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NENA News: Night Before New Year’s Eve planned Dec. 30

Posted on 20 November 2017 by calvin

Night Before New Year’s Eve
Want to celebrate the New Year with your kids but don’t want the late bedtime hassle?

The Night Before New Year’s Eve party on Sat., Dec. 30, is a family-oriented, free event chock full of activities, including a “midnight” countdown at 7:15pm. Enjoy a kid-friendly dinner, carnival games, music, and dancing, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire, face painting, and much more! Join in the fun at Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy.

Annual State of the Neighborhood Meeting 2018
The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association State of our Neighborhood community gathering will be held Wed., Jan. 17, 6-8pm, at Morris Park Recreation Center, 5531 39th Ave. S.

Hear from NENA, our business community, elected officials, and other community leaders. This neighborhood conversation will address several topics important to the Nokomis East community. NENA and our guest speakers will discuss plans to continue fostering a vibrant, active Nokomis East in 2018.

New Nokomis East business grants
NENA is now offering the Marketing Matching Grant and the Business Partnerships Grant, exclusive to businesses located in Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park, and Wenonah neighborhoods.

Businesses seeking to update their branding, website, marketing, or looking to attract more customers can apply for a Marketing Matching Grant of up to $2,000 for their project. This grant matches $1 for every $2 spent by the participant.

Two or more Nokomis East businesses that seek to engage in a short or long-term marketing or public engagement partnership can apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds through the Nokomis East Business Partnership Grant program.

Contact Program and Communication Manager Lauren Hazenson at or go to for more information.

Meet your neighbors and shape the future of the neighborhood in just a few hours. NENA needs outreach volunteers to gather community ideas for the Community Snapshot. The Community Snapshot is a chance for Nokomis East residents to work together to identify the future needs, opportunities, and assets in our community.

As an outreach volunteer you will:
• attend Nokomis East community events,
• meet residents, and
• gather community input

Interested? Want to learn more? Contact Tyra Payer at or 612-724-5652.

NENA loan programs
NENA is now offering two home improvement loan programs. Homes in the Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah neighborhoods are eligible. Loan applications are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

Owners of one to four unit residences can apply for home improvement loans of up to $15,000 to make improvements to their properties. Owner-occupants and investors may apply. The interest rate is either 3.5% or 4.5% depending on income. No income restriction applies.

A limited amount of Emergency Repair Loan funds are available for emergency repairs. Only owner-occupied households are eligible. Income restrictions apply. The maximum loan amount is $7,500. The loan is 0% interest, and there are no monthly payments. The loan is due in total on the sale of the property or transfer of title.

For more information or to request an application for either loan program, call the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5884, or visit the CEE website.

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