In addition, there is the new placement and rededication of a sculpture donated by longtime partner Pangea World Theater, called Colors of Lake Street. Columbian Artist Hanna Bibliowicz brought together dozens of members of the Lake Street community to participate in the creation of the sculpture.
The Lake Street Council announces the return of its annual Lake Street Loyalty Challenge. Originally launched in 2021, the program rewards people for supporting small businesses on Lake Street. Shoppers who spend at least $15 at a Lake Street-area business will receive a $15 gift card to another local business along the corridor. Participants are also entered to win a grand prize valued at more than $500. To participate, people who spend $15 or more at any Lake Street business between now and Dec. 15 can upload their receipt at and automatically receive a $15 gift card to another select Lake Street business at random. They will also be entered to win a grand prize pack of gift certificates to local businesses, valued at more than $500. Each entry to the Lake Street Loyalty Challenge is limited to one per person.


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