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Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca 2017

Posted on 28 August 2017 by calvin

This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Sat., Sept. 9 from 10am to 4pm. The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales, and plenty of opportunities to get up-close with monarch butterflies—learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

Festival participants can listen to music from Salsa Del Soul and other acts, try out the new Animation Station, make their own art print, get up-close with monarch caterpillars, tag and release a monarch butterfly, play games and much more.

Visit the Minneapolis Monarch Festival website at for the full line-up of up Monarch Festival music, food, art, activities, and native plant sale information. These activities are all free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area surrounded by E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Woodlawn Blvd., and E. Nokomis Pkwy. The festival is cohosted by the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

Monarch Mile installed
The Monarch Mile, NENA’s new pollinator pathway connecting the Nokomis Naturescape and Gateway Garden, was planted on August 1 by local volunteers, Minnesota Conservation Corps, Master Water Stewards, and project partners Metro Blooms. This popular cost-share program will be expanded next year. Interested residents who live on E. 50th St. in Nokomis East can contact Program and Communication Manager Lauren Hazenson to be added to the 2018 Monarch Mile garden list.

If this project or similar environmental programs interest you, and you would like to be part of leading similar efforts, come to the next Green Initiatives Committee meeting on Wed., Sept. 13, 6:30-8pm at the NENA Office, 4313 E. 54th St.

Accepting applicants for Morris Park NENA Board Seat
NENA is seeking applicants for the vacant Board seat from the Morris Park neighborhood. The Morris Park neighborhood is bordered by 54th St. on the north, Highway 55 on the east, 34th Ave. on the west, and the southern boundary of the City of Minneapolis.

If you live (homeowner and renters) in the Morris Park neighborhood, you can nominate yourself (most common); or any NENA member can nominate a Morris Park neighborhood resident as an applicant for the Board. Completed nomination forms are due on Sept. 13.

The NENA Board of Directors will review all applications and appoint a new Board member at its Sept. 28 meeting. This is a replacement appointment serving from Sept. 2017 to Apr. 2018. The appointed Board member may run to be elected to the seat at the April Annual Meeting and serve a full two-year term.

Visit for more information and an application.

City Academy
The City Academy educational series, offered through the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department, is being offered again this year to residents interested in knowing more about how the city government works.

The five-week series includes topics on general government, public safety, public works, planning and development, and fire operations. Participants will learn the latest in firefighting techniques, the latest technology from 311, police procedures how future developments are planned and constructed, how taxes are levied and budgets approved and about City Boards and Commissions. The City Academy is free to the public.

The City Academy will be held every Wednesday from Sept. 20 until Oct. 18.

Registration is open until Sept. 7. To register, please visit the Minneapolis City Academy webpage.

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NENA upcoming meetings and events:
09/06/17: NENA Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee, NENA Office, 6:30pm
09/08/17: NENA Board Meeting, NENA Office, 7pm
09/09/17: Minneapolis Monarch Festival, 49th St. and Woodlawn Blvd., 10am
09/13/17: NENA Green Initiatives Committee, NENA Office, 6:30pm

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