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Planning has started for one of Lyndale's most exciting community events.  Community members met at the end of October to start planning this year’s La Posada celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, December 13th from 4-7:30 at Lyndale School (312 W 34th St).

Tuesday evening, October 14th six people from the Crime & Safety Committee had an opportunity to participate in a tour of the Minneapolis Police Department Strategic Information Center. Intelligence Analyst Amy Lavender gave a tour of the building and showed us many functions of the Strategic Information Center (SIC). There were some things that we wanted to see and hear that Amy said were confidential and she was not allowed to talk about or show us.

On any given day Pastor Meta Carlson’s roles can include teacher, administrator, bouncer, landlord, chaplain, and preacher.  Although the role she takes most to heart is “being present, being a spiritual presence and listening to people’s stories, making sure people feel heard.”  As the Pastor for Zion Lutheran Church in Lyndale for the past three years, Meta has been an inspiration to the congregation.  “She’s involved in lots of things, she is very open, and is bringing in new blood into the church,” says a long time Zion church member. 

Each fall LNA creates a budget to help guide the organization’s finances during the next year.  The budget is one way the organization sets its priorities for the year.  The primary challenge for this budget is how does LNA maintain our organizational capacity, especially around staffing, as the organization gets closer to exhausting the amount of NRP funding we have available for general operations.   

It was an eventful election in Minnesota with Mark Dayton and Al Franken winning reelection as Minnesota’s Governor and U.S. Senator along with the Minnesota House of Representatives switching from DFL to Republican control.

Here in Minneapolis Rebecca Gagnon and Don Samuels were elected to the school board, Marion Greene was reelected as the neighborhood’s Hennepin County Commissioner, Susan Allen was reelected as our State Representative, and Rich Stanek was reelected as the Hennepin County Sheriff. 

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Miembros comunitarios se reunieron a finales de octubre para planear La Celebración de La Posada de este año. El evento se llevará a cabo el sábado 13 de diciembre de 4 a 7:30 en la Escuela Comunitaria de Lyndale (312 W 34th St). Las raíces de La Posada vienen de la celebración cristiana en México, durante la cual, miembros comunitarios actúan las escenas del pesebre. El evento de Lyndale es apropiado para todas las religiones, esta es una celebración cultural de nuestra comunidad para las fiestas de navidad.

Planning has started for one of Lyndale's most exciting community events.  Community members met at the end of October to start planning this year’s La Posada celebration. The event will take place on Saturday, December 13th from 4-7:30 at Lyndale School (312 W 34th St).


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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 24
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us at the November Lyndale Neighborhood Meeting where we will be hearing about the results of the Nicollet Votes Project, talking about Lyndale's priorities for the City's budget, hearing an update from our Women's Leadership Program, and having a community vote on LNA's 2015 Budget.

Volunteer Special

Event Ambassador:
It’s that time again!  La Posada is just around the corner and there are many opportunities to help out with this great event.  Food, dancers, community, and Santa all make this one of the most special events of the season.  We’ll need help with set up, food service, activity helpers, clean up, and just general help with the merriment. Choose a role and help us make the day run smoothly!

Set up: 2-4pm

Help make the place look beautiful! You’ll hang papel picado banners, cover the tables, put everything in order, and make everything look festive!

Kid’s Activities: 4-5:30pm

We anticipate having 4 activity stations for kids.  Each station needs at least 2 volunteers. There will be all the materials you’ll need to do the activity.      

Paper Flowers: Help kids create paper flowers. We’ll have instructions to ensure your success!    

Maracas: Help kids assemble and decorate their own noisemaker!

Metal Tooling: In the vein of traditional metal working, help kids create beautiful pieces by drawing on tin foil.  Good times. 

Face-painting: Draw on kids’ faces with the crayon/pencils.  Make kids into fantastical creatures.         

Photographers: 4-7:30

Take pictures of the event.  We’d love to get shots of kids doing different activities, community members interacting with each other, the volunteers in action, and the dancers.  Pictures should be dropped off at LNA at a later date.   

Welcome Table/Registration 4-5:30 and 5:30-7:00

Greet people as they arrive, show them the coat rack, let them know what’s going on in the program, have community members sign up on our attendance sheet and put on a name tag. 

Santa’s Elves 4:00-5:30 and 6:15-7:00

Please make sure Santa has everything he needs.  Because of time it takes to print the pictures, we are going to have contact sheets for people to sign up so their pictures can be sent to them. You’ll need to help people fill out the sheets, and explain to them that within the next week we will be emailing or printing out the pictures and mailing them out.  Also help with the flow, the lines, and bringing kids up to Santa.  People are welcome to take pictures with their own cameras.

Social Butterfly

Your job is to flit and float and fly.  While doing that just circulate around the event and talk to people.  Answer any questions people may have about the event or LNA and help them get engaged.  Connect people who should know each other and try to notice any wallflowers who are looking uncomfortable and in need of a friendly chat. You mariposas are the key to people feeling like they belong and want to get involved in Lyndale. 

Food Servers 4:30-6:00 and 6:00-7:30

This is a very important role—we all need to eat! First shift will take photos of the kitchen, set up the food and begin serving at five pm. Second shift will take over at six, finish serving food, and begin cleanup by seven.


This is seriously a fun job.  At 7:15 you get to pass out gift bags to kids as they leave the event.

Clean up

And…..scene.  Time to look about proudly at all the good cheer and community building going on and pack it up.  Decorations need to come down and everything that was brought in needs to be brought out. There will be some designated transport vehicles that we will put everything in. Sweep, remove tape.

Contact Jennifer ( – 824-9402 ext. 12) to learn more about each opportunity and to sign up for a shift.

2014 Lyndale Sponsors
Please take a moment to thank the following neighborhood businesses for sponsoring the Lyndale Neighborhood Association during 2014.

Community Builder
Highland Plaza
3009 Nicollet Avenue
Cooper & Reid, LLC The Low Cost Law Firm
825 Nicollet Ave
36th & Lyndale BP
3551 Lyndale Ave S
Zion Lutheran Church
128 W 33rd St

Neighborhood Partner
Butter Bakery Cafe
3700 Nicollet Ave
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Crema Cafe - The Home of Sonny's Ice Cream
3401 Lyndale Ave S
Los Andes
317 W Lake St
Prima Land, Inc.
PO Box 188
Redeemer Health & Rehab
625 W 31st St
The Chair
3255 Lyndale Ave
Valerie's Carniceria
3149 Nicollet Ave

Lake Wine & Spirits
404 W Lake St
MN Teen Challenge
1619 Portland Ave S
Pat's Tap
3510 Nicollet Ave S

Good Neighbor
Nicollet Subway
3043 Nicollet Ave
TruStone Financial Credit Union
2817 Lyndale Ave
Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
Nicollet Ace Hardware
3805 Nicollet Ave
615 W Lake St
State Farm Insurance
3430 Nicollet Ave
Royal Pet
3019 Lyndale Ave S
InnerCity Tennis

4005 Nicollet Ave
Blaisdell YMCA

3355 Blaisdell Ave S

Become a Sponsor Today!


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