Monthly Archives: November 2016

Reminder: Lynnhurst Gives, Dec 3

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-7-41-32-pmOn Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am – 1:00pm take a break from pre-holiday stress to spend some quality time with your neighbors in southwest Minneapolis and support those in need at the same time.

Drop by the community center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway, with a donation (see below), see what’s going on with your neighbors, talk with a LYNAS Board Member and let your kids blow off some energy in a Bounce House or be creative with some art activities and face painting. 

We’ll have coffee, hot chocolate and some treats to keep our spirits bright. Stay the whole time, drop in for an hour or run in to say hello and drop off a donation. We’ll be there waiting for you.

This year we are collecting coats and warm weather gear for the adult students and families at Summit Academy ( and art supplies for Free Arts Minnesota ( 

Suggested donations for Summit Academy:
Gently-used or new coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves or new warm socks. 

Suggested dontations for Free Arts Minnesota:
Scotch tape, boxed markers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, sequins, drawing pads, blank white t-shirts, composition books, Q-tips, art Smocks (all sizes) and little silver jingle bells.


Low Salt Diet Recommended for Sidewalks



For years, doctors have told people to stick to a low-salt diet. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), our waters should follow the same advice.  When snow and ice start to accumulate on Minnesota roads, parking lots and sidewalks, one of the most common reactions is to apply salt, which contains chloride, a water pollutant. When snow and ice melt, most of the salt goes with it, washing into our lakes, streams and rivers. Once in the water, there’s no way to remove the chloride, and it becomes a permanent pollutants.

There are many ways to reduce salt use while maintaining high safety standards:

  • unnamed-1More salt does not mean more melting.Use less than four pounds of salt per 1,000 square feet (an average parking space is about 150 square feet). One pound of salt is approximately a
    heaping 12-ounce coffee mug.
  • Shovel.The more snow and ice you remove manually, the less salt you will have to use and the more effective it can be. Break up ice with an ice scraper and decide whether application of a de-icer or sand is even necessary to maintain traction.
  • 15 degrees is too cold for most salt to work.Most salts stop working around this temperature. Instead, use sand for traction.
  • Sweep up extra salt.If salt or sand is visible on dry pavement, it is no longer doing any work and will be washed away.

Finally, consider changing the direction of your drain spouts so melting water doesn’t run onto walkways and driveways where ice can form.


Green Gifts Fair – Sat. Nov. 19

unnamedGreen Gifts Fair 11/19 from 10am-5pm at Midtown Global Market

Kick off the holiday season with Do It Green! Minnesota’s 11th Annual Green Gifts Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-5pm at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Shop among 80+ local, eco-friendly artists and businesses; enjoy holiday food samples, educational passport and prizes, and many green living demos.

The Green Gifts Fair is a fun, family-friendly event with an estimated attendance of 6,000. A $1 donation will be accepted at the doors. Visit for more details.

* 80+ total vendors * Food Samples * Nature Activities * Photo Booth * Family Passport with prizes * Music * Silent Auction

A sampling of the Green Activities and Demos you will find at the Green Gifts Fair: 
· Puppet shows:  “The Way of the Monarch” follows the spectacular metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly ( and Mason Meets a Mason Bee ( at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 
· Free transit rides from Metro Transit (
· Educational Passport Stations with Prizes from Otogawa-Anschel (
· Make your own non-toxic cleaner to take home ( · Pick up free seeds or make seed balls for butterflies ( · Drop off your old holiday lights for recycling (
· Eco friendly gift wrap, gift tags and reusable bags (
· Low waste holiday party planning (


Reminder: Yard Waste Collection Ends Week of Nov 14

REMINDER:  Yard waste collection ends the week of November 14, 2016.  If you have yard waste after collection has ended, please call Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling at 612-673-2917 or visit Hennepin County’s website for alternative disposal options.

Join Us! Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary Meeting Nov 12

Thomas Sadler Roberts biographer to speak at Friends of Roberts Annual Meeting, November 12, 2016

Sue Leaf, biographer of Thomas Sadler Roberts, will speak at the 4th annual Friends of Roberts meeting on Saturday, November 12, at the Bryant Square Park building (3101 Bryant Ave S). The meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. and Sue Leaf’s presentation will start at 1 p.m.  All are welcome and there is no charge.

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