Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

Monarch festival returns Sept. 11


NENA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are thrilled to present the 13th Annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival on Sept. 11 at Lake Nokomis. Our free festival celebrates the monarch butterfly's amazing 2,300-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. Visit

Food Truck Rally & Fundraiser
On Sept. 25, NENA is hosting a fall Food Truck Rally. A new location at 34th Avenue and 50th Street, and more food trucks and live music. We are raising funds for the Nokomis East Free Food Distribution program. Visit

Ward 11 Candidate Forum
On Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m., the League of Women Voters Minneapolis and the Ward 11 neighborhood organizations, including NENA, are hosting an online candidate forum with the Ward 11 City Council Candidates. This online live event will be streaming. We welcome questions ahead of time and during the event. More information and where to watch is available at
A recording of the Aug. 4 Ward 12 Candidate Forum is available through the NENA website.

Free food distributions
NENA hosts a free food distribution at 5735 Sander Drive from 2-4 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. All are welcome, and volunteers are needed. Items include dairy, frozen meat, fresh produce, pantry staples, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and culturally appropriate food options. Volunteers are needed on Tuesday and Wednesday for each event. Visit
Minnehaha Food Shelf – Every Tuesday, the Minnehaha Food Shelf is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3701 E. 50th Street. Visit

Get the latest news
NENA and your fellow neighbors have created several online forums to share Nokomis East news. Check out these sources and find out what’s happening in our community.
• NENA Facebook Page:
• Nokomis East Information Sharing Facebook Group:
• Buy Nothing Nokomis East:

Meetings and events:
9/11/2021: Minneapolis Monarch Festival at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9/15/2021: Ward 11 Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m., online
9/23/2021: NENA Board of Directors at 6:30 pm, Online
9/25/2021: NENA Food Truck Rally & Fundraiser at 4:00 – 7:00 pm


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