Picnic in the Park 2017

Thursday, July 27th

5:30 to 8:30 pm at Pearl Park

A HUGE Thank You to our sponsors who make this event possible –

        

 

 

Food Truck Menus:

FunFare – Menu

Falafel King Event Menu

Pharoah’s Gyros Menu

Dave’s Popcorn Ice Cream Menu 2017

Mini Donuts – $4/bag

Gingerman – $4/glass; add fruit for $1   32 oz Growlers $16

Fat Lorenzo’s Pizza – $2.50/slice

 

Attractions at this year’s event:

Main Stage Band – Brat Pack Radio

Petting Zoo – free (located behind the tennis courts)

Kid’s Dance DJ – free (located on the tennis courts)

Kid’s Games – 1 ticket each (located on the tennis courts)

Henna Tattoos – 6 tickets (small), 12 tickets (large)

Balloon Animal – 6 tickets

Face Painting – 6 tickets

Water Wars – 6 tickets (4 balloons)

Bouncy House  – free

Inflatable Bungee Run (ages 9 and up) – 3 tickets

Knockerball (ages 9 and up) – 3 tickets (located in the outfield by the food trucks)

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HPDL Exterior Grants 2017

2017 Curb Appeal Matching Grant Program

**Registration for the lottery is closed**

Program Intent: The intent of the HPDL Curb Appeal Matching Grant Program is to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements to extend the life of the neighborhoods’ housing stock, improve livability standards and to make visible improvements to the neighborhood.

Grant Amount: Eligible participants can apply for up to $500 in matching grant funds each. This is a one-to-one matching grant project and property owners must demonstrate full payment prior to HPDL reimbursement. The project will in total pay for up to $10,000 in matching grant funds in 2017. The minimum number of projects will be 10 projects at $500 each; additional projects may be funded depending on the amounts requested by earlier lottery winners.

Income Limit: There is no income limit to be eligible for this program.

Eligible Properties: Properties must be located within the boundaries of the Hale, Page or Diamond Lake neighborhoods. Single-family detached homes, duplexes, tri-plexes and four-plexes are eligible. They may be owner-occupied or investment properties. Condominiums and townhomes are eligible for the portion of the property that is owned by the homeowner. HPDL staff may support renters to work with their landlord to apply.

Homeowner Associations, businesses and commercial property owners are not eligible to participate (funding source restriction).

Eligible Improvements: All projects must be exterior in nature and visible from the sidewalk and improve the visual appeal of the property, for the benefit of the neighborhood. Examples of eligible improvements include the following:

• Exterior lighting: sconces, yard lights, porch lights, etc.
• Painting: shutters, doors, accents, etc.
• Hardscaping: retaining walls, steps, sidewalk, pathway, etc.
• Restoration of historically appropriate exterior finishes, details and materials

Ineligible Improvements: Items which are not visible from the public sidewalk in front of the property are not eligible for this program. Furniture, landscaping and items which could be considered recreational or luxury projects (swimming pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas, playground equipment) are not eligible.

Larger exterior projects could be eligible for the Exterior Improvement Matching Grant Program instead, with a higher matching amount available. Work initiated prior to approval of the matching grant is ineligible for reimbursement.

Application:  Eligible participants may submit an application for the lottery from June 1, 2017 to July 21, 2017.  The application will be located on this page and will be live starting on June 1st.

Selection: HPDL  will review applications for eligibility and flag those determined to be ineligible. A Sub-Committee will review all applications on July 24th, 2017 to ensure completeness and confirm eligibility/ineligibility. The lottery winners will be announced live at Picnic in the Park on Thursday, July 27th.

Contract:  Lottery winners will sign the contract and work may begin only after the date of signature and must be completed by October 31, 2017. Participants will receive a HPDL Lawn Sign as part of the agreement to receive funding through the project. The property owner must display the sign in the front yard until October 31, 2017.

Contractors/Permits: Contractors contracting for work must be properly licensed. Permits must be obtained when required by City Ordinance. Contractor and permit fees are eligible for reimbursement as part of this project.

Sweat Equity: The property owner is allowed to perform the work on his/her own. Appropriate permits must be filed and inspections passed, as necessary. Funds may only be used for the purchase of materials; funds cannot be used to compensate the owner for labor.

Reimbursements: All work must be completed by the end of October. At the end of the project period, participants will be required to submit itemized receipts for all work and purchases and submit “after” photos.

Payment of the grant will be on a reimbursement basis; HPDL will determine if the expenses are eligible for reimbursement based upon funding source restrictions, the signed contract requirements and the dates of service and purchase. HPDL will not increase the reimbursement if the total cost of the project exceeds the requested amount in the application. HPDL may also determine the property owner did not match 50% of the total cost of the project and may reduce the amount of the reimbursement.

Receipts and “after” photos must be submitted for reimbursement no later than October 31, 2017 to allow for reimbursement before year-end.


2017 Exterior Improvement Matching Grant Program

*Registration for the lottery is closed**

Program Intent: The intent of the HPDL Matching Exterior Improvement Grant Program is to help property owners make necessary repairs and improvements to extend the life of the neighborhoods’ housing stock, improve livability standards and to make visible improvements to the neighborhood.

Grant Amount: Eligible participants can apply for up to $2000 in matching grant funds each. This is a one-to-one matching grant project and property owners must demonstrate full payment prior to HPDL reimbursement. The project will in total pay for up to $20,000 in matching grant funds in 2017. The minimum number of projects will be 10 projects at $2,000 each; additional projects may be funded depending on the amounts requested by earlier lottery winners.

Income Limit: There is no income limit to be eligible for this program.

Eligible Properties: Properties must be located within the boundaries of the Hale, Page or Diamond Lake neighborhoods. Single-family detached homes, duplexes, tri-plexes and four-plexes are eligible. They may be owner-occupied or investment properties. Condominiums and townhomes are eligible for the portion of the property that is owned by the homeowner. HPDL staff may support renters to work with their landlord to apply.

Homeowner Associations, businesses and commercial property owners are not eligible to participate (funding source restriction).

Eligible Improvements: All projects must be exterior in nature and be considered improvements to the housing stock for the benefit of the neighborhood. Examples of eligible improvements include the following:

• Painting: siding, garages, trim, etc.
• Stucco: repair or replace existing or install new
• Siding: repair or replace existing or install new
• Fences: repair or replace existing or install new
• Doors/Windows: repair or replace existing or install new
• Roof: repair or replace
• Structural and foundation problems
• Garages: repair or replace (door, roofing, siding, windows, trim, etc.)
• Decks: repair, replace or new construction
• Porches: repair or replace
• Driveways
• Gutters
• Chimneys
Ineligible Improvements: Furniture, landscaping and items which could be considered recreational or luxury projects (swimming pools, hot tubs, Jacuzzis, saunas, playground equipment) are not eligible. Repairs to owner’s water service to the property are excluded. Work initiated prior to approval of the matching grant is ineligible for reimbursement.

Application: The application will require participants to submit a project budget, the total requested amount and “before” photos. Eligible participants may submit an application for the lottery from June 1, 2017 to July 21, 2017 on the HPDL website.

Selection: HPDL  will review applications for eligibility and flag those determined to be ineligible. A Sub-Committee will review all applications on July 24th, 2017 to ensure completeness and confirm eligibility/ineligibility. The lottery winners will be announced live at Picnic in the Park on Thursday, July 27th.

Contract: HPDL will create a contract for lottery winners. All lottery winners must review the contract and restrictions (funding source restrictions). Lottery winners will sign the contract and work may begin only after the date of signature and must be completed by October 31, 2017. Participants will receive a HPDL Lawn Sign as part of the agreement to receive funding through the project. The property owner must display the sign in the front yard until October 31, 2017.

Contractors/Permits: Contractors contracting for work must be properly licensed. Permits must be obtained when required by City Ordinance. Contractor and permit fees are eligible for reimbursement as part of this project.

Sweat Equity: The property owner is allowed to perform the work on his/her own. Appropriate permits must be filed and inspections passed, as necessary. Funds may only be used for the purchase of materials; funds cannot be used to compensate the owner for labor

Reimbursements: All work must be completed by the end of October. At the end of the project period, participants will be required to submit itemized receipts for all work and purchases and submit “after” photos.

Payment of the grant will be on a reimbursement basis; HPDL will determine if the expenses are eligible for reimbursement based upon funding source restrictions, the signed contract requirements and the dates of service and purchase. HPDL will not increase the reimbursement if the total cost of the project exceeds the requested amount in the application. HPDL may also determine the property owner did not match 50% of the total cost of the project and may reduce the amount of the reimbursement.

Receipts and “after” photos must be submitted for reimbursement no later than October 31, 2017 to allow for reimbursement before year-end.

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DLBCA Ice Cream Social July 20th

It’s Time to Start Thinking About Summer & Ice Cream

 

Diamond Lake Community Bussiness Alliance’s 5th Anniversary

Neighborhood Ice Cream Social & Sidewalk Sale
Thursday, July 10,  4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Spanning Chicago Avenue from 56th to 57th Streets
In South Minneapolis

See a Map of where our diamond of a community is located.
You’re invited to Apply for Booth Space.
This expo is open to any kind of exhibitor including store-front and home-based business, with priority to neighborhood businesses. Your application will be reviewed to make certain that your category is not too full and you will then be sent email notice of your acceptance or decline. If you are accepted, the Exhibitor Welcome email will follow and includes all the information you need to participate and help us promote the Ice Cream Social.

2017 Fees

Booth space is only $30!
Booth space with tent is $65.

Apply for Booth Space and see Current List of Exhibitors!

 

Thank you very much!  See you at the Ice Cream Social!

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Rain Garden Lottery for HPDL residents

Hale, Page, Diamond Lake (HPDL) Neighborhood Associations to help cover cost of Raingardens For Home Owners!

**Congratulations to Rachel Osband, Jacki Cook, Kalina Blackwell, Keri Scott, and Takawi Peters on winning the lottery for 2017.  Due to the high interest level in rain gardens HPDL plans to offer this lottery again in 2018! 

Our community is surrounded by beautiful Diamond Lake, Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Creek.  These bodies of water are invaluable resources to our community and their health and well being are priorities.  To show our commitment, the HPDL Environmental Committee is offering to help 5 lucky home owners cover the cost of installing a beautiful, sustainable raingarden in their yard.

 

Raingardens are one of the best ways to help the lakes as a property owner. Raingardens are beautiful landscaping features that protect water quality and provide habitat for pollinators. They use native plants and allow stormwater runoff to filter through the soil instead of flowing into storm drains and directly into our lakes and rivers.

 

This spring,  HPDL is offering to cover the majority cost for installation of 5 raingardens for 5 homeowners.  Typical cost of a garden would be $1000 – $1500, if selected, the individual homeowner’s cost would be approximately $300 – $340.

 

The process begins with the homeowner’s payment of a $50 deposit, and an onsite consultation and a stormwater plan from Metro Blooms showing all potential locations for raingardens.  Once consultation is complete, the property owner will receive a raingarden design and installation (including labor, hauling away soil, mulch, compost, plants). The cost to the home owner will only be for the initial consultation, and for hauling away the soil that is removed when making the garden (typically about $300 – $340 total).  HPDL will pick up the rest!

 

Metro Blooms and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota excavate the raingardens and add the compost and mulch. Metro Blooms will order the plants and provide instructions. Property owners are responsible for planting their raingarden according to their design. Metro Blooms will also provide supplemental information and follow-up related to the maintenance of the new raingardens.

 

Consultations will be scheduled with the wining homeowners soon after the winners are drawn and construction will be scheduled for the summer of 2017.

 

For more information on this project, please contact Sarah Sillers at office@hpdl.org .  To enter the lottery please register below by April 18th.   Winners will be selected on Earth Day (April 22nd) and notified that day.   To learn more about raingardens, visit the Metro Blooms website  metroblooms.org and click on “Our Projects.”  Good Luck!

 

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Milk Carton Building Workshop at Pearl Park

Start Seeing Milk Cartons!

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Friends of Diamond Lake Canoe Event

Friends of Diamond Lake is planning their second annual Canoe Event on Saturday morning, May 13th at 10 am.  It’s a great opportunity for people to get out onto the lake in canoes, enjoy unique views of birds and help clean up trash – both the garbage visible along the shore and the significant amount submerged underwater.  Canoes and Kayaks will be launched from the shore behind Diamond Lake Church on Portland Ave at 10 am.  Please bring paddles, life preservers and binoculars for bird watching.

 

For more information visit their website:  http://friendsofdiamondlake.org/

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Metro Blooms Workshops

Unseasonably warm weather, long periods of drought and flooding rains are the new normal for Minnesota’s spring and summer seasons. Metro Blooms Creating Weather Resilient Yards workshops will give you an overview of Minnesota’s changing weather patterns and ways to mitigate the impact in your own yard. We’ll cover options for establishing mowable, native alternatives to “grass” turf, raingarden basics and other resilient yard practices. Receive one-on-one assistance creating a plan for your yard from Metro Blooms landscape designers, Blue Thumb Planting for Clean Water Partners, Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and Master Water Stewards, as well as information about cost share programs and Blue Thumb resources for help along the way.

 

April 18 Tuesday 6-9 PM St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
April 27 Thursday       6-9 PM Audubon Park Recreation Center, Minneapolis
May 9 Tuesday 6-9 PM Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (FREE)
May 13 Saturday 1-4 PM North Regional Library, Minneapolis (FREE)
May 24 Wednesday 6-9 PM Edina Public Works Building
June 10 Saturday 12:30-3:30 PM Lake Nokomis Community Center, Minneapolis

 

Visit metroblooms.org or call 651-699-2426 Cost: $15 per household unless otherwise noted.  Register soon, some locations fill up fast. You can also mail your registration to Workshop Registration, P.O. Box 17099, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Enclose a check payable to Metro Blooms, and include the workshop location, your name, address, zip code, phone number and your email address.

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The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior – Workshop

Are you someone who cares about the environment and wishes more people would make environmentally sustainable choices?  Have you ever wondered how you can help people make those choices?  You won’t want to miss this!

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lynnhurst Community Center  

 

The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior:  A skill-building workshop to support voluntary behavior change

Developed and Facilitated by Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College

 

Building a sustainable community will come about through many human decisions, some large and consequential (e.g. what will our community put on the roads to mitigate ice in winter?), some small and seemingly innocuous (e.g. should I water my lawn today?).  When people make these decisions, the environmental and social consequences are often not their primary consideration.  Instead, choices and actions are driven by the set of circumstances and priorities they face in the moment.  In this workshop, Dr. Manning will introduce a set of psychological guidelines, drawn from research studies, that help create situations where the sustainable choice is also the most obvious or appealing.  These guidelines facilitate individual-level action, and build bridges to larger-scale, city-level systemic change. 

 

The workshop will offer several exercises designed to help you: 

1.  Identify and overcome barriers that stop people from taking action.  

2.  Understand your community’s identity and values.

3.  Build social norms for sustainability.

4.  Meet people’s deeper psychological needs.

 

The workshop facilitator, Dr. Christie Manning, has spent the last 15 years applying psychological research to issues of natural resource use, social justice, and sustainability.

 

REGISTER HERE.  Registration deadline is February 17, 2017.

Questions, email lynnhurst.env.comm@gmail.com.

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Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market

Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market
Keep up your local shopping all year long at the Neighborhood Roots Winter Farmers Market! Find many of your favorite vendors from the Nokomis, Fulton, and Kingfield Farmers Markets in the greenhouse of Bachman’s Garden Center (6010 Lyndale Ave. S) on Saturday Jan. 28th from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Shop for amazing local meats, cheeses, fresh bread, fermented veggies, jams, crafts and much more! Enjoy breakfast or lunch from tasty bakeries and food vendors and sip on a beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery while you shop! Don’t miss this opportunity to buy your food directly from farmers, spend time with neighbors, and enjoy a fun Saturday morning event!

Nokomis Farmers Market Meet-and-Greet!
The Nokomis Farmers Market is made possible, in large part, by neighbors like you who give a little of their time. If you love your market and want to ensure it’s success for years to come, join our team of volunteers! Neighborhood Roots, the organization behind the Nokomis, Fulton, and Kingfield Markets, will be hosting an informal meet-and-greet for interested volunteers on Tuesday Feb. 7th from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Town Hall Tap (4810 Chicago Ave. S). Chat with Nokomis volunteers, Neighborhood Roots board members and staff about market day volunteering, operations committees, and other opportunities to help out. If you are unable to make the happy hour but still interested in volunteering, get in touch at volunteers@neighborhoodrootsmn.org. RSVPs appreciated but not required!

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Theft from Motor Vehicle Prevention

Several cars have been broken into in the HPDL neighborhood.  Please read through the flyer from the Minneapolis Police Department for useful tips on how to prevent theft from your motor vehicle.

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