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Volunteers needed for the Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca

Posted on 24 July 2017 by calvin

The Minneapolis Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca is a wonderful blend of community celebration, art, culture, and the environment. This unique combination creates a magical opportunity for attendees, but also a rewarding opportunity for volunteers.

Join us as a volunteer at this year’s Monarch Festival and see for yourself. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Bilingual Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to volunteer. All volunteers receive an official Festival T-shirt as our way of saying thank you.

This year’s Monarch Festival is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 9 from 10am to 4pm. The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300-mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, and native plant sales. There are plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Pkwy., Woodlawn Blvd., and E. Nokomis Pkwy.

Please sign up at to help us make this a successful, fun event for everyone.

Mural coming to Nokomis East
NENA is excited to announce that a community-focused mural will be adding color to 58th St. Mural artist and Nokomis East resident Victor Yepez was selected to paint the mural, which will cover the garage on a Bossen area rental property. Yepez has also created murals for local schools and in the Powderhorn neighborhood.

The goal of the 58th St. mural is to engage the community through art-making and art access on what makes a healthy, livable neighborhood with a lens for healthy eating, being active and tobacco-free living.

NENA is looking for volunteer artist assistants to help lead community paint days. Volunteers must have some experience with studio painting or drawing. Nokomis East residents are preferred. Please contact for the volunteer interest form.

Bossen Renters Party celebrates community
NENA hosted the Bossen Renters Party on July 8 as another opportunity for renters to connect with local services and celebrate their community. Over 200 residents of the Bossen area of Nokomis East attended the event.

Festivities featured dancers from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, Minneapolis Bike Cops, art printing, a walking tree tour of the Bossen area, and the Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue Aztec dance troupe. Local schools, churches, and nonprofits offered tables with information on services available to attendees.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, organizations, churches, and event sponsors that made this event possible.

Home Improvement Loan Program suspended
In June, NENA received notice that our lending partner and local nonprofit, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC), will be closing its Housing Resource Center on July 31, 2017. GMHC has enabled neighborhood organizations like NENA to offer low-interest loans by serving as the program administrator and loan officer for many years.

On July 10, 2017, GMHC sent a second communication stating it is no longer possible for it to process new loan applications and the program has ended effective immediately. As a result, NENA will no longer be able to offer the Home Improvement and Emergency Repair Loans at this time.

We are currently reviewing alternative lending partners for this popular loan program. As always, we will communicate updates and reinstatement notices on the NENA website and through NENA News.

If you have any questions about a current loan, please contact the GMHC Housing Resource Center at 612-588-3033.

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Upcoming meetings and events:
08/02/17: NENA Housing, Commercial and Streetscape Committee, NENA Office, 6:30pm
08/05/17: Garden Work Night, Nokomis Naturescape, 6pm. All are welcome.
08/09/17: NENA Green Initiatives Committee, NENA Office, 6:30pm
08/10/17: Fun at Bossen Field—Free Yoga Class, Bossen Field Park, 6pm
08/24/17: NENA Board Meeting, NENA Office, 7pm

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