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NENA News October 2018

Posted on 24 September 2018 by calvin

Gateway Garden library event scheduled Sept. 29
Celebrate the turning of the seasons with this outdoor library event at Gateway Garden, 4224 E. 50th St. On Sat., Sept. 29, starting at 11am until 1pm, Tour the Gateway Gardens native plant community garden and enjoy an outdoor story time! The Nokomis Library will have a pop-up library available, with a place for sharing books, playing, and exploring the natural world.

You’ll learn about the Library’s innovative new programs connecting youth and adults alike to the natural world outside our doorsteps. Families will also learn about the history of the Gateway Garden and how they can get involved.

Morris Park Fall Festival
Save the date for the Morris Park Fall Festival on Sat., Sept. 29, 12-2pm at Morris Park, 5531 39th Ave. S.! This free family event will include a wide variety of activities, including building/flying kites, giant yard games, Minneapolis Park Board Naturalist activities, and music. The fire pit will be set up with s’mores making for all attendees. Food for sale will include chili, chips, hot cider, hot cocoa, and water.

Legos at the library
Are you up to the Lego challenge? Come to Legos at the Nokomis Library, 5100 S. 34th Ave., on Thur., Oct. 18, 6:30-7:30pm and find out. Nokomis East adults, find your inner kid (or your inner city planner) with the Housing, Commercial, and Streetscape Committee. Build the best neighborhood building with Legos and win a prize! Then, hang out with the HCS Committee and learn about upcoming projects.

Accepting applicants
NENA is seeking applicants for the vacant Board seat from the Minnehaha neighborhood. If you live (homeowner and renters) in the Minnehaha 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 Oct. 11.

The NENA Board of Directors will review all applications and appoint a new Board member at its Oct. 25 meeting. This is a replacement appointment serving from Oct. 2018 to Apr. 2020. 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.

NENA home loans
NENA offers two home improvement loan programs for homes in the Keewaydin, Minnehaha, Morris Park and Wenonah neighborhoods. Loan applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Home Improvement Loans
Did you know that the NENA Home Improvement Loans also cover large energy efficiency home improvements like solar panels? These loans also cover most permanent home improvements. Call the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5884 for more details on project eligibility. Owners of one to four unit residences can apply for 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.

Emergency Repair Loans
A limited amount of 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 upon the sale of the property or transfer of title.

For more information or to request an application, call the Center for Energy and Environment at 612-335-5884.

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