Dazzling holiday lights and sights in Twin Cities (and beyond)

(Photos by Paige Elliott)

Now is the time to shine, light-seekers! Holiday sparkle is back, illuminating cold, dark winter streets with bursts of vivid color and community spirit. Below, we’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of a few choice spots to see holiday lights around the Twin Cities and beyond. Scroll down to see how you can share your photos and add light displays in your community to our list!

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Announcing the Connections Mural at Folwell School!

(Photo courtesy of Greta McLain) The Central Identity Project mural by Greta McLain, being applied tothe Richard R. Green Central ParkSchool, Minneapolis.

In partnership with Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet, and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (CNO), SENA is thrilled to announce the start of a public mural project that will be installed on an exterior wall of Folwell School in the summer of 2015. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Prospect Park takes action to address winter street parking woes

(Photo by Lisa Williams published under Creative Commons License)

Unlike several other University of Minnesota neighborhoods, Prospect Park’s streets are winding, narrow and not laid out in a grid system.

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Nokomis East Neighborhood Association town hall meeting set for Dec. 11

The Nokomis East Neighborhood Association (NENA) will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Keewaydin School cafeteria.

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What's with the green donation bins around Dayton's Bluff?

(Photo credit: Forum staff) These green bins, soliciting donations of books and video games, look similar to bins set out by nonprofit organizations seeking donations for people in need.

You may have noticed a few new donation bins around the East Side. But you may not have looked closely at these green structures. Put out by the Greener Read Company, they ask people to put books, DVDs, video games and other items down the chute.

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Big construction projects signal renewed economic vitality in Dayton's Bluff

Heading down East 6th or 7th Street from the west, a a visitor might be surprised at the amount of new construction and wonder if the neighborhood is starting over from scratch. It's likely that with four new major construction projects, many Dayton's Bluff residents aren't quite sure what's going on either. The map [above] shows the location and identity of each of these projects.

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Noise wall looms for Mounds Boulevard neighbors

A planned noise wall in the Mounds Boulevard area is dividing residents and building owners as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) gets ready to embark on an I-94 upgrade scheduled to begin in 2016.

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Preparing the field: Urban Oasis

(Photo: Margie O'Loughlin, Sandhill Photography) Members of the Urban Oasis staff and Community Advisory Panel are shaping the future of the organization.

Urban Oasis closes the year with a celebration of the harvest and plans for new growth.

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NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | December 2014-January 2015 Standish-Ericsson community events calendar

December 2014

2 Senior congregate dining, Sibley Park (19th Ave. S. and E. 40th St.), 11:30 a.m.

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Promise Zone could invigorate north Minneapolis, some question its efficacy

(Photo by Ron Reiring published under Creative Commons License)

Lesa Clarkson started connecting Minneapolis’ middle and high school students with University of Minnesota undergraduate tutors last year.

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